Career Center Director
Warren is an Illinois Wesleyan University alumnus of the class of 1983. He completed his undergraduate study in Business Administration with a minor in History. Following five years of Business Management experience, he completed a Master's in Counseling at Illinois State University. Warren has worked in career services since 1991. He started his tenure at IWU in 1995. Currently, his duties as director include career counseling, graduate school preparation, programming, employer development, alumni services, and administration/strategic planning.
In his spare time, Warren enjoys traveling, biking, and reading. He is also a nature lover with a hobby of ponds and water gardens. He is actively engaged in the Bloomington - Normal community through Rotary International, American Red Cross and other philanthropic work. Professionally Warren has held many leadership roles in ISCPA/CCCI, IASCUS, the Midwest Association of Colleges & Employers, as well as other professional associations.
Assistant Director for Career Engagement / Internship Coordinator
Brian is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, class of 2009, with a B.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he was ordained into ministry and has been serving as Assistant Pastor in Bloomington-Normal since that time. While in this role, Brian has served as administrator, working with various businesses, community organizations, and community members. He has a passion for helping others achieve their vision, goals, and destiny, and he has written a book titled R.E.S.T. to Success, which highlights principles to help others achieve success.
In his role at the Hart Career Center, Brian’s duties include career counseling and internship coordination. He looks to continue to maintain the reputation of a strong internship program with a commitment to growth and excellence that will allow students to explore their passions through experiential learning opportunities.
Brian has been married for over 8 years to Alisha Richardson (IWU ’09) and they have two wonderful children, Hazael and Elise. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, biking, and watching both basketball and hip-hop dance competitions. Brian also helps his wife run her design, brand, and development business that serves both businesses and not-for- profits
Pre-Health and Biology Career Advisor
Michele graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1988 with a degree in Elementary Education. She then spent the next 30 years as a member of IWU’s Admissions staff (including a one-year stint as a College Counselor at Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) in St. Louis). She loved working with students, parents and counselors and helping them learn more about IWU and the admissions/financial aid process.
Professionally, she was an active member of IACAC and NACAC. In the summer of 2018, Michele moved into the newly created Pre-Health & Biology Career Advisor position and is a member of NAAHP. She is eager to continue her work with students—helping them secure meaningful shadowing/internship opportunities and navigate the journey while they prepare for the variety of graduate and professional schools beyond IWU. Away from campus, Michele enjoys time with her husband, Wade, and busy family (Ryan, Courtney, Steven and Terrion)…watching her active children play sports, updating their home, landscaping, traveling and reading.
Assistant Director for Employer Relations/Career Specialist
Patrick graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2018 with a major in Business Administration and minor in Human Services Management. During his time at Illinois Wesleyan, Patrick worked in the Hart Career Center for two years as the Special Events Coordinator where he facilitated the Career Center’s practice interview program, organized monthly career-focused programming, and assisted students with resumes and cover letters. In addition, he was an Intern in IWU’s Admissions Office where he helped prospective students and their families with the college application process. Patrick was also involved on campus as a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and Collegiate DECA.
In his role as the Assistant Director for Employer Relations/Career Specialist, Patrick’s duties include advising students on internships, post-graduate planning, and career counseling. He also coordinates campus recruiting and programming, facilitates marketing campaigns for the office, and assists students and employers in navigating the Handshake system used for internship and full time employment opportunities. Patrick is very passionate about marketing and technology and their role in connecting students with employers in this everchanging recruiting landscape.
In his free time, Patrick loves watching all Chicago sports teams, especially the Cubs, playing basketball, reading, and riding his bike. He lalso enjoys participating in community events and giving back to people in need.
Lisa graduated from Illinois State University in 2020 with a Master’s degree in Communication. Prior to that, Lisa received her Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Interpersonal Communication (minor in Spanish) as well. She is passionate about her research and has recently presented at regional and national conferences. She has worked in career coaching for the last 4 years, specifically focusing on helping college-aged students navigate their professional growth and journey.
In her role, Lisa is here to walk alongside all students navigating their next steps in their professional development. She’s passionate about helping students discover their full potential through self-reflection and identification of strengths, such as utilizing self-assessments (the Enneagram and StrengthsFinder are her favorites!). Lisa advises all students, but specifically focuses on seeing first-year students, students who are undecided on major/career, and students interested in graduate school.
Lisa loves old fashioned vanilla milkshakes, watching reruns of Full House, solo road trips, Amtrak, Europe travels, and writing snail mail. She is actively involved in many local and national organizations, including Young Life and the Association for Women in Communication. As a local to the Bloomington-Normal area, Lisa enjoys making connections with students and professionals in the community.
Jessica graduated from the Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. Following her first year as a full-time band and choir director, she decided to take a break from teaching to explore her interest in administration. She plans to pursue a Master’s in Performing Arts Administration online at Roosevelt University in Chicago. In her role at the Hart Career Center, Jessica handles logistics for the career fairs, implements the First Destination Graduate Survey, manages parts of the Handshake system, monitors the front desk by supervising student workers, tracks the department budget, and plans career discovery trips.
During her time as a student at IWU, Jessica worked as the Executive Assistant and Ensemble Manager on the staff for the Director of the Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. In addition to playing French horn in those ensembles, she played mellophone in IWU’s Titan Band: the World’s Most Dangerous Pep Band. She also performed vocally in University Choir and led Illinois Wesleyan’s premier all female a cappella group, Touch of Class.
In addition, Jessica served as President and Vice President, Membership in IWU’s chapter of the Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity. She is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi international honor society and Kappa Delta Pi education honor society. Jessica is the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Band Award, IWU School of Music Director's Scholarship, SAI Undergraduate Scholarship, and SAI Ruby Sword of Honor.
Marketing Coordinator - Emma Helferich '22
Publicity Coordinator - Dave O'Neil '21
Special Events Coordinator - Gia Joyce '21
Internship Program Assistant - Isabel Michniak '21
Career Resource Assistants - Kacie Moore '23 & Taima Saei '22