Brett McKinney is a Career Coach in Career and Professional Development at St. Edward’s University. Brett assists students in developing their career goals, as well as supporting them throughout the job and internship interview process with resume/cover letter writing, mock interviews, and more. Before joining the team at St. Edward’s University, Brett worked as a middle school special education teacher, with the production team at Nickelodeon, and most recently in Admissions and New Student Programs at his alma mater, Portland State University. He received his Master of Science in Special Education from Hunter College and has a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising Management from Portland State.
Brett works with students in the Bill Munday School of Business.
Kiera is a Career Coach in Career and Professional Development. She comes to the Hilltop after a year working as a Career Advising Fellow in the Student Professional Development Center at Elon University. She additionally served as a graduate assistant in the Athletic Academic Affairs office at the University of Virginia where she worked with student-athletes on their academic success, leadership skills and personal development. She holds a Master of Education in Higher Education and Intercollegiate Athletics Administration from UVA and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies from Assumption University. She is skilled in assisting students with professional development materials (resumes, cover letters, personal statements, etc.), networking skills (LinkedIn, Informational Interviews, etc.) and job search/interviewing skills.
Kiera works with students in the School of Natural Sciences.
Ashley Walton is a Career Coach in Career and Professional Development at St. Edward’s University. Ashley works with students to help develop career goals, assist with career exploration, resume and cover letter writing, advise on the graduate school process and an array of career related topics. Ashley is currently working towards her licensure to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and her previous experience includes working as a Disability Counselor in the office of Student Disability Services at St. Edward’s University, as well as a middle school counselor and a high school English and English as a Second Language Teacher. Ashley has her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin.
Ashley works with students in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Jason De La Rosa
Director of Career and Professional Development
Jason De La Rosa serves as the Director of Career and Professional Development (CAPD) at St. Edward’s University. With over 16 years of experience in program development and a passion for higher education, Jason understands the importance of building rapport, researching best practices, and adapting to ever-changing situations to help his students and team reach their personal and professional goals and objectives. He takes great pride in motivating and inspiring his students and team to continuously challenge themselves. Prior to becoming the Director of Career and Professional Development, he created and implemented St. Edward’s University’s Pre-Health Professions program, which is now housed under CAPD. Jason received his Master of Arts in the Social Sciences, with an emphasis in Sociology, from the University of Chicago and has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology from Southwestern University.
Programming & Events Coordinator
Jennifer Ansier is the Programming and Events Coordinator in the Career and Professional Development (CAPD) office at St. Edward’s University. With over twenty years experience in higher education, Jennifer develops, markets, and implements CAPD’s programs and events supporting students, alumni, employers, faculty, and staff. Jennifer also closely collaborates with the Career Coaching team to provide career counseling for students and alumni. She has traveled to London and South Africa with students in the common text study abroad programs and has been an advisor for the Spring Break Experience program. Jennifer has taught a number of classes, including First Year Experience, The American Experience, Critical Thinking, and Research Seminar & Portfolio, and is currently teaching career management and Capstone classes. Jennifer has a Master of Arts in Human Services with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution from St. Edward’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin.