Board of Directors
CIWEA is dedicated to managing college-level internship and work experience programs.
Sierra College |Counselor/Career Connections Coordinator
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.
Vice President & Development Director
College of the Canyons | Dean of Career Services and Special Programs
Over the course of her 20+ years in higher education, she has worked in multiple capacities within the community college system. Gina has served in Student Services and Instruction in a variety of departments including Admissions and Records, Counseling, Academic Affairs and Internships to name a few. Gina recognized early in her career her passion for career education and became an advocate for career exploration and programs that lead to employment. Her favorite hobby is playing with her seven grandchildren. Gina is a Community College champion who graduated from College of the Canyons and earned her BS degree in Organizational Management from University of La Verne, and her MS in Administration from California State University of Bakersfield.
Santa Ana College | Internship Coordinator
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 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 with a specialization in Human Resources at Louisiana State University. She also holds a Designated Subject Credential in Business from Cal State University Long Beach.
Conference Co-Director (2 Year)
Mount San Antonio College | Special Projects Coordinator/Work Based Learning
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.
Folsom Lake College | Professor of Work Experience and Internships
Julie has 14 years of experience as a career development professional in higher education. The highlight of her work is facilitating individual career development, especially creating a space for career seekers to dream and connect with their purpose. She is also passionate about 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 and a Bachelor of Integrated Studies from Weber State University.
De'neatria "nYkky" Robinson
University of California, Riverside | Internship Coordinator/ Career Counselor
Midwest native, DeNeatria’s journey to career services started as a college student in 2010, where she worked as a Career Center Ambassador at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. Experiencing the firsthand impact of career service professionals, she found her purpose in collegiate professional development. This would lead her to pursue her Masters in Higher Education at Loyola University-Chicago, where she gained internship experience at the Career Planning & Placement Center at Kennedy-King City College. She would go on to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives as a Campus Recruiter for a financial planning firm. Now as the Internship Coordinator for UCR, she co-facilitates a career development program equipping 2nd year and transfer students with the tools to be successful in their internship; leads professional development workshops; as well as acts as a consultant to employers looking to develop internship programs. De’Neatria moved to California in 2016, a few months later she attended her first CIWEA conference and has been a dedicated member ever since.
Cabrillo College | Program Coordinator, Work Based Learning, CEED
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.
Employment Membership Director
College of the Dessert | Deputy Sector Navigator, Energy, Construction, and Utilities
Jon Caffery is the Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Energy, Construction, and Utilities in the Inland Empire/Desert Region and the acting DSN for San Diego/Imperial Valley Region.The mission of Deputy Sector Navigators is to contribute to the State’s job growth and economic vitality by connecting business and Industry to community colleges through regional training programs resulting in the measurable and successful transition of CTE students from community colleges to careers in the Energy, Construction and Utilities sector. Jon was the founder and owner of Caffery Electric Inc. and First Priority Mortgage, Inc. He owned both businesses from 1985 to 2007. After originating loans for 17 years, the mortgage industry fell into disarray and Jon reinvented himself as a grants consultant. He began consulting work for College of the Desert, which blossomed into a new career. He then moved his family to Hawaii and began working for the University of Hawaii as a grants administrator. Jon returned to the Coachella Valley in 2014 and joined College of the Desert as regional grants director and DSN. Jon earned his bachelor degree in business administration from Colorado Christian University and his master degree in education from Auburn University. He is currently a doctoral candidate for education administration at Capella University.
Conference Co-Chair (4 Year)
Menlo College | Director, Internships, Career Services, Study Abroad
Dylan brings to the board nearly a decade of experience in education and career services. He began his career in New York City as a public school teacher and today he is the director of Menlo College's internship, career services and study abroad programs. Dylan is excited to serve the board as the annual conference co-chair and represent the needs and interests of four-year institutions.
2 Year Membership Director
Palomar College | Career Center Director/Counselor/Instructor
Rosie has been working as a counselor in the community college system for 22 years. Her experience includes, transfer, personal, academic, career counseling, and teaching counseling courses. She has been serving as the Career Center Director since 2010. In this role, she also provides career counseling, workshop presentations, teaches, and serves in departmental, campus wide, and region committees. Rosie has always been passionate about sharing and teaching that career development is an important, ongoing life/career process and she gets to fulfill her calling in the career center at Palomar College. In her current role, she had an opportunity to start and pilot a one-year internship program in 2015 and continued to serve as the unofficial internship coordinator for another year after the grant ended. It was during this time that she joined and became a CIWEA member. Rosie has a Bachelors degree in Human Services from Cal State Fullerton and a Masters in Education from San Diego State University.
West Hills College Lemoore | Work Experience Faculty
Amy Babb is the Cooperative Work Experience Education Full-time Faculty at West Hills College Lemoore. She began her career in higher education at West Hills College Lemoore as an adjunct instructor in 2012. She has taught classes in Hospitality Management, Work Experience, and assisted in coordinating career-readiness activities in the WIN Center. Most notably, the adoption of an annual career networking event, Entrée to Employment, and the development of the Eagle Closet: Dress for Success. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from California State University, Fresno. She has had a successful 25 year career in hospitality, including various hotel management positions and working for the World Ag Expo and CA Antique Farm Equipment Show. Her experience training and managing personnel fuels her passion for helping students become career ready.