Vice President for Enrollment and CommunicationsBoyer House, Room 209509-526-3014
Josh Jensen (he/him/his) joined Whitman in July 2016. As vice president for enrollment and communications, Josh manages a team of 40 across admission, communications and financial aid. His work includes broad oversight of admission policy and practice, student recruitment, financial aid management, strategic messaging, content strategy, creative production, social and digital media, public relations, crisis communications and printing and mailing services. Josh also serves as the primary communications counsel to President Murray and serves on the President's cabinet.
Senior Director of CommunicationsBoyer House, Room 201509-527-5739
Gina Ohnstad (she/her/hers) joined Whitman in August of 2014. She brings more than 15 years of experience in the news business to the communications department. As the senior director, Gina oversees the Office of Communications, setting strategy and priorities for content, creative services, social media, media relations, and print and mailing services. Gina also handles crisis communication and is a member of the college's emergency communications team. She partners with members of the Whitman community to tackle communications problems from a strategic, goal-oriented perspective.
Executive Assistant and Communications Office ManagerBoyer House, Room 200A509-527-5160
Christie Fuller (she/her/hers) is the office manager for the Office of Communications and oversees daily operations for Whitman's print and mailing services. Christie assists the campus community with event advertising, printing or mailing billing questions and ordering name tags. She also oversees the twice yearly bulk stationary order for the college.
Director of ContentBoyer House, Room 202509-527-5116
Savannah Tranchell (she/her/hers) is an experienced journalist and strategic communications professional with more than a decade of experience in newsrooms and colleges around the northwest. As director of content, Savannah oversees Whitman's enrollment marketing initiatives, the Whitman magazine, content strategy and organization for the college website, the Whitman newsroom, and photography and videography. In addition to assigning content to the entire content team, Savannah is the primary point of contact for story ideas from Division I departments, as well as gender studies, film and media studies, race and ethnic studies, and global studies.
Senior Writer and EditorBoyer House, Room 102509-527-5260
Peter Szymczak (he/him/his) brings more than 20 years of magazine journalism experience to the communications department and Whitman Magazine. As senior writer and editor, Peter oversees the day-to-day production of Whitman Magazine, as well as serves as lead editor for web features and other
content. Peter is the point of contact for story ideas from Division III, as well as the BBMB and environmental studies programs.
Staff WriterBoyer House, Room 101509-527-4917
Afrika Brown (she/her/hers) is a playwright, poet, director and screenwriter, and has had a long career as a freelance writer in the fashion, lifestyle and entertainment industry. Afrika serves as the primary writer for the Whitman newsroom, with a focus on covering Division II departments, Latin American
Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, as well as campus-wide initiatives and events.
Web Content SpecialistBoyer House, Room 101509-527-5769
Rebecca Thorpe (she/her/hers) has worked across the Whitman community, including student services, the bookstore and communications offices. She has years of marketing, communications, and promotional experience. She also teaches yoga for students, staff and faculty. As web content specialist, Rebecca oversees the Whitman website, implementing its content and organizational strategy. She can assist departments and offices with making changes to existing webpages, providing data and analytics, and working with the college's web team to create new pages.
Video & Multimedia ProducerBoyer House, Room 204509-527-5969
Rebecca Devereaux (she/her/hers) is an award-winning multiplatform journalist who oversees the video strategy at Whitman College. Rebecca is in charge of creating video stories and promotional pieces in support of the college's goals. Her work appears on social media, the Whitman website and in marketing pieces targeting a variety of audiences. Rebecca also oversees the college's photo database and a staff of student photographers and videographers.
Director of Creative ServicesBoyer House, Room 203509-522-4412
Ryan Barnes (he/him/his) is an accomplished creative director with more than 16 years experience with knowledge in brand strategy, creative direction, digital media, and web management. Ryan oversees the creative services team and the conceptual development of the print and digital communications for Whitman College. As our brand steward, he develops and maintains Whitman's brand. Ryan ensures the college's strategic communications goals are translating and documented into briefs and executed with internal and external resources.
Web DesignerBoyer House, Room 206509-527-5807
Michael Cox (he/him/his) joined Whitman in January 2012. As Whitman's web designer, Michael creates web pages and digital content that is in line with Whitman's visual and brand identity, with an eye toward the user experience and digital best practices.
Web DeveloperBoyer House, Room 206509-522-4400
Keith Hough (he/him/his) is responsible for developing and maintaining the technical aspects of the Whitman website and digital communications. He is the lead user of the college's content management system, and works closely with the content and creative team to create dynamic and effective web
pages, emails and other digital projects.
Senior DesignerBoyer House, Room 207509-527-4966
Matthew McKern (he/him/his) is a native Walla Wallan with more than 25 years of experience in design and illustration, creating marketing materials both in print and on the web. As senior designer, Matt works closely with the director of creative services in developing and implementing Whitman's visual brand identity into all of its print and digital projects.
Media and Public Relations
Media Relations StrategistBoyer House, Room 205509-527-5156
Gillian Frew '11 (she/her/hers) has a bachelor's degree in English from Whitman College. As the college's media relations strategist, Gillian serves as the liaison between faculty and staff and the media to promote the mission of Whitman College. This includes writing news releases, pitching articles, connecting reporters with expert sources at Whitman, and placing pieces by faculty in media around the nation. Gillian also writes a regular column in the Union-Bulletin about Whitman. Gillian is the main contact for media inquiries.
Digital and Social Media SpecialistBoyer House, Room 206509-527-5768
Bryce Heuett (he/him/his) brings Whitman College to the world by maintaining an active and engaging presence on social media, including managing the college's main Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter channels. Bryce works closely with the Admission team, overseeing student vloggers and bloggers who produce content for Admission blogs and the college's social channels. He advises programs and departments on social media best practices and can assist with overall strategy and digital media targeting. Bryce also oversees creation and distribution of The Fountain, the college's weekly internal newsletter.
Print Production and Mailing Services
Print Production SpecialistBoyer House, Room 111509-527-5185
Richard Anderson (he/him/his) oversees the college's in-house, full-service print shop. He can assist faculty, staff and students with business card orders, print services, binder services, ordering paper inventory, and small and large format image scanning.
Mailing Room AssistantBoyer House, Room 105509-527-5266
Christina "Tina" Leigh (she/her/hers) assists the campus community with their mailing needs.
Mailing CoordinatorBoyer House, Room 105509-527-5793
Linda Marshall (she/her/hers) oversees the processing of outgoing mail from the college, including metering postage, address printing, mail merges, working with shippers and managing USPS postal regulations and requirements. She can assist the campus community with USPS, FedEx and other mail processing services, including envelope and postcard printing and mail merges.