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.
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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.
Nathan Gismot

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.

 

 

Career Counselor

Catherine Harris
Graduate Assistant, Career Counselor

  • Phone: 970-351-1869
  • Email: catherine.harris@unco.edu
  • What I wanted to be: Architect, High School Counselor, Professor, Public Speaker... Career Counselor!
  • What I love about what I do: I love the resiliency of college students and becoming an active participant in their academic and emotional well-being by giving them tools to succeed, and watching them grow intellectually. And I just love to learn about the different perspectives and experiences that students bring to the table.
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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: 970-351-1844
  • 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: 970-351-2681
  • 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:

 

Career Resource Amabassador

Jasmine Houston
Career Resource Ambassador
Marcus Garvey Cultural Center Liason
Email: Lisette.Galindo@unco.edu

Career Resource Ambassador

Shonnie Fisher
Career Resource Ambassador
Marcus Garvey Cultural Center Liaison
Email: Shonnie.Fisher@unco.edu

  • Year in School: Sophomore
  • Major: Athletic Training
  • Where I am from: Georgia
  • Future Career Aspirations: Head Athletic Trainer at a university or Professional Sports team.
  • Why I enjoy working in Career Services: I love how everyone in the office is always so positive and that I'm able to connect with my peers in order to figure out what they feel they need from Career Services.

Career Resource Amabassador

Lisette Galindo
Career Resource Ambassador
Marketing Coordinator
Email: Lisette.Galindo@unco.edu

 

Dani Avila - Assistant Fairs Coordinator

Britney Del Carprio - Career Resources Ambassador-Cesàr Chavèz Cultural Center Liaison

Kayli Morales - Career Resource Ambassador-Cesàr Chavèz Cultural Center Liaison

 

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