Meet the College staff at the Water & Environmental Center:
Dave was appointed Director in 2014. He previously served ten years as the Director of Education at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture. After leaving Seattle, Dave was first the Director of the San Antonio Botanical Garden and then the Executive Director of the Hughson Botanical Garden in California’s central valley. Most recently he was Executive Director of the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, a San Francisco nonprofit whose mission was to develop and support family farms and educate consumers; the Center also operated the much lauded Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. He earned his B.S. in Agriculture from Purdue and his M.S. in Biology from U. of Houston. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, gardening, food/wine, and photography.
Melissa Holecek, Workforce Community Relations Coordinator
Melissa is excited to have her dream job as Workforce Community Relations Coordinator based at the Water & Environmental Center (WEC). Melissa was born and raised in Walla Walla, but didn’t move back to the area until after attending college in Idaho. Connecting people with programs and information has always been one of Melissa’s passions. She has worked as a Bleak Intern at Taylor Ranch Wilderness Field Station, environmental educator at the McCall Outdoor Science School, stream research technician at the Idaho State University Stream Ecology Center, a middle school math and science teacher, and since joining the staff at WWCC serving as a faculty member and education coordinator at the WEC. Melissa enjoys being outdoors with her husband, Dean, son, Carson, and miniature schnauzer, Henry. Sea kayaking, hiking, fly-fishing, and looking for wildlife are just a few of her outdoor pursuits. Melissa also enjoys cooking, reading, knitting and quilting.
To see Melissa’s WWCC staff page visit: web.wwcc.edu/melissaholecek