Meet Our Team

Emily McCarthy

Emily McCarthy

Director

Email: Emily.McCarthy@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-3922

Education
: Graduate Certificate, Career & Workforce Development, The George Washington University
Graduate Certificate, Organization Development, Marymount University
M.A. Human Performance, Marymount University
B.S. Business Administration, University of Richmond
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

What experience most influenced your career, and how? 
Coming to work at NAU after many years living in Washington, DC and working in the private sector was a huge change for me. It reminded me of the importance of following your heart and intuition – when making career decisions or any other big choices.

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Laurah Hagen

Coordinator, Career Programming

Email: Laurah.Hagen@nau.edu     
Phone: 928-523-7099

Education
: M.A., Experiential Education, Prescott College
B.A., Psychology, Whitman College
TESOL Certificate, LanguageCorps Cambodia 

What experience most influenced your career, and how?
I attended a creative-arts high school that fueled passion and innovation in its students. As a teenager, it intrigued me that my friends knew what they wanted to contribute to the world, and had the confidence to pursue their dreams from a very young age. This experience led me to study positive psychology, a field focused on bringing out the best in people, and experiential education, for teaching life lessons with a lasting impact.

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Diana Sundermeyer

Coordinator, Student Employment

Email: Diana.Sundermeyer@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-7335 

Education: M.Ed., Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, Western Washington University
B.S., Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy, Western Washington University

What experience most influenced your career, and how?

My career got its start with an undergraduate internship/fieldwork experience that I created for myself (and that I’m still amazed I was able to talk my way into). In hindsight, I wasn’t ‘talking my way into’ anything. I was building genuine relationships and networking with other professionals based on mutual benefit. That internship was extended and eventually turned into a full-time job that I was selected for, in a field that was only loosely associated with my degree, but the transferable skills I gained through my internship made me an excellent candidate. This experience came with a lesson that has followed me throughout my career: Networking isn’t as scary as it might seem. Just take the time to get to know people; learn what they are passionate about and listen to their needs. Be your authentic, hard-working self and tell them what you are excited about. And then find a way to work together to accomplish shared goals.

Janea Byrne

Janea Byrne

Coordinator, Internships

Email: Janea.Byrne@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-9562

Education: B.S., Business Administration, Marketing, University of Arizona

What experience most influenced your career, and how?

It's difficult to pinpoint one, but my semester internship in Italy after my junior year was an incredible experience that certainly influenced my career in more ways than one. I worked with an employer to create an internship where I could learn more about internal and external communications practices for a large corporation. I not only gained valuable experience in my future career field, but I completely immersed myself in another culture in a small town in Italy and built relationships with some wonderful colleagues and friends I met along the way. It was out of my comfort zone but so rewarding!

 

 

Chrissy Speer

Chrissy Speer

Coordinator, Employer Engagement

Email: Chrissy.Speer@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-8710

Education: B.S. Hotel and Restaurant Management, Northern Arizona University

What experience most influenced your career, and how?
Since I graduated from NAU in 2001 I have always been in some form of hospitality or another. From hotel sales to event planning and everything in between my hospitality career was always focused around building client relationships. After 16 years in the hospitality industry in three different states, I had the opportunity to come back to the university where it all started and work with employers to build relationships to benefit student success. My experience in in the hospitality industry taught me that networking and building relationships is one of the most valuable skills you can gain in your career. It is transferable into any other industry and has helped me in taking this new step in my current role. It is so exciting to be doing something new while using the transferable skills I have gained through my past experience!  

Alysa Ojeda

Alysa Ojeda

Program Coordinator, Career Development Specialist

Email: Alysa.Ojeda@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-0589

Education: B.S., Public Relations, Northern Arizona University

What experience most influenced your career, and how?
Valuing time over money. Working in corporate, I learned quickly and took on a lot of roles, but got burned out with 60 hour work weeks. I was very fortunate to have had the job opportunities I have, but learned that money isn’t everything and that you can find happiness and value in a career that is not directly tied to a financial reward. Now, I can take the experiences I learned and apply it in a completely new and innovative way.

