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We help students connect their liberal arts experiences to their professional journeys. We empower them to explore the possibilities, develop their professional identities, and connect with opportunities.

Student Career Team

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Annette Leyva '24

(pronouns: she/her)

Title: Student Career Ambassador
Major: Political Science
Campus Involvement: SOMOS, Mind Body Soul, Bridge Scholar, Guitar lessons
Favorite Block: Secrecy, Surveillance & Democracy
As a kid, I wanted to be a paleontologist, for some reason as a 3rd grader I knew exactly what a paleontologist was and wanted to be one.

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Christi Ashenden '24

(pronouns: she/her)

Title: Student Career Ambassador
Major: Education - Critical Social Foundations Track
Campus Involvement: I am a Peer Health Educator at the Wellness Resource Center, where I write and design the Sex+ magazine. I am also a co-chair of the Random Acts of Kindness Club, an Outdoor Education trip leader, and I'm taking piano lessons through the Music Department!
Favorite Block: Sociology of Education (SO/ED280)
When I was a kid, I wanted to be the King of England. When I realized that wasn't possible, I decided I would just be a princess instead.



Deliannys Reyes '26

(pronouns: she/her)

Title: Communications Intern
Major: Undeclared, Psychology
Campus Involvement: Bridge Scholars, SOMOS Cabinet, First Gen
Favorite Block: FairyTales & Global Inequality
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a pediatrician.



Jingyi Liu ’24

(pronouns: she/her)

Title: Web Intern
Major: Mathematics
Campus Involvement: The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) co-chair, Association for Women in Mathematics co-chair, and Colorado College K-Dance(CCKD)
Favorite Block: Inside Out: the Psychology of Emotion
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a film director.



Maddy Kogut ’26

(pronouns: she/her)

Title: Student Career Ambassador
Major: Psychology
Campus Involvement: Women's Club Soccer, Science Outreach Club, Spanish & Education minors
Favorite Block: Intro to Psychology: Bases of Behavior
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a doctor.



Madison Sutter ’25

(pronouns: she/her)

Title: Student Career Ambassador
Major: Political Science
Campus Involvement: CC Boettcher community
Favorite Block: Tessellated Perspectives: Art History of Mosaics
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a ballerina.



Marcos Arnold ’27

(pronouns: he/him)

Title: Student Career Ambassador
Major: Undeclared, Anthropology & Journalism
Campus Involvement: Bridge Scholar, SOMOS, and Sun Butter Comedy 
Favorite Block: Writing the Body & Disability
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a pilot or a cashier.



Megan Krussman ’25

(pronouns: she/her)

Title: Student Career Ambassador
Major: Organismal Biology and Ecology
Campus Involvement: Club Soccer Team and CC Learning Initiative in the Mountains (CCLIM)
Favorite Block: Biology of Plants
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a veterinarian



Tahamina Prity ’26

(pronouns: she/her)

Title: Student Career Ambassador
Major: Political Science and Religion
Campus Involvement:  VP of Student Life with CCSGA, MSA President and RA for Loomis Bridge Hall
Favorite Block: Queering Religious Thought with Christopher Hunt
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a lawyer and Diplomat.



Toby Urell ’25

(pronouns: he/him)

Title: Student Career Ambassador
Major: Neuroscience
Campus Involvement: Dance Workshop, Priddy Leader
Favorite Block: Physics for the Physical Sciences: Mechanics
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a pilot.

Professional Staff

Andrea Culp 2023

 Andrea Culp

(pronouns: she/her)

Director, Public Interest Fellowship Program

Andrea joined the Career Center in 1997. Andrea has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master's degree in Community Counseling from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. The Career Center has changed a great deal over the years, and she has had the pleasure of growing, adapting, and continually challenging herself through several different roles within the office. Andrea wanted to be a child psychologist when she was a kid. 


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Brett Woodard

(pronouns: he/him)

Director, Career Readiness

A Pennsylvania native, Brett earned a Bachelor's in Journalism and a Master's in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining CC, he was the Associate Director for Experiential Learning and Entrepreneurship at The College of Wooster, where he collaborated with faculty, alumni, and corporate and community partners to help students bridge liberal arts and the professional world through team-based consulting projects and internships. He has worked extensively in Career Development, spanning roles at Appalachian State University, UNC-Greensboro, Elon University and Saint Joseph's University. An avid photographer, Brett regularly has camera gear in tow, whether on campus or a mountain top, and also enjoys graphic design, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. When Brett was growing up, he wanted to be a newscaster, filmmaker, or children's book author and illustrator.


Emma Fairburn

(pronouns: she/her)

Career Consultant

Pathway: Arts, Media, and Communications

Emma joined the Career Center in the Summer of 2023. Emma grew up in North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Upon graduation, Emma worked for 2 years as a College Adviser in western North Carolina, where she discovered her love of helping students explore and plan out their goals. In Spring of 2023, Emma graduated from the University of Georgia with a Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration. She is thrilled to be joining the CC Career Center to continue supporting students along their own career journey. In her free time, Emma enjoys reading, trying out new hikes, cheering on the Tar Heels and Bulldogs, and spending time with her husband and their cat, Nemo. As a kid, Emma wanted to become a real estate agent.

