Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

LACS Staff

Management

Robert Vega, Director Tatem Oldham, Assistant Director

Coaching

Caitlin von Liski, Senior Career Coach Sara Kaner, Career Coach
Hong Escobar, Law School Admissions Coach Rachel Martin, Career Coach
Amira Sounny-Slitine, Career Coach LaRae Tronstad, Career Coach
Caitlin Absher, Career Coach Alyssa Wyvratt, Career Coach

Recruiting & Special Programs

Robin Pippins, Recruiting & Professional Development Specialist Monica Chartier, Special Projects Assistant

Administrative

Briana Jones, Services Coordinator LACS Student Workers

Robert Vega, Director

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: r.vega@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Managing the overall operations of the career center including the budget, personnel, programs and services.

Education and Training

MA in International Relations from Boston University, including study in England and France. BA in Political Science from the University of Houston.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Running a backpacker's hostel on a beach in the South Pacific or in Southeast Asia.

When not at work I enjoy...

Dinners with friends and planning my next trip. If I can travel three times a year I'm a very happy person.


Tatem Oldham, Assistant Director

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: t.oldham@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Managing our career coach team and providing career coaching for graduate students seeking careers outside of academia.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Experience as a psychotherapist in both group and individual settings. Extensive training and five years' experience with the foster care system in Texas. Two years of recruiting experience and eight years in admissions coaching.

Education and Training

MEd in Educational Psychology, and BA in Communication Studies, both from The University of Texas at Austin. Advanced Certification in Conflict Mediation; 30 hours+ training in child abuse prevention and Child Protective Services. Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) in Texas.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Part-time therapist, part-time philanthropist.

Best piece of career advice?

Talk to as many people in your field of interest as possible.  Be persistent when you job search!

When not at work I enjoy...

Reading and family time.


Caitlin von Liski, Senior Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: c.vonliski@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Helping Liberal Arts undergraduates identify strengths and opportunities; crafting employer-ready resumé and cover letters; coaching students to talk and think about their skills, previous experiences, and educational background in ways that will translate in to the career world; researching employers, jobs, and internships in an effort to uncover a career plan and job search strategy.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Interviewing Skill Development. Social Media Presence/LinkedIn. Workshop/Webinar Facilitation. Diverse Student Populations. Psychology.

Education and Training

I have an M.S. in Counseling Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Kansas

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Running an animal sanctuary for old or forgotten pets.

Best piece of career advice...

“Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiseling and scraping and polishing.” B.C. Forbes

When not at work I enjoy...

Hiking on the greenbelt. Crafting. Yoga. Hip hop dancing. Singing. Tending to my cacti and succulents collection.  Playing with my cat, Cinnamon Buns. Hanging out with my guinea pig, Rumpels. 


Amira Sounny-Slitine, Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: amira@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Helping Liberal Arts undergraduates identify strengths and opportunities; crafting employer-ready resumé and cover letters; coaching students to talk and think about their skills, previous experiences, and educational background in ways that will translate in to the career world; researching employers, jobs, and internships in an effort to uncover a career plan and job search strategy.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Working with diverse student populations. Helping students reach their goals. Social media management. Relationship Building.

Education and Training

I received my Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences from Texas State University.

Best piece of career advice...

Be the author of your own story. Don't let other people tell you what you can or cannot do with your degree. Set goals, reach them, and then do it again.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

I would open a bakery/coffee shop with my best friend. We would serve brunch all day along with the best coffee and dessert anyone could ask for.

When not at work I enjoy...

Swimming and tubing at the San Marcos River. Taking my dog on field trips. Spending time with my family and friends. Eating at new restaurants. Traveling both nationally and internationally.


Hong Tran Escobar, Law School Admissions & Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: h.escobar@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Help Liberal Arts undergraduates navigate the law school admissions process.  Identify students’ strengths and opportunities; craft resumés and cover letters that highlight relevant skills and experiences; coach students to think and talk about their skills, previous experiences, and educational background in ways that will translate to law school admissions committees as well as the overall labor market; Research employers, jobs, and internships as part of employment search strategy.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Knowledgeable about the law school admissions process, pro bono opportunities, and bar associations in Austin; Interested in social justice issues, diversity in higher education, and mentorship programs.

