Meet the Team

The award winning Career Connections Center staff are committed to helping our students find their future. We believe that everyone can create meaningful connections by bridging the gap between inspiration and action, and we’re here to help our students, alumni, and employers to do just that.

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Organization Chart

Whether we work directly with students, employers, or support staff internally, we’re still one team…the Career Connections Center team. Find out more on how our office operates by viewing our organizational chart.


Paraprofessional Staff

The backbone of the Career Connections Center is our paraprofessional staff made up of talented University of Florida students. Discover who this dynamic group of professionals are on the Meet Our Paraprofessional Staff page.


Meet the Directors

JA'NET GLOVERSenior Director for Career Services
Phone: 352-392-1601
I oversee 33 full-time professionals and provide oversight for a centralized center serving more than 52,000 students. Currently, I’m leading the department through a $9.6 million expansion of the center, focusing on expanding and implementing an embedded career-liaison model in each of UF’s schools, and strategically working to enhance student engagement within career services.

I’m proud to be a two-time Gator alumnus with a B.S. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism and a M.S in Management. In my down time I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family and friends, and volunteering in the community with the Gainesville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

ANGEL IVERSONDirector for Career Foundations
Phone: 352-273-2309

I lead our team of staff embedded in the colleges that work to provide customized career development and industry engagement opportunities and resources for each of their academic career communities. In addition, our team is also responsible for directing the HireUFGators and employer development initiatives for the center. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling the country, fishing, and attending concerts.

Business Administrative Services

Phone: 352-273-2321

As Office Manager for the Career Connections Center, I oversee all aspects of Human Resources and Accounting functions for full-time staff and graduate and student assistants employed at the Center.

KRISTIN KNOPFAdministrative Assistant
Phone: 352-392-1601

I support the Career Connections Center full-time and student staff through HR and administrative functions. I also assist with special departmental events and meeting coordination for our staff and visitors. When not at work, you can find me outside enjoying paddle boarding, biking around Gainesville, watching my children play baseball and softball, or cheering on the Gators.

PHYLLIS PENAAdministrative Assistant
Phone: 352-273-2300

I act as a gatekeeper between University of Florida students and alumni and career opportunities. I work with hundreds of companies to oversee campus interviews in the career center. Together we schedule information sessions and provide Gators access to thousands of company job post on Gator CareerLink. I am passionate about football.

CHARITY REYNOLDSAssociate Director for Administrative Services
Phone: 352-273-2318

I assist the center with business and administrative operations that will focus on supporting our fiscal management and budgets. In addition, I will oversee special initiatives that will impact the center’s operations and work closely with the team to oversee the center’s various budgets, approve travel and expense reports and ensure we are staying up to date with best practices associated with fiscal management. In my free time you can find me shopping, being a foodie, spending time with friends and family, or looking for a new adventure.

Operations and Engagement

DANA MCPHERSONAssistant Director for Marketing and Strategic Communications
Phone: 352-273-2322

I am responsible for managing the brand standards and communications projects for the center. This includes overseeing the efforts in the digital space, social and website, and marketing initiatives for center projects. When I’m not in the office, you can find me at a high school track, watching my daughter compete; on a plane, jet setting off to somewhere new; or on the corner of my sofa, curled up reading a good book!

JESSICA PHILLIPECampus Engagement Specialist
Phone: 352-273-2314

In my role, I have been charged with making the lives of the entire team easier! Specifically by creating, launching and maintaining the first ever Knowledge Community, an internal online resource library for staff. In addition, I have updated all office manuals and provide back up for the Operations and Administrative services. I am proud Gator MFOS alumna. When I am not at work you can catch me enjoying life. Specifically laughing with family and friends, burning things in the kitchen, and singing horribly at the top of my lungs.

KEIRA SIMMONDSAssistant Director for Campus Engagement
Phone: 352-273-2333

As an Embedded Liaison, I provide career development opportunities and industry connections to support the professional growth of students enrolled at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. In so doing, I build and maintain relationships with employers and collaborate with faculty and staff to customize Career Connections Center services specifically for the Gator Engineer. Outside of the center, you can almost always find me hanging out with the fam eating good food, worshipping, and relaxing at the house.

JULIA VOLLRATHAssociate Director for Operations and Engagement
Phone: 352-273-2302

I supervise our staff members who provide customized career development opportunities and industry connections for UF students through partnerships with our colleges. My team specifically sets the strategic direction for the customized career development education and programs. When I am not working you can usually find me at Walt Disney World!

Career Engagement

SARA GOULDSenior Assistant Director for Career Engagement
Phone: 352-294-3927

I support our team of 15 Career Ambassadors, manage campus-wide outreach efforts, and work with students to identify their career and professional development goals and help them achieve those goals. When I’m not at work, you can find me traveling and exploring the sunshine state, watching Netflix, and trying new recipes/restaurants.

JAIME HARSELLSenior Assistant Director for Career Engagement
Phone: 352-294-3928

I am the Assistant Director for Career Engagement and Experiential Education. I collaborate with the campus community to support holistic career readiness through programming that facilitates identifying, engaging and reflecting on experiential learning opportunities, individual and group career planning, and outreach.
Outside of work, I am a: dog mom, PhD student, powerlifter, adventure-seeker, and foodie.

