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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

LACS Staff

Director

Robert Vega, Director

Coaching Team

Tatem Oldham, Pre-Law Advisor Erica Prenger, Career Coach
Hon Lam, Career Coach Rebecca Putter, Career Coach and Pre-Law Advisor
Caitlin von Liski Davia Roberts, Career Coach
Wm. Chris Lee, Career Coach Jessica Sitler, Career Coach
Richelle Polk, Career Coach Matthew Vitemb, Career Coach

Marketing & Outreach Team

Monica Chartier, Program Coordinator / Employer Outreach

Administrative Team

Amira Sounny-Slitine, Services Coordinator Tess Pepmiller, Administrative Associate

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, Pre-Law Advisor & Career Coach

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

Helping students decide if they want to go to law school and guiding them through the process of applying. Also, resumé and personal statement critiques, and helping liberal arts students with the career decision-making process

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.

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 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?

99% of excelling is perseverance. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

When not at work I enjoy...

Reading; family time.


Hon Lam, Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: h.lam@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

Service-Learning, Student Affairs, Social Media, Education and Training

Education and Training

Received Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University. Love and Honor! Bachelor's of Art in Government from The University of Texas at Austin. Hookem!

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

Harvey Specter

When not at work I enjoy...

Sports, Studying Style, #Scandal, #Suits


Caitlin von Liski, 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

Social Media, Career Interest and Personality Assessments, Interviewing Skill Development, Workshop/Webinar Facilitation

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...

Working as an animal assisted therapist or a zoo habitat designer.

Best piece of career advice...

Today is a wonderful day. I will meet many amazing people today. Today I might meet an astronaut, a teacher, an accountant, a graphic designer or an international pop star. You never know. I might just meet the person who dares to dream big enough that they change the world in two years. It is entirely possible. Anything is possible. I will smile at new faces. I will ask how they are doing. I will pause and listen to their response. I shall glean what I can from their experiences and I will try to remember together we can do amazing things. We are amazing people. I am no exception. It’s time for a walk. It’s time to sit outside. It’s time to shake a few more hands.

When not at work I enjoy...

Exploring Austin’s hidden gems, arts and crafts of all kinds, playing with my guinea pig (Lenny), watching college basketball, cooking, collecting unique succulents and cacti, spending time with my amazing family and friends, and partaking in an occasional game of laser tag!


Monica Chartier, Program Coordinator

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

Manage student and employer communications regarding all LACS resources and services, including our career database, courses, events, workshops, and interview days. Coordinate comprehensive event and guest management services for all career-related events, including career fairs. Provide career coaching services to students and present employment-related workshops. Support web-based career courses with administrative, student, and programmatic assistance.

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.


Erica Prenger, Career Coach

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

Helping undergraduate and graduate students 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

I am passionate about health and education.  My doctoral studies focus on health literacy and the connections between interpersonal communication and health. I also enjoy teaching. I have had teaching (training) roles in corporate, collegiate and government settings all generally focused on helping people improve their communication and conflict resolution skills.

Education and Training

I am currently pursuing a PhD in Communication Studies. I have an M.A. in Communication from San Diego State University and a B.A. in Communication/ Minor in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Other training includes Advanced Certification in Mediation, and previous experience as a career coach/ coursework advisor.

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

Hosting a television travel show or writing for a travel magazine or National Geographic

Best piece of career advice?

Don’t get so wrapped up in or overwhelmed by planning out your life that you miss the moments and opportunities that could change your life.

When not at work I enjoy...

Spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, travelling, watching movies, football and college basketball.


Matthew Vitemb, Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: matthew.vitemb@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

Four years experience as a writer and editor.

Education and Training

Currently pursuing a MSSW in Clinical Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. BA in Critical Theory from Bard College.

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

Working in a human service nonprofit helping clients to improve their quality of life, become their own advocates, and get involved in their communities.

Best piece of career advice?

Know that you have the power to work toward your own personal vision of success, and practice recognizing value in all the experiences you have along the way.

When not at work I enjoy...

