Brandon is a Hoosier through and through, growing up in the small town of Shirley, Indiana, located about 45 minutes outside of Indianapolis. As a student at Indiana University, he studies International Law and Institutions as well as Cybersecurity and Global Policy. Brandon is heavily involved with Indiana University Dance Marathon (IUDM), where he serves on the Public Relations Committee, and is very passionate about serving others. In addition to being a Peer Coach at the Walter Center for Career Achievement, Brandon is also a Student Ambassador for the Office of Admissions. He loves the outdoors, listening to pop music, geeking out over Star Wars, exploring local cafés and restaurants, traveling, and catching up on the latest social media trends.
Brandon meets with undergraduate students for drop-in questions in our Career Studio. Come visit and grab some snacks!
Events & Recruitment Coordinator
Sarah Daugherty is a born and raised Hoosier but spent ten years in Tennessee. She recently returned to her Indiana roots to be closer to family while also pursuing a career. During her time studying at Purdue University, she was offered the opportunity to work in events with the Alumni Relations and Development departments of the College of Liberal Arts. She put her career on hold to start a family and is currently a proud mama to two boys, Isaiah and Mason.
Sarah has a passion for events and loves the organization and details associated with the planning and execution of them. She enjoys her role as the Events and Recruitment Coordinator and looks forward to watching events come to fruition while also building relationships with employers, faculty, staff, and students.
Sarah loves ethnic food; her favorite is Mediterranean. She loves to read, sing, spend time outside, try new restaurants, and spend time with family and friends.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a pediatric cardiologist. I suffered from a heart condition for most of my childhood and my pediatric cardiologist touched my heart (literally and figuratively.) In reality, college science classes changed my mind and I chose to pursue education in the communications field instead and have not been disappointed with that decision.
Associate Director, Employer Relations
Born and raised a Hoosier, Sarah Cady began her time at Indiana University as a student climbing the stairs in Ballantine after learning the hard way that the elevator doesn’t stop on the third floor. Helping others and building relationships has always been a passion of Sarah’s and she continues to do so in her current position as an Associate Director of Employer Relations representing The Media School. She has the pleasure of building relationships with employers and alumni of The Media School as well as planning and executing career events. In her spare time, Sarah Cady enjoys spending time with her family and friends, laughing, cooking, and sometimes laughing at her cooking.
Career CommunitiesJournalism, Sports, Entertainment + ProductionMarketing, Advertising + Public Relations
Maria grew up outside of Washington, D.C. in McLean, Virginia. She transferred to James Madison University in 2009, and graduated with her B.A. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communications in 2012. In college, she worked as a lumberjack on a chainsaw crew in Colorado, interned with The New Press in New York City, and had a part-time job at JMU’s disability services office for two years. Prior to her career in higher education, Maria worked by day as an editor at a D.C.-based company that provides IT accessibility services to people with disabilities. By night, she pursued the freelance hustle as an editor and author for tabletop and live-action gaming studios such as By Night Studios and Onyx Path Publishing.
Moving to the Midwest for graduate school at Miami University of Ohio was a big change for Maria! She graduated with an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education in May 2018. Now, Maria is thrilled to use her industry experience in business and creative environments to serve students in The Media School as a Career Coach.
Pronouns: she / her (What does this mean?)
Specialities and InterestsGame DesignJournalismMedia
Kasey is from Clarksville, Tennessee and has lived in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina. She is currently majoring in Contemporary Dance and completing the pre-requisites for Physical Therapy school. As a member of the IU Contemporary Dance program, she participates in multiple performances throughout the year as a dancer, performer, and choreographer. Along with dancing and preparing for Physical Therapy school, she is also a military-connected student. Her Dad is a retired soldier in the US Army and would love to meet with other peers to share her military experiences. In her free time, she enjoys cooking meals for her friends, drinking excessive amounts of coffee, and going to the movies.
Kasey meets fellow undergraduate students for drop-in questions in our Career Studio. Come visit Kasey and also get some free snacks!
Specialities and InterestsMilitary-affiliated
Senior Associate Director, Alumni Engagement
Amy was raised in Northeastern Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie where she spent her summers hanging out at the beach, eating Dairy Queen and working retail at the local Mall. She completed her BS in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University and an MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University. Soon after graduation, she sailed aboard Semester at Sea as a Resident Director which only increased her appetite for travel and understanding world cultures.