Education and Training

Received J.D. from Seattle University School of Law (visiting student at The University of Texas School of Law). B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from The University of Oregon.

Best piece of career advice...

Explore different career paths early, whether it is through internships, volunteer experiences, or an employment opportunity. The more experience you have, the more confidence you will have in being able to discern which professional opportunities you want to pursue. Also, you never know who you may work with that will help you with your career path down the line so put your best effort into every opportunity.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Dentistry.

When not at work I enjoy...

Traveling to tropical destinations, indulging my sweet tooth, and finding the best deals on just about everything.


Robin Pippins, Recruiting & Professional Development Specialist

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: r.pippins@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Manages the Liberal Arts Career Services recruiting and professional development programs. Develops and maintains employer relations, job and internship postings, recruiting events and professional development workshops.

Education and Training

BS in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Working for the United Nations aiding in the eradication of global poverty and in the support of justice for all.

When not at work I enjoy...

Cooking, going on adventures with my kids and reading

Best piece of career advice...

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world. " Anne Frank


LaRae Tronstad, Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: l.tronstad@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Helping Liberal Arts graduate students craft non-faculty resumés and cover letters; helping graduate students identify strengths and opportunities; coaching students to talk and think about their skills, previous experiences, and educational background in ways that will translate in to the career world; researching employers, jobs, and internships in an effort to uncover a career plan and job search strategy.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Communication at and about Work, Education, Presentation Advising, Change Management & Internal Communications, Social Services, Volunteering, and Nonprofits

Previous Work Experience

Before my work in education and career coaching, my work experience has been rather diverse. I have worked in a variety of industries – newspapers, hospitality, restaurants, social services, insured ratings, and even retail. These seemingly chaotic work experiences led me to my interest in organizational communication to focus on the importance of communication at work and the idea of meaningful work.

Education and Training

I started out my education at Chadron State College in Nebraska earning a B.S. in Applied Mathematics, double majoring in Speech Communication and minoring in Statistics. After taking time off from school, I earned my M.A. in Communication Studies at the University of New Mexico. Now, I am working on my PhD in Communication Studies here at UT looking at issues of inclusion and diversity in nonprofit organizations.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

A freelance photographer traveling the world capturing horizons and celebrations across the globe

Best piece of career advice?

Your first job out of college doesn’t have to be your last. Stay open to the opportunities that await you.  

When not at work I enjoy...

Cooking from scratch, shopping, and spending time on/around Lady Bird Lake


Sara Kaner, Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: s.kaner@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Helping Liberal Arts undergraduates craft employer-ready resumés and cover letters; helping students identify strengths and opportunities; coaching students to talk and think about their skills, previous experiences, and educational background in ways that will translate in to the career world; researching employers, jobs, and internships in an effort to uncover a career plan and job search strategy.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Before attending graduate school at UT Austin, I served as a Teach for America corps member in San Antonio, TX where I taught elementary special Ed for two years. I am interested in team building, relationship building, social media management, personality assessments, and goal-setting.

Education and Training

I received my B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida. I hold a Texas Standard Educator Certificate in Generalist EC-6 and Special Education EC-12. I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Education in College and University Student Personnel Administration at UT Austin.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

I would probably ATTEMPT to be some type of ranger with the U.S. National Park Service, particularly at a National Park in Utah! I spent the summer in Utah exploring all of the national parks there and I fell in love with the National Park Service.

Best piece of career advice...

Dare to be remarkable and learn from your mistakes.

When not at work I enjoy...

Hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and running – I try to spend as much time as possible outside! I also like doing yoga, cooking, eating Torchy’s queso, trying new local restaurants in Austin, learning new corny jokes, and exploring the great state of Texas.


Caitlin Absher, Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: c.absher@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Helping Liberal Arts undergraduates craft employer-ready resumés and cover letters; helping students identify strengths and opportunities; coaching students to talk and think about their skills, previous experiences, and educational background in ways that will translate in to the career world; researching employers, jobs, and internships in an effort to uncover a career plan and job search strategy.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

I am passionate about access and equity issues within higher education, specifically for first-generation students and underrepresented student populations. Additionally, I am interested in transition programming and how higher education institutions assist these student populations in their success.

