Student Staff Team

Marie Aguirre

Career Peer Advisor

Hometown: Minocqua, WI
Major: Applied Mathematics with a focus in Finance with a Certificate in Business

Fun fact: This year I was given passes to go on Camp Randall field for the 5th quarter

Career Goals: My goal for my career is to be engaged and passionate about the work that I am doing, while always learning more about my field.

Thoughts on SuccessWorks: Coming into UW-Madison, I was set on Biology, but when I didn’t fall in love with chemistry, I began to explore other options, settling on . SuccessWorks played a big part helping me identify new areas to explore and connecting me with alumni.

Devin Deegan

Graduate Student Intern

Hometown: Albany, WI
Major: Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Master’s Program

Fun fact: I received the amazing opportunity to be Bucky Badger for 3 years!

Career Goals: After completing grad school I hope to work in student affairs at a large institution. In my future career, I hope to work to improve access to higher education to students around the country and beyond.

Thoughts on SuccessWorks: SuccessWorks has shown me that it is perfectly okay to explore different interests and career paths. Too often I feel there is a lot of pressure on students to decide exactly what they want to do for the rest of their life, but SuccessWorks really emphasizes the exploration process. I am excited to help students explore their interests to find success in their future!

Eric Dormoh

Graduate Student Intern

Hometown: Champlin, MN
Major: Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Master’s Program

Fun fact: I have been in a Mud Volcano in Trinidad

Career Goals: My goal for my career is to utilize my own experiences to help assist others. I see myself working in student affairs at a 4-year institution. I hope to help students feel supported and welcomed at the institution that they attend.

Thoughts on SuccessWorks: SuccessWorks has helped me to understand a lot about my own career path and the process to truly prepare for my own career. I have also learned some amazing advising skills that can help me in various future career choices.

Emma Gran

Front Desk Assistant

Hometown: Rochester, MN
Major: Political Science and a Certificate in Public Policy

Fun fact: I’ve been to 23 countries, with my favorites being Portugal and Egypt.

Career Goals: Although I have not settled on a future career, I’m seeking a career related to domestic issues like education, energy, and poverty. I’m interested in a career in government and want to enact positive change in this country.

Thoughts on SuccessWorks: SuccessWorks has given me so many resources that have allowed me to explore different career paths, and identify correlations between my interests and future careers.

Lauren Hartman

Career Peer Advisor

Hometown: Mankato, MN
Major: English and a Certificate in Business

Fun fact: I made it into two schoolwide spelling bees in middle school… and then lost in the first round both times.

Career Goals: I hope to work in communications in an industry in which I feel as though I am making a difference — nonprofit, education, etc.

Thoughts on SuccessWorks: SuccessWorks has given me the tools to be successful in both my current jobs and in my future career — from resumes and cover letters to networking and interviewing. Because of these skills, I feel more confident as I look ahead to graduating in the spring and entering the professional world.

Rachel Hunter

Alumni Relations Assistant

Hometown: Shakopee, MN
Major: International Studies with a Certificate in Global Health and African Studies

Fun fact: I have lived in the same apartment as the Vice President of Peru

Career Goals: While I’ve always known I want to work for the federal government or non-profits, I still have some narrowing down to do in regards to a specific subject. Broadly, I want to work on health security issues or in international affairs. As my passion is human rights, I hope to continue working with human trafficking victims and those suffering from gender-based violence.

Thoughts on SuccessWorks: SuccessWorks has played a large part in my success at UW-Madison. From amazing advisors, to lots of resources and different career opportunities there really is something for everyone. SuccessWorks has shown me how to effectively use my skillset in multiple different jobs and career fields.

Emma Jonas

Video & Digital Media Assistant

Hometown: Whitefish Bay, WI
Major: Communication Arts with Certificates in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Digital Studies

Fun fact: I used to make music videos with my friends in middle school.

Career Goals:I have always had many interests in very different areas. It wasn’t until I began working for Discovery World and now SuccessWorks that I truly began to discover what I wanted to do and have in a career. My goal for my career is to love what I do, but always be able to grow and learn more. I want to work with video editing in some form in my future career!

Thoughts on SuccessWorks: SuccessWorks has assured me that it is okay to have a multitude of interests and that those interests can be combined to help me find my dream career.

Samantha (Sam) Jones

Marketing & Communications Assistant

Hometown: Rochester, MN
Major: Journalism with Certificates in Environmental Studies and Development Economics

Fun fact: I am startlingly good at telling the time by the sun’s position in the sky.

Career Goals: I feel like I have been toggling between career choices my whole life — publishing, law studies, technical writing, environmental advocacy — but have finally (well, hopefully) landed on a path that I believe will be fulfilling and stimulating: journalism!

Thoughts on SuccessWorks: When I first started attending UW, I had very rigid expectations for myself — now, Successworks has helped me gain the skills to navigate career development smoothly, and gave me assurance that I can fuse my passions and work together.

Erin Pankow

Graduate Student Intern

Hometown: Maple Grove, MN
Major: Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Master’s Program

Fun fact: I have been a certified “storm spotter” through the National Weather Service.

Career Goals: I see myself working in advising, and helping and supporting students to reach their full potential!

Thoughts on SuccessWorks: SuccessWorks has really helped me to prepare for my own future and career, and provided me with so many resources and connections!

Caitlin Wolf

Event Planning Assistant

Hometown: Whitefish Bay, WI
Major: Strategic Communications and a Certificate in Digital Studies

Fun fact: I have been to a taping of the Ellen Show and I got lucky enough to be on TV for a split second!

Career Goals: My goal for my career is to always be a challenge and therefore always growing. No matter the role or industry, I think that the ability to advance and learn would be the most fulfilling for me.

Thoughts on SuccessWorks: SuccessWorks has given me the confidence to try out everything that interests me. I have learned that there is not one lane you must stay in. Because of this learned confidence in my experience & abilities, I have been able to find my own career path that I love and cannot wait to pursue.