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Nathan Brown Jr.

Graduate Intern

Futuristic | Achiever | Developer | Empathy | Discipline

Nathan earned is Bachelors degree in Psychology and minor in Public Health from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2017. Before joining the Career Team in fall 2019, Nathan has had many experiential learning opportunities within the student affairs field including advising Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) students, Interning in St. Cloud Technical and SIUE's Career Services Center, and developing workshops/success plans for students on academic warning and probation at St. Cloud State University (SCSU). Currently Nathan is working on his Masters in College Counseling & Student Development at SCSU. Nathan is very passionate about utilizing his counseling skills to help students become one with themselves. His hope Is that all students in CLA will achieve success through true happiness and joy.

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Emily Gasperlin

Recruiting Associate, Employer Engagement

Input | Maximizer | Intellection | Discipline | Connectedness

Emily earned her bachelor's degree in English and communication from the College of Saint Benedict in 2013. Prior to joining the CLA Employer Engagement team in 2017, Emily had several years of experience working with organizations/employers as assistant editor of Minnesota Business magazine. Advocating for the liberal arts and the career readiness of CLA students is one of Emily's favorite parts of her work on the Employer Engagement team.

Nick Goffard

Nick Goffard

Career Counselor
Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics

Arranger | Woo | Communication | Positivity | Connectedness

Nick is a proud first-generation college student, turned student affairs professional, who is committed to helping students identify their interests, explore their identities, and pave their own futures. Nick received his B.A. in sociology and organizational communication from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Afterwards, he earned his M.A. in leadership in student affairs from the University of St. Thomas - Minnesota where he concurrently worked as a graduate assistant in the areas of student unions and residence life. Prior to becoming a Career Counselor with CLA, Nick worked in residence life here at the U of M, as well as at Syracuse University in Upstate New York. Nick enjoys working in CLA Career Services as it allows him opportunities to build one-on-one connections with students, teach career management courses, and contribute to the larger CLA mission. Regardless of where students are in the career planning process, Nick encourages them to stop by 411 Bruininks in hopes he can contribute his insight, guidance, and support.

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Joyce Halverson

Career Counselor
Communication Studies, English Languages and Literature,
Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies, Institute of Linguistics, Writing Studies

Individualization | Relator | Harmony | Developer | Maximizer

Joyce earned her MEd in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri in Columbia.  Her area of specialty was career development & counseling. You may be surprised to learn that her undergraduate degree was in K-12 physical education from the University of Northern Iowa. Joyce has been working at the University of Minnesota since January 2005. Prior to the U of M, Joyce was employed at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Kansas State University, the University of Missouri, and Iowa Wesleyan College. “I’ve found my 'sweet spot' at the University of Minnesota because my job description includes both teaching and direct contact with students.”


Maggie Heier


Futuristic l Connectedness l Strategic l Individualization l Responsibility

Maggie is passionate about helping students discover who they are and how they wish to make an impact in the world in ways that are engaging and meaningful to them. She enjoys working with students and colleagues to help them see new possibilities and set academic and/or professional goals to help put their ideas into action in their lives. Maggie’s own career journey has included student-focused roles in both public and private colleges and universities as well as a short stint in corporate communications. Maggie is an alumna of the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts where she earned her bachelor of arts in journalism-strategic communication and completed the leadership minor. She earned her MEd in student development administration from Seattle University.

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Laura Heilman

Career Counselor
African American & African Studies, American Indian Studies, American Studies, Chicano & Latino Studies, Child Psychology, Psychology

Futuristic | Achiever | Developer | Empathy| Discipline

Laura is committed to providing inclusive services to help students recognize their strengths, explore meaningful options after college, articulate the value of their liberal arts degree, and empower them to achieve their goals. Laura completed her undergraduate degrees in psychology and communication from the University of Minnesota-Duluth before working as a college access and success coach with the Twin-Cities-based nonprofit organization College Possible. During this experience, Laura developed a passion for helping students navigate the career development process within higher education. She went on to earn her MA in leadership in student affairs from the University of St. Thomas where she gained experience in career services and academic advising at Augsburg College and in the dean of students office at Macalester College, prior to joining the CLA Career Services team in 2015. Since then, she has been involved with a number of college-wide career readiness projects, teaching, and serving as the career services liaison to multiple CLA departments. 

