Introducing our new WWU employees!

Please welcome our new Administrative Assistant in the School of Social Work/Sociology, Jed Lorraine Watson!

I am looking forward to utilizing all the skills I have learned in the past years and from my past work experiences to provide quality work in supporting my superiors in the department I work for or simply be an instrument for Christ at my workplace. I would like to be able to contribute to the success of the goals and fulfillment of the vision and mission of the team through Jesus Christ who gives us the the strength.

I previously worked as an Office Assistant for several years in the Philippines before I moved to the Pacific Islands in 2009 as part of the Adventist Volunteer Services (AVS). My responsibilities included teaching High school and Middle school classes, provided assistance to the Principal and other Administrative Personnel. In 2018 to 2022, I had the opportunity to work as a Payroll Customer Care Representative for a Financial Management company contracted by DSHS; I also worked as a Fulfillment Center Associate for a known online company and worked as a part-time associate in several retail stores.

I was born and raised in the Philippines by my parents Mr. Edgar and Mrs. Jemima Magbanua , both residing in the Philippines. I have only one sibling, my brother Jed Alden Magbanua, he works in the Adventist Medical Center - Palawan, Philippines. He lives with his wife Analyn and my two adorable nephews ages 4 and 2. I immigrated to the US in 2017 and I have an adorable but mischievous 3 year old beagle mix named Missy. I like to create different kinds of crafting projects and art, and I also have an interest in DIY projects or build, re-purposing old or used objects. I also like to garden and go for short hikes and walks with family and friends. I love the ocean, and I am a foodie.


Please welcome our new Student Advisor & Clinical Placement Coordinator, Lindsay Loa-Siahaan!

I have always had a heart for nursing and caring for others. I get so much joy out of working with individuals on a personal level through mentoring and teaching. This program was absolutely amazing and I cannot speak highly enough about it. In this position, I hope to build trustworthy relationships as well as support and guide students as they go through the nursing program and become professionals in the world of nursing.

I graduated from Walla Walla University's nursing program in 2020 with my BSN. Since then, I have worked as a community health RN where I have been able to give infectious disease education, complete patient assessments, and lead in training and teaching for infectious disease control and prevention, among other things. Before and after graduating with my BSN, I worked as the Associate Dean for Hansen Hall, WWU's Nursing Dormitory in Portland. Prior to my professional career, I spent a year as a task force dean at Auburn Adventist Academy and worked at the Washington Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists in various capacities for many summers.

I was born and raised in western Washington. I enjoy creating music with my husband, Matt, traveling, and trying new food. In the summer time, you can probably find me outside either hiking, or walking through nature or on the beach. In the winter and rainy months, you can usually find me curled up with a good book and hot tea.

Please welcome our new Carpentry Foreman, John Bennett!

I’m really looking forward to broadening my skills by taking on some projects here that I haven’t seen too much in my career. It’s my goal to complete work orders on a timely basis without sacrificing quality. I want to get to know as many faculty and student workers as possible to develop a healthy working relationship.

I worked as head of maintenance for our church/school in Washougal for several years. In addition, I’ve completed several home remodels over the past 10 years.

My family moved to the valley last October. Many of you have met or at least heard of my wife, Stephanie Bennett, who operates the University Clinic. We have three children. Tyler is a Sophomore at the University and Mason and Grace are attending Milton-Stateline Adventist School.