UCC Staff

Organizational Chart | Staff Members' Professional Service

Jamie Abrajan

Jamie Abrajan: Graduate Career Coach    

foodie. gym enthusiast. traveler.

Hi name is Jamie Abrajan! I am from a small town in Nebraska. I am a graduate student at KU pursuing a Master's in School Psychology. I’m passionate about helping people and working with individuals by helping them unlock their potential and become successful. I enjoy working with individuals and getting to know who they are and learn more about their backgrounds and motivation. In my previous job, I helped individuals identify a new career direction, conduct an effective job search, and plan strategically for their careers. When I am not busy with work or school, I spend my free time cooking, reading, or working out. I also enjoy traveling and learning more about different cultures and food. Read more.

Kim Beeler

Kim Beeler: Assistant Director
 kbeeler@ku.edu           

optimist. energizer. helper.

As an assistant director and career coach, I empower students and give them tools to successfully meet and exceed their career goals. Whether I am preparing students for mock interviews, resume revisions, finding an internship or simply exploring career pathways, I meet students where they are and help them explore meaningful and happy careers. Read more.


Wayne Black: Instructor & Graduate Student for Assessment

hardworker. coach. scholar.

In my role I am help coordinate and execute the First Destination Survey for KU. Additionally, I teach LA&S 372 a course designed to prepare pre-health students for graduate education in health professions. This role also allows me to help with several other data management and research projects.

Allyson Brunner

Allyson Brunner: Career Center Specialist

dancer. adventurer. supporter.

As a Career Center Specialist,I get to be the first contact for anyone coming into the UCC. I greet students, manage career coach calendars, and answer phone calls and emails. I also get to help give students feedback on their resumes. Read more.

Monica Can: Graphic Design Intern

designer. collaborator. chocolate lover.

Hi there! I’m Monica, a graphic design student at KU. Currently, I'm making fun motion graphics and other engaging marketing materials for the University Career Center. I’m also interested in web and app development.

I am a big fan of food, anime, and music. I like exploring new restaurants and cafes. Did I mention that I'm an international student from Vietnam? In fact, this is my 7th year in the U.S.! If you ever get a chance to visit Vietnam, don't hesitate to ask me for places to eat and explore!  Read more.

Corey Cohn: Digital Media Content Intern      

explorer. learner. story teller.

Hello I'm Corey! I am a student at KU who is the Digital Media Content Intern at the University Career Center. I help update digital information on the Career Center media platforms as well as manage the Humans of KU instagram blog. Read more.

Rachel Davis

Rachel Davis: Assistant Director
 rachelkdavis@ku.edu

problem solver. pop culture geek. wordsmith.

Professional Service

 

In my role as Assistant Director of Experiential Learning and Certificates at the University Career Center, I work with students to support them in the journey from college to career by helping them test out their interests beyond the classroom setting. Read more.

Symantha Dawson: Assistant and Health Professions Career Coach

traveler. writer. puzzler.

 

I'm Symantha. I am an Assistant Director and Health Professions Career Coach at the University Career Center. I am one of the go-to folks for prehealth students and career exploration. Read more.

Millinda Fowles

Millinda Fowles: Program Director
mfowles@ku.edu

 

Encourager. wanderluster. educator.

Hi, I’m Millinda. I’m the Program Director for Experiential Learning.  I manage marketing strategies, curricular initiatives, technology, and assessment efforts at the UCC. I have the pleasure of working with a great who offer talent, skills, and fresh ideas.Read more.


David Gaston

David Gaston: AVP, Academic Success
adgaston@ku.edu

career leader. educational entrepreneur. 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.


Sophia Graack

Sophia Graack: Graphic Design Intern

designer. optimist. sports lover.

Hello! I'm Sophia and I am currently in my second year, studying graphic design, here at KU. This is my first year with the career center and I cannot wait to see where it takes me.

In my free time I love to draw, watch tv and be active! I enjoy meeting new people and finding new ways to approach the world around us.  Read more.

Emileigh Groh: Graduate Career Coach

reader. food lover. dog cuddler.


Hello! My name is Emileigh and I am a second-year grad student in the Higher Education Administration Master's program here at KU. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work in the UCC and help students reach their professional goals! In my free time, I love to spend time with my dogs and my fiancé. I also love walking around KU's beautiful campus and spending lots of time with my friends and classmates! I look forward to meeting new people and learning all there is to know about the University Career Center.  Read more.


