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Career Center, Santa Clara University


From the Director:

“As a society we are experiencing the biggest disruption in the workforce in over 100 years, since the transition from an agricultural society to an industrial society and now from an industrial society to a digital age.” (Zoë Baird, CEO, Markle Foundation) The modern 21st century world of work has emerged. It is global, data-driven, with fast paced communication, and innovation emerging from collaborative environments with a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving. The ever-evolving world of work, significant technological and generational shifts, and changing dynamics and expectations around the role of education have spurred the need for major paradigm shifts in the delivery of career services in higher education. “It's estimated that 65% of Generation Z (born between 1995-2015) will end up doing work that does not yet exist.” (Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade, New York Times)


As educators, how we respond to these changes is at the forefront of our minds. It is essential for us to be forward thinking in our understanding of students’ emerging learning needs and innovative educational and employer engagement models to facilitate and accelerate our students’ personal and professional development. The heart of our work at Santa Clara University’s Career Center involves a passion for helping students find their fit, to discover the intersection between their talents, what brings them joy, and what the world needs. We encourage students to engage with us early and often in their exploration of Silicon Valley’s vibrant employment marketplace with opportunities ranging from fellowships, internships, research opportunities, and full-time jobs.

-Rose Nakamoto, Director of the Santa Clara University Career Center


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Rose Nakamoto


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Rose currently serves as Santa Clara’s chief career development officer and leads the operations and strategy for The Career Center. After taking this leadership role in 2016, Rose led a highly engaged reimagine process which involved engaging the entire campus ecosystem, reinvesting existing resources, and building a new dynamic vision and operational priorities to move student career development at SCU in a new strategic and forward-thinking direction. According to The Emerging Technologies’ Impact on Society and Work Report, “85% of the jobs that Gen Z (b. 1995-2015) will be doing in 2030 haven’t been invented yet.” Our students will be going out and working in organizations that are rapidly evolving in focus and in structure. Given what we know about the future of work and learning, the growing expectations for career preparation from our students and families, and the changing demographics of students nation-wide, Rose is dedicated to building culture and operational focus that accelerates access to opportunities and social capital for all students.

Rose provides industry leadership as a contributor, presenter and/or consultant for the Career Services Institute, the Career Leadership Collective, Intern Bridge, and The Mountain Pacific Association for Colleges and Employers. To her current role at Santa Clara University, Rose brings 15 years of experience leading and managing diverse higher education, career education, early talent, workforce development, HR, and nonprofit teams and programs with a successful track-record of taking organizations forward through complex culture and systems change.

Prior to joining Santa Clara University, Rose held positions at Stanford University, San Jose State University, West-Valley Mission Community College District and Jewish Vocational Service and has spent 2 years working and doing research abroad in South America and Southern Africa. Rose has her BA degree in Modern Literary Studies and a MA in Counseling, Career Development.

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Jennifer Ferrari

Associate Director

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Jennifer has over 16 years of experience in higher education and has worked in the Career Center since 2012 - first as a career counselor for Arts & Sciences students and more recently as the Associate Director for Career Education since 2016.  Santa Clara is a big part of Jennifer’s history, as she is an alum and has worked on campus since 2005, previously serving as the Business Manager in Auxiliary Services before taking on her first role in the Career Center.  Her work is inspired by her own Santa Clara experience and she loves developing systems and coordinating networks to support SCU students as they navigate the career discernment and development process. Jennifer has a BS degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Italian and an MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Career Development from Santa Clara University.

Associate Director - Employer Connections


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Shellie Barber

Operations & Event Manager

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Shellie has over twenty years of experience working and volunteering in the Santa Clara community, including bootstrapping and running a successful small business for 20 years. As the Operations Associate and part of the Employer Connections team for the Career Center, Shellie works closely with students, staff, and employers at the Career Center to coordinate large scale recruitment events and help students navigate their way through the Career Center at SCU. She’s excited to be working on the SCU campus and helping to guide students to meeting their career goals in whatever way that she can. She brings a unique and supportive perspective to the Center and is inspired by seeing students reach their full potential. Shellie has her BA degree in Art from San Jose State University. 

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Melissa Thiriez

Assistant Director - Employer Connections, STEM & Innovation

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Melissa comes to the Career Center from working in non-profits and secondary education for nearly 5 years. Her most recent experience was teaching a College Readiness class to high school juniors which focused on discerning values, strengths, and passions and turning them into blueprints for their future education and careers. She is most excited about connecting students with employers to advance their educational and professional development. Melissa will focus on bringing innovative events and creative methods of engagement to campus to make the most of employer connections.  Melissa holds a BA in Psychology and minor in Hispanic Studies from Scripps College and a MA in Education from Claremont Graduate University.

