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MEET YOUR CAREER COACHES

Allison Musser
Anna Renzetti
Carmen Gold-Johnson
Ella Butler

Eric Bloomquist
Lindsey Kass
Mary Arola
Megan Randall

STEM Graduate Students: 
Francine Mahak
Alumni:
Amy Gleason

 

 

 

 


 

Allison Musser

Career Coach

amusser@sa.utah.edu
801.585.5049

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Coaching Focuses: Education (K-12, Special Education, Higher Ed), International Opportunities, Languages & Culture, Museums & Libraries

Campus Partnerships: Learning Abroad, Personal Money Management Center, Transfer Program, Union Services

College Liaisons: College of Education, College of Humanities

Allison has been with the Career and Professional Development Center since May 2017. As a transfer student (she went to 3 colleges before finally landing at Cal State Fullerton!), who majored in what her family told her to, she knows what it’s like not to know who you are, or what you want to do with your life. Thankfully, she discovered her passion for supporting and coaching college students during her time as a New Student Orientation Leader, which she attributes to being one of the most pivotal moments in her career trajectory. Allison’s journey has allowed her to work with students in both small and large, public and private institutions including Academic Advising at the University of Southern California, and most recently Experiential Learning at Pomona College. In her spare time, you can find Allison volunteering at the Best Friends Animal Society – Utah, playing softball, line dancing, or watching HGTV home renovation shows (preferably Fixer Upper or Rehab Addict).

Hometown: Chino Hills, CA | Hashtag: #californiagirlinautahworld | Education: MS in College Counseling & Student Development, Azusa Pacific University | BA in Business Administration; Marketing concentration, California State University, Fullerton | First Job: Cashier and Fry Maker (fake title, true description; I smelled like grease all summer) at Chronis Famous Sandwich Shop in East Los Angeles. If you’re ever in LA, you must make time for chili cheese fries and pastrami at “Chronis”!


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Anna Renzetti

Career Coach

arenzetti@sa.utah.edu
801.585.7838


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Coaching Focuses: Consulting, Counseling & Social Services, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Human Resources & Training, Mining, Nonprofit, Philanthropy & Fundraising, Sustainability

Campus Partnerships: The Dream Center, Fraternity and Sorority Life Trio, Union Programming Council

College Liaisons: College of Mines & Earth Sciences, College of Social Work

Anna was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, however for the past 13 years she was living and working in Seattle, WA. There, Anna attended Western Washington University, where she grappled with choosing a direction for her own career. Through the many ups and downs of college, Anna discovered her passion and drive to support students through their own individual career journeys. Since getting her master's degree in Student Development Administration, she has been supporting a diverse range of students, including undergraduates, first-generation college students, and graduate students. Prior to her work in higher education, she worked in the non-profit sector and spent some time supporting adults with disabilities at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. 

Anna considers herself a lifelong learner who enjoys collaborating with and learning from others. It is her goal to motivate and empower students to see their innate strengths and abilities, and to follow a career path that is most fulfilling to them. In her down time, Anna enjoys hiking with her dog Boots, staying balanced through yoga, and seeing a play or live music. 

Hometown: Holladay, UT | Hashtag: #livinginthemoment | Education: MEd in Student Development Administration, Seattle University | BH in Communication Studies, Western Washington University |
First Job:
Making smoothies at Jamba Juice!

 

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Carmen Gold-Johnson

Career Coach

cgold@sa.utah.edu
801.585.5065

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Coaching Focuses: Government, Legal Professions & Criminal Justice, Military, Politics & Public Policy, Public Administration, Social Sciences

Campus Partnerships: Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA), Student Success Advocates, Sustainability Office, Veteran’s Center

College Liaisons: College of Social & Behavioral Science

Carmen was born and raised in Riverton, Utah. Carmen grew up loving soccer and always dreamed of being a teacher. Attended the University of Utah for undergrad in Art Education and Art Technology. While in undergrad Carmen was involved in various student leadership activities which lead to a passion in working with students and their student development. Carmen just recently received a Master's Degree in Education Leadership and Policy. Still a strong art and soccer lover and is now is loving her work as a career coach, helping students find their dream career!

