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   DeAnna Goddard, M.S.
  
Associate Director
  
dgoddard@winona.edu
  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  Charlie Opatz, M.S.
  
Career Counselor / College of Business Liaison 
  copatz@winona.edu
  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   Trent Dernbach, M.S. 
  Student Success & Career Advisor - Rochester
  tdernbach@winona.edu
  507-280-5079
  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.

Kevin Miller  Michelle McCoy
  
Graduate Assistant 
  careergagrant@winona.edu
  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
  ameyer@winona.edu
  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.

 Lindsey Miller Lindsey Miller
  
Events Coordinator / Employer Relations 
  lmiller@winona.edu
  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.

  Toni Drier 
  
Technology Manager 
  ajdrier@winona.edu
  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 
  up-to-date.

  Rita Banicki
  
Career Information Specialist
  rbanicki@winona.edu
  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.

 

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