Garrett Hoyt received his Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Colorado State University and has studied nutrition and exercise as they relate to good health for over a decade. He is passionate about these principles to have started a sustainable farm with his family where he gets lots of physical activity and grows much of his own food. He commutes to Clark College by bike where he also teaches in the Fitness Training Program. In his free time Garrett likes to go hiking and spend time outdoors with his five kids.
Pat Jollota is the author of many books, including “Naming Clark County”, and “Darkness Next Door”, a collection of Clark County ghost stories. Her newest book is “Legendary Locals of Vancouver She spent 22 years as curator of the Clark County Historical Museum. Pat, a premier local historian of SW Washington, compiled an amazing collection of images of Vancouver’s beginning and early downtown. Having worked for 22 years in Los Angeles, she watched farmland vanish, orange groves fall to bulldozers, and historic neighborhoods become derelict and forgotten. Pat joined Vancouver’s City Council to work towards achieving environmental and historic preservation.
Terri Kelly teaches Long Distance classes in Sociology at Clark College, and Anthropology at Ashford University, and has earned a B.S. in Social & Behavioral Sciences from Linfield College and an M.S. in Conflict Studies from PSU. She has been teaching Social Sciences at local colleges for 10 years and has been a published author for over 20 years, currently writing textbook chapters for a “Sociology of Time” and a “Sociology of Food.” In her spare time she is writing a “social science fiction” novel about different ways cultures understand time, space, and boundaries.
Vivi Khamkeo is a native of Laos, formerly French Indochina. She lived in France for 14 years, with a family who ran a hotel/ restaurant. In Laos, Vivi ran a French restaurant for four years before emigrating to the U.S. Vivi and her family ran the Royal Cuisine Thai Restaurant in Vancouver for five years.
In 1993, she was introduced to Reiki, the Japanese art of healing. Her specialty is helping people with chronic diseases such as cancer, stroke, arthritis and heart disease. Vivi travels all over the world as a consultant of Reiki. As a good will ambassador, she is eager to share this healing energy.
BOUNSANG KHAMKEO received his B.A. and PhD in Political Science at the University of Toulouse, France. His thesis was Buddhism and Political Forces in Laos. He returned to Laos during the Second Indochina War and was Executive Director, Lao National Mékong Committee, Vientiane, Laos, dealing with Laotian, Thai and Vietnamese water resources development projects for the Lower Mekong River Basin in 1978-1981. In 1981 he imprisoned as a political prisoner by the Pathet Lao for seven years. He wrote a book describing this horrific time entitled I, Little Slave. After his release he came to the U.S. where he now lives with his family and works as a Substance Abuse Counselor at OHSU, serving the SE Asian community.
A chemistry instructor in real life, Robert Killin has an interest in Civil War history. He has visited most of the major battlefields in the US, including Gettysburg and Chickamauga. To gain a greater insight of the Civil War era, he has been a Civil War Reenactor since 2005. He is a member and president of the 19th Indiana Regiment Company A, which is part of the Northwest Civil War Council (NWCWC). At reenactments, he has portrayed a private, quartermaster sergeant, 1st sergeant, and (nowadays) the company commander. To find him at the reenactment, look for the tall black hats of his company.
Yvette has been working with QuickBooks since 1996 and became a Certified ProAdvisor in both the financial and Point of Sales software in 2000. She keeps her status as a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor by taking extensive training every year when the new version of QuickBooks becomes available. Yvette holds a degree in Culinary Arts/Hotel Restaurant Management.
Christine has been teaching for Clark College Community Education since the fall of 1998. Her class, “Wildfire Writing,” was born out of her own experiences as a freelance writer. Over 100 of her articles have been featured in national magazines, and she has authored two books for preschoolers. “Christi,” as she is known to friends and students, teaches creative writing for Evergreen Public Schools, and conducts private creativity workshops.
began the study of tai chi and qi gong during the 1970s, and furthers her understanding by continued study with masters Kenneth Cohen and Sik Hung Chan. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in philosophy and has deepened her training through the practice of meditation. Generous and patient, she shares her knowledge liberally and joyfully with her students.
Sophie is a native of the South of France, where she was raised on traditional Mediterranean and Italian food. She was trained in the art of Asian vegetarian cooking in a Buddhist temple while traveling in Asia on a spiritual journey and is a graduate of the Vegetarian Health Institute, where she learned the specifics of plant-based nutrition. Her cooking background includes being the founding chef at the Vegetarian House in San Jose, California in 1995, a pioneer in organic; vegan dishes from around the world, being featured as a television host for a cooking on worldwide satellite television; and a creative consultant to Loving Hut, the fastest growing international restaurant chain. Her experience is shared in the light hearted and practical food blog.