Meet the Career Services Staff
Our Career Services Staff can be contacted at anytime at 507-457-5878 and our office is located at Maxwell Hall 314.
DeAnna Goddard, M.S.
As the Associate Director, DeAnna
serves as the Liaison to the College of
Liberal Arts. She supports students and
alumni with job, internship, and graduate
school preparation and career planning;
as well as, administers and interprets
career assessments (Strong Interest Inventory, Discover, and StrengthsQuest) for those exploring careers and majors. She oversees Career Services programming and operations. DeAnna supervises the Career Services support staff, interns,graduate assistants, and several student assistants.
Charlie Opatz, M.S.
Career Counselor / College of Business Liaison
As a Career Counselor and the College of
Business Liaison, Charlie's primary
responsibility is serving the business
majors and alumni in all areas of
career development including job and
internship search strategies. He is a Strong Interest Inventory certified consultant and also administers and interprets the Discover and StrengthsQuest inventories. In addition, he coordinates the annual Business Bridge Program, the Career Alumni Interactive Network (CAIN) Files, and produces The Liaison's Letter, a monthly newsletter for College of Business faculty and students.
Trent Dernbach, M.S.
Student Success & Career Advisor - Rochester
As the Student Success & Career Advisor,
Trent actually has a position with multiple parts.
In his Career Services role, he assists current
students and alumni with job, internship, and
graduate school preparation and career planning;
as well as, administers and interprets career assessments (Strong Interest Inventory, Discover, and StrengthsQuest) for those exploring careers and majors. He provides outreach to employers in the Rochester area, and handles recording, editing, and updating the Career Services podcasts.
In his General Advising role, Trent provides admissions advising to prospective students and academic advising to current students, as well as basic financial aid assistance. He also acts as a liaison for current students to WSU Tutoring and Access Services while heading up the implementation of the GPS (Goals + Planning = Success) resource for WSU-Rochester.
As a Graduate Assistant in Career Services, Michelle
is responsible for the Work-Study Group, which
assists students in understanding and becoming familiar
with the career development process. She also assists
students with resume/cover letter critiques, job search, interview questions, and choosing a major. Michelle also helps students discover their own career interests through the Focus 2 assessment. Delivering presentations and workshops on campus to students is another one of Michelle's responsibilities as a Graduate Assistant.
Amy Meyer, M.S., N.C.C.
Academic and Career Advisor
As an Academic and Career advisor, Amy provides academic
and career support to students as they transition into the
university, navigate their educational journeys, and launch
their careers. In her role she assists undeclared students,
students in transition, students at risk academically, and
students seeking employment, with a goal of helping students achieve their highest potential. Amy is responsible for the development, planning, and organization of programs and services designed for students exploring majors and careers, including the WSU Major Fair. She also promotes the use of educational / career self-assessment and planning technologies such as Focus 2 and Prepare to Declare.
Events Coordinator / Employer Relations
As the Events Coordinator, Lindsey is
responsible for the management, implementation,
and oversight of Career Services special events
including Career, Job and Internship, Education,
Government and Camp, Internship and Volunteer Fairs.
She also serves as the Employer Relations Manager with the responsibility of connecting employers and organizations with WSU students by arranging fairs, on-campus interview sessions, and information tables. Lindsey also manages the day-to-day office operations of Career Services including the supervision of student workers.
As the Technology Manager, Toni's primary
responsibility is the Career Services Website
and the EZlink Job Search site. She works
directly with our staff, our students and our
employers to keep our sites and information
Career Information Specialist
Rita provides support of the Warrior Success Center front
reception desk area. She works with the Graduate
Follow-up Survey, collecting career information about
graduating WSU students. Rita also creates internal reports
for Career Services.