Ali Christopherson

Ali Christopherson

Program Coordinator, Career Development Specialist

Email: Alison.Christopherson@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-1030

Education: M.A., Adult and Higher Education Administration, University of South Dakota
B.A. Sociology, Spanish, Augustana University

What experience most influenced your career, and how?
My senior year of undergrad, my faculty advisor suggested I pursue an independent study in Student Affairs based on my career interest in academic advising. I was lucky enough to have the Dean of Student, Dr. Jim Bies, facilitate this study which allowed me to explore the field of student affairs through graduate level readings, informational interviews, and case studies. I’m thankful for a mentor who opened my eyes to a career interest beyond what I could learn by just reading a textbook.

Jeremy Garcia

Jeremy Garcia 

Administrative Assistant, Student Affairs

Email: Jeremy.Garcia@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-5390

Education: B.A. Studio Art, UCLA

What experience most influenced your career, and how?
Failure. It is in struggle and suffering that we find our strongest self. It is breaking apart that we can honestly assess who we want to be and actively make the decision to piece and tape ourselves back together. It is in our failures where our character is tested and discerned.

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Vanessa Baptiste

Graduate Assistant

Email: vsb23@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-7800 

Education: B.Ed, Business Studies, The University of Trinidad and Tobago
Current program: M.Ed, Counseling-Student Affairs  

How will your experience working at NAU Career Development prepare you for your future career? 

My philosophy of education is that all students should be given an opportunity to develop holistically. In most cases educational institutions focus highly on academics and neglect life after school for their students. With my experience at Career Development, I am currently developing knowledge and skills to assist students with this additional development. I must say that my graduate assistant position does not only afford me skills to help others, but I have seen positive developments within myself such as effective time management juggling that can also assist with my future career.

 

Erin

Erin Chastain

Graduate Assistant 

Email: erin.chastain@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-8783


Education: B.A, Psychology,  Saint Mary’s College
Current program: M.Ed, Counseling-Student Affairs

How will your experience working at NAU Career Development prepare you for your future career?
Working in the Career Development office here at NAU has allowed me to work with students from all different majors and years. I’ve really enjoyed helping students prepare for life after graduation. This office has ignited my passion for working alongside college students, and I plan on continuing that after my own graduation through career services or case management. 8783

Riley

Riley Orr

Career Jack/Graphic Design Guru

Email: riley.orr@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-1087

Major: Visual Communication, Graphic Design Emphasis

How will your experience working at NAU Career Development prepare you for your future career?
Working with the Career Development team has given me a lot of valuable experience in accomplishing both individual and group tasks. Not only has my experience assisting students with their career ambitions helped me develop interpersonal skills, but designing marketing materials and branding guidelines for the department has given me immense experience directly in my field of study. Not only do I have portfolio pieces that I am proud to show future employers and clients, but I have obtained communication skills that are vital for a designer interacting with clients.

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Kim Thomson

Career Jack

Email:krt89@iris.nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-1087 

Major: Nursing

How will your experience working at NAU Career Development prepare you for your future career?  Working at NAU Career Development has been a great opportunity to gain new skills and enhance the ones I already have. This job has taught me how to use my transferable skills and make them perfectly fit the position whether I am applying for a job on campus or as a Pediatric Nurse! Also, everyone here is so supportive and are willing to go the extra mile to help each other with whatever they need, it’s very refreshing. Because of NAU Career Development, I will bring this support and passion to help others in my future career as a nurse, which will impact many lives.

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Emerald McCormick

Career Jack

Email: cem379@iris.nau.edu
Phone: 928-525-1087

Major: Environmental Studies and Sustainability and Political Science and International Affairs

How will your experience working at NAU Career Development prepare you for your future career? Working at NAU Career Development has been my first experience working at a desk job. As a Career Jack, I am learning professional interpersonal skills and organization that will help me in my future career in politics or NGO work.

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Payton Hull

Career Jack

Email: phh23@iris.nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-1087

Major: Biomedical with a double minor in chemistry and Spanish

How will your experience working at NAU Career Development prepare you for your future career? Working at NAU Career Development can help me later with understanding what is professional in different circumstances and how to make sure I am putting my best foot forward. Choosing to become a Physician’s Assistant is a competitive field and being around people who have professionalism can help improve my work ethics before graduating and going to grad school. 

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Willa Erickson

Intern

Email:Willa.Erickson@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-5656

Education: B.S. Communication Management and Design, Ithaca College
Current program: M.Ed. Counseling-Student Affairs 

How will your experience working at NAU Career Development prepare you for your future career? Working at NAU Career Development will give me the opportunity to work one-on-one with students, learn coaching skills, and facilitate workshops, which will help me learn to work in diverse settings within student affairs in higher education.