Professor and Chair of Technology
Ed.D.—West Virginia University—1991
Linda Felipez joined the Technology Department faculty in August of 1998. Her teaching expertise is in the area of Graphic Communications and she has also worked in the industry as a Graphic Designer and Prepress Operator. As department chair, her department duties include administration of three diverse program areas, staffing for all classes within the department, curriculum development, marketing and recruitment, and participation in the WWU governance system. Her career goal is to follow God's leading in academia and she is passionate about knocking down barriers to success for those around her.
When Linda can find a little free time she likes to spend it on her three favorite pastimes: family, motorcycling on her Harley-Davidson, and dancing.
Instructor and Lead Faculty for Graphic Design and Photography
M.A.—Savannah College of Art and Design—2010
Brent Bergherm joined the ranks in the Technology department as an instructor of photography and graphic design in August of 2007. Bergherm graduated from WWC in 1999 with a bachelor of arts degree in commercial art and minors in both business and graphics technology. He missed a full degree in graphics technology by only two courses. In November of 2010 he finished with a Master's in Photography degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Some of Bergherm's hobbies include spending time with his wife and kids, photography, and travel. For the summers of '07, '08, and '09, Brent participated in Maranatha Volunteers International's Ultimate Workout project as a photographer/reporter. He is also on a University committee that is working with a new K-12 school in India.
Associate Professor of Industrial Design
M.Eng—University of Colorado—2003
Bill Lane joined the Technology Department in August of 2007. His duties include organizing a high quality Industrial Design program based upon the current and future needs of the industry. (Industrial Design is a relatively new program here at WWU and the only one in Adventist Higher Education.) In addition to having his Masters in Engineering, Bill also has a Bachelor of Industrial Design and is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America so our Industrial Design program is in good hands.
Bill's hobbies include sailing, kayaking, yacht design, architecture, reading, and hiking. Prior to coming here, he took a year off and worked on building a small cabin he designed, on Mayne Island in the Canadian Gulf Islands.
Instructor of Design
Dan Brendel comes to WWU from Boston, via California, after retiring from 25 years in clinical health care management. His dual Architecture/MBA degrees—taught in a 'learn by doing' environment—augmented a lifelong interest in efficient, effective 2D graphic and 3D spatial design solutions. His design and web classes are taught studio style to maximize students' peer collaboration as they develop a self-motivated and self-responsible work ethic. Emphasis is directed toward overcoming restrictive left-brain redundancy in favor of unlimited right-brain creativity.
Instructor of Graphic Design
B.S.—Walla Walla University—2009
Kevin Coleman joined the Technology department as adjunct faculty in 2010 to help teach Graphic Design and Layout. He graduated from Walla Walla University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in New Media Imaging, and has put what he has learned to good use in the form of web development, design and marketing. While he specializes in web development, he also enjoys print/packaging design, photography, typography, music, language, writing, and other creative arts. Kevin's passion lies in finding new and innovative ways to communicate and bring people together.
Kevin loves spending time with his wife Mindy, with whom he spent a year in Italy learning Italian language, art, and culture. He dreams of living in Scandinavia and working at a type foundry, but his utmost goal is to better learn to do God's will.
Instructor of Graphic Design
Brian Hernandez is Owner/President of Vizual Graphix in College Place, Washington. Vizual Graphix specializes in Mac Support, photography and design. Currently, Brian is employed as Senior Designer and Mac IT with 123 Printing in Walla Walla, Washington.
Brian studied Graphic Design and received his Bachelors of Science degree in Graphic Design in 2003 from Walla Walla University in the Department of Technology. Brian and his wife, Adrienne, reside in College Place, Washington. Their hobbies include creating delightful, beautiful, and tasty food—the photos of which he posts on Facebook.
Instructor of Technology
Kristopher began teaching at Walla Walla University as the welding instructor for the Department of Technology 2011. He graduated from Walla Walla University with a BSW in 2011 and will obtain his MSW in June 2012 with plans of working with at risk youth in the area. Up until recently he had spent several years working full time as a welder for Key Technology in Walla Walla.
In addition to teaching welding at WWU, Kristopher is a welding instructor for Walla Walla Community College at the Washington State Penitentiary. He loves spending his free time with his beautiful wife-to-be, Harmony, fishing, or riding a motorcycle. Kristopher feels it is the simple values and decisions in life which define a person.
Kristopher says that without a doubt, he has been blessed beyond reason. He is the first to express that if it was not for Jesus Christ and the family he was given, he would be a lost person.
Instructor for Technology
M.S.W.—Walla Walla University—2000
Dave's formal education is varied. He has an M.S.W. from WWU in Social Work with Licensing in Chemical Dependency Counseling. His undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Personal Ministries from Atlantic Union College.
Prior to these degrees, Dave trained for employment in the machining and fabrication industry. He was employed as a power plant machinist for 13 years and carried a license as a Stationary Engineer for boilers. His certifications include Welding, Electrician, Instrumentation, and Rigging. As shop supervisor, Dave was in charge of all apprenticeships for State Certification in Welding, Machining, Electrician, Rigging, and Instrumentation.
Dave loves teaching for Walla Walla University in the Department of Technology. He says, "I don't golf and I can't afford to restore classic cars, so I come down here [the metals lab] to play!"
When Dave is not "playing" in the metals lab, he can be found out riding his '05 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy or simply hanging out with his great family—wife Deborah, son Ashley and daughters Judy, Samantha and Devin. He is also involved in our local animal rescue organization, SWAT.
Instructor of Graphic Design
Brandon Lehman joined the Department of Technology as adjunct faculty in 2011. He is a founding member of Mechan Media, LLC where he works as a motion graphics artist and graphic designer. His interests include programming, marketing, photography, and filmmaking. Brandon and his wife, Sally, live in the Columbia River Gorge where they enjoy hiking, local agriculture, and an environmentally friendly culture.
Last update on December 9, 2014