I am a junior majoring in Integrated Sciences and minoring in history and psychology. I am considering a couple different career paths, mostly teaching, nursing, and higher education. My main goal, regardless of the job though, is to help people feel safe and supported! I am from Aurora, so I have not come from faraway to attend DU. Nonetheless, I do enjoy going to faraway places when I can. In the past year, I have gone to places such as Hawaii, Iceland, and London (where I am spending the fall studying abroad). I also enjoy swimming and seeing fireworks. Some fun talents of mine include memorizing people’s birthdays, saving money, and calendar organizing. Also, I’m so excited to be a Peer Advisor!
Assistant Director of Employer and Industry Engagement
Tracy is passionate about education and lifelong learning. She loves speaking to groups and individuals about creating relationships, making the most of life and being a leader regardless of title. She spent the first few years of her career working for Walt Disney World, then sprung face-first into marketing and communications at the regional level for the Borders Group (Borders Books, Music & Café) and again with The University of Oklahoma. Driven by her passion for service and perhaps as a reaction to the constant barrage of natural disasters, she worked as a nonprofit director for almost ten years, raising funds and awareness for tornado recovery efforts in Oklahoma. Tracy began with The University of Denver in November 2016 in Employer and Industry Engagement, cultivating and stewarding employers toward the many offerings available within the vast networks of DU. In her personal life, Tracy is happily married, has an adopted son and two very fine hounds. Together, they make up another team, which motivates Tracy to continually strive for new, adventurous ideology. She is very active as a community leader and Rotarian. She credits her rich life of exciting experiences with her knack for speaking, presenting and creating engaging opportunities that people remember.
Assistant Director of the University Career Center
Rebecca Damas serves as career liaison to majors including: engineering, computer science, media/film/journalism studies, strategic communication, emergent digital practices as well as all student-athletes, providing tailored efforts and industry specific marketing, outreach, and career advising. In this role, she communicates with students, faculty, and staff in each of these areas, and delivers relevant programming. Rebecca also oversees the Career Center’s Summer Internship Award program and manages the career peer advisors.
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.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri
Career Counselor, Daniels College of Business
BA, psychology, University of Minnesota
MA, counseling and student personnel, University of Minnesota
Graduate Fellow, Career Services
Bella Gullia is the graduate fellow in the University of Denver Career Center as well as the campus liaison to Arrow Electronics. Bella received a bachelor’s degree in Specialized Studies from Ohio University with a concentration in communications, social sciences, and music along with a diversity studies certificate. While focused on college student’s career preparation and job-readiness, she is also passionate and committed to students transition into and persistence through higher education. Gullia enjoys adventuring and trying new things, experiencing local coffee shops, and reading while lounging in her hammock. Gullia is currently pursuing a master’s in higher education at DU’s Morgridge College of Education.
Mary Michael Hawkins
Director of the Career Center
Mary Michael Hawkins manages a staff of professional Career Advisors in an office that serves all of the undergraduate programs, University College, multiple graduate programs, and recent graduates not served by the other career services offices on campus. She provides direction and vision to multiple services for student and recent graduate career development and engagement: one-on-one career advising, workshops, innovative programming/events, access to thousands of jobs and internships and alumni and employer connections. Mary Michael also coaches, mentors and guides students and recent graduates to discover their strengths, interests and passions in life and channel them into experiential learning opportunities, graduate school and/or a satisfying career.
Mary Michael joined the University Career Center in 1995 as a Career Advisor to undergraduate Daniels students. She spent two years as the Internship Director before being promoted to Director in 2003. Prior to coming to DU, Mary Michael working in staffing/recruiting and in a residential treatment facility for adolescents.
Mary Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Creighton University and a Master’s in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado-Denver. She has been connected to DU since she was young as her parents had DU season hockey tickets for over 40 years. Both she and her husband are Colorado natives and have a daughter Allie who leads a busier life than they do! In her spare time, Mary Michael enjoys cooking, reading and watching our many Colorado sports teams
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. She has been at DU since 2005. During that time, she served as Assistant Director, Associate Director and Interim Director of Daniels. 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.
Patty Hickman conducts outreach to graduate faculty and student groups. Coordinates and supports career services events and develops, markets and brands events, workshops and presentations for graduate students (except for Daniels College of Business, Sturm College of Law and Josef Korbel School of International Studies who are served by their respective career centers). In collaboration with other units and Advancement, she promotes the career priorities and issues facing graduate students.
Prior to joining DU Patty served as a Career Advisor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She brings over 15 years of experience as a career professional in strategic planning, program development, advising and coaching as well as job market trends. She also serves on the Strategic Planning Group for the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging. She received her MS in Counseling from the University of Oregon, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rocky Mountain College. She and her husband have two adult children that work in Boston. Patty enjoys hiking, cooking, and reading.
Kyle joined the DU University Career Center team in October 2016 after working as a career coach at two other institutions. Prior to working in student affairs he managed websites and social media for various organizations along the Colorado Front Range. In his spare time he enjoys yoga, hiking, and all things documentary.
M.Ed. (in progress) in Educational Leadership and Policy – Student Affairs
University of Utah
B.F.A. in Film Studies, B.A. in Linguistics, LGBT Studies Certificate
University of Colorado Boulder
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.
Director Employer Relations, DU Career Services
Jane Mall leads a team of employer relations staff whose primary focus is to assist employers with their hiring of the incredibly talented DU students and alumni. Her team creates strategic recruiting plans for employers from nonprofit and startups to large Fortune 500 organizations and connects them campus wide with resources from all of the DU career offices to ensure we present DU as one. Jane has several years of corporate experience in the software sales industry and has owned and operated two small businesses. She also was a tax preparer for several years. Prior to joining DU, she spent 11 years as Director of Corporate Relations and Director of the Experiential Learning Center at Northern Illinois University in the College of Business. Jane received a B.A. in Finance from Aurora University and an M.S. Ed from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis on Human Resource Development. She has two grown daughters and has replaced them at home with two furry daughters, a golden retriever and an Australian shepard.
Specialities and InterestsRelationship Management
Executive Director, Career & Professional Development
Heidi leads a team of staff to provide outstanding career & professional development programs and services for undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni. In her role, she develops a vision and strategic direction that enables the career and professional development team to significantly grow client engagement in career services, increase alumni involvement, and to create a career services culture on campus. Additionally, she works to analyze data on current students and alumni to ensure that services and offerings support the success of all clients.
Heidi comes to her role with seventeen years of experience in career development serving a wide variety of programs and colleges. During her 15 year tenure at the University of Minnesota, she worked at Career & Internship Services 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. She provided extensive leadership for numerous campus-wide student services teams and initiatives. During that time she led the way in new learning initiatives that engaged over 7,500 individuals within a two year period.
For the past two years, Heidi has worked at the University of Denver Career Center with an emphasis on serving students within Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences while also managing assessment strategy for the unit.
Heidi has a Bachelor of Science degree in English education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of Arts degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis on career counseling in higher education
Austin R Rowe
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.
Hi, I’m Grace! I am currently a freshman at DU, pursuing a concurrent degree in International Studies and International Business. I am from a suburb of Chicago and am the youngest of four. I competitively fenced and played lacrosse for most of my life. I also love to read, cook and adventure. I am beyond excited to work in the Career Center and get to know you all!