Career Center Staff

Thom Rakes

Thom Rakes

Director & Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for Technology

Career Center Leadership, Campus & Community Liaison, Career Counseling

31 years career development experience; 19 with UNCW Career Center

M.Ed., University of Missouri-Columbia

National Certified Counselor, National Certified Career Counselor, Master Career Counselor

Professional Affiliations: ACPA, NACE, NCACE, SoACE

Specialized areas of expertise:
CareerLeader business interest assessment
Curriculum Vitas
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Planning for Grad School

Diane Reed

Diane Sledden Reed

Assistant Director, Web Manager, Campus Outreach Coordinator

Liaisons:  Watson College of Education, Environmental Science, Physics, Geography, Geology, Math, Statistics, Engineering, Education Job Fair / EdNet, InterviewStream, Diversity Programs, Disney College Program, CareerShift, Skill Seeker Orientation

20 years career development experience; 17 years with UNCW Career Center

M.S. Counseling and College Student Personnel, 1991
Mankato State University, MN

Professional Affiliations: ACPA, NCCPA, AAEE, SAEE, AASHE

Specialized areas of expertise:
Networking
Marketing Leadership Skills
Portfolio Development
Resume Writing

Leslie Wright

Leslie Wright

Assistant Director, Social Media Coordinator

Liaisons: Cameron School of Business & Computer Science, SeaWork, Social Media, Alumni Relations, Job Fairs, Meet the Firms

M.S. Education, Counselor Ed Track, College Student Personnel, Old Dominion University, 2001

13 years experience with UNCW Career Center

Professional Affiliations:  NCACE, SoACE, NACE, LCFHRA

Specialized areas of expertise:
Using social media in your job or internship search
The impact and use of mobile devices in your job or internship search

Sarah Crockett

Sarah Crockett

Career Development Counselor

Liaisons: Anthropology, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, English, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Foreign Languages, Federal Career Series, Law School Day, Resume Coach, Federal Government Jobs/Internships, NC State Internships

M.A. Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Concentration in Higher Education Administration, 2012
Virginia Tech

3 years with UNCW

Professional Affiliations: ACPA, NASPA, NCACE

Specialized areas of expertise:
Interviewing Techniques
Resume & Cover Letter Writing
Government Jobs / Internships

Rebecca Christiansen

Rebecca Christiansen

Associate Director for Employer Development

11 years experience to include financial and career planning and corporate recruitment with a specialized focus servicing the military population

M.S. Human Resources, Central Michigan University

B.A. Economics, Michigan State University

SHRM-CP and PHR certified

Professional Affiliations: SHRM, NACE, NCACE

ashley navarra

Ashley Navarra

Office Manager, Budget Manager, On-Campus Recruiting Coordinator, Career Events Coordinator, Residency Appeals Board Coordinator

8 years with UNCW

Professional Achievements:

UNCW Staff Senate Communications Committee Chair, 2010-12

Awarded Committee of the Year, Senator of the Year, and Most likely to go the extra mile, 2012

UNCW Level 1 Finance Certification, 2010

Heather Roughton

Heather Roughton

Jobs & Credentials Coordinator

SeaWork (Job Listings, Employers, Students)

Online Credential Files

Career Center Website Content

Career Resource Library

B.A. English, Concentration in Professional Writing, 2013
University of North Carolina Wilmington


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