UCC Staff

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Mercedes Bounthapanya

Mercedes Bounthapanya: Career Center Specialist
math freak.swimmer.kitten enthusiast.

I schedule appointments for students with our amazing Career Coaching staff, and offer free smiles to all who walk in the office. I also help polish resumes that are submitted in our Resume Dropbox, and even help post jobs on career.ku.edu to further aid students searching for careers. I'm also one who likes to talk, so come on by the UCC for a chat! Read more.

Halie Breninger

Halie Breninger
Career Center Specialist
adventurer.hard worker.planner.

I am a Career Center Specialist at The University of Kansas Career Center. I work at the front desk greeting guest who stop into our office, answering phone calls, and scheduling appointments for our Career Coaches. In addition to our receptionist duties, I review resumes submitted to the Resume Dropbox and post job openings in KU Career Connections. Read more.

Amy Brown

Amy Brown: Graphic Design Intern
creative thinker.Chipotle lover.aspiring designer.

I design just about everything you see here at the UCC! I It's my job to help promote the career center through fun, engaging designs. I develop designs seen around campus as well as the UCC's social media. With my sketchbook and Adobe Creative suite at hand, it is my goal to persuade students to walk into the wonderful career center. Read more.

Rachel Davis

Rachel Davis: Career Coach
 rachelkdavis@ku.edu
problem solver.pop culture geek.worsmith.

In my role as Assistant Director at the University Career Center, I work closely with international students and the Academic Accelerator Program to support this population in the journey from college to career. I enjoy helping students through every step of the career development process, from answering big questions ("What do I want to do after I graduate?") to puzzling through little details ("How do I format my resume?"). Read more.

Renee Denton

Renee Denton: Career Coach
 renee.denton@ku.edu
hopeful wanderer.supporter.curious observer.

As a Career Coach, I have the opportunity to exercise what interests me every day as I work with students both one-on-one and in group settings to guide them through the discovery and pursuit of their own career interests and goals. I love exploring what motivates an individual and the different ways to incorporate that passion or driving factor into their work and every day life... Read more.

Hunter Finch

Hunter Finch: Career Coach
 hunterfinch@ku.edu
encourager.advocate.smiling enthusiast.

As a graduate career coach, I have the privilege of helping students in their job search. I'm lucky enough to walk with students through this transformative period in their lives, challenging and supporting them along the way. My goal is for each student to enter the workforce with a passion and love for what they do. Read more.

David Gaston

David Gaston: Executive Director
adgaston@ku.edu
career leader.educational entrepeneur.global pro.

Professional Service

In my work I may need to be a psychologist, a labor economist, a retailer, a sales person, a management consultant, a politician, an academic, a marketer, a futurist, an entrepreneur as well as many other things. My mission is to assist college students in their efforts to lead more meaningful, purposeful lives. Read more.

Allie Hable

Allie Hable: Career Coach
hableaw@ku.edu
swimmer.advocate.Netflix enthusiast.

As a graduate career coach, I get to help undergraduate students with everything career related from selecting a major, polishing resumes, to finding the perfect job! I love working with students one-on-one to find out what their passions are and hope to help anyone who comes through my door find a future that they will do well in and love. Read more.

Julie Hamel

Julie Hamel: Assistant Director
julie.hamel@ku.edu
educator.amateur historian.explorer.

Professional Service

I get to be an educator and a career coach, which is a perfect combination for my interests! In all of my work, I've loved watching people grow in knowledge and self-confidence as they transition through different stages of life. Read more.

Ann Hartley

Ann Hartley: Associate Director
ahartley@ku.edu
metaphysical explorer.tea lover.opera enthusiast.

Professional Service

I develop relationships with employers, manage career fairs and find ways to link up employers and students. I collaborate with other KU departments on programs and events and supervise a wonderful and very creative group of career network team members. Read more.

Nikita Haynie

Nikita Haynie: Assistant Director
nhaynie@ku.edu
dreamer.encourager.motivator.

“Be the change you want to see in the world” (Ghandi). As an Assistant Director, I am able to cultivate a sense of ownership that empowers students to match their passions, strengths and skills with majors that will lead to the careers providing self-authorship. I enjoy educating and empowering students while matriculating through their undergraduate career. Read more.

Regan Hastert

Regan Hastert: Career Center Specialist
dreamer.travel enthusiast.go-getter

I am a Career Center Specialist at The University of Kansas's University Career Center. I welcome students into our office with a smile, clean up resumes that are submitted to the Resume Dropbox, post jobs in KU Career Connections, and schedule appointments for the rest of our wonderful staff. Read more.

Demore Hoffman-Batey

Demore Hoffman-Batey: Graphic Design Intern
cat lover.long conversationalist.cherry garcia fan.

I am lucky enough to be part of marketing team for the UCC as a graphic designer. I use the creative process to provide visual promotion of the UCC and upcoming events they host for the students of KU. I have had a great time designing for the UCC with their creative support, helpful collaboration, and wonderful working environment. Read more.

Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson: Assistant Director
melissa.johnson@ku.edu
cheerleader.wanderluster.eternal optimist.

Professional Service

I try to find the joy in everything I do and as an Online Instructor for the University Career Center, that’s not hard to achieve. I have the opportunity to help KU students, near and far, realize their academic and career goals through our online career management (LA&S 475 / LA&S 485) and internship (LA&S 490) courses. Read more.

Carly Klynsma

Carly Klynsma: Career Coach
 carlyk@ku.edu
innovator.deep thinker.child at heart.

