Past Contributors

Jason Brown

Jason is a Career Counselor with Career & Leadership Development at UW-Whitewater. He serves UW-W students and alumni, and is a liaison to the Humanities and Social Sciences. Jason enjoys working with students about topics ranging from career decision-making to job search strategies. Jason also has a developing interest in career assessment and its uses in career counseling.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Howard University. He later earned a Master’s of Science in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Ron Buchholz

Ron serves as the Director of Career & Leadership Development at UW-Whitewater. Ron works with many employers who recruit UW-W students and graduates for employment, and he is passionate helping students prepare to make a successful transition from college to work. 

Ron earned his undergraduate degree from UW-Stevens Point in Psychology and completed his Masters Degree at UW-Whitewater in Counselor Education.

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Kathy Craney

Kathy is a Career Counselor at the Career & Leadership Development office at UW-Whitewater. She helps UW-W students, alumni, and community members with career issues ranging from choosing to using majors and careers. Kathy’s specialties include working with returning adult students and veterans.

Kathy is a member of the Wisconsin Career Development Association, The National Career Development Association, Wisconsin Association of Colleges & Employers (WI-ACE), and the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE). Kathy is active on the Campus Degree Completion Action Team, the Veteran’s committee, and the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AODA) coalition.

Kathy earned her undergraduate degree at UW-Stout with a major in Clothing, Textiles and Design and a minor in Psychology. She earned her Master’s degree in Counselor Education at UW-Whitewater.

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Megan Jay (September 2015-May 2016)

Megan Jay is a Journalism major with an emphasis in Advertising and is minoring in Marketing. She’s expected to graduate in the Spring of 2017.

Outside of C&LD, Megan is involved in Greek Life as a member of the Delta Zeta sorority. She is currently on the Social Committee and plans on getting further involved with the chapter. She also works on campus as a Computer Lab Attendant for the General Access Labs


Karlee Fowler (March 2016-May 2016)

Codi Freiberger (September 2015-December 2015)

DeJuan Washington (September 2014-December 2014)

DeJuan Washington was a Career Social Media Student Manager for Career & Leadership Development. He managed both the UWW Career Facebook page and UWW Career Twitter account.

DeJuan is also a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and conducted research on how African American males define success at Uw-Whitewater. He was also very involved within the Black Student Union, Ignite Bible Study, and the LEAP initiative . DeJuan graduated in December of 2015.

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Shannon Waisath (September 2013-May 2014)

Shannon Waisath was a Career Social Media Student Manager for Career & Leadership Development from September 2013-May2014. She managed both the UWW Career Facebook page and UWW Career Twitter account. She double-majored in advertising and psychology.

Shannon was also a Resident Assistant and enjoys event planning, creating advertisements for her building complex programs, and binge-watching various TV shows. She was also the Social Media Director for the student-run Dance Marathon Organization on campus. Shannon graduated in May 2014.

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Kelsey Welke (September 2012 – November 2013)

Kelsey Welke was a Career Social Media Student Manager for Career & Leadership Development from September 2012 – November 2013. She managed the UWW Career Twitter account, the UWW Career Facebook for the summer of 2013, the Career Spotlight Blog, and the UWW Career Pinterest account. She studied International Journalism with a minor in Public Relations.

Kelsey was the Public Relations chair for Panhellenic Council and is a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. She was also a staff photographer and writer for the Royal Purple Newspaper for two years. Kelsey studied in Dublin, Ireland in Spring 2012. She graduated in May 2014.

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Heather Schwartz (September 2012 – May 2013)

Heather was a Career Social Media Intern in Career & Leadership Development. During her internship, she managed the UW-Whitewater Career Facebook Page and launched the UW-Whitewater Career YouTube Channel.

Heather graduated in May 2013 with a Public Relations major and an Art Studio/Photography minor.

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Laura Morrow-Jacobs (September 2011 – September 2013)

Laura served as Internship Coordinator and Career Consultant/Marketing Specialist in Career & Leadership Development, working in the department for seven years. She worked with students on a variety of career matters: digital identity development, resume building, interviewing, and job/internship searches. She also taught Career Information in Arts & Communication, a one-credit course designed to prepare sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the College of Arts & Communication for their internship and job searches.

Laura was very active on Twitter as @uwwinternships, sharing information about internships. She also managed the UWW Career Social Media program and supervised the Career Social Media Student Managers/Interns in their social media work.

Laura completed her undergraduate work at UW-Madison with majors in French and political science. She received her master’s degree in counseling from UW-Whitewater.

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Brian Bredeson (September 2011 – May 2013)

Brian is the Associate Director of Career & Leadership Development at UW-Whitewater. He serves students, alumni and employers, and is a liaison to the College of Education & Professional Studies as well as the Science departments on campus. In addition to his career advising and employer relations roles, Brian teaches an Employment Strategies class for Education majors, and supervises the compilation of the department’s Annual Report of Employment & Continuing Education. Prior to working at UW-Whitewater, Brian was the Assistant Director of the Career Center at Washington University in St. Louis.

Brian earned his Master’s degree in Guidance & Counseling from UW-Whitewater and his Bachelor’s degree in Geography/Cartography from UW-Platteville. In his “previous life”, Brian was a Cartographer for the federal government, and possessed a top secret security clearance. His career change was influenced by a two-year volunteer stint at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

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Emily Gullickson (September 2011 – May 2012)

Emily was a Social Media Manager at the Career & Leadership Development office at UW-Whitewater. At the time of her internship, she was completing her undergrad work in Marketing (Direct and Internet emphasis) and minor in Multimedia and Game Development (Visual Media Design emphasis). Emily managed the Career Spotlight blog, UW-Whitewater Career Facebook Page, and UW-Whitewater Career Twitter page.

Emily was also actively involved in the UW-Whitewater American Marketing Association chapter where she served on the executive board as the VP of Event Marketing for the Fall 2011 semester.

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Ellen Hatfield (September 2009 – May 2011)

Ellen Hatfield was a Graduate Assistant at the Career & Leadership Development office at UW-Whitewater. In May 2011, she completed her degree at UW-Whitewater by earning a Master’s Degree in Counseling with emphasis in Higher Education. While at Career & Leadership she worked with students in a variety of career preparation topic areas, such as career exploration, resumes, interview preparation, and job/internship search strategies. Ellen also worked on a variety of projects through the Career & Leadership Development office that prepared her to become a Student Affairs professional.

Ellen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, with a BA in Organizational Communication and Management. It was at UW-Eau Claire where Ellen first became interested in Student Affairs and working with college students. She worked at the Career Services office for all of her undergraduate career.

Ellen has now started her professional career. She is currently a Career Counselor at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

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Stephanie Kann (September 2011 – May 2012)

Stephanie was a Career Counseling Intern in Career & Leadership Development during the 2011-2012 academic year. She was completing her Master’s Degree in Counseling with emphasis in Higher Education. At Career & Leadership Development, Stephanie worked with students on a wide variety of topics including career exploration, resumes and interview preparation.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Human Development & Families Studies. At UW-Madison, Stephanie held various pre-professional and professional roles in Student Affairs including academic advising, department of athletics and internship coordinator. She has worked in a career services office since 2008.

Frank Lanko (September 2011 – May 2013)

Frank serves as the Senior Business Career Advisor within the Career & Leadership Development team at UW-Whitewater. He works with all students and graduates of the College of Business and Economics on career topics ranging from resume building, job search strategy, and interviewing. He also works with employers who recruit UW-W students and graduates for employment opportunities.

Frank earned his undergraduate degree from UW-Madison in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs Administration from UW-La Crosse.

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