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Speakers Bureau

Professionals Speakers Available to Speak at Your Next Event

Are you looking for a speaker for your for your classroom or community organization? The YVC Speakers Bureau is a group of faculty, staff and administrators who share their knowledge and expertise with area high schools and community groups. The presenters speak on a wide variety of topics. They know how to make the material engaging, how to answer questions, and how to get their audiences interested in returning to learn more.

Yakima Valley College offers a high-quality education and progressive, student-centered programs.  Learn more about a particular topic and about opportunities at YVC when you reserve a speaker from our Speakers Bureau.

The easy way to engage, educate, and entertain your audience

Our professionals are available to speak to public and private school systems, libraries, service clubs and organizations, historic societies, as well as civic and non-profit organizations.

  • Speakers are available to speak to public and private school systems, libraries, service clubs and organizations, historic societies, as well as civic and non-profit organizations.
  • Most presentations are 30 minutes long, followed by a short Q&A session
  • Speaker availability varies, depending on existing commitments – the earlier you make your request the better

Contact the Speakers Bureau for additional information.

Speaker Topics

Rachel Dorn M.A., M.F.A.
Art Instructor
Career Options in the Arts (PowerPoint)
Greek Art and the Golden Ratio (PowerPoint)

Dr. Joy Clark A.A., B.A., M.A.R., Ph.D.
English Instructor
The World According to Dante Alighieri
Reading Advertising for Cultural Values
Don’t Forget to Read the Ads: Media Literacy for today – with Gordon Koestler, English Instructor

Scott Klepach A.A., B.A., M.A.
English Instructor, Grandview Campus
Journalism: Writing for and About the Community
Wait a Minute! Can It Be? Is Hollywood Worth Watching?
Why Popular Culture Has a Place in the Classroom
(Mis)representations of Religion in Contemporary Media
Back to this Land: A Novel

Gordon Koestler A.A., B.A., M.A.
English Instructor
Warnings of the Round Table: Lessons from King Arthur and Co.
From Graveyard to Grad School
Reading, Writing, Ready for College
Don’t Forget to Read the Ads: Media Literacy for today – with Joy Clark, English Instructor

Dan Peters B.A., M.A.
English Instructor
Writing, Reading, Publishing Poetry
Raymond Carver
Blue Begonia Press
Blogging – in Classroom Teaching and Other Uses
Northwest Literature: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Julie Swedin B.A., M.A.
English Instructor
Shakespeare and Renaissance Theatre

Dr. Ken Zontek B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
History Instructor
Documentary Photography: Afghanistan

Dr. Brock Eubanks B.A., M.B.A, Ph.D.
Economics Instructor
Topics in Entrepreneurship

Trent Ball ​B.S., M.A.
Agriculture Instructor & Program Chair
Washington Wine: A Growing Industry

Daniel Schapiro B.S., M.A.
Mathematics Instructor
The Mathematics of Peak Oil

Maria Cuevas B.A., M.P.H., M.S.W.
Sociology and Chicano Studies Instructor
What Can College Do For Me?

Wilma Dulin B.A., M.S.
Office of Institutional Effectiveness Faculty Director
The Culture of College
Best Practices for Student Support
Child Development: An Overview
Raising Your Child to Be an Adult You Admire: Instilling Values in Your Children

Dr. Brock Eubanks B.A., M.B.A, Ph.D.
Economics Instructor
Is Education Worth It? The Economics and Costs of Education
Tactics and Strategies for Personal Defense for College-aged Men and Women

Gordon Koestler A.A, B.A., M.A.
English Instructor
From Graveyard to Grad School
Reading, Writing, Ready for College

Maria Cuevas ​B.A., M.P.H., M.S.W.
Sociology and Chicano Studies Instructor
MEChA at YVC​
Introduction to Sociology: An Interactive Class

Libby McRae N.C.C.A
Surgical Technology Program Instructor and Coordinator
YVC’s Surgical Technology Program: An Exciting Career Choice

Glenda Orgill B.A., M.A.
Education Instructor and ECE Department Chair
Transfer Programs in Education
Training to be a Paraeducator
Early Childhood Training Opportunities
STARS Program

Chris Beaudry B.S., ARRT,(R) (CT) (M),M.Ed.
Radiologic Sciences
Careers in Radiologic Technology

Libby McRae N.C.C.A
Surgical Technology Program Instructor and Coordinator
YVC’s Surgical Technology Program: AN Exciting Career Choice!

Dr. Susan Wedam B.S., D.V.M
Veterinary Technology Instructor and Program Director
Careers in Veterinary Technology: Becoming a Nurse for Animals
Careers in Veterinary Medicine
Careers Working with Animals
Principles of Pet Care

Jeremy Buegge B.S., M.A.
Biology Instructor
Property Rights vs. Conservation Planning
Island Life, How Communities Form in Isolation

Claire Carpenter B.A., M.S.
Biology Instructor
Antarctica: Science and History
Biology of Cancer
Bees: Biology and Natural History
Hot and Cold: Why Temperature Matters
Understanding Evolution

Daniel Schapiro B.S., M.A.
Mathematics Instructor
The Mathematics of Peak Oil

Dr. Heidi Shaw B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Psychology Instructor
The Use of Sign Language by Cross-Fostered Chimpanzees
Pointing Gestures in Humans and Chimpanzees
Why People Believe Weird Things

Dr. Joy Clark A.A., B.A., M.A.R., Ph.D.
English Instructor
Don’t Forget to Read the Ads: Media Literacy for Today – with Gordon Koestler, English

Maria Cuevas B.A., M.P.H., M.S.W.
Chicano Studies and Sociology Instructor
Introduction to Sociology: An Interactive Class
Intercultural Communication
Latinos in Washington State: Implications for Education

Wilma Dulin ​B.A., M.S.
Office of Institutional Effectiveness Faculty Director
Child Development: An Overview
Raising Your Child to be an Adult You Admire: Instilling Values in Your Children

Gordon Koestler A.A., B.A., M.A
English Instructor
Don’t Forget to Read the Ads: Media Literacy for today – with Joy Clark, English Instructor

Dr. Heidi Shaw B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Psychology Instructor
The Use of Sign Language by Cross-Fostered Chimpanzees
Pointing Gestures in Humans and Chimpanzees
Why People Believe Weird Things
How to Think Like a Psychologist

​Jeremy Buegge B.S., M.A.
Biology Instructor
Island Life, How Communities Form in Isolation

Claire Carpenter B.A., M.S.
Biology Instructor
Antarctica: Science and History

Dr. Ken Zontek B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
History Instructor
Beyond Burqas and Bombs – Insights into Afghanistan
Documentary Photography: Afghanistan
Trails and Tales in Northern Mexico

Speakers Bureau FAQ

Will I have the opportunity to speak with the speaker before the event?2018-06-05T22:08:57+00:00

We can make arrangements for you to contact the speaker either via phone or email before the scheduled event.

When should I contact YVC in order to secure a speaker for a program?2018-12-11T22:17:13+00:00

The earlier you are able to make your request, the better the chances are of securing a speaker at a time that works for you.

Do I contact the speaker directly?2018-12-11T22:15:50+00:00

No. Please contact the Speakers Bureau.

Can the speaker tailor the program to my group’s needs?2018-06-05T22:08:34+00:00

Each speaker will make every effort to present an interesting, appropriate presentation for your specific group.