ALISON NOONANAssistant Director for Career Engagement
Phone: 352-273-2335

I am the Assistant Director for Career Engagement and Experiential Education. I work in partnership with campus stakeholders to develop experiential learning programs and opportunities that engage students in real-world learning experiences. Through reflective practice, I help students think holistically about the impact of their experiences on their life and career trajectory. Outside of work I am a mom of 2 amazing teenage boys, sports mom, director for a youth tackle football program, exercise enthusiast, nature lover, and outdoors adventure seeker.

CHELSEA TOBIASAssistant Director for Career Engagement
Phone: 352-273-2310

As part of the Career Engagement Team, I develop a variety of educational tools, resources, and programming to support students’ career development and exploration. My aim is to engage students to reflect on their values, motivations, and strengths and connect the dots between who they are and what they want to do. Outside of work, I enjoy playing roller derby, cooking, listening to podcasts, and travelling.

ALLIE SIMONAssociate Director for Career Engagement
Phone: 352-273-2311

I provide vision and support for the Career and Professional Development team, including coordinating our Career Planning and career coaching services. Our team’s goal is to empower students to see their potential in all stages of planning for their careers. I work to provide structure and best practices to help students learn more about what makes them unique- including understanding strengths, skills, and interests. When I am not at work, you can find me playing outside with my dog, checking out new local restaurants, doing yoga, or spending time with my family and friends.

Career and Industry Engagement

JESSICA BAKERSenior Assistant Director for Student Engagement
Phone: 352-294-1002

I support students living in residence halls as the embedded liaison for Housing & Residence Education. I engage them through workshops, career planning sessions, and connect them to the resources they need to be successful in life after the Swamp. I work with employers to stay up to date on industry trends, help them develop engagement opportunities on campus, and encourage them to Hire UF Gators. In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, being creative, and spending time with my friends and family.

ANDIE COCHRANAssociate Director for Industry Engagement
Phone: 352-273-2334

I work with students through career planning appointments and workshops to help them discover their professional path. While I work to support all students, I specifically focus on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I strive to ensure students, faculty and staff from CLAS feel a direct connection to the Career Connections Center. I enjoy shopping, anything that involves my dog and home improvement projects!

MATTHEW COWLEYAssociate Director for Student Engagement
Phone: 352-273-2330

I help students find the connection between their education, their experiences, and their passion. I also collaborate with our amazing employers to bring educational programs and events to UF students. I enjoy all things creative! Writing, painting, and creating music are some of my favorite past times.

TIFFANY GRIFFITHAssistant Director for Career & Industry Engagement- Health and Human Performance
Phone: 352-294-2046

As the embedded liaison for the College of Health and Human Performance, I collaborate with staff, faculty, and industry associates to create specialized professional development opportunities for students. I also cultivate partnerships with employers to connect them to the college as a way to increase and diversify internship and employment opportunities for students. When I’m not working, you can find me baking, reading, binge watching something on Netflix, hanging out at Disney, or bringing history to life at a reenactment.

DANEEN JOHNSONAssistant Director for Career & Industry Engagement- Education
Phone: 352-392-1601

In my role at the Career Connections Center, I support EduGators in the College of Education through career planning appointments, outreach, and customized career resources. I also support EduGators by connecting them to employers and career opportunities. In my spare time, I enjoy playing my bass guitar, creating artsy crafts, Netflix, and spending quality time with family and friends.

ERIN LINAssistant Director for Career & Industry Engagement- Engineering
Phone: 352-273-2319

As a member of the Career Connections Center, I serve as the embedded liaison to the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. My mission is to assist students to start strongly in pursuing their career goals. I provide customized workshops and individual meetings to students, connect with employers for industrial trends and employment opportunities, collaborate with faculty and staff to enrich student’s and employer’s experiences on campus. In my spare time, I enjoy my time with family, church friends, reading and cooking.

JACQUELINE PEDOTAAssistant Director for Career & Industry Engagement- CLAS
Phone: 352-392-1601

As the embedded liaison for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, I work to create customized services to meet students’ specific needs. I provide innovative and engaging ways for CLAS students to consider pursuing career development the moment they step onto campus. Through this role at the Career Connections Center, I also work with staff, faculty, and employers to develop partnerships that ultimately benefit the students. I love to read and write during my free time! I also enjoy traveling and going to concerts.

Industry Relations

ERICA BETZAssociate Director for Recruitment Services
Phone: 352-273-2303

In this role, I support the Recruitment Services team, responsible for hosting Career Events, and on-campus recruiting activities (On-Campus Interviews, Information Sessions, Job Postings, etc.) by providing a strategic vision and guidance in evolving our service offerings. Our team is responsible for creating a quality and comprehensive recruiting experience for employers both on- and off-campus. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, visiting Disney, and indulging my sweet tooth!

EIRINI CHADDONAssistant Director for Employer Development
Phone: 352-273-2329

I work with the Recruitment Services team to maintain relationships with existing companies by providing them with customized recruitment tools and on-going education to identify potential UF students and alumni. I also directly manage the the center’s Gator CareerLink (GCL) database and research new trends on how employers can establish their brand on-campus. Things I love include church, family, my culture, traveling, baking, crafts and spending time with friends!

KRISTEN SMITHAssistant Director for Recruitment Services and Career Events
Phone: 352-273-2308

I manage all of the annual on-campus recruiting fairs including but not limited to Career Showcase, Beyond the Swamp Fair, and the Summer Job and Internship Fair. I also work with the Industry Relations team to develop and maintain relationships with current employers who recruit UF students and alumni to their organizations. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, painting, practicing calligraphy, and watching Netflix.

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