Board of Directors

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Brook Oliver

President

Employer: Counselor/Career Connections Coordinator | Sierra College

A self-proclaimed “career geek”, Brook has been working in a variety of career and counseling settings for over 20 years, including public, private, government and education agencies. She has been a faculty member at Sierra College since 2001, coordinating the career and internship programs and teaching personal and career development classes. She is a California girl, raised just outside Sacramento, and attended Sierra College, then Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and finally Cal State East Bay where she earned her Master’s in Counseling with Higher Education and Career emphases. She has contributed to a number of statewide career initiatives as well as been active in faculty advocacy serving as President of the Sierra College Academic Senate and through appointments from the Academic Senate of CA Community Colleges. Brook has served on the CIWEA Board in a number of positions and has been a CIWEA member since 2002. Her life goal is help everyone find their inner ‘career fairy’. She lives in Sacramento with her two daughters. Family fun times include long road trips, walks at the river and lots and lots of laughter.

Christy Jewell

Vice President/Conference Co-Director for Four-Year Colleges/Universities

Employer: Director, Career & Internship Services | William Jessup University

Christy has worked for William Jessup since 2004 where she shared responsibility for raising support for student scholarships, communications and community outreach for the University for seven years, and has led the University’s career development efforts since 2011. She now enjoys combining her community relations efforts with support of local businesses and organizations to find quality interns and employees to mutually benefit economic and career development in the South Placer and Sacramento region. Prior to moving to northern California in 2003, Christy served for several years as a School-to-Career Coordinator for Ventura County, with extensive experience in developing partnerships between business, education and the community. She has a strong commitment to workforce and economic development and believes that education is uniquely poised to supply the needs to businesses in the region. Christy completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Westmont College, and is a certified Career Development Facilitator.

Kathrene Hansen Kin

Treasurer

Employer: Executive Director | Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board

Kathrene Hansen has 26 years of Federal government experience and currently works as the Executive Director for the Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board (FEB). The FEB brings together the 275 Federal offices in the Greater L.A. Area to collaborate on common issues. One of these important areas is human resource management, which includes succession planning. Kathrene is pleased to have joined the CIWEA Board as it is a great organization to help strengthen our relationships with area higher education institutions. Kathrene has a Masters in Public Administration from West Virginia University.

Theresa Hagelbarger

Secretary/Awards Director

Employer: CTE Internship Coordinator | Santa Ana College

Theresa worked in the international business industry for fifteen years prior to entering the education field. In education, Theresa taught a multitude of high school business courses, most of which she developed and wrote course outlines and the curriculum. She developed and articulated courses with local community colleges bridging the gap to college for her students. Her passion in education continues to be to help students build career pathways using education to reach their career goals. In her current position as CTE Internship Coordinator, Theresa developed and launched the new program at Santa Ana College. Theresa joined CIWEA to work with the board to help build and grow the internship and work experience programs across the state of California. Theresa has a Management Degree from Santa Ana College and Bachelor's in Career Technical Studies from Cal State Universality San Bernardino and is pursuing her MBA. She also holds a Designated Subject Credential in Business from Cal State University Long Beach.

Rachael Brown

Conference Co-Director for Two-Year Colleges

Employer: Special Projects Coordinator/Work Based Learning | Mount San Antonio College

Rachael E. Brown began her career in the private sector as a Human Resources Generalist. As a Human Resources Generalist one of her major responsibilities was to coordinate, recruit, and oversee the student internship program at her company. She later joined the staff at Mount San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in 2012 as the Special Projects and Work Based Learning Coordinator. Rachael has been instrumental in establishing protocols and procedures for Occupational Work Experience at Mt. SAC including Title 5 compliance. She also conducts Title 5 training on campus for other job coordinators in various CTE divisions. Through her work, Rachael has effectively established a rapport with various constituents and serves as a liaison between faculty, students, and companies. Rachael has a BA degree in Sociology from University of Southern California (USC) and a Human Resources Management Certificate from CSU Long Beach.

Julie Collier

Scholarship Director

Employer: Professor of Work Experience and Internships | Folsom Lake College

Julie possesses 13 years of experience as a career development professional in higher education. The highlight of her work is facilitating individual career development, especially connecting job seekers with employers. She compares her role as the faculty coordinator of the Work Experience & Internship Program at Folsom Lake College to being the CEO/CFO of a small start-up. Previously, Julie coordinated the internship program for engineering and computer science students at the Sacramento State Career Center. Julie earned her Master of Science degree in Career Counseling from Sacramento State University.

Dawn Finley

Professional Development Director

Employer: Career Services Specialist | Mount San Antonio College

A Career Services professional with over 20 years experience in the delivery and administration of career development and placement services. Dawn possesses an extensive background in Workforce Development encompassing career counseling, training and recruitment. In her current role, Dawn coordinates the Work Experience program for Mt. SAC's Business Division, working with students, staff, and faculty. Dawn possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of La Verne and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Cal Poly Pomona.

