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CareerServices

Staff

 Lesli Bicknell
Program Coordinator III, Career Services
(970) 339-6364
lesli.bicknell@aims.edu

Student Success Center
Greeley Campus, CCTR 269
Greeley, CO 80634

Educational/Professional Background: Lesli holds a master’s degree In Education and an undergrad degree in Economics with a Business concentration from Colorado State University. She has worked at large universities and small community colleges, and she has worked in a variety of Student Services roles, including residence llfe, student activities, teaching, academic advising and career services.

Area of Specialty: As a program coordinator for Career Services, Lesli assists students in all areas of career-service needs: career exploration, setting academic and career goals, career planning, cover letter, resume and job-search skills. She also continues in her role as an academic advisor.

Personal Philosophy on Career Services and Advising: She loves encouraging students to find and pursue their dreams through education. Lesli believes an education is the greatest gift a person can receive and a life-long endeavor.

"Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate, no despot can enslave. At home a friend, abroad an introduction, in solitude a solace, and in society an ornament. It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives, at once, grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage."
~ Joseph Addison, 1672-1719, English Essayist [The Spectator, 1711]

 Janet Chase
Allied Health Advisor
(970) 339-6284
janet.chase@aims.edu

Student Success Center
Greeley Campus, CCTR 266
Greeley, CO 80632

Educational/professional background: Janet is a proud graduate of Aims, where she began her adventure in higher education by earning an Associate of Liberal Arts degree. This enabled her to transfer to the University of Northern Colorado where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services. She also earned an Associates of Applied Science in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College. Currently, she is in the process of earning a Master of Arts in Higher Education Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Northern Colorado.

Area of specialty: She is excited to combine her 20+ years of working in the Health Care field with her love of working with students to advise for the Allied Health Science programs – specifically the Nursing, Radiology Technology, and Surgical Technology programs.

Personal philosophy on advising: She views the advising role as being part of a collaborative team which includes the student, faculty, academic programs, administration, Student Life, academic support programs, etc. The ultimate goal of all involved is to empower the student to achieve their academic goals in a meaningful and enriching manner.

 Jennifer Crandall
Advisor, Senior
jennifer.crandall@aims.edu

Educational/professional background: Jennifer has her master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling from the University of Wyoming. She worked for the last few years in secondary education, providing mental health counseling, career counseling and academic advising to students.

Area of specialty: Jennifer's work in career counseling is her specialty. She finds matching people with their ideal career to be rewarding. She also does mental health counseling, where she focuses on the use of animals in therapy.

Personal philosophy of counseling, career services and advising: Jennifer believes that every individual has a mind, body, heart and soul that need to be nurtured and supported throughout life. She enjoys helping students to nurture their minds with education and the college experience, their bodies though healthy living and their heart and soul through helping students heal the hurts that life deals us. It is a privilege for her to work with students to meet their goals and help them though life’s challenges. 


 Chris Karl
Advisor, Senior
(970) 339-6436
chris.karl@aims.edu

Student Success Center
Greeley Campus, CCTR 167
Greeley, CO 80632

Educational/professional background: Chris has a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State and a master's degree in Counseling from UNC. He worked at Social Services for 14 years as a caseworker with teens and as a child protection supervisor. For the last eight years, he worked at North Range Behavioral Health as a clinical counselor. North Range had a contract with Aims to provide counseling to students for a few hours a week, and he did that for four semesters.

Area of specialty: His focus has been on clinical conditions, mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral issues and family counseling. His specific focus has been on resolving trauma.

Personal philosophy on advising: He believes everyone has a calling or blueprint for their lives, and teasing out the specifics requires time, patience and risk. Events and circumstances can obscure the plan (spilled coffee on the blueprint). His job entails identifying the hindrances, providing lots of information and helping clarify the goals and steps students need to take to accomplish their goals.

 Rosalba Martinez-Sharp
Advisor
(970) 339-6280

Student Success Center
Greeley Campus, CCTR 266
Greeley, CO 80632

Educational/professional background: Rosalba holds her master's degree in Educational (K-12 Counseling) from University of Phoenix. She started her career working with the TRiO programs in advising, where she learned her love for the education world. That took her into the K-12 public school system, both brick and mortar and online, working at building the educational foundation for students. Now, she has the opportunity to take it to the next level with students.

Area of specialty: Collaborating with students to design their paths to complete their educational goals.

Personal philosophy on advising: “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” –Dr. Seuss

I take this to mean that I make every moment count with my students, as you never know what a person may take from any part of advising. 


 Kellie Richardson
Allied Health Advisor
(970) 339-6570
kellie.richardson@aims.edu

Student Success Center
Greeley Campus, CCTR 266
Greeley, CO 80632

Educational/professional background: Kellie attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her bachelor's degree in Environmental, Populational and Organismic Biology. Afterwards, she worked for the Colorado Division of Wildlife collecting data on endangered fish species in Colorado's river systems. She also attended Colorado State University and received her master's degree in Education and Human Resource Studies with an emphasis in Educational Leadership. While working on her master's, she also obtained a license to teach science at the secondary level. Shortly after graduation, she began working with at-risk populations of students in a local school district. The position opened many other doors, which eventually led her to Aims!

Area of specialty: She currently advises the Allied Health Science programs in particular Radiological Technology, Surgical Technology and Nursing. However, she is well versed and trained in advising Welding, Auto and Fire Science department programs.

Personal philosophy on advising: Her personal advising philosophy is to always be dependable, reliable and as accessible of a resource as possible for students.

 Claudia Ward
Semio. Advisor, Career Services
(970) 339-6515
claudia.ward@aims.edu

Professional education and background: Claudia holds a master’s degree in Adult Learning & Development from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, she has taken graduate coursework in Curriculum Development at Northwestern University in Chicago and in Counseling at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Her undergraduate work was at Urbana College, where she majored in English. Basically she is a teacher; 7-12 Language Arts in several states, ESL and GED at Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, New York, and for the Department of Corrections in New York and Ohio. She also was the Outreach Coordinator for Ford Motor Company. While at Cleveland State, she taught freshmen composition and was an advisor in the Humanities Department. Most recently, she worked at Cuyahoga County Workforce Development (Cleveland).

Area of specialty: Her area of specialty would be all the components of job search, including resume writing, cover letters, interviewing techniques and, as a member of the Career Services team, student advising. Technology has changed the way we job search.

Personal philosophy of career advising: She believes education is a lifelong gift that everyone deserves. She enjoys assisting students in exploring their dreams and goals. It is a privilege to watch students discover who they are and realize all the possibilities this world holds for them.