Laura Shackelford, M.Ed.
Laura Shackelford serves as the Director for the Career Connections Center at Texas Woman’s University. With more than 12 years of experience in higher education and human resources management and a passion for student success, Laura leads a team of 20 professional and part-time staff to cultivate a career culture at TWU. She previously worked for the University of North Texas (UNT) for nearly 4 years within the Career Center, serving in progressively higher-level roles in the department’s leadership team. Laura received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Gonzaga University. An advocate for healthy work life integration, Laura is a proud adoptive mother to a beautiful baby boy.
Laura’s Top 5 StrengthsFinder results: Futuristic, Activator, Strategic, Learner, Arranger
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, reading and watching British literature/miniseries, playing Nintendo Switch, kayaking, visiting Disney theme parks, and driving golf carts whenever possible.
Lucy Moran, MS.Ed., GCDF
Associate Director, Consulting and Programming
Lucy Moran serves as Associate Director, Consulting and Programming for the Career Connections Center at Texas Woman’s University. Lucy leads the consultant team with over eight years in career services in higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Education with a focus on student affairs, both from Indiana University. She has worked in career services at Indiana University, Queens College in Charlotte, NC and as Assistant Director of Career Services at Berry College in Mt. Berry, GA. After taking some time to be home with her children, Lucy returned to work at Frisco ISD. As her daughter was exploring colleges, Lucy felt the pull to return to higher education and to career services and found a perfect fit at TWU. For the past year, she served as Career Consultant for our Dallas campus and is now excited to lead our team of consultants to build a career culture across all TWU campuses.
Lucy and her husband, Wes, live with her son, Joshua, in Frisco where she also serves as a board member/band mom for Liberty High School Marching Band. Lucy’s daughter, Katie, is pursuing a BFA in acting at St. Edward’s University in Austin. The family enjoys hiking and being outdoors when it’s not excruciatingly hot (and it is Texas so it’s hot all the time!); “The Office” and true crime shows are a fun, less physically taxing alternative. Lucy is also an avid reader, and expert napper and collector of craft supplies.
Lucy’s Top 5 StrengthsFinder results are: Empathy, Relator, Connectedness, Input and Intellection. She loves to build relationships with students, faculty and staff and to learn everyone’s unique story.
Lucy is currently fascinated with the works of Brene Brown. “Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.” This quote underscores the importance of authenticity in our lives. To truly be happy, we must learn to love ourselves as we are.
Dr. Gregory Shirley
Associate Director Employer Relations, Technology, and Operations
Dr. Greg Shirley, II serves as the Associate Director for Employer Relations, Technology, & Operations at the Texas Woman’s University Career Connections Center. Dr. Shirley possesses 12 years of relevant experience in higher education, specifically in student affairs and career development. He received his Doctor of Education in Educational Administration, Emphasis in Curriculum, Supervision, and Instruction as well as his Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Paul Quinn College.
Greg currently serves as the Co-Chair for Employer Outreach for the Metroplex Area Consortium of Career Centers (MAC3), where he was also a past president. Greg has presented at the national conferences for NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education), state conferences for the Texas Association of College & University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA), and for MAC3.
Greg’s Top 5 StrengthsFinder results are WOO, Input, Connectedness, Positivity, and Communication, so making connections and building relationships are nothing new to him! He’s an avid fan of ‘Murder, She Wrote’, considers his spirit animals to be Alvin, The Chipmunk and Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and loves to catch a workout in at the TWU FitRec Center whenever he can.
Greg favorite quote is from Charles Swindoll, and it reads, “We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
Specialties and InterestsEmployer Relations, Social Media & Professionalism, Diversity & Inclusion, Career & Professional Development, Student Affairs, Presentations and Facilitation
Brookelyn Bush, M.Ed
Assistant Director, Employer Relations
Brookelyn is the Assistant Director for Employer Relations at the Texas Woman’s University Career Connections Center. Her background is in social work and education. Within her diverse backgrounds 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.
Outside of school and work, Brookelyn enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, 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
Arin Nacis serves as the Coordinator for Employee Relations, leading the charge for student and supervisor training across campus. He brings over 3 years of sales and recruitment experience to the Career Connections Center and you can often find him networking with employers, students, and campus partners at the institution. Arin earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Hospitality & Tourism Management and a minor in Entrepreneurship from Oklahoma State University. While at OSU, Arin served a student body of 300+ students as the President of his Student Council and was a student leader on campus. He is a service oriented, inclusive leader to his teammates and student assistants here on campus.
Arin is a massive “foody” and you can often find him geeking out about Dallas’ newest hot restaurant or cuisine. While working as a wine consultant in Dallas Arin received his WSET ll certification, ranking him amongst the entry level 1 Sommeliers, which is equivalent to that of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Arin enjoys outdoorsy adventures including rock climbing, longboarding, and fishing just to name a few.
His top 5 strengths are Strategic, Activator, Futuristic, Developer, and Positivity. He carries these traits in the way that leads others to succeed while challenging them in ways that further their real world experience.
Arin’s Favorite Quote:
“It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming.”
Specialties and InterestsTraining & Development, Coaching, Mentoring, Supervising Student Assistants, Outreach to Faculty/Staff, Students, Employers/Community Members
Career Consultant, Denton Campus
Rohit Prasad serves as the Career Consultant for the College of Business. Rohit is a proud first-generation student and dedicated community-minded professional with more than 1,200+ combined service hours. Along with his background in student affairs and college readiness, he has served as an adjunct faculty member for first-time college students in the UNIV 1231 class and has a passion for financial literacy.
Rohit’s top 5 strengths are Restorative, Relator, Responsibility, Connectedness, and Individualization. He loves to figure out complex problems and find a path forward. Having teachers that pushed him to be more is something he tries to embody in his own work with students. Outside of work, Rohit enjoys working on 3D puzzles and creating artwork. Don’t hesitate to ask him about the different works of art and mythological statues that can be found in his office.
Rohit’s favorite quote is from Batman Begins – “It’s not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you.” For Rohit, intentions, theories, ideas have no inherent value by themselves. The actions you take and the decisions you make are what make a real impact on the people and world around you.
* Outside of normal appointment availability and in consideration of non-traditional student schedules, Rohit offers appointments from 5-6 PM Monday-Thursday upon request and dependent on availability. Please email him directly at least one week ahead of time if you are interested in scheduling a 5-6 PM appointment time slot.
CollegesCollege of Business
Elizabeth MacDonald. M.S., CCSP
Career Consultant, Denton Campus
Elizabeth MacDonald likes helping students find out what motivates them for career and life satisfaction. As someone who struggled with what to major in and how to start a career path, Elizabeth fully empathizes with the challenges of making career decisions while in college. She enjoys guiding students through the processes of self-discovery, strategy, and tackling obstacles. She believes that her main role is to listen and help students hear their own voice as they share their unique stories and current interests.
Elizabeth has a background in higher education, human resources administration, and social services. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and a Master of Science in Global e-Learning from Texas A&M – Commerce. In addition, she holds credentialing as a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) through the National Career Development Association. She currently serves as a Career Consultant to the students in the College of Arts & Sciences.
If you are ever at a flea market, thrift store, book store, or antiques mall, you might spot Elizabeth browsing the aisles for fun, exciting finds and good reads. She also likes to spend time at the beach, the lake, art galleries, the theater, tending to her flower beds, and spending time with family and friends.
CollegesCollege of Arts & Sciences
Chrissy Meek. M.A.
Career Consultant, Denton Campus
Chrissy Meek serves as the Career Consultant for the College of Nursing and the College of Professional Education at the Career Connections Center. She is a passionate counseling professional and a first generation college student. She completed her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in December 2019 and is concurrently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Counseling Psychology. Chrissy has served the mental health and college student communities since 2015 working with Denton County MHMR, Friends of the Family, the TWU Social Work Department, Veterans Affairs, and TWU Counseling and Psychological Services.
Chrissy approaches her work from a relational-cultural perspective incorporating connectedness, and student context, culture, identity, values, and goals into the consulting process. Chrissy is also a highly sensitive person and utilizes her sensitivity to connect and engage with her students and colleagues in meaningful ways. She appreciates moving artwork, calm or nostalgic (1980s) music, and mindfulness meditation. She is also a colossal Star Trek fan and will not hesitate to quote Captain Jean Luc Picard at any available moment. Chrissy also shares her Hogwarts house, Ravenclaw, with her colleague and friend, Vianet Garza.
Chrissy’s favorite modern philosopher is Brene Brown and she loves the quote, “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Chrissy believes in wholehearted living and the power of connection through vulnerability and sharing our stories.
CollegesCollege of NursingCollege of Professional Education
Trevor McCray, M.A.
Career Consultant, Dallas Campus
Trevor serves as the Career Consultant assisting the Nursing, Graduate Physical Therapy, Graduate Occupational Therapy, and Graduate Business students on the Dallas campus. He is from the great state of Louisiana, where the skies are rainy and sunny, but the food and drinks flow like a river. He received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Pre-Law and Paralegal Studies from Northwestern State University, his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University, and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in K-16 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Trevor’s top five strengths are Focus, Discipline, Command, Significance, and Relator. He inspires and empowers students to be their champion in their career endeavors.
Trevor is addicted to gummy bears and gummy worms for some odd reason, but that’s partially because he’s particular about his teeth. In his spare time, he loves to brush his teeth, learn new boxing techniques, travel randomly, shop via Amazon, juice veggies and fruits, and explore eateries.
A quote that guides Trevor is by Marianne Williamson, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
CollegesCollege of BusinessCollege of Health SciencesCollege of NursingTWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences - Dallas Center
Graduate Assistant, Employer Relations
Mikayla is the Graduate Assistant for Employer Relations at the Texas Woman’s University Career Connections Center. She recently earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas Woman’s University and is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration in Sport Management from TWU.
Mikayla’s Top 5 StrengthsFinder results are Futuristic, Responsibility, Relator, Achiever, and Discipline. She is a sports fanatic, loves to travel, and is always up for an adventure!
Favorite Quote: “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” – Muhammad Ali”