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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 

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Sarah Trzeciak oversees the Career Center, the Scholarship Office and Student Mentoring and Leadership programs. She has been in Career Services and higher education administration since 2004. She is certified on Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, and Strengths Quest. Sarah is a member of NCDA, CCDA, NACE and CCSA, where she served as president in 2015-2016. Her work has been mentioned in the Denver Business Journal, and She has her Masters' degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University.


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.

Kyla Hines, MS, CRC
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Kyla completed her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Portland State University, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and has been providing career counseling services with individuals and groups for over 5 years. Kyla has extensive experience teaching and presenting in psychoeducational and academic settings and has a passion for working in higher education. As a counselor Kyla sees her role as a collaborative facilitator, meeting each individual where they are at in the moment to assist them in reaching their goals to create successful, sustainable, and authentic plans for the future.


Leah Fitzgerald, MBA 

Office, Events and Assessment Coordinator



Leah Fitzgerald coordinates and markets events to CU Denver students looking for career guidance. She graduated with her MBA focusing in Sustainability from Clark University in Massachusetts, and has since worked for various types of organizations including non-profits, government agencies, and private companies in events and administrative roles. Leah sees events as a way to be an influencer in the higher education community and looks to use her experience to provide meaningful program and learning based outcomes and experiences .

Rebecca Martinez, MA


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 

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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!



Rick Villarreal, MEd


Career Counselor


Rick loves adventure and meeting new people. He recently earned his M.Ed. in Counseling and Career Development from Colorado State University (go big horns), and worked at the CU Denver Career Center as an intern in 2015 and 2016. His previous seven years of graphic design and marketing experience 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. His philosophy is that social justice is at the heart of career counseling, and that everyone can achieve their dreams if they have hope, believe in their strengths, and have the right support network.  While his heart is set on career counseling, he still hopes to someday be Batman.

Amy Huff

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Amy Huff is thrilled to be interning at the CU Denver Career Center this year while she is finishing up her master’s in Counseling and Career Development at Colorado State University. Amy is particularly interested in working with those who are transitioning both into and out of college as this stage is full of exciting opportunities of self-discovery and growth. She believes the more one learns the core of who they are, the more they will enjoy and be fulfilled in their college experience, world of work, and their personal life. Through listening to and connecting with students, she looks forward to partnering with each in discovering their interests, strengths, and values, as well as what may be the next step in their college journey.

Thanh Nguyen

Graduate Student Advisor


Thanh received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and  Neuroscience from the University of Colorado Boulder.  She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Colorado Denver.  She has extensive experience with diverse populations and worked in various capacities including mental health and clinical research.  Thanh wants to hear your story and learn about what gets you excited so that together, you can put passion to paper in your career journey.  As the Graduate Student Advisor, she provides guidance regarding resumes, cover letters, job search and interviewing strategies. Thanh loves to write and would like to blend her love of writing with your desire to find a fulfilling job!


Cassidy Meehan

Peer Advisor

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A Colorado native, Cassidy Meehan is pursuing a degree in social work at Metropolitan State University with personal and professional goals that make a difference in people’s lives both domestically and abroad. Since she was a freshman, Cassidy has been inspired by the Career Center’s support of students in utilizing their potential and assets to find ideal careers. This work fuels her passion to aid people in becoming everything they can be regardless of societal norms and pressures. The experience has also opened her up to the possibility of career counseling as a profession. Cassidy organizes presentations for the Career Center and assists students fine-tune their resumes and cover letters during quick tip hours. Her favorite things include hiking, chai tea, volunteering abroad and elephants.​


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