Trent Ball - Agriculture Department - Chair & Faculty
Education: MA in Agribusiness at Washington State University; BS in Food Science at University of Idaho
Instructs: Intro to Ag, Intro to WA Wines, Current Ag Issues & Trends, Farm Mgmt., Winery Mgmt., Essentials of Wine Making, Winery Operations and Wine Sensory
Experience: Worked for 5 years as an Associate in Research at Washington State University which included projects on vineyard establishment costs, investment and operation costs of starting small wineries, and labor saving technologies in the asparagus industry. At YVC he helped launch the Vineyard and Winery Technology program and Teaching winery. YVC faculty member for more than 10 years.
Location: Grandview Campus U121 and Yakima Campus W104
Dr. Holly Ferguson - Agriculture Department - Faculty Viticulture Instructor
Education: MS & Ph.D. in Entomology at Virginia Tech; BS in Economic Biology at Clemson University
Instructs: Plant Science, General Viticulture, Integrated Pest Management, Sustainable Agriculture, Tree Fruit Production
Location: Yakima Campus C229
Dr. Stephen Kenny - Faculty
Education: PhD in Agronomy at Colorado State University; MS in Genetics at North Carolina State; BS in Biology at Frostburg State University
Instructs: Plant Science, Biology and Chemistry
Experience: WSU Irrigated Agriculture and Extension Center 25 years in hop agronomy, genetics, variety development and chemistry, Yakima Valley Community College Adjunct Faculty 15 years; Full time 5 years.
Location: Grandview Campus L131
Clint Graf - Agriculture Department - Adjunct Instructor
Instructs: Safety and Labor Management
Location: Grandview Campus
Flint Nelson - Agriculture Department - Adjunct Instructor
Education: B.S. in Horticulture and Food Science, Washington State University
Instructs: Winemaking; Advanced Winemaking
Work Experience: Twenty-six years Winemaking in the Washington Wine Industry. Owner and winemaker of Wit and Mazzacano Cellars
Location: Grandview Campus Winery
Carol Schneider - Faculty - Workforce Education
Education: BS, MBA, University of Rhode Island
Instructs: Business Administration; Wine Marketing
Business Industry Experience in Power Transmission Manufacturing and Sales; Computer Sales; Small Business Development. College/University.
Northeastern University, Boston; Everett Community College; Skagit Valley College; Central Washington University; Heritage University; and Yakima Valley Community College.
Location: Yakima Campus C243
Melodie Smith - Agriculture Department - Adjunct Instructor
Education: Bachelor of Science, Major in Marketing and Business Administration, Eastern Washington University
Instructs: Wine Marketing, Intro to Computers, Windows, Desktop Publishing, Database, Spreadsheets and Powerpoint.
Work Experience: Web Design Coordinator, YVC; Assistant Marketing Director, Alexandria Nicole Cellars; Marketing Consultant, Cellar Door Consultants; Market Research Director, FDM Software
Location: Yakima Campus
Lacey Steffey - Agriculture Department - Adjunct Instructor
Education: B.S. Agricultural Systems & Environment, University of California Davis. Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, California State University Sacramento.
Instructs: Winery Compliance; Essentials of Winemaking
Work Experience: Professional in the wine industry for 9 years, professional educator for 5 years
Location: Grandview Campus Winery
|||Mike Wallace (1942 - 2016) Instructor Emeritus
Graduate work in Viticulture and Enology at University of California, Davis; BA in Biology at Western Washington University
Instructed: Essentials of Wine making and Advanced Wine making Work
Work Experience: Professional winemaker for more than 40 years