Staff &


Welcome From the staff and faculty

Come meet the staff and faculty at the CBC Arts Center.  We are composed of award winning directors, performers and artists who are well renowned in our region and state.  Our faculty is highly educated in their fields of study and are talented clinicians who travel the nation working with artists, galleries and performing groups.

Art Center Staff

Bill McKay Dean for the School of Arts, Humanities & Communication
Bill McKay

Dean for the School of Arts, Humanities & Communication

Bill McKay, Dean of Arts, Humanities and Communication at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington, received his degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Washington and the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his administrative appointment in 1998, he was a member of the music faculty at Columbia Basin College. Read More

Maria Allan Arts Center Staff
Maria Allan

Program Support Supervisor

I am an administrative professional with over 30 years of experience in the higher education system. I use my skills and abilities to assist the faculty, students and staff in the School of Arts, Humanities & Communication to achieve their educational and professional goals. Read More

Ame Nielsen Arts Center Staff
Ame Nielsen

Secretary Senior

As Secretary Senior for the School of Arts, Humanities & Communications, I provide support to our faculty by ensuring they have what they need to successfully conduct classes and help our students to succeed. Read More

Visual Arts Faculty

Tracy Walker Visual Arts Program Faculty Member
Tracy Walker


Professor Tracy Walker began her career with Columbia Basin College in 2001 where she currently teaches painting, drawing, illustration, and the art history sequence and as well as Art Appreciation and 2D-Design in the past. Along with teaching, Tracy is a practicing artist whose paintings explores both social and cultural themes that touch on current events, historic perspectives, and personal experiences.Read More

Rachel Smith Visual Arts Faculty Member
Rachel Smith

Associate Professor

Rachel Smith is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and curator whose artwork investigate the complexities of the individual and the collective as it relates to memory, processes, and materials. Her artwork uses ephemeral materials within mixed media, collage, performance and installation works.

She has curated exhibitions including: Construct at the Foundry Vineyards in Read More

Eric Demattos Visual Arts Program Faculty Member
Eric Demattos

Adjunct Professor

I was born in California and moved to Washington in 2010 in pursuit of my Masters in Fine Art at the University of Idaho. At Columbia Basin College I have had the privilege to pursue my passion of being both an artist and an educator. Ever since I can remember I have loved to create. It seemed like magic when you took something that you could only see in your head and make it real. Read More

Kayleigh Lang

Adjunct Instructor


Camille Rendal Visual Arts Program Faculty Member
Camille Rendal

Adjunct Instructor

Professor Rendal works in sculpture, woodworking, metalsmithing, painting and drawing. Her work investigates: quantum physics, astronomy, alchemical and esoteric theories, and the natural landscape. Read More

Greg Tate Visual Arts Program Faculty Member
Greg Tate

Adjunct Instructor

I am a ceramic artist, painter, and educator who taught in the art department at Skagit Valley College for 34 years, along with being the gallery director and department chair. I retired from that position ten years ago. Read More

Rebecca Merkley-Omeje

Gallery Director/Adjunct Instructor

Music Faculty

Kathy Mancinelli

Adjunct Instructor

Kathy Mancinelli has been an adjunct instructor at CBC since 2001.   Kathy was also the choral director at Lower Columbia Community College where she directed the jazz choir, community choir and taught music in the classroom for education majors.  Prior to teaching at the community college level, Kathy taught K-12 throughout the 1990’s.   Kathy taught choirs and general music at Granite Falls school district, middle school choirs in Pasco school district and high school choirs in Kennewick school Read More

Bruce Walker Jr. Music Faculty Member
Bruce Walker Jr.

Associate Professor

Bruce Walker is an Associate Professor of Music at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA, Music Directorfor the Yakima Youth Symphony in Yakima, WA, Principal Guest Conductor for the Oregon EastSymphony in Pendleton, OR and is President-elect of the Washington Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Read More

Collin Wilson Music Program Faculty Member
Collin Wilson

Assistant Professor

Collin Wilson, DMA, is the director of the Columbia Basin College Jazz Ensemble and Conductor of the CBC Concert Band. As an Associate Professor of Music at Columbia Basin College he also directs the jazz combos, teaches saxophone, jazz history and music theory. Read More

David Cazier Music Program Faculty Member

David Cazier

Senior Associate Professor -retired

Dave earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Central Washington University. After several successful years teaching at the high school level, he is now in his 26th year as Director of Choral Instruction at Columbia Basin College, where he directs the vocal jazz ensemble FreeForm, the Desertones Chamber Choir, and the Concert Choir. Read More

Theatre Faculty

Ron Campbell Theatre Program Faculty Member
Ronn Campbell

Senior Associate Professor

I design scenery, lighting and sound for many companies and universities across the county including Snowy Range Summer Theatre, Washington East Opera, Prinicipia College, Las Memorias Performance Project and Idaho Repertory Theatre. Read More

Bryan McGlothlin Theatre Program Faculty Member
Bryan McGlothin

Adjunct Instructor

Bryan McGlothin has been working on stage and screen for over twenty years and joined Screen ActorsGuild in 1999. He began teaching Acting For The Camera, at Columbia Basin College, in 2010. He studied with Broadway actor Chris Wilson and her son, Brandon Smith, in Houston, Texas. Read More

Shea King Theatre Program Faculty Member
Shea King

Adjunct Instructor

I am a director, actor and teacher whose work is focused, primarily, on new and contemporary plays and musicals. My work has taken me all around the country to direct at companies and universities/colleges such as the acclaimed Bay Street Theater in New York, Redwood Curtain Theatre, The Rude Mechanicals, Lewis-Clark StateCollege, University of Idaho, Lake City Playhouse and the Academy of Children’s Theatre. Read More