Career Development Center
Meet our Professional Staff
Mary Willis, MA
Interim Director and University Internship Coordinator
Mary Willis is excited to take on the interim role of Director of the Career Development Center along with serving as the University Internship Coordinator. She joined Fresno State in 2015 as the Internship Coordinator for the Jordan College and, in 2017, moved to her current role in the Career Development Center.
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.
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.
Jody Burum, MA, CCSP, GCDF
Career Counselor and Liaison to Kremen School of Education and Human Development, College of Arts and Humanities, 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 Advisor and Liaison to College of Science and Mathematics, and Lyles College of Engineering
J. Daniel Gomez Martinez serves as a Career Advisor 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 and Math career pathways. Daniel also serves in the Committee for Men and Men of Color Student Success.
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.
Meet our Student Staff
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Tyler Reyes, BS
Career Coach & Liaison to the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Career
Jaclyn Aquino Sumit Sidhu Angela Hickman Esmeralda Guzman Gina Thao
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