Human Resources & Payroll

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Working at Walla Walla University

Our focus is to recruit, hire, and retain qualified people to support the mission of the University. Our work environments will challenge you to perform your very best while providing you with an atmosphere where you are valued and respected for your contributions.

Walla Walla University has an increasingly diverse population of of employees. The Office of Human Resources is committed to providing leadership and outstanding professional human resource services to the university and the surrounding communities.

Human Resources Team

Feel free to visit us during our normal office hours! Whether you are a current employee or just starting the hiring process, our staff are here to assist you and answer your employment questions. 

Give us a call! (509) 527-2820

Jennifer Carpenter, JD, SHRM-SCP

Director of Human Resources

(509) 527-2141

Areas of responsibility: HR policies and procedures, employee relations, compliance with laws and regulations

Jennifer describes herself as a Cuban-American Navy wife. Her husband Corey is a Navy veteran currently attending WWU! Jennifer has three children: Kaleb, Kelly, Khloe. Jennifer graduated from Andrews University, as well as Regent University School of Law.

Erika Sanderson, BS, aPHR

Associate Director of Human Resources

(509) 527-2302

Areas of responsibility: Benefits, new hire orientation, leaves of absence, Caliper assessments, exit interviews.

Erika was born and raised in Battle Ground, Washington and loves reading, painting and pottery. She is a WWU graduate (class of 2013) and worked in the WWU Accounting office for several years before joining the HR team.

Cassandre Beccai

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Specialist

(509) 527-2259

Areas of responsibility: Sensitivity training and initiatives, discrimination and/or harassment concerns, Title IX, and employee complaints.

Cassandre and her husband, Andreas, have one daughter, Eden Zahara.  In her spare time, Cassandre enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and eating gelato. She graduated NYU with a degree in Sociology and received her MDiv from Andrews University.

Laura Boyd, AA

Administrative Assistant

(509) 527-2820

Areas of expertise: New hire paperwork, relocation, duplicate housing, retirement estimates and application for the defined benefit plan, worker's comp and free tuition. 

Laura was born in Bozeman and raised in Butte, Montana. After graduating with an an Associate of Arts from WWC, she married fellow classmate Kim Boyd. They have two daughters, Desiree and Aimee, both married. Laura enjoys reading, photography, camping, traveling and spending time with grandchildren.

Brithny Sanderson, BS

HR Specialist/Payroll Coordinator

(509) 527-2190

Areas of expertise: Payroll, employment verification requests, TCPlus (approving timecards), retirement contributions, and tax related inquiries.

Brithny is a 2018 graduate of WWU with a BS in Business Administration.  She was born in Honduras, and enjoys traveling, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends in her spare time.  Brithny's husband, Christopher Sanderson, is an engineering student at WWU.

Joan Wright

Assistant Payroll Coordinator

(509) 527-2667

Areas of expertise: Payroll Assistant, TCPlus, payroll reports, student hires, W4 tax forms and related inquiries.

Joan was born in Maryland, and in her spare time she enjoys decorating, shopping, road trips, hiking with her dog, and baking for her family. She is the mother of two young ladies and is married to John Wright, who also works at WWU in the Facility Services department.

Last update on May 22, 2019