This is My Story

NCC, National Certified Counselor
LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Texas
M.A., Masters in Professional Counseling, Texas State University
B.S., Bachelors of Science Psychology, Louisiana State University

Hi there, feel free to call me “Mel”!  Welcome to Ama La Vida, I am so glad you are here.  I have had the privilege of calling many places home.  I was born on the east coast (Delaware), grew up in the south (Louisiana), went to graduate school in the heart of Texas (Austin), and now call the west coast home (California).  I’ve got that east coast grit, southern charm, and west coast adventurous spirit! You can usually find me traveling, hiking outdoors, practicing yoga, or listening to live music.  While I refer to myself as a southern gal, my eclectic background of homes and travel experiences have reinforced my love for working with people, particularly within career development.

I have worked within career services for the last eight years and am elated that every day I am able to assist individuals in achieving their career goals.  My experiences within career centers include Texas State University, The University of Texas at Austin, and currently at the University of California, Davis.  While certainly not exclusive to these fields, my background has been focused in healthcare, biological sciences, and technology sectors. Not only have I worked with undergraduates to PhD students, but alumni and non-traditional students as well.  I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, and equality in the recruitment process, particularly for traditionally marginalized populations.

My background includes expertise in career exploration, job search techniques, recruitment, interviewing skills, personal branding/marketing, and resume/cover letter development.  As a Career Specialist with Ama La Vida, I will work hand-in-hand with you to match your career vision to your application materials, branding, and professional image. Whether you aim to advance in current company or are transitioning into an entirely new industry, with my personalized approach, I will ensure that you stand out from the crowd and impress those hiring managers!

While I have a background in Professional Counseling, my style is person-centered, action-oriented and solution-focused.  As a Career Specialist, I do not focus on therapy in the traditional, counseling-sense. However, I augment my counseling background to create a space where you can feel heard, empowered and confident in your personal branding and application materials.  My goal is to push you out of your comfort zone and into areas of personal growth and career development, while providing the support, encouragement, and direction that you need along the way. Are you ready to invest in yourself? If so, I look forward to working with you soon!

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