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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


Your SCU Career Center Team


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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 14 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.  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.

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Moira Kolasinski

Associate Director - Employer Connections

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Moira brings to the Career Center over 12 years of experience working in career development and employer relations in higher education, providing consultation to Silicon Valley employers on topics including on-campus recruitment, branding and internship development, as well as creating and overseeing a wide variety of programs to facilitate connections between students and employers. In addition to her experience in employer relations, Moira is an experienced career counselor and coach, and has provided career development support to students of all majors. Prior to her work in career development, Moira held a variety of human resources roles in both corporate and educational settings. Moira is passionate about preparing students for the world of work and creating innovative and meaningful opportunities for student and employer connection. Her inspiration comes from a desire to support students' access to a wide variety of opportunities in impactful, transformational ways. Moira has her BA degree in Psychology and an MA in Counseling Psychology with a Career Development Emphasis.

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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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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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Amy Peterson

Assistant Director - Career Development Specialist, STEM & Innovation

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Amy moved to Silicon Valley over 20 years ago from the Midwest. Initially working in human resources as the recruiter and coordinator of an internship program of over 300 students for a large semiconductor company, she received invaluable insight into high tech and hiring practices. However, her desire to work with students more directly and assist them in their career development drove her back to the university setting. Now, after a few years off to raise her children, Amy is excited and thankful to be back at SCU. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Counseling and Development from Purdue 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.

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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.

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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Priscilla Grille

Assistant Director, Student Engagement & Strategic Planning

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Priscilla comes to the Career Center with over 4 years of experience working in diverse higher education institutions in the US and abroad, as well as 3 years of media and communications research experience in Asia and Latin America. Her previous role involved managing a trust fund and program focused on empowering women in Southeast Asia at Singapore Management University. Priscilla is passionate about the power of meaningfulful connections and storytelling in the educational experience, and is continuously inspired by the students and educators she has met in her professional journey. She is excited about the opportunities and challenges of bringing more of the SCU community’s stories of career exploration and success to life. Priscilla received her BA from the George Washington University, and holds master’s degrees from Harvard University and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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


Vacant/in-process of recruitment

Contact & Directions

To Contact the Career Center:

Phone: (408) 554-4421


Hours of Operation: Effective March 17, 2020, in accordance with local public health guidelines directing citizens to "shelter in place," until otherwise directed, SCU's Career Center will not be providing operating hours on-campus and will instead provide support to students, employers, and the SCU community through remote and digital resources.   


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