Education and Training

I am currently in the Higher Education Administration program at the University of Texas at Austin. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Northern Arizona University.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

I would be in agriculture. I would love to own and work on my own farm.

Best piece of career advice...

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life…have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition." -Steve Jobs

When not at work I enjoy...

I enjoy exploring new cities, baking, spending quality time with my loved ones, and watching a great television series.


Rachel Martin, Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: r.martin@austin.utexas.edu.
Mailcode: G6200

Helping Liberal Arts undergraduates identify strengths and opportunities; crafting employer-ready resumé and cover letters; coaching students to talk and think about their skills, previous experiences, and educational background in ways that will translate in to the career world; researching employers, jobs, and internships in an effort to uncover a career plan and job search strategy.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Previous experience in undergraduate recruitment, admission, and financial aid, and event planning. Interested in the first-year college experience; retention; college student identity development; academic and social success; and working with diverse student populations.

Education and Training

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Media Studies from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. I am currently pursuing my Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Human Development, Culture, and Learning Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.​

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Working at an independent bookstore​ and talking about my favorite reads all day. Or I would work in politics in women's advocacy.

Best piece of career advice...

​Although beginning your career search can test you and be daunting, remember who you are and what your values are. Being genuine in your search will only lead to increased happiness. Also, remember that most people walk a winding path in their professional journey -- rarely do people have a straight trajectory to their desired career. Summon your innate resilience, and remember you are never alone on this adventure!

When not at work I enjoy...

Reading (novels, nonfiction, memoirs, poetry, everything!), practicing yoga, listening to podcasts, talking about politics, watching movies and my favorite shows, and spending precious time with my family and friends.


Alyssa Wyvratt, Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: a.wyvratt@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Helping Liberal Arts undergraduates identify strengths and opportunities; crafting employer-ready resumé and cover letters; coaching students to talk and think about their skills, previous experiences, and educational background in ways that will translate in to the career world; researching employers, jobs, and internships in an effort to uncover a career plan and job search strategy.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Through my past work I developed an interest to understand how and why students choose certain career paths. Therefore, I am additionally interested in providing coaching through career exploration and goal setting techniques. Other related interest:  global learning and international internships, psychology, and personal development.

Education and Training

I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and I am currently a first year graduate student at UT in the Counselor Education program with a focus on higher educational counseling.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

My dream as a pre-teen was to be an interior designer. Even though that has not become my reality, I still watch HGTV very often and would still choose that as my “dream job.”

Best piece of career advice...

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished” – Remember that working hard will get you to your goals, but there is a lot of process that happens in the middle. Try to reduce some of the pressure to know and obtain the perfect career right now. With time and experience all the pieces will fall into place.

When not at work I enjoy...

Cooking, annoying my cat, practicing yoga and pretending I am part of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.


Briana Jones, Services Coordinator

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: briana.j@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Facilitate daily LACS activities by managing the front desk, supervising student workers, coordinating internship courses and providing support for recruiting and administrative teams. Promote LACS programs and initiatives throughout the year.

Education and Training

BSW, Bachelors of Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

A director of a nonprofit that provides academic and career services and counseling to high school students within low socioeconomic schools.

Best piece of career advice?

Never be afraid to ask for help and always be eager to learn new skills.

When not at work I enjoy...

Binge watching TV series on Netflix and reading contemporary fiction novels by Octavia Butler.


Monica Chartier, Special Projects Assistant

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: monica.chartier@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Manage outcome surveys, data and reporting. Manage Liberal Arts in Business programs.

Education and Training

B.A. in English and Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Working for increased higher education access

Best piece of career advice?

There’s more than one way to do what you love – take the chance to do something different.

When not at work I enjoy...

Watching and performing in theater, reading, quality time with my friends and family, and playing with my dogs.


LACS Student Workers

Jordan Lorenz, Anthropology
Nelsy Padilla, English
Ricky Gonzalez, Undeclared
Trieu Tran, Ethnic Studies
Destiny Ramirez, Social Work
Maranda Burkhalter, History

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    University of Texas at Austin
    FAC 18
    2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200
    Austin, Texas 78712-1508
    512-471-7900