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Career Center

Mission: The University of Colorado Denver Career Center strives to provide personal and meaningful interactions with students in order to prepare them for the world of work.

Values: Collaboration, Innovation, Quality Interaction with Students, Parents, Alumni, and Employers, creative use of resources, self-exploration, and identification of strengths. ​

Our Staff:

Sarah Trzeciak, MS



Sarah Trzeciak brings more than eight years’ experience in Career Counseling and Higher Education Administration. She is certified on Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, and Strengths Quest. She has her Masters' degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. Sarah is a member of NCDA, CCDA, CCSA and NACE. 
Sarah is also a seasoned presenter, having presented to groups as small as three to as large as two hundred. Sarah has provided professional development opportunities for CU Denver students and staff, having done group MBTI interpretations, consulting with groups to make them more functional, facilitating Strengths Quest discussions, and offering practical techniques for balancing multiple demands. She also cares deeply about current economic trends and in particular, how they are changing the field or Career Centers across the nation.


Jessie Czerwonka, MA, LPC, NCC


 Assistant Director

Jessie Czerwonka has served both undergraduate and graduate students at the CU Denver Career Center since June of 2007. She has her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education with a focus in Career Counseling from CU Denver, is a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Certified Practitioner, a National Certified Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Jessie has been recognized nationally and was selected to participate in the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Leadership Academy. Additionally, she has served in multiple board member positions locally in the Colorado Career Development Association (CCDA).
As Assistant Director, Jessie provides assistance in major and career planning; résumé, CV, and cover letter development; interviewing skills; networking tactics; and the basics of the job search process. She has assisted in career fairs and attended CCDA, NCDA, Collegiate Career Services Association of Colorado & Wyoming (CCSA), and Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges & Employers (MPACE) functions. Her passion and expertise are in guiding students as well as alumni in exploration and discovery of an ideal career path.


Rebecca Martinez, MA


Administrative Services Coordinator

Employer Relations & Outreach Coordinator​

Rebecca Martinez is a Colorado native who graduated with her degree in English from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She also recently completed her MA in Nonprofit Management. Rebecca has spent the last 10 years supporting young people in their education endeavors, through various AmeriCorps programs and youth development agencies.


Nick Shaklee, MA


​Career Counselor

Nick completed his Masters` degree in Community Counseling from Regis University and focused his education and internship experience within career counseling. Certified on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Nick approaches career counseling from a holistic stance that focuses on developing a professional identity through experience, education and understanding of self. Nick believes it is with this understanding that a person can know what they can contribute and be successful. Nick sees education and careers as a way to give purpose and meaning to a person`s life. Come discover your purpose!


Scott Treas, MA, NCC


Career Counselor

Scott received his Masters’ in Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado and has been focused on inspiring and empowering students and alumni to live happy, healthy, and productive lives ever since. He hopes to see students define their purpose, develop who they are, and engage their passions. Scott sees career as more than a job, but the story in which we view our world.
As a career counselor Scott has the opportunity to support students in their educational and professional goals; from choosing a major to exploring future jobs. Scott also provides coaching with résumé’s, CVs, cover letters, interviewing, job searching, social media presence, and personal branding. He also enjoys working with groups of people, including: teambuilding, workshops, group counseling, as well as small and large group presentations. He is also certified on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
When not on the Auraria Campus, you can find Scott playing in the mountains, biking around town, talking in a coffee shop, or adventuring with his family.


Negin Moallem


Graduate Student Advisor

Negin Moallem is the Graduate Student Advisor at the Career Center. She received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from University of Colorado Denver, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in School of Education and Human Development in Clinical Counseling. Negin helps clarify any questions students might have regarding resumes or cover letters during Quick Tips hours.  



Rick Villarreal


Graduate Student Advisor

Rick loves adventure and meeting new people. He is pursuing his Master’s in Education in Counseling and Career Development at Colorado State University. His previous seven years of graphic design and marketing experience have taught him to focus on meaning; therefore, he strives to help others fill their lives with their own passions, purpose and drive. Rick sees work life and personal life as one and the same and cares deeply about helping students understand their own interests, motivations, and strengths. He believes in the importance of finding realistic and life-fulfilling work for everyone. While his heart is set on career counseling, he still wishes he could be Batman.


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