Career Services Center Staff



Effie Eisses
Director

After 15 years at WWU working in a number of different positions, Effie Eisses is returning to the Career Services Center as the Director. She is very grateful for the opportunity to return to her Western roots, to work with the CSC team, to advance the important work of supporting our students and alumni in attaining their career aspirations. Effie’s passion lies in working together with stakeholders, both internal and external, to identify and implement programs and resources that help our students reach their goals. Effie’s career originally began in the field of Human Resources where she specialized in recruiting. At WWU, in addition to the Career Services Center, she has worked for the MBA program, Extended Education and as an Instructor for the College of Business and Economics. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of British Columbia and a Master of Education from WWU.

Jenny Spurgin
Jenny Spurgin
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Outreach

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.


Sandy Brown
Sandy 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!).


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).


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Julina Pyanoe
Career Counselor

[Jah-lee-nuh Piano] joins the Career Services team after advising and teaching undecided and first-year students at East Tennessee State University (MA – Counseling ’10) for several years. Prior to working in higher education, she spent 4 years working on the Department of Education’s “Investing in Innovation” grant in rural high schools helping students in their pursuit of college and career goals. Raised and educated in Southern Appalachia, Julina became interested in education as a profession during her time as an undergraduate at Emory & Henry College (BA –Sociology & English Literature ’08) while studying educational disparities in Sociology courses and while working for two seasons as an assistant 8th grade girls’ basketball coach. She is proud to be a “jock” who is still a gym rat and watches the Olympics, college basketball, football, and golf (on Sundays, with naps) and a “nerd” who watches Jeopardy, avidly reads recipes and speculative fiction (the more non-humans, the better!), and obsessively looks at Google Earth. Julina is excited to work with WWU students’ transitional and exploration needs around career and major decision-making.


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Diane Flores
Office Coordinator
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.


Britta Eschete
Britta Eschete
Office Assistant 3 Recruitment Services

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.


Career Services Center Peer Advisors