Audrey Magnuson is the Director of the University Career Center and has been with the University of Texas at San Antonio since January 2007. She provides leadership, direction and oversight for the programming and activities of the University Career Center specifically tailoring services to the needs of the students and special student populations. She also is involved in the development and delivery of customized professional career development opportunities and events. She has a Master’s of Arts degree in Human Resources Development and a Master’s of Arts degree in Management. She has worked in the private and public sectors including Vocational Education and local Industry Cluster training and development, Workforce Development, higher education and curriculum development, career counseling, planning and assessment for students from High School to professional clients seeking a career change. She is also a 23 year military veteran and understands their unique needs. She is a member of the Texas Cooperative Education and Internship Association, National Association of College and Employers, National Career Development Association, Southern Association of Colleges and Employers, the Society of Human Resource Management and the San Antonio Human Resources Management Association.
Specialities and InterestsGeneralist, Veterans, EPIC
Yvonne H Gonzalez
Associate Director/Events Manager
Yvonne Gonzalez is the Associate Director of the University Career Center. She has been with The University of Texas at San Antonio Career Center for 20 years. She is responsible for the operations for the office including oversight of the job database-Handshake, administration and budgets. Yvonne is also the SACUCCA (San Antonio College and University Career Center Association) Employer Registrar and manages the SACUCCA Consortium database for employer job postings, and a Past President.
She is a proud UTSA Alumnus, IDS ’06, and served on the UTSA Alumni Association Board from 2012-2015 where she served as the Chair of the Student Engagement Committee, and as a member of the Membership Committee, Gala Committee, and Diploma Dash.
Specialities and InterestsHandshake and Website Administration
Assistant Director-Student Services
As the Assistant Director of Student Services for the University Career Center, Karen Ivy provides oversight for the counseling group within the office, while also focusing on further developing programs for our graduate students in Master’s and Doctoral programs. She has her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and has finished her coursework for her Doctorate of Educational Psychology, both from Texas A&M University in College Station. Previously, she has worked with college students regarding issues in personal development as well as being involved in a grant project with high school students in the Rio Grande Valley, assisting them with career planning and adjustment to college. She is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), National Career Development Association (NCDA), Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE), and locally, San Antonio Colleges and Universities Career Center Association (SACUCCA). Karen sits on the Recruiting District Assistance Council (RDAC), a regional U.S. Navy committee, as well as President and member of the Employer Advisory Board with SACUCCA. She has worked at the UTSA Career Center since 2006.
Specialities and InterestsGeneralist, Graduated Students, EPIC
Assistant Director-Professional Development and Diversity
As the Assistant Director of Professional Development and Diversity at the University Career Center, Lorrenza is responsible for directly engaging career services, professional development programming and experimental learning opportunities for special student populations. Lorrenza holds an M.B.A from Franklin University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The University of Findlay. Lorrenza is also a certified Success and Professional Development Coach. Being very passionate about education, Lorrenza made it her life’s work coaching students and budding professionals to reach the next level by utilizing their full range of their talents, skills, strengths and potential.
Over the past ten years, Lorrenza has led retention, engagement, and student development efforts at universities in Ohio and Florida. In her spare time, Lorrenza enjoys traveling, meeting new people and serving her community by motivating and empowering others to reach their goals, discover their passion and overcome obstacles to personal growth and development.
Assistant Director-Employer Relations
Otis L. Scott, Jr. known to many as “Scott” is the Assistant Director of Employer Relations. Prior to joining UCC, he was the Manager for CPS Energy’s Diversity and Institutional Alliance program. He worked in various Human Resource positions while at CPS Energy from recruiting to HR Manager for 12 years. He had a brief career with CARMAX in Houston and helped open the San Antonio Superstore that is currently located on IH-10. Prior to this he served our country in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years.
Starting out in Security Force and working his way up to become the Superintendent for Advanced and Basic Courses at the Security Force Academy, Lackland Air Force Base. His knowledge and expertise resulted in him becoming a Counterintelligence Specialist and Superintendent with the On-Site Inspection Agency. This agency was responsible for enforcement of treaty requirements with signatory countries involving nuclear, biological and chemical weapons destruction. Promoted to Chief Master Sergeant, he was selected as the Command Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Air Force District of Washington.
