Vocation and Professional DevelopmentVocation and Professional Development

VPD Career Services Staff

Rachel Konakci

Rachel Konakci

Director of Vocation & Professional Development

I have spent the majority of my career in higher education, and my background is in university partnership development, international relations, student advising, recruiting and event planning.  I earned my MA in French Language & Literature from Middlebury College and my BA in Communication from Tulane University.  I love that my role allows me to act as liaison with local, regional, national and international partners for the purpose of facilitating jobs and internships for Concordia students.  My job allows me to build a bridge between our student community and our employer partners that is mutually beneficial.  I enjoy planning campus events such as career fairs, career roundtables, alumni career panels, company information sessions and company site visits.  When I am not working, I enjoy long rides on the bike trails here in Austin and spending time with family and friends.

Employers Contact:

Rachel.Konakci@concordia.edu

Allie Garza

Allie Garza

Graduate Assistant Career Coach

My name is Alexandria Garza, but I go by Allie and I am originally from Houston, Texas. I graduated from Concordia in Spring 2022 with a B.S. in Kinesiology. I am now pursing my Masters of Business Administration at the university. As an undergraduate, I was a part of the Concordia University Texas Women’s Basketball team during all four years and am now using my extra year of eligibility to play one more year for the university while pursuing my Masters. I love to help students, athletes, and people reach their current and future goals. As a Career Coach at Vocation and Professional Development, I can work closely with students to guide them, prepare them, and help them with reaching their career goals. As a sports enthusiast, I also love that this position allows me to be a liaison for the sports teams and student athletes at the university. When I am not in the office, you can find me hanging out with friends, working out, baking, and enjoying the outdoors.

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Evan Pena

Evan Pena

Graduate Assistant Career Coach

I am a Spring 2021 CTX Alum with a B.S. in Kinesiology currently working toward a Master’s of Education with a concentration in Coaching & Sports Administration. During my undergraduate college career, I played tennis for the university; in addition, I was a Peer Tutor and Peer Leader. One of my passions is mentoring students and people, and I am excited about aiding students throughout the career exploration process which includes resume/cover letter reviewing, finding internship and job opportunities, and learning more about one’s own strengths and skills to ultimately help them discover their vocations! When I am not at school or coaching people on their careers, I can be found on a tennis court, exercising, or singing whatever song is stuck in my head!

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