Director, Career Connections
Rebecca currently serves as the Interim Director of Career Connections and as a Professor in Teacher Education. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and undergraduate degree in Theatre and Special Education at Stephen F. Austin State University and her master’s degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Texas at Tyler. Rebecca teaches courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.
Her research includes:
First Year Experience (FYE) and P-16 Initiatives: Collaborating with our internal stakeholders to promote an environment that supports our First Year students and sets them up for success. Developing and implementing the concept of “Radical Care” within our climate and culture of FYE to enhance the educational experience for students as they are taking their first steps into higher education. Also, helping to provide continued “Radical Care” to the students as they move from first year through the “summer melt” into their second year. Additionally, of great importance, is to find ways to provide “Radical Care” to the faculty, staff, and students who are supporting our FYE students.
Building and Fostering External Relationships: Working within the institution to develop relationships with external collaborators. This includes the P-12 school systems (both public and private ~ working with them in multiple capacities), community colleges (strengthening transfer alliances and pathways to promote student success and completion), and additional external groups (to partner/collaborate in ways that are beneficial to both organizations).
Facilitating “Changing the World”: Working with future teachers who truly want to make a difference in their community and in our world. Fostering the idea that teachers can make this happen. Working with students (both undergraduate and graduate) to understand the processes, requirements, standards, and state mandates that impact them as future teachers, while still understanding the precious humans that they will have the amazing opportunity to teach.
Leadership and Team Building: Creating an environment that is mutually respectful, empowering, and professional. This has included working to develop diversity, equity, and inclusion capacity the team as well myself, and finding ways to recognize the strengths that each member brings to the group and organization. Working to increase department visibility on and off campus through the development/strengthening of internal and external partnerships. Implement intentional aspects of DEI within the department. Creating a means for collecting more meaningful data.
Brookelyn Bush, M.Ed
Associate Director, Employer Relations
Brookelyn is the Associate Director for Employer Relations at the Texas Woman’s University Career Connections Center. Her background is in social work and education. Within her diverse background, she’s learned that her passion lies in enhancing the quality of life for others, finding a balance, and initially guide one back to a structured environment. Brookelyn is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Family Studies from Texas Woman’s University. She received her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Science from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Texas Woman’s University.
Brookelyn’s strengths lie in communication, listening, problem-solving, and analyzing. These strengths are vital to her because they provide wise counsel to others and allows her to have a different perspective of the world, one that helps to make sense to oneself and to other people. Brookelyn’s Top 5 StrengthsFinder results are Input, Strategic, Futuristic, Learner, and Achiever.
Outside of school and work, Brookelyn enjoys spending time with her husband and children, shopping, and reading a good book. Her favorite quote is from Michele Obama which reads, “The only limit to the height of your achievement is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.”
Student OpportunitiesUrban Fellows Program
Coordinator, Employer Relations
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Lindsley Burgess, M.A., M.S.
Associate Director of Consulting & Programming
Lindsley Burgess serves as the Associate Director of Consulting & Programming for the Career Connections Center at Texas Woman’s University. Lin leads the career consultant team with over eight years of experience in career services in higher education. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Southern University and A&M College, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston – Victoria.
Prior to her role with the Career Connections Center, Lin began her career in career services as a Graduate Assistant with the Counseling and Career Services office at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. She then served as the Career & Student Development Coordinator with McNeese State University’s Career & Student Development Center in Lake Charles, LA. She followed this role as a Career Counselor with the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Career Services office in Houston, TX.
Lin comes to the role of Associate Director with a wealth of knowledge and a strong passion for career counseling and employer engagement. With the goal of enrollment being to earn a degree toward advanced opportunities, universities have an obligation to not only develop students academically but to also invest in their development as professionals. Lin is dedicated to engaging our students, faculty/staff, and employer partners, with the goal being to further develop our students as professionals, enhance their knowledge and experiences beyond the classroom, and assist employers with their recruiting needs!
Lin’s Top 5 CliftonStrengths results are: Empathy, Adaptability, Intellection, Relator, & Learner.
Mallory Metz, M.S.
Career Consultant, College of Health Sciences
Mallory serves as the Career Consultant for the College of Health Sciences and for students who are still exploring their career and major options. Mallory received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in criminal justice, from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Mallory incorporates her counseling background into her consulting approach through her focus on the holistic nature of student development, including career exploration. She is passionate about empowering students to grow and develop in the ways that fit best for them through providing tools for lifelong achievement.
In her spare time, you can find Mallory throwing a ball for her dog, Leo, or contemplating how much she wishes it was fall already. She loves going back home to Louisiana to visit friends and family and enjoy delicious home cooked meals.
Mallory’s top 5 Strengths are: Harmony, Discipline, Developer, Relator, and Achiever.
CollegesCollege of Health SciencesExploratory/Undecided
Emily Harris, M.Ed.
Career Consultant, College of Business
Emily serves as the Career Consultant for students in the College of Business. She received her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration with a focus in Student Affairs from the University of North Texas in 2018 and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Tarleton State University in 2016. Before joining the Career Connections Team at Texas Woman’s University, Emily worked in Orientation for nearly 4 years at the University of North Texas supporting first year students and overseeing the Orientation Leader program.
Emily is passionate about supporting and developing students and approaches her work from a relational lens. She values intentional conversations with students to better understand their unique interests and works to tailor the student experience to support and meet them where they are at in the career exploration process.
When she’s not supporting students at work, Emily enjoys spending her days off with family. She is a new mom to a rambunctious toddler, a loving wife and proud dog mom to her Australian Shepherd named Houston. In her spare time, Emily enjoys being outdoors, hiking, camping, working on DIY projects around the house and watching HGTV. Some of her favorite things include gummy bears, Mexican food, cozy sweaters and Century Gothic font.
Favorite Quote: “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire” – Jennifer Lee
Emily’s Top 5 StrengthsFinder results are: Individualization | Positivity | Relator | Futuristic | Activator
CollegesCollege of Arts & SciencesCollege of Business
Career Consultant, College of Arts & Sciences
Alex serves as the Career Consultant for the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Woman’s University. She received her Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Akron, and her Bachelor of Art in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish, from The Ohio State University. She hopes to empower students to invest in their career development and to seek opportunities during their time at TWU.
Alex utilizes her background in counseling to assist students throughout their career exploration journey. She is passionate about helping students develop their strengths and interests to create a career path that they will find fulfilling. She hopes to empower students to invest in their career development and to seek opportunities during their time at TWU.
When not at work, Alex can be found reading, relaxing at the pool, watching comedy TV, or cooking something new with her husband. She loves traveling, especially back home to Ohio to spend time with family and friends.
Alex’s top 5 Clifton Strengths are: Harmony, Input, Learner, Arranger, Empathy.
CollegesCollege of Arts & SciencesExploratory/Undecided
Career Consultant, College of Arts & Sciences
Kiarra serves as the Career Consultant for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Kiarra is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She received her Master of Science degree in Couples, Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University in 2018, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University in 2016.
Kiarra is passionate about supporting students, and uses her therapy background to actively listen to students and help them develop the tools they need to grow. She empowers students to put their best foot forward and take steps to achieve their career goals.
Outside of the office, Kiarra likes to tend to her garden and cook her favorite comfort foods. When it’s warm outside, she likes to sip iced tea by the pool. She loves cookie dough ice cream, Thai food, and elephants.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou