Please welcome Amanda Skeen our new Administrative Assistant in Custodial!
I look forward to helping the Custodial Manager and Custodial Workers create a clean and friendly campus environment.
I completed my Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting at Walla Walla University. I have worked previously as an Accounting Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and Billing Assistant.
I was born in Chehalis, WA. My husband and I recently moved back to Walla Walla and have loved living here. I have been married to my husband Ryan for almost two years. We have two cats and a puppy. I love going on hikes, rock climbing, road trips, and relaxing with friends and family.
Please welcome Rafael Vasquez our new Custodial Coordinator (Floor Maintenance) and Facilities Support Worker!
I look forward to excelling and learning how to use all the cleaning machines.
I was self employed for several years and had several rentals and owned a tax business.
I like to work on computers, auto's and build steel machines. I love horses and in my spare time I like spending time with my children.
Please welcome Francheska Cannone, our new Research Assistant in the Donald Blake Center!
I am looking forward to learning more about the valley where I grew up and researching history that can shed more light on historical topics that are not discussed often enough.
I recently completed my MA in history at Portland State University where I focused on public history, American legal history, and U.S. political and cultural history. During my time as a graduate student I worked for the Pacific Historical Review as an editor, as a teaching assistant, and I had many internships dealing with public history.
I was born and raised in Walla Walla, WA, which is where my family still resides today. I enjoy being outside, taking my dog on walks, reading books, cook, paint, and spending time with my family and friends.
Please welcome David Lindstrom, our new Director, Student Development Center!
I love the mission of Walla Walla University and believe that the Student Development Center is positioned to make a positive impact on the lives of our students. My objective is to help an already great department in assisting students with learning and career development. I've missed working with the students and it will be great to be able to share my experience, faith and hope with them. And, ...it's a second chance to make a first impression.
Having held leadership positions for the last 20 years in Public Administration, Healthcare and Higher Ed I have experience in recruiting, hiring and coaching which I believe enables me to transfer real world experience to students seeking major and career advice. I have a Master's degree in Psychology from Walla Walla College and have experience in direct service mental health and coaching. Most recently, I've been the Director of Operations and a Trainer for an online trauma recovery training and virtual clinic organization. I have been in this position before and have returned because after leaving to explore some other opportunities, which I believe will make me better at my job, God has lead with some undeniable events and timing.
I love living close to my grandkids and seeing them on a regular basis. I collect gnomes and enjoy reading, working out, disc golf, and yard work.
Please welcome Liesl Vistaunet, our new Community Relations Coordinator for Positive Life Radio - Portland!
It’s an honor to introduce Positive Life Radio to the people of Portland! In this role, I am connecting new listeners with each other and with organizations that are doing great things within our community.
To "connect people with purpose" is my professional mission statement, and I'm proud to say it was developed as a student worker at Positive Life Radio. PLR provided real-life application of the knowledge I was acquiring in my classes as a mass communication major (and marketing minor). More importantly, PLR is where I first experienced the joy of providing hope for people.
Another important thing came of my time at PLR. It is where I first met my husband, Brian Vistaunet. After graduating in 2003, we moved to Boise, Idaho, where I continued working in radio at KTSY as music director and afternoon DJ. A move to be closer to family took me to Portland Adventist Academy where I spent 15 years in the development department building relationships with sister schools, churches, and alumni.
My family and I are blessed to live less than two hours from the Oregon coast and 30 minutes from the most incredible hiking trails in the Pacific Northwest (the Columbia River Gorge) where we spend many Sabbath afternoons. My husband and our son, Koen, are obsessed with soccer. Pele, our black Labrador, actually plays soccer with them, and has become a neighborhood park celebrity. Our family loves to laugh! We keep a quote book to remember our funniest moments; many of them come from our rigorous road trips. And yes, I love road trips! I also love hiking, singing, dark chocolate, coffee, and Portland, of course! I'm so excited to introduce the warmth of Positive Life Radio to the people of Portland.
Please welcome Nathan Follett, into his new role of Associate Director of Student Financial Services (SFS) and Student Loans Manager!
I am looking forward to being more involved with problem solving and contributing to the overall planning of SFS.
I graduated from Burman University with a B.A. in Outward Pursuits in 2020. While my undergraduate degree doesn't really relate to the SFS world, it was an excellent experience in developing leadership and communication skills. In December, 2021, I graduated with an MBA in Finance from Southern Adventist University, and joined the SFS team a few weeks later as the Associate Director of Loans and Student Finance. Over the past several months I have gained an extensive knowledge of PeopleSoft and managing the loans side of SFS.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, designing houses and outdoor gear, and backpacking. This past summer, my wife, Bayli and I had the opportunity to backpack the 175 mile Tahoe Rim Trail and absolutely loved it. I have two younger sisters, one a WWU senior, and the other, an elite gymnast and 8th grader in Lincoln, NE where my parents live. While I was born in Yakima, I grew up mostly in Tennessee and Nebraska, so it has been fun to explore the PNW over the past couple of years.
Please welcome Renee Corbett, into her new role of Public Services and Resource Sharing Manager!
I'm looking forward to working in a library committed to helping students develop strong research skills, and to provide resources that support the learning, teaching, and research needs of our students, faculty, and staff.
I graduated from Walla Walla University in 2004 with a B.B.A in Management. For the last six years I have served as the Resource Sharing Specialist at Peterson Memorial Library. Prior to coming to Walla Walla University I worked as the Office Manager in the Foundation Office of the Walla Walla General Hospital.
I was born and raised in Riverside, CA. on the La Sierra campus. Later our family accepted a call to Walla Walla University. I live in College Place with my dachshund Benji. I have played trumpet with the Walla Walla Valley Bands for over 20 years. I was also a founding member of the Walla Walla University Big Band. I enjoy reading, traveling, cooking and painting. I am very excited to be working at my Alma Mater.
Please welcome Craig Kyle, our new Windows Systems and Active Directory Administrator!
I got my start in IT working as a computer technician for Gary Rittenbach here at Walla Walla University. After working in that position for a few years, I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to take the work to the next level by taking on the role of Windows System Administrator. My time as a SysAdmin taught me everything there is to know about Windows systems and, by extension, Microsoft systems and technologies. Additionally, for the last year, I was also doing Windows SysAdmin work for the Walla Walla County Rural Library District. Working for the library taught me a lot; it gave me experience with Microsoft systems for which I had not been responsible before.
The biggest objective for the next year is working to migrate our systems from Active Directory to Azure Active Directory. In addition, I think there is a lot that can be done to improve the way we use Microsoft's technologies here at the university. An example of this would be our implementation of SharePoint, which could be greatly simplified and certain features taken advantage of to provide a better user experience.
I have had multiple homes in my life, but all of them have been here in the Walla Walla Valley. Hobbies I enjoy include backpacking, biking, competing in sports, programming, and socializing. My immediate family members include my parents, Kendall and Lori Kyle, and my two sisters, Katie and Kristina Kyle. And I currently have two cats.