Professional Staff

  • Helen Kim

    Helen Kim

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Sociology

    Memorial Building 301

    Helen K. Kim assumed the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2022. Prior to her appointment, Helen served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development since 2019 and Interim Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion from 2018-2019. She is currently Professor of Sociology and Director of Encounters, Whitman's First Year Experience. Helen has held various administrative positions at the college including Department Chair and Director of the Tenure-Track Faculty Mentoring Program. Her scholarship focuses on race and American Judaism in the contemporary era. Along with co-author, Noah Leavitt, she published JewAsian: Race, Religion, and Identity for America's Newest Jews in 2016 with University of Nebraska Press. Her scholarship has been profiled in the New York Times, NPR, and Huffington Post.

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  • Laura Cummings

    Laura Cummings

    Assistant Director of the Academic Resource Center

    Olin Hall 317

    Laura Cummings joined the Academic Resource Center in July 2021, and is excited to engage with the Whitman community regarding access and support for all students. Laura has worked within Disability Services, broader academic supports, and community advocacy. She enjoys jumping in and doing a little bit of everything and, over the years, has learned a little bit about a lot of things. Fluent in American Sign Language she often talks with her hands (even when talking to herself!). Laura holds a M.Ed in Student Development Administration from Seattle University and a BA in Deaf Studies from California State University. At home Laura enjoys hanging out with her dog and crocheting.

  • Antonia Keithahn

    Antonia Keithahn

    Associate Director of Academic Resources

    Olin Hall 314

    Antonia Keithahn (she/her/hers) joined Whitman College in 2015, and moved into her current position in 2017. She views her role within a social justice context and her long-term goal is to bring greater awareness to access barriers on our campus so that they can be acknowledged and dismantled. Antonia's background is in secondary education, having received a Master's in Education (in Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of Illinois in 2013. She also holds a BA in History from Reed College after a disastrous attempt at a combined Chemistry-Art major that lasted about a semester and a half before collapsing entirely. Away from the office, Antonia enjoys several hobbies including embroidery, roller derby, singing and playing guitar, intersectional feminism, and comfortable pants.

  • Colette Marie

    Colette Marie

    Administrative Assistant

    Olin Hall 347

    Colette moved to Walla Walla with her husband, daughter, and two small dogs in 2018 and joined the ARC, delighted by the opportunity to promote a supportive, accessible learning environment for Whitman students.

    She has a BA in English and Writing from Whitworth College and attended graduate school at the University of Colorado and Naropa University (Writing for Social Change), before beginning a 33-year long career in human services in Boulder County, Colorado where she participated in the dismantling of institutionalization practices for people with disabilities and worked as an advocate for community inclusion. 

    Outside of the office, when she isn’t reading or writing, Colette can be found dancing yankadi in her kitchen or tearing up the lawn in her yard to make room for more flowers. She adores her dogs, chocolate, and those acceptance letters she occasionally receives from publishers.

    She recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Eastern Oregon University and is working on a novel. Her poetry has appeared in several publications, including Oregon East and The Sun.

  • Richard Middleton-Kaplan

    Academic Resource Coordinator (temporary)