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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!

Roxanne KennedyGraduate Assistantrskennedy@k-state.edu785-532-6506

Roxanne KennedyRoxanne’s Bio

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

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Roxie received her Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Gender Studies from New College of Florida. While obtaining her degree, Roxie served as the resident advisor of the LGBTQ+ residence hall, and has been involved in student affairs since 2015. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in college student development.

Strengths: Strategic, Individualization, Belief, Futuristic, Developer

Favorite K-State tradition: I love going to the Varsity food truck with my partner on the weekends, and getting to hear the K-State Band travel around Aggieville before games! 

Career Specialists

Lexi Cannizzo

Lexi Cannizzo
Career Specialist
Human Development and Family Science

Phoenix Franklin

Phoenix Franklin
Career Specialist
Family & Consumer Sciences Education

Amanda Helt

Amanda Helt
Career Specialist
Human Development and Family Science

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

Walker Sheldon

Walker Sheldon
Career Specialist
Idustrial Engineering

Janae

Janae Schulte
Career Specialist
Human Development and Family Science

Olivia

Olivia Stingo
Career Specialist
Personal Financial Planning

Grace Worchester

Grace Worcester
Career Specialist
Marketing

 
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.

Ashley AndersonGraduate Assistantashley2014@k-state.edu785-532-6506

Ashley AndersonAshley’s Bio

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

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Ashley received her bachelor’s in communication studies from Kansas State University. While obtaining her degree, Ashley was heavily involved in leadership studies and also worked at the Career Center as a career specialist. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in college student development. 

Strengths: Deliberative, Significance, Focus, Restorative, Relator

Favorite K-State tradition: I love Call Hall ice cream, the K-State rodeo and of course the Wabash Cannonball!

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!

Jaci KolmAssistant Directorjlkolm@k-state.edu785-532-1680

Jaci KolmJaci’s Bio

Jaci serves as the liaison to the College of Health and Human Sciences' students.

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Jaci received her bachelor's degree from Kansas State University in human development and family science. While obtaining her degree, she worked as a career specialist at the Career Center and a peer mentor for Family Studies.

Strengths: Positivity, Includer, Competition, Developer, Harmony

Favorite K-State tradition: The K-State Pub Crawl Band that plays in local establishments the Friday night before home football games. It's fun to see them pump up K-State fans and support the Wildcats!

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
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!

Mario GarciaEmployer Relations Assistantmariog@k-state.edu785-532-6956

Mario GarciaMario’s Bio

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

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Mario has a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from K-State and is currently pursuing his masters degree in Public Administration. Mario has been with the Career Center since the fall of 2020.

Strengths: Woo, Communication, Maximizer, Belief, Futuristic

Favorite K-State tradition: Working in New Student Services as an undergrad allowed me to give campus tours to prospective students almost every day! Sharing my memories with potential Wildcats and their families was such a cool experience that I hold near to my heart.

 
Student Staff
Samantha Fox

Samantha Fox
Drop-In Graduate Student
Biology

Erin

Kamille Greenwood
Career Closet Intern
Apparel & Textiles

Columba Herrera Gonzalez

Columba Herrera-Gonzalez
Jobs Entry Intern
Computer Science

Rebekah Hutchinson

Rebekah Hutchinson
Paraprofessional
Secondary Education

Erin

Lindsey Johnson
Career Fair Intern
Hospitality Management

Sydney Lenox

Sydney Lenox
Social Media Intern
Apparel & Textiles

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
Mary Ellen BarkleyAssistant Directormebark@k-state.edu785-532-1680
Mary EwingDirector's Assistantmewing@k-state.edu785-532-1691
Mario GarciaEmployer Relations Assistantmariog@k-state.edu785-532-6956
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
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

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

Phoenix Franklin, Career Specialist; Major: Family & Consumer Sciences Education

Samantha Fox, Drop-In Graduate Student; Major: Biology

Kamille Greenwood, Career Closet Intern; Major: Apparel & Textiles

Amanda Helt, Career Specialist; Major: Human Development and Family Science

Columba Herrera-Gonzalez, Jobs Entry Intern; Major: Computer Science

Xia Hunter, Career Specialist; Major: Athletic Training

Rebekah Hutchinson, Paraprofessional; Major: Secondary Education

Brett Jennrich, Career Specialist; Major: Marketing

Tessa Jirak, Paraprofessional; Major: Agriculture Communications & Journalism

Lindsey Johnson, Career Fair Intern; Major: Hospitality Management

Sydney Lenox, Social Media Intern; Major: Apparel & Textiles

Liz Parkes, Career Specialist; Major: Mass Communications

Natalie Rash, Career Specialist; Major: Nutrition & Kinesiology

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

Janae Schulte, Career Specialist; Major: Human Development and Family Science

Walker Sheldon, Career Specialist; Major: Industrial Engineering

Olivia Stingo, Career Specialist; Major: Personal Financial Planning

Kaylee Warren, Paraprofessional; Major: Theater

Grace Worcester, Career Specialist; Major: Marketing