Ag Center of Excellence Staff
Bill Griffith, Director
Bill was appointed as the Director for the Agriculture Center of Excellence in August of 2013. Bill comes to us from Walla Walla Community College’s long running and successful Turf Management program. Bill has 15 years of direct industry experience as a golf course superintendent at courses in Oregon and Washington. Bill has led many professional organizations and boards over the past 30 years serving golf courses, Washington Associations, and instructing students at a post-secondary education level. Bill hopes to use his 20+ years of teaching experience to lead the Agriculture Center of Excellence in providing resources and assistance to Agriculture Educators across the State. As a long time member and immediate past President of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, Bill is versed in the role of building strong partnerships with industry. Combining his experience as an educator, businessman and community leader, Bill is already working to bring a fresh new perspective on the future of agriculture while striving to create new opportunities for future students.
To contact Bill: 509.524.5192 or email@example.com
Jason Selwitz, Project Manager
Jason became the Project Manager for the Agriculture Center of Excellence in late 2011. After graduating from Penn State in Park Management, Jason served in the Philippines with the Peace Corps and co-founded the Palawan Conservation Corps. Afterward, Jason was a four season wilderness educator leading multi-week expeditions and service projects in Oregon, California, Nevada, British Columbia, and Hawaii. Jason earned his Masters in Regenerative Studies from Cal Poly Pomona by completing lab research on two strains of freshwater algae and their ability to treat human wastewater and produce biodiesel. For over four years, Jason was the Program Manager with Green Empowerment where he collaborated with colleges and universities to provide rural farming communities in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and eastern Africa with access to appropriate technology, renewable energy, and watershed restoration. Jason holds Certificates in River Restoration and Wetland Delineation from Portland State University.
To contact Jason: 509.527.3678 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsey Williams, Coordinator of Marketing & Communications
Lindsey is excited to have joined the Agriculture Center of Excellence team as Coordinator of Marketing and Communications, allowing her the opportunity to invest her time in agriculture and education. She grew up in Leavenworth, WA, and moved to Walla Walla after meeting her husband, Matt (a Walla Walla native), and earning her degree in forestry at Washington State University. While earning her degree, she worked for the USDA ARS, where she gained an appreciation for Washington agriculture. Since joining the Ag Center team, Lindsey has been focused on cultivating and maintaining relationships with industry partners and educational institutions, and increasing her knowledge of the many facets of agriculture.
To contact Lindsey: 509.527.4635 or email@example.com
Tawnya Todd, Office Assistant-Student Help
Tawnya Todd has been in Walla Walla for six years. While attending Walla Walla Community College as a student, she began working at the Technology Center as a co-op volunteer, which transitioned into a Federal Work Study position. While working in the Technology Center she helped out with projects for the Agriculture Center of Excellence, and began working part time for the Ag Center in the summer of 2014. When she is not working for the Ag Center Tawnya loves spending time with her children, playing games and having FT (family time) with her husband and kids. Family means everything to her, and she enjoys her time with them, whether it is at church or at home.