Director of University Advising & Career Services
- BA in Social Sciences - Buena Vista University
- MA in Political Science - University of Missouri, Columbia
In college, Bill was on the student senate, where he participated in discussions involving the University’s academic affairs activity. Witnessing major decisions being made drove Bill to seek a management and leadership position for his career.
If he could have any super power, it would be to use all of his brain (where’s the ‘Limitless’ pills when you need them?). Bill would also love to travel around the world, specifically to Europe and the Middle East. During this adventure, he would also like to explore his interest in archaeology.
If Bill won a million dollars, he would first put some away for his children’s academic fund (very responsible, Bill). With the rest, he would focus on philanthropy by both giving money to charities and establishing need-based academic scholarships.
Associate Director - Student Experience
Ever since she was a kid, Tracy has wanted to be a school counselor. She even did her own internship by shadowing her middle school counselor. As a Career Advisor she gets to go to her dream job every day.
At the top of Tracy’s bucket list is to play golf with Justin Timberlake (without Jessica Beal there, of course). Her favorite foods include sweet potatoes, asparagus, rice, and a Chipotle burrito bowl (I don’t think you’re alone there, Tracy). However, the most unusual thing she’s ever eaten was octopus soup soaked in its own ink while she was studying abroad in Madrid, Spain.
When it comes to fashion, Tracy is waiting for the day that Jelly shoes to come back in style (this time with a little more support).
Senior Career Advisor Education Background
- BA in English Education - Kearney State College (now UNK)
- MA in English Education - Kearney State College (now UNK)
- PhD in English - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
As a child, Becky always wanted to be a teacher. As an advisor, she gets to fulfill her passion to work with students. Becky enjoys listening to students’ plans for the future, and helping them create a roadmap for success. Her best advice is, “Don’t give up.”
Aside from work, Becky enjoys traveling. She’s proud to say that she’s climbed to the top of Barney Castle and even kissed the stone. Becky dreams of visiting England and Scotland one day, and to see Buckingham Palace (a destination on her bucket list!). Reading and writing is another favorite pastime of Becky’s. Her favorite book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck because of its beautiful character development and a strong plot.
Assistant Director - Peer Team/ Programming Education Background
- BA in Business Administration - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- MA in Curriculum and Instruction - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
You’ll never catch Emily without a smile on her face. She loves seeing students, clients, employers, or even staff members get excited about what they’re planning to do, or are already doing, with their job and personal lives.
Aside from work, Emily loves spending time with friends and family. Her bucket list is focused more on the people she’d like to spend time with, and the opportunity to do fun things with the right people. An example: Emily would like to skydive with her sister and go to a spa in Northern Europe with her favorite people (take us, please!). Emily’s favorite thing to do in her free time is hangout with her sister’s kids, often taking them to parks or on a hike.
Senior Career Advisor Education Background
- BS in Business Administration, BA in Journalism - Midland Lutheran College
- MEd in Educational Administration - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Tom’s favorite part about his job is assisting students in the career search and seeing them succeed. He recently assisted a student through a mock interview, and the student got the job. His advice for students and people in general is to follow your passions. Find something you’re interested in and live out that passion daily.
Apart from helping students be successful, Tom’s proudest accomplishment is getting married and having his son, Reed. At the top of his bucket list is going to LEGO Land with Reed and watching Reed mature and grow up. He would also love to visit Ireland, Australia, and Southeast Asia.
Career Advisor Education Background
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – University of Iowa
- Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (College Student Affairs) – University of South Florida
Courtney dreamed of being a pilot when she was growing up. Her favorite memory from college was tailgating with her family and friends in their RV before the Iowa football games. The best advice she’s ever received was being told to leave her comfort zone, take a chance, and try something different. If she could go back in time, she’d go back to the year 2000 on New Year’s to experience and celebrate it as an adult. If she could be any animal, she’d be a cat so she could hang out at home all day. If she had to pick one meal to eat every day for the rest of her life, she’d pick the chicken and baby broccoli stir fry from Ciccio Cali in Tampa, Florida.
Internship Coordinator Education Background
- BA in Business Administration, Marketing – Colorado State University
- Master of Business Administration, BIS Certification, Advanced IT Project Management Certification – Colorado State University
Mallory loves the people she works with in Career Services. She feels well supported and feels like it’s a good community atmosphere. In the fifth grade she dreamed of becoming a Marine Biologist because wanted to work with whales which ironically is very terrified of today.
One of the most daring things Mallory has done in her life was perform as a part-time comedian for the first time. Her personal favorite joke was told to her by her nephew, “What is red and smells like blue paint? Red Paint”. In her spare time. Mallory and her boyfriend stray away from the television to indulge in many of their other activities including performing, drawing, Ceramics, CrossFit, and spending time with their dog. At the top of Mallory’s bucket list is to help her mom with her bucket list by taking her to take Peru to see Machu Picchu.
