Professional Staff

  • Warren Kistner '83

    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.

    Contact: wkistner@iwu.edu

  •  Brian Richardson '09

     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

    Contact: brichar1@iwu.edu

  • Nicole Poggendorf

    Assistant Director for Career Development

    Nicole graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Secondary Teacher Certification from Eastern Illinois University. After graduation, she worked in business management for nine years before accepting a teaching position at Georgetown Ridge-Farm High School. In this position, Nicole developed a passion for helping students plan for their future.

    In 2015, Nicole decided to pursue a degree in College Student Personnel Services.  Through this experience, Nicole obtained a position at Lake Land Community College as an Outreach Advisor for TRIO.  In this position, she advised and mentored students on career and educational pathways.  She graduated from Arkansas State University with a Master’s of Science in College Student Personnel Services in May of 2018.  In her role at the Hart Career Center, Nicole will provide career counseling, graduate school preparation, and programming.

    Nicole has been married to Steve for nearly 14 years, and they have an eight-year-old daughter named Evie. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her friends and family, photography, and traveling. In addition, Nicole is an entrepreneur and has founded and managed a successful online business for nearly five years.

    Contact: npoggend@iwu.edu

  • Michele Murray Darnell '88

    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, travelling and reading.

    Contact: mdarnell@iwu.edu

  • Patrick Zajac '18

    Career Technology and Recruitment 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 worked with students on 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 Career Technology and Recruitment Specialist, Patrick’s duties include coordinating campus recruiting visits and career fairs, and assisting students and employers in navigating the Handshake system used for internship and full time employment opportunities. In his free time, Patrick enjoys watching all Chicago sports teams, especially the Cubs, playing basketball, reading, and riding his bike. He is also very passionate about community involvement and giving back to people in need.

    Contact: pzajac@iwu.edu

  • Jenifer Jordan 

    Administrative Specialist

    Jennifer attended Normal Community High School and continued her education at Lincoln College School of Travel. After completing her Travel Studies program, she moved to Missouri where she raised her children and owned and operated their family business, Whitewater Honey Company. After her children started school, she worked in the hospitality industry as an Assistant Manager for Drury Hotels, where she enjoyed getting to know the guests. In 2013, she moved back to Illinois and started working as a Credit Card Analyst for State Farm Bank. In January of 2018, she began her work at Illinois Wesleyan as the Administrative Specialist at the Hart Career Center.

    In her role as the Administrative Specialist, Jennifer’s duties include coordinating the student staff, assisting with the Career Immersion Excursion and Career Fairs, and managing the daily operations of the Career Center. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy snowmobiling and attending car shows. She also enjoys spending time with her children and her new puppy Rickie.

    Contact: jjordan1@iwu.edu

Student Staff

Career Peers:

Internship Coordinator - Sydney Alery '20
Special Events Coordinator - Jackie Dziewior '19
Publicity Coordinators - Elena VanDelinder '19
Technology Coordinator - Grainne Kelly '19

Career Resource Assistants:
Brice Robinson '20
Jemima Egwuube '19
Min Hyuk Kim '20
Isabel Michniak '21

 

[contact them at (309) 556-3071]