Since then, she has worked at IU in housing, advising, experiential learning, and student leadership. She lives in Bloomington with her husband, son and daughter. In her free time she loves to travel, read, write and tell stories. She has a passion for spreading the good news about the importance of the humanities and liberal arts in education. She looks forward to engaging with alumni and connecting them to current students.
Marcia grew up in Georgia, where she enjoyed peaches, pecans, fishing and lots of sports. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Immediately after graduation, she moved to Bloomington where she completed a master’s degree in journalism at IU in 1983. Marcia planned to spend her career as a newspaper reporter, but loved all that IU offered and has worked as a proposal writer, orientation coordinator, career services director and now, a career coach. She loves coaching students, and working with staff, faculty and alumni. She also likes naps, spending time with family and friends, traveling and trying new cuisines.
Specialities and InterestsAnimal BehaviorBiologyMicrobiologyMolecular Life Science
Career CommunitiesScience + Research
Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Yasmin grew up on the East Coast. She graduated from the Central Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Journalism. During her undergraduate experience, Yasmin worked with the Women’s Basketball Team as a production manager, was involved with the campus newspaper and the radio station, and was a proud member of the International Association of Business Communicators. Yasmin also earned an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Rochester. While pursuing her graduate degree, Yasmin worked with TRIO programs, Undergraduate and Business Graduate Admissions, Greek and Residential life, Multicultural Student Affairs, and international students. Yasmin is committed to initiatives that focus on equity, justice, diversity and inclusion throughout college and the local community. In her free time, Yasmin likes to work out, try new foods, and go on road trips.
Languages: English and Arabic (fluent); Spanish (conversational)
Specialities and InterestsGame DesignJournalismMedia
Ethan spent his childhood on the east side of Indianapolis and went to high school in New Palestine, Indiana. He is a sophomore majoring in Biology with a minor in chemistry and plans to attend medical school after his expected graduation in May 2022. Although his career path is medicine, he has had experience in political organizing and continues to pursue this interest. He is a member of the Premedical Fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon as well as the IU Biology club, and volunteers in the Biology Outreach Program. In the little free time he has he enjoys seeing movies, playing games, and relaxing with friends in the country’s best looking campus.
Ethan meets with undergraduate students for drop-in questions in our Career Studio. Come visit and grab some snacks!
Senior Career Coach
Kimberly was born in Massachusetts, but moved from east to west coast multiple times in her formative years, also living in California and Virginia. She completed her Bachelor of Art degrees in Sociology and Spanish Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Studying abroad in Granada, Spain and interning at the World Trade Center in Denver with the Latin American Trade Specialist were highlights of her undergraduate career. Kimberly worked in marketing before moving to Laramie, Wyoming to complete her Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Wyoming, where she also directed the summer session and became passionate about working with students in higher education. She later discovered a love of coaching at the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, assisting volunteers to raise funds for children who need life-saving organ transplants. A lifelong learner who loves adventure, Kimberly seeks new challenges and opportunities to grow. She enjoys spending time with family, cooking, camping, reading, working out, volunteering and spending time with her labs.
What values have shaped your career goals?
From a young age, I always knew I wanted to “help people,” a guiding principle which has led me to be a mission-driven professional throughout my career.
Specialities and InterestsCriminal JusticeEconomicsHistoryManagement and Human OrganizationSociology
Career CommunitiesFinance, Consulting, Management + Sales
Associate Director, Operations & Assessment
Michael hails from Nashville where he never learned to like country music. He did his undergraduate work in the mountains of Southwest Virginia getting his degree in Spanish: Culture Studies. During this time, he studied abroad in Costa Rica where he spent his weekends getting sunburnt, and in Peru where he got to hang out with ocelots in the Amazon. After graduation he moved to Puerto Rico and taught English at an elementary school. After two years of eating mofongo, he returned to Music City for hot chicken and sweet tea. To pay for this good food, he worked in retail and taught English to adults.
Through one of these ESL connections, Michael had the opportunity to move to Bhutan where he was the reading instructor at a private school in Thimphu. In his downtime, he hiked to the fabled Tiger’s Nest and explored various Dzongs with newfound friends. After a year in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, Michael left the Himalayas and moved to the high desert of northern Arizona to pursue an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language at Northern Arizona University. Michael spent his weekdays studying and teaching English Composition. His weekends and vacations were spent hiking through the desert and camping under the stars. After graduation, Michael moved back to Nashville where he was an adjunct English teacher at a community college and worked at the corporate office for a Fortune 500 company.
