Career Center Speaker Biographies

Stacy Harriman, Interim Assistant Director, Branding, Technology and Strategic Initiatives

Stacy Harriman currently serves as the UCLA Career Center’s Interim Associate Director, Counseling Services in which she leads the Counseling team’s career education and engagement efforts for undergraduate students. She has held numerous career development positions at UCLA, UC Riverside, and UC Davis including Career Counselor, Internship Coordinator, and Counseling Manager – Employer Services. Stacy has demonstrated her leadership in the field of career development through her completion of the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) Leadership Advancement Program, as well as serving as Publicity Co-Chair for the 2015 Mountain-Pacific Association of Colleges & Employers (MPACE) Conference and as Conference Co-Chair for the 2012 California Internship & Work Experience Association (CIWEA) Annual Conference. Stacy has delivered presentations on topics ranging from diversity to social media at the 2015 NACE Conference, 2013 MPACE Regional Event, and the 2013 NACE Social Media Mashup. In 2015-16, Stacy was selected as a rising leader within UCLA Student Affairs to participate in the inaugural cohort of the UCLA Student Affairs Strategic Focus Staff Development Program. Stacy received her Master’s of Science in Counseling, Career specialization, from Sacramento State University after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in History from UC Davis.

Karol Johansen, MA, Senior Counseling Manager: South Campus (Engineering, Sciences, and Pre-Health)

Karol A.D. Johansen is the Senior Counseling Manager for South Campus students at UCLA, which includes students in the following disciplines: engineering, life and physical sciences, and pre health. Karol worked for several years for a leading investment newspaper in a number of capacities including advertising, marketing, and investor relations. Karol began her career at UCLA in 1988. She is currently the lead counselor in charge of the counseling team that assists undergraduate and graduate students in preparing and applying to graduate and professional school. She has worked with many pre-med groups at UCLA including AMSA (American Medical Student Association) and PPA (Pre-Medical Peer Association) and enjoys the dedicated spirit of UCLA’s pre-med students. Karol previously managed the Los Angeles Internship program at the Internship and Study Abroad Services area of the UCLA Career Center. She was also in charge of the full-time employment listing division of the Career Center for five years. Karol is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine where she received her Bachelor’s degree in English. She received her master’s degree in counseling with a concentration in multicultural education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. At LMU, Karol was nominated to the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. She is a published author having written articles for the NACE Journal on topics ranging from the "Implications of Counseling Friends and Family" to "Business Etiquette: Dressing the Part for the Interview." Karol was profiled by LA Times columnist Sandy Banks for a piece entitled "Look for a Career, Not a Job: College graduates (and their parents) are right to be worried about the future: Don’t be afraid to make a few mistakes along the way." Most recently, Karol was interviewed by TIME MAGAZINE for Columnist Joel Stein’s AWESOME COLUMN for a piece entitled, "Career Change is all the Rage but What Else Could I Possibly Do?"

Precious Robinson, MBA, Counseling Manager: Social Sciences and & Pre-Law Programming

Precious Robinson returned to one of her dream jobs as a Career Counselor at UCLA in 2002 and has worked with undergraduates and graduate students and provided pre-professional advising ever since. Previously, her employment included career counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, diversity coordinating for UW-Madison’s residential Life Department, hall directing at Central Michigan University, and program coordinating at CSU Long Beach. Enamored with higher education and all things university, Precious earned an MBA from Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management. Her original alma mater is the University of Georgia where she received a B.A. in sociology; she studied journalism and sociology as a graduate fellow at UW-Madison and completed her Master’s in education in clinical psychology and marriage family therapy at CSU-Dominguez Hills. Early in her career she received regional and national awards for her innovative service and programming for returning adult students engaging in career transitions. In addition to fulfilling her dream as a career counselor and helping others do the same through career counseling, she delights in acting, spoken word, and creative writing. Precious is also the past President of the UCLA Black Faculty and Staff Association and immediate past President of the Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors and newly elected Treasurer. While serving as Counseling Manager for Graduate Student Services, she was a member of the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC) and she chaired a GCC subcommittee that is working on a career development tool for graduate students in the social sciences and the humanities. Currently, Precious is the Career Center’s Counseling Manager for Social Sciences and Pre-Law and the Coordinator of the Graduate Counseling Internship Program. 

Jordan Maness, MEd, Counseling Manager: Arts, Humanities, & Early Engagement Programming

Jordan Maness is a seasoned Career Services professional and currently serves as the UCLA Career Center’s Counseling Manager for Arts, Humanities, and Early Engagement. Maness possesses a diverse and dynamic working background with experience in communications, the creative arts, and business. At the Career Center, he works to inspire students to live extraordinary lives. Maness enjoys galvanizing team efforts to engage entering students, counseling students, presenting workshops, and overseeing the peer advisor program. Maness completed his MEd in Counseling in Student Affairs at UCLA. He also holds a BS in Journalism and Mass Communication and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado - graduating Cum Laude. He is also a Certified Life Coach. Maness is the proud father of two young sons and enjoys surfing and snowboarding in his spare time.

