Career Development Center
Meet our Professional Staff
Mary Willis, MA
Mary Willis has been serving as the Director of the Career Development Center since January 2021. She joined Fresno State in 2015 as the Internship Coordinator for the Jordan College and, in 2017, moved to the Career Development Center as the University Internship Coordinator.
Mary’s career in higher education began as a Career Counselor at Fresno City College. For nine years, she served as the Director of Career Resources at Fresno Pacific University and then was the Founding Director of Career Services at UC Merced.
Mary is passionate about guiding students in making informed career decisions and developing strategic career action plans, which include participation in internships. She also greatly enjoys working with industry partners to develop new internship opportunities.
Mary received both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Education - Counseling and Student Services from Fresno State.
Dr. Adrian Ramirez, EDD, MBA, CSP
Associate Director and Career Liaison to Craig School of Business
Dr. Adrian Ramirez is the Associate Director and liaison to the Craig School of Business. He joined Fresno State in 2006 as a Career Counselor, and in 2011, served as Project Director for a university grant (Title V- Hispanic Serving Institution). In 2016, Dr. Ramirez moved to his current role where he supports students with their career development and professional goals.
Dr. Ramirez began his college career as a transfer student from Fresno City College. He is a three-time graduate from Fresno State, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Marketing option; Master of Business Administration; and Doctorate of Education.
Administrative Support Coordinator
Audrey Munoz has worked on campus for 2 years starting in the College of Health and Human Services. She served as an Administrative Support Assistant in the Department of Social Work, Public Health and Physical Therapy. In December 2019, she joined the Career Development Center as the Administrative Support Coordinator where she handles the budget for the department as well as the Money Management Center.
Audrey is currently attending Clovis Community College where she is completing prerequisite courses to transfer to Fresno State, and ultimately apply to the Master of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling program. She hopes to one day serve the community by making a positive impact and influence on as many lives as possible.
Damian Lay, BS
Employer Connection Specialist
Damian Lay is the Employer Connections Specialist at the Career Development Center. He joined Fresno State in 2020.
Damian's career in higher education began at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to his experience working in student affairs and career services, he also worked in education consulting in Beijing, China for five years.
Damian works with employers big and small to promote their opportunities to Fresno State students. In addition to connecting with employers, he oversees marketing and event planning efforts for the Career Development Center.
Damian received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Claudia Ceja, MS
University Internship Coordinator
Claudia Ceja joined the Career Development Center as the University Internship Coordinator in May 2022. She previously worked on campus for 8 years in the Social Work Department as the Administrative Support Assistant for the internship office, and in the Kremen School of education for 10 years as an Office Assistant, Job Developer and Teacher Internship Support Assistant.
Claudia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Clinical
Mental Health Counseling from Fresno State.
Jody Burum, MA, CCSP, GCDF
Career Counselor and Liaison to Kremen School of Education and Human Development, and University Advising Center
Jody Burum has over 20 years of experience in Student Affairs providing various levels of counseling (career, vocational, personal, academic, credential, and transfer) and has taught college courses on student success and career development. Her experience spans from centralized Career Centers, Disability Resources Centers, Extended Opportunity Programs & Services and college advising.
As an advocate, she offers tools to not only succeed academically but to thrive as a professional. Jody specializes in complex career decision-making and believes in the importance of lifelong career development. In Spring 2017, she was awarded the 2016-2017 Outstanding Advisor Award.
Jody earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Fresno State, and a Master of Arts in Education: Counseling and Guidance from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is a Certified Strong Interest Inventory Practitioner, Certified Career Services Provider and Global Career Development Facilitator.
Nora Diaz-Vasquez, MS, CSP
Career Counselor and Liaison to College of Health and Human Services
Nora Diaz-Vasquez has over 10 years of experience in the field of career counseling. She joined Fresno State in 2013 and currently serves as a Career Counselor and liaison to the College of Health and Human Services.
As a Career Services Provider (CSP), Nora serves as an advocate for students and alumni as they work toward achieving their personal, academic, and career goals. In Spring 2018, she was awarded the 2017-2018 Outstanding Advisor Award.
Nora earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - International Business option, and a Master of Science in Counseling - Counseling and Student Services option from Fresno State.
J. Daniel Gomez Martinez, MS
Career Counselor and Liaison to College of Science and Mathematics, and Lyles College of Engineering
J. Daniel Gomez Martinez serves as a Career Counselor and Liaison to the College of
Science and Mathematics, and Lyles College of Engineering. He has worked at Fresno
State for over 8 years in the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
in two other student services (College Assistance Migrant Program [CAMP] and Dream
Success Center). Daniel is experienced in university admissions, financial aid, undocumented/Dream
student advising, and first-generation student programming. Currently, he is specializing
in career counseling involving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
career pathways. Daniel also supports the Men and Men of Color Student Success initiative
and partners with the services and resources for Veterans and Military-Affiliated
Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Master of Science in Counseling - Student Affairs & College Counseling from Fresno State.
Sheila Gallagher-Price, BS
Student Employment Specialist, and Liaison to College of Social Sciences
Sheila Gallagher-Price has worked at Fresno State, specifically within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, for over 30 years and loves serving students. Her professional experience spans from academic advising to currently overseeing 2,000 student employee job positions as the Student Employment Specialist in the Career Development Center.
Sheila is a member of the Employer Relations Team, overseeing the coordination of on-campus interviewing with employers, and is a Career Liaison to the College of Social Sciences.
Sheila earned her Associate of Arts from Merced College before transferring to Fresno State, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Marketing option.
Claudia Lopez, BS
Career Advisor and Liaison to the College of Arts and Humanities, and Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
Claudia Lopez is the Career Advisor and Liaison to the College of Arts and Humanities and the Jordan College of Agriculture Sciences and Technology. During her college career, Claudia worked on the campuses of Fresno City College and Fresno State as a student employee in various departments and enjoyed many valuable internship experiences. Upon graduation, Claudia was employed by the United State Department of Agriculture as an Inspector in Charge committed to ensuring food quality and availability from field to fork. As an alumna, Claudia returned to Fresno State as a professional in the Office of Faculty Affairs supporting and advising faculty members in personnel matters.
Claudia is dedicated to empowering others through sharing resources, networking, and celebrating community. Claudia's heart is to guide students in self-discovery that will inspire vision to possible career pathways.
Claudia has earned three Associate of Arts degrees in Office Administration & Human Resources, Para Education, and Adaptive Horticulture from Fresno City College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant Science from Fresno State.
Martha Serrano, MSW
Coordinator, Money Management Center
Martha Serrano joined the Money Management Center as the Money Management Coordinator in September 2022. She previously served as a Graduate Intern at California State University, Stanislaus at the Warrior Cross Cultural Center. She also completed a graduate project and served as the Research Activities Coordinator to develop digital storytelling curriculum and coordinate virtual programming to raise awareness on mental health stressors impacting Latinx college students.
Martha has over ten years of experience in the social work sector consisting of program development, coordinating outreach efforts and developing networking relationships in the community.
Martha earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from San Jose State University, and a Master of Social Work from California State University, Stanislaus.
Meet our Student Staff
Taylor Kelton Kaylee Ruiz Abigail Phillips Isabella Barrera
Career Peer Mentor Career Peer Mentor Career
Peer Mentor Career Peer Mentor
& Marketing Intern