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Contact info and brief biography of our design faculty. 

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Linda Felipez

Chair, Professor of Technology

(509) 527-2713
linda.felipez@wallawalla.edu

 

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 Communication 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.

Brent Bergherm

Professor of Design

(509) 527-2701
brent.bergherm@wallawalla.edu

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.


Kevin Coleman

Instructor of Graphic Design

(509) 956-9100
kevin.coleman@wallawalla.edu

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.

Alix Harris

Web Content Manager

(509) 527-2514
 alix.harris@wallawalla.edu

B.S.—Walla Walla University—2016

Alix works in the Marketing and University Relations office at Walla Walla University as the Web Content Manager. Besides managing the university’s online content and social media presence, she assists in creating marketing materials and helps guide the office’s student designers in maintaining the WWU brand.

Interesting Tidbit: Alix is one of the few Uber drivers in the Walla Walla Valley.  


Jefre Humbert

Instructor of Product Design

jefre.humbert@wallawalla.edu

B.S.—Walla Walla University

Jefre’s formal education is varied. He has a B.S. in Elementary Education and minors in Biology, Math, and Industrial Arts. Jefre’s passions are teaching, product design, and manufacturing. He has started a couple of companies that create custom molds, as well as developing software for various schools. Jefre has a great attitude towards teaching and combined with his industry knowledge on computer aided design and manufacturing he is a great addition to the Product Design program.

    Kristopher Margart

    Instructor of Technology

    kristopher.margart@wallawalla.edu

    M.S.W.—2012

    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 obtained his MSW in June 2012. He has 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, 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.  

    Teaching: Oxyacetylene Welding and Cutting, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Specialized Welding.


    David Silva

    Instructor for Technology

    david.silva@wallawalla.edu

    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.

    Teaching: Fabrication and Machining Metals 

    Cory Sutton

    Instructor of Technology

    (509) 527-2712
    cory.sutton@wallawalla.edu 


    Pablo Wenceslao

    Professor of Product Design

    (509) 527-2695
    pablo.wenceslao@wallawalla.edu

    M.Arch —Massachusetts Institute of Technology—2006, B.Des —University of Florida—2002

    Pablo Wenceslao joined the Technology department in 2016 as Professor and Lead Faculty of Product Design. Wenceslao graduated in 2002 from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Design degree, the following year he enrolled in the MIT School of Architecture and took courses in Industrial Design Innovation. Additionally, he took a course in Visual Landscapes at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Wenceslao also has diverse professional experience working in for several design and architecture firms. Before coming to WWU, Wenceslao was tenured faculty at Lake Washington Institute of Technology teaching many Design courses.

    Wenceslao enjoys outdoor activities like skiing, hiking and backpacking. 
     

    Last update on February 13, 2019