Tess Surprenant

Director

surprenantt@umkc.edu
816-235-6077

Reach out to Tess to: Develop initiatives and programs to connect employers and Bloch students, schedule specialized career coaching appointments or learn more about what our students and alumni are working on.

Tess's Bio

Education:

B.S. Technical Communications, M.S. Management of Technology, University of Minnesota.

Professional background:

Marketing and business development in variety of industries including high-tech, medical products, consumer products, and higher education. 10+ years’ experience in career development strategy and training, and leadership and professional development training.

About Tess:

I am a Minnesota native and moved to Kansas City in 2012. There is so much that I love about Kansas City: BBQ, craft beer, mild winters (relative to Minneapolis), and walking distance to campus, the Plaza, Brookside, and the Peanut. This is an exciting time for Kansas City, full of energy, change, growth, and creativity, and it is fun to be a part of that.

First job:

My parents started a consulting engineering firm when I was 11 years old and it really was a family business.  My first job was running blue prints (back when they really were BLUE prints) of plans and spec books. The printer hung on the wall but I was too short to reach it so my dad had to build a platform for me to stand on, but nonetheless my arms and shoulders would get sore from continually reaching up to insert and remove the large sheets of paper. I loved that job because I loved the opportunity to work with my parents and be a part of what they did for a living.

Her advice to students?

Connect with the career center early to understand hiring timelines for internships and career positions.  There are so many more opportunities available to you if you start the preparation and process in your first or second year as opposed to waiting until your final year.

Tess Surprenant Portrait

Erin Christensen

Manager of Employer Relations & Outreach

816-235-5530
christensener@umkc.edu

Reach out to Erin for: Questions about our career fairs, on- or off-campus recruiting opportunities or other employer partnerships

Erin's Bio

Education:

B.S. Organizational Communication, M.Ed. Higher Education Administration, Northwest Missouri State University

Professional background:

Comprehensive career in higher education ranging from admissions to fraternity and sorority life to career services

About Erin:

Hailing from the booming metropolis of Rolla, MO, I’m a small-town, country girl by heart but love calling Kansas City my current home. I love event planning, cooking and trying out new restaurants with friends and family. I’m married to my ever-witty college sweetheart, and we have a spirited daughter who keeps us busy.

First job:

Caterer for a university food service company. I’m now an expert in setting the table!

What do you wish you had known about career development that you know now?

I wish I had utilized the career center more. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. I loved my degree program, and I loved being involved on campus, so I eventually found my path into higher education. I think working with a career coach could have opened my eyes to more opportunities.

Portrait of Erin Christensen, staff member in the Bloch Career Center

Maggie Reyland

Professional Development Manager

816-235-6568
reylandm@umkc.edu

Reach out to Maggie for: Career counseling, information about student workshops and trainings, information about the Business Mentor Program

Maggie's Bio

Education:

B.G.S Business, English and Theatre from the University of Missouri, M.S. Ethical Strategic Leadership (May 2018) from the University of Central Missouri

Professional background:

10 years of experience working in career services with the University of Missouri and UMKC, a stint in the country music and healthcare industries, and a certification in Human Resource Management

About Maggie:

I was born and raised in Nashville, TN and somehow escaped without a love for country music. I love traveling, writing and anything and everything having to do with musical theatre. I recently purchased a home in Waldo and can be found working on house projects most weekends with my spouse and doggy daughter.

First job:

My first job was as a voice-over actress for radio commercials when I was five years old.

What do you wish you had known about career development that you know now?

I wish I had completed more internships and studied abroad while in undergrad.

Her advice to students?

There is no time like the present to go after the abundant opportunities you will have while in college!

Portrait of Maggie Reyland, staff member of the Bloch Career Center

Beth Medley

Career Consultant

medleyb@umkc.edu

Reach out to Beth to: schedule career coaching appointments and mock interviews

Beth's Bio

Education:

B.A. Communication, M.A. Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Missouri

Professional background:

Experienced career coach working in comprehensive career services offices at large public and small private universities.

About Beth:

Originally from Nebraska, I have lived in different Midwestern states and cities over the years, but have most enjoyed my time in Kansas City. I love running, reading, crafting and the KC Royals. I am a mom of two boisterous boys and am in the car way too often taking them to and from events.

First job:

My first job was babysitting. It taught me the importance of being adaptable and staying calm in difficult situations.

Her advice to students?

Look for ways to engage with the UMKC community while a student by getting involved, asking questions, attending events/workshops and networking with employers/alumni who come to campus.

Bob Mallow

Career Consultant

mallowb@umkc.edu

Reach out to Bob to: schedule career coaching appointments and mock

Bob's Bio

Professional background:

Retired Senior Vice President of Weight Watchers North America, Inc.

About Bob:

Originally from Nebraska, I have lived in different Midwestern states and cities over the years, but have most enjoyed my time in Kansas City. I love running, reading, crafting and the KC Royals. I am a mom of two boisterous boys and am in the car way too often taking them to and from events.

First job:

Computer Sales Representative with Radio Shack

What do you wish you had known about career development that you know now?

Earlier in my career I wish I knew how to write a quality high impact resume and cover letter. I also wish that I understood how to network and get a mentor. Finally, I wish that I learned earlier to maximize professional strengths and find others to work with who have complimentary skills so that you don’t try to do it all. Doing it all often doesn’t work out well. Working with professional competent others often leads to significant gains for the firm and for ones career.

Erynn Ireland

Student Staff

Hometown: Holton, KS
Major: Business Administration with a minor in Communication Studies

Erynn's Bio

Career goals after graduation:

After I graduate, I hope to attend an accredited law school to receive my Juris Doctorate.

What do you wish other students knew about the Bloch Career Center?

The Bloch Career Center has so many resources for students, so by coming in and utilizing these resources you will only benefit from your visit.

What’s your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the library. There are so many different spots that you can curl up to study in or just to relax between classes, which makes it a great place to spend extra time!

Portrait of Erynn Ireland

Macie Kienzle

Student Staff

Hometown: Smithville, MO
Major: Accounting

Macie's Bio

Career goals after graduation:

Obtain my CPA, and then jump into the field of accounting and discover where my skills fit best.

What do you wish other students knew about the Bloch Career Center?

How fun and nice the staff is and how genuine they are about truly wanting to help the students succeed.

What’s your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus would have to be the Bloch Executive Hall. It is so open and lets a lot of natural light shine in. It also has quite a few study spots with a lot of outlets, which is nice!

Portrait of Macie Kienzle