Having fun with friends, swimming, and reading.


Jessica Sitler, Career Coach

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

I have the pleasure of meeting with dynamic and interesting students to assist them in their career planning endeavors. Their enthusiasm is contagious as we work toward setting goals to prepare them for future success.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Mentoring, Special Populations, Teaching abroad

Education and Training

Currently pursuing a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration. Appalachian State University - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing, minor in Interpersonal Communication

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

Travel blog writer

Best piece of career advice?

Push yourself out of the comfort zone you've created. Outside of it is where the magic happens.

When not at work I enjoy...

Turbo kickboxing, kayaking the river, dancing, live music, serving at the Austin Stone, cooking with friends and being in the sun.


Wm. Chris Lee, M.Ed., Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: wclee@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

Trends in secondary schooling, college readiness and matriculation, educational policy analysis and program evaluation.

Education and Training

Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Planning at The University of Texas at Austin. Received Master's in Education Administration & Policy from The University of Georgia, and Bachelor's of Science in Social Science Education from Kennesaw State University. Previously served as a high school economics teacher for several years.

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

Owning and operating an educational international travel firm.

Best piece of career advice?

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. - President Barack Obama

When not at work I enjoy...

Working out, international travel, spending time with friends and family.


Richelle Polk, Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: rpolk@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

Recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training. Public relations. Editing. Educational and career transitions. College access/readiness. Retention. Stress/time management. Work-life balance. Conflict resolution. Resilience building. Multicultural counseling. Psycho-educational research. Counseling and human services. Educational policy.

Education and Training

Currently pursuing a Higher Education Counseling degree at the University of Texas at Austin. M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University- specialization in Risk, Resilience, and Prevention. B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami.

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

Part-time Psychologist/Part-time Transition Consultant by day… with the opportunity to be a Food Writer/Travel Journalist during summers

Best piece of career advice?

“Stay patient, positive, and persistent…where there is a will, there is a way”

When not at work I enjoy...

Traveling, exercising, baking, mentoring, spending time with family and friends, and trying new
restaurants.


Rebecca Putter, Career Coach & Pre-Law Advisor

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: rebecca.putter@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

Tutoring, mentoring, educational consulting, health and wellness.

Education and Training

I received my B.A. in Politics from New York University with minors in Psychology, Social Work, and History. I am currently pursuing a Master's in Higher Education Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. I have over seven years of experience as a private tutor and educational consultant.

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

I would love to run a private educational consulting practice helping high school students prepare for the college admissions process. Being a personal shopper is a close second.

Best piece of career advice?

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” - Steve Jobs

When not at work I enjoy...

Being active with friends (hiking, running, yoga, and spin are a few of my favorites), trying new healthy recipes, reading, laughing, and being outside.


Davia Roberts, Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: d.roberts@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

Mentoring young girls, at-risk youth, drug prevention.

Education and Training

Currently pursuing a Master’s in Educational Psychology. I received my B.A. in Spanish from the University of North Texas.

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

I wish I could be paid to travel South America! I’d love to live in the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Brazil for a few years.

Best piece of career advice?

Go for it!

When not at work I enjoy...

Singing, Dancing, and watching old 90s sitcoms.


Amira Sounny-Slitine, Services Coordinator

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: amira@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

B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences from Texas State University

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

A co-owner of a bakery with my best friend!

Best piece of career advice?

Feeling comfortable and confident in yourself is the key way for others to feel comfortable and confident in you.

When not at work I enjoy...

Going to concerts, shopping, baking, watching movies, taking my dog on fieldtrips and going to the San Marcos River with my friends and family.

Tess Pepmiller, Administrative Associate

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

Providing administrative support for LACS staff and assisting with daily operations.   Managing the resource library and subscriptions for student use.

Education and Training

B.S. in Interior Design from Kansas State University

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

Computer drafting for an architecture or engineering firm.

Best piece of career advice?

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

When not at work I enjoy...

Wandering through the library downtown, listening to NPR on the weekends, driving around Austin, and learning to cook.


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