Hometown: Riverton, UT | Hashtag: #blessed | Education: MEd in Educational Leadership & Policy, University of Utah | BFA in Art Teaching & Minor in Art Technology, University of UtahFirst Job: Lifeguard at a water park.

 



 
 

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Ella Butler

Assistant Director of Marketing & Operations
Career Coach

ebutler@sa.utah.edu
801.585.9703

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Coaching Focuses: Engineering, Information Technology, Undecided

Campus Partnerships: Admissions, HRE (Housing and Residential Education), LGBT Resource Center, University Student Apartments

College Liaisons: College of Engineering

Ella has been a member of the Career & Professional Development team since 2015. Ella has also worked in Housing and Residential Education at the U, prior to joining the Career & Professional Development Center. Prior to coming to the Utah, Ella was a maternal and child health educator for the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa where she delivered babies, designed curriculum for child malnutrition in coalition with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), and taught English as a second language. She also has experience as an IT intern, where she specialized in repairing old computers.

Hometown: Sweet Home, OR | Hashtag: #seekadventure | Education: Candidate for MEd in Leadership, and Policy- Student Affairs; University of Utah | BA Degree in Liberal Arts; University of Oregon | First Job: Driver and Server at Spoletto’s Pizzeria- I smelled like onions for three years straight!

 

  

 

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Eric Bloomquist

Assistant Director of Assessment
Career Coach

ebloomquist@sa.utah.edu
801.581.5624 

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Coaching Focuses: Art & Design, Performing Arts & Entertainment, Physical & Life Sciences, Statistics

Campus Partnerships:Bennion Center 

College Liaisons College of Fine Arts, College of Science, Honors College

Eric has been with the Career & Professional Development Center since June of 2014. Prior to this, he worked in the College of Business Administration and the Career Services office at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, advising students on their transition to & through college. In addition to working at the U, Eric sings with the Salt Lake Vocal Artists, and with the worship team at his church. Eric also enjoys traveling as much as he can—he’s been able to travel internationally with the Vocal Artists, and has visited 20 national parks since moving to Utah in 2014. 

Hometown: McLean, NE | Hashtag: #bowtiethursday | Education: MA in Educational Administration; University of Nebraska-Lincoln | BA in Music; University of Nebraska-Lincoln | BSBA, Marketing; University of Nebraska-Lincoln | First Job: Laborer for a local construction company (if you don’t count helping on my dad’s farm as a kid). I learned the reward of hard work, the value of positivity & fun colleagues during mundane tasks, and the importance of sunscreen!

 

 

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Lindsey Kass

Assistant Director of Programming
Career Coach

lkass@sa.utah.edu
801.581.7993

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Coaching Focuses: Advertising, Event Planning, Journalism, Marketing, Media, Public Relations, Publishing, Undecided, Writing

Campus Partnerships: Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU), Center for Disability & Access

College Liaisons: Academic Advising Center

Lindsey has been a member of the Career & Professional Development team since November 2015. Prior to coming to the University, Lindsey served as the Director of Summer Programs at the Brandywine Zoo where she developed conservation education curriculum for children. She has also served as a mental health counselor in a small university in NC and as an equine-assisted therapy counselor.

Hometown: Charlotte, NC | Hashtag: #doghaireverywhere | Education: MS in Mental Health Counseling; Appalachian State University | BS in Psychology, Minor in Women’s Studies; University of North Carolina |
First Job: Cashier and Server at Brooklyn South Pizzeria – I ate more free pizza than one should ever eat.

 

 


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Mary Arola

Career Coach

marola@sa.utah.edu 
801.585.5062

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Coaching Focuses: Alternative Healthcare, Healthcare & Medicine,  Hospitality & Tourism, Nursing, Pre-Med, Sports Management & Recreation

Campus Partnerships: Athletics, Campus Recreation, MUSE (My U Signature Experience)

College Liaisons: Health

Mary has been a member of the Career & Professional Development team since June 2016. Prior to coming to the U, she was attending graduate school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she had Graduate Assistant Positions in Career Services, Study Abroad and New Student and Family Programs. Mary also did a year of service in Madagascar following her undergraduate experience.

