The Career Center is a division of Student Affairs at The University of Texas at Dallas. As a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), our office complies with the Principles for Professional Conduct for Career Services Professionals. Our staff also maintains memberships in multiple professional organizations.
Career Center Staff
Lisa has worked in higher education for over 16 years and joined the UT Dallas Career Center staff in May 2005. In the Career Center she’s held several positions, including Internship Coordinator, Assistant Director, and Associate Director, and she is now proud to serve as the Director. As Director, Lisa works with a very talented staff to oversee a comprehensive range of career-related services.
Lisa has extensive experience working with international students and employment issues, particularly with regard to Curricular and Optional Practical Training (CPT and OPT). Lisa is active with the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) and with the Texas association (TxCEIA).
She has a BA from SUNY Geneseo and an MSW from UT Arlington and regularly revisits the idea of beginning a doctorate in higher education administration. Lisa enjoys working with college students and helping them to be successful at UT Dallas and beyond.
Jody serves as the Career Center's Associate Director for Employer Relations. She develops and manages partnerships with employers and oversees the on-campus recruiting program and career expos.
A Georgia native, Jody attended The University of Georgia and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, with a major in public relations. She received a Master of Education in sport management at The University of Texas at Austin. While at UT Austin, Jody worked in Career Services for College of Education undergraduates. She joined the UT Dallas Career Center in June 2007 as an Internship Coordinator.
Mickey Choate is the Associate Director of Career Development in the UT Dallas Career Center. He has extensive experience assisting students in identifying their career options.
His responsibilities include directing the credit career development classes and career development programs available to students through the Career Center. He also ensures that students get excellent coaching, advice and guidance from the team of career counselors and career program coordinators in the center.
Mickey is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s of Science in Counseling from TAMU-Commerce.
Prior to coming to UT Dallas in 1988, he served as the Associate Director of Career Services at Texas Christian University and as a Career Counselor with UT Arlington and TAMU-Texarkana.
Internships and Operations
Mohammed is the Associate Director of Internships and Operations. He worked as an internship coordinator for almost three and a half years before moving into his new role. He has worked as an Intake Officer at Richland College with the TRIO Educational Talent Search program and Health Profession Division and as Program Coordinator in the Career Services office at the University of Central Arkansas, UCA.
He is a UT Dallas alum and has earned his Masters of Science degree in College Student Personnel Services and Administration from UCA.
"I realize that for a student's career dreams to materialize is to earn a college degree. This understanding provides groundwork for me when I am working with students. Tapping into students' potential and guiding them to success during the internship process makes it a rewarding experience for me."
As the Associate Director of Career Development Programs, Karen enjoys bringing career development opportunities to UT Dallas students and alumni by facilitating on-campus programs and events with corporate, public, and private sectors. She has experience planning, marketing, and facilitating events in both academic and business environments.
In addition to coordinating career programs and events, she also has experience editing resumes for a variety of majors and a diverse student population. As an alumna herself, Karen has a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, both from UT Dallas.
Shereada received her Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a Master of Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas in College Student Personnel and Administration.
Prior to her arrival at UT Dallas, she has spent five years in the field of career services at Arkansas State University, Troy University, and the University of Central Arkansas. Shereada has experience in career services in the areas of career expos, employer outreach, career counseling, and career programming.
She enjoys preparing a wide range of student centered programs and services that assist students with their career exploration, development, and management.
Kortney graduated from UT Dallas in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies. While earning her degree she served students at the campus bookstore, where she developed her interest in working in the realm of higher education. She joined the Career Center staff in August 2009.
As an Internship Coordinator she interacts with students from the schools of Arts and Humanities, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.
She guides them through the internship process, helping them to obtain invaluable hands-on experience in a chosen industry. This role allows her to help students discover their interests, values, and strengths through working experiences, enabling them to seek out professions which give them the opportunity to thrive.
Career Expos Coordinator
Casey joined the UT Dallas Career Center in June 2012 and serves as the Career Expos Coordinator, organizing and coordinating over 10 expo events per year for the Career Center. Casey hails from Pensacola, Florida but moved north to attend The Ohio State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 2010. She then moved back south to Texas and attended the University of North Texas to earn her Master of Education in Higher Education and College Student Personnel in 2012.
While at North Texas, she worked in many areas within the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs including Greek Life, Admissions, Student Activities and the Career Center. She found her home in Career Services after working as graduate assistant in the Career Center for one year. She loves being innovative and constantly improving the current career expos while also implementing new ideas to better cater to both students and employers in their job hunting and recruiting efforts.
Donna joined the Career Center in February 2012 and serves as the Career Center's Recruiting Coordinator, coordinating the on-campus recruiting program, including on-campus interviewing and information sessions.
Donna received her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Organizational Development from the University of North Texas and a Master’s in Organizational Management with specializations in Human Resource Management and Organizational Leadership from Ashford University. Donna has a background in human resources, student employment, and customer service. She previously worked at the University of Texas at Arlington where she assisted students in finding on-campus jobs.
Career Programs Coordinator
Jill holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from The University of Texas at Austin and has a background in communications, marketing, and customer service. She joined the UT Dallas Career Center in November 2010.
As Career Programs Coordinator, Jill develops and executes programs for students to educate them on job related topics and to provide them with tools to be successful in the workplace. She loves meeting new students and getting involved with groups on campus.
Student Employment Coordinator
(On-Campus/Work Study Employment)
With more than 20 years in corporate training and sales, Elaine joined the Career Center staff in 2002. She utilizes excellent communication and customer service skills to meet the needs of the Career Center's diverse student population.
