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 employees. The Office of Human Resources is committed to providing leadership and outstanding professional human resource services to the university and the surrounding communities.
COVID-19 Employee Resources
Areas of responsibility: Employee management and mediation, training and development, wage and salary structure, policy, and employment law.
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.
Areas of responsibility: Benefits, new hire orientation, leaves of absence, Caliper assessments, exit interviews.
Keri is a 2003 graduate of Walla Walla University. Keri and her spouse, Luke, a pastor and chaplain, have three children and in their spare time, they enjoy hiking, kayaking, exploring and trying new foods.
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.
Areas of expertise: Payroll, employment verification requests, TCPlus (approving timecards), retirement contributions, and tax related inquiries.
Tavita Talev is joining Walla Walla University as a HR Specialist and Payroll Coordinator. Tavita has a daughter named Aleksandra, and a dog, Guido, and a cat, Amoret. She enjoys birding, hiking, kayaking, gardening, outdoor activities, cooking, baking, and outreach.
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.
Cassandre Beccai, MDiv, PHR
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist/Title IX Coordinator
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.