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 in 1993. 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 both industry and campus partners to enhance students’ career readiness and increase their access to opportunities.
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.
Specialties and InterestsCraig School of Business
Administrative Support Coordinator
Audrey Munoz has worked on campus for 5 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 also the Coordinator for the Fresno State Clothing Closet, which is housed in the Career Development Center, and a member of the Fresno State Staff Assembly Executive Committee.
Audrey received her Bachelor of Forensic Behavioral Sciences degree from Fresno State.
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.
Specialties and InterestsEmployer Services
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 Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from Fresno State.
Specialties and InterestsInternships
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.
Specialties and InterestsKremen School of Education and Human Development & Undeclared
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.
Specialties and InterestsCollege of Health and Human Services
J. Daniel Gomez Martinez
J. Daniel Gomez Martinez has over 10 years of experience in Student Affairs/Services providing support to students in university admissions, financial aid, undocumented/Dream and Special Programs student advising, first-generation student programming, and career services.
Currently, he serves as a Career Counselor and Liaison to both the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) and Lyles College of Engineering (LCOE). He specializes 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 Veteran and Military-Affiliated students. In Spring 2023, he was awarded the 2022-2023 Outstanding Advisor Award.
Daniel received both a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Master of Science in Counseling – Student Affairs & College Counseling from Fresno State.
CSM Career Services Walk-Ins – ONLY FALL & SPRING SEMESTERS
- Thursday afternoons (1:30pm-4:00pm) @ University Student Union Room 306 (3rd floor right in front of the elevator doors). Location change due to construction in Science 1 Building.
LCOE Professional & Career Development Services – ONLY FALL & SPRING SEMESTERS
- Friday afternoons (1:30pm-4:30pm) @ East Engineering Room 356
Specialties and InterestsCollege of Science and Mathematics & Lyles College of Engineering
Student Employment Specialist
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.
Specialties and InterestsCollege of Social Sciences
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, USDA committed to ensuring food quality and availability from field to fork.
After serving the USDA, Claudia explored a career pivot, returning to Fresno State as a human resource 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.
Specialties and InterestsCollege of Arts and Humanities, and Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
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.