In this role he advised and oversaw issues dealing with quality of life and professional development of the enlisted force. His volunteer roles include, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Texas State Council Diversity Director, Greater San Antonio Chamber Military Affairs Committee and Steering Committee for the African American Leadership Institute. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, DiversityFIRST and Veterans in Business awards and retains life membership in the Tuskegee Airman Association and Air Force Sergeants Association.
He completed his BA with honors from National Louis University and his MA with Webster University, majoring in Human Resource Development and Management. His goal is to provide exceptional service in helping others on their career path and ultimately making them good corporate citizens for our country — through guidance, mentorship and instilling the values of UTSA.
Specialities and InterestsEmployer Relations, Veterans, Diversity, Engineering
Morris Ellington is the Professional Development Program Manager for the University Career Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to UTSA, he served as the Group Recruiting & Training Manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s South Texas Group, who he was with for over 20 years. Morris has over 30 years of professional experience, and has served in leadership roles and other capacities in many professional associations related to higher education, recruiting, interviewing, hiring and human resources.
In his role with UTSA, he is responsible for university-wide student professional development including workshops, seminars, and lectures. With over 20 years of experience in the private sector as a senior recruiting and training manager, Morris has extensive knowledge in recruiting, interviewing, hiring, legal compliance, training and employee development. As a primary conduit for establishing connections between UTSA and employers, Morris is an expert at establishing and maintaining professional relationships.
Specialities and InterestsPrograms, Workshops, Presenter
Experiential Learning Program Coordinator
Originally from Houston, TX, Avin attended Southwest Texas State University, now known as Texas State University-San Marcos. During the Fall of 2003, he became a member of the Mu Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is still an active member of the national organization. In the Spring of 2006 he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice. Since 2006 Avin has worked in the career development and student services industries for many organizations and institutions. Avin joined The University of Texas at San Antonio during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Avin has a huge passion for community. He spends most of his off time engaging with African American youth from urban and other underrepresented backgrounds. He serves as Head Coach for a youth football and baseball organizations, where he encourages manly deeds, scholarship, spirituality and civic engagement.
Specialities and InterestsInternships, Externships, Service Learning, Site-Visits, Job Shadowing
As the alumni career counselor, Bennett brings 9 years of career services experience to the UTSA Career Center. He grew up in Austin, Texas and was recruited to serve in the United States Army as an infantryman while stationed in Germany. His educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Central Washington University and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from Texas State University-San Marcos. Bennett’s professional work experience includes 5 years of public school teaching in Alaska, Texas and North Carolina. In addition to full-time career counseling, Bennett is also an adjunct faculty member in the psychology department at Northwest Vista College .
Bennett’s extracurricular interests include running various road races locally and nationwide. Over the years he has competed in several events including the Boston Marathon, the Chicago Marathon (3 times) and the Houston Marathon (2 times). Connecting with nature is paramount in Bennett’s life thus gardening and hiking are a must! Bennett is prepared to facilitate success and possibility for alumni whether they are newly minted Roadrunners seeking guidance for their first professional career or seasoned alumni transitioning to a new career.
Specialities and InterestsAlumni, Generalist
Career Counselor-College of Public Policy
As the Career Counselor for the College of Public Policy (COPP) and the College of Architecture, Construction, and Planning (COACP), Dionne Davila Granados serves students and alumni by helping them with various levels of career exploration to development needs to include such services as: career assessments, job search help, resume assistance, internship search, mock interview help, and special topic workshops (i.e. What Can I Do With My Major; Salary Negotiations, Selecting a Major). Dionne is a two time graduate from UTSA where she earned both her B.A. in Psychology and her M.A in Counseling. She has 17 years of experience in the Counseling/Social Service field, of which, 11 years has been with UTSA and has over 7 years of experience teaching at the university. Currently, she teaches the Personal Career Planning course (UCS 2033- formerly COU 2103) to undergraduate students and is the Social Media Committee Chair for the University Career Center where she helps moderate and oversee the various social media platforms for the Career Center. Her professional interest areas include Career Development for First-Generation students, Social Media for Professional Development and Social Media’s impact on Student Engagement. In addition, she frequently facilitates and presents on StrengthsQuest and the theories/principles proposed by strengths psychology and how others can apply those principles to their career, academics, and personal life.