Associate Director - External Relations Education Background
- BS in Business Administration emphasis in management - University of Nebraska at Kearney
- MPA in Public Administration emphasis in local government – University of Nebraska at Omaha
Andrea works as our Associate Director for External Relations. She loves learning about employers and what they do, as well as all the innovative work that companies do in Nebraska. As for her proudest accomplishment, Andrea has hundreds! Any time she meets someone and can help them, make their day easier, or hears back from someone who got a job or got into professional school, it’s is an accomplishment in her book.
If Andrea had one super power she would want to be able to read minds, so she could understand where any confusion or problems in translation may have happened during a conversation. This way she could resolve conflict and be on the same page as everyone.
Associate Director of Employer Relations
Visiting Alaska is at the top of Allison’s bucket list since she has already visited each of the other 49 states. Allison’s favorite family tradition is driving to Virginia every Christmas to visit her extended family and enjoy her Grandma’s delicious Christmas breakfast. She would eat breakfast for every meal if she could! Allison is not a fan of squirrels, she hates how unpredictable and twitchy they are. If she could be any animal, she would be a hummingbird because she loves how adventurous and free they are.
Employer Relations Assistant
Chance is still in the process of figuring out what she wants to be when she grows up. She plays violin, piano and has performed with a few bands as a lead singer, so a music teacher always peaked her interest. She couldn’t live without headphones because she has to listen to music throughout the day, and loves spending time playing piano and singing with her son. As our Employer Relations Assistant, Chance loves how personable people are at Career Services and appreciates working in an office full of different personalities who share a common goal.
Before becoming an Office Associate in Career Services, she lived abroad in China with her husband. She worked as a freelance graphic designer out of an American coffee shop. Art and design has always been an important part of her life, she once ran an Etsy shop where she quilted and sold baby items. For the future she hopes to become more deeply involved with art and to tour the Pacific Northwest. Amber is the mother of two boys ages five and nine. Her best days are spent with her kids outside.
Employer Relations Coordinator
Jordan’s favorite college memory isn’t what most people would consider a “favorite.” It was a bike crash that he had with two of his best friends right before they graduated. His bike had gotten stuck in between the cement and the grass, and he flipped over the handlebars. Jordan made quite the entrance into graduation with his chin and hands all scratched up. Despite this event, the most daring thing he’s ever done was move to Kearney on a whim for a job when he was searching for Advertising positions.
If there’s one food that Jordan will never get sick of, it’s the ‘Brownie Batter’ blizzard at Dairy Queen. Another one of his favorites is his family’s Christmas tradition: they go to a movie every Christmas to escape the stress that comes with the holiday.
Throughout her childhood, Jessi dreamed of being a dolphin trainer. She sees her mom as her role model because she’s fun and silly but also caring, open minded, and always sees the best in people. If she could trade lives with anyone, she would choose Ariel from the Little Mermaid. If given $1 million, she would first pay off her and her brother’s student loans, and invest the rest in developing a pueblo in Colombia that she lived in with the Peace Corps. Jessi’s favorite memory from college was volunteering with Planned Parenthood at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Her favorite family tradition is walking in the Denver pride parade with her family each Father’s Day.
Information Technology Coordinator
As IT Coordinator, Rob is our go-to tech guy. He loves utilizing his problem solving skills on a daily basis to help staff with any issues we may have. He is a proud "Papaw" of five grandchildren.
As his greatest passion is children, he is a Past President of Lincoln Center Kiwanis and a TeamMate Mentor.
Not only does Kayla work as our Communications Coordinator in Career Services, but also recently started a local non-profit organization called SELFiD. If a million dollars fell from the sky, she would give a good portion of the money to this organization, whose mission is to help youth cultivate holistic, healthy habits. She would also fund the tuition for her niece and nephew’s college, in addition to a lengthy trip to Europe.
One of Kayla’s greatest adventures thus far is zip lining through a cloud in Costa Rica. It was all fun and games until the fog created minimal visibility and she crashed into a tree (thankfully, no bones were broken).
Abey is from Kenya and came to the United States in 2004. If she could invent one thing it would be a mental health system in Kenya, because she is most fulfilled when helping others. Her best advice to students is, “trust the process.”
At the top of Abey’s bucket list is a visit to Scotland to experience nature and the scenery. So far, her proudest accomplishment is obtaining her masters degree. If she could be any animal, she would be a cheetah because not only are they fast, powerful, and elegant, but they’re also adorable.
The most unusual thing Abey has eaten is sushi. She still doesn’t understand the taste and texture of it. While we’re talking about food, Abey’s favorite is her mom’s Ugali, which is a corn flower cake that’s eaten with skuma and a meat stew on the side.
