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Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Closed on university holidays as indicated on the K-State academic calendar

Meet our Staff

Career Exploration
Jared MeitlerSenior Assistant Directorjmeitler@k-state.edu785-532-6506

JaredJared’s Bio

Jared oversees major and career exploration within the Career Center and serves as the coordinating instructor for the Find Your Fit CAT Community and EDCEP 120, the center's 1 credit-hour career exploration class.

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He advises students in the Open Option program and provides leadership for the visitor services team. Jared has a Master's in Counseling & Student Development and a Bachelor’s in Human Ecology, both from Kansas State University. He started working at the Career Center in 2012.

Strengths: Analytical, Competition, Includer, Maximizer, Relator

Favorite K-State tradition: Teaching my 2 son's the words to the Wabash Cannonball, the Alma Mater, and the Fight Song!

Ross JohnsonGraduate Assistantrjohn108@k-state.edu

RossRoss’ Bio

Ross assists with overseeing major and career exploration within the Career Center by providing advising for students, administrative support, and programming, including facilitating workshops and the center’s 1-credit hour career planning class.

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Ross has Bachelor’s degrees in American Studies and Sports Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a Master’s student in the College Student Development program. He started working for the Career Center in 2017.


Favorite K-State tradition: 

Career Specialists


Dalton Mitchell
Career Specialist
Communication Studies


Tori Mitchell
Career Specialist
Secondary Education


Chris Reusz
Career Specialist
Bakery Science, Chemistry and Spanish


Merani Rivarola-Gragg
Career Specialist
Family Studies & Human Services

College Liaisons
Mary Ellen BarkleyAssistant Directormebark@k-state.edu785-532-1680

Mary EllenMary Ellen’s Bio

Mary Ellen serves as liaison to the Colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.

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Mary Ellen has a bachelor's in psychology from Washington State University and a master's in college student personnel services from K-State. Mary Ellen is a Start Smart Salary Facilitator. She has worked for the Career Center for over 13 years.

Strengths: Belief, Developer, Input, Positivity, Relator

Favorite K-State tradition: Call Hall!

Anne DeLucaAssistant Directorajdeluca@k-state.edu785-532-6508

Anne DeLucaAnne’s Bio

Anne serves as liaison to the College Engineering.

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Anne received her bachelor’s in sociology/criminology from Doane College and a master’s in communication studies from Kansas State. She previously was a graduate assistant for the K-State Forensics Team and taught public speaking classes on campus.

Strengths: Activator, Individualization, Positivity, Restorative, Woo

Favorite K-State tradition: I enjoy learning about the history of campus and of course the WABASH!

Pat HudginsAssociate Directorphudgins@k-state.edu785-532-6508

Pat HudginsPat’s Bio

Pat serves as the liaison to the College of Education students and leads center-wide programming and the advising team.

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Pat received her bachelor's in communication from the University of Cincinnati and her master's in college student development from K-State. Pat is a Start Smart Salary Facilitator. She has worked at the Career Center since 2013.

Strengths: Includer, Learner, Maximizer, Relator, Responsibility

Favorite K-State tradition: My favorite K-State traditions include attending Purple Power Play with a great display of fireworks and K-State Open House. It’s a time I share K-State with new members of the community.

Andrew KohlsAssistant Directorandrewkohls@ksu.edu785-532-1685

Andrew KohlsAndrew’s Bio

Andrew serves as the liaison to the College of Architecture, Planning & Design students and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Andrew received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human development from Kansas Wesleyan University and completed his master’s degree in academic advising from K-State in 2016. He has been working in higher education since 2010 having previous experience in immigration advising and admissions. He has worked at K-State since 2012 and joined the Career Center team in 2014

Strengths: Context, Communication, Empathy, Positivity, Woo

Favorite K-State tradition: The Week of Welcome at the beginning of the semester. I love feeling the buzz and energy from all of our new Wildcats navigating campus for the first time!

Ashley MotleyAssistant Directorakmotley@k-state.edu785-532-1685

AshleyAshley’s Bio

Ashley serves as the liaison to the College of Arts and Sciences' undergraduate students.

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Ashley received her master’s in college student affairs from the University of South Florida and bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Kansas State University. She joined the K-State Career Center in June 2016 after working in Florida career services for 7 years.

