Meet Career Development Staff

Career Development staff are committed to supporting students in their professional and personal endeavors, and to serving employers and the UW Tacoma campus community.

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DAWN WILLIAMS
Assistant Director, Career Development and Education

Dawn holds a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Saint Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. She has lived in Washington for 10+ years and has career development experience in both university and community college settings. Dawn is passionate about helping students successfully transition from college to career. Dawn is a current board member of the Washington Career Development Association.

 

Email: dawnw1@uw.edu
Phone: 253-692-4895
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dawnclarkwilliams

 


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BEVERLY VARI
Career Development Specialist

Beverly joins UW Tacoma staff from the Tacoma Community House, where she created and facilitated preparation courses for employment.  Before moving to Tacoma, she worked in higher education for 10+ years within career services, social justice, community development, and AmeriCorps.  She enjoys empowering individuals to explore and connect their passions to their professions. Beverly holds an M.Ed in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in higher Education.

 

Email: bvari@uw.edu

Phone: 253-692-5970
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/beverly-vari-2b975615?

 


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MELISSA
Career Prep Consultant

Melissa is the daughter of a retired Chief Warrant Officer of the U.S. Navy. Originally from Bremerton, Washington, she spent the last 11 years living overseas and receiving her education through the Department of Defense Education Activity. Living overseas led Melissa to develop a deep passion and respect for cultural-awareness, diversity and equality. She is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management through the Freshman Direct Program at the Milgard School of Business, and hopes to work for the U.S. Embassy or climb her way through the corporate ladder.

 

Email: uwtcd2@uw.edu
Phone: 253-692-5911
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/melissaroseatienza15


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KATHERINE
Career Prep Consultant

Katherine is a junior in the Gender Studies track, the Student Veteran Organization Vice President, and a first generation student. UW Tacoma is the third college she has attended, and will hopefully be the last, as she’s a military spouse who aims to finish her degree before the Army sends her family somewhere new.  Her main goal currently is to get her master’s degree before she’s 35.  She has worked in many capacities, but her overarching goal is always to find a way to give back to the community. You can find her networking or napping when she isn’t at UW.

 

Email: uwtcd1@uw.edu
Phone: 253-692-5911
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/katherinefelts