Interim Vice President for CommunicationsBoyer House 201509-527-5739
Gina Ohnstad (she/her/hers) began her role as the Interim Vice President for Communications in August of 2021 after seven years at Whitman, most recently as the Sr. Director for Communications. In her time at Whitman, Gina has been instrumental in overseeing crisis communication, implementing a new campus emergency alert system, leading communications efforts on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic, and creating cohesion between the admission and communications staff during a departmental merger. Prior to arriving in Walla Walla Ohnstad spent 15 years working as a TV news producer, earning several Emmy awards along the way. When she’s not at work, Gina enjoys running, cycling, and camping with her husband and son.
Director of ContentBoyer House 102509-527-4917
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.
Mónica Hernández Williams
Marketing and Communications WriterBoyer House 206
Mónica Hernández Williams (she/her/hers) grew up in the Walla Walla Valley before becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. She earned her degree in journalism and media production from Washington State University and joined Whitman in September 2021. She brings nearly a decade 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.
Video and Multimedia ProducerBoyer 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.
Director of Creative ServicesBoyer House 203509-522-4412
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.
Web DesignerBoyer House 107509-527-5807
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 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 webpages, emails and other digital projects.
Senior DesignerBoyer House 103509-527-4966
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.
Internal Communications StrategistBoyer House 204509-522-4312
Media and Public Relations
Interim Associate Director of Media and Public RelationsBoyer House 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.
Social Media SpecialistBoyer 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
Printing and Mailing ManagerBoyer House 200509-527-5185
Jeanine Gordon (she/her/hers) joined the team in March 2022 as the Communications Office, Printing and Mailing Services Manager. She also serves on the Whitman College Advisory Council for CTUIR Collaboration. Jeanine grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, she is an enrolled Tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). She is the first in her family to earn a four-year and a graduate degree, having earned her B/SBA and her MBA from the University of Phoenix. Jeanine brings a vast array of experience from interpreting Sign Language to working in administrative and executive management.
Print Production SpecialistBoyer House 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 CoordinatorBoyer House 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.