Priscilla Vallejo

Assistant Director, Employer Connections - Business, Entrepreneurship, Public & Social Sectors

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Priscilla has over 6 years of experience working across diverse institutional settings and functional areas including academic counseling, EOP, transfer services, and career services. Five of those years have been in career services where she provided career counseling and coaching to students, oversaw and revamped the employer relations programs, and coordinated small and large- scale career events. Prior to her work in career services, Priscilla worked at a community college in transfer and career services. She managed and coordinated the transfer center activities and helped students navigate the transfer process while infusing career development into her work and engaging the campus community about career engagement. Priscilla's drive to help students from all walks of life reach their fullest potential stems from her own personal experience. She enjoys helping students make connections between their academic, personal, and professional endeavors and strives to create spaces that are safe and brave for students to feel seen and heard. Priscilla is passionate about equity and inclusion and is looking forward to incorporating this type of work at SCU. She is excited to work with the employer connection team, connect employers to the campus ecosystem, and create programming that is a pipeline between academic and career development. Priscilla holds an AA from Rio Hondo College, BS in Human Services from Cal State Fullerton, and MS in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University.

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Noël Kreidler

Career Development Specialist, Business & Entrepreneurship

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Noël Kreidler is excited to join the Santa Clara Career Center team as the new Career Development Specialist, Business + Entrepreneurship. She is passionate about working with students to support them in discovering career paths where they can fully express their interests and talents in the workplace. Noël’s wish is that everyone loves their work. Her background includes 25+ years of experience as a Human Resources professional in a variety of geographic and business environments, including tech, retail, non-profit and consulting as well as 5+ years of experience as a Career Services professional at The University of Arizona. As a person born with a physical disability, she is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and sits on the Board of Directors for two non-profits that champion inclusion for people with disabilities in the workplace and beyond. She has a BA in Economics with a minor in Human Resources from The University of Arizona, and a MEd with a Counseling and Human Relations emphasis from Northern Arizona University.

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Chris Harris

Career Development Specialist, Creative, Human & Public Sectors + Identity 

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Born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, Chris Harris is a proud alumni of University of Michigan. He has extensive experience in nonprofit project management and youth advocacy, including time with the Tennessee Department of Education and later as a District Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Chris has spent over eight years as a kindergarten teacher in Michigan, Tennessee and Texas. He is excited to collaborate with campus departments and student groups to ensure all students are prepared for life outside of SCU.  

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Kristina Kwan

Assistant Director - Career Development Specialist, Alumni & ECPPM

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Kristina has nearly a decade of public/non-profit experience in state, employment and career services throughout Silicon Valley. She has been dedicated to supporting the diverse needs of the community from economically disadvantaged youth, to university students, to mature workers. As the Assistant Director for the College of Arts and Sciences, Kristina enjoys guiding students as they cultivate their career vision and the foundational skills that will serve them throughout their professional development. In addition to her work in direct services, Kristina has been a design practitioner in various industries, developing products, services, and strategy. She is inspired by bringing a creative perspective into her collaboration with students and building fresh programming. Kristina has a BA in Environmental Design, BS in Industrial Design and MA in Education Counseling.

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Vania Tong

Assistant Director - Career Development Specialist, STEM & Innovation

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Vania joins the Career Center with over seven years of experience supporting folks in educational and career-oriented spaces. In her tenure as a non-profit professional, she has pivoted nimbly and effectively between being an empathetic direct service provider and creative, strategic program designer. Her personal experiences and interest in diverse communities have led her to roles supporting refugees & asylees, new immigrant youth, and first-gen students across Los Angeles, New York City, Peru, and most recently, San Francisco. Vania ultimately wants to see students flourish and hopes to support them by committing to holistic, equity-focused, strength-based, community-centered, and culturally-responsive approaches and design. In her role as Career Development Specialist (STEM + Innovation), she is most excited to partner with students in their professional development and pursuits, as well as contribute to a more robust and interconnected campus ecosystem that will ultimately support student success. Vania holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts, with a minor in Cognitive Science (Human Computer Interaction/User-Centered Design) from the University of California, San Diego, and a MS in Social Work, focusing on program design & evaluation and international social welfare from Columbia University.


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Contact & Directions

To Contact the Career Center:

Phone: (408) 554-4421


Hours of Operation for Fall 2021

Monday 9am-5pm
Tuesday 9am-5pm
Wednesday 10:30am*-5pm
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-4:30pm

*The office will open at 10:30am on Wednesday to allow team members to participate in a weekly team meeting.

According to current Santa Clara County Health Guidelines, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required wear approved face coverings in public indoor spaces, including when visiting the Career Center.  

Need support outside of our office hours?  Utilize the variety of digital tools and resources available through Handshake and our website 24/7!


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The Career Center is in the west wing on the first floor of Benson Memorial Center.