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

JaredJared’s Bio

Jared oversees major and career exploration for 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 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!

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

photo coming soonCesar’s Bio

Cesar serves as the graduate assistant for major and career exploration at the Career Center.

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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: 

Career Specialists

Lasondra

Lasondra Aurand
Career Specialist
Human Development and Family Science

Lexi Cannizzo

Lexi Cannizzo
Career Specialist
Human Development and Family Science

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Megan Dillon
Career Specialist
Psychology

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Alyssa Durrant
Career Specialist
Human Development and Family Science

Jordyn

Jordyn Harris
Career Specialist
Human Ecology

Xia Hunter

Xia Hunter
Career Specialist
Athletic Training

Brett Jennrich

Brett Jennrich
Career Specialist
Marketing

Liz Parkes

Liz Parkes
Career Specialist
Mass Communications

Natalie

Natalie Rash
Career Specialist
Nutrition & Kinesiology

Alex Roth

Alex Roth
Career Specialist
Management

Walker Sheldon

Walker Sheldon
Career Specialist
Idustrial Engineering

 
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!

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.

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

Ashley AndersonGrace’s Bio

Grace serves as the graduate assistant for drop-in critiques and career advising at the Career Center.

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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!;

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

photo coming soonTeresa's Bio

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!!

TBDAssistant Director785-532-1685

Ashley Bio

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Favorite K-State tradition: 

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

Anthony YbarraAnthony’s Bio

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: Career Development Team
Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus: Career Services

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

Debbie OwensDebbie’s Bio

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 Assistantdbarb20@k-state.edu785-532-6506

DeLon BarbourDeLon’s Bio

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
Kelly

Kelly Talamentes 
Career Closet Intern
Apparel & Textiles

Rebekah Hutchinson

Rebekah Hutchinson
Paraprofessional
Secondary Education

Lindsey

Lindsey Johnson
Career Fair Intern
Hospitality Management

Sydney Reid

Sydney Reid
Paraprofessional
Human Development and Family Science

Kaylee Warren

Kaylee Warren
Paraprofessional
Theater

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Rosa Cano 
Paraprofessional
Open Option

 


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

MaryMary's Bio

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’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
rjsanders@k-state.edu785-532-1685
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, Health and Human Sciences, 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!

Kristopher NixonMarketing Specialistknix@k-state.edu785-532-6506

Kristopher NixonKristopher’s Bio

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

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Kristopher received his bachelor's degree in Communication with a focus in Advertising from the University of Texas at Arlington. He joined the Career Center team in 2021.

Strengths: Deliberative, Relator, Restorative, Competition, Ideation

Favorite K-State tradition: Still learning the K-State way.

 
Alpha List
DeLon BarbourEmployer Relations Associatedbarb20@k-state.edu785-532-1680
Mary Ellen BarkleyAssistant Directormebark@k-state.edu785-532-1691
Mary EwingOffice Managermewing@k-state.edu785-532-1691
Pat HudginsAssociate Directorphudgins@k-state.edu785-532-6508
Kerri KellerExecutive Directorkdkeller@k-state.edu785-532-1691
Jared MeitlerSenior Assistant Directorjmeitler@k-state.edu785-532-6506
Kristopher NixonMarketing Specialistknix@k-state.edu785-532-6956
Debbie OwensRecruiting Coordinatordowens@k-state.edu785-532-1681
Teresa ParksAssistant Directortwparks@k-state.edu  
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
Anthony YbarraAssistant Directoranthonyy@k-state.edu785-532-6508

Student Staff

Lasondra Aurand, Career Specialist; Major: Human Development and Family Science

Lexi Cannizzo, Career Specialist; Major: Human Development and Family Science

Rosa Cano, Paraprofessional; Major: Open Option

Meghan Dillon, Career Specialist; Major: Psychology

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

Jordyn Harris, Career Specialist; Major: Human Ecology

Xia Hunter, Career Specialist; Major: Athletic Training

Rebekah Hutchinson, Paraprofessional; Major: Secondary Education

Brett Jennrich, Career Specialist; Major: Marketing

Lindsey Johnson, Career Fair Intern; Major: Hospitality Management

Liz Parkes, Career Specialist; Major: Mass Communications

Natalie Rash, Career Specialist; Major: Nutrition & Kinesiology

Sydney Reid, Paraprofessional; Major: Human Development and Family Science

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

Alex Roth, Career Specialist; Major: Management

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

Walker Sheldon, Career Specialist; Major: Industrial Engineering

Kelly Talamentes, Career Closet Intern; Major: Apparel and Textiles

Kaylee Warren, Paraprofessional; Major: Theater