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Rachel Davis

Rachel Davis, Assistant Director
rachelkdavis@ku.edu / 785-864-6818

Professional Presentations
  • 2016, Co-presenter, Louisiana Association of Colleges & Employers Conference, Utilizing Employer Feedback to Enhance Student Learning
Professional Service
  • 2016-Present, Kansas Association of Colleges & Employers
  • 2016, Louisiana Association of Colleges & Employers
  • 2014-Present,National Academic Advising Association

David Gaston

David Gaston, Assistant Vice Provost
adgaston@ku.edu / 785-864-3624

Awards
  • 2010, National Association of Colleges and Employers Chevron Award for Outstanding Achievement for Innovation, Finalist
  • 2009, National Association of Colleges and Employers Chevron Award for Outstanding Achievement for Innovation, Recipient
  • 2001, Southeastern Association of Colleges and Employers Outstanding New Professional Award
Professional Service

National Association of Colleges and Employers

  • 2013-2014, Diversity Research Team, Co-Chair
  • 2012-2013, National Conference Committee
  • 2011-2012, Principles for Professional Practice Committee
  • 2010-2011, Leadership Advancement Program Committee
  • 2007-2008, Career Services Talent Pipeline Taskforce
  • 2006-2007, Leadership Strategy & Sourcing Committee, Co-Chair
  • 2005-2006, Technology Committee
  • 2002-2003, Ethics Committee-Training
  • 2000 Management Leadership Institute for Career Services Professionals

University of Kansas

  • 2013-Present, Experiential Learning Collaborative
  • 2009-Present, Edwards Campus Workforce Development Board
  • 2005, 2012-2013, E-portfolio Task Force
  • 2010 Design 4 Student Success Strategic Planning Team
  • 2007-2010, Staff Fellows Professional Development Advisory Committee, Founding Member
  • 2005-2006, University of Kansas Hispanic Association of Colleges &Universities Committee

Langston Hughes Elementary School 

  • 2009-Present, Site Council
  • 2013-2014, Site Council Chair

German-American Fulbright Commission    

  • 2012, Host/Organizer, German Career Services Professionals Program, Lawrence, KS
  • 2010, Fulbright Seminar for U.S. Administrators, Berlin, Germany

Southern Association of Colleges and Employers

  • 2011, External Consultant, University of North Carolina—Greensboro
  • 2009-2010, Consulting Services Committee Chair 2012-2013 Consulting Services Committee Interim Chair
  • 2009-2010, Special Taskforce, Association Management Firm RFP

Southeastern Association of Colleges and Employers

  • 2003-2005, Board of Directors, Director of Information Management
  • 1999-2003, Leadership Development Committee Chair
  • 2001-2003, Information Management Committee            

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities

  • 2006, Scholarship Application Reviewer    

LIFT, Incorporated

  • 2002-2004, Board of Directors (Regional non-profit community development organization appointed to administer $15 million budget for services and programs that serve the Northeast Mississippi area such as Head Start, Meals-on-Wheels, and the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP))

Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce 

  • 1999-2004, Business Support Committee Chair        

University of Mississippi, CHAMPS/Life Skills

  • 1997-2003, Career Development Sub-Committee Chair (Developed and administered first ever business etiquette dinner, raised $2,000 to offset expenses.)

Ann Hartley

Ann Hartley, Associate Director
ahartley@ku.edu / 785-864-4517

Awards
  • 2009, University of Kansas Unclassified Non-Teaching Employee of the Month, October
  • 2003, 2009, Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers - Career Services Member of the Year
  • 1997, Wallace Galluzzi Volunteer Award for volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters (for exceptional service to a United Way of Douglas County member agency)
Professional Presentations
Professional Service

Kansas Association for Colleges and Employers

  • 2008-2011, Treasurer
  • 2005, Past-President
  • 2004, President
  • 2003, President Elect / Conference Planning Committee Chair
  • 1993-1994, Board of Directors Career Services Representative
  • 1998, 201-2003, Site Selection Committee Chair
  • 2004-2005, Nominating Committee Chair
  • 2004, Membership Committee Chair
  • 2004, Nominating Committee Chair
  • 1993, 2003-2004, 200-2011, 2014, Program Planning Committee

Rocky Mountain Association of Colleges and Employers

  • 1998, Liberal Arts Committee

American Association for Employment in Education

  • 1994-1997, Charter member Senate
  • 1996, Senate Nominating Committee
  • 1997, Ethics Committee
  • 1991-1992, 1994, Job Search Handbook Editorial Committee