Heather Kelley 2023

Heather Kelley

(pronouns: she/her)

Assistant Director of Employer Relations

Heather joined the Career Center in the fall of 2020. A Colorado native, she earned her degree in Human Development & Family Studies from Colorado State University. Heather is excited to share her business acumen across various industries and leadership experience while connecting businesses, students, alumni and communities for opportunities for excellence from education to career. She delights in working with students and assisting them in reaching their potential and assimilating their education with their respective career paths. When not working, she does all things mountainy…skiing, hiking, paddle boarding, mountain biking, etc., but her number one passion is reading. When she was in 8th grade, Heather wanted to be an interior designer. She knows this because her teacher, Mr. Svendsen, had them write it down in 8th grade and mailed it to them when they graduated college.

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Leah Brown

(pronouns: she/her)

Career Consultant

Pathway: Careers for the Common Good (Education, Non-Profit, Government, International Careers, and Service)

Leah grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but has spent the past few years exploring the country living in Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas, and Colorado. She graduated from Whittier College in Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in English and Theatre and Communication Arts. Following her undergraduate experience she completed her Master of Arts in higher education administration at Boston College. Prior to arriving at CC, she worked in a variety of areas in higher education including admission, residence life, and student activities. She most recently worked at Apple in recruiting coordination. She is passionate about working in the career center due to her love of supporting students to see their own potential. She aims to be a conversation partner, advocate, and resource for CC students. In her free time, she loves walking her two dogs Maui and Koa, traveling, and seeing live theater, dance, and music performances. As a kid, Leah wanted to be an elementary school teacher.


Lisa Schwartz 2023

Lisa Schwartz '03, MAT '04 

(pronouns: she/her)

Assistant Director, Grants, Research, and Fellowships


Lisa joined the Career Center in 2022, but has been working in this role at the college since 2017. She is a proud Colorado College alumna having received a Bachelors of Arts in History in 2003 and Masters of Arts in Teaching for Secondary Social Studies in 2004. Before returning to CC, her professional background in higher education includes various roles in student support, advising, and teacher education at Colorado State University-Pueblo and Pikes Peak Community College. Lisa enjoys aquariums, cats, comic books, and spending time with her family. As a child, she wanted to be a lawyer.


Megan Mrkonjich 

(pronouns: she/her)

Career Consultant


Pathway: Science, Research, and Outdoor Industry

Megan joined the Career Center in the spring of 2023. Megan grew up in Duluth, Minnesota but spent some time living in Asheville, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Criminology in 2017. In 2021, Megan graduated with a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She thoroughly enjoys working in the Career Center because she can help students dream big and then narrow in on a career path that will bring them joy. Megan is a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hr) and loves teaching yoga classes and helping others slow down their bodies through meditation, breathing exercises, and gentle yoga. She also enjoys going to CrossFit with her partner Jarrod, hanging out with her dog Aralyn and cat Clarence, and reading. As a kid, Megan wanted to be a cashier at a grocery store or a Veterinarian.

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Megan Nicklaus 

(pronouns: she/her)

Career Center Director

Megan joined the Career Center as the Director in 2013. Megan holds a Bachelor's in Biology from the University of Dayton and a Master's in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She feels fortunate to work with such a wonderful team and with a College Community, where faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and even students are committed to helping students prepare and connect to meaningful work. When Megan was growing up she wanted to be a doctor and went all the way through college pursuing that goal, until she volunteered at a local hospital and realized the sight of blood makes her faint.


Natalie Cepeda 2023

Natalie Cepeda

(pronouns: she/her)

Office Manager

Natalie joined the Career Center in January 2020. Prior to coming to Colorado College, she was the Student Life Coordinator at Columbia College Chicago where she was responsible for planning campus events and collaborating with other departments such as Commencement, Convocation, and New Student Orientation. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and painting. As a child, Natalie really liked fast cars, so she wanted to be a race car driver. This didn't go over well with her parents.


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Sarah Reinbrecht

(pronouns: she/her)

Career Consultant

Pathway: Competitive Business and Technology

Sarah joined the Career Center in August 2022. Originally from Pennsylvania, she received her Bachelors in Psychology and Women and Gender studies as well as her Masters in Public Administration from Clark University in Worcester, MA. In college, her professional interests ranged from psychology to political advocacy to public health to general uncertainty. Luckily, she started working at Clark's Career Center during her Masters program, and in helping students with their professional development, she was able to find her own career path. Now, she's excited to join the Colorado College team and help CC students with their professional journey. Her first dream job was to be an actress, but persistent stage fright led her to explore other options.

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