Michael’s passion is to help others achieve their dreams. His interests include trying new cuisine, exploring the outdoors, running, and reading.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
— The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost
Specialities and InterestsApparel MerchandisingComprehensive DesignFashion DesignInterior DesignLiberal StudiesStudio Art
Career CommunitiesDesign, Retail + Apparel
Rosemarie is from Los Angeles, CA. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in Higher Education & Student Affairs. She is a former higher education administrator with eight years of experience in grant program management; fellowship advising and coordination; graduate recruitment; and institutional research and assessment.
Rosemarie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies from UCLA. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge. Her research interest is in student finance and college affordability; specifically the relationship between social-cultural-economic capital and student loan debt among undergraduate students.
Career Coach and Instructor
For Angela, being a Career Educator holds a special double meaning. She has both spent her entire career as an educator of some variety… and she is currently educating about careers! Angela is amused that her teaching career began with her hometown Tot-Lot program helping preschoolers learn how to cut (and walk) with scissors, and now she finds herself helping college students explore and get cut out for their careers. Along the way, Angela worked with many students of many ages on their communication skills: writing, listening, and public speaking in particular. She has also taught education courses, supervised student teachers, and maintains a keen interest in PK-12 education issues. These days you can find Angela working with students at IU’s Walter Center, helping them recognize and articulate the fabulousness of their Liberal Arts degrees. Employers want them, and Angela knows how to help students connect the dots. Angela teaches classes, coaches students, and enjoys being present with students when they contemplate and explore possibilities for their futures.
Specialities and InterestsAfrican American & African Diaspora StudiesAmerican StudiesAnthropologyArt HistoryClassical CivilizationClassical Studies: Latin and GreekComparative LiteratureComputational LinguisticsDanceEnglishFolklore & EthnomusicologyGender StudiesGeographyJewish StudiesLinguisticsPhilosophyReligious StudiesSociologyTheatre & Drama
Career CommunitiesVisual, Written + Performing Arts
Joe is a proud Hoosier and alumni of the College of Arts & Sciences where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science. He now serves as the College’s Director of Career Services where he provides strategic direction and leadership of career development and employer engagement. Joe leads a team of 20 full-time career services professionals who serve 10,000+ undergraduate and graduate students across the College’s three schools and three academic divisions.
Before joining the College of Arts & Sciences, Joe served as Associate Director for Strategic Planning for the Career Development Center on the IU Bloomington campus. Joe has also worked as a career advisor and career course lecturer. He is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory practitioner.
Joe received his Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2007 and is currently a Ph.D Candidate in IU’s School of Education where his research focuses on understanding the job search information sources used by liberal arts students.
Joe is a champion of liberal arts education and loves helping IU College of Arts & Sciences students connect their academic pursuits to rewarding careers.
Social Media Intern
Ophelia is a born and raised Hoosier, originally from Warsaw, Indiana. She is a senior studying Nutrition Science with a minor in Chemistry and Medical Sciences. She is on a pre-physician assistant track. Ophelia’s passion for helping others led her to join clubs like Indiana University Dance Marathon, STEM Outreach, and Christian Student Fellowship. In addition, she serves as the social media intern for the Walter Center. Reaching out to students and helping them prepare for their futures is one of Ophelia’s favorite parts of the job, not to mention designing creative ways to market the center’s events. During her free time, you can find Ophelia at the gym, spending time with friends, or bingeing on cookie dough ice cream at your local ice cream parlor.
Lara is from Indianapolis and was raised near Fountain Square. She is currently a junior studying anthropology, marketing, and business management at Indiana University. Her date for planned graduation is Spring 2020 but she may return to IU to pursue graduate education. In addition to academics, Lara is also an active participant at La Casa in Bloomington and engages in an urban community in Indianapolis. After relying on the counsel of others to guide her through a diverse educational path, she has gained experience and passion to assist others in having a more thorough comprehension of their futures. Lara enjoys interacting with new people, passing time on the circle, and being with loved ones.
Lara meets with undergraduate students for drop-in questions in our Career Studio. Come visit and grab some snacks!
Administrative Services and Program Manager
Amanda is originally from Palm Springs, California. She graduated in Public Health from Brigham Young University and originally thought that she would go into Health Care Administration. While she was pursuing her bachelor’s degree, she worked as a student secretary in the Microbiology and Molecular Biology Department and fell in love with doing administration in higher education. Amanda is new to Indiana University but is excited to be here! Amanda loves spending time with her family and friends, going to musicals and symphonies, trying new foods, reading, and traveling with her husband.
