"My colleagues and coworkers, both in the Career Center and within Student Services. Mostly, I enjoy assisting college students as they discover what their talents and skills are and how they can best use those gifts in both their professional careers and personal lives."
I've had the distinct pleasure and opportunity to work with college students for over 20 years. I am a southern transplant to the Midwest and am married to "Dr. V," the Dean of Students at Black Hawk College. I have two grown stepchildren, a daughter-in-law, and a treat terrorist beagle mutt (who I adore) named Bob. Avocationally, I enjoy singing, acting, time spent talking and laughing with good friends; doting on my nieces and nephews; hikes in the Rockies or Smokies; and eating my mama's cooking whenever I have the chance.
My role as the Director allows me to oversee the strategic direction and daily operations of the Career Center. It also affords me the privilege of working with some of the most talented, caring, and professional staff members who are committed to assisting our students as they make critical decisions about their future career and the world of work.
In addition to many of my administrative functions, I am also able on occasion to work individually with students and alumni regarding their career paths. I also enjoy working collaboratively with SAU faculty and staff to find creative and meaningful ways to integrate career development, skill development, and information regarding employment opportunities within academic curriculum offerings.
One of most enriching aspects of my job at SAU is knowing that I work with people who place a high value on the importance not only of finding a job, but in working with each student to discern their individual vocational path that includes service to the community and enriching the lives of others.
After working in the field of student services for over 25 years, I am still very committed to seeing our students succeed in all aspects of their college experience, especially in terms of their career and vocation choice, in gaining those skills necessary for the workplace, and in being provided opportunities to secure employment.
My hope is that every student who comes to St. Ambrose chooses to take advantage of our myriad of services and programs to help them make wise and meaningful choices about their own career paths.