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 employees. The Office of Human Resources is committed to providing leadership and outstanding professional human resource services to the university and the surrounding communities.


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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

Keri Self, SHRM-CP

Director of Human Resources

(509) 527-2302


Keri is a 2003 BS graduate of Walla Walla University. She has experience as an academy girls dean, office manager, patient accounts specialist, HR assistant and associate HR director. She earned her HR certification with the Society of Human Resources Management and has been a programs director and college relations director of the Blue Mountain Human Resources Management Association. Keri and her spouse have three children and in their spare time, they enjoy hiking, kayaking, snowboarding and skiing, exploring and trying new foods.

Josette Robinson McDonald, MBA

Associate Director of Human Resources

(509) 527-2141


Josette was born and raised in Kingston Jamaica and is a proud graduate of the Northern Caribbean University and the Florida International University with her degrees in business. She relocated from New Jersey to Walla Walla in July 2022 with her husband Carlos, their son Nathan and her mom Pauline. In her spare time, she enjoys playing games with her son, hanging out with her family, meeting people, reading, singing, Bible studies, getting a good laugh, braiding hair and watching a good movie.

Elizabeth Santiago

Human Resources Generalist

(509) 527-2820


Elizabeth has 16 years of HR experience. Has worked with the Adventist Organization (Higher Ed and Hospital) in various roles, including; Transfer Enrollment Counselor, Recruiter, Homestead Manager (International Students), and Executive Assistant. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico. In her free time, enjoys spending time with family/friends, traveling, trying new restaurants and taking nature walks/hikes. She has been married for 29 years, has 3 adult children and a 5-year-old grandson.

Laura Boyd

Administrative Assistant

(509) 527-2842


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.

Aman Kaur

Risk Management Officer and Title IX Case Manager

(509) 527- 2250


Aman recently graduated from Walla Walla University with a major in Business and a concentration in Management this June 2023. In the next 2 years, she plans to get SHRM-CP certified, solidifying her expertise in HR practices. She is also committed to complete her master's degree in the next 2 years, seeking to expand her knowledge. By achieving these objectives, she aims to not only excel in her current position but also position herself as a well-rounded professional capable of tackling complex challenges.

Aman's hobbies include traveling and camping as they allow her to explore new places, embrace different cultures, and appreciate the beauty of nature. Entrepreneurship has always intrigued her, and she enjoys staying up to date with the latest business trends and developments. Additionally, fashion captivates her attention, and she finds joy in following fashion trends and experimenting with different styles.

Tara Wyrembelski, MS

Chemical Hygiene Officer

(509) 527-2148


Tara was raised just outside of Louisville, Kentucky and eventually graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in geology. Her and her husband, Steve, an engineer, met while attending graduate school together at Michigan Technological University. They have two boys and have lived in the Walla Walla area for more than 12 years. In her spare time, Tara enjoys all sorts of stitching projects, building miniatures, and hanging with her family and pets. Every year her family takes a trip back east to visit family and friends and this has allowed her children to see a lot of the country already.