Career Services Center Staff
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!).
1st generation graduate
Fluent Greek speaker
Limited French conversational speaker
Effie has worked for a number of different departments at WWU – from beginning her career in 2004 at the Career Services Center to the MBA program and the College of Business and Economics to Extended Education. She is very grateful for all the learning, experiences and internal networks she has developed while working in these different roles. Effie’s passion lies in working together with stakeholders, both internal and external, to identify and implement programs and resources that help our students and alumni reach their career goals. Effie’s career originally began in the field of Human Resources where she specialized in recruiting. Effie is married and has 3 children. Originally from Vancouver, BC she has called Bellingham home for the last 20 years. Effie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and Master of Education from WWU.
Administrative Assistant 2, Employer Services
WWU alumni ’98 Anthropology/Biology, Philip E. Sharpe Jr. Community Engagement Award Recipient 2021
A native Washingtonian, Britta grew up in Bremerton, and has lived in Skagit County since 2000. Britta has been an employee at Western since 2011 and she loves being a part of Team Career Services! Committed to expanding on the definition of “career success,” Britta is fond of reading all WWU publications, participating with Community Engagement Fellows, visiting campus sites and places, and participating in a wide range of WWU activities! As a “second career,” she is a dedicated volunteer + board member in the theatre/arts community, agriculture, and social justice spaces. When she has some unscheduled time Britta enjoys zillions of interests which include gardening, eco-budget travel, baking, board games, and explorations with her daughter Noelle and two granddaughters.
What Britta does at WWU: Your contact for information about career fairs, workshops, utilizing Handshake, perusing the Career Closet, WWU Give Day (Career Services participation) and building/facilitating connections between students, alumni, employers, campus departments and the larger WWU Community!
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.
Page is grateful to be returning to the WWU community after completing her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Western in 2017. She has a background providing career services and counseling to domestic violence survivors and to clients in a community health clinic. Page approaches career development from a holistic framework, recognizing the unique social and environmental factors that influence each individual’s needs throughout their career journey. She particularly enjoys connecting students to relevant resources and supporting students in building self-awareness to inform their career decisions and professional identity. Originally and proudly from the cornfields of the Midwest, Page holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, listening to podcasts, and catching folky music shows whenever possible.
Abby is originally from Bellingham, and she is excited to be a part of the Western community. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, where she taught English, co-led a life skills program, and drank endless cups of tea. Her other professional experience includes leading virtual resume and interview workshops for young professionals and advising high school students about college applications. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening and acquiring more houseplants, knitting, and kayaking.
Anna Tognazzini, M.Ed.
Health Professions and Graduate School Advising
A WWU alum herself (class of ’03), Anna joined the health professions program 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).
Health Professions and Graduate School Advisor
Erika is originally from Portland and moved to Bellingham 2 years ago. She has served in many positions in higher education spanning three different states, and also internationally to Germany. With almost two decades of experience in education, she has worked with students from all over the world and had the opportunity to travel and live in a variety of countries in Europe and in Kenya. She has assisted students as an Academic Advisor focusing on major exploration and pre-professional advising, lead international student groups in the U.S. and abroad, and advised graduate students in TESOL and international development. As a first-generation college student, Erika is excited to support WWU students in actualizing their goals with medical or graduate school and beyond. Erika speaks fluent German and enjoys traveling to different countries, speaking other languages (or trying to!), sipping tea, hiking with her two boys, baking all things chocolate, tango dancing, and getting out into nature!