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Office Information

Building/Suite: FAC 2.106 (2nd Floor)
Phone: 512-471-7900
Email: lacs@austin.utexas.edu
Fax: 512-471-7903
Office Hours: 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday - Friday

Staff List

College of Liberal Arts

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Tatem Oldham, Director

Contact (Requires UT EID)

Manages all aspects of career services and provides 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.

College of Liberal Arts

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Caitlin Von Liski, Assistant Director

Contact (Requires UT EID)

Coaches students interested in graduate school in the humanities. Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates translate their skills into career opportunities. Coaches students to identify and articulate their strengths within resumes, cover letters and interviews. Develops career plans and job search strategies. 

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

13 years of experience working in career services. Interests in mental health, wellness and self-care.

Education and Training

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...

It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do yet – career paths are windy and take us on quite the ride over the years. Pursue your interests and things you love inside and outside of UT – things will start to become clearer. Also, meet with us! We can help you break things down one chunk at a time.

When not at work I enjoy...

Exploring Austin’s hidden gems, booping my cat, Buns, hiking on the greenbelt, playing video games and venturing to new coffee places for a good cold brew.

College of Liberal Arts

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Karintha Fenley, Law School Admissions Coach

Contact (Requires UT EID)

Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates navigate the law school admissions process. Provides critiques of personal statements and resumes for law school applications. Develops pre-law workshops to help students make informed decisions about law school. Provides one-on-one guidance to students interested in pursuing law school. Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates translate their skills into career opportunities. Coaches students to identify and articulate their strengths within resumes, cover letters and interviews. Develops career plans and job search strategies.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Experience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as an academic advisor for 4 years.  Experience as a community organizer and journalist with a social justice focus.  Worked for MGM Resorts in Training and Development as well as other areas of hospitality.

Education and Training

MA - Journalism & Media Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
BA - Marketing & Cultural Studies from Chatham University

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

Law Professor

Best piece of career advice...

Always strive to do well in any position or role that you find yourself in, preferable one that's enjoyable to you!  You never know who you will meet that will be helpful or how it will help you to meet future career goals.

When not at work I enjoy...

Spending time with my family, preferably outside in nature!  Reading, watching Netflix, and listening to true crime podcasts

College of Liberal Arts

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Denise Gutierrez, Career Coach

Contact (Requires UT EID)

Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates translate their skills into career opportunities, with an emphasis on career exploration. Coaches students to identify and articulate their strengths within resumes, cover letters and interviews. Develops career plans and job search strategies. 

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Health education and holistic wellness.
Meditation, yoga and mindfulness practices.
Diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.
Advocate for study abroad opportunities for cultural expansion.

Education and Training

M.S., Health Behavior and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin.
B.S., Advertising with a Business Foundations Certification, The University of Texas at Austin.
Registered Yoga Teacher, 500-hours, Yoga Alliance.

Best piece of career advice...

Be true to yourself and choose something that aligns with what youwant to be doing next. Let your career exploration and experience be an extension of you discovering who you are and what brings you to life. Come meet with us; we can help you discover your interests and strengths and put together a plan for you to move forward in your career exploration!

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

Photographing nature across the world.  

When not at work I enjoy...

Drinking coffee, reading a good fiction book with my partner beside me on a cozy Saturday morning, walking around my neighborhood, riding my bike around Austin trails with my friends, playing tennis with my brothers, exploring new food with my parents and dancing my heart out.

College of Liberal Arts

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Jeramy Howell, Career Coach & Course Coordinator

Contact (Requires UT EID)

Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates translate their skills into career opportunities. Coaches students to identify and articulate their strengths within resumes, cover letters and interviews. Develops career plans and job search strategies. Manages the LA/UEX Internship Course applications. Instructs UEX Internship Courses. 

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Working with first-generation students. Careers in politics and government. mental wellness. psychological trauma. 

