Dr. Varner has extensive pedagogical experience, technical expertise, and a strong commitment and desire to serve the SNC community (including both traditional students and the online learning community). Dr. Varner has taught both face-to-face courses and online courses at the graduate and undergraduate level for over seven years. Dr. Varner also has extensive experience in the development of coursework, focusing on active-learning and critical thinking.
- BA Physiology and Cell Biology, University of California at Santa Barbara
- Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University in Seattle
Walker is a licensed naturopathic doctor with specialized training in integrative cancer care. She sees herself as the bridge between conventional cancer treatment and natural cancer support through the rational, safe, and evidence-based application of naturopathic medicine in the oncology setting. She spends part of her time seeing patients in private practice in Walnut Creek, California. She completed a two year integrative oncology residency in (2006-2008) at Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Midwestern Regional Medical Center in greater Chicago, IL. In her residency, Dr. Walker worked closely with both conventional oncologists and naturopathic doctors to provide naturopathic care for patients concurrently receiving medical, surgical, and radiation oncology treatment. She also completed clinical rotations in medical and radiation oncology, gynecological oncology, radiology, internal medicine, gastroenterology and emergency medicine and provided naturopathic wellness care for hospital staff.
When she is not hard at work, Dr. Walker is hard at play in the outdoors. She is an avid snowsports enthusiast and although she enjoys skiing in the resorts, her preference is to be “earning her turns” in the backcountry. During the summer months, Dr. Walker enjoys spending her free time rockclimbing. She also likes to hike, bike, water ski and dance.
- BS in Education, Central Michigan University
- MAT in Administration, Sierra Nevada College
Patti Wamsley serves as a Performance Zone Instructional Coach, Project Facilitator for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has attended the University of California Los Angeles, University of California Riverside, Western Michigan University, and Central Michigan University graduate schools, where she studied brain research for language acquisition and literacy development.
- MFA, Colombia University
Josh Weil is the author of The New Valley (Grove/Atlantic 2009), a novella collection that won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from The American Academy of Arts and Letters; the New Writers Award from the GLCA; and a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation. A New York Times Editors Choice, it was also shortlisted for the Library of Virginia’s literary award in fiction. Weil’s other fiction has appeared in Granta, One Story, Agni, and American Short Fiction, and he has written non-fiction for The New York Times, The Sun, Oxford American, and Poets & Writers. A recipient of fellowships and awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the Dana Foundation, the Gilman School, the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, the James Merrill House, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the MacDowell Colony, he has taught at New York University, Brooklyn College, The New School and NYC’s 92nd St. Y; he’s been the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University, and the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. His novel, The Great Glass Sea, will be published in early 2014.
Dr. Stephen G. Wells has been President of the Desert Research Institute (DRI) of the Nevada System of Higher Education for the past thirteen years, administering one of the world’s largest multidisciplinary environmental research organizations with approximately 500 scientists, technologists, students, and other support staff. Dr. Wells oversees two state-of-the-art facilities in Las Vegas and Reno, as well as satellite research facilities in Boulder City and Stead, Nevada, and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. DRI consists of three core divisions and four interdisciplinary science centers that serve the State of Nevada and every continent in the world.
Dr. Wells is also a graduate faculty member in the Hydrologic Sciences Program and Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xian, China. Dr. Wells has served as President of the Geological Society of America, the largest professional society within the geosciences in North America In addition, he is on the Board of Advisors of Biosphere 2, as well as a board member on two economic development agencies and a research park in Nevada, and a former board member of UNESCO/IUGS International Year of the Planet Earth. Dr. Wells has served on numerous professional editorial boards in the earth sciences and published more than 70 referred journal articles and edited volumes.
During his career, Dr. Wells has been an executive director (university dean equivalent) of a science division at DRI, and a faculty member and administrator at the University of New Mexico and University of California-Riverside. He has held joint appointments at U.S. Air Force Office of Research, U.S. Geological Survey, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and The University of Liverpool in England. Dr. Wells is the recipient of three national awards for research excellence in earth surface processes and history from the Geological Society of America, including the Kirk Bryan Award for best scientific paper and the Farouk El-Baz award for desert research.
Dr. Wells has a B.S. (Geology) from Indiana University as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Cincinnati. In 2007, Dr. Wells received distinguished alumni awards from the Department of Geology at Indiana University and from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. He serves as President of the Board of Directors for Gathering Genius, a non-profit organization founded in 2006 to increase student interest, excellence, competitiveness, and participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in the State of Nevada.
- BA, Art, Humanities, and English, Washington College
- MAT, Sierra Nevada College
Toby moved to Reno, Nevada after coaching softball and field hockey at Randolph-Macon College in 2003. She completed her Teacher’s Certification at Sierra Nevada College in 2004 with a focus on secondary art and English. She began teaching at Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno, Nevada during her student teaching internship and has remained. Toby continued her education at University of Nevada, Reno, adding a Special Education Endorsement to her Teacher’s License. She is currently the Dean of Academics and Special Education Case Manager at Rainshadow Community Charter High School. Toby joined the Sierra Nevada College faculty as an adjunct in the Teachers Education Program in the summer of 2011.
- MEd, Trinity Washington University
Ms. Williams has spent the majority of her career working in the Maryland. Hre experience includes teaching abroad, classroom and school administration with an emphasis in Special Education, and education policy. She is currently an educator with the Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV.
- BSBA Accounting, California State University, Long Beach
- MA Counseling and Psychology, Graduate Institute
- MA Theological Studies, Graduate Theological Union/Pacific School of Religion