Assistant Director, Strategic Alumni Engagement
Molly was born and raised in Carmel, IN and attended Hanover College for undergrad. She graduated in 2017 with a BA in Communication and a minor in Sociology. At Hanover, the small but mighty liberal arts college which is quaintly situated in southeastern Indiana, she was heavily involved in her sorority, Phi Mu. Her leadership experience within the chapter is what initiated her to consider pursuing a career in higher education. She knew she wanted to work on a college campus and interact with a variety of stakeholders, so she went straight to Indiana University to pursue her master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs and graduated. She graduated from IU in May 2019.
As a graduate student, Molly completed professional experiences in admissions, orientation, and fraternity & sorority life. In her current role as Assistant Director of Strategic Alumni Engagement in the Walter Center for Career Achievement, she feels energized to serve liberal arts students and alumni in innovative and meaningful ways. Molly enjoys spending time with her fiancé, friends, and family. She also loves stand-up comedy, Orangetheory Fitness, pizza, and cats.
Specialities and InterestsWalter Center Success Network
Kathie is originally from northeast Ohio but has lived in Bloomington for over half of her life. She was inspired to pursue a career in higher education during her college years, working in residence life and on the student union board. She is proud of her liberal arts education from Wheaton College in Illinois where she earned a BA in Interpersonal Communications with a minor in Theology. Kathie also earned her Master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Indiana University. She has worked with college students for most of her career as adjunct faculty, an academic advisor, and most recently as an assistant director for the Career Development Center. Kathie is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory practitioner and is currently in training to be a Board Certified Coach.
Kathie loves coaching and teaching at the college level, and is passionate about helping students realize their potential and to discover what makes them “come alive.” Kathie enjoys watching sports & movies, reading, traveling, and taking long walks. But her favorite thing to do is spend time with Matt, her husband of over 25 years, with her four children, Gretchen, Mark, Allison, and David, and with her bernadoodle, Schatzi.
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Specialities and InterestsAstronomy/AstrophysicsBiotechnologyEnvironmental & Sustainability StudiesHuman BiologyEarth and Atmospheric SciencesMathematicsPhysicsStatistics
Jenna Piva Laramie
Senior Career Coach
Jenna grew up on a cattle ranch in a small town in the great state of Idaho. She received her undergraduate degree from Boise State University in Social Sciences emphasizing in Psychology and Communication. This led to her getting her master’s degree in Counseling while working part time as an academic advisor for the psychology department. After graduation, Jenna worked in a nonprofit organization in Connecticut as a mental health counselor. Before relocating to Indiana, she was very fortunate to work with the military in Southern California as a Military and Family Life Counselor. Jenna is thrilled to be a part of the Walter Center for Career Achievement and working with students along their exciting career journey. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, anything related to Harry Potter, and spending time with her husband Josh.
Specialities and InterestsPsychology
Career CommunitiesHealthcare + Wellness
Graphic + Web Designer
Maureen is a graphic + web designer who delivers creative and engaging solutions across digital and social platforms, as well as writes and designs marketing materials.
Maureen is a proud ‘Townie’ who recently moved back to Bloomington after graduating from Ball State University with B.S. in Journalism Graphics. Prior to graduating, Maureen completed design and reporting internships at The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind. and The Herald-Times right here in Bloomington, Ind. She still participates in journalism through the Society of News Design and by being an avid reader and supporter.
She loves hiking (and has hiked 13 of Indiana’s 25 State Parks!), NPR, gardening, creating embroidered art and collecting letterpress prints.
Specialities and InterestsWriting blogs and code 😎
Emily is currently a Junior at IU from Bedford, Indiana, majoring in Social Work and minoring in Studio Art. She is a Cox Legacy Scholar and also a Peer Coach for New Student Orientation which takes place in the summer. She also works at the Lilly Library in conservation where she restores old books and artifacts. She has a passion for social justice which is why she chose to major in social work and also loves working with people and helping others. She is minoring in Studio Art mostly because she has always loved drawing and it is a stress-reliever for her. For fun, she enjoys hiking, drawing, baking, and hanging out with friends and family.
Emily meets with undergraduate students for drop-in questions in our Career Studio. Come visit and grab some snacks!
Senior Associate Director, Employer Relations
Will is a Bloomington, IN native and graduate of IU in 2007. He has lived internationally in Africa for 5 years working in developing countries including Nigeria, South Sudan, and Uganda. After returning from Africa in April 2017 he found career services to be a great fit for his interests and experiences. Will is excited to continue to have an impact on the world around him by helping students get connected to great opportunities with great organizations.
He and his wife Theresa have two little girls, Ellie & Audrey. He enjoys the outdoors, reading, and IU sports.
Peace Corps Strategic Recruiter
Vicki graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and a master’s degree in Speech/Language Pathology. Immediately after graduation she moved to North Carolina to escape Northeast Ohio winters and worked as a Speech/Language Pathologist and researcher for Wake Forest Medical Center.
After hosting/mentoring international high school students, Vicki developed a strong interest in doing work in another country. She was honored to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania where she worked as an English teacher. Vicki also taught high school dance classes and assisted with care of disabled infants and toddlers at an orphanage. Upon returning to the U.S., the desire to help people from other countries persisted and led to a position with Vermont Refugee Resettlement. In her role as Peace Corps Strategic Recruiter, Vicki is excited to share her passion for cultural exchange with IU students and the Bloomington community.
Returning to her Midwest roots in 2015, Vicki happily settled in Bloomington where she found the ideal mix of cultural, educational, and volunteer opportunities. She enjoys attending cultural events and visiting her daughter, Morgan (an IU alum) in Philadelphia.
Camryn Schreiner is a junior media advertising major from Michigan City, Indiana. She photographs and films the Walter Center’s events.
Senior Associate Director, Operations and Assessment
Tanner hails from Salem, Indiana. He attended Indiana University as an undergraduate, where he found a passion for helping college students meet their personal and professional goals. Tanner decided to pursue a master’s degree to better develop the knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to support students. He has specific interests in supporting students with marginalized identities. Tanner is currently pursuing his doctorate part-time in Higher Education and looks forward to integrating theory from that program into his practical work of assessing the Walter Center’s programs and services. He loves spending time with his wife Selena and children Theo and Lucy. Tanner also enjoys running, playing music, vintage video games, being outdoors, and all things geology.
Lia is a sophomore from Valparaiso, Indiana. She studies both Political Science and French; choosing to focus on foreign policy and international relations with hopes that this interest combined with her language skills will lead into a job abroad after graduation. She plans to study abroad in France during her undergraduate time at IU. On campus, Lia is heavily involved in her sorority and works as an intern for one of her political science professors, along with working at the Walter Center. When Lia isn’t working or studying, you can find her watching true crime shows on Netflix, spending time with friends, and drinking coffee.
Lia meets with undergraduate students for drop-in questions in our Career Studio. Come visit and grab some snacks!
Sophie was born and raised in Indianapolis. She is a Sophomore double-majoring in Spanish in the College of Arts & Sciences and in Law & Public Policy in the O’Neill School. She is hoping to study abroad in South America during her undergraduate career in order to improve her Spanish. Besides working as a Peer Coach, Sophie is involved in Indiana University Dance Marathon and is the Sustainability Chair for her sorority, Theta Phi Alpha. After graduation, Sophie hopes to use her majors to work in advocacy and public policy. In her free time, you can find Sophie studying around campus, hammocking or road-tripping with her friends, eating at a 4th Street restaurant, or binging a TV show on Netflix.
Sophie meets with undergraduate students for drop-in questions in our Career Studio. Come visit and grab some snacks!
Graduate Career Coach
Trevor was born and raised in southeast Michigan, where he also attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After graduating with concentrations in Art History and German, he continued with graduate school at Yale University, where he studied Medieval Art and Architecture.
Prior to joining the Walter Center in the fall of 2018, Trevor worked as an instructor at several institutions where he enjoyed connecting students with courses, study abroad programs, scholarships, and internship opportunities. He had the pleasure of meeting students from varied backgrounds and enjoyed helping them discern their goals and interests. As a Career Coach, Trevor draws on these experiences to unite students with the phenomenal resources at the Walter Center and to enthusiastically champion the extraordinary career possibilities in the liberal arts at IU.
An avid home cook, Trevor enjoys making all varieties of cuisine (though French is a favorite). He is also a running enthusiast and connoisseur of vintage computers and video games.
