Assistant Director of the University Career Center
Rebecca joined the University Career Center in September, 2014 after working in the Daniels College of Business for three years in academic and career advising. Prior to that, she worked at her alma mater, the University of Missouri, for seven years in roles including: Internship Coordinator, Development Officer, and Athletic Academic Advisor.
University of Missouri
Marketing and Events Manager
Maria is Marketing and Events Manager for University Career Services. She has been at DU since 2010 having also worked at the University’s Center for World Languages and Cultures and the Daniels College of Business. Prior to that she worked in nonprofit development and fundraising. She holds an MA in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver. Her research addresses digital identity management and international newspaper coverage of the Greek economic crisis. She received a BA in French, International Studies and Theater from Loyola University Chicago and is a former Fulbright Scholar in Greece. When she’s not on campus, catch her on a yoga mat, the ski slopes or tending to her urban farm.
Alumni Career Counselor
Lindsey Day is a career coach who has helped 1000s of clients across the country find jobs they love. Lindsey focuses on solving the talent connection problem by training job seekers to regain power in their career search, think like the employer, and project a positive, confident self-image to land their next great job.
Lindsey’s specialties revolve around technology and personal branding. Lindsey enjoys helping candidates navigate the ever-changing landscape of online job searching and is frequently requested for her expertise in LinkedIn and nonverbal communication. In addition, her real world experience in recruiting provides her with insight into the employer perspective.
– Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
– Master of Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Assistant Director of Graduate Career Services
Career Counselor, Daniels College of Business
BA, psychology, University of Minnesota
MA, counseling and student personnel, University of Minnesota
Internship Director and Career Counselor
John Haag’s 22-plus years as a career counselor—first with a social service agency and then here at DU—have qualified him to provide insight and direction to students and alumni.
Even better, he loves his students and his job. In his own words:
“I love student life as a place and as a concept; it is a wonderful place to make a difference.”
MA, human resources management, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
Graduate-level certificate, career development, John F. Kennedy University, San Francisco, Calif.
Mary Michael Hawkins
Director of the Career Center
Mary Michael has worked in the Career Center for 20 years holding several positions including the Director for the past 12 years, Internship Director and Career Advisor for Daniels undergrads. Mary Michael has helped thousands of traditional and non-traditional students and alumni to seek out their passions, strengths and resources to help her clients manage their careers throughout their lifespan.
BA, Psychology, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
MA, Counseling Psychology, University of Colorado, Denver
Executive Director of Career Services
With a passion for career services and a long, successful career at Michigan State University, DeVry University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design, Sue Hinkin is the backbone of the Career Services team.
Before working in higher education, she worked in the entertainment industry in Southern California.
• MA, Higher Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
• BA, Art, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
• Fellow, American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Career Services Marketing and Events Manager
Helena came to DU Career Services in February 2012 with experience in non-profit marketing, program development, event coordination, and social media. She is committed to creating collaborative and effective efforts across the DU campus—bringing staff, faculty, employers, alumni and students together to empower big dreams and help make them happen. Helena is currently engaged in elevating storytelling to a priority, through video, social media, and blogging. Contact her now to share your story!
• BA, “Facilitating Personal and Organizational Transformation: Psychology, Sociology, and Religion”, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
• MBA, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
Director Employer Relations, DU Career Services
As the Director of Employer Relations with DU Career Services, Jane can help employers develop strategic recruiting plans to reach a variety of majors and alumni at DU. Jane enjoys building relationships with corporations, government organizations, and nonprofits to help them accomplish their hiring plans with qualified, worthwhile candidates. Prior to joining DU, she spent several years in corporate sales in the software industry, and has owned and operated two small businesses.
She also spent 11 years as Director of Corporate Relations and Director of the Experiential Learning Center (ELC) at Northern Illinois University’s College of Business.
• MS Ed, Adult and Higher Education, emphasis on Human Resource Development, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
• BA, Finance, Aurora University, Aurora, IL
Specialities and InterestsRelationship Management
Assistant Director of the Career Center and Career Counselor
Pat O’Keefe is passionate about variety, education and problem solving—which makes her perfectly suited to her job as assistant director and career counselor for all non-business undergraduates.
In her own words: “I love my job…helping students in their decision-making process around majors and careers. I also love…working with all types of majors and undecided students.”
MA, counseling, University of Colorado, Denver, CO
BA, business (minors, sociology and fine art), University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo.
Assistant Director of the University Career Center
Heidi has 15 years of experience career counseling and teaching career courses within higher education setting with a particular passion for serving diverse student populations. Before joining DU, Heidi worked at Career & Internship Services at the University of Minnesota where she served students and provided leadership on numerous project groups including an Employer Survey Committee, Career Development Diversity Committee and Student Affairs Assessment Project Group.
Master of Arts, educational psychology: counseling & student personnel psychology
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Bachelor of Science, English Education
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Ruth Prochnow draws her insight and inspiration from more than 24 years of career counseling experience.
During her long, successful career Ruth has served as Director of Career Services at Tulane University, and in a variety of career counseling and director positions at the University of Wisconsin’s Psychology Clinic and the City of Madison, Wisconsin’s Equal Opportunities Commission.
More importantly, though, Ruth works in career counseling because she loves it. Connecting employers with students and helping students find that perfect internship—that’s what gets her out of bed in the morning.
MA, counseling psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
BA, sociology, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wis.
Career Services Data Analysis and Internal Systems Manager
Ben began working at DU in 2008 as the career development and public interest program coordinator in the Sturm College of Law. Before joining Career Services, he worked as an analyst in the University’s Office of Academic Assessment. Ben is originally from Indiana.
– BS, psychology, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
– MA, higher education, University of Denver
– PhD candidate, research methods, University of Denver
For the last five years, Carolyn has been guiding students through the process of self-discovery and teaching them the essential skills and knowledge for career planning. She has a passion for growth and development and is energized when helping students answer those key life questions: “who am I, where am I going, and how do I get there?”
In addition to a Master’s degree in Counseling from Governors State University, Carolyn brings a range of career counseling experience from working in both community and four-year college settings and most recently, with a high school College & Career Readiness program in Michigan. In her role as Career Counselor, Carolyn supports students in the Colorado Women’s College, as well undergraduate International Studies students.
Tina Stack Oldweiler
Employer Relations Manager
Even after 18 years at DU Career Services, Tina Stack Oldweiler says each day brings something new and refreshing, which suits her personality well.
With a background in business administration and customer service, managing the Pioneer Careers database and acting as a conduit between students and employers was a natural fit. Hearing those students’ success stories is the perfect reward for her hard work.
– BA/BA, business administration, Western State College, Gunnison, Colo.
Graduate Fellow, Career Services
Patty Hickman is an Assistant Director/Career Advisor for Graduate Studies at the DU Career Center. Patty joined the University Career Center in March 2015 after working in the Daniels College of Business for nine years. She has experience in managing and developing programs as well as leading workshops on a variety of career topics including interviewing, resume/cover letters, CV’s, job search strategy and networking. Prior to joining DU Patty served as a Career Advisor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She received her MS in Counseling from the University of Oregon.