Staff

Craig Benson

Craig Benson

Director

Phone: 573-882-9490

Email: BensonCA@missouri.edu

Ask me about:

  • Academic and campus collaborations
  • Career classes
  • Career data and assessment

Interests: Travel, Lego, basketball, Mizzou sports, photography, spreadsheets

Bio:

Master of Business Administration, Management, University of Missouri 

Master of Education, Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Kansas State University 

Craig has worked in career services at multiple institutions with an emphasis in holistic career development, paraprofessional staffing of career offices, career self-assessments, career exploration, training and development of career staff, and career courses. 

Barbie Banks

Barbie Banks

Employer Relations Coordinator

Phone: 573-882-9370

Email: banksba@umsystem.edu

Ask Me About:

  • Recruiting Mizzou students
  • Building your recruiting brand on campus
  • Sharing your professional experience with Mizzou students

Interests: Musical theater, Ragtag Cinema and Columbia, MO politics

Bio:

Master of Social Work: Policy, Planning, and Administration, University of Missouri 

Bachelor of Science in History and Secondary Education, William Woods University

Barbie’s 18-year career has focused on small arts nonprofits and education. Barbie possesses strong relationship building skills and a fine-tuned ability to anticipate the needs of collaborators. She supports Mizzou’s strategic employer partnerships. 

Carrie Collier

Carrie Collier

Senior Coordinator of Peer Career Advising and Career Counseling

201D Student Success Center

Phone: (573) 882-8574

Email: colliercm@missouri.edu

Ask Me About:

  • Drop-in and appointment services with Career Specialists
  • Career counseling
  • Faculty/Staff Career Champions (MU Career Development Network)

Interests: Teaching Jazzercise, yoga, reading, traveling and eating at local restaurants

Bio:

Master of Arts, Educational & Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri 

Bachelor of Arts, Communication & Spanish, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Carrie’s educational and professional background includes extensive experience in career services, counseling, coaching, training, leadership and program development in a variety of higher education, non-profit, and corporate settings. She is committed to well-being in the workplace and works to inspire purpose in others and to bring enthusiasm and positivity to what she does every day.  

Chrissie Dickson

Chrissie Dickson

Jumpstart Senior Site Manager

Room 201G

Phone: 573-882-8942

Email: dicksoncn@missouri.edu

Ask me about:

  • How to participate in Jumpstart as a part-time job or for course credit
  • How to offer Jumpstart at your preschool or to your child
  • How to partner, promote or support Jumpstart

Interests: Enjoying nature/camping/boating, farm to table cooking/dining, live music

Bio:

Master of Arts, Human Development & Family Studies – Child Development, University of Missouri 

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Missouri 

Chrissie has been involved in early childhood education for nearly 25 years. She has worked at the Rainbow House Emergency Shelter, Missouri Accreditation and joined the university in 2003 to launch the Jumpstart program at Mizzou. Jumpstart offers students the opportunity to explore their career paths through hands-on experience and skill development.  

Justine Durham

Justine Durham

Arts & Science Career Coach

Phone: 573-882-5469

Email: durhamju@missouri.edu

Ask Me About:

  • A&S student full-time employment
  • What you can do with your A&S major
  • General career assistance

Interests: Binge-watching TV shows

Bio:

Bachelor of General Studies: Sociology, Black Studies, Human Development & Family Science 

Justine holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree with components in Sociology, Black Studies, and Human Development & Family Science. She has served in a multitude of roles throughout her 5+ years’ experience in career services, with specific focus in career exploration and professional development. 

Bethany James

Bethany James

Jumpstart Site Manager

201F Student Success Center

Phone: (573) 882-8942

Email: jamesbet@missouri.edu

Ask me about:

  • How to participate in Jumpstart as a part-time job or for course credit
  • How to offer Jumpstart at your preschool or to your child
  • How to partner, promote or support Jumpstart 

Interests: Spending time with family, walks in the park and crafts

Bio:

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, University of Missouri 

Bethany has worked in early childhood and non-profit services for 13 years, with experience in Title 1 preschools, then as the Program Director for a non-profit childcare center serving families in a holistic, strengths-based approach. She has served in Jumpstart for the past 6 years, helping Mizzou students find opportunities for service and civic engagement in their community.

Audra Jenkins

Audra Jenkins

Career Coach, Graduate Student Career Development

Phone: 573-884-1273

Email: jenkinsau@missouri.edu

Ask Me About:

  • Career exploration for graduate students
  •  Job searching and interview preparation
  •  Job document reviews

Interests: Traveling to eat and drink delicious things (preferably with friends)

Bio:

Graduate Certificate, Positive Psychology, University of Missouri

Master of Arts, Biblical Studies, Denver Seminary 

Bachelor of Science, Sociology, Southeast Missouri State University 

Audra has worked with diverse populations in education ranging from community college to adult English language teaching and has spent the last 12 years in roles working with graduate students at the University of Missouri. 

Amanda Nell

Amanda Nell

Senior Coordinator of Communications, Career Outcomes & Technology

Room 201L

Phone: 573-882-0878

Email: nella@missouri.edu

Ask me about:

  • Marketing and communications
  • Student career outcomes
  • Website and online career resources
  • Requests to review career technology, products or services

Interests: Baking, cooking shows, nature walks, Netflix binging and college football.

Bio:

Master of Arts, Higher Education Administration, University of Michigan 

Bachelor of Arts, History, Wittenberg University 

Amanda has nearly 25 years of experience in higher education with progressive responsibilities in technology, staff supervision, project management, marketing and communications. 

Laura Peiter

Laura Peiter

Senior Coordinator of Peer Career Advising and Career Outreach

Room 201M

Phone: 573-884-6317

Email: peiterl@missouri.edu

Ask me about:

  • Drop-in and appointment services with Career Specialists
  • Outreach presentations to classes and groups 
  • CliftonStrengths

Interests: Classic rock, Bruce Springsteen, baseball, disaster movies

Bio:

Master of Arts, Media Communications, Webster University 

Bachelor of Arts, Media Communications with emphasis in Media Literacy, Webster University 

Laura has 22 years of higher education experience in both career services and admissions. She is skilled at delivering career outreach workshops, supervising and training student staff, managing career software, developing resources and administrative processes. 

Amanda Purchase Roberts

Amanda Purchase Roberts

Senior Manager of Student Employment

201C

Phone: 573-884-5977

Email: purchaserobertsa@missouri.edu

Ask me about:

  • Recruiting students to work on campus 
  • Student employment questions
  • Work-Study program

Interests: Anything outdoors, baking, musicals, making lasagna for neighbors

Bio:

Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Specialization in College Student Affairs, University of South Florida 

Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, Monmouth College  

Amanda has over 20 years of experience in and outside the classroom at large public and small private institutions of higher education in areas of career development, staff training, first year experience, and residential life.