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    Meet Our Staff

    Leadership

    Megan NicklausMegan-Nicklaus
    Career Center Director
    719.389.6424

    Megan joined the Career Center as the Director in 2013. Prior to joining CC, she was the Associate Director for the Center for Student Development at Vanderbilt University, where she led the campus recruiting program and worked extensively with career coaching. 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 I was growing up I wanted to be a doctor – I went all the way through college pursuing that goal, until I volunteered at a local hospital and realized the sight of blood makes me faint.


    Career Coaches

    Allison BarrAllisonBarr Headshot Cropped
    Career Coach
    719.389.6425

    Allison holds an M.S. in Psychology from Chatham University. Prior to joining Colorado College, she worked as a new market entry consultant, leadership development manager, and program designer in Europe, the Middle East and Canada. With a specialty in market entry and profitability consulting, her passions lie in her love for coaching, facilitation and advancing gender equity. Her career and education to date reflects her balanced skill set in professional development, business acumen and cultural agility. When she's not coaching students, you can find her at CrossFit, relaxing with friends, or hiking with her fiance and gentle giant of a rescue dog, Lovey. 

    As a child, her dream job was a to be a dancer or, as her dad puts it, "the person who brings everyone together for fun and food."


    Andrea CulpAndrea Culp
    Career Coach
    719.389.6310

    Andrea joined the Career Center in 1997. She learned of, and gained, her first position in the office by happenstance (ask her more about it). Andrea has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s 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.

    I wanted to be a child psychologist when I was a kid.


    John MannJohn Mann
    Career Coach
    jmann@coloradocollege.edu

    John holds an MBA in Marketing and a BS in Chemical Engineering. He spent the first half of his career at large consumer products companies designing detergents, roasting coffee, and helping to market products – including a lot of beer. In the second half of his career, he’s been an independent marketing and research consultant, as well as an Executive Faculty-in-Residence at CC teaching marketing. He is devoting the latter part of his career to helping young adults get a great start on theirs.

    If I ever grow up, my high school career aptitude tests suggested I should be an English professor. I ran as far and fast from that suggestion as I could, and became a chemical engineer instead. After several career pivots, I’ve found my true passion in the classroom, teaching marketing, which is fundamentally storytelling. So my aptitude test was correct all along.

    “Not all those who wander are lost.” – JRR Tolkien


    John ThornburgJohn Thornburg Headshot 8-19 A
    Career Coach
    719.389.6245

    John Thornburg joined the CC Career Center in August 2019. He has a BA in Psychology and Creative Writing from Coe College and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Multicultural Counseling Track from CU Denver.  In graduate school John developed an interest in Savickas’ Career Construction which eventually led him to take an internship at Regis University’s Career Center. There, John cultivated a coaching style that is curious and authentic, that emphasizes the centrality of relationships and sociocultural context while students endeavor to design their lives. When not at CC, John can be found reading, running, climbing, or hiking.

    When I was little I wanted to be an author. As a child I was a ravenous consumer of books. My parents had to enforce a strict lights off policy to prevent me from staying up all night reading. I wanted to write books that inspired people like they inspired me. My interest in writing continues to this day: I’ve had a handful of short stories and poems published in small press journals over the years.


    Gretchen WardellGretchen Wardell
    Career Coach/Pre-Law Advisor
    719.389.6426

    Gretchen graduated with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Jacksonville University in Florida. A Colorado Springs native, she then moved back and worked for a real estate development company that managed shopping malls for many years.  She received her Master’s from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in Counseling. Working with the students here inspires her every day because of the amazing things students want to accomplish. She loves helping students find their voice and tell their stories.

    My dream job growing up was to work with giraffes at the zoo. But then I realized I had to take a lot of science classes, so I quickly changed my mind. Although, they are still my favorites when visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo!


    Staff

    Cari HanrahanCari Hanrahan Staff Photo
    Director of the Public Interest Fellowship Program and Nonprofit Initiatives
    719.389.6851

    Cari Hanrahan has a BA in Psychology from Carleton College and an MA in Leadership from the School of Education at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She first found her niche in the nonprofit world as a college access coach with College Possible at South Division High School in Milwaukee, WI. She moved to Colorado in 2014 to run outreach and access in the CC Office of Admission before shifting into the Career Center. As the Director for PIFP and Nonprofit Initiatives, she’s thrilled to have a foot in each of her favorite doors: nonprofits and higher education. Cari absolutely loves working with students on their PIFP application materials, and if you twist her arm she’ll likely have side conversations with you about leadership, resilience, and the nonprofit sector.

    When Cari was a little kid, she wanted to be a Broadway Star. The last (and only) time she’s ever acted on stage was in 3rd grade.


    Jolina (Jo) MeechanJo Headshot
    Office Administrator
    719.389.6893

    Jo was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She has her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and her Master’s in Psychology from Pepperdine University. Prior to moving across the Rockies and joining Colorado College, she recruited interns & new graduates for Northrop Grumman, and interned at University College Dublin’s Career Development Centre in Ireland.  Jo feels privileged to supervise the center’s Peer Interns and to help students navigate their available resources. In her spare time, she can be found reading a WWII novel, baking, or exploring the outdoors with her husband, Sean. 

    My childhood dream profession was to be a ballerina – I wanted to dance & choreograph beautiful productions.


    Will StocktonWill Stockton Headshot
    Marketing & Communications Fellow
    719.389.7001

    Will graduated from CC in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Film and Media Studies. He now designs the Career Center's print and digital communications and runs the non-credit side of
    Dynamic Half Block, the Rising Senior Symposium, and the 5 Under 25 Program. He’s passionate about telling engaging stories, whether it’s through video content, social media, or the written word. In his spare time, catch him baking pies and watching an unhealthy number of movies.

    As a kid, l wanted to be a mad scientist and would spend hours at the bathroom sink mixing together mouthwash, toothpaste, and whatever else I could get my hands on. Unfortunately, nothing ever exploded.


    Brett WoodardBrett headshot for CC website
    Director of the Colorado College Edge Internship Program
    719.389.6279

    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 I was growing up, I wanted to be a newscaster, filmmaker, or children’s book author and illustrator.