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Katy Hinz

Career Counselor
Anthropology, Art History, Classical & Near Eastern Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology

Empathy | Learner | Maximizer | Arranger | Positivity

Katy earned her MEd in student development administration from Seattle University. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in communication studies with a minor in psychology. Katy has several years of experience working with students one-on-one as well as in courses and workshops, particularly in the areas of career exploration and planning, strengths development, and professional development. Katy is passionate about helping students discover their own passions and unique strengths so they can confidently enter the professional world and lead fulfilling lives.


Jessica Hoarn

Jessica Hoarn

Executive Office and Administration Specialist

Jessica earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) and an MS in environmental science and policy at the University of Chicago. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Jessica spent time working on environmental and clean energy issues both in the government and nonprofit sectors. In her current role, Jessica is passionate about helping students navigate career through event management, program planning, and striving to create a warm and welcoming environment for students visiting Career Services.


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Beth Lory

Assistant Director, Employer Engagement

Relator | Learner | Achiever | Responsibility | Arranger

Beth has been working to build connections between organizations and CLA students since 2004. Prior to joining CLA Career Services in 2003 in a communications role, Beth held a variety of positions in private and public industry, including: communications consulting for public relations firm, Lilja Inc.; employee communications, training and development, and staffing/recruiting for information management company, Merrill Corporation; managing editor for national business publication Quirk’s Marketing Research Review; and admissions counselor for the University of St. Thomas. Beth holds an MA in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University, and a BA in journalism and speech communications from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.


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Emily Loudon

Senior Employer Engagement Coordinator

Developer | Strategic | Empathy | Input | Learner

Emily is an enthusiastic liberal arts and engagement advocate who loves building connections, leveraging collaboration, and innovating efficiencies to create access and increase opportunity for CLA students, alumni, and the community. Prior to joining CLA Career Services in 2010, Emily worked at Augsburg College connecting social work students to internship experiences and volunteered with AmeriCorps in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a first generation college student and completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Saint Benedict in 2005.


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Lisa Murphy Filhart

Assistant to the Director

Lisa rejoined the CLA Career Services staff in May of 2015 and juggles multiple roles in her work. She is the administrative point person and provides project management for the unit. Lisa is involved in the planning and executing of many career services and college-wide events. Lisa is the co-chair of the CLA senior celebration and commencement planning committees and enjoys being able to help plan events that showcase and celebrate our students' achievements.  Lisa holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Northern Michigan University.


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Charlene Myers

CLA Internship Coordinator

Learner | Positivity | Connectedness | Input | Strategic

Char is enthusiastic about creating quality experiential learning opportunities for students as they explore how their liberal arts education connects to their career in a “real world” setting. Prior to coming to the U, Char spent many years as a middle school teacher and worked at a variety of higher education institutions facilitating internship programs. She holds a bachelor’s in English from Loyola Marymount University and a master’s in leadership in student affairs from the University of St. Thomas.


Chelsea Ochoa

Chelsea Ochoa

Career Counselor
Art, School of Music, Theatre Arts and Dance

Futuristic | Developer | Individualization | Relator  | Responsibility

Chelsea has been supporting CLA students and their career development since 2015. She is a proud CLA alumna with a bachelor's degree in Spanish studies and earned her MEd from the University of Texas at Austin. Chelsea was a career counselor at UT before coming back to the north and has also worked in K-12 education. She loves to teach career courses, meet individually with students, and remind people that "you don't have to have it all figured it out" to come meet with us!


