Professional Staff

  • Warren Kistner

    Career Center Director

    Warren is an Illinois Wesleyan University alumnus of the class of '83. 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, IASCUS, the Midwest Association of Colleges & Employers, as well as other professional associations.


  • Abby Reel

    Associate Director for Career Development

    Abby graduated from IWU in 2004 and started her career in higher education at IWU as an admission counselor that same year. She left IWU in 2008 to finish her master’s degree in counseling and took a role at ISU as an academic advisor while simultaneously finishing her counseling internship at the ISU student counseling center. Once she obtained her LPC and NCC designations she moved to ICC in East Peoria in 2011 to work as a Counselor and Advisor for the Advising and Career Department at ICC. She quickly advanced at ICC and became Coordinator of the Transfer Center in 2012 and then worked as a faculty member and advisor in the Social Science Department teaching introduction to psychology, child development, and adulthood and aging courses. During that time, she also served as an adjunct faculty member for the Psychology Department at Eureka College where she taught Counseling Theory for their senior seminar students.  Abby left ICC in May of 2014 to launch Methodist College's first campus wide advising program as Director of Advising. She was later promoted to Director of Admissions and Advising.  She was thrilled to see the position she has dreamed of become available at the career center in 2015 and didn't hesitate to make the move back to IWU! 

    Abby is involved in many professional organizations related to her field in Higher Education (IACAC, NACADA, Midwest ACE, etc) as well as serves as a board member of several organizations in her community. Abby has been admitted to Benedictine University’s Doctoral Program in Higher Education and Organizational Change.  She specializes in working with undecided students and approaches the task of determining a major/career from a strengths based framework.  On the side, Abby is quite the entrepreneur and runs a successful chair cover business for weddings/events in the central Illinois area and partners with her mom on an etsy shop focused on handmade memory crafts.    


  •  Brian Richardson

     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 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


  • Monica Wong

    Career Technology and Recruitment Specialist

    Monica began working at Illinois Wesleyan University in August 2011 in the Financial Aid Office where she held the positions of Office Coordinator and Student Employment Program Coordinator.   She made the move to the Hart Career Center as the Career Technology and Recruitment Specialist in August of 2016. Her role as Career Technology and Recruitment Specialist includes working with employers for on campus recruiting visits, and helping students and employers navigate the Titan CareerLink system used by the Career Center for internship and full time employment opportunities for IWU students.  In her free time, Monica enjoys spending time with her very busy children often on the sidelines cheering them on.  She is very passionate about community service and enjoys working with the SOAR program and at Salvation Army Safe Harbor Shelter.


  •  Becky Mentzer

     Career Counselor

     Becky is making a return appearance to the Hart Career Center having been a Career Counselor here from 1998-2002 before taking a position in the Honors Program at Illinois State University, where she worked until retiring in 2014. While at ISU, Becky coordinated the Presidential Scholars Program, providing academic advising and creating and teaching numerous one-hour honors interdisciplinary themed seminars. And she isn’t exactly “retired,” as she does professional development training on a part-time contract basis also. She completed her bachelor’s degree in 1993, as a nontraditional student, in Psychology followed by her master’s in counseling psychology in 1996. She is excited to be working with college students again during Abby’s maternity leave. Becky is involved in Association of Women in Communication, YWCA’s Equal Pay Coalition, Sr. Professionals, Normal History Club, and many activities at her church. She enjoys reading, knitting and crocheting, and traveling near and far with her husband of almost 40 years. She would gladly show you pictures of her eight grandchildren, too, because being “Grandma Becky” brings her much joy!

    Contact: bmentzer

Student Staff

Career Peers:

Internship Coordinator - Maggie Graham
Special Events Coordinator - Patrick Zajac
Publicity Coordinators - Alyssa Kaufman
Technology Coordinator - Grainne Kelly

Career Resource Assistants:

Grainne Kelly
Brice Robinson
Jackie Dziewior
Jemima Egwuube

[contact them at (309) 556-3071]