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 leaning, 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
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.
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.
Career Resources Specialist
The Career Services Center is proud to announce that Atiavo Jude is now a part of our team in a part time role as a Career Resources Specialist. This role was able to come to fruition thanks to support from our Alumni Association. In this role, Atiavo will specialize in reaching out to students to coach them on the importance of career mentorship and networking. Atiavo will be primarily utilizing the WE Connect platform for cultivating these relationships for our students. For those of you who follow our men’s basketball team, Atiavo will be no stranger to you. In addition to being a WWU graduate, Atiavo played basketball for the Vikings and is also in his sixth season as Volunteer Assistant Coach.
[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.
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).