Career Services Center Staff
Assistant Director of Operations, Academic and Career Development Services
Matt earned both his bachelor's degree in English and his master's degree in Adult and Higher Education here at Western. He has worked in higher education in a variety of roles since 2007, and during that time has overseen a number of academic programs, institutional projects, and student support services. He is interested in how emerging data, new technologies, and participatory processes can be used to enhance programs and services and increase student success. Outside of work, Matt enjoys cycling, hiking, and quality time with his son.
Assistant Director, Career Services
Kergie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a Master of Arts in Education in Student Affairs from Western. She previously worked in community colleges as the counselor advising students on academics and career choice in eastern Washington and Canada. She served as a Career Counselor and Coordinator of Career Planning and Programs before her role as Assistant Director where she supervises the career counselors and student peer team. She works directly with students identify their unique passions as they progress through their journey at Western and collaborates with faculty on classroom presentations. Outside of work she enjoys time on the beach and helping people journey through the grief process after suicide loss.
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!).
Office Assistant 3
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.
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.
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.
Coordinator of Web Communication
Lisa has been working at Western since 1983. She is responsible for marketing/social media, and the design and content management of Academic and Career Development Services web sites(includes Career Services Center, Academic Advising, and the Tutoring Center). 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.
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.
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.
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, 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).
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.
Career Center Peer Advisors
- College to Career Transition
- Resumes, Cover Letters & Portfolios
- Graduate School Advising
- Law School Advising
- Pre-Healthcare Advising