Director, T. Rowe Price Career and Innovation Center
Jeni is the Director of the Career and Innovation Center. In her role, Jeni leads the Career Center and its staff helping to cultivate growth in career services, promote employer relationships, and provide opportunities for alumni and students to receive career guidance, professional development, career mentorship, internships, employment, and events. She is passionate about career development and building relationships at UCCS and in the Colorado Springs community.
Jeni has a Master of Arts in School Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Minor in Applied Psychology.
Jeni is a semi-native of Colorado Springs, coming here from Germany when she was 3 years old. With 20+ years of experience in education and leadership, she has held various positions in K-12 from dance coach to high school counselor. She loves the process of career development and seeing the growth and confidence that happens in students when they find their path. A leader for most of her career, she is dedicated to making the best atmosphere for those she leads knowing their job satisfaction will translate to students and foster student success.
When Jeni is not working, she loves to spend time with her family, her children and 4 grandchildren are the lights in her life. Her favorite outdoor activities are kayaking and hiking. She likes to travel with her husband and go on adventures. An animal lover, she has 2 dogs and hopes to have a cat join her family. Jeni is all about the human connection and enjoys meeting new people and spending time with friends.
Career Exploration Coach
Brie is the Career Exploration Coach with the Career and Innovation Center. In her role, she assists students and alumni at all phases and stages of exploration. From deciding on a major to transitioning into a new career path, Brie walks students through tips, tricks, and tools that are helpful in laying the initial foundation needed to figure out what’s best (and next!) for students! Brie is graduating May 2022 with a Master’s Degree in Communication with a specialization in Training & Development from UCCS. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Public Relations from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Brie was raised in Aruba (yes, the Beach Boys “Kokomo” Aruba!), and worked in a variety of interpersonal roles within hospitality, training and development, and public relations. After reading the book “Designing Your Life” for a graduate class, Brie was inspired by the aha and insight gained and thought, “Where was this when I was in college!?” She then set out on a mission to fuse this kind of work onto the campus to help students stuck, overwhelmed, and anxious around figuring out the $1,000,000 question -> What’s my purpose?
On her off-time, you can find Brie watering her jungle of plants, rock climbing with her husband, skiing blues with friends, hanging with her dogs at the dog park, or art-ing around with glitter, acrylic, and 3D collaging. Her favorite part of the job is the invitation into students’ lives to explore interests and uncover talents of students/alumni.
Pre-Health Career Coach
Sarah is the Pre-Health Career Coach with the Career and Innovation Center. She provides career coaching to undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni who are pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-veterinary, medical laboratory sciences or have interest in the healthcare field.
Sarah earned her Master’s Degree in Leadership with a specialization in Student Affairs in Higher Education from UCCS. She has her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Georgia Southern University with minors in Spanish and Art History. Sarah has worked in the field of education since 2007, working with K-12 military students building supportive programming as a liaison with the local military bases and community. She has been a military spouse for 12 years and is committed to serving our military population. In her younger years, she traveled to over 25 countries as a backpacker and humanitarian, living in Spain, Argentina and Japan and strongly advocates for our study abroad programs. She is a mother to 3 awesome little boys and loves hiking, mountain biking, gardening, thrifting, watercolor and skiing in the beautiful mountains of Colorado.
Her favorite part of her job is working with an awesome team and helping our diverse student population achieve their dreams of becoming medical professionals; improving the confidence of students and seeing them succeed is so rewarding.
Catherine Barrios - Persall
Catherine (she/her/ella) is the Career Coach specializing in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) with the Career and Innovation Center. In her role, she provides career advising and coaching to undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni throughout their career journey. As a transfer student and first-gen college graduate, she understands the value of making the most out of the college experience and enjoys connecting students and alumni with innovative experiences to explore their interests, gain new skills, and reach their goals.
Catherine earned her Master’s in Public Administration with certification in Emergency Management and Homeland Security and a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Political Science with a concentration in Chinese (Mandarin) from Florida State University. She has studied abroad in China, conducted graduate research in Chile, and has traveled for professional conferences across North America, including Canada. Catherine has worked in a variety of roles within higher education, government, non-profit, healthcare, and emergency management, including working with NASA Headquarters.
During her personal time, she enjoys playing alto saxophone, exploring Colorado, learning languages, playing board games, and planning her next travel destination. Raised in international hubs in California, Florida and Guatemala, Catherine has a deep appreciation for making connections with people from around the world and creating a culture of inclusion and belonging.