What is your role and what are your responsibilities at the CLDC?
- Provide career and leadership coaching to students and alumni
- Teach courses in the College of Arts & Sciences and University College
- Support all career course initiatives
- Coordinate all training and professional development for professional and graduate staff
- Lead all career coaching training
- Support training and professional development needs for undergraduate staff
- Supervise two PACE interns and one professional staff member
I love teaching—it is exciting to build relationships with students that develop over the course of a semester as they begin to take ownership of their career dreams and start making important decisions about their future.
What is it like to work at the CLDC?
The vibe in the CLDC is laid back, yet professional. A lot of our work is fast-paced, but a sense of humor is required—we like to have fun while we work.
What has surprised you most about your career thus far?
I am surprised that I have the job I have. I had no idea what direction I was headed in terms of career when I was in college. It has also surprised me that it really is all about who you know when it comes to job searching and seeking new opportunities.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced in your career thus far?
I did not love my first job out of college, but I knew I was getting good experience. It was challenging making a graceful exit from that position and figuring out what in the heck to do next.
What was your first job ever?
In college, I worked at WOUB in the Traffic department with Joan Butcher (she rocks!). My job was to pull tapes for air, to print broadcast logs, and to update the tape database. I am so thankful for that first work experience—I really learned a lot. I also watched a ton of PBS programming—I discovered my love for “Boohbah” (like Teletubbies for babies), which is oddly relaxing.
What was your best career or leadership experience during college?
Constantly having to adapt and build relationships and make connections. I attended three colleges in four years, so I constantly had to find new ways to get involved, quickly build relationships, and learn the culture of the campus. In terms of specific groups, I am thankful for my hall council experience at OU and also working for the student newspaper at Marietta College selling advertisements.
How did you find your first job after undergrad?
I had an internship with the company while I was in college.
Our family stays really busy with activities, our 9 year-old played soccer, did gymnastics, took sewing lessons, and performed in the school play this past spring. Working out is a priority for me, so I make it to the gym before work every day. I also enjoying going to church (though don’t make it all the time) and cooking and baking in my free time.
What is your favorite place in Athens?
I love Sells Park, which is in my neighborhood. It is awesome being able to be totally lost in nature moments after leaving your front door. There are great trails at Sells and it also connects to Strouds Run, which is awesome. My other favorites include the College Green, Whitt’s, and the Convo for basketball games.
What is the best place you’ve ever traveled? Why?
My favorite place I have been so far is southern California last summer—we saw Yosemite, Disney, San Diego and lots of Los Angeles in a week. But the day after this spotlight posts, my husband and I are flying to Paris to kick off a two week trip through France and Spain. Soon to be my new favorite places I’ve visited!
Share something about yourself that might surprise people
The two things that seem most consistently surprising are that I grew up in Athens (AHS class of ’02) and that I played college basketball (I’m quite tall, so it’s never too terribly surprising).
Education, Certifications, and Professional Experiences
- BA-Mass Media: Advertising and Public Relations (Marietta College, 2006)
- MA-College Student Personnel (Bowling Green State University, 2010)
- 4 years of experience as a residence hall director prior to entering career development
- 2 years of experience in marketing before returning to school to work in higher education