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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Career Development Center

CDC Staff

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/cdc/about/staff.html


Prior to beginning her position at Minnesota State Mankato, she completed her Master’s degree in Community Counseling at St. Cloud State University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a Biology minor, at Drake University.

 

Pam Weller

Pam Weller

Director

Email: pamela.weller@mnsu.edu


As CDC Director, Pam is responsible for management of the University’s initiatives in the areas of career exploration and career development. This includes management of the CDC’s planning processes, personnel, and resources; providing oversight for all Center programs and services; development of on and off-campus partnerships and collaborations; and serving as part of the Student Affairs Division leadership team.

A proud alumna of Minnesota State Mankato, Pam has been a staff member in the Career Development Center since January of 1995. She was previously employed as a counselor at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Pam is also Past-President of the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association and the Minnesota College & University Career Services Association and is an active member of a number of University Committees. She is also involved with Greater Mankato Growth and serves as a GMG Ambassador.

Pam received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and her Master's Degree in Counseling & Student Personnel from Minnesota State Mankato. 

Kristin Underwood

Kristin Underwood

Assistant Director

Email: kristin.underwood@ mnsu.edu


As an Assistant Director and liaison to the Colleges of Arts & Humanities, Education, and Social & Behavioral Sciences, Kristin is often delivering classroom presentations on resume building, job searching, networking, graduate school, and interviewing, and helping students one-on-one through individual appointments.

Additionally, Kristin helps coordinate many career-related events including the Government & Nonprofit Career Fair, the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Career Day, and the Minnesota Education Job Fair. Kristin also supervises five staff members and oversees the Graduate Follow-up Survey which requires following up with 85% of all Minnesota State alumni to capture their post-graduate plans. Kristin is also highly active in the Minnesota Colleges and Universities Career Services Association (MCUCSA).

Kristin received her Master of Science in Counseling and Student Personnel-Student Affairs from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2006 and her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Sociology from Iowa State University in 2003.

Matt Carlson

Matt Carlson

Career Exploration Coordinator

Email: explorecareers@ mnsu.edu


Matt Carlson is the Career Exploration Coordinator in the Career Development Center at Minnesota State Mankato. He teaches students to act or behave in ways that will support their desire to build a satisfactory life and career. He regularly meets with individual students as they choose and change academic majors.

Matt provides career counseling and advising to students and alumni primarily focusing on career planning and exploration. He also coordinates the Career Resource Library and online resources including the FOCUS2 Career Planning System, the Strong Interest Inventory and the MBTI career assessments. Matt is available to teach sessions or lead workshops on career development related topics. To support students seeking relevant part-time jobs, Matt helps coordinate several events including the Fall Campus & Community Fair and the Summer Job Fair.

Matt recently earned a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and has a Master of Science in Counseling: College Student Affairs.

Brenda Garbers

Brenda Garbers

Recruitment Coordinator

Email: brenda.garbers@ mnsu.edu


As Recruitment Coordinator, Brenda works closely with employers looking for talent to supplement their work force. Whether employers are hosting an info session, taking part in a career fair or conducting on-campus interviews, or simply considering college recruitment for the first time and wondering where to start, she answers questions, coordinates arrangements and communicates with students about opportunities available to them. She approves employers and job postings on MavJobs.com and is the registrar for several CDC-sponsored events.

Brenda also serves as office manager, monitoring budgets and purchasing supplies for the CDC and supervising student payroll for all of our graduate assistants and student staff.

Brenda has almost 35 years of service to MSU, including ten years in the Career Development Center and prior administrative support positions in the College of Science, Engineering & Technology and the School of Nursing.
Kristine Norland

Kristine Norland

Receptionist

Email: kristine.norland@mnsu.edu


Kris manages the CDC's front desk staff, provides administrative and scheduling support for the CDC's professional staff, and helps direct students, alumni, faculty/staff, and employers to the appropriate CDC and campus resources.

Kris has 40+ years of service to MSU. She is a proud MSU alumna and first joined the Career Development Center in 1971, managing student credentials and later overseeing the Graduate Follow-up calling and tracking processes for the CDC office.

