Lives in Vancouver, Washington and has been an avid birdwatcher since 1997. Currently, Eric is President of Vancouver Audubon Society. He combines his love for travel with his appreciation of birds, spending time in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Uganda, India, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Trinidad & Tobago. In addition, he travels North America extensively which has allowed him a combined total of nearly 2000 different species of birds seen worldwide.
In 2012, Eric and his wife participated in a “Big Year” competition and recorded 360 species seen within the borders of the state of Washington, besting the previous record of 359. Eric has volunteered with banding programs of Red Crossbills, Sandhill Cranes, and has participated in snake surveys in Klickitat County. Spending several days tagging great white sharks with a study team ranks as his favorite wildlife experience.
Jodi Blackwood is a Certified Business Etiquette & Protocol Specialist, Customer Service Professional, Speaker, Trainer & Program Leader who believes that etiquette is about polishing your approach, not changing who you are -- and that courtesy, friendliness and respect for others are the cornerstones to distinguishing yourself in the business arena.
As a recognized expert in her field, she enjoys working with individuals, organizations, and businesses of all size, helping people enhance their knowledge, skills and self-confidence when it comes to interacting with others. Combining her 25 plus years’ experience in the customer service field with her training and certification from The Protocol School of Washington, Jodi has developed a repertoire of topics in her teachings, including:
• Business & Dining Etiquette
• Customer Service Skills
• Communication with Problem Resolution
• Coaching People to Their Full Potential
• Effective Change Leadership|
• Foundation for Supervisory Training
• Advocating For Others
A proud Portland native, Bree graduated from the University of Oregon where she majored in Anthropology and Dance Studies. She began her career with Arthur Murray Dance Studios, where she quickly became one of the top instructors in the western region. Dancing professionally, she received 2nd place in American Smooth in 2007 at the Seattle Star Ball. Bree was also a finalist dancing American Rhythm in 2005 at the Seattle Dance-o-rama and made the finals of the World Dance-0-Rama in 2002 dancing American Smooth. She continues to train both as a professional competitor and instructor.
Harold has been a recognized PGA Professional in Oregon and Southwest Washington for more then 25 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, is a member of the PGA Oregon Chapter Board of Directors and a Class A member of the Professional Golf Association since 1981. Harold has taught golf classes for Clark College Continuing Education for several years and is a very popular instructor
Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Joel Brown was in a PhD program in neuroscience at Berkeley. When he decided that academia was not the life for him, he completed the requirements for a master’s degree in applied mathematics and went to work for 30 years in the energy industry. Throughout that time, his work involved advanced math either directly or indirectly through the engineers he managed. He started coaching and tutoring at Clark College’s Math Help Center as a volunteer. It was there that he encountered and became interested in math anxiety. Having managed to stay relatively current with the advances in neuroscience of the years, he read an article about research work at Stanford Medical School that placed math anxiety on a very firm footing as a field of study. Joel is uniquely qualified to work with students experiencing math anxiety.
RICK BROWNE, the guru of barbeque, is the creator, host, and executive producer of PBS’ popular Barbecue America TV series, a cooking and travelogue series highlighting America & the world’s outdoor culinary landscape. He also created and hosts Ready, Aim … Grill, a hunting/ fishing/ cooking show on the Sportsman Channel; a renowned barbecue and grilling expert; and the author six self-illustrated barbecue and grilling cookbooks. Additionally, Rick writes a monthly column about barbecue for the Fiery Foods & Barbecue super website (fiery-foods.com) and writes for Bon Appetit and other magazines.
Rich Bunker is a 31 year veteran of Lewis County public works as County Road Supervisor, working in all phases of road construction, maintenance and traffic control. He has been a Flagging Certification instructor for nearly 20 years and also instructs Traffic Control Supervisor certification for the Evergreen Safety Council.
A third generation native born South African, Raymond A. Burns has been lecturing on South Africa since 1978. He holds a B.A. from Helderberg College in South Africa and a M.A. from Andrews University in Michigan. An educator in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa, he has held a number of senior positions in educational administration in Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as Dean of Men at Helderberg College.
Bob has worked as a professional photographer in commercial, photojournalistic, and portrait/event photography. Bob has a B.A. in Photojournalism from the University of Texas and a Masters in Teaching from Washington State University. His work appears in magazines, advertising materials, public relations campaigns and in retail establishements. Bob’s artistic photography has been selected to exhibit in juried competitions, and he has had several one person and group showings of his work.