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” currently include homeschooling two elementary students, taking walks, and eating takeout.
Luis Santiago (He/Him)
Associate Director of Coaching Operations
My passion for working with others in the career decision-making process 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 experiences and formal training to help others reach their academic and career goals.
Now, my role at the Career and Internship Center allows me to train, lead, and supervise a fantastic 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 can call the Pacific Northwest and the University of Washington my home!
Identities & Experiences: Cisgender, Straight Male, Second-Generation Hispanic American, First-Generation College Graduate, Grad School, Working in Education, Working in Management/Leadership, Training & Development, Public Speaking
Lindsay Smith (She/Her)
Associate Director for Employer & Community Connections
After navigating a variety of professional experiences, I discovered my passion for career services at the UW Career & Internship Center. For my first five years in the center, I managed UW’s Handshake platform and supported students, employers, and campus partners in their use of the online recruitment system.
In my current role, I oversee the Employer & Community Connections team that manages contact with thousands of employers annually, both in-person and virtually, through Handshake, career fairs, information sessions, mentorship programs, alumni panels, internship program support, and employer training webinars. How can we help you make your next great hire?
I am a graduate of Gonzaga University’s School of Business but am happy to be a Husky as well. In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, and traveling.
Lauren Sevilla (she/her)
Mentor & Alumni Engagement Program Manager
As a member of the Employer & Community Connections Team, I manage mentorship programs to facilitate connections between students and employers along with providing alumni opportunities for engagement. By partnering with community members wanting to give back through mentorship, panels, presentations, and more, I help students explore the world of work and understand different career pathways available to them. As someone who has experienced it herself, I understand the non-linear career path, and I aim to supply students at UW with the tools and resources to best navigate their unique career journey.
Having graduated from the University of Florida with a master’s degree in Management and a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Cell Science, I can definitely say my career path has been non-traditional. Before my transition into higher education, I interned for biotechnology companies, a gene therapy startup and a major CPG corporation, as well as worked as a research assistant in a biochemistry and molecular biology lab. While I still love science, research, and experimentation, I found my true passion in inspiring and educating students. Prior to this role, I worked as a program coordinator for specialized masters’ programs in the Warrington College of Business.
In my free time, I enjoy running, swimming, crafting, and traveling. As a Floridian new to the PNW, I look forward to exploring all that Washington has to offer!
Leah Bothwell (She/Her)
Employer Engagement & Communication Manager
My professional background in event coordination and marketing perfectly intersects my personal mission to help others in my role here at the Career & Internship Center. As the Employer Engagement & Communication Manager, I plan, coordinate, and execute many of the in-person and virtual career fair opportunities held on the UW Seattle campus. I find it immensely gratifying to connect employers and Huskies with each other and encourage all to “be boundless” in their journeys with our office, and beyond.
I come from what I lovingly refer to as “The Other UW”—I am an alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I pursued dual degrees in Strategic Communications and Philosophy and proudly represented campus for two years as a new student orientation leader. Post-graduation, I began cultivating a diverse portfolio of marketing experiences, weaving in industries that fit in with my interests and hobbies and laying the foundation for a strong business acumen. I’ve built marketing strategies for multi-location companies and franchises, waited tables in a brewpub, led sales initiatives for a niche wine market, planned weddings and other large-scale events, and—most recently—started my own business in pop-up fine dining.
My personal career journey has been exploratory-based, and through it all, I’ve learned that I find the deepest fulfillment in contributing to meaningful impact. I’m elated to return to the world of Higher Education and be a part of the Career & Internship Center team, where I have the immense privilege of adding to the Husky student and alumni experience in a way that will allow them to make informed, inspired decisions regarding their own paths.
Outside of work, I’m all play: you can find me bumming in a ski lodge, chasing my two energetic labs, trying fruitlessly to learn guitar, or planning my next big chance to get lost in the great outdoors.
Eli Davis (They/Them)
Internship Program Manager
As the Internship Program Manager, my role focuses on connecting students with various experiential learning opportunities. I worked full-time throughout much of my undergraduate career and encountered some of the barriers that students can face when trying to engage in internships. I am excited to work with campus partners and employers to create equitable opportunities for all students! Internships are such a great way to preview a role or field students are interested in post-graduation, and I look forward to developing programs within and outside the university.
I’m a “double Dawg” and graduated from the UW with a Bachelors in Public Health-Global Health and a Master in Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology. Public health holds a special place in my heart and I’m thankful that so many of the core values of the field translate well into my career in student affairs. My time as a Student Epidemic Action Leader team member and my practicum in graduate school crystalized the fact that, while I love public health, I really prefer to engage less with research and more with “on the ground” work to support others.
I grew up in the American Southwest, mostly in SoCal with stints in Arizona and Texas. While I miss the dry desert heat, Seattle has been my home since 2015 and I enjoy all of the outdoor activities available year-round! In my free time, I enjoy playing video games, watching horror movies and snowboarding.
Identities & Experiences: Transgender, Queer, First-generation Mexican American, Grad School
Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
As a Career Coach, I thrive while working with students and recent graduates to help define and reach their goals. I am excited to help them find passion in their major or career, gain new hands-on experiences, navigate the job search, and answer any questions they may have. I am excited to help any and all UW students explore their career interests and I am thrilled to be part of your support system while you work towards building your future!
Born and raised in South Florida, I earned both my bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. As an undergraduate student, my career goals and major changed plenty of times before discovering my graduate program and the world of career coaching. Prior to working at the UW, I held a number of positions in higher and secondary education, including career counseling, teaching, event planning, and assessment. These experiences helped me understand the impacts of leveraging transferable skills and responsibilities, while I learned how to use that knowledge to help students.
Outside of work, you can probably find me going for a hike, baking, reading a new book, or trying out new restaurants. As a new resident of the city and state, I am awed by its beauty and excited to call it home!
Identities: Cisgender, Straight Woman, White, Grad School, Working in Education
Erin Lee (She/Her)
As a Career Coach, I get the privilege of journeying alongside UW students and recent alumni as they discover and develop their career paths. I hold a deep appreciation and understanding of how challenging and rewarding the career journey can be, especially as a student (among other intersecting identities). My goal is to remind students of their inherent strengths, sometimes forgotten amidst feelings of scarcity and comparison. I’m of the belief that work is a dimension through which we can live out our values and pursue our interests, but it is not the only dimension. My approach is dependent on the relationship each student wants to have with work. Career frameworks I appreciate: Life Design, Chaos Theory, and Planned Happenstance.
While career coaching can involve some big questions, I’m also here to help with the “little” ones too. Whether it be a last look at a resume or figuring out what to wear for an interview, my door is open!
A bit about me: I’m a UW Foster alum who’s worked in fashion, marketing, and mental health. I’m a curious person who enjoys nothing more than good conversation over good food. Topics of interest include music, films, psychology and personal growth (Enneagram nerd). Some activities: writing, skiing, tennis-ing (trying), board/video-gaming, falling into Spotify rabbit holes and budgeting (also trying) for concerts and shows.
Identities & Experiences: Asian-American, Straight, Cisgender Woman, Grad School, Study Abroad, Career Change, Working in Business, Working in Mental Health
Lily Burnstein (She/Her)
I hold an unwavering belief in people to discover and cultivate their proudest professional, career, and personal identities. And I also know how being given the space, time, and support from those who believe in me have been the most impactful parts of my career journey. I am committed to ensuring every student I work with receives this, and walks away from any appointment with me — whether about resumes or planning for post-graduation life–feeling the same belief in themselves that hold in them!
My career has extended from the nonprofit world and public school system in New York City, to teaching and advising undergraduate students at Michigan State University, to now being a UW Career Coach. My Bachelors and Masters degrees in social work have led me to jobs where I’ve mentored, tutored, and developed + faciltiated after school programming for high school students, middle school students, and youth aging out of foster care. My true passions lie in student support and student advocacy, so I feel genuinely lucky to join you on your journey towards figuring out your career path and beyond.
As a Michigan native and former New York resident, I love Seattle for being in never-ending supply of things I love most: the outdoors, city life, and exciting places to explore, eat, and drink coffee. Spending time with my loved ones, climbing, playing soccer, running, taking improv classes, and reading are my favorite things to do outside of work.
Identities & Experiences: Cis-hetero Woman, White, Jewish-American, Grad School, Gap Years, AmeriCorps, Study Abroad, Working in Higher Ed, Social Work, and Nonprofit
Kirk Heynen (He/Him)
I have always been energized by helping students discover and pursue their potential. I understand how difficult job seeking can be, and as your coach I aim to inspire, guide, and train you to compete at your very best. Whether you’re trying to discern your direction in life, or you’re seeking practical tools to engage with employers, or you just want some pointers to make your resume really pop, I am happy to help.
I have been in higher ed advising for 20+ years, working at small private schools (Gonzaga University, Seattle Pacific University) large public schools (UW Seattle) and local community colleges (Cascadia College, North Seattle College). I earned my Masters degree in Student Development from Seattle University. This is my second stint at UW—in my previous role as a Student Activities Advisor I advised student orgs like the Asian Student Commission, the Pacific Islander Student Commission, and Rainy Dawg Radio. I am happy to be a Husky again! I am also living proof that our career path does not always go exactly how we planned it from the beginning, and that is often a good thing in the end.
Outside of work, I am often outside—camping, mountain biking, skiing, and exploring the beautiful state of Washington. I grew up in Alaska, so I love the mountains and water of the PNW, but I also appreciate the opportunity to live in the diverse, thriving city of Seattle, where I frequent concerts, Costco, and Capitol Hill, getting around by bike, transit, or motorcycle as much as possible.
Alondra Rodriguez (She/Her)
As the Program Coordinator, my work primarily involves being the first point of contact for UW students and alumni, community members, and employers to our Center, whether that be via email, phone, or in-person visits. I work to answer various questions about our services for the UW community and beyond. I take great care in being able to provide helpful and meaningful support for students and guide individuals to the additional resources that best meet their needs. I also support the Coaching and Employer & Community Connections teams to ensure smooth operations of our services and gain a stronger understanding of our impact within the scope of our mission.
Learn more about me: During my time as a UW student, now a recent alumna, I studied History and Archaeology, participated in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program, studied abroad, and pursued research alongside faculty. I was also continuously involved in service-learning programs such as UW Dream Project and UW Riverways Seminars, focusing on K-12 mentorship, education, academic and professional support, and tutoring. Throughout these experiences I developed a passion for supporting and encouraging students and peers to follow their interests, learn about themselves and their goals, and seek out and use available resources to achieve said goals.
Outside of work you can usually find me hiking, enjoying good food, traveling, visiting local museums, and enjoying the sun when it comes out.