Strengths: Individualization, Strategic, Empathy, Woo, Learner

Favorite K-State tradition: The Wabash Cannonball! I met my husband in my last year at K-State and when we tied the knot we got all of our wedding guests to participate in the Wabash during our reception at the Alumni Center.

Dana NordykeSenior Assistant Directornordyke@k-state.edu785-532-1680

Dana NordykeDana’s Bio

Dana serves as the liaison to the College of Human Ecology.

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A K-State grad, Dana received a B.S. in business administration and M.S. in college student development. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in student affairs in higher education. Dana is a certified Career Development Facilitator and is a Start Smart Salary Facilitator. She has been with the Career Center since 2009.

Strengths: Communication, Developer, Includer, Positivity, Woo

Favorite K-State tradition: There is nothing like K-State family gatherings on football game days---the purple, tailgates, Willie doing push-ups, and of course the Wabash.

Alumni Career Services
Debra Rodenbaugh-SchaubAlumni Consultantdschaub@k-state.com785-532-3392

DebraDebra’s Bio

Deb serves as the liaison to the K-State Career Center and the Alumni Association assisting K-State alumni in defining their career options and helping them develop their job searching and other resources.

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Deb is a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Relations. For the past 10 years Deb has worked as a Program Consultant for the Kansas Department of Commerce and also previously worked for the JQ Hammons Corporation, Kansas Bankers Association and the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce.

Favorite K-State tradition: The super deal combo: enjoying Call Hall Ice Cream while listening to K-State Band play Wabash Cannonball

Employer Relations
Debbie GuillenProject Managerdebra3@k-state.edu785-532-3450

Debbie GuillenDebbie’s Bio

If you are an employer with a career fair question, Debbie likely has answers. Debbie is the go-to for registration, payments, and day-of concerns.

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Debbie has been with the Career Center since 2004.

Strengths: Adaptability, Harmony, Maximizer, Positivity, Woo

Favorite K-State tradition: Purple Power Play on Poyntz and Wabash!

Debbie OwensOn-Campus Interview Coordinatordowens@k-state.edu785-532-1681

Debbie OwensDebbie’s Bio

Debbie schedules on-campus interviews, posts jobs, and books interview rooms in the Career Center.

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Debbie has worked at the Career Center since 2001.

Strengths: Achiever, Context, Individualization, Learner, Relator

Favorite K-State tradition: Purple Power Play!

Anthony YbarraEmployer Relations Coordinatoranthonyy@k-state.edu785-532-6506

Anthony YbarraAnthony’s Bio

Anthony assists all current and prospective employers recruiting on campus.

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Anthony has a bachelor's in human resources from Kansas State University and is pursuing a master's in college student development. Anthony has been with the Career Center since 2011.

Strengths: Arranger, Communication, Individualization, Positivity, Woo

Favorite K-State tradition: Finals week ... the bells in Anderson Hall play the Fight Song and Alma Mater. It reminds me of when I was walking from my last final about to go out into the world, creating a surreal moment in time.

Student Staff
Jin KimGraduate Assistantjinkim@k-state.edu785-532-6506

JinJin’s Bio

Jin advises students in all K-State majors and programs.

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Jin received a Bachelor's in Applied Biological Sciences from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and is pursuing a master's degree in college student development.

Strengths: Competition, Deliberative, Achiever, Analytical, Input

Favorite K-State tradition: The first week of school every fall. During this time everyone is finding their way around campus, anxious to go to classes and meet new people! There is no better feeling than starting something new and joining a new family!


Mary Carr
Business Administration Pre-professional


Ana Landsverk
Marketing Intern
Mass Communications


Kelsey Proctor
Graphic Design Intern
Graphic Design


Regan Roth
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Jami ClarkOffice Managerjclark@k-state.edu785-532-1637

 JamiJami's Bio

Jami serves as the human resource liaison and helps coordinate and support office operations.

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Jami earned her bachelor's in business administration from K-State. Jami completed her PHR certification in 2014. She has worked at the Career Center since 1998.

Strengths: Arranger, Competition, Maximizer, Positivity, Responsibility

Favorite K-State tradition:

Mary EwingDirector's Assistantmewing@k-state.edu785-532-1691

MaryMary's Bio

Mary supports the director's area and also manages the Center's accounting.

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She has a bachelor's degree in restaurant management from K-State. Mary has been with the Career Center since 2006.

