Career Services Center Staff

Tina Loudon
Tina Loudon

Tina started as a counselor in the Career Services Center in 1978 and moved up through a variety of professional roles before being named director in 1993. In August 2007, she was charged with merging the Career Services Center with Academic Advising and Tutorial Services in order to provide integrated academic advising and career planning services for WWU students. This new assignment provides an opportunity for Tina to build on her 30-year commitment to supporting WWU students to make the most of their educational experience to achieve their personal and professional goals. Tina holds a B.Ed - Secondary Social Studies from the University of Washington and an M.Ed - Higher Education from Loyola University - Chicago.

When not at work, you'll find Tina on her farm in the country digging in the garden, playing with her small menagerie of animals (current count - 1 dog, 2 cats, 2 horses and 12 chickens) or playing in her "art room."

Kergie GarciaKergie Garcia
Assistant Director, Career Services

Kergie began her journey as a first-time college student in midlife after staying at home raising her children and working the family cattle ranch. She came to Western with her transfer degree from Yakima Valley CC graduating from the Communication department two years later. During her undergraduate years, she became involved in the field of student affairs leading her to enter the Student Affairs Program at Western. She completed her internship in the Career Services Center where she developed her passion for helping others explore and create a vision for their future. She spent two years at Wenatchee Valley College-North in Omak before moving to Vancouver Island, BC where she taught and counseled at the local community college for several years. In 1999, the opportunity to return to Western as a career counselor became a reality. Currently, she enjoys working with the Career Center Peer Ambassador team, interns and career counselors.

At home, she enjoys spending time on the beach, working with her flower garden and spending time with her family.

Sandy BrownSandy Brown
Career Counselor

Sandy came to Western with a varied and interesting career path that enhances her experience and abilities as a career counselor. In her twenties she worked primarily with animals as a Veterinary Technician, Animal Control Officer, and 7 years working in Humane Societies. Turning to working in social services she worked for 14 years in reproductive health and family planning as a counselor and then working with the Displaced Homemaker's program through Skagit Valley College as an instructor. After her daughter Piper was in high school she went back to school and received her Bachelor's degree in Human Services, then her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, both programs here at Western (a double alum!).

Britta EscheteBritta Eschete
Office Assistant 3
Recruitment Services

Meet the newest team member working in Career Services: Britta Eschete! A graduate from Western, AmeriCorps, and many community education programs, she is honored to be working within the department she utilized extensively during her employment in the non-profit environmental education sector. An employee at Western for the past five years, she is fond of reading all Western publications, visiting campus sites, and participating in a wide range of Western activities. Originally from Bremerton, she and her daughter have lived in Skagit County since 2000, and can be found participating at many community events and activities. Britta has “a second career” as a dedicated volunteer in the theatre/arts community, agriculture, social justice and human services, and when she has some unscheduled time, she enjoys zillions of interests including gardening, travel and hosteling, baking, board games and utilizing her library card at four different locations. She looks forward to expanding employer outreach, recognizing the evolving variety of career opportunities, supporting students as they peruse volunteer, internship and career possibilities and Western Community collaborations.

Photo of Diane FloresDiane Flores
Program Coordinator
Promotions and Special Events

Diane Flores has worked in the Career Services Center in various support positions since 1986 (or "since dinosaurs roamed the earth", as one student put it). Her favorite part of the job is helping students and seeing them succeed with their career goals. When she is not scheduling appointments for the career counselors and working on special events, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

George KrizGeorge Kriz
Pre-Healthcare Professions Advisor

George earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of California (Berkeley) and a PhD in organic chemistry from Indiana University. Since beginning his career as a professor at Western in 1967, George has actively participated in numerous societies devoted to the teaching of chemistry, co-authored a series of successful organic chemistry textbooks and was awarded the Peter J. Elich Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000. More recently, George has expanded his role at WWU to include academic/career advising for students interested in pre-healthcare programs. He considers himself especially fortunate to be able to devote his life to something that continues to be so rewarding.

