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    Our Staff

    LEADERSHIP

    Megan Nicklaus

    Megan-NicklausCareer 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

    Andrea Culp

    Career CoachAndrea Culp

    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

    Amelia AtencioAmelia Headshot 2020

    Marketing & Communications Fellow
    719.389.7001

    A graduate of Colorado College, Amelia possesses a range of skills that display her organizational abilities as well as her passion for art. Trained in fine arts, Amelia’s strengths lie, in one part, within the creative arts and innovative thinking; the other part lies, within the logistical art of administrative functioning. In both worlds, Amelia’s gift at creating relationships, as well her desire for maintaining them, shines through in all she does. 

    As a kid, I wanted to be a children's book illustrator. 


    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 Schoolof 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.


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

    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.


    Natalie Cepeda
    Office Manager
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    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, I really liked fast cars, so I wanted to be a race car driver. This didn’t go over well with my parents.