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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.


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Annette Leyva '24

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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Charlie Fox '21

Major: Integrative Design & Architecture
Campus Involvement: Career Center Communications Intern, Club Baseball, Intramural Sports
Favorite Block: Art and Power in Florence, Italy
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a free surfer.
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Ellen Loucks '21

Major: History-Philosophy
Campus Involvement: Mixed Ultimate Frisbee Club Team, Resident Advisor, Catalyst Newspaper, InterVarsity, Ethics Bowl
Favorite Block: History of Families
When I was a kid, I wanted to be old and watch the sunset with Tianyi, while petting her cat.
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Emma O'Leary '22

Major: Neuroscience
Campus Involvement: Nordic Ski Team, Delta Gamma
Favorite Block: Intro to Psych
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an author because I loved Harry Potter.
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Imani Allen '23

Major: Romance Languages
Minor: Japanese
Campus Involvement: Dance Workshop, SOCC, CC Orchestra, Sakura Festival, JASSC Volunteer
Favorite Block: Japanese Language & Culture FYE
As a kid, I wanted to be a vet because I liked turtles.
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Josmary Fernandez ’22

Major: Mathematics 
Campus Involvement: Questbridge scholar, SOMOS, DIALogue
Favorite Block: Intro to Psych
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. 
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Kenza Zakarya '24

Major: Undecided
Campus Involvement: Career Center Web Intern, MSA, CES, CC Mobile Arts
Favorite Block: Basic filmmaking
When I was a kid, I wanted to travel the world.
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Neha Arora '24

Major: Neuroscience
Campus Involvement: Dance workshop, SASA, MAPS
Favorite Block: Introduction to Feminist and Gender Studies
When I was a kid, I wanted to own the biggest candy store ever!
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Tianyi (Angel) Bai '21

Major: Anthropology & Classics
Campus Involvement: SOIL, CC Labor Action Movement, Solidarity Coalition, Facilities, RA, DIALogue
Favorite Block: Imagining India
As a kid, I wanted to be old, watching the sunset with a cat on my lap.
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Tyler Chang '24

Major: Computer Science
Campus Involvement: Career Center Web Intern, ASU, Coding Club, Farming Club
Favorite Block: Imagining Slaves and Robots in Contemporary Film and Literature
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a taxi driver 😩.
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Professional Staff


Megan Nicklaus

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 volunteering at a local hospital and realized the sight of blood makes her faint.




Briana (Bri) Walls

Career Coach
Bri joined the Career Center in 2020. She has a BS degree in Business from Edgewood College and a MA in Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Prior to coming to Colorado College, Bri has worked in diverse fields such as: Entertainment, Healthcare, and Recruitment. She is inspired by helping students find their why and solidify their identity while on their educational journey. When not at CC, Bri enjoys traveling, hosting game nights, and going down a rabbit hole on Twitter. As a kid Bri wanted to be an archeologist by day, like Indiana Jones, and work for the embassy as a spy by night, you know… like James Bond. However, after MANY attempts of procuring artifacts and being a sleuth resulted in her getting in trouble, that dream became short lived.



Heather Kelley

Career Coach

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.



Andrea Culp

Andrea Culp

Career Coach
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 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.




Gretchen Wardell


Gretchen Wardell

Career Coach/Pre-Law Advisor
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. Gretchen's dream job growing up was to work with giraffes at the zoo. But then she realized that would require her to take science classes, so she quickly changed her mind. Giraffes remain Gretchen's favorite when visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.



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Brett Woodard

Director of the Colorado College Edge Internship Program
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.




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 Natalie Cepeda

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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