Education and Training

M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling (In-progress), Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center;
B.A., Government, The University of Texas at Austin;
A.S., General Studies, Paris Junior College

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

A correspondent for 60 minutes. I really enjoy watching how the correspondents rigorously question everyone from celebrities, politicians, dictators, to war criminals. They also travel to a variety of interesting sites around the world and compile it all into a well-worded, concise, and intellectually-stimulating report. 

In addition, I'd love to be a chef! Cooking is fun for me and I often find myself watchng several cooking videos in one sitting!

Best piece of career advice?

Learn to be comfortable with failure - Its okay to have or experience failure along your professional and personal journey. It's how you handle that failure that will define your path. You should learn from it and use it as a stepping stone for further self-improvement.

When not at work I enjoy...

Spending time with my dog, Baxter. Paying attention to current affairs and politics. I also enjoy hiking, going to museums and reading about history. 

College of Liberal Arts

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Allison Wahl, Corporate Career Coach  

Contact (Requires UT EID)

Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates interested in the corporate sector translate their skills into career opportunities. Teaching Assistant for Economics to Career Course. Coaches students to identify and articulate their strengths within resumes, cover letters and interviews. Develops career plans and job search strategies.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Five years of experience in career services and recruitment. Teaching experience for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Education and Training

BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Child Development from Concordia University in Irvine, CA.

Best piece of career advice...

It’s never too late to set a new goal or dream a new dream. Your career plans may shift and that’s okay! Ask questions. Ask for help. Take advantage of your resources. Talk with people who are doing things that interest you. Be confident in what you bring to the table.

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

Running a rescue ranch in hill country for animals in need to live out their days in a peaceful, loving home.

When not at work I enjoy...

Running Town Lake, curling up with a good book, eating Mexican food, going to concerts, and hanging out with my husband, Tyson, and our French Bulldog, Oliver.

College of Liberal Arts

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Brian Fonken, Curriculum Development Specialist & Instructor

Contact (Requires UT EID)

Instructs major-specific career courses for students in the College of Liberal Arts. Advises and assists in course design for all courses provided by Liberal Arts Career Services.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

I have a dozen years of experience teaching college English, humanities, and writing courses, and experience in program administration and writing center work. I’m interested in student writing, literature and culture, and inclusive pedagogy.

Education and Training

PhD in English from the University of California, Irvine, B.A. in Plan II Honors and English from UT Austin.

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

Folk singer.

Best piece of career advice...

“Do the right thing by whoever crosses your path. Those coincidental people are your people.” – Maxine Hong Kingston

When not at work I enjoy...

Reading, music, climbing, roasting coffee, mountains.

College of Liberal Arts

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Jess Arrazolo, Events (Recruiting) Program Coordinator

Contact (Requires UT EID)
Employers/Recruiters email recruit@austin.utexas.edu

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.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise:

I also have experience in coordinating various forms of media production. I am deeply interested in the craft of storytelling and creative development.

Education and Training:

Bachelor of Arts in Communication from St. Edward’s University.

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

Pastry chef.

Best piece of career advice?:

Reach out to that person for a chat over coffee. Ask to talk to that classmate about your shared interest. They could say no but it’s also possible that you could meet your new mentor, your new friend, you could start to build a trusted circle of support around you. That circle is what helps keep you committed to your goals.

When not at work I enjoy...:

Reading, music, tv, baking, going to museums and spending time with loved ones.

College of Liberal Arts

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Reyna Buitron, Services and Outreach Coordinator

Contact (Requires UT EID)

Manages our student workers and front desk. Helps students schedule appointments and learn more about our office. Coordinates services and events and leads tours of the office.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise:

Working with students in regards to academic interest and success

Education and Training:

Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Texas State University

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

High school History teacher.

Best piece of career advice?:

“The Man in the Arena” quote by Teddy Roosevelt. Strive valiantly and do not be afraid of failure.

When not at work I enjoy...:

Going to the movies, traveling, reading and listening to live music.