Staff &

Faculty

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. 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

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

Kayleigh Lang (b. 1990) is an artist currently located in Walla Walla, Washington. They grew up in Cheyenne, WY, and graduated with a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wyoming. In 2010, they spent a year studying Japanese art and language at Kobe College in Nishinomiya, Japan. In 2016, they graduated with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Washington State University. Read More

Rebecca Merkley-Omeje

Adjunct Instructor

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

Marguerite Gilbertson

Adjunct Instructor

Marguerite Gilbertson is a Fine Art Instructor and interdisciplinary sculpture/performance artist. The artwork she creates is an extension of her own experiences, family, and societal perceptions of agriculture. Marguerite has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships, most recently she co-created a sculpture for the Community Togetherness Project at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. 

Music Faculty

Collin Wilson Music Program Faculty Member
Collin Wilson

Assistant Professor – Jazz Band

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

Bruce Walker Jr. Music Faculty Member
Bruce Walker Jr.

Associate Professor – Orchestra

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

Mike Scott

Assistant Professor – Choir

Mike Scott is an avid performer and adjudicator, Mike Scott has been singing and performing for over 30 years and has earned a reputation as a leading music educator in the Pacific Northwest. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Music Education from Central Washington University, where he sang in the prestigious CWU Chamber Choir under Dr. Gary Weidenaar and nationally acclaimed CWU Vocal Jazz 1 under Vijay Singh. Read More

 Sheila Gephart

Adjunct Instructor – Piano

Sheila Gephart holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Whitworth College and a master’s degree in music from Washington State University.  She taught K-8 general music at Christ the King and St. Joseph’s Catholic Schools for 15 years.  She currently teaches Class Piano at Columbia Basin College.  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

K. Steenerson
Kindra Steenerson

 Assistant Professor

Kindra Steenerson is originally from Southern California, but currently resides in Charlotte, NC. She earned her MFA in Performance/Directing from Utah State University. She has been a theatre professor for the past two decades where the bulk of her teaching has been centered around all levels of Acting, Voice & Movement, and Directing. 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