Hometown: Virginia, MN | Hashtag: #adventureisoutthere | Education: MEd Educational Policy and Leadership; Marquette University | BA General Studies (Focuses: Business, Psychology and Professional Writing); University of Northern Iowa | First Job: Housekeeper for a hotel – they had cockroaches, but I wasn’t supposed to say anything.

 

 

  


 


 

Megan Randall

Career Coach

mrandall@sa.utah.edu
801-805-7838

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Coaching Focuses: Architecture, City Planning, Construction, Design, Engineering & Technology, Transportation

Campus Partnerships: Learning Abroad, Latter-Day Saint Student Association (LDSSA), LEAP, Marriot Library

College Liaisons: College of Engineering (undergraduates), College of Architecture & Planning

Megan became a member of the Career & Professional Development team in June 2017. Prior to that, Megan served as a Learning Abroad Coordinator at the University of Utah for a year and a half. Before coming to the U, Megan was an on-site intern for a study abroad program in Nicaragua and also taught English to international students in Boston and Tanzania. Since moving to Utah in 2016, Megan has enjoyed getting outside and taking advantage of the Beehive State’s many beautiful hiking trails! She is passionate about travel, language, and culture and enjoys working with and getting to know students from different backgrounds.

Hometown: Starksboro, VT | Hashtag: #reallifeleslieknope | Education: MA in International Education, School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute | BA in Sociology, Minors in Anthropology and Women Studies, Skidmore College | First Job: Dishwasher and Catering Setter-Upper at Mary’s Restaurant.

 

 

 

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STEM Graduate Career Coaching


 

Francine Mahak

Career Coach: Graduate Students

fmahak@sa.utah.edu
801.585.9076

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Coaching Focus: Graduate Students in STEM

Campus Partnerships: Golden Key Honour Society, The Graduate School, The International Students & Scholars Office

College Liaisons: Graduate students in the College of Engineering & the College of Science

Francine's professional experience has been largely in industry, consulting in technical and business communication, and her academic background is in languages and linguistics. She taught Persian at the University of Utah, then transitioned to the business world (with trepidation, initially) and ended up working with hundreds of engineers and research scientists across a range of industries. She appreciates their practical focus, their willingness to engage and learn, and their sense of humor.

Hometown: Paris, France | Hashtag: #serenefrancine | Education: PhD in Middle East Studies/Persian | MS in Linguistics | BS in Russian | First Job: Pier 1 Cashier, Cambridge, MA. I also did inventory, which was a big challenge back when Pier 1 sold myriad varieties of small brass figurines from exotic countries.

 

 

 

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 ALUMNI CAREER COACHING


 

Amy Gleason

Alumni Program Manager
Career Coach

agleason@sa.utah.edu
801.585.5036
Contact Amy for an appointment.

 

Coaching Focus: Alumni

Campus Partnerships: Alumni Association, Engineering Alumni Association, Utah Asia Campus 

College Liaisons: Alumni House

As a Career Coach who works in both the Career & Professional Development Center and the Alumni Association, Amy feels fortunate to serve alumni of all ages and stages of career development. She has experience in a variety of settings: county social services, non-profit agencies, healthcare and education. She studied abroad in France and got her TESOL training/certification in France. She has taught international students in the English Language Institute and started an ESL business teaching English and career coaching students and professionals from all over the world. Amy now coaches University of Utah Alumni professionals to gain the skills and confidence they need to find a new job after a forced transition, or to find their dream job in mid to late career stages. Amy’s message? It is NEVER too late to find the job that is your match - and regardless of your age or experience, you CAN do it! Change your job, change your life. 

Hometown: Chicago, IL | Hashtag: #chitowngirllovesthewest | Education: MA in Education Counseling, CSU San Bernardino | BA in Social Work, French Minor, Purdue University | First Job: Co-director of G and G Kiddie Club. At age 12, I started my first business with my first childhood friend taking to toddlers to camp. We charged parents 25-cents. Business savvy was not our strong suit.

 

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Last Updated: 11/7/17