Director Education Background
- Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- MA in Educational Administration/Student Affairs - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- PhD in Adult Learning - University of Connecticut
Rachel is a daring one. She’s eaten pig hoof, been cliff jumping and parachuting, and took the risk of making a professional move to come work at CBA. Her advice is, “If you’re not scared or nervous, you're not aiming high enough.” Her favorite thing about her job is ringing the ‘Job Bell’ when a student gets a job.
Work aside, Rachel’s favorite thing to do is play with her three kids. She also enjoys traveling and would love to explore Europe and Asia for a month. A couple things she couldn’t go a day without are chocolate and smiling (we don’t blame you, Rachel!).
Associate Director of Employer Experience and Outreach Education Background
- BA in Communications Studies - Chadron State College
- MA in Educational Administration - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- PhD in Educational Administration - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Chris serves as the Associate Director of Employer Experience and Outreach with Career Services at CBA. She’s a hard worker, and if you don’t believe us, she got her Ph.D. while working full-time and raising a family, all while continuing her involvement in the community (wow!).
Chris’s favorite thing to do in her free time is read. Her favorite subject in school was English, or just any literature type class. As a child, she wanted to be a librarian for a while because of her love for books. Although it’s hard for Chris to pick a favorite because she reads at least two new books per month, one of her top picks is The Circle by Dave Eggers. She notes that it’s an interesting book that makes people think, but is also really fun to read.
Chris’ favorite quote comes from another great book, Horton and the Egg by Dr. Seuss. “I meant what I said, I said what I meant, an elephant’s faithful 100%.” If Chris says she’s going to do something, she does it.
Associate Director for Career and Professional Development Education Background
- BA, Psychology- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- MA, Counseling - Doane College
- PhD, Educational Leadership and Higher Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, anticipated
As a child, Celeste either wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy’s cheerleader or the President of the United States. Although those careers didn’t work out, she absolutely loves what she does in Career Services and would consider herself a ‘career nerd.’
In addition to her job, Celeste also enjoys shopping, home improvement, painting, organization, and chocolate. She also loves showing off her curly locks, and dreams about the day that big hair comes back into style.
Celeste’s favorite memory from college was meeting her husband in UNL’s very own Selleck dining hall. Although that was an exciting time in her life, if she could go back in time she’d love to go back to the American settling era to find undisturbed wilderness and live in it. With 15 minutes of fame, Celeste would rock the house with her singing skills and have a concert for the masses!
Assistant Director Education Background
- Bachelor's in History - St. Cloud State University
- MA in Medieval Studies - Western Michigan University
Katie Sewell graduated with a bachelor's degree in History from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and a Master's degree in Medieval Studies from Western Michigan University. Immediately following graduate school she worked at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN as an Internship Coordinator, Career Advisor, and adjunct instructor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She recently joined the CBA Career Services team as a Career Coach and will be focusing on advising, teaching PrEP courses, and working with employers. Students can meet with Katie regarding internship/job search strategy, networking, LinkedIn (specialization), resumes, cover letters, interviews, salary negotiations, etc.
Assistant Director Education Background
- Bachelor's in Psychology - Minnesota State University Moorhead
- MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Career Counseling and Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions - University of Wisconsin-Stout
As Assistant Director for Career Services at CBA, Katie loves all of the different hats she wears at her job. She gets to try new things every day, and loves working with not only students and staff, but also employers.
In addition to being a rock star Assistant Director, Katie is also an incredible softball player. If she could go back in time, she would go back to her senior year of high school to relive her undefeated softball season. Her dream is to someday go to the women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Her other (unrelated) dream is to be a hippo because they get to hangout all day and soak up the sun, but can also be aggressive when necessary.
As a child, Janessa dreamed of being a teacher. She considers her current position very similar to a teaching career because she has the opportunity to impact students every day and help them reach their full potential. Along with the reward that comes from helping students, Janessa’s proudest accomplishment was when she received the Rising Star Consulting Award at her first job post-graduation. Her first job challenged her in so many ways, and she was able to overcome things to grow personally and professionally.
Janessa’s favorite thing to do in her free time is golf. She also collects coasters and has put a handful of them in a frame to show the places she has lived and traveled to. Her favorite family recipe would be a Norwegian Puff (yum!).
Micah graduated in May 2015 with a degree in marketing. Before graduating, he knew he wanted to work in higher education – specifically as a career coach, combining extracurricular activities and education to help students create a personal brand. Micah’s favorite part about his job is the relationship he builds with the students. Instead of just saying, “these are the exact bullet points,” he enjoys teaching students how to form the bullet points for an interview in order for them to sell themselves to an employer. Nothing is more fulfilling to Micah than to see students he’s worked with land a job.
At the top of Micah’s bucket list is to visit his mom’s side of the family in South Korea and Hawaii to learn more about his heritage. He would also love to go to Alaska and see the Aurora Borealis someday.
