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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

Tatem Oldham, Assistant Director Sarah Pollard, Career Coach
Hon Lam, Career Coach Erica Prenger, Career Coach
Caitlin von Liski, Career Coach Paul Robbins, Career Coach
Davia Roberts, Law School Admissions Coach Stephanie Young, Career Coach

Recruiting & Special Programs

Monica Chartier, Program Coordinator / Employer Outreach Nick Spiller, Student Ventures Coordinator
Robin Pippins, Recruiting Assistant

Administrative

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, 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.

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.


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!


Davia Roberts, Law School Admissions Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: d.roberts@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 and coordinating our annual Law Fair. 

Additional Areas of Interest

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

Education and Training

Master’s in Educational Psychology from UT Austin. 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.


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.


Robin Pippins, Recruiting Assistant

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

Supports the program coordinator on all recruiting within Liberal Arts Career Services. Communicating with students and employers on upcoming deadlines and opportunities.

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


Nick Spiller, Student Ventures Coordinator

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

Helping student entrepreneurs (all majors) start primarily non-tech based startups through the Liberal Arts Student Ventures program. Also supporting entrepreneurial student organizations on-campus like the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency and Startup Meetup.

Education and Training

B.A. In Rhetoric and Writing from The University of Texas at Austin

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

PGA Tour Caddie

When not at work I enjoy...

Golfing, writing and coffee chats with other entrepreneurs.


Sarah Pollard, Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: s.pollard@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 entering graduate school, I was in management consulting for ten years and worked with several Fortune 500 companies. I also have experience in book publishing, and I enjoy keeping abreast of the publishing industry.

Education and Training

Currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work from University of Texas – Austin. I have a B.A. in English from University of Texas – Austin.

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

A professional improv comedian. Seriously.

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...

Seeing live music, reading, creative writing, eating queso, doing and seeing improv, and watching Netflix with my dog, Abe.


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.


Paul Robbins, Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: paul.robbins@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

Academics, athletics, and math education

Education and Training

Received a B.S. in Secondary Education (Mathematics) from The University of South Carolina Upstate. Currently (and concurrently) working on a PhD in Educational Psychology (Human Development and Culture) and an MEd in Counselor Education

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

… part astronaut, part international spy, all awesome.

Best piece of career advice?

Traveling down your career path is like doing a marathon session at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Sampling won’t kill you, but it will help you determine what to do on the next leg of the trip.

When not at work I enjoy...

Running, swimming, and causal speculation.


Stephanie Young, Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: s.young@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

Before coming to UT, I worked as a campus recruiter and then human resources director in the tech industry for 3 years. I've interviewed hundreds of recent college graduates and reviewed even more resumes and cover letters. I strive to stay current on hiring trends in various tech and non-tech industries. I am interested in both career and mental health counseling, and currently serve as a therapist intern at Capital Area Counseling.

Education and Training

I hold a B.S. in Mathematics and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am currently pursuing a M.A. in Counselor Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and expect to graduate in May of 2015.

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

Mathematics Professor.

Best piece of career advice?

Entering the job market for the first time can be intimidating. For most students, it will be far different than anything you've ever done in your college career. Don't let this discourage you! A solid work ethic, determination, and open mind will take you far. Luckily, these are all traits you've developed through your fantastic liberal arts education at UT!

When not at work I enjoy...

Practicing guitar and spending time with friends.


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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