I think life expects us to listen to our experiences, pay attention to our strengths, and cultivate them to the best advantage of others that we can. As a Career Coach, I get the opportunity to do that with students every day. I offer a listening ear, objective insights, and ample resources to help them on their way. Read more.

Ashley Kuznia

Ashley Kuznia: Career Coach
akuznia@ku.edu
thinker.designer.listener.

At the University Career Center and the Academic Achievement and Access Center, I have the opportunity to assist students in finding work that best suits their strengths and interests. We live in a diverse world with many opportunities to showcase and build on our unique experiences; helping others to expand their self-efficacy and to find their niche is my goal as a Graduate Career Coach. Read more.

Ellen Lind

Ellen Lind: Communications Assistant
ellenlind@ku.edu
musician.entrepreneur.coffee lover.

Professional Service

I recently joined the University Career Center as a Communications Assistant. My job is multi-faceted - I serve as record-keeper, organizer, and problem-solver. I love the incredibly varied nature of my work, as well as being part of such a great team. Read more.

Natalia Plotnikov

Natalia Plotnikov: Employment Services Manager
nplotnikov@ku.edu
educator.learner.traveler.

As Employment Services Manager for the Career Networks team at the University Career Center, I oversee employer registrations and job postings in the KU Connections job database, coordinate on campus interviewing, and develop and strengthen relationships with potential employers of KU students and alumni. Read more.

Rhiannon Racy

Rhiannon Racy: Assistant Director
rmracy@ku.edu
collaborative investigator.dream advocate.learning junkie.

Professional Service

As an assistant director, I encourage students to lead more meaningful and fulfilling lives by teaching them to identify and synthesize their unique passions, interests, strengths, skills, and personality in one-on-one career coaching appointments. You may also find me leading career education workshops and working career events around campus. Ultimately, I have a passion for developing students' understanding of who they are and how they relate to the world around them. Read more.

Jon Sabillon

Jon Sabillon: Communications Coordinator
sabillon@ku.edu
visionary.creator.dino expert.

As Communications Coordinator for the University Career Center, I oversee our outreach, social media presence, promotional and marketing initiatives, and our visual branding and design. I also manage our fabulous undergraduate interns. Read more.

Tia Sandoval

Tia Sandoval: Peace Corps Campus Representative
peacecorps@ku.edu
global citizen.encourage.puppy lover.

As the University of Kansas Peace Corps Campus Recruiter I am available to meet with students and community members to discuss all things Peace Corps. From sharing pointers on the application process, providing general Peace Corps information, discussing the vast job positions available for those looking to gain hands on experience, to describing what a life changing experience this can be has become a great passion of mine! Read more.

Wendy Shoemaker

Wendy Shoemaker: Senior Associate Director
wshoe@ku.edu
explorer.catalyst.wide-eyed optimist.

Professional Service

I supervise the career education team, a group of dedicated professionals devoted to the success of KU students. I conduct research, train new career counselors, and teach, often internationally. Embracing "happy accidents" has opened doors for me to work in Africa, Europe and the UK and inspired me to create the course, "Preparing for International Careers", a course designed to help students understand the international nature of the world of work. Read more.

Michael Ternes

Michael Ternes: Career Coach
michael.ternes@ku.edu
helper.creator.perceiver.

I have the opportunity to walk with students on their journey toward academic and professional success. My primary focus is the enrichment and success of students' lives through collaborative investigation and exploration targeting career engagement, development, and self-efficacy. In addition to one-on-one appointments in my office, over the phone, or via Lync, you might catch me representing the UCC at one of our career education presentations or at other University events where career is a focus. Read more.

Emily Vallejo

Emily Vallejo: Kansas Work Study Coordinator
kswkstd@ku.edu
feline fanatic.listoholic.optimist.

Originally from Edmond, Oklahoma, I currently work at the University of Kansas Career Center as the Kansas Work Study Coordinator. In this position, I am tasked with maintaining the program's annual budget and allocating it appropriately throughout the year to local employers looking to hire part-time student employees. Read more.

Katherine Vang

Katherine Vang: Career Center Specialist

I have the pleasure of working alongside a great group of people whose mission it is to help students as they prepare to find and pursue their life's passion. As a University Career Center Specialist I help students by scheduling appointments with the amazing Career Coaches, reviewing resumés and posting job openings on KU Career Connections. Read more.

Erin Wolfram

Erin Wolfram: Career Technology Strategist
ewolfram@ku.edu
technology geek.beach bum.dog lover.

Professional Service

As the Career Technology Strategist at the University Career Center I manage our technology; designed, developed, and manage our website; and supervise the instructors of our online career development courses and our Career Advancement Program manager. I also co-supervise our fabulous Career Center Specialists. Read more.
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University Career Center
6th in the nation for its social media presence in 2013 —JobBrander.com
Winner of the 2013 Innovation Excellence Award in Research —National Association of Colleges and Employers
2009 National Chevron Award winner for excellence in career services —National Association of Colleges and Employers
2010 National Chevron Award finalist for excellence in career services —National Association of Colleges and Employers
Professional Clothing Closet won Service Program of the Year —2011-12 Jayhawk Choice Awards
More than 500 students enroll in career classes annually
Each year more than 7,500 jobs and 1,400 internships are posted in KU Career Connections
University Career Center hosts eight career fairs each year
More than 360 organizations attended University Career Center career fairs the past academic year
More than 10,000 students attended University Career Center workshops in 2012-13