For fun, George is an active member of the bass section of the Whatcom Chorale and a long-time season ticket holder at the Seattle Opera. His New Year's resolution is to play more golf. However, the greatest fun he has is in the classroom.

Lisa MegardLisa Megard
Coordinator of
Programs and Web Communication

Lisa has been working at Western since 1983. She is responsible for the design and content management of the websites for Academic and Career Development Services (which includes Career Services Center, Academic Advising, and the Tutoring Center) in addition to coordinating Reference File Services, and the annual employment survey of WWU graduates. When not at work, Lisa crews on a sailboat that competes locally and throughout the Puget Sound region. She also enjoys photography, gardening, traveling, and downhill skiing.

Renee MurrayRenee Murray
Graduate and Pre-Professional Programs Advisor

Renée earned both her BA in Art and M.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration degrees at Western. She blends her academic advising and career counseling backgrounds in working with students preparing to apply to

general graduate school or professional healthcare programs of study. "It is a privilege to give back to my alma mater while sharing my knowledge and perspectives with students and family members."

When not at work, Renée pursues interests in design, researches and test-pilots allergy-free recipes, and strives to keep physically active and strong through varied activities and programs.

Shelley PearsonShelley Pearson
Career Counselor

Shelley started at Western in April of 2014 in the Academic and Career Development Department—first in Academic Advising and now in Career Services. She brings a wide variety of experience in the helping professions. She is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington. She graduated from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2005. Originally from Indiana, she holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Health focusing on Human Development and Family Studies from Indiana University. She has worked in social work positions and has had a private counseling practice in the past. Prior to coming to WWU, Shelley worked at Shoreline Community College as a faculty counselor and taught courses both at Shoreline Community College and Cascadia Community College. Her love is in inspiring others to find a solid direction for their work and their lives. Shelley enjoys spending time with her husband, her friends and family, and her pets.

Karen PowellKaren Powell
Coordinator for Job Search Services

Karen came by her interest and passion about careers through personally experiencing many of the questions that she now helps others address. As a graduate of University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, Karen spent time in the U.S. Army living across the country and working in Army hospitals. Pursuing an interest in flying developed while in the Army, she became an Air Traffic Controller for 8 years in Texas. Following that elusive desire to try other career pathways, she has also worked as manager of a print shop, for Visiting Nurse Services and for Washington State. In 2005, she graduated with a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and began working at the Career Services Center as Coordinator of Job Search Services in early 2006. She brings both a professional and personal knowledge of career exploration and development that she applies to her work.

Jenny Spurgin
Jenny Spurgin
Employer Outreach Manager

Jenny started at Western in 2008 and joined the Career Services Center in 2013. She is a double alum from WWU, most recently completing her Master’s in Business Administration. Jenny is an enthusiastic member of the Western community. She enjoys the collaboration between community partners, businesses, faculty, staff and students that make Western such an excellent educational experience. In her free time, Jenny enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing soccer, watching football, cooking and reading.

Anna Tognazzini
Anna Tognazzini, M.Ed.
Graduate and Pre-Professional Programs Advisor

A WWU alum herself (class of ’03), Anna joined the pre-health advising team in 2015, returning to Bellingham after twelve years away from the Pacific Northwest. After completing her BA in political science, she moved to California, where she worked for the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California, Riverside for six years before heading to Williamsburg, VA for a taste of the east coast life. In 2014, she completed an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at The College of William & Mary. When she wasn’t studying, she was counseling and advising students at the Cohen Career Center, and she also completed an internship at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, working with residents specializing in anesthesiology. Life brought her back to the place where her academic journey began, and now she is grateful for the opportunity to serve Western students who are just getting started on their own journeys.

When not on campus, Anna is running around with her husband and young daughter, wearing cardigans, drinking coffee, and knitting (sometimes all at the same time).

Kelley WalkerKelley Walker
Information Technology Specialist

Kelley began working at WWU's Career Services Center in 1997. With previous experience at Canon Computer Systems in Orange County, California and the help desk of Mattel in Phoenix, Arizona, the shift from the corporate world to higher education has been a welcome change of scenery. Outside of work, he spends much of his time reading or writing.

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