Maddie Hall: Marketing Intern

communicator. creative thinker. nap taker.


Hello! My name is Maddie and I am a senior studying strategic communications and Spanish. As a marketing intern for the UCC, I help write email newsletters, create social media content, develop strategies to drive engagement and try to figure out the most effective ways to connect with students. In my free time, I love to try new recipes, go for long walks around Lawrence, and watch Tik Tok.  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.

Alec Hathaway: Graduate Career Coach

outdoors enthusiast. creative. leo.


Hey! My name is Alec Hathaway and I am studying Journalism and Mass Communications. I recently graduated with my BS in Mass Communications from Kansas State. I am excited to make the leap into the Jayhawk life. In my free time, I love being outdoors and nothing excites me more than hiking through the mountains. I look forward to getting to work with you all!  Read more.


Erin Huneke: Administrative Associate Senior
erinhuneke@ku.edu

go-getter. organizer. bookworm.


Hello, I'm Erin! I'm an Administrative Assistant in Career & Experiential Learning. Apart from my work at KU, I'm a freelance oboist and private lesson teacher. I've loved the challenge of building a career that is unique to me. 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.

Ellen Lind

Ellen Lind: Career Coordinator
ellenlind@ku.edu

 

musician. entrepreneur. coffee lover.

Professional Service

Every office needs someone to help things run smoothly - as a Career Coordinator at the University Career Center, that's my job. 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.

Marshall Miller

Marshall Miller: Event Coordinator
 marshall.miller@ku.edu

 

christian. whirlyball hall of famer. LOTR expert.

Hey! I'm the Event Coordinator at the University Career Center. What's that mean? I'm responsible for putting on great events that will hopefully allow students to find their passion (and even a job!). In this role I partner with employers and entities on campus to create and tailor events to help students navigate their college experience and set them up for success upon graduation. Read more.

Erin Murray: Graduate Career Coach

dog lover. sports fan. creative.


Hello, I’m Erin! I'm a first-year Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology and have my M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology. I am excited to support you through your unique vocational journey by promoting your curiosity, values exploration, and identity development. In my free time I enjoy painting, playing basketball or volleyball, and spending time with my dog Atlas!  Read more.

Natalia Plotnikov

Natalia Plotnikov: Assistant Director
nplotnikov@ku.edu

 

educator. learner. traveler.

I really enjoy helping students pursue their passions and gain meaningful experiences. I look forward to partnering with you as you explore career paths, and navigate the job search process. Please come see me to discuss choosing a major, finding an internship, applying for jobs, and networking. Read more.

Roy Ricaldi

Roy Ricaldi: Marketing Intern
 

writer. globetrotter. artist.

Hello! I’m Roy, a Management and International Studies undergraduate student with a Marketing Internship at The University Career Center. I am the youngest in the office, quiet, but full of energy and constantly trying to come up with fresh ideas. I am passionate about travel and social media. My college experience has been enriched by studying abroad and I like encouraging my peers to do the same. Read more.

Tracy Runck: Assistant Director
​tracy.runck@ku.edu

technologist. dog lover. helper.
 

I am the Assistant Director of Student Systems at the University Career Center.  I manage most things technology or systems related for the UCC including HireJayhawks, JayhawkReady, and the website.  I love helping people better use technology and data to create better knowledge process efficiency.

Wendy Shoemaker

Wendy Shoemaker: Program 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.

Jack Sparks: Graduate Career Coach

learner. helper. reader.

 

 

Hi I'm Jack. I'm a student living in Lawrence, KS. I am getting my MS in Counseling Psychology, and am working at the University Career Center as a Graduate Career Coach. Read more.

 


Carson Terrell: Photo/Video Intern

creator. passionate movie lover. outdoor adventurer.


Hello there! I’m Carson, a photo/video intern at the UCC. I get to produce, film, and edit promotional videos for events, interviews, and more. I'm currently pursuing a double degree in Marketing and FIlm Production. I love being creative – whether its watching movies, creating my own video content, or getting inspired by the world around me. Read more.

Cue Wright

Mar'Quis Wright: Communications Assistant
m.wright@ku.edu

 

creative. entrepreneur. educator.
 

What’s up, I’m Cue. I’m a hip-hop artist living in Lawrence, Kansas. I currently work the University Career Center (UCC) coordinating social media content and assisting with marketing campaigns. Read more.

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