Specialities and InterestsCollege of Public Policy, Generalist
Career Counselor-University College
Heidi serves as the Career Counselor for the University College assisting freshmen, undecided students and those majoring in Multidisciplinary Studies. She works closely with the First Year Experience Peer Mentorship program and the Academic Inquiry (AIS) courses to help new students realize the importance of how ‘Your Career Starts Now!’ She is understanding to the unique challenges and transitions that new students face while adapting to a new environment. Her goal is to help students reach their full potential by identifying their passions and interests and matching them with a career path that will allow them to do what they love every day.
Prior to joining the University Career Center team, Heidi worked as an Academic Advisor for the College of Science at UTSA and in Admissions and the Counseling Center at Southeastern University. Heidi received her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Southeastern University (FL) and her Bachelor of Arts in Christian Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL). She serves as a UTSA Ally, and is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), National Career Development Association (NCDA) and Southern Association for Colleges and Employers (SoACE). In addition, Heidi is a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF).
She lives by the mottos “Do you what you love and you won’t work a day in your life” and “Do what you love; love what you do.”
Specialities and InterestsGeneralist, Freshman, Undecided Students
Career Counselor-College of Engineering
Kate Kastl is a higher education professional with 5 years of student advising and counseling experience. She works primarily with students within the College of Engineering at UTSA. A graduate of the University of Michigan in 2007, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Management. Upon beginning her first role as a college counselor, she quickly enrolled in graduate school and earned a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University in 2013. With a student advising history that ranges from admissions/registration and financial aid to academic and career counseling, Kate is passionate about assisting students of all ages and stages, ensuring they utilize available resources to make the most of their time on campus. She is eager to help UTSA students realize their professional potential through guided career exploration and job searching skills. In her spare time, Kate enjoys spending time connecting with her extended family in the Midwest and dedicating her fall to college football (Go Runners!).
Specialities and InterestsEngineering
Career Counselor-College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Originally from the small border town of Roma, TX, Martin Sáenz serves as the Career Counselor for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at UTSA. Martin started with the UTSA – University Career Center as a Graduate Counseling Intern and transitioned into the full-time position of Career Counselor. Martin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Resource Management from The University of Texas – Pan American and has obtained a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Developing your career identity and finding the right occupation suitable to you, your interests, and overall career aspirations can at times be overwhelming. I am here to work with you in exploring options that best coincide with your skills, interests, values, and career goals.
Specialities and InterestsCollege of Liberal and Fine Arts, Generalist
Career Counselor-College of Education & Human Development
Career planning is an integral part of your four-year experience here at UTSA. And, for liberal arts majors in particular, career exploration during these four years is critical. I’m here to help you make decisions about the path that you will pursue upon graduation and I look forward to helping you make a smooth transition after college.
Mike Zucker is the Career Counselor that is designated to work with students in the College of Education and Human Development. Mike has been with UTSA Career Center for over 5 years. He is a graduate of UTSA and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Mike has also completed his Master of Arts degree in Community/School Counseling. Mike enjoys spending his free time volunteering in the community to coach youth basketball. He coached Team San Antonio to the Bronze medal at the 2007 Maccabi games and the consolation Gold medal at the 2010 Maccabi Games in Denver. Mike has also presented at national conferences on issues such as workplace diversity and career placement. Mike is also currently serving as the staff advisor for the COLFA Council, a Student Organization here at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has served as a staff representative on the NCAA Recertification Committee for UTSA. Mike has previously taught the COU 2103 Personal Career Planning Class.
Specialities and InterestsCollege of Education, Disabillites
Career Counselor-College of Business
Mysti Frazier is a native of San Antonio and a proud UTSA Alumni, earning her Master of Arts in Counseling in 2011. Since receiving her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2005, she has worked in various non-profit, education, corporate and social service agencies around Texas and is a small business owner. She has previously worked in the University Career Center as a Career Counselor working with COLFA students. Mysti is excited to provide career development services to the students in the College of Business.
Specialities and InterestsCollege of Business, International
Career Counselor-College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Sara Goede is one of the Career Counselors for the College of Liberal & Fine Arts. She was previously a Career Counselor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for over 4 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is passionate about working with students at all stages of their career development as well as collaborating with faculty, staff and student groups on innovative ways to help students succeed and reach their career goals.
Specialities and InterestsCollege of Liberal and Fine Arts, Generalist
Career Counselor-College of Sciences
As the Career Counselor for the College of Sciences, Tara serves UTSA Students by assisting them with their career-related goals including: career exploration, resume writing and review, job searching, interviewing skills and career assessments. She is a graduate from UTSA with a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in elementary education from California State University, Fresno. Additionally, Tara is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas.
