Vocation and Professional DevelopmentVocation and Professional Development

VPD Career Services Staff


Evan Pena, Graduate Assistant Career Coach

Evan PenaI 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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Rachel Konakci, Director of Vocation & Professional Development

Rachel Konakci

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