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    Our Staff


    Megan Nicklaus

    Megan-NicklausCareer Center Director

    Megan joined the Career Center as the Director in 2013. Prior to joining CC, she was the Associate Director for the Center for Student Development at Vanderbilt University, where she led the campus recruiting program and worked extensively with career coaching. Megan holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Dayton and a Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She feels fortunate to work with such a wonderful team and with a College Community, where faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and even students are committed to helping students prepare and connect to meaningful work.

    When I was growing up I wanted to be a doctor – I went all the way through college pursuing that goal, until I volunteered at a local hospital and realized the sight of blood makes me faint.


    Andrea Culp

    Career CoachAndrea Culp


    Andrea joined the Career Center in 1997. She learned of, and gained, her first position in the office by happenstance (ask her more about it). Andrea has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s in Community Counseling from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The Career Center has changed a great deal over the years, and she has had the pleasure of growing, adapting, and continually challenging herself through several different roles within the office.

    I wanted to be a child psychologist when I was a kid. 

    Heather Kelley Heather_Headshot

    Career Coach


    Heather joined the Career Center in the fall of 2020.  A Colorado native, she earned her degree in Human Development & Family Studies from Colorado State University.  Heather is excited to share her business acumen across various industries and leadership experience while connecting businesses, students, alumni and communities for opportunities for excellence from education to career.   She delights in working with students and assisting them in reaching their potential and assimilating their education with their respective career paths.  When not working, she does all things mountainy…skiing, hiking, paddle boarding, mountain biking, etc., but her number one passion is reading. 

    I wanted to be an interior designer when I was in 8th grade.  I know this because my teacher, Mr. Svendsen, had us write it down in 8th grade and then later mailed it to us when we graduated college!

    Briana (Bri) WallsBri_Walls Headshot

    Career Coach


    Bri is a new team member in the Career Center at Colorado College. She has a BS degree in Business from Edgewood College and a MA in Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Prior to coming to Colorado College, Bri has worked in diverse fields such as: Entertainment, Healthcare, and Recruitment. She is inspired by helping students find their why and solidify their identity while on their educational journey. When not at CC, Bri enjoys traveling, hosting game nights, and going down a rabbit hole on Twitter.

    As a kid I wanted to be an archeologist by day, like Indiana Jones, and work for the embassy as a spy by night, you know… like James Bond.  However, after MANY attempts of procuring artifacts and being a sleuth resulted in me getting in trouble that dream of mine became short lived.

    Gretchen WardellGretchen Wardell

    Career Coach/Pre-Law Advisor


    Gretchen graduated with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Jacksonville University in Florida. A Colorado Springs native, she then moved back and worked for a real estate development company that managed shopping malls for many years.  She received her Master’s from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in Counseling. Working with the students here inspires her every day because of the amazing things students want to accomplish. She loves helping students find their voice and tell their stories.

    My dream job growing up was to work with giraffes at the zoo. But then I realized I had to take a lot of science classes, so I quickly changed my mind. Although, they are still my favorites when visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo!


    Cari HanrahanCari Hanrahan Staff Photo
    Director of the Public Interest Fellowship Program and Nonprofit Initiatives

    Cari Hanrahan has a BA in Psychology from Carleton College and an MA in Leadership from the Schoolof Education at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She first found her niche in the nonprofit world as a college access coach with College Possible at South Division High School in Milwaukee, WI. She moved to Colorado in 2014 to run outreach and access in the CC Office of Admission before shifting into the Career Center. As the Director for PIFP and Nonprofit Initiatives, she’s thrilled to have a foot in each of her favorite doors: nonprofits and higher education. Cari absolutely loves working with students on their PIFP application materials, and if you twist her arm she’ll likely have side conversations with you about leadership, resilience, and the nonprofit sector.

    When Cari was a little kid, she wanted to be a Broadway Star. The last (and only) time she’s ever acted on stage was in 3rd grade.

    Brett Woodard
    Director of the Colorado College Edge Internship Program
    719.389.6279Brett headshot for CC website

    A Pennsylvania native, Brett earned a Bachelor's in Journalism and a Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining CC, he was the Associate Director for Experiential Learning and Entrepreneurship at The College of Wooster, where he collaborated with faculty, alumni, and corporate and community partners to help students bridge liberal arts and the professional world through team-based consulting projects and internships. He has worked extensively in Career Development, spanning roles at Appalachian State University, UNC-Greensboro, Elon University and Saint Joseph’s University. An avid photographer, Brett regularly has camera gear in tow, whether on campus or a mountain top, and also enjoys graphic design, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking.

    When I was growing up, I wanted to be a newscaster, filmmaker, or children’s book author and illustrator.

    Natalie Cepeda
    Office Manager
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    Natalie joined the Career Center in January 2020.  Prior to coming to Colorado College, she was the Student Life Coordinator at Columbia College Chicago where she was responsible for planning campus events and collaborating with other departments such as Commencement, Convocation and New Student Orientation. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and painting.

    As a child, I really liked fast cars, so I wanted to be a race car driver. This didn’t go over well with my parents.