Career Services Staff



Professional Staff


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Theresa Cruz Paul
Director of Career Services and Career Counselor  
205D Killian Annex


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Carrie Hachadurian
Non Work-Study Student Employment Specialist
205B Killian Annex

Carrie has been an employee at Western Carolina University since 2008. She began as an Administrative Support Specialist in the Writing and Learning Commons before becoming the Student Employment Specialist for the Career and Professional Development Center in January 2013.  Carrie holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and a minor in Communications.  She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education Student Affairs and looks forward to becoming a career counselor upon completion.    


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Deneen Landis
Internship Coordinator
205C Killian Annex

Deneen has been working at WCU since 2008 with the College of Business as the Administrative Support Associate for the Management Department, and has been at the Career and Professional Development Center since July of 2013, starting as the Administrative Support Specialist and moving into the Internship Coordinator role in August of 2015.  Deneen has a B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Social Work from WCU and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education Student Personnel, also from WCU.  Deneen’s professional goal is to expand and streamline the Internship process at WCU, with an ultimate goal of seeing most (if not all) students complete an Internship in order to gain valuable experience and the skills necessary to achieve gainful employment after graduation.

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Cassie Spencer
Graduate Assistant 
205A Killian Annex

Cassie has been the graduate assistant for the Center for Career and Professional Development since 2014. Cassie has a B.A in Communication from the University of New Hampshire and is second year graduate student in the Masters of Education, Higher Education Student Affairs program here at WCU. Cassie’s professional interests include working with students as they prepare to transition out of college and into their chosen fields. 


Student Workers

Austin Gyori
Peer Career Mentor
Psychology (Minor in Management and Social Work)
Raleigh, NC
Fun Fact:
I can yo-yo pretty well.


Eric Finch
Office Assistant
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Fun Fact: I enjoy hiking and being outdoors.


Tyann Stubbs
Office Assistant
Major: BFA Art Studio with a concentration in Drawing
Fun Fact: All the way up until high school, I competitively Figure Skated.




Contact the Career and Professional Development Center

Western Carolina University
205 Killian Annex Building
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: (828) 227-7133
Fax: (828) 227-7344

Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

Mission Statement


The Career Services and Cooperative Education Office's mission enhances Western's mission of teaching and learning by seeking to guide and support students and alumni as they gain self-awareness, define realistic choices, integrate major choice and academic goals with work experiences, learn and practice skills necessary for job/career searching and pursue post-graduate jobs and work relationships with integrity and professionalism.


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