Krisztina Kecskei,
MS, Career Counselor: Programming Liaison to the Division of Life Sciences and Pre-Health Student Group Council

Krisztina joined the UCLA Career Center as a Career Counselor in 2011. Her background is diverse, both culturally and professionally. She is Hungarian, born and raised in Romania, and moved to California over 20 years ago. Before finding her true calling as a career counselor, she worked in various fields such as restaurant management, customer service, the non-profit sector as well as in the media industry. When advising students in search of their dream careers, she capitalizes on her wide range of professional experiences and draws on the life lessons she has learned along the way. She holds a BA in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge, where she also completed her Master’s of Science in Counseling with a specialization in Career Counseling. Her counseling philosophy is that nothing should be deemed impossible until tried multiple times.

Jason Tran,
Career Counselor: Programming Liaison to Communication Studies, Sociology, Asian American; Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies departments and Community Programs Office (CPO).

Jason Tran is a former UCLA Career Center Graduate Counseling Intern who re-joined the Career Center as a Career Counselor. He also holds a Master’s in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University and is a UCLA alumnus who transferred from El Camino College. While at UCLA he majored in Sociology and minored in Asian American Studies. He has worked as a graduate assistant in LMU’s Teach for America Partnership program and was an intern for the California Academy of Math and Science as a Counseling Intern. He also has experience working in Human Resources and is proficient in Cantonese.

Lindsay Doung, Career Counselor: Programming Liaison to Division of Humanities

Lindsay Doung is a Career Counselor at the UCLA Career Center where she encourages and supports students in reaching their career goals. Lindsay received her BA in Human Development from California State University, Long Beach and her MA in Education with a specialization in Counseling and Guidance from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Additionally, she obtained her Career Development Facilitator certificate with the National Career Development Association in October 2015. Prior to her role at the UCLA Career Center, Lindsay held the positon as Academic Advisor for UCLA’s Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. She has worked as a part-time counselor for community college and as graduate advisor for Cal Poly’s Career Center and Student Support Services TriO program. Outside of the Career Center, she enjoys spending time with her "little" as a mentor for the Big Brother Big Sister program of Los Angeles.

Sanaz Nabati,
MS, Career Counselor: Programming Liaison to Political Science, Geography, Gender Studies, American Indian Studies departments and Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars

Sanaz Nabati, is a double graduate of California State University Northridge with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Educational Psychology and Career Counseling. Sanaz’ experience ranges from counseling students at career centers in four year institutions, such as CSUN and UCLA, and assisting students from undergraduate to PhD level by providing pre-professional guidance and meeting students’ overall career development needs. Additionally, Sanaz worked as a bookkeeper in commercial real estate for eight years, developing her analytical and detail oriented acumen. Currently, she is the liaison to international students, north campus, and students with dependents, providing targeted workshops and counseling to facilitate their career aspirations. She is also the co-supervisor to the Counseling Graduate Interns where she hires, trains, and coordinates counseling skill sets of each internship group. Her transition to career development derived from a keen interest in how individuals choose their careers and her desire to assist individuals in one of the most important decisions one can make in his/her life.

Erin Haywood, Career Counselor: Programming Liaison to the School of Engineering and LGBT Resource Center

Currently attending Loyola Marymount University, Erin Haywood is actively pursuing a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling under the School of Education. Just recently, Erin has been hired as a Career Counselor with UCLA’s Career Center and is excited to bring creativity, compassion, and enthusiasm to her work. Prior to UCLA, she was a Career Guidance Counselor Assistant at West Los Angeles College’s Student Success & Support Program, where she able to assist a variety of students develop and execute their career and educational goals.

Although, her most current job titles reflect her passion for education and counseling services, her drive for social justice began during her undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU). At SFSU, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Africana Studies. Outside of work and school, Erin enjoys eating street tacos, quoting one-liners from movies, and exploring various hiking locations across Los Angeles.

Sheila Benko, MS, MFT, LPCC, Senior Associate Director, Academic Engagement, Life and Physical Sciences, Partnership UCLA

With an extensive background as a Professional Career Counselor, Sheila Benko draws from her years of varied work experience and education to assist students in finding their dream career. In her current role at UCLA as Senior Associate Director, she oversees a career initiative in the Life and Physical Science Division. She develops programs and workshops that bring alumni to campus to share their career paths and advice with undergraduate students. The programs help students discover the many career options with a degree in science. She created and taught the first career development course in the UCLA Division of Life Sciences.

In her 16 years as a career counselor, Sheila has worked in career centers at Pepperdine University and UCLA, supporting undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and clients at every stage of the career process. She is passionate about helping people discover and pursue their career goals, providing practical tips and resources in the process.

Sheila earned a BS in Biology (LMU), and began her career working in hospitals, medical supply sales, and retail management. She received both a Master of Science in Counseling and Certificate in Career Counseling from CSUN. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Master Career Counselor.