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