UCC Staff

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Rachel Davis

Rachel Davis: Career Coach
problem solver.pop culture geek.wordsmith.

Professional Service

In my role as Assistant Director at the University Career Center, I work closely with students -- particularly those in their first-year and those participating in the Adidas Leadership Scholars program -- to support them 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.

Hannah Denton

Hannah Denton: Career Center Specialist

Hi, I'm Hannah. In my role as a Career Center Specialist, I help connect students, staff, and alumni with the University Career Center. By answering phone calls, emails, and managing the front desk, I am able to assist students in their career search and direct them to those that will best aide them on their journey. Read more.

Millinda Fowles

Millinda Fowles: Associate Director
dessert aficionado.
wonderluster.hot mess.

Hi, I’m Millinda. I’m the Associate Director of Integrated Marketing & Data Analytics at the University Career Center. That's the long way of saying I manage all marketing strategies, promotional campaigns, and assessment efforts at the UCC. I have the pleasure of working with a team of marketing interns who provide me with talent, skills, and fresh ideas.Read more.

Kendyl Grender

Kendyl Grender: Career Coordinator, Events
creative type.travel junkie.

I’ve always had a strong passion for engaging people with a broader community mission. As the Career Coordinator- Events here in the UCC my job highlights just that by connecting and engaging students with knowledge and ideas outside the confines of a classroom; I have the ability to support students as they become participants in their own success.Read more.

David Gaston

David Gaston: Executive Director
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.

Joe Hams

Joe Hams: Career Coach

Hello, I'm Joe! I am a Graduate Student at the University of Kansas studying Counseling Psychology. I am a very caring and passionate person. These strengths have led me to the field of Counseling Psychology, and presently, to the University Career Center. Read more.

Ann Hartley

Ann Hartley: Associate Director
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

Professional Service

“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.

Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson: Assistant Director
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.

Madison Keith

Madison Keith: Events Intern

I’ve always loved bringing people together and helping people in any way I can. Working as the UCC Event Planning Intern at KU I’m able to bring people together and help people by providing them ways to meet with potential employers. Read more.

Carly Klynsma

Carly Klynsma: Career Coach
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.

Sarah Kovalesky

Sarah Kovalesky: Career Coach
thinker.coffee lover.runner.

I believe everyone has a unique story that is worth sharing, detailed with promise, passion and strengths. At the University Career Center I get to meet one-on-one with students to explore their passions and strengths to help them get to where they want to be!! Read more.

Ashley Kuznia

Ashley Kuznia: Career Coach

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.

Jasmine Leuthiphonh

Jasmine Leuthiphonh: Career Center Specialist
ambitious student.imaginative creator.compassionate volunteer.

My job as the Career Center Specialist is to be the contact for staff members and those seeking assistance about the resources provided here at the University Career Center. As well as engaging in everyday quality customer service, scheduling appointments, posting jobs or internships for students, and working on projects to help keep things running smoothly and efficiently. Read more.

Ellen Lind

Ellen Lind: Career Coordinator
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.

Sara Muench

Sara Muench: Career Center Specialist
tenacious leader.precise worker.advocate.

As a Career Center Specialist I serve as the main contact for the University Career Center. I provide quality customer service in person, on the phone, and via email. I am the direct link between the University Career Center and students who are seeking career assistance.​ Read more.

Shysta Pandey

Shysta Pandey: Graphic Design Intern
bold person.curious thinker.loud individual.

I'm a Visual Communication Design student at the University of Kansas and a Graphic Design Intern at the University Career Center. I love colors that remind me of sunsets and the sea, art history, period dramas, open-water diving, dogs and anything with rice in it (except Rice Krispie Treats). Read more.

Natalia Plotnikov

Natalia Plotnikov: Employment Services Manager

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
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.

Trey Ramm

Trey Ramm: Film & Media Intern

Hello! I'm Trey Ramm, a videographer in the marketing department at the University of Kansas Career Center. I love creating videos that grab someone's attention and help get our message out and into the world. I also help with graphic design and photos to display our message and show people who we are. Read more.

Wendy Shoemaker

Wendy Shoemaker: Senior Associate Director
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

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
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.

madeleine wilmsen

Madeleine Wilmsen: Career Center Specialist

As a Career Center Specialist, it is my job to be the first contact for students, faculty, and alumni. I greet students at the front desk, answer phone calls and emails, manage career coach calendars, and post jobs. I also have the opportunity to learn from the best in the business for career exploration-whether it be creating the perfect resume, searching for jobs in the community, or gaining quality skills to become my best self. Read more.

Erin Wolfram

Erin Wolfram: Associate Director
technology geek.beach bum.dog lover.

Professional Service

As the Associate Director of Career Technologies and Online Education 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.

Jinni Yu

Jinni Yu: Career Center Specialist

Hi, I am Jinni. Working as a Career Center Specialist, it is my duty to be the bridge between students and University Career Center staff. I greet students at the front desk, mange career coaches calendars and complete relevant projects. As a senior who is majoring in psychology and minoring in business, I am actively exploring my future career paths. Read more.

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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
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More than 360 organizations attended University Career Center career fairs the past academic year
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