Meet Our Staff

Western Washington University and our conference staff are proud members of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International.

Our team of full-time staff has over 40 years combined of event planning and program development experience. Read below to meet each of our staff members and learn how they can best support your needs.

Cory Herman, Program Specialist

Cory is a proud Alumni of Western Washington University, graduating in 2006. Prior to joining the Conference Services team, Cory held conference and event management positions for the City of Vancouver, The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and various privately owned companies. She has a combined 7 years’ experience in the event planning and management industry and is excited to be back at Western. Please let her know how she can help you plan your next conference or event.

Phone: (360) 650-7754

Michele Anderson, Program Specialist

Michele grew up in Bellingham, graduated from Western Washington University in 1989, and returned to the Pacific Northwest after 19 years in Southern California. She has over 20 years experience with program and event management in the public sector, having worked at The San Diego Union-Tribune, the San Diego Padres, and several Northwest companies on a contract basis. She enjoys developing dynamic programs, collaborative partnerships, and creative solutions for events, and is excited to be back at WWU.

Phone: (360) 650-6409

Colleen Jacobson, Event Coordinator

Colleen is a fresh alumna of Western Washington University, graduating in spring 2016. She has a combined 3 years of experience in event planning and conference housing at Western, originally starting as a student employee with Guest Housing. Colleen joined the Conference Services team in 2016 and serves our clients as an Event Coordinator. She looks forward to continuing to build relationships with perennial clients and conference attendees while welcoming first time groups to beautiful Bellingham. 

Phone: (360) 650-4007

Debbie Gibbons, Manager of Youth Programs

Debbie has managed youth programs for 25 years at Western Washington University. She enjoys working with Western faculty, students, area teachers, Whatcom County schools, community organizations, and especially the youngsters that participate in youth programs. With an interest in student development, Gibbons is a member of Alderwood Elementary PTA and volunteers regularly at Roosevelt Elementary School

Phone: (360) 650-6820

Juliet Holzknecht, Youth Program Coordinator

Juliet has 8 years of experiences in conference housing and event planning in the University Residences office prior to joining the Conference Services team. With a background in student development and guest services, she enjoys working with all ages and backgrounds to provide a high level of customer service.  Juliet is a Western alum who fell in love with the campus and surrounding Bellingham community and enjoys sharing the wonderful things WWU has to offer.

Phone: (360) 650-4011


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