As the Student Employment Coordinator, Elaine manages various programs to ensure the success of the Student Employment Program. She enjoys assisting work-study and non-work-study part-time students to find employment on and off campus.
Kathy has been with the Career Center for 12+ years as one of the Career Counselors. She brings to her counseling role a dynamic energy that helps motivate students to search for their choice of major or degree and possible future career opportunities!
Kathy has been very active at UT Dallas since returning in November 2000. She has served two years on the Alumni Executive Board and many committees related to promoting the Corporate Special Olympics. She has served on the Staff Council and Gallerstein Women's Board and was the Faculty Advisor for the sorority, Alpha Lambda Chi.
She is an alumnus of UT Dallas who graduated in Dec 1982 when our college was still only a graduate school. She had a 10 year career at Texas Instruments as a Business Programmer Analyst and Human Resources Administrator. Kathy went on to earn her Masters of Arts at Amberton University in Counseling in 1994. She completed her practicum and LPC internship hours at Collin County Community College, Eastfield College and Richland in their respective counseling centers and job placement offices. She is an LPC-S, who has supervised other licensed professional counselor interns in earning their state of Texas license.
Every day I am excited about being a Career Counselor in the UT Dallas Career Center! I really love the “aha!” moments that students and alums experience as they begin to understand their career assessments. My credentials include Texas Licensed Professional Counselor, a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master of Education in Counseling/Career Counseling from the University of North Texas.
My specialty areas are one-on-one career counseling, interpreting assessments, resume writing, interviewing, job search strategies and coaching, presenting career-related seminars, and working with student groups to encourage career exploration. After many changes along my own career path and several different occupations, I feel that I am a “walking, talking commercial” for the value of career counseling. I am thrilled to be able to use those experiences to motivate both students and adults, and I have a passion for empowering people to build and manage their own careers.
Lauren joined the Career Center in January of 2010 and holds a Master's degree in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
She has extensive experience in the Telecommunications and Software industries with a focus on training & development and business process improvement. Her true passion is building relationships and helping people achieve their professional goals.
As the Career Coach Lauren will partner with you to create a step-by- step plan to achieve your immediate and long term career goals.
Resume Programs Coordinator
Jessica joined the UT Dallas Career Center in August 2012, and serves as the Resume Programs Coordinator, coordinating all resume efforts such as Drop-By Resume Critiques, Resume Editor email critiques, and any resume writing seminars or programs. As a Texas-transplant, Jessica moved to the area in 2010 and graduated with her Master of Education in Higher Education and College Student Personnel from the University of North Texas in May of 2012. She previously received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish from the University of Toledo in Ohio, where she grew up.
While at North Texas, Jessica spent 2 years working in the Career Center as a Graduate Assistant. Here she spent much of her time working with undergraduate and graduate students and alumni to assist them in reaching their career goals by providing resume and cover letter critiques, mock interviews, and resources for students to explore different majors and careers. In addition to working in Career Services, she has also worked with first-year and first-generation students and served as an Intern with Study Abroad and Student Government at North Texas.
Cartez holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University Houston and a Master of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Manaagement.
He has a background in technical support, web development, and customer service. He joined the UT Dallas Career Center in July 2012.
As Technology Coordinator he manages the technical activities of the Career Center, which includes website management and technical support. He currently serves as one of the Technology Liaisons on campus.
Administrative Assistant II
Administrative Assistant I
Employed in 2001 as a Secretary III
Administration Assistant with the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma
Secretary in the Office of Governor of Oklahoma
Supervisor over Governor’s Youth Program with the Indian Affairs Commission of Oklahoma
Auditor with American Airlines
Computer software training in Excel, Lotus, Word Perfect, Word, CAD, Federal Accounting System, Power Point, Saber, Certified CAD Drafting
American Sign Language and Speech Reading
Listed in “Who’s Who’s Native American Women in the United States”
Assist with publication of 6 different Oklahoma Native American Tribal books
President/Secretary of SE Chapter and past Editor for the Chilocco National Alumni Association (CNAA)
TX State Director of Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Past TX State North Coordinator of Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Past President and Past VP of Ft. Worth Chapter, Hearing Loss Association of America
Career Center Student Employees
Lawanda Maxwell Eduardo Infante Ryan Paranzino Sri Harsha Gadipudi Sharmayne Ford Krystal Ogundipe
Other Campus Career Partners
Assist. Dean JSOM Career Program
Employer Relations Coordinator
Assist. Dean of Student Development
Mary Ann Stewart,
Employer Relations Liaison
To be an innovative, centralized, proactive and exemplary Career Center, empowering constituents to successfully manage their careers throughout a lifetime.
In support of the UT Dallas mission to produce engaged graduates prepared for life, work, and leadership, the Career Center is committed to the following three-fold mission:
- To prepare students and alumni for a lifetime of career transitions in a constantly changing world through comprehensive career education programs, which addresses their diverse and multidimensional needs.
- To partner with employers to develop and implement effective and efficient campus relations programs.
- To enhance the excellent educational programs of the university as they relate to the career education of students by collaborating and partnering with faculty and staff from all disciplines.
- Empowerment - Serving as a catalyst enabling constituents to assume responsibility for the management of their careers.
- Dynamic Partnerships - Cultivating meaningful internal and external collaborative relationships, which result in increased expertise and expanded opportunities for constituents.
- Service - Providing timely, relevant and credible programs, materials and services while maintaining a positive customer-centered focus.
- Standard of Excellence - Modeling an on-going commitment to professionalism, continuous improvement, and the pursuit of quality in every endeavor.
- Sensitivity to Diversity - Responding to the unique needs of individuals with care, respect and understanding.