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Katy Putzker

Graduate Intern

Developer | Empathy | Belief | Connectedness | Positivity

Katy earned her bachelor's degree in non-profit management and marketing from the University of Minnesota in 2017 and is now pursuing her M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership from the U. Katy is very passionate about mental health in students especially surrounding grief and bereavement. She is excited to explore the world of career services within higher education and cannot wait to help you realize your career goals and dreams! 


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Erin Reichelt

Career Counselor / Pre-Law Advisor
Journalism & Mass Communication, Political Science

Communication | Relator | Activator | Harmony | Consistency

Erin is an alumna of the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. While at the U of M, she worked at the Minnesota Daily and was heavily involved in National Student Advertising Competition and AdClub. Erin worked as a media analyst and a media planner at Campbell Mithun for 3 years after graduation. After seeking a career change into higher education, she had the opportunity to work with program administration and hiring and training of faculty at Capella University, while also earning an MS in counseling psychology. After completing her master's degree, she worked in career counseling with adults in career transition at Capella. Erin has been a career counselor in CLA since 2013, and also serves as the pre-law advisor for the University. She has taught the courses Law School Exploration and Career Planning to undergraduate students.

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Erica Tealey

Career Counselor/Peer Advisor Supervisor
Asian Languages & Literatures, French & Italian Studies, German, Nordic, Slavic, & Dutch, Global Studies, Spanish & Portuguese Studies

Input | Ideation | Relator | Individualization | Communication

Erica is an alumna of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and holds a BA in Spanish and global studies. She earned her MA in educational and counseling psychology at the University of Minnesota with a focus in higher education. While in graduate school, Erica completed her practicum in CLA Career Services and discovered her interest in learning abroad within the context of career. Before returning to graduate school, Erica worked for Kaposia, a nonprofit focused on attaining employment for individuals with disabilities from which she recognized her passion for assisting others with career exploration and discovering opportunities together through relationship-building.


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Abby Trout

Curriculum Coordinator

Abby has been working with students, faculty, and staff in career services as well as academic advising for over a decade. As the curriculum coordinator, she will be integrating Career Readiness into the CLA career courses. Abby received her degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in French teaching and Miami University in Higher Education. In addition to loving to work with students, Abby is also passionate about adoption, equity and diversity, assessment, and Gopher Women's Ice Hockey.

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Jeniffer Vassallo

Principal Office and Administrative Specialist

Jeniffer attended the University of Minnesota and majored in psychology. She has been with CLA Career Services for 17 years and supports both the Career Services and Employer Engagement staff.


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John Wetzel

Career Counselor

Harmony | Belief | Connectedness | Achiever | Developer

John earned his Honors BA in psychology and his MA in developmental psychology from the University of Toronto and his PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Minnesota. While at the U of M, he was responsible for the introductory psychology series and all teaching assistants in the department. His corporate career included staff and leadership roles at Ameriprise Financial/IDS Financial Services and Right Management, a global human resource consulting firm. He is delighted to be living his personal mission statement–helping people understand who they are, what they are capable of doing … and becoming–in CLA Career Services. In addition to his interest in helping students explore and plan for their futures, he loves editing resumes, cover letters and personal statements—any written document.


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Marlena Yang

Career Counselor
Astrophysics; Biology, Society, and Environment; Chemistry; Earth Science; Geography; Physics; Human Physiology; Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences; Urban Studies

Futuristic | Includer | Empathy | Communication | Consistency

Marlena completed her communications BA degree spring of 2012 in CLA. She was a transfer student from Century College (local community and technical college) prior to the U. After a gap year post-graduation, Marlena was ready for the next step in her academic and career journey—graduate school! She earned her master's of higher education at Loyola University Chicago and began working immediately after graduation as an academic advisor at a local community college and eventually in CLA. Preparing CLA students to feel excited and confident about the value of their liberal arts degree is at the core of Marlena's passion and practice in career services. She is ecstatic to join the CLA Career Services team as a career counselor where she is committed and eager to serve students in navigating the career development process of Explore, Experience, and Excel.