For media inquiries, please contact Gina Ohnstad, (509) 527-5739.
Vice President of Enrollment and CommunicationsBoyer House, Penrose 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
Savannah Tranchell is an experienced journalist and strategic communications professional. She joined the Whitman Communications Content Team in June 2018. She has a master's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University and a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Idaho. Savannah is an award-winning feature writer and worked in the newspaper industry for more than 10 years before entering higher ed communications.
Staff WriterBoyer House(509) 527-4917
Playwright, poet, director, and screenwriter, Afrika Brown began her career writing fashion, lifestyle, and entertainment features. In 2006, Brown published Sepia Sapphire, a collection of poetry. In 2007, Brown's weekly chapter series Diary of a Break Up was featured on Universitychic.com. In 2009, she founded F.A.M.E NYC Magazine. In 2014, The Outing, Brown's first one-act play was featured at Open Hydrant's Urban Waves Festival, Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Summer Shorts Festival, and The Strawberry One-Act Festival. In 2015, Brown's social-political play Strange Fruit Redux made its world premiere at Manhattan Repertory Theatre's 10th Anniversary Event. Strange Fruit Redux returned to NYC in November 2015 participating in the Midtown International Theatre Festival. In 2016, Strange Fruit Redux played in festivals in North Carolina, Michigan and the boroughs of NYC. Brown also debuted Slow Bullet, My Three Loves for an extended run at Manhattan Repertory Theatre in June 2016. In 2017, she traveled to Barcelona to take part in an artist residency at Can Serrat. Brown is a Resident Playwright at Manhattan Repertory Theatre and a 2018 Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights Fellow.
Video & Multimedia ProducerBoyer House(509) 527-5969
Rebecca Devereaux is an award-winning multiplatform journalist from the Midwest. She joined Whitman's Communication Content Team in January 2018 after working as a multimedia journalist for a daily newspaper in southwestern Pennsylvania. Rebecca earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography from Point Park University. Her favorite pastimes are playing guitar and violin, shooting large format film and hanging out with her adorable cat.
Web Content SpecialistBoyer House, 101509-527-5769
Rebecca Thorpe is the new web content specialist in the Communications Office. But she is no stranger to Whitman College. She has worked for many departments including: communications, student services and SSRA. She received her Bachelor of Art in English and theatre from Gonzaga University and her Master of Art in English composition from University of Nevada - Reno. In her freetime she also teaches yoga at Whitman, spends time with her family and attends her children's sporting events.
Senior Writer and EditorBoyer House(509) 527-5260
Wisconsinite Peter Szymczak brings more than 20 years of magazine journalism experience to the communications department and Whitman Magazine. His byline has appeared in the Texas Observer, Alaska Beyond Magazine, Barista Magazine, Fresh Cup Magazine, Digger Magazine, Northwest Palate, Sip Northwest, Leafly, Oregon Wine Press and The Oregonian. He has a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a culinary arts diploma from the Oregon Culinary Institute.
Director of Creative ServicesBoyer House(509) 522-4412
Ryan Barnes joined Whitman in March 2018. He is an accomplished creative director with more than 16 years' experience with knowledge in brand strategy, creative direction, digital media, and web management. He served as a board member to Simple Measures, the Washington State Bar Association's Disciplinary Board, and the Seattle Opera's BRAVO! Club. He was previously the Assistant Director for Design & Brand Marketing at Seattle University School of Law. He has earned his BFA in Digital Design and MFA in Arts Leadership.
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
Keith Hough joined Whitman in May 2018. His role is to develop web content and to help members of the Whitman community enhance their web communications. He earned his degree in web development from Arizona State University in 2017 and previously worked in commercial radio as an on-air personality and promotions director. Outside of work Keith enjoys hiking, camping, and taking naps.
Senior DesignerBoyer House(509) 527-4966
Matthew McKern joined Whitman as the Senior Designer in May 2018. Matthew is a native Walla Wallan. He brings more than 25 years of experience in design and illustration, creating marketing materials both in print and on the web. Matthew graduated with a bachelor's degree from Central Washington University in 1991. He enjoys attending his daughter's musical performances, spending time in the garden with his wife, and the great outdoors.
Media and Public Relations
Media Relations StrategistBoyer 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.
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.