Evelyn Ramos

Interim Director 
Hablo Español  / I speak Spanish 

“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve students, alumni and employers of Stanislaus and surrounding counties. I love the Central Valley and know that the students here are what continue to make this a community of growth and prosperity. I appreciate the opportunity to help them expand their knowledge of opportunities throughout the nation.” 

A central valley native, Evelyn began her career in student affairs with the SJSU Career Center. There she developed an interest and passion for working with students and helping increase their confidence in their academic and professional endeavors. She held a variety of roles throughout her time there and ultimately decided to pursue her Master's degree to be able to work with students 1-1 in their career development. She received her MA in Education and began to work more closely with first-generation and undeclared student populations. She had the opportunity to serve as the University Ombudsperson at SJSU for two years before returning to career services at Stanislaus.

Evelyn Ramos

Rebecca Stephens

Employer and Student Relations Specialist

"I am passionate about creating student-driven programming and engagement within our center. I am committed to building and strengthening employer relationships that develop long-term collaborations, supporting a constant surge in employing Stan State talent.  An absolute highlight of my job is seeing a student attain a meaningful job with the guidance, support and utilization of our staff and services."

Rebecca coordinates our key student/employer connection events such as Career Fairs, Info Sessions and On Campus Interviews, to name a few. As the coordinator for our Warrior Wardrobe Career Closet, she helps to ensure that there is one less barrier to employment by helping establish a sense of confidence in our Warriors' appearance for events, interviews, or class presentations. 

Rebecca manages our HireStanState Handshake platform and is available to assist students and employers utilize its features to the fullest extent.

Rebecca Stephens

Brooke Nawrocki

CareerReadyU Recruiting Coordinator

"My college to career journey was anything but linear. However, when my educational goals provided me an opportunity to attend Stanislaus State I felt right at home.  I believe that higher education provides a profound opportunity to understand oneself and establish new dreams and goals. Stanislaus State has provided me with so much opportunity, thus I am thrilled to be able to help guide Warriors as they explore their career and professional opportunities."

Brooke graduated from Stanislaus State in 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology and in 2023 with a Master of Public Administration. She has prior experience working at Stanislaus State as a Peer Mentor to first-generation college students during her undergraduate years and has worked as a mentor to students from TK-6th grade as well. Brooke values lifelong learning, intellectual curiosity, and is excited to help students find their own paths.

Brooke Nawrocki

Nang Thao

Lead Career Coach 
Kuv hais lus Hmoob / I speak Hmong 

Nang Thao has worked with individuals from various backgrounds and experiences and understands the importance of personalized guidance.  She is a dedicated Career Coach; passionate about guiding students and alumni through major & career exploration journeys and assisting students in identifying opportunities to cultivate and strengthen skills pertinent to their career aspirations. She enjoys connecting with students on a personal level, empowering them to navigate the complexities of career planning with confidence and clarity.

Nang graduated from Stanislaus State in 2009 with a Sociology Degree and in 2024 with a Master of Education Counseling.  She has worked as an Eligibility Worker, Welfare to Work case manager and Workforce Specialist for various Stanislaus County departments and is committed to connecting to people to resources.

Nang Thao

Alex Brown

Career Coach

Alex Brown is a passionate advocate for personal development and lifelong learning. He holds two business degrees, one from Philander Smith, an HBCU in Little Rock, Arkansas, and an MBA from Notre Dame de Namur University. Currently pursuing a PhD in Education with a Curriculum and Instruction focus, Alex is committed to staying at the forefront of his field.

As a 15+ year member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (ΑΦΑ), Alex is dedicated to serving his community through outreach, college preparation, and creating personal and professional goals. He is also the chapter president and central valley area director at the moment.

In addition to his work as a career coach, Alex is a creative polymath who enjoys creating images using AI, blogging, and podcasting. His blog and podcast, Strive and Develop, are dedicated to discussing striving and personal development, drawing inspiration from his experiences as a doctoral student and an 8+ year business instructor at Fresno City College.

When he’s not working, Alex enjoys playing softball, volunteering, and having conversations about academic and professional development. He is excited to join the team and looks forward to engaging with students and community partners alike.

Alex Brown

Cash Bortner

Instructional Faculty
Career Faculty Fellow 

"I was born and raised on a family farm in southwest Nebraska, where I learned the value of hard work and perseverance from my parents.  I was a first-generation college student myself and am beyond excited to pay forward the life-changing mentorship and support that my college professors and advisors gave me.  I have been particularly passionate about helping students learn about and determine if graduate school is the right next step for them."

Cash received his PhD in Mathematics from North Carolina State University in May of 2022, and joined the Math Department at Stan State as an Assistant Professor the following August.  He is the newest member of the Career and Professional Development Center, joining as their first Faculty Fellow in August of 2023.   Since his first year in graduate school, Cash has been mentoring and advising students applying to research programs and graduate school for the past six years.  He is passionate about helping students succeed in their post-undergraduate lives by working with them to take full advantage of the wonderful resources available to them while they are still in school!

You can view my website: cbortner.github.io 

Image of Cash

Updated: February 22, 2024