agriculture and wine faculty
Vineyard and Winery Technology Teaching Staff



​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.


Phone:(509) 882-7007

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

Work Experience:


Phone: 509-574-4517

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.


Phone:(509) 882-7066

Location: Grandview Campus L131

​Clint Graf - Agriculture Department - Adjunct Instructor


Instructs: Safety and Labor Management

Work Experience:



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

Work Experience:

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.


Phone: (509) 574-4904

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

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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