The Center for Career & Professional Development helps students and alumni plan, prepare, and promote their careers.

The mission of the Center for Career & Professional Development is to prepare students for lifelong career achievement. 
Specifically, we will:

• guide students through the process of exploring and choosing careers;
• engage the faculty to help students connect the dots between their academic and career development;
• facilitate alumni engagement to further students’ career and professional development; and
• provide students and alumni with the tools and skills needed to access experiential opportunities and to achieve post-graduate success.

As part of our mission, the Center for Career & Professional Development offers the following services.

Career Development

Career Counseling: One career counselor is assigned to each academic division. In addition, one career counselor is assigned for undecided students. Topics covered are at student direction, but often include: choosing a major, career exploration and decision-making (including self-assessments like YouScience, MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory), choosing and locating experiential opportunities, job searching, researching and applying to graduate school, and personal statement reviews.
Career Roadmap: a four-year guide to career success.
Career KickStart: an annual career exploration event for Sophomores.
Career Chats: a monthly series focused on a different career field each month.

Professional Development

Emerging Professionals series: a monthly series focusing on professional development topics.
Career Mentor Network: an online directory of alumni who have volunteered to provide career information and/or advice to students.
Resume and cover letter reviews.
Mock interviews.
Direct connection with employers: on-campus information sessions, on-campus and virtual interviews, resume review and mock interview days, Spotlight Career Fair.

Internships and Internship Funding

• The CCPD works directly with students to help locate and apply to summer and school-year internships.
Internship funding programs to help support CentreTerm and summer internships.

Peer Educators

• Peer educators are Centre students trained to provide front-line services to their peers.
• Weekly walk-in hours in the CCPD.
• Presentations for residence halls and student organizations (upon request).

Additional Special Events

• Senior Celebration
• Etiquette Dinner
• Law School Fair
• Local Internship Fair
• Programs specific to certain majors, in partnership with academic programs.



Meet the Staff

Joy Asher, Director, Division III Counselor

Joy Asher

Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development
Career Counselor Division III: Sciences and Math


Effective June 1, 2014, Joy took on the position of Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development. Joy is an alumna of Centre College, and has her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She has worked in the career center at Centre College for 18 years. Before coming to Centre, she was the Director of Graduate Employment Services at Spencerian College, and while a graduate student, interned at the University of Kentucky Career Center. She is active in the National and Southern region of the Association of Colleges and Employers and is the Past-President for the Kentucky Career Development Association. She is certified as a Master Career Specialist.

Kirk Knott, Associate Director, Division II and Undecided Counselor

Kirk Knott
Associate Director, Center for Career & Professional Development

Career Counselor Division II: Social Studies and undecided


Kirk Knott joined the Center for Career & Professional Development as Associate Director in 2014. In this role, Kirk provides comprehensive career counseling to students and alumni in Division II (Social Studies) and to all undecided students and manages the Peer Educator program. Kirk comes to us from Bluegrass Community and Technical College, where he has worked as both a career counselor and a faculty member. Kirk has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and English from the University of Texas, and a Master of Education in community counseling from Texas Tech University.

Mindy Wilson, Associate Director, Division I Counselor

Mindy Wilson
Associate Director, Center for Career & Professional Development
Career Counselor Division I: Humanities and Internship Coordinator

Mindy Wilson joined the Center for Career & Professional Development in 2004 as the Internship & Outreach Coordinator. As the Associate Director, she coordinates Centre’s internship programs as well as provides comprehensive career counseling to Humanities students and alumni. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Spanish at Point Loma Nazarene University and her Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003.

Bryana Miracle, Employer Relations Specialist

Bryana Miracle
Employer Relations Specialist, Center for Career & Professional Development 



Bryana Miracle joined the Center for Career & Professional Development  in January 2019 as the Employer Relations Specialist. Through her role, she strategically plans and oversees all aspects of employer engagement to develop internship and post graduate employment opportunities. Bryana is an Eastern Kentucky University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies through the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Sherri Gowins, Senior Administrative Assistant

Sherri Gowins
Office Coordinator, Center for Career & Professional Development


Sherri Gowins joined the Center for Career & Professional Development in 2001 as the Administrative Assistant. As the Senior Administrative Assistant, Sherri ensures that the daily operations in the office run smoothly.  She serves as the primary contact for visitors and assists with special projects such as the annual outcomes report for graduating seniors, the Law School Fair and the Internship Fair.  Sherri provides technical and logistical support for multiple meetings, conferences, and workshops.

Student Staff

Veronica Valente, Lead Peer Educator


Veronica Valente is a junior from Las Vegas, Nevada.  She is a Spanish major and Linguistics minor.  In addition to working at the CCPD, Veronica is also involved with the Residence Life Office.

Ellie Dunham, Peer Educator

Ellie Dunham is a junior and is majoring in Mathematics and Data Science. She is also on the field hockey team, a member of Kappa Delta, and a peer tutor for math. She is excited to be a peer educator and can’t wait to meet students and hear about their dreams and hopes for the future. She loves talking about the future and where they hope their careers will take them.

Fernanda Scharfenberger, Peer Educator



Dan Sto. Domingo, Peer Educator

Dan Sto. Domingo is a History and Politics double major, with a minor in Gender Studies. He is currently the marketing coordinator for ASP and Communications Chair for Alpha Phi Omega. This summer, he was fortunate to be chosen as the Grissom Program Summer Intern. Further, he is a new RA on campus and is really looking forward to this! One thing that drew him to work as a Peer Educator is that he wants other folks to experience the full extent of help the CCPD has to offer. He attributes his work with them as the reason why he did well in my RA interview, so he wants everyone to feel the same.

Katie Nguyen, Career Ambassador



Katie Nguyen is a junior from San Francisco, California. As the Career Ambassador, she is an advocate for her peers' futures, as uncertain as they may be, and provides the CCPD with a perspective for students to make the most out of the Center.  On campus, Katie identifies as an RA, cheerleader, and a first-generation student.