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Career Services

Career Services Staff

Vicki Sannuto, M. Ed., LMHC, Director

Phone: (509) 963-1921
Office: Bouillon - 206C
Book an appointment with Vicki

Education/Experience: Master of Education in Counseling; Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from the University of Calgary;  Licensed mental health counselor; 13 years as a career counselor and counting; Certified to facilitate MBTI, MBTI Step II, Strong, and Dependable Strengths.
Favorite thing about CWU:  The people!  Staff, faculty, students are great to work with!
Favorite thing to do outside of work:  Ride my bike(s). Long distance road riding, mountain biking or commuting to work. It's all good.
Favorite quote:  "Failure to some is not failure to all" Cuff the Duke.  If you haven't failed at anything, you haven't tried anything.  Not everyone will see your mistakes the same way you do.  We are usually hardest on ourselves.  I'd rather see people take risks to get the life they want than live in fear of what could be.


Steve Laing, MPA, Assistant Director, CWU Des Moines

Phone: (206) 439-3800 x3841
Office: CWU Des Moines,
Building #29 - Room 262
Book an appointment with Steve

Education/Experience:  Masters of Public Administration, University of Alaska Southeast; Bachelor of Science in Journalism, University of Oregon. Twenty years of secondary and higher education career counseling, program development, and administration; ten-plus years of publication development, design, writing, editing, advertising sales and marketing. 
Favorite thing about CWU:  The friendly and helpful staff, supportive faculty, engaging students, and its small school atmosphere.
Favorite thing to do outside of work:  Fly fishing and boating on Northwest rivers and lakes, bird and wildlife watching, and volunteering to support conservation-related educational events and activities. 
Favorite quote: "Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." - Henry David Thoreau   AND   "Never confuse motion with action." - Ernest Hemingway

Bruce Simpson, MA, Employer Outreach Liaison

Phone: (509) 963-1921
Office: Bouillon - 206G

Education/Experience:  Master’s Degree (Recreation Administration), University of Northern Colorado, Bachelor’s Degree (Interdisciplinary Studies), University of New Mexico; Certified to facilitate Dependable Strengths.
Favorite thing about CWU:  Just the right size and located in a great setting.
Favorite thing to do outside of work:  Jump on the trampoline with my kids
Favorite quote: Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of a scoop of ice cream falling from the cone.

Chuck Zimchek, PhD, MCC, GCDF

Phone: (509) 963-1921
Office: Bouillon - 206E
Book an appointment with Chuck

Education/Experience: PhD in Counseling from Oregon State University; MA in Guidance and Counseling from Loma Linda University; BS in Medical Technology from Pacific Union College; I have worked in a variety of career fields including medical technology, teaching math and science, farming, piano tuning, construction, high school counseling, teaching as an adjunct college professor, and career counseling. Certified to facilitate MBTI, Strong, and Dependable Strengths.
Favorite thing about CWU: I really enjoy the people I work with and believe strongly in the value of what I do.
Favorite thing to do outside of work: Hiking and cross-country skiing.
Favorite quote: "Seek first to understand, then to be understood."

Ian Morris, Data Consultant 1

Phone: (509) 963-1820
Office: Bouillon - 206D

Education/Experience: Master of Education from UC Riverside with an emphasis in Educational Sociology and Motivation Theory; Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara; Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), 6+ years of experience in career advising and hiring manager roles.
Favorite thing about CWU: The culture. CWU’s unique setting and environment make it an ideal place for those looking to balance an active/outdoor lifestyle with a passion for learning and higher education. Attracting intelligent but “down-to-earth” individuals, CWU’s unique culture seems to strike an ideal balance between work and play while creating a positive and collaborative atmosphere for both the campus and the local community.  
Favorite thing to do outside of work: All things outdoors or nerdy. I enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, snowboarding and more, or just “nerding out” with a good game and a few friends.
Favorite quotes: “I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.” Douglas Adams

“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”  Margaret Mead

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work” Thomas A. Edison

Jay Pfeiffer, MA, Career Counselor, College of Business

Phone: (509) 963-1921
Office: Bouillon - 206F
Book an appointment with Jay

Education/Experience: Master of Science in Counseling and College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University; Bachelor of Science in Media Communication Technology from East Stroudsburg University;  Certified in administration of the Strong Interest Inventory and practicing career counselor since 2010.
Favorite thing about CWU:  The community, both Ellensburg and CWU!
Favorite thing to do outside of work:  Hiking, trivia, working on cars, and enjoying a finely crafted beer.
Favorite quotes:  

·        If you’re not first you’re last – Ricky Bobby

·        If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments – Steven Wright

·        Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not – Arctic Monkeys

Jessey Allen, M. Ed., Career Counselor, College of Education and Professional Studies

Phone: (509) 963-1921
Office: Bouillon - 206X
Book an appointment with Jessey

Education/Experience: MEd in Higher Education, University of Washington;  BA in Psychology, Central Washington University; Certified to facilitate MBTI, Strong, & Dependable Strengths.
Favorite thing about CWU: I love the small class sizes and the feeling of community.
Favorite thing to do outside of work: Cook, drink wine, dance Zumba and salsa, play softball, camp, hike and travel as much as possible
Favorite quote: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” -Seneca

Kristen Paton, Events Coordinator
Phone: (509) 963-2404
Office: Bouillon - 206

Education/Experience: B.A. English, Eastern Illinois University
Favorite thing about CWU: Because it’s a smallish place, everyone is connected. It’s always fun to discover the few degrees of separation between people.
Favorite thing to do outside of work: Reading, watching sci-fi shows with my family, and enjoying wind-free days outside.
Favorite quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Aaron Woods, MA, Career Counselor, College of Arts & Humanities

Phone: (509) 963-1980
Office: Bouillon - 206H
Book an appointment with Aaron 

Education/Experience: Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory.
Favorite thing about CWU: Great university with a wide range of students and degree programs.
Favorite thing to do outside of work: Exercise (biking, running, yoga, cross-fit), watching movies/TV, reading history books.
Favorite quote: I do not know what I may appear to the rest of the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.  Issac Newton

Merridy Rennick, M. Ed., Assistant Director, CWU Lynnwood

Phone: (425) 640-1574 x3878
Office: CWU Lynnwood,
Snoqualmie Hall - Room 302W
Book an appointment with Merridy

Education/Experience: Master of Education in Student Development Administration, Seattle University; Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Washington. Career Counselor, CWU Lynnwood; Assistant Director, Career Development Center, Seattle University; School to Work Coordinator, Edmonds-Woodway High School; Outdoor Educator, Pacific Crest Outward Bound School; Certified to facilitate MBTI, MBTI Step II, Strong, and Dependable Strengths.
Favorite thing about CWU: Working with the amazing students!
Favorite thing to do outside of work: Kiteboarding, Rock Climbing, Skiing, reading, yoga, cooking and enjoying the great outdoors.
Favorite quote: “Not all who wander are lost”


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