Specialities and InterestsGraduate studentsPostdocs
Jalynn was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is currently a freshman studying Biology on the pre-med track and minoring in Nutrition and Chemistry. In addition to being a Peer Coach at the Walter Center, she is involved in the Minority Association for Pre-med Students (MAPS) and she is also the Event Coordinator in a newly-found club on campus called You See Me. After graduation, she plans on pursuing medical school where she hopes to become a pediatrician or a general surgeon. During her free time, you can find Jalynn watching Netflix, shopping with her friends, eating at new restaurants or at the gym.
Jalynn meets with undergraduate students for drop-in question in our Career Studio. Come visit and grab some snacks!
Libby was born in Bloomington but raised in Columbus, IN. She attended Indiana State University graduating with a degree in Psychology and a minor Spanish in 2014. During her time there, she focused mainly on developmental research and was heavily involved in CSF. Upon graduation, she moved to Bloomington, IN with her husband. She worked for a local non-profit for the last 3 years and just recently joined the Walter Center as an administrative assistant. Libby is a friendly face who wishes to help students on their way to professional success. She hopes that students take what they learn from the Walter Center and apply it during their undergraduate careers to set themselves apart come graduation. In her free time Libby enjoys spending time with her friends and family, taking walks, and playing with her giant dog Keira.
Associate Director, Career Education
Andrea is a Midwestern girl at heart, having grown up in Ohio. Performing in theatre her entire life, she thought her dream job was to become a Broadway star. Upon completion of high school, Andrea decided to forego the unstable life of an aspiring actress and graduated with a degree in sociology. She attended graduate school, pursuing school counseling, to specifically concentrate on college and career preparation for young adults. While at the University of Dayton, Andrea worked in various roles in career services. It was through this wide array of experiences that Andrea’s passion for career services and assisting others with their personal career development was solidified. She takes a holistic approach to career coaching, assisting others in aligning their emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs with their career goals. Andrea enjoys educating, coaching and mentoring others, all primary aspects of her current position. Andrea’s interests include visiting friends and family, musical theatre, pop culture, viral YouTube videos, and Cleveland sports. Andrea is thrilled to be a part of Indiana University!
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
First a cheerleader – I loved their energy and the joy they brought to the crowd. Then, an actress – I’m still passionate about the arts. Finally, a teacher – it’s amazing how life comes full circle sometimes!
Sara grew up California and lived there until she moved to Utah to study at Brigham Young University (BYU). As an undergrad she studied communications, focusing on public relations. It was there she discovered her love for words and observing how people interact with them. After graduation, Sara worked for an international health food company as project manager for their Asia Pacific offices. She then went on to get her MA in linguistics at BYU. While deliberating and then pursuing a master’s degree, Sara taught Indonesian at BYU and English as a Foreign Language at Utah Valley University. Her research areas focus on socio-, historical and corpus linguistics. After her master’s degree, Sara spent a year as a corpus linguistics research fellow at BYU Law School, designing a program to teach legal professionals how to integrate linguistics into legal research. Sara has enjoyed living internationally during her studies, spending time in Indonesia, Malaysia and Egypt. Sara is eager to continue working with students and helping them navigate their futures.
Sara loves traveling, reading, exploring the outdoors and experimenting with new recipes.
Specialities and InterestsCentral Eurasian StudiesEast Asian Languages & CulturesEast Asian StudiesFrenchGermanic StudiesIndia StudiesInternational Law & InstitutionsInternational StudiesItalianNear Eastern Languages & CulturesPolitical SciencePortugueseSlavic & East European Languages & CulturesSpanish
Career CommunitiesGovernment, International Affairs + Public Policy
Senior Associate Director, Career Education
Justin is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, and fell in love with the state of Indiana during his years as an undergraduate student at IU. Prior to working in career services, Justin was a professional modern dancer and received his M.A. in Arts Administration through the School of Public and Environment Affairs. While pursuing a career in the arts, Justin worked at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Indianapolis School of Ballet, the Bloomington Area Arts Council, and as an adjunct lecturer for Indiana University’s Contemporary Dance Program.
Before moving into his role as Senior Associate Director of Career Education at the Walter Center for Career Achievement, Justin served as the Associate Director of Student Services for the Career Development Center, where he also held various positions in career advising, teaching, marketing and university relations. He is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory practitioner and has completed National Association of Colleges and Employers intensives on Career Coaching, Coaching the Coach, and Assessments for Coaching. He previously served on the board of the Career Development Professionals of Indiana.