UCC Staff

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Rachel Davis

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

Professional Service

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Erin Wolfram

Erin Wolfram: Career Technology Strategist
ewolfram@ku.edu
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.

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