Micah’s favorite food is pepperoni pizza (Giordano’s deep-dish style in Chicago to be specific). If he could, Micah would put a pizza vending machine in CBA around the corner from his office so he could have pizza whenever he pleased (we think most would get on board with that investment, Micah).
Paula started working at the financial aid office in undergrad and loved the opportunities to interact with students. As a student, she was given the opportunity to teach a class at UNI on the topic of money management. Paula then received a masters degree in Higher Ed and Student Affairs. Her favorite thing about the job, outside of working with students and learning a lot of business, was the curriculum development.
Paula dreams of one day traveling outside of the country because, let’s be real, Canada doesn’t really count. She would like to travel to Europe, specifically Holland. Paula is also interested in England because of her reading of English royalty as a kid. Another bucket list item would be watching all of the Academy Award winners for ‘Best Picture.’ Paula loves movies and never misses one about superheroes. Even though she hates choosing favorites, Inception and Lord of the Rings are definitely up there for all-time favorite movie. One thing she can positively say is a favorite is steak (although her husband would say she lives off of Goldfish and Dr. Pepper).
Career Development and Corporate Relations Director Education Background
- BA in Advertising - University of Nebraska at Kearney
Julie’s first-ever job was a farmhand for her family. She still goes back and helps them with harvest each year, where she’s in charge of driving the auger wagon or the grain cart. Apart from helping out on the farm, Julie’s favorite thing to do with her free time is read and exercise. She would read three books a week if she had the time. For exercise, running is her go-to. Julie participated in the market-to-market run from Lincoln to Omaha (way to go Julie!).
Other things Julie enjoys are her mom’s famous French dip sandwich, watching her 18-month-old son grow and develop, and traveling. Her dream is to visit the United Kingdom and see where her family came from. And while overseas, she would visit other parts of Europe.
If Julie had a million dollars, she would invest most of the money into stocks and bonds. That is, of course, after buying high-heels and purses, as well as Red Wings hockey tickets for her husband.
Director of Student Development Education Background
- Bachelor's in Sociology - University of Texas at Austin
- MA in Higher Education & Student Affairs – Ohio State University
Jen joined UNL’s College of Engineering in summer 2014 to serve the career development needs of students enrolled in the College’s programs in Omaha. Jen provides career coaching and delivers workshops to College of Engineering students in Omaha, and connects industry to the College and students. She spent 4 years working extensively with financial literacy programs at colleges and universities across the country and lived in 4 states before moving to Omaha.
Career Development Coordinator
Lark’s proudest accomplishments include her marriage of 20+ years and the networking opportunities for students she has gained through her job. Her best advice to students (and anyone really), is to follow through. If you say you’re going to do something, it’s like making a promise, so make sure to take responsibility and have discipline.
If she could, she would travel 100 years into the future. She wants to see the advancements in technology just like her grandparents did with electricity, cars, telephones, television, and putting a man on the moon. When Lark’s not working, you might find her munching on her favorite dessert, candy coated mint ice cream Klondike bars.
You may know Meagan as the Chick-fil-A cow who did the chicken dance at a Denver Nuggets halftime show in costume. As brave as that seems, Meagan doesn’t consider it the most daring thing she’s ever done. Instead, she believes her most courageous adventure was driving the lower 48 states in 30 days on her own before starting grad school. Ok Meagan that’s pretty bold, you win.
Despite her dance moves and love for adventure, Meagan also enjoys Netflix (Stranger Things, Friends, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Pandora, cheesecake, Steve Irwin, and reading. Her favorite subject was English, so it made sense for her to become an English major. She is passionate about helping Arts and Sciences students realize how their degrees are practical and valuable.
Kristen grew up either wanting to be a veterinarian to help animals or a lawyer so she could make money to argue with people (or so she thought!). Now she gets to help people as a Career Coach for the College of Arts & Sciences. Her favorite part of her current role is the colleagues she works with every day because they’ve made her feel like a part of the UNL community since day one.
Aside from work, Kristen enjoys listening to classical, instrumental music. She also couldn’t go a day without some sort of sweets — whether it’s candy, a cookie, or ice cream (great, now we’re hungry!).
Career Services Coordinator, Omaha
Bonnie crew up wanting to be a pediatric cardiologist surgeon (wow, that’s a mouthful!). She loved ‘big’ words from a young age, which was likely a factor in Bonnie selecting her major: English. Bonnie’s favorite part of her current role is working with so many bright, hard-working students, specifically when she gets to coach them one-on-one.
Work aside, Bonnie is one of six siblings. She loves being part of a big family — it means bigger holiday celebrations, more birthdays, and more cake (we can’t blame you there, Bonnie!). One thing she couldn’t go a day without is coffee.