Tara has 4+ years of counseling and advising experience serving college students and military service members. Prior to joining the UTSA Career Center, she was a Career Counselor at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) Fort Sam Houston where she assisted military service members as they transition from a military career to the civilian workforce. In addition, she was an academic advisor for UTSA’s College of Business and has provided counseling and academic advising to students at Alamo Colleges.
Tara has over 12 years of private sector professional corporate experience, and has held positions in sales, marketing and management with major Fortune 500 companies including Reynolds American, Progressive Insurance, and Health Net. She also taught elementary school in California before relocating to San Antonio.
Tara understands the challenges faced by college students as they transition from college life to the working world. She has a passion for helping others achieve their goals and believes that each of us will be happiest if we find a career that fits our interests, personality and lifestyle.
Career Counselor-College of Business
Veronica Rodriquez is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and minor in Sociology. She has an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Fund Development with an emphasis on grant writing with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. Upon completion of her studies with UTSA she began her career with Kaplan Test Prep & Admission as an Associate Student Services Manager and Designated Student Officer for International Students. She then continued her career with Workforce Solutions Alamo where she became the youngest Center Program Manager. Veronica has over 11 years serving the people of South Texas and our Veterans.
Specialities and InterestsCollege of Business, Veterans
Administrative Associate II
Alyssa Ri’chard is the Administrative Associate II for the Employer Relations Team. She is an alumna of the University of Texas at San Antonio and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in African American Studies. She has been with the University Career Center for three years as a Student Assistant and is now a part of the full time staff. She is passionate about student success during their college career.
Specialities and InterestsRowdyJobs Access, Scheduling Appointments
Welcome Desk Supervisor
Lisa Ojeda is the Welcome Desk Supervisor at the Career Center. She graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word College with a BA in Business Management. Prior to joining the Career Center, she worked for several corporate industries in different positions which provided her with extensive experience in management and customer service roles.
Lisa is very excited at the opportunity to help our department meet its goals to provide excellent customer service to all and to support our students to succeed in their career goals.
Specialities and InterestsRowdyJobs Access, Scheduling Appointments
Administrative Services Officer
Marcela Cabello is the Administrative Service Officer I at the University Career Center.
She graduated from UTSA in 2013 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources. She has been with the university for 8 years and during this time she has supported the department with any budget need. She handles travel and purchases items for the department.
Marcela enjoys helping the staff succeed so in turn they can help our students succeed.
Program Manager-On-Campus Recruitment
Regina Gomez currently serves the UTSA University Career Center as the Program Manager for On-Campus Recruitment. Regina’s primary focus is to work with employers who wish to visit UTSA and link them with interested students in the form of interviews, Information Sessions, Career Fairs, and other means of interaction designed to assist UTSA students transition into the professional world. Regina actively engages with employers seeking students from a wide range of academic backgrounds to meet the diverse recruitment interests. Regina also oversees and manages personnel and activities within the unit that serve employers and students seeking full-time, part-time, and internship/co-op opportunities.
Regina is originally from Colombia and is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. She holds a Bachelors of Science in General Management from Western Kentucky University. Prior to coming to UTSA, Regina previously worked at Texas A&M University for both the Office of International Outreach and the Center for Retailing Studies, Mays Business School. Regina also has worked in Human Resources and has extensive experience with public service and community initiatives.
Specialities and InterestsScheduling Interviews, Infomation Sessions, Table Recruiting
Victoria Tesillo is the Administrative Associate II, Employer Relations.
Victoria has been with the University Career Center for 7 years. Her main responsibility is working with employers who post jobs in the Career Center’s job bank.
Victoria enjoys working with employers who actively recruit UTSA students and alumni.
Specialities and InterestsJob Postings, Internship Posting
Web Specialist Intern
Anthony Riojas is the Web Specialist Intern. Originally from Del Rio, TX; Anthony has been calling San Antonio his home since 2007. He is a current UTSA student pursing degrees in Marketing and Management, and will be graduating in May of 2018. His main responsibilities are maintaining and updating the website, and all things web-related. Anthony enjoys keeping students updated through our website and social media to keep them informed of the great opportunities the Career Center has to offer them.