About Us

Career Services Mission

Career Services supports students and alumni as they realize, author, and achieve their career and educational goals.

Career Services Values

Empowerment: We encourage others to believe in their ability to achieve personal and professional goals.

Integrity: We foster, expect and act with the highest level of ethics, professionalism and respect.

Social Justice: Our commitment to social justice enables an accessible, inclusive, open environment where we advocate for the success of all students.

Character: We encourage ourselves and students to be courageous, self-reflective and authentic in all interactions.

Relationships: We foster relationships with one another, students, employers, alumni and the UNC community for the benefit of serving students and enjoying one another’s company.

Information on our services and appointments

Our Staff

Renée Welch, M.S.
Director

  • Phone: 970-351-2698
  • Email: renee.welch@unco.edu
  • What I wanted to be: an actuary, a hair stylist, a chemist, a fashion stylist
  • What I love about what I do: Helping students learn more about who they are and how they’d like to contribute to the world.  Working with employers to learn more about the world of work.

Erica Barraza, B.A.
Employer Relations Specialist and Office Manager

  • Phone: 970-351-1847
  • Email: erica.barraza@unco.edu
  • What I thought I wanted to be: A veterinarian, a psychologist, a probation officer, a hairdresser- Very random!
  • What I love about what I do: I love being the face of the office and the primary interaction for anyone who comes into contact with Career Services. I love having the opportunity to help and assist our students, alumni, faculty and employers to build relationships with us, establishments, and other students to better their future endeavors. To be able to advocate and voice what we offer and ALL the resources we have is awesome!   
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Jael Esquibel, M.A., NLC, NCC,
MBTI® Certified Practitioner
Career Counselor

  • Phone: 970-351-2696
  • Email: jael.esquibel@unco.edu
  • What I thought I wanted to be:
    I thought I wanted to be a 3D Computer Animator or a Visual Effects Supervisor.
  • What I love about what I do:
    I love working closely with students and alumni, building relationships, and watching students/alumni figure out their career paths and reach their goals. I enjoy learning about the world of work and connecting with UNC faculty and staff to better assist students and alumni.
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Nathan Gismot, M.S.W.
Associate Director, Employer Relations

  • Phone: 970-351-2140
  • Email: nathan.gismot@unco.edu
  • What I thought I wanted to be: A podiatrist, a geneticist, a journalist, an actor, a financial analyst, a mental health counselor. A few others, too!
  • What I love about what I do: I love helping establish and strengthen connections between UNC and the professional community; and I love knowing that my work could help students get to where they want to go in their lives.

Peg Griffin, B.A.
Fairs Coordinator

  • Phone: 970-351-2786
  • Email: peg.griffin@unco.edu
  • What I thought I wanted to be:  It wasn’t about what I wanted to be as much as it was about what I wanted to do.  I just wanted to make a difference in this world.
  • What I love about what I do:  Helping students in any and every way I can to illustrate their potential to employers.
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Elizabeth Mahoney, M.A.,
MBTI® Certified Practitioner
Career Counselor
National Testing Coordinator

  • Phone: 970-351-2127
  • Email: elizabeth.mahoney@unco.edu
  • What I wanted to be: A Broadway Actress
  • What I love about what I do: I love working with students and helping them plan the next chapter of their life vocationally. I enjoy seeing our students take either entrance exams for graduate school and law school applications as well as licensure exams.

Linda Morehead
Testing / Budget Coordinator

  • Phone: 970-351-2790
  • Email: linda.morehead@unco.edu
  • What I thought I wanted to be: I would have loved to have been an archeologist
  • What I love about what I do: Helping clients/student to further their academic future
Staff

Quill Phillips, M.A.,
MBTI® Certified Practitioner
Career Counselor

  • Phone: 970-351-2127
  • Email: laquilla.phillips@unco.edu
  • What I thought I wanted to be:
    I thought I wanted to be a psychologist and listen to people's problems and help them while they lay on my comfy couch.
  • What I love about what I do:
    I like being able to work with all different types of students and helping them create a professional developmental plan that satisfies their skills, strengths and values.
Sammy

Sammy Katopodes, M.A. Candidate
Graduate Assistant, Career Counselor

  • Phone: 970-351-2127
  • Email: samantha.katopodes@unco.edu
  • What I wanted to be: An interior designer, an art gallery owner, an artist!
  • What I love about what I do: I love getting the chance to help people figure out what they love to do and how to go about doing that.  When I’m working with a student/alumni and see their eyes light up and the weight lifted off their shoulder because they’ve figured out one more piece to the puzzle, I know I’m doing things right!
Cassie

Cassie Shearholdt, M.A. Candidate
Career Counselor Intern

  • Phone: 970-351-1869
  • Email: cassandra.shearholdt@unco.edu
  • What I thought I wanted to be:
    I wanted to be a marine biologist and an interior designer. Science, art – I was all over the place!
  • What I love about what I do:
    I love having the opportunity to meet with students and hear about their interests and goals, and then help them brainstorm ways to communicate those passions and make their dreams a reality.

Jennifer Murdock, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Faculty in Residence

Jennifer is an assistant professor of Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Northern Colorado. In the state of Colorado, Dr. Murdock is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Special Services Provider-School Counselor, and nationally she is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Master Career Counselor, and a Master Career Development Professional.

 

Student Staff:

 

Dani Avila

Britney Del Caprio

Lisette Galindo

Jasmine Houston

Litsha Leeper

Kayli Morales

 

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