Career Readiness staff members coach and equip students and recent graduates for lives of achievement and service. We value connectedness, individualized support, reflection, relationships, and a welcoming environment.

We assist in the process by helping students and recent graduates connect their strengths, interests, and career-readiness skills with knowledge about careers as they prepare for purposeful work. Our Career Readiness team is a member of the Liberal Arts Career Network.  Sewanee is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and abides by the principles for professional practice.

Kim Heitzenrater, Associate Dean for Integrated Advising and Career Readiness

Kim was named associate dean in 2021 to lead Sewanee's vision and strategies to ensure career readiness, integrated career education, and holistic advising for all students. In addition to coaching individual students, she engages and collaborates with student leaders, faculty, advisors, staff, coaches, administrative leaders, parents, governing board members, and donors to create an equitable campus-wide culture of career-readiness. She served as Career Center director from 2004-2021. 

 

Kim graduated from Sewanee with a degree in Art History and received her master’s in organizational leadership and communication from Belmont University. She recently served on the board of the Liberal Arts Career Network, a national consortium of 40+ career centers at top liberal arts institutions, and she participated in the 2019 Mastermind cohort through the Career Leadership Collective

 

She and her husband, Jeff (senior associate director of admission), have two sons: Andrew, C’20 (Psychology major and Sewanee men’s basketball team) and Larson, C’23 (Economics major) at Wofford College.

Cassie Meyer, Assistant Dean for Student Equity & Career Readiness

Cassie's work focuses on ensuring that all Sewanee students - particularly those from historically underrepresented backgrounds - are empowered to make the most of their Sewanee education, through coaching, career readiness support, and mentorship programming. Prior to this role, Cassie was the inaugural Director of Dialogue Across Difference Programs, where she equipped students, faculty, and staff with the skills to navigate difficult conversations. In both of these roles, Cassie finds meaning in helping students to explore questions of who they want to be in college and beyond.

 

Before coming to Sewanee, Cassie worked for over a decade at Interfaith Youth Core, equipping liberal arts colleges to be more inclusive of religiously diverse students. Cassie has an MA in American Religious History from the University of Chicago and a BA in Religious Studies from Lawrence University. She has taught at Northwestern University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Chicago and is a past contributing editor to NASPA's Journal of College and Character. Her recent publications include chapters in The Oxford Handbook on Religion and Peacebuilding, and Educating About Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement: A Handbook for Student Affairs.

Kate Reed, Director for Data & Operations

Kate coaches individual students and coordinates programming and support primarily for juniors, seniors, and recent Sewanee graduates focused on their first job searches and graduate school applications. Kate’s other projects as Director include the First Destination Survey and serving as a point of contact for technology vendors in our office.

 

She is currently serving on the Supervisor Training Advisory Group and was elected to serve as Staff Trustee beginning in July 2020. Kate is an elected Community Council representative and is involved in a number Sewanee community initiatives. When not working, Kate is renovating a historic home in the downtown village and enjoys spending time with her dogs!

Sallie Williams, Assistant Director for Internships & Experiential Learning

Sallie joined Career Readiness to support the growing internship program. She worked alongside Melissa Webb to build employer relations, often with alumni, and continue developing top notch internship opportunities and first destination jobs. She studied micro-finance in Bangladesh as a Tonya intern in 2006 and witnessed Dr. Yunus and Grameen Bank receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Her passion for sharing stories and infusing creativity to connect people continue to inspire her work with students and alumni. 

Shanna Abramson, Assistant Director for Employer Relations & Outreach

Shanna originally joined Career Readiness 12 years ago, only leaving to be at home with her boys.  She returned in 2019, when they decided to move back to the area to be near family.  In her role as Assistant Director for Employer Relations & Outreach, she cultivates and maintains recruiting relationships with employers, alumni, and parents to expand the range of employment opportunities available to students. She holds a B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  She and her husband Josh (Project Manager in Facilities Management) have two boys and a sweet dog named Izzy.

Josh Owens, Office & Events Coordinator

Josh joined the Career Readiness team in 2021 as the Office & Events Coordinator. He graduated from Eckerd College, C'17 with a degree in International Business and Chinese. He has spent the last five years living in Colorado and southern Wyoming. Josh grew up right here in Sewanee and is thrilled to be back on the mountain. When not working, Josh enjoys hiking, swimming, and exploring all that the domain has to offer.