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.
Conference Co-Director, Four-Year Colleges/Univesities
William Jessup | University Director of Career & Life Planning
Christy has worked for William Jessup University 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.
Conference Co-Director, 2 Year College & Development Director
College of the Canyons | Dean of Career Services and Special Programs
Gina has worked in higher education for two decades. Over the course of her career she has worked in multiple capacities within the community college system. Gina has served in Student Services and Instruction in a variety departments such as Admissions and Records, Counseling, Academic Affairs and Internships to name just 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. Under her leadership, College of the Canyons (COC) internship program has received the “Program of the Year” from the California Internship and Work Experience Association for two consecutive years. Her favorite hobby is playing with her six-pack. Gina has six grandchildren (2-6 years old) with #7 on the way. 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 for Two-Year Colleges
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.
Scholarship Director & Professional Development Director
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.
Secretary & Awards Director
Sacramento Municipal Utility District | Human Resources Technician/Internship Program Coordinator
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
Cal Poly Pomona | Internship & Cooperative Education Analyst, Center for Community Engagement
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.
Vice President & Employment Development Director
California Intern Network | Workforce Development Director
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.
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.
Two-Year Membership Director
MiraCosta College | Cooperative Work Experience Instructor
John has been an educator for 50 years. 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. As a Cooperative Work Experience Instructor at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, 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 North San Diego County Education COMPACT which is a non-profit organization to serve at risk youth.
He has a Bachelor Degree in Biology from San Diego State University and a Masters of Science Degree in Computers and Education from National University.