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To make an appointment with your career advisor or explore majors with a career specialist, please login to Handshake and use our online scheduling to make an appointment. If you need further assistance, please call
785-532-6506.

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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 Center Studio
Cesar RiveraGraduate Assistantcarivera1131@k-state.edu785-532-6506

Cesar Rivera

Cesar provides support for major and career exploration.

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Cesar recieved his bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from Kansas State University. He is currently pursuing a master's in Counseling and Student Development.

 

Strengths: Maximizer, Communication, Relator, Significance, Futuristic

Favorite K-State tradition: 

Grace ScottGraduate Assistantgescott@k-state.edu785-532-6506

Grace Scott

Grace provides drop-in advising for all students from all colleges.

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Grace recieved her bachelor's in Human Development and Family Science from Kansas State University. She is currently pursuing a master's in Family Studies and Human Services.

Strengths:Woo, Communication, Positivity, Discipline, Learner

Favorite K-State tradition:Caturday!;

Career Specialists

 

Logan Cone

Logan Cone
Career Specialist
Management Information Systems

Alyssa

Alyssa Durrant
Career Specialist
Human Development and Family Science

Jordan

Jordyn Harris
Career Specialist
Human Ecology

Keagan Hiatt

Keagan Hiatt
Career Specialist
Psychology

Xia Hunter

Xia Hunter
Career Specialist
Athletic Training

Liz Parkes

Liz Parkes
Career Specialist
Mass Communications

Sydney Reid

Sydney Reid
Career Specialist
Human Development and Family Science

Walker Sheldon

Walker Sheldon
Career Specialist
Industrial Engineering

Parker Stephens

Parker Stephens
Career Specialist
Marketing

Haylee Tien

Haylee Tien
Career Specialist
Psychology

Madeline Wolford

Madeline Wolford
Career Specialist
Modern Languages

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

Mary Ellen

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 since 2000.

Strengths: Belief, Developer, Input, Positivity, Relator

Favorite K-State tradition: Call Hall!

Taylor GnagiCoordinatortjgnagi@k-state.edu785-532-1685

Taylor Gnagi

Taylor oversees major/career exploration and career readiness for students. Taylor also serves as the liaison to the College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

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Taylor has a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Services from K-State, and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Auburn University. She worked at the Career Center as a student from 2015-2018, and returned as Coordinator in 2022.

Strengths: Empathy, Connectedness, Developer, Responsibility, Positivity

Favorite K-State tradition: Watching the K-State Marching Band play before football games

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

Pat Hudgins

Pat serves as the liaison to the College of Education students, advises pre-health 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.

Jared MeitlerAssociate Directorjmeitler@k-state.edu785-532-1685

Jared

Jared serves as the liaison to the Graduate School and the graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Jared also serves as the coordinating instructor for the EDCEP 120 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 Health and Human Sciences, 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!

Teresa ParksAssistant Directortwparks@k-state.edu785-532-1680

Teresa Parks

Teresa serves as the liaison to the College of Health and Human Sciences.

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Teresa has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Kansas State University and a master’s in Administration of Justice and Security. Teresa started with the Career Center in 2021.

Strengths: Communication, Adaptability, Empathy, Connectedness and Responsibility

Favorite K-State tradition: Call Hall ice cream!!! It was a dorm tradition to take new freshmen to get ice cream and then we would all walk back to the dorms together eating, laughing and talking! I love Call Hall to this day!!

Chloe WurstAssistant Directorcnwurst@k-state.edu785-532-1685

Chloe Wurst

Chloe serves as the liaison to the undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Chloe has a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Women Gender Studies from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a master's in Leadership Management from the University of La Verne. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Academic Advising at Kansas State University. Chloe started with the Career Center in 2022.

Strengths: Input, Individualization, Strategic, Futuristic, Learner

Favorite K-State tradition: "Listen and You Can Hear the Call". I will never forget the first time I heard the Bluemont Bell when I stepped foot on campus. Several student graduates, faculty, and staff affiliated with the College of Education stood in uniity as the mighty bell rung. It's surreal to be a part of an experience that makes history come to life. Check out the history of the Bluemont Bell!

Anthony YbarraAssistant Directoranthonyy@k-state.edu785-532-6508

Anthony Ybarra

Anthony serves as liaison to the College of Engineering.

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Anthony has a bachelor's degree in human resources from Kansas State University and 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.

College of Business Administration: Career Development Team
Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus: Career Services

 
Employer Relations
Deb OwensRecruiting Coordinatordowens@k-state.edu785-532-1681

Debbie Owens

 

Debbie coordinates career fairs, approves employer access to Handshake and manages job postings.

