Molly Gully joined the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling in November 2015 after serving as an advisor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering for seven years and in the College of Liberal Arts for two years. During her time at the University, she has held leadership roles with the Academic Counselor Association (ACA) and served as an elected representative on Staff Council. Prior to joining the advising profession, she was a counselor and crisis specialist in Phoenix, AZ. Molly holds a master of counseling and a bachelor of arts in humanities from Arizona State University.
Emily joined the Vick Center after serving as an Ombudsman for the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area. Through volunteering in her hometown of Houston, Emily discovered her love for helping high school students choose major and career paths and knew she wanted to work in higher education as a career counselor. She completed a M.A. in counseling from St. Edward’s University after earning her B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Emily has completed internships in private practice and served as an AmeriCorps member with the non-profit, Communities in Schools counseling at risk and underserved youth.
Sara joined the Vick Center after serving as Pre-Health Academic Advisor at the University of Michigan. Prior to becoming an advisor, she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan after obtaining her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Virginia. Sara earned her B.S. in biology and zoology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Alison Devlin has been helping people explore, develop, and plan their education and career opportunities for over twelve years. Alison gained experience in career counseling on a college campus in the Career Services Office at Texas State University while completing her master of arts in counseling from St. Edward’s University. Her experience also spans the globe to include a position as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in the United Kingdom, where she was able to assist people with disabilities in finding and retaining employment. Alison’s education also includes a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.
Kelly joined the Vick Center after completing an academic advising internship at Pennsylvania State University. She previously worked as a financial aid counselor at UT, the University of Houston, and Northern Virginia Community College and served as an AmeriCorps member with the Austin college access non-profit, College Forward. Kelly earned her B.A. in English at Texas A&M University and her M.A. in higher education administration at George Washington University.
Suzanne Gogan joined the Vick Center after serving as an AmeriCorps member with College Forward, an Austin-based nonprofit that provides college access and completion services to underserved students. Suzanne earned her B.A. in political science, with a minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she was inspired to continue working with motivated and influential students in higher education.
Jeff joined the Vick Center after serving as an AmeriCorps member at the Austin-based nonprofit College Forward, where he was a College Completion Coach helping first generation and low-income college students obtain the benefits of higher education and a college degree. Jeff earned his B.A. in Philosophy from SUNY Geneseo.
Senior Program Coordinator
Melva joined the Vick Center in November 2008 after serving as an advisor in various departments at UT, including the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Government, and McCombs School of Business. Prior to her academic advisor positions, she served as an admissions counselor at UT and Concordia University. In addition, Melva has served in many leadership roles within the Academic Counselors Association (ACA) and National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Melva earned a B.A. in behavioral sciences from Concordia University.
Jordyn joined the Vick Center after earning her M. Ed in College and University Student Personnel Administration from UT Austin. In her final semester of college, she realized she wanted to help students navigate university life and guide them in choosing a major they love. Jordyn brings experience from all over campus including Student Judicial Services, Career Services in the College of Natural Sciences, and Athletics Academic and Student Services. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and minor in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Veronica has helped students explore major and career options for over four years. She received her master of arts in Counseling & Guidance in Higher Education at California Polytechnic State University and her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles with a major in psychology and a minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender studies. Veronica discovered her love of higher education and serving students serving two terms in AmeriCorps and has worked in a variety of positions in diversity centers, career centers, academic advising, and housing. Veronica coordinates the career counseling practicum program. She is excited to help students discover their strengths and identify potential career paths.
Bri recently finished her Master’s in higher education counseling from The University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a B.S. in psychology from UT. During the past year, she interned at the Health Professions Office on campus as a health professions coach/advisor, working with students to be successful and competitive for any health professions track. She also recently finished a counseling internship with Communities in Schools at an alternative high school, working with at risk youth.
Bernadette Chavez Piñon (affiliated staff)
Through the Counselors in Academic Residence (CARE) Program, a program that provides mental health services in academic offices to facilitate students’ academic and life goals, Bernadette provides clinical services to the School of Undergraduate Studies and Division of Housing. She utilizes strength-based and solution-focused support regarding life transitions, intuitive eating and body positivity, and emotional management. Bernadette earned her M.A. in professional counseling from Texas State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Approved Supervisor, as well as a National Certified Counselor.
Angela joined the Vick Center after completing an M.S.Ed. in student affairs administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She gained experience in higher education interning at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in academic advising for the college of business and economics and in student engagement for the office of student life. Angela completed a B.B.A with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Sasha worked as a counselor in the Philadelphia School District and in an international high school in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates before moving to Austin and joining the Vick Center. She aims to help students discover life and career paths that are exciting and fulfilling by focusing on their strengths and interests. Sasha holds a M.Phil.Ed. in professional counseling and a M.S.Ed. in counseling and mental health services from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in psychology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.
Christina joined the Vick Center in November 2016 after three years with Breakthrough Austin, a local non-profit that helps create first-generation college graduates. In 2013, Christina earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Christina is originally from the Washington D.C. area and also speaks Spanish.
Mariah joined the Vick Center after earning her M.A. in Professional Counseling from Texas State University. During her time at Texas State University, Mariah served as a Career Counselor Intern for the Career Services Office and held the position of Welcome Center Specialist for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Mariah attributes the start of her counseling career in higher education to her time as a Fish Camp Counselor while earning a B.A. in Communication at Texas A&M University.