• Gina Ohnstad

    Gina Ohnstad

    Interim Vice President for Communications

    Boyer House 201

    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.

Content Team

  • Margie Reece

    Margie Reece

    Director of Content

    Boyer House 102

    Margie Reece ’93 (she/her/hers) joined Whitman in October 2019. Margie brings years of experience in writing and editing for diverse audiences. She's passionate about storytelling and creating compelling and effective content. Margie supports Whitman College's strategic marketing and communications efforts by crafting strong written content for various platforms, including Whitman print and digital publications and campaigns - for prospective students, alumni, donors and the campus community.

  • Lara Hale

    Lara Hale

    Senior Writer and Editor

    Boyer House 107

    Lara Hale (she/her/hers) joined Whitman in January 2021 with more than 15 years of experience in writing and editing. Lara is the editor of Whitman Magazine and also supports the college’s marketing and communications goals by crafting engaging content for Whitman's various print and digital platforms. 

  • Mónica Hernández Williams

    Mónica Hernández Williams

    Marketing Writer

    Boyer House 206

    Mónica Hernández Williams (she/her/hers) grew up in the Walla Walla Valley and joined Whitman in September 2021. She brings years of experience in media relations, content writing, producing videos, and managing websites and social media accounts. Mónica is passionate about getting to the heart of each story and sharing it with the world. Mónica supports the communication team by showcasing all Whitman College has to offer in print, video and digital communications.

  • Sierra Roberts

    Sierra Roberts

    Video and Multimedia Producer

    Boyer House 204

    Sierra Roberts (she/her/hers) joined Whitman in September 2021. She is passionate about telling stories that create meaningful connections. With her professional experience as a producer, she's skilled at bringing creative ideas to life for a variety of audiences and platforms. From storytelling videos to photography, Sierra helps the team create quality visuals that represent Whitman.

Creative Services

  • Ryan Barnes

    Ryan Barnes

    Director of Creative Services

    Boyer House 203

    Ryan Barnes (he/him/his) is a creative director with 20 years of experience building higher education brands and engaging teams. He currently leads a team of visual designers and developers within Whitman College’s communications department, where he has helped to build an internal culture that attracts and fosters creative minds while ensuring quality, consistency and solid strategic thinking during all phases of creative work.

  • Michael Cox

    Michael Cox

    Web Designer

    Boyer House 107

    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.

  • Keith Hough

    Keith Hough

    Web Developer

    Boyer House 206

    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 webpages, emails and other digital projects.

  • Matthew McKern

    Matthew McKern

    Senior Designer

    Boyer House 103

    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.

Internal Communications

  • Heidi Pitts

    Heidi Pitts

    Internal Communications Strategist

    Boyer House 102

    Heidi Pitts (she/her/hers) joined Whitman in May 2020 following 15 years experience in community development and non-profit communications. As Whitman's first internal communications strategist, she is responsible for creating new ways for our community to connect by leveraging technology, streamlining existing communications channels and sharpening our messaging to align with the college’s strategic priorities.

Media and Public Relations

  • Gillian Frew

    Gillian Frew

    Interim Associate Director of Media and Public Relations

    Boyer House 205

    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.

  • Kat Jimenez

    Kat Jimenez

    Social Media Specialist

    Boyer House 101

    Kathia Jimenez (she/her/hers) joined Whitman in April 2021. She brings a fun creative mindset to the content team. With her experience in social media management, Kathia plans and implements strategies and campaigns to connect and engage prospective students through social media—showcasing all that Whitman College has to offer. She works closely with other creatives on the team and mentors students in social media communication.

Print Production and Mailing Services

  • Richard Anderson

    Richard Anderson

    Print Production Specialist

    Boyer House 111

    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.

  • Linda Marshall

    Linda Marshall

    Mailing Coordinator

    Boyer House 105

    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.