About Us

Where will your inspired journey take you?

Let the Career & Professional Development team join you as you pursue success in the way you define. We have resources, programs, and services for each phase of your journey.

Career Services

Career & Professional Development provides students and alumni with career support, opportunities and connections, translating the Gonzaga experience to meaningful life’s work.

Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program (GAMP)

GAMP is a mentoring and networking program designed for students, alumni and friends. Students and graduates are matched with mentors who share similar career fields, geographic locations or other interests. The goal is to establish a relationship between the mentee and mentor that facilitates better career decision-making and a network that can result in increased job opportunities.

Career & Professional Development Mission Statement:

To support students and alumni in all phases of their career development by providing training and opportunities through engagement while fostering an ethos of men and women for others.

Definitions:

  • Training - To provide coaching and training resources for students and alumni as they explore, select and secure meaningful career opportunities.
  • Engagement - To engage alumni, employers, faculty, parents and friends in the career development of students and alumni.
  • Opportunities - To develop a wide variety of high quality internship and full-time opportunities for all students and alumni.

The Career & Professional Development staff are here to serve your career development and employment needs. We look forward to meeting you!

O.Ray Angle
O. Ray Angle, Assistant Vice President for Career & Professional Development
University of Central Missouri, Master of College Student Personnel Administration
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Bachelor of Business Education
First Job: Newspaper Delivery Boy
angle@gonzaga.edu | 509.313.4086
Katherine Brackmann
Katherine Brackmann, Professional and Graduate School Program Manager
Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Education in Sport Management, 2010
First Job: Nanny
brackmann@gonzaga.edu | 509.313.4237
Karen Franks-Harding, Manager, School of Engineering & Applied Science
Gonzaga University, Master of Arts in Organization Leadership, 2008
Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, 2006
First Job: Roy Rogers Roast Beef Sandwich Shop
franks-harding@gonzaga.edu | 509.313.4085
Michael Gerety, Manager, Career Education & Experiential Engagement 
University of Idaho, Master of Music in Composition, 2015
Eastern Washington University, Bachelor of Music in Composition, 2013
First Job: Deep Fryer at Señor Froggy Mexican Restaurant
gerety@gonzaga.edu | 509.313.4235
Mary Heitkemper
Mary Ritter Heitkemper, Director, Academic Engagement
 Gonzaga University, Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, 1998
Gonzaga University, Master of Arts in Administration & Curriculum, 1990
Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts in English, 1988
First Job: Bank Teller
heitkemper@gonzaga.edu | 509.313.4231
vicki hucke
Vicki Hucke, Manager, Employer Engagement
Montana State University,Bachelor of Arts in Communications, 1988
First Job: Chinese Takeout
hucke@gonzaga.edu | 509.313.4021
melissa mcnair
Melissa McNair, Budget and Research Specialist
Gonzaga University, Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, 2016
Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Arts in History, 2012
First Job: Tiger Caretaker
mcnair@gonzaga.edu | 509.313.4234
brittany Leland
Brittany Leland, Associate Director, Career Education & Experiential Engagement
Gonzaga University, Master of Arts in Education, School Counseling, 2012
Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications, 2008
First Job: IMAX Theater
leland@gonzaga.edu | 509.313.4250
Molly Spilker, Office Assistant
Gonzaga University,Bachelor of Arts in History, Music
First Job: Driver
spilker@gonzaga.edu | 509.313.4234
erin shields
Erin Shields, Associate Director, Alumni & Employer Engagement
Western Washington University, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Minor in Theater, 2000
Gonzaga in Florence,1999
First Job: Barista
shieldse@gonzaga.edu | 509.313.4048
Headshot of Shelby Wells
Shelby Wells, Marketing & Event Specialist
Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, Minor in Promotions, 2017
First Job: Froyo Shop
wellss@gonzaga.edu | 509.313.4092