For media inquiries, please contact Gina Ohnstad, (509) 527-5739.
Vice President of Enrollment and CommunicationsBoyer House(509) 526-3014
Joshua Jensen joined Whitman College in July 2016.
Senior Director of CommunicationsBoyer House(509) 527-5739
Gina Ohnstad joined Whitman in August of 2014. She brings more than 15 years of experience in the news business to the communications department. Gina most recently lived in Portland, Oregon, where she produced the 5:00 news at the NBC affiliate. Her newscasts earned the station multiple Emmy, Associated Press and Oregon Association of Broadcasters awards. Gina has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Outside of work, Gina loves to camp with her family in their VW van, and is an avid cyclist and runner. Keeping up with her toddler son does wonders for her training.
Executive Assistant and Communications Office ManagerBoyer House(509) 527-5160
Prior to coming to Whitman College, Christie worked directly for C Suite Executives in various industries including several start up companies in the renewable fuel industry, software development and an online business to business exchange. Areas of expertise include accounting, human resources management and staff supervision.
Director of ContentBoyer House509-527-5116
Peter Szatmary is director of content at Whitman College. He assumed the gig in January 2017 after serving as editor of Ohio Today, the alumni magazine of Ohio University, overseeing its print, digital, and imprint iterations. Before that, he was editor of Phi Kappa Phi Forum, the scholarly and alumni magazine of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Szatmary earlier was a reporter and section editor at daily newspapers. He earned degrees from Vassar College (B.A., English), Wake Forest University (M.A., English), and University of Houston (M.F.A., creative writing/fiction).
Staff WriterBoyer House(509) 527-5156
Gillian Frew '11 has a bachelor's degree in English from Whitman. She has written for the Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, The Oregonian and Seattle Metropolitan, and recently returned from teaching English in Spain. She has traveled to 25 countries and counting, and enjoys attending local wine events with her husband, Alex Ponnaz '11, who is part of the Enology & Viticulture program.
Daniel Le Ray
Senior Writer and EditorBoyer House(509) 527-4917
Daniel Le Ray joined Whitman in August 2013 after five years living in the Boston area. Since graduating from the University of Warwick in the U.K., he has worked in publishing, communications and marketing, including a stint in Berlin as editor of Europe's largest marketing and PR magazine, Communication Director. Most recently, he was marketing manager for Sedo.com, an online company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Outside of the Whitman communications office, he enjoys good food and good bourbon, good dogs and good music.
Creative and Technical Services
Web DesignerBoyer House(509) 527-5807
Michael Cox joined Whitman in January 2012. His role is to edit web content to ensure that pages and sites are accurate and effective, as well as to help members of the Whitman community enhance their web communications. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in visual communication design where he also worked as a cartoonist for the school's newspaper.
Web DeveloperBoyer House(509) 522-4400
Peter Means joined Whitman in 2009. After spending the first four-and-a-half years working in the development office on the alumni database, he joined the communications team in May 2014. As a web developer, most of his work is focused on the continual development and improvement of the Whitman website. Peter graduated from Washington State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in physical science, and outside of work his interests include music, art, cycling, board games, wishing he owned a sailboat and spending time with his wife and kids.
Senior DesignerBoyer House(509) 527-4966
Trevor Ross joined Whitman in 2016 after returning from Portland, OR where he worked as a freelance creative for several agencies and clients in the area. Before that he worked in Spokane, WA for Miller White Runkle, BHW1 and Hatch Advertising as a senior art director. Trevor brings more than 15 years experience in the design and advertising professions and is happy to return to the Walla Walla Valley where he originally grew up. He enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, biking and plans to adopt a big dog as soon as he finds an even bigger yard.
Media and Public Relations
Digital and Social Media SpecialistBoyer House(509) 527-5768
Bryce Heuett joined Whitman as the Digital and Social Media Specialist in June of 2017. Most recently, he worked at Washington State University where he served as the Social Media Specialist for the athletic department. Prior to WSU, Bryce worked at Whitman as the Assistant Sports Communication Director. Bryce graduated with his Master's Degree from the University of Tennessee in December 2014 and also owns a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from Southern Utah University. Outside of work Bryce enjoys watching and following sports, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with his wife and children.
Print Production and Mailing Services
Manager of Print Production and Mailing ServicesBoyer House(509) 527-5769
Chris Bishop ’79, Manager of Print Production and Mailing Services, oversees major campus publications, including development and alumni projects. A lifelong local resident, Chris graduated from Whitman with degrees in studio art and education. During the 1980s, she worked as a graphic artist and later was director of Carnegie Art Center. Chris and husband Larry Bishop ’76 live on a wheat ranch in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. For recreation, Chris practices figure skating and hones her improv dance skills. Nominated by her colleagues, Chris is a 2005 recipient of the Janice Abraham Award, which recognizes the significant contributions and outstanding service of Whitman staff members.
Print Production SpecialistBoyer House(509) 527-5185
Mailing CoordinatorBoyer House(509) 527-5793
Mailing TechnicianBoyer House(509) 527-5266