Emily McCarthy

Emily McCarthy


Email: Emily.McCarthy@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-3922

Education: Graduate Certificate, Career & Workforce Development, The George Washington University
Graduate Certificate, Organization Development, Marymount University
M.A. Human Performance, Marymount University
B.S. Business Administration, University of Richmond
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

What experience most influenced your career, and how?
Coming to work at NAU after many years living in Washington, DC and working in the private sector was a huge change for me. It reminded me of the importance of following your heart and intuition – when making career decisions or any other big choices.

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Diana Sundermeyer

Coordinator, Student Employment

Email: Diana.Sundermeyer@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-7335

Education: M.Ed., Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, Western Washington University
B.S., Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy, Western Washington University

What experience most influenced your career, and how?
My career got its start with an undergraduate internship/fieldwork experience that I created for myself (and that I’m still amazed I was able to talk my way into). In hindsight, I wasn’t ‘talking my way into’ anything. I was building genuine relationships and networking with other professionals based on mutual benefit. That internship was extended and eventually turned into a full-time job that I was selected for, in a field that was only loosely associated with my degree, but the transferable skills I gained through my internship made me an excellent candidate. This experience came with a lesson that has followed me throughout my career: Networking isn’t as scary as it might seem. Just take the time to get to know people; learn what they are passionate about and listen to their needs. Be your authentic, hard-working self and tell them what you are excited about. And then find a way to work together to accomplish shared goals.


Janea Byrne

Coordinator, Internships

Email: Janea.Byrne@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-9562

Education: B.S., Business Administration, Marketing, University of Arizona

What experience most influenced your career, and how?
It’s difficult to pinpoint one, but my summer internship in Italy after my junior year was an incredible experience that certainly influenced my career in more ways than one. I worked with an employer to create an internship where I could learn more about internal and external communication practices for a large corporation. I not only gained valuable experience in my future career field, but I completely immersed myself in another culture in a small town in Italy and built relationships with some wonderful colleagues and friends I met along the way. It was a step out of my comfort zone but so rewarding!

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Chrissy Speer

Coordinator, Employer Engagement

Email: Chrissy.Speer@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-8710

Education: B.S., Hotel and Restaurant Management, Northern Arizona University

What experience most influenced your career, and how?
Since I graduated from NAU in 2001 I have always been in some form of hospitality or another.  From hotel sales to event planning and everything in between my hospitality career was always  focused around building  client relationships.  After 16 years in the hospitality industry in three different states,  I had the opportunity to come back to the university where it all started and work with employers to build relationships to benefit student success.  My experience in in the hospitality industry taught me that networking and building relationships is one of the most valuable skills you can gain in your career.  It is transferable into any other industry and has helped me in taking this new step in my current role.  It is so exciting to be doing something new while using the transferable skills I have gained through my past experience!

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Alysa Ojeda

Program Coordinator, Career Development Specialist

Email: Alysa.Ojeda@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-0589

Education: B.S., Public Relations, Northern Arizona University

What experience most influenced your career, and how?
Valuing time over money. Working in corporate, I learned quickly and took on a lot of roles, but got burned out with 60 hour work weeks. I was very fortunate to have had the job opportunities I have, but learned that money isn’t everything and that you can find happiness and value in a career that is not directly tied to the financial reward. Now, I can take the experiences I learned and apply it in a completely new and innovative way.

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Ali Christopherson

Program Coordinator, Career Development Specialist

Email: Alison.Christopherson@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-1030

Education: M.A., Adult and Higher Education Administration, University of South Dakota
B.A., Sociology, Spanish, Augustana University

What experience most influenced your career, and how?
My senior year of undergrad, my faculty advisor suggested I pursue an independent study in Student Affairs based on my career interest in academic advising. I was lucky enough to have the Dean of Student, Dr. Jim Bies, facilitate this study which allowed me to explore the field of student affairs through graduate level readings, informational interviews, and case studies. I’m thankful for a mentor who opened my eyes to a career interest beyond what I could learn by just reading a textbook.

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Riley Orr

Career Jack, Graphic Design Guru

Phone: 928-523-1087

Major: Visual Communication, Graphic Design Emphasis

How will your experience working at NAU Career Development prepare you for your future career?
Working with the Career Development team has given me a lot of valuable experience in accomplishing both individual and group tasks. Not only has my experience assisting students with their career ambitions helped me develop interpersonal skills, but designing marketing materials and branding guidelines for the department has given me immense experience directly in my field of study. Not only do I have portfolio pieces that I am proud to show future employers and clients, but I have obtained communication skills that are vital for a designer interacting with clients.

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Kim Thomson

Career Jack

Email: Kim.Thomson@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-1087

Major: Nursing

How will your experience working at NAU Career Development prepare you for your future career? 
Working at NAU Career Development has been a great opportunity to gain new skills and enhance the ones I already have. This job has taught me how to use my transferable skills and make them perfectly fit the position whether I am applying for a job on campus or as a Pediatric Nurse! Also, everyone here is so supportive and are willing to go the extra mile to help each other with whatever they need, it’s very refreshing. Because of NAU Career Development, I will bring this support and passion to help others in my future career as a nurse, which will impact many lives.

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Dyllan Cook

Career Jack

Email: Dyllan.Cook@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-1087

Major: Nursing

How will your experience working at NAU Career Development prepare you for your future career? 
The experience gained while working with NAU Career Development will help me prepare for my future as a Registered Nurse in many ways. NAU Career Development teaches important professional skills needed to excel in the work place no matter what career path you may have chosen. Not only has working here given me tips on how to improve upon my own resume, but it has given me the skills and opportunities to work with and help many different types of people which are skills that I will carry with me into my future as an RN.


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