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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

JaredCesar’s Bio

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

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Favorite K-State tradition: I

Career Specialists

Adrina Beltran

Lasondra Aurand
Career Specialist
Human Development and Family Science

Lexi Cannizzo

Lexi Cannizzo
Career Specialist
Human Development and Family Science

Phoenix Franklin

Megan Dillon
Career Specialist
Psychology

Amanda Helt

Alyssa Durrant
Career Specialist
Human Development and Family Science

Xia Hunter

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

Natalie

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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Favorite K-State tradition: 

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!

VacantAssistant Director785-532-1680

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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.

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.

 

Tom RoeslerAdjunct Career Advisortroz@k-state.edu785-532-1685

Tom RoeslerTom’s Bio

Tom serves as a liaison to arts, communications and humanities students in the College of Arts and Sciences and to young alumni.

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Tom earned an MBA from the College of Business at Kansas State University and a bachelor's degree in Journalism & Mass Communications from the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism & Mass Communications at K-State. He joined the K-State Career Center as an Adjunct Career Advisor in July 2020.

Strengths: Developer, Responsibility, Belief, Individualization, Activator

Favorite K-State tradition: I often say that my native tongue is sports because it was my first love, and after working for the football team and Athletics department as both an undergrad and graduate student, nothing gets me more fired up than hearing: K-State fans....Are. You. READY!!!

 

College of Business: Career Development Team
 
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

 

For any employer questions, please reach out to DeLon Barbour.

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Student Staff
Kelly

Kelly Talamentes 
Career Closet Intern
Apparel & Textiles

Rebekah Hutchinson

Rebekah Hutchinson
Paraprofessional
Secondary Education

Erin

Lindsey Johnson
Career Fair Intern
Hospitality Management

Sydney Reid

Sydney Reid
Paraprofessional
Human Development and Family Science

Kaylee Warren

Kaylee Warren
Paraprofessional
Theater

 


 
Administration
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

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!

 
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
Andrew KohlsAssistant Directorandrewkohls@ksu.edu785-532-1685
Jaci KolmAssistant Directorjlkolm@k-state.edu785-532-1680
Jared MeitlerSenior Assistant Directorjmeitler@k-state.edu785-532-6506
Ashley MotleyAssistant Directorakmotley@k-state.edu785-532-1685
Kristopher NixonMarketing Specialistknix@k-state.edu785-532-6956
Debbie OwensOn-Campus Interview Coordinatordowens@k-state.edu785-532-1681
Tom RoeslerAdjunct Career Advisortroz@k-state.edu785-532-1685
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

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