Jennifer-Christine Madamba

Marketing Director

Employer: Human Resources Technician/Internship Program Coordinator | Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Jennifer-Christine Madamba works as a Human Resources Technician at SMUD specifically as the Coordinator for the High School Internship and College Internship Programs at SMUD. She recruits and works with students in order to provide them with a well-rounded internship experience. Jennifer actually started off as a college intern at SMUD in January 2016 to help implement a formal college internship program and was hired on right before she graduated in December 2016. Jennifer discovered her passion for Human Resources through an internship she did in college. Jennifer was majoring in Criminology, Law, and Society at UC Irvine and the summer before she graduated, she had received advice to do an internship not related to her career. Jennifer decided to take an internship in recruiting for her own benefit in order to help her see what employers looked for in resumes and in interviews. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law, and Society from the University of California, Irvine and her Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, Sacramento.

Maria (Christina) Moreno-Donato

Four-Year Membership Director

Employer: Internship & Cooperative Education Analyst, Center for Community Engagement | Cal Poly Pomona

Maria (Christina) Moreno-Donato has worked in higher education (on and off) for 30 years. Her experience includes working at University of Southern California, California State University, Chancellor’s Office, Whittier College, Rio Hondo College and Cal Poly Pomona. Christina currently works at Cal Poly Pomona Center for Community Engagement as the Academic Internship & Cooperative Education Analyst. She serves as liaison to students, faculty, and internship industry partners by informing them of policies and procedures regarding academic internships. Christina holds a Master of Education degree in Post-Secondary Administration, Student Affairs from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.

April Parish

Employer Membership Development Director

Employer: Workforce Development Director | California Intern Network

April Parish is the Workforce Development Director for California Intern Network, a program operated by University Enterprises, Inc., at CSU-Sacramento. April researches and monitors market demand for college student interns and is responsible for the business development of student internship placement with both the private and public-sector employers throughout California. She assists in the creation of marketing materials, presentations, coordinates site visits, training facilitation, website monitoring, and ongoing service assessments. She is an alumnus of CSU-Sacramento with a degree in Business Administration/Marketing. Past work experience includes, Director of Marketing at Colliers Huntington. Economic Developer for the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization, marketing to corporate executives, nationally and internationally, encouraging company expansion opportunities regionally. She assisted in the location of Franklin Templeton, Siemens and Apple locations for the Sacramento region. She has served on the Governors marketing committee of “Team California”, CalHR Internship Advisory Board Member, CSUS-Business Alumni Association Board Member, serves on the Employer Advisory Board for American River College, Mentor with the Guardian Scholars at Sac State, past member of the Private Industry Council, and the Girl Scout Board of Directors for Charlotte, NC.

Matthew Weis

Website Director

Employer: Program Coordinator, Work Based Learning, CEED | Cabrillo College

Matthew Weis is the lead faculty and coordinator for the Work Experience and Internship program at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County. With over 15 years of experience in education and vocational support services, Matthew brings a unique perspective and skill set to assisting students to prepare for and accomplish career goals. For example Matthew has a long track record of collaboration and community engagement at the local, regional, and state levels to achieve outcomes that could not otherwise be done alone. Some examples of bringing this approach Cabrillo College include an improved work experience program at the college, development of a regional student/employer internship database that partners with multiple 2 year and 4 year colleges, cross district partnerships for grant activities and alignment with local K12 work-based learning initiatives. Matthew continues to explore creative and collaborative ways to widen career pathways for students.
As a member of the CIWEA board, Matthew currently serves as website director and has in the past also served as co-chair for the annual conference committee as well as receiving the Sally Cardenas Award for Emerging Professionals in the field of Work-Based Learning. In his spare time Matthew can often be found hanging out with his son Forest and wife Vanessa, playing the fiddle or banjo around town, surfing the local beach breaks, taking long walks in the woods and enjoying laughter.

John Woodard

Two-Year Membership Director

Employer: Cooperative Work Experience Instructor MiraCosta College

John is starting his 50th year in education. Thirty-six of those years were teaching biology and chemistry at the high school level. His passion for providing internships connecting academia to the “real world of work” began almost 30 years ago. Now serving both as a Cooperative Work Experience Instructor and Coordinator, he especially enjoys providing students with instruction and career exploration opportunities to successfully complete a hands on experience in the workplace. John has been an active CIWEA member for over 10 years having served on the Board of Directors as the Hyink Scholarship Chair and as a 2-Year College Membership and Development Director. He continues to be a mentor to members new to the field of Cooperative Work Experience. John is a proud recipient of the 2017 CIWEA H. Sanford (Sandy) Gum Service Award. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Escondido COMPACT which is a non-profit organization to serve at risk youth.

John has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from San Diego State University and a Master of Science Degree in Computers and Education from National University.