CLA Career Services Staff

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Amy Barton

Career Counselor
Economics, Statistics, Mathematics


Learner | Relator | Responsibility | Analytical | Discipline

Amy earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in family social science. She spent some time working in nonprofit and corporate sectors before returning to graduate school. This unique perspective guides her practice in supporting students who are exploring how their major connects to career. She recently earned her master's degree in multicultural college teaching and learning. Her research interests centered around the career development needs of college students and how values impact career decision-making. Amy also taught a civic engagement course for liberal arts students and advised pre-med students on how to be a competitive candidate for medical school. A driver in her work is helping students discover their unique strengths and how to leverage those in the career development process.


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Jessica Bonsall

Office Manager and Office Assistant Supervisor

In addition to general office management, Jessica runs the front desk of CLA Career Services. She strives to provide a warm and welcoming environment so that students are excited to come into our office. Her favorite part of the job is helping a lost or confused student find the resources they need. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Jessica spent time working on environmental and clean energy issues both in the government and nonprofit sectors. She 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. 



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Joyce Halverson

Career Counselor
Communication Studies, English Languages and Literature,
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.”



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Ben Hansen

Career Counselor

Relator | Harmony | Empathy | Communication | Positivity

Ben holds both a bachelor’s degree in business management and master’s degree in college counseling and student development from St. Cloud State University.  He joined the College of Liberal Arts as a career counselor in 2014 and was previously the assistant director of career services at Concordia University, St. Paul.  Ben has served on the board of trustees for the Minnesota Career Development Association, most recently on the executive board as secretary until 2014. As a career counselor, Ben also coordinates the CLA Undergraduate Internship Scholarship program and has taught career planning and internship reflection courses.




Maggie Heier

Assistant Director, Career Services
African American & African Studies; American Indian Studies; American Studies; 
Chicano & Latino Studies; Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; Global Studies; 
Religious Studies; Jewish Studies

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

Empathy | Individualization | Responsibility | Harmony | Connectedness

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. Laura is committed to providing inclusive services to aid students by helping them recognize their strengths, explore meaningful options after college, articulate the value of their liberal arts degree, and empowering them to achieve their goals.



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Katy Hinz

Career Counselor
Anthropology, Art History, Classical & Near Eastern Studies,
History, Philosophy, 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.



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Beth Lory

Assistant Director, Employer Relations

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

Lead Employer Relations Coordinator

Developer | Strategic | Empathy | Input | Learner

Emily has worked in employer relations for the College of Liberal Arts since 2010. She has been on the executive board for the Minnesota Association of Colleges and Employers since 2013 serving both as president and as programming chair. She has also served as vice chair of the Career Development Network at the University of Minnesota. Prior to CLA Career Services, Emily worked for Augsburg College. Additionally, she completed a year of AmeriCorps service in Baltimore, Maryland with the Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation. Emily 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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Chelsea Ochoa

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

Futuristic | Developer | Individualization | Relator  | Responsibility

Chelsea earned her MEd in counselor education from the University of Texas at Austin. Her graduate work focused on career counseling in higher education settings. Chelsea has primarily supported the career development of STEM students, having held positions in the College of Natural Sciences and the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT Austin. Before returning to graduate school, Chelsea worked in K-12 education. Chelsea is an alumna of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and holds a BA in Spanish studies.



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Erin Reichelt

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

Communication | Relator | Activator | Harmony | Consistency

Erin is an alumna of the 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 prelaw 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
Art, Asian Languages & Literature, Cultural Studies & Comparative
Literature, French & Italian, German Scandinavian & Dutch, School of Music,
Spanish & Portuguese Studies, Theatre Arts and Dance, Slavic Languages and Literatures

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 studies 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 study 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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Paul Timmins

Career Services Director

Relator | Developer | Harmony | Belief | Responsibility

Paul has served in his current role since 1999 and previously worked in both public and private higher education institutions. He is the president-elect for the National Career Development Association, is a former president of the Minnesota Career Development Association, and previously served as the chair of the University of Minnesota's Career Development Network. He received his bachelor’s degree in speech communication and marketing from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s in student affairs administration from Indiana University.



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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 14 years and supports both the Career Services and Employer Relations 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. He loves editing resumes, cover letters, personal statements—any written document.