Briana Randall (She/Her)
I started at the Career & Internship Center as a counselor in 2004. Over the 15 years that followed, I spent periods of time coordinating our grad student programs, managing our front desk and student employee teams, supporting the employer relations team, leading our data and assessment initiatives, and directing our multi-faceted internship operations. In 2019, I was hired as the center’s Executive Director. In this role, my big picture vision is that all UW students will be able to 1) identify the skills employers want, 2) gain experience to enhance their skills, 3) articulate their skills and experiences to potential employers, and 4) successfully take a good-fit next step. Undoubtedly, this is a big undertaking! Smaller goals in service to my larger vision include supporting our dynamic staff, fostering cross-campus collaborations, humbly seeking feedback, pushing myself to address problems creatively, and using data to inform decision-making. If you have ideas about how we can best support students, don’t hesitate to reach out.
My “hobbies” include wrangling two high-spirited daughters, breaking up fights between two ridiculous cats, holding babies in the nursery at church, and occasionally working on a creative project.
Luis Santiago (He/Him)
Associate Director of Coaching Operations
My passion for working with others in the career decision-making process truly began with my indecision about what career path I should pursue when entering college. After changing my major multiple times, graduating with a degree that I didn’t use at first, and working full-time while pursuing a second bachelor’s, I finally stumbled upon the world of career counseling. Since 2009, I have used my own experiences and formal training to assist others in reaching their academic and career goals.
Now, my role at the Career and Internship Center allows me to train, lead, and supervise an amazing team of Career Coaches. These coaches work tirelessly to provide the highest level of support to our UW students and alumni as they seek their success in the career development process. From choosing a major/career that’s right for you, all the way to becoming employed, we are here for our UW students every step of the way!
I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and I am a proud alum of Florida State University. Now I get to call the Pacific Northwest and the University of Washington my home!
Emma O'Neill-Myers (She/Her)
Associate Director of Employer & Student Engagement
I’m a proud 2005 alumnus of the University of Washington Geography department and now enjoy the opportunity to help support employers, and connect my fellow Huskies with meaningful job and internship opportunities at great organizations that span the Puget Sound, country and even the globe.
I oversee an Employer & Student Engagement team that manages contact with thousands of employers annually – virtually through our Handshake board, on-site with employers through our Bridge Mentorship and Site Visit programs, or on-campus through our On-Campus Interview, InfoSession and Career Fair opportunities. How can we help you make your next great hire?
Jessie Smith (She/Her)
Assistant Director of Employer & Student Engagement
As a member of the Employer & Student Engagement team, I facilitate connections between students and employers though our Industry Mentorship Programs, company site visits, panels, and other programming. I help students explore the world of work, make connections, and understand how non-linear career pathways can develop.
I’m originally from Toronto, Canada, and made my way across the continent to attend Washington State University. While earning a degree in Psychology, I competed for Cougar swimming in breaststroke and sprint freestyle. Following graduation I worked in recruiting, before making the transition to higher education. Outside of work I enjoy camping, live music, and traveling.
Lindsay Smith (She/Her)
Handshake Experience Manager
I support students, alumni, and employer partners by managing the online recruitment database serving UW Seattle and UW Bothell: Handshake. Whether you’re a student looking for a relevant career opportunity, an employer looking to build brand awareness on campus, or a UW advisor looking to assist students in their career and internship goals, I can help!
I am a graduate of Gonzaga University’s School of Business but am excited to be a Husky as well. After a variety of professional experiences, I’m happy to be at UW in the Career and Internship Center. In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, and traveling.
Daniel Herb (He/Him)
As the Internship Success Manager, I am excited to help students explore, find, and acquire high-quality internship experiences. I mainly work with UW staff, campus advisers, and employers to develop programs and processes that ensure students can access and thrive in these meaningful outside-the-classroom opportunities.
I grew up in San Jose, CA and received my Bachelor’s in Political Science and Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. My first job after college was in grassroots political activism in the Washington D.C. area. In that position, I worked with college student volunteers and found that higher education and student affairs was a great fit for my career interests. I came to UW for my Master’s degree in 2015, and prior to this role I have worked with student leadership programming and undergraduate research at the UW.
Outside of work, you can probably find me cooking up a new recipe, playing ultimate Frisbee, or hiking and camping.
Kaeline Kine (She/Her)
Guest Experience Coordinator
I am thrilled to be a member of the Employer and Student Engagement Team at the Career & Internship Center, where we help connect local and global employers with current UW students and recent alumni. In my role at the Front Desk here at the C&IC, I oversee our Peer Advisor cohort, coordinate the use of our lobby and office spaces, and manage the general communication pathways into our office (phone, email, chat, and in-person).
It is my goal to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all the folks who come through our center each and every day. If you have a question about how our space is utilized or a suggestion for making our lobby more accessible, I’d love to chat!
I grew up in sunny Southern California, but I have spent my entire adult life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, I moved to Seattle to pursue a couple of internships, and I have been carving a dual-career in both performing arts and business administration ever since. When I’m not at the office, you can usually find me attending a theatre show around town, attempting a DIY home improvement project in my condo, or traveling to visit family and friends.
Dan Poux (He/Him)
As a Pre-professional Career Coach, I am excited to be a resource and partner as students explore careers in health and law, build their leadership skills and prepare to apply to professional graduate programs.
I grew up in the city of Detroit, and attended the University of Michigan, a large public research university similar in many ways to UW. While there, I studied Political Psychology and wrote for the Michigan Daily newspaper. My career path has taken many turns along the way, from volunteering at an orphanage in Honduras to teaching ESL in an under-resourced elementary school in Washington, DC as a Teach for America corps member. Before coming to UW, I directed the Ready, Set Transfer! program at the Seattle Community Colleges, helping students transfer to universities to continue their studies in Science and Engineering. Throughout these experiences, I have learned more about what I like to do and what I am good at, so that I could seek out new opportunities that combined both of these things.
I am excited to be helping UW students identify and play to their strengths, while confirming that their chosen career path is a good fit with their skills and interests.
CJ Sanchez (He/Him)
As a Career Coach at the University of Washington I work with recent graduates and current students with any goals that are encompassing educational and professional interests. As well as the generalized support as a Career Coach I will be working with the interest areas of Technology, Data, and Gaming. I’m excited to be a part of your career journey at the University of Washington!
I was born and raised in the small town of Westerly, Rhode Island where I attended the University of Rhode Island for my undergraduate degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. After graduating in 2013, I decided to explore the United States and abroad by serving with several AmeriCorps Programs and the Peace Corps. I returned to the United States and started at the University of Washington to complete a Master’s in Higher Education. Some of the biggest focuses in my journey has been to increase equity and inclusion to LGBTQ+ students with a large focus on QTPOC students (Queer/Trans people of color) and the support of Latinx students and communities in their education and beyond. In my free time I like to play rugby with the Seattle Quake community team, play video games, and explore various parts of the city with friends.
Eli Heller (He/Him)
As a pre-professional career coach, I am thrilled to be working with pre-health students, students pursuing careers in business, and all degree-seeking students. I strive to help students gain impactful out-of-classroom learning experiences, such as internships and job shadowing, while studying at the UW.
I was born and raised in Southern California, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Literary Journalism and Art History at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). I then moved to Seattle to attend Seattle University, where I earned my master’s degree in Student Development Administration. Prior to my role at the Career & Internship Center, I served as an exploratory academic advisor at Bellevue College, helping students explore their academic options and clarify their priorities when selecting a major, professional program, or university to ultimately attend. I am excited to build relationships with UW students and alumni and aim to meet students where they are, academically, professionally and personally.
Outside of work, I enjoy singing in the Seattle Men’s Chorus, hiking, skiing, traveling to new places in the Pacific Northwest, and spending time with family and friends.
Melinda Gilliam (She/Her)
I enjoy the opportunity to get to know students and their experiences. As a career coach, I am energized to support students as they prep and navigate their career journey while learning more about themselves and their field of study. Along my own path, I’ve been fortunate to find awesome mentorship in my field, which has kept me motivated to support others in a similar way. Pulling from my experience supporting students over the course of my career in higher education thus far helps me to provide meaningful support and resources to those I work with.
I was born a Husky, here at the UW hospital and was raised in West Seattle before branching off on my own college journey in 2010. I received my bachelor’s degree in Spanish Teaching from Central Washington University and worked full-time in Admissions and Housing before returning to school in 2016. I completed my master’s in Counseling and Student Development at Kansas State University in 2018 while also working as a Graduate Assistant in Housing and becoming a mother to the sweetest baby girl. In 2018, I made my return to Seattle where I began working at the University of Washington in Housing and Food Services, which I am still connected to today. Another component of my professional experience is my connection in professional organizations. This connection is deeply meaningful to me, and I value the engagement and development I experience through that work.
While away from work, I find joy in cooking, finding new experiences, and spending time with my family. Some of my favorite moments are when those pieces merge. Over the past few years, I have nurtured a passion for writing, and I hope to one day publish a series of children’s books.