picture of cheryl hansenCheryl Hansen
Director of International Programs
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  • Coordinates all international programs services
  • Recruits students from around the world
  • Manages international admissions
  • Advises international students
  • Designated School Official and provides immigration information
  • Assists students with academic, health or personal problems

A Washington State native and born in Walla Walla on a wheat and cattle ranch, Cheryl has lived, worked, and traveled all over the world. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from the University of Washington in Seattle, Cheryl spent a year traveling throughout Europe stopping in Madrid, Spain for 5 months to work as an au pair. She later lived in Brazil for two years where she taught English as a Second Language. She returned to the U.S. where she obtained her Master’s of Education degree in College Student Services Administration with a minor in International Education from Oregon State University in Corvallis. She supported scientists working at three of the United States Antarctic Program, South Pole, Palmer, and McMurdo. With more than 25 years of experience working with students who are pursuing higher education, Cheryl has excellent organization, leadership, creative problem-solving, and management skills. Some of Cheryl’s interests include working on the family farm, hiking, swimming, and traveling abroad. She has visited all seven continents and traveled to more than 40 countries and looks forward to many more.


picture of erika bockmannErika Bockmann
Assistant Director of Admissions
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Fax: 01-509-524-4795

  • DSO (Designated school official)
  • Processes International Student Applications
  • Submits I-20s for international students

Erika was born and raised in Richland, WA, a town located 60 miles west of Walla Walla. After graduating from high school, Erika moved to Walla Walla to attend college at Walla Walla Community College where she obtained her Associate in Arts Degree. Continuing her education at a distance, she obtained her BA in Religion through Andrews University. Having worked at Walla Walla Community College since 2012, she has found a love and passion for education, especially in the community college setting. As a result, Erika is currently working on her masters in College Student Services Administration through Oregon State University. During her college years, Erika had the opportunity to travel to the Middle East. For three weeks, she toured Turkey, Greece, Jordan, and Israel, visiting places like Ephesus, Athens, Petra, and Jerusalem. She has also taken several mission trips, one to Mexico and another to Peru. On each trip, Erika has enjoyed learning about different cultures and ways of life. In her spare time, Erika enjoys backpacking, crocheting, and playing board games.

kendra lee coffeenKendra Coffeen
International Programs Assistant/Lead Instructor IELP
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  • Intensive English Language Program (IELP) Lead Instructor
  • DSO (Designated School Official)
  • Processes international student applications

Kendra was born in Walla Walla and grew up on a small farm with lots of animals. (She can tell you plenty of animal stories.) In 2010, she graduated from Walla Walla University with a double-major in English and Spanish as well as a secondary teaching degree. While she was in college, she spent a year studying Spanish in Argentina, and it was there that she discovered a love of languages and cultures, particularly teaching languages to others. So she decided to pursue her Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) at the University of Washington, and in 2013 graduated with her MATESOL degree. For the next few years, she taught in Seattle Central College and Tacoma Community College’s intensive English programs. In 2017, Kendra and her husband moved back to Walla Walla to be closer to family.  Kendra has currently been teaching in Transitional Studies at WWCC, developing their IELP, and providing support to Cheryl and Erika in International Programs. In addition to teaching, Kendra loves traveling, hiking, backpacking, fishing, swimming, reading, playing badminton and the piano, and spending time with her family and friends.