Strengths: Communication, Connectedness, Harmony, Input, Woo

Favorite K-State tradition: Purple … because it's an awesome color!

Kerri KellerExecutive Directorkdkeller@k-state.edu785-532-1691


Kerri’s Bio

Kerri directs the overall operations of the Career Center and teaches the LEAD 399 Internships for Career Development class.

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Kerri has a Ph.D from K-State, a master’s degree in student personnel and a bachelor's degree in psychology/social work. She has worked in career services for over 20 years at universities in Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, Missouri and Kansas.

Strengths: Connectedness, Futuristic, Learner, Maximizer, Strategic

Favorite K-State tradition: K-State Family — this is a special place and I appreciate the extra effort everyone gives to take care of the family.

Robert J. Sanders
Administrative Assistant

Robert J. Sanders

Robert’s Bio

Robert supports the assistant directors for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Architecture, Planning and Design.

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Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in creative writing from Kansas State University. A former instructor of expository writing, Robert has been working in various roles at K-State since graduating in 2016.

Strengths: Strategic, Communication, Restorative, Adaptability, Includer

Favorite K-State tradition: Sharing campus with my son. He loves Nichols Hall, Hale Library, and the Berney Family Welcome Center because they look like castles.

Alison SotkovskiAdministrative Assistantalison@k-state.edu785-532-6508

Alison SotkovskiAlison’s Bio

Alison supports the assistant directors for the Colleges of Business, Engineering, and Education. She is also the go-to person for education on-campus interviews.

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Alison has been with the Career Center since 2001.

Strengths: Adaptability, Empathy, Intellection, Responsibility, Restorative

Favorite K-State tradition: The family atmosphere.

Jodi SwendsonAdministrative Assistantjswend@k-state.edu785-532-1680

Jodi SwendsonJodi’s Bio

Jodi supports the assistant directors for the Colleges of Agriculture, Human Ecology, and Vet Med.

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Jodi received her bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University. She joined the Career Center team in 2015.

Strengths: Adaptability, Empathy, Ideation, Input, Positivity

Favorite K-State tradition: Doing the Wabash at K-State games!

Alpha List
Mary Ellen BarkleyAssistant Directormebark@k-state.edu785-532-1680
Jami ClarkOffice Managerjclark@k-state.edu785-532-1637
Anne DeLucaAssistant Directorajdeluca@k-state.edu785-532-1685
Mary EwingDirector's Assistantmewing@k-state.edu785-532-1691
Debbie GuillenProject Managerdebra3@k-state.edu785-532-3450
Pat HudginsAssociate Directorphudgins@k-state.edu785-532-6508
Ross JohnsonGraduate Assistantrjohn108@k-state.edu785-532-6506
Kerri KellerExecutive Directorkdkeller@k-state.edu785-532-1691
Jin KimGraduate Assistantjinkim@k-state.edu785-532-6506
Andrew KohlsAssistant Directorandrewkohls@ksu.edu785-532-1669
Jared MeitlerSenior Assistant Directorjmeitler@k-state.edu785-532-6506
Ashley MotleyAssistant Directorakmotley@k-state.edu785-532-1685
Dana NordykeSenior Assistant Directornordyke@k-state.edu785-532-1680
Debbie OwensOn-Campus Interview Coordinatordowens@k-state.edu785-532-1681
Robert J. SandersAdministrative Assistant rjsanders@k-state.edu 785-532-1685
Alison SotkovskiAdministrative Assistantalison@k-state.edu785-532-6508
Jodi SwendsonAdministrative Assistantejswend@k-state.edu785-532-1680
Anthony YbarraEmployer Relations Coordinatoranthonyy@k-state.edu785-532-6506

Student Staff

Mary Carr, Paraprofessional, Major: Business Administration Pre-professional

Ana Landsverk, Marketing Intern, Major: Mass Communications

Dalton Mitchell, Career Specialist, Major: Communication Studies

Tori Mitchell, Career Specialist, Major: Secondary Education

Kelsey Proctor, Graphic Design Intern, Major: Graphic Design

Chris Reusz, Career Specialist, Major: Bakery Science, Chemistry, and Spanish

Merani Rivarola-Gragg, Career Specialist, Major: Family Studies & Human Services

Regan Roth, Paraprofessional, Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders