Career Center Staff

Career Center Staff May 2013

Thom Rakes

Thom Rakes

Director & Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for Technology

Career Center Leadership, Campus & Community Liaison, Career Counseling

31 years career development experience; 16 with UNCW Career Center

M.Ed., University of Missouri-Columbia

National Certified Counselor, National Certified Career Counselor, Master Career Counselor

Professional Affiliations: ACPA, NACE, NCACE, SoACE

Specialized areas of expertise:
CareerLeader business interest assessment
Curriculum Vitas
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Planning for Grad School

Diane Reed

Diane Sledden Reed

Assistant Director, Web Manager, Campus Outreach Coordinator

Liaisons:  Watson College of Education, Environmental Science, Physics, Geography, Geology, Math, Statistics, Engineering, Education Job Fair / EdNet, InterviewStream, Diversity Programs, Disney College Program, CareerShift, Skill Seeker Orientation

20 years career development experience; 14 years with UNCW Career Center

M.S. Counseling and College Student Personnel, 1991
Mankato State University, MN

Professional Affiliations: ACPA, NCCPA, AAEE, SAEE, AASHE

Specialized areas of expertise:
Marketing Leadership Skills
Portfolio Development
Resume Writing

Leslie Wright

Leslie Wright

Assistant Director, Social Media Coordinator

Liaisons: Cameron School of Business & Computer Science, SeaWork, Social Media, Alumni Relations, Job Fairs, Meet the Firms

M.S. Education, Counselor Ed Track, College Student Personnel, Old Dominion University, 2001

10 years experience with UNCW Career Center

Professional Affiliations:  NCACE, SoACE, NACE, LCFHRA

Specialized areas or expertise:
Using social media in your job or internship search
The impact and use of mobile devices in your job or internship search

Mike Phillips

Mike Phillips

Assistant Director for Employer Relations

Liaisons: Internships, Jobs, Job Fairs, Federal Career Series, Employer Advisory Board, On Campus Recruiting, Graduate Survey

M.A. Education Administration, Specialization in Student Affairs, University of Nebraska Lincoln, 2007

5 years of experience with the UNCW Career Center

Professional Affiliations: NCACE, SoACE


Specialized areas of expertise:
Clifton StrengthsFinder
Kuder Journey Assessment

Michael Barugel

Mike Barugel

Career Development Counselor

Liaisons: Biology and Marine Biology, Chemistry, Health and Applied Human Sciences, Nursing, Clinical Research, Nursing Fair, Diversity Programs, Career Center Non-Credit Internships

M.A. Counseling in HIgher Education, Student Affairs Practice, 2012
University of Delaware

Professional Affiliations: NASPA

Specialized areas of expertise:
Myers-Briggs Typer Indicator (MBTI)
Interviewing Techniques
Resume & Cover Letter Writing
Financial Planning


Sarah Crockett

Sarah Crockett

Career Development Counselor

Liaisons: Anthropology, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, English, HIstory, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Foreign Languages, Federal Career Series, Law School Day, Resume Coach, Federal Government Jobs/Internships, NC State Internships

M.A. Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Concentration in Higher Education Administration, 2012
Virginia Tech

Professional Affiliations: ACPA, NASPA, NCACE

Specialized areas of expertise:
Interviewing Techniques
Resume & Cover Letter Writing
Government Jobs / Internships

Allison Jones

Allison Jones Binkley

Career Development Counselor

Liaisons: Art/Art History, Studio Art, Communication Studies, Deciding Students / University College, Film Studies, Music, Philosophy & Religion, Theatre, Transfer Students, First Year Seminar, Academic Majors Fair, Career Assessments, Campus Planners, Deciding Student Programs

M.Ed Counselor Education, concentration in College Counseling
NC State University, 2012

Specialty Areas:
Working with deciding students
Resume and cover letter writing
Interviewing techniques

Frances Carr

Frances Carr

Office Manager, Recruitment Specialist, Coordinator for Undergraduate Student Employment

On-campus recruiting

Undergraduate Student Employment

Special Events


30 years experience with UNCW  Career Center

Lisa Boyd

Lisa Boyd

Jobs/Credentials Coordinator

Full-time, part-time and internship job listings

Career Resource Library

Self-managed credential files coordinator

Special Events

25 years experience with UNCW; the last 18 years with Career Center


Lisa Vankoughnet

Lisa Van Koughnet

Technical Support Specialist

Editor Hawk e-news

Web Support

Special Projects

Banner Report Writer

B.A. English, Michigan State University
10+ years experience with UNCW; the last two with the Career Center

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