 

Chris Lienemann

Chris Lienemann

Technology & Information Specialist

Email: christopher.lienemann@mnsu.edu


Chris’s responsibilities include administering MavJobs, developing and maintaining the CDC website (www.mnsu.edu/cdc), managing data collection and reporting for the CDC’s services including the Graduate Follow-Up survey, overseeing the CDC’s social media planning and execution, and coordinating the CDC’s computer/technology support.

Prior to joining the CDC, Chris worked as an enterprise software support professional in a variety of industries, including accounting, telecommunications, and healthcare information, in addition to a background in retail management.

Britani Felten

Britani Felten

Graduate Assistant

Email: britani.felten@mnsu.edu


Britani is enrolled in the Communication Studies Master's program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is currently fulfilling an internship with the Career Development Center. As an intern, Britani assists students in current and future career planning by helping with major and career exploration, searching for jobs and internships, holding mock interviews, and reviewing resumes, cover letters, and personal statements.

Britani is an alumnus at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 2013. As an undergraduate, Britani was a Student Ambassador and President of the student organization, Colleges Against Cancer. Upon graduation, she decided to continue her education at MNSU with the Communication Studies department. She currently holds a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and is the President for the CMST's Graduate Advisory Council. Britani will graduate May of 2015 with her Master's of Arts in Communication Studies.

Josh Foss

Josh Foss

Graduate Assistant

Email: joshua.foss@mnsu.edu


Josh is currently a first-year graduate assistant in the Career Development Center. As a member of the graduate staff, Josh’s role is to help students improve their resumes and covers letters, give them the tools to increase their effectiveness as job searching, provide counseling to students trying to decide on a major or a career, and provide various other career-related services to students in need.

Josh is a graduate of Arizona State University. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science in 2008. He was also a member of Golden Key International and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Prior to moving to Mankato, Josh was working with K-6 students as a math tutor.

Josh will graduate in 2016 with a Master of Science Degree in Counseling & Student Personnel: College Student Affairs.
Breanne Hiivala

Breanne Hiivala

Graduate Assistant & Doctoral Student

Email: breanne.hiivala@mnsu.edu


Breanne is currently attending Minnesota State University, Mankato and is pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision with an emphasis in Student Affairs. As a member of the graduate staff at the Career Development Center, Breanne supports students in: discovering their talents and aspirations, enhancing their professional portfolio (including resumes and cover letters), searching for jobs, selecting majors, and general career and life planning.

Breanne is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a Master of Science degree in College Counseling and Student Development and Rehabilitation Counseling. During her time there, she was a student treasurer for Chi Sigma Iota National Honor Society, an active member of the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association, and served as an advocate and graduate assistant for the SCSU Women’s Center. Prior to her graduate education, Breanne was in the financial industry for six years. In that time she gained experience in: finance, recruitment, learning & development, supervision, and coaching.

Kristi Kehrwald

Kristi Kehrwald

Graduate Assistant

Email: kristi.kehrwald@mnsu.edu


Kristi is enrolled in the Counseling and Student Personnel program, on the College Student Affairs track, and is completing an internship in the Career Development Center this year as a part of her program. As an intern, Kristi works with students as they write and update their resumes and cover letters, counsels students in career and major exploration, and provides assistance to students who are job searching.

Kristi attended the University of Minnesota, Morris and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies in 2008. Following her graduation, Kristi participated in AmeriCorps for several years before working as a Volunteer Coordinator at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Kristi will graduate with her Master's degree from MSU Mankato in May 2015.

Antonio Moore

Antonio Moore

Graduate Assistant

Email: antonio.moore@mnsu.edu


Antonio is currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership master’s program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. As a graduate assistant in the Career Development Center Antonio assist students with their career aspirations by providing career counseling with useful services such as; resume review, mock interviews and personal statements reviews.

Antonio is an alumnus at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies. He is a former McNair Scholar in which he presented research at the Undergraduate Symposium spring 2013. As an Education Talent Search mentor for high school students, Antonio was able to encourage students to reach their highest potential and motivate students to attend college while sharing about his own college experience. He is well recognized in Student Financial Services for his ability to be a role model to perspective students.