The University of Kansas

  • 2011-Present, Student Employee of the Year Award Committee Chair
  • 1992-1994, 2001-2002, KU Staff Development Committee
  • 1991-1992, KU Student Affairs Publication Committee
  • 1990-1992, KU Beach & Boulevard Committee Co-Chair

Community

  • 1993-Present, Human Rights Committee, Cottonwood, Inc., Lawrence, KS
  • 2007-Present, Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, Pricer and book sorter
  • 1993-1998, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County, Board Member
  • 1994-1998, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County, Secretary of the Executive Board
  • 1988-1989, Delta Tau Sorority, Staff Sponsor, Midland College, Fremont, NE
Training and Certifications
  • 2012, Strong Interest Inventory Certification, CPP
  • 2011, Mental Health First Aid Training, Bert Nash-NCCBH
  • 2011, Strengths Quest Training, Gallup
  • 2009, Federal Advisor Training, Partnership for Public Service
  • 2007, Student Employment Essentials Training, National Student Employment Association
  • 2005, Myers Briggs Type Indicator Certification, Zeisset Associates

Nikita Haynie

Nikita Haynie, Assistant Director
nhaynie@ku.edu / 785-864-7674

Awards
  • 2016, University West Georgia Center for Student Involvement, Dr. Melanie McClellan Service Award Recipient
  • 2016, Staff Advisory Council, Professional Development Award Recipient, University West Georgia
  • 2014 and 2015, Best of the West Values, University West Georgia
Professional Presentations
  • 2016, Student to Exceptional Employee Training (S.E.E): “Pennies vs Passion,” University West Georgia
  • 2014, National Academic Advising Association Region 4 Conference: “Peer Mentoring that Supports First-Year Advising”
  • 2015, Southern Association College Student Affairs: “Keep It C.U.T.E: Navigating the Realm of Student Affairs as a Woman of Color”
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council  Sorority Workshop “My Sister’s Keeper: This Is Not a Reality Show”, University West Georgia
Professional Service
  • 2017, Conference Planning Committee, Kansas Association of Colleges & Employers
  • 2016-Present, Kansas Association of Colleges & Employers
  • 2010-Present, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  • 2013-2016, Professional Association Academic Advisors
  • 2015-2016, Vice President of Communications, Professional Association Academic Advisors
  • 2014-2016, Southern Association for College Student Affairs
  • 2014-2016, National Academic Advising Association

Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson, Assistant Director
melissa.johnson@ku.edu

Professional Service

Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers

  • 2012, Technology Chair
  • 2011, Special Projects Committee Chair
  • 2007-2010, Special Projects Committee Member
  • 2007, 2011, Annual Conference Planning Committee

The University of Kansas

  • 2010-2013, KU Edwards Campus Liaison
  • 2011-2013, Veterans Enhancement Committee
  • 2009-2010, Staff Fellows Program
  • 2008, Graduation Milestones Committee

Colorado Career Development Association

  • 2005, Past President
  • 2004, President
  • 2001-2004, Web Administrator
  • 2001-2004, Newsletter Editor
Professional Presentations
  • 2007, (Co-Presenter) Helping College Students Find Their True Colors , KACE Annual Conference
  • 2003, (Co-Presenter) Utilizing Technology to Deliver Career Development in the First Year Seminar, NCDA’s Career Development Across the Lifespan Conference
  • 2003, (Co-Presenter) Successful Job Search Strategies for Individuals with Disabilities, Colorado Career Development Association Annual Best Practices Conference
  • 2000, (Co-Presenter) Understanding Faculty Engagement in Living Learning Communities on College Campuses, American College Personnel Association Annual Conference
Training/Certifications
  • 2012, Motivational Interviewing
  • 2011, NACE Management Leadership Institute
  • 2010, Federal Advisor Training, Partnership for Public Service
  • 2010, StrengthsQuest Educator Training
  • 2009, Distance Counselor Certification Training
  • 2009, Mental Health First Aid Training, Bert Nash
  • 2008, NACE Career Coaching Intensive
  • 2008, Safe Zone Training
  • 2007, Career Development Combining the Myers-Briggs and Strong Assessments
  • 2005, Newly Revised 2004 Strong Interest Inventory Application Workshop
  • 2002, Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshop
Community Service
  • 2014-Present, Treasurer, MOMS Club International – Highlands Ranch West Chapter

Ellen Lind

Ellen Lind, Assistant Director
ellenlind@ku.edu / 785-864-7672

Professional Service

Kansas City Federation of Musicians, Local 34-627, A.F. of M.

