Hydrology, Whitewater guide
- BS in Hydrology, UC Santa Barbara
- MS in Water Resources, San Diego State University
Scott Valentine teaches a variety of whitewater-related courses at SNC, but also runs the Earth Sciences Department at Lake Tahoe Community College. Scott has a MS in Water Resources from San Diego State, a BS in Hydrology from UC Santa Barbara, and is currently working on his Doctorate. He has worked for over 20 years as a professional raft guide and was a US Forest Service Hydrologist prior to his teaching profession.
- Ph.D. in Technology Management, Cambridge University Department of Engineering, 2009
- SEP, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1995
- B.A. in Mass Communications, University of California Berkeley, 1982
Dr. Robert Valli’s career trajectory spans academic administration, non-profit policy development, investment banking, and Silicon Valley ventures. His work in academia has focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary programs and global engagement. His international academic collaborations include universities in a dozen countries across six continents.
Dr. Valli came to SNU Tahoe from Long Island University Post, where he was Vice President and Dean of the College of Management. While at LIU Post, Dr. Valli initiated the client-paid, student-run consulting program LIU-iQ. Student consultants in the program execute semester-long business cases for domestic and international companies. He collaborated on multiple interdisciplinary programs, such as the M.S. in Data Analytics and Strategic Business Intelligence, the B.S. in Sports Management, and LIU’s one-year Global MBA program. Global MBA students study at LIU in New York, Fudan University in China, and Cambridge University in the U.K.
Before his tenure at LIU, Dr. Valli was with business consultancy programs in the College of Business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He started at Illinois Business Consulting, the nation’s largest fee-based, student-run consulting firm. IBC conducts 50 projects each year, with companies ranging from Fortune 500s to startups and nonprofits. He then became the director of the Innovation Immersion Program/International Consulting Network. This program builds collaboration between Illinois students and global technology clusters through international consulting projects, networking opportunities, and professional development.
Between his career in the business sector and his move to academia, he worked with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for two years in the area of advancing innovation.
- MBA, California State University, San Bernardino
- MEd, Sierra Nevada College, Henderson
- BSCE, California Polytechnic University, Pomona
Prior to joining the faculty at Sierra Nevada College, Mr. Van Stone worked as a Civil Engineer for 22 years in California and Nevada. During his professional years, he worked as a project manager overseeing multi-million dollar projects and progressed to Senior Vice President and Branch Manager. Mr. Van Stone is currently a math teacher in the Clark County School District and holds an administrative endorsement. He finds teaching to be quite enjoyable.
Mr. Van Stone spends his free time with his wife of 25 years and four college-aged boys. Hobbies include reading, camping, and coaching baseball.
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.
BA, Political Science, University of Washington
MA, Education, Chapman University
EdD, Educational Psychology, University of Southern California
Dr. Weintraub has over a decade of experience in education as a second grade, fifth grade, and special education teacher. He has taught students with emotional disturbance, Down syndrome, intellectual disability, and autism. He currently works for the Clark County School District as a resource teacher, in addition to teaching at both the University of Phoenix and National University. Dr. Weintraub has taught a wide range of courses, including Introduction to Teaching, History & Social Science, Curriculum and Instruction II: Mathematics and Science, Fluency in Reading, Arts Health, PE, and Development and Learning.
- MFA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Laura Wetherington’s first book, A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence Books 2011), was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the 2010 National Poetry Series. The Brooklyn Rail called the book “humble, folksy, romantic, tough, inventive, and not over-programmed.” She has published three chapbooks: Dick Erasures (Red Ceilings Press 2011), the collaboratively written at the intersection of 3 (Dancing Girl Press 2014), and Grief Is the Only Thing That Flies (Bateau Press 2018), which Arielle Greenberg selected for the Keel Chapbook Contest.
Her poetry appears in Narrative, Michigan Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, FENCE, VOLT, and Anomaly (Drunken Boat), among others, and in two anthologies, The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare (Nightboat Books 2012), and 60 Morning Talks (Ugly Duckling Presse 2014). Her essays and book reviews have appeared in The Volta, Hyperallergic, Full Stop, Jacket2, and 1508.
With Hannah Ensor, Wetherington co-edits textsound.org, an online journal of experimental poetry and sound. Poets & Writers named textsound an “indie innovator,” one of a small group of “groundbreaking presses and magazines that are redrawing the publishing map”. She taught publishing classes as the faculty advisor for the Sierra Nevada Review for four years. In 2014 she joined Baobab Press as their Poetry Editor.
Wetherington is a graduate of University of Michigan’s MFA program, UC Berkeley’s Undergraduate English Department, and Cabrillo College. She has taught for the French Ministry of Education, the University of Michigan, the New England Literature Program, Eastern Michigan University, and the Nevada Arts Council’s writers in the schools program. She currently teaches in SNC Tahoe’s low-residency MFA program. Recent grants include 2017 & 2015 Artist Fellowships in Literary Arts from the Nevada Arts Council, and a 2014 Artist Grant in Literature from the Sierra Arts Foundation. She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Camac.
- BA, University of Nevada, Reno
- M.Ed., University of Nevada, Reno
Christine has over forty years of teaching experience at the middle school and high school levels. She has taught in the areas of earth science, biological science, environmental science, and physical science. Christine has also provided staff development in the sciences for the Carson City School District. She has experience in teaching teachers through the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education at the University of Nevada Reno through NERDS (Nevada Educators Really Doing Science). The NERDS program gave practicing teachers field experiences for almost twenty years, taking teachers into the field for hands on learning in science.