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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!

DeLon BarbourEmployer Relations Associatedbarb20@k-state.edu785-532-6506

DeLon Barbour

 
DeLon assists all current and prospective employers with any type of recruiting on campus.

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DeLon received his bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Business from Kansas State University. He recently joined the Career Center team in 2021.

Strengths: Competition, Restorative, Developer, Learner, Achiever

Favorite K-State tradition: Saturday GameDay at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. There's nothing like it. Tailgating in the parking lot, and cheering on your favorite Wildcats with 50,000 of your closest friends.

 
Student Staff
Vacant

Karina Ayala-Varela
Career Closet Intern
Chemical Engineering

Chandler Blackwell

Chandler Blackwell
Paraprofessional
Chemical Engineering

Jackson

Jackson Dirks
Paraprofessional
Secondary Education

Lindsey

Lindsey Johnson
Career Fair Intern
Hospitality Management

Maren O’Connell

Maren O’Connell
Graphic Design Intern
Fine Arts

Lindsey Owens

Lindsey Owens
Marketing Intern
Communication Studies

Kaylee Warren

Kaylee Warren
Paraprofessional
Theater

 


 
Administration
Mary EwingOffice Managermewing@k-state.edu785-532-1691

Mary

Mary supports the Career Center with all administrative procedures to include accounting and personnel. 

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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

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
rjsanders@k-state.edu785-532-1685

Robert J. Sanders

Robert supports 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 Sotkovski

Alison supports 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 Swendson

Jodi supports the Colleges of Agriculture, Health and Human Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine.

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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!

Sandra GuzmanMarketing Specialistsandra44@k-state.edu785-532-6506

Sandra

Sandra designs all of the marketing for the career center events.

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Sandra recieved her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Leadership Studies from Kansas State University. She joined the Career Center team in 2022.

 
Alpha List
DeLon BarbourEmployer Relations Associatedbarb20@k-state.edu785-532-1680
Mary Ellen BarkleyAssistant Directormebark@k-state.edu785-532-1680
Mary EwingOffice Managermewing@k-state.edu785-532-1691
Taylor GnagiCoordinatortjgnagi@k-state.edu785-532-1685
Sandra GuzmanMarketing Specialistsandra44@k-state.edu785-532-6506
Pat HudginsAssociate Directorphudgins@k-state.edu785-532-6508
Kerri KellerExecutive Directorkdkeller@k-state.edu785-532-1691
Jared MeitlerSenior Assistant Directorjmeitler@k-state.edu785-532-1685
Debbie OwensRecruiting Coordinatordowens@k-state.edu785-532-1681
Teresa ParksAssistant Directortwparks@k-state.edu 785-532-1680
Robert J. SandersAdministrative Assistantrjsanders@k-state.edu785-532-1685
Alison SotkovskiAdministrative Assistantalison@k-state.edu785-532-6508
Jodi SwendsonAdministrative Assistantjswend@k-state.edu785-532-1680
Chloe WurstAssistant Directorcnwurst@k-state.edu785-532-1685
Anthony YbarraAssistant Directoranthonyy@k-state.edu785-532-6508

Student Staff

Karina Ayala-Varela, Career Closet Intern; Major: Chemical Engineering

Chandler Blackwell, Paraprofessional; Major: Chemical Engineering

Logan Cone, Career Specialist; Major: Management Information Systems

Jackson Dirks, Paraprofessional; Major: Secondary Education

Alyssa Durrant, Career Specialist; Major: Human Development and Family Science

Jordyn Harris, Career Specialist; Major: Human Ecology

Keagan Hiatt, Career Specialist; Major: Psychology

Xia Hunter, Career Specialist; Major: Athletic Training

Lindsey Johnson, Career Fair Intern; Major: Hospitality Management

Maren O'Connell, Graphic Design Intern: Major: Fine Arts

Lindsey Owens, Marketing Intern; Major: Communication Studies

Liz Parkes, Career Specialist; Major: Mass Communications

Sydney Reid, Career Specialist; Major: Human Development and Family Science

Cesar Rivera, Graduate Assistant; Major: Counseling and Student Development

Grace Scott, Graduate Assistant; Major: Family Studies and Human Servicesg

Walker Sheldon, Career Specialist; Major: Industrial Engineering

Parker Stephens, Career Specialist; Major: Marketing

Haylee Tien, Career Specialist; Major: Psychology

Kaylee Warren, Paraprofessional; Major: Theater

Madeline Wolford, Career Specialist; Major: Modern Languages