  • 2011-present, Member

Rhiannon Racy

Rhiannon Racy, Assistant Director
rmracy@ku.edu / 785-864-2767

Professional Service
Kansas Association of Colleges & Employers
  • 2016, Membership Development Committee
  • 2016, Conference Planning Committee

Higher Education Student Association, KU

  • 2014-2015, Membership Development Chair
Professional Presentations
  • 2015, Career Development Approaches for International Students, Kansas Association of Colleges & Employers

Wendy Shoemaker

Wendy Shoemaker, Senior Associate Director
wshoe@ku.edu / 785-864-9550

Awards
  • 2013, Innovation Excellence Award - Research, National Association of Colleges and Employers
  • 2013, C.L.A.S.S. Finalist (Student nominated award for excellence  in student services)
  • 2012-2013, Research Fellow, Southern Association of Colleges and Employers
  • 2012, Fulbright Scholar, Germany, International Education Administrators Program
  • 2012, Larry Hannah Career Services Director of the Year, Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers.
  • 2009, Chairperson of the Year, Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers
  • 2008, Technology Award, Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers
Research
  • 2010-present, The relationship of career competence, institutional integration and academic persistence. Co-Investigator, with Mary Hellwege, University of Nebraska and Tom Krieshok, The University of Kansas.
  • August – December 2010, Combined Utilization of Strengths and Interests Protocols in Career Counseling. Co-Investigator, with Rhea Owens and Tom Krieshok, The University of Kansas.
  • May – August 1993, Women’s work and health in polygynous families in sub-Saharan Africa. Principal Investigator, Center for International Rural and Environmental Health, The University of Iowa.
Professional Presentations
  • 2013, Finding internships in the USA, Stuttgart Media University, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2013, Windows on American Culture, Stuttgart Media University, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2013, Career Services Research in Practice, Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers
  • 2013, (Co-presenter) Career Services: Essential for Retention,  Intern Bridge Webinar (3-part series)
  • 2012, (Co-presenter) Career Services Research in Practice: Can We Impact Retention? Southern Association of Colleges and Employers
  • 2012, (Co-presenter) Making the case for career services as an essential intervention for retention,  National Career Development Association
  • 2011, (Co-presenter) The influence of career services on institutional integration and intention to persist.  International Conference on Vocational Designing and Career Counseling, Laboratorio di Ricerco ed Intervento in Orientamento alle Scelte (LaRIOS), University of Padova, Italy, (with Mary Hellwege).
Professional Service

The University of Kansas

  • 2009-Present, Research team member, Dr. Tom Krieshok, Psychology & Research in Education.

German-American Fulbright Commission

  • 2012, Host/Organizer, German Career Services Professionals Program

Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers

  • 2010, President
  • 2007-2009, Technology Committee Chair
  • 2006, Conference Planning Committee

Kansas State Extension

  • 2009-Present, Master Gardener
  • 2011- Present, Co-Chair, Downtown Lawrence Farmers Market
Trainings/Certifications
  • 2011, Mental Health First Aid, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center
  • 2010, Strengths Educator training, Gallup
  • 2009, Career Coaching Intensive, National Association of Colleges and Employers
  • 2008, Management Leadership Institute, National Association of Colleges and Employers
  • 2006, Career Development Facilitator Instructor Training, National Career Development Association
  • 2005, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Certification, Zeisset and Associates
  • 2003, Designing and Teaching an Effective Online Course, Arizona State University
  • 2000, Experiential Education Academy, National Society of Experiential Education

Erin Wolfram

Erin Wolfram, Career Technology Strategist
ewolfram@ku.edu / 785-864-7676

Awards
  • 2014, Technology Award, Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers
  • 2013, Technology Award, Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers
  • 2012, Unclassified Non-Teaching Employee of the Month, November
  • 2012, Jayhawk Choice Awards Student Service Program of the Year (Advisor) for Professional Clothing Closet
  • 2011, Brad Barackman Bridge Award, Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers
  • 2010-2011, Outstanding Chapter Advisor, Delta Epsilon Iota
Professional Presentations
Professional Service

Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers

  • 2013-present, Board Member
  • 2016, President
  • 2016, In-coming President, Conference Planning Committee Chair
  • 2015, Conference Planning Committee
  • 2015, 2016 Site Selection Planning Committee
  • 2013-2015, Technology Committee Chair
  • 2015, Conference Planning Committee
  • 2015, 2016 Conference Site Planning Committee
  • 2011-2012, Special Events Committee Chair
  • 2010-2011, Special Events Committee Member
  • 2008-2010, Experiential Education Committee Member
Training/Certifications
  • Professional Etiquette Consultant, The Etiquette Institute

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