• .Suzanne HelbigAssociate Vice Provost, Division of Career Pathways
    Suzanne Helbig

    Suzanne Helbig
    Associate Vice Provost, Division of Career Pathways
    shelbig@uci.edu

    Suzanne Helbig is the Associate Vice Provost at UC Irvine’s Division of Career Pathways, the first career services operation designated as a Division among US universities. Suzanne arrived at UCI with 15 years of experience in career services, including 13 years at UC Berkeley’s Career Center. 

    Suzanne currently serves on NACE’s Board of Directors and her involvement in NACE also includes co-chairing the 2018 Conference Committee and the 2017 Honors and Awards Committee; presenting at NACE’s inaugural Executive Leadership Symposium and Future of We kick-off program; numerous annual conference presentations; and the co-authorship of the chapter, “The Future of Career Services” for NACE’s book Leadership in Career Services: Voices from the Field

    Suzanne served on the board of directors of MPACE (Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers) and was awarded its Outstanding Service Award in 2017. Suzanne is the Programme Chair for the 2020 Global Career Services Summit to be held in Singapore and she co-chaired the 2018 Global Career Services Summit held in Newcastle, UK and has been invited to speak at conferences in Ireland, Japan, and China. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, Fox News, ABC News, the San Francisco ChronicleTime Magazine, New American Media, and the Orange County Register.  Suzanne also worked at the University of Las Vegas-Nevada Career Center, taught English in Taiwan, and has traveled to over 50 countries.

    Suzanne holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Arizona. 

  • .Karol JohansenAssociate Director - Career Education
    Karol Johansen

    Karol Johansen
    Associate Director - Career Education
    karolj@uci.edu

    Karol Johansen is a proud UCI alumna (BA English) and has served in the field of Career Development for more than 25 years, specializing in the career needs of college students. Prior to her current position as Associate Director of Career Education, she served as Senior Counseling Manager for Pre-Professional Services at the UCLA Career Center where she assisted students in preparing and applying to graduate/professional schools.

    Karol earned her Master’s degree in Counseling at Loyola Marymount University with a concentration in multicultural education. She comes to UCI with private industry experience in financial services/advertising, having worked for a leading investment publication. Karol’s work in the field of career services has been featured in many major publications, including Time Magazine (Joel Stein’s Awesome Column) and the Los Angeles Times. One of Karol’s favorite career development quotes is “Be true to yourself and useful to the journey.”

  • .Hema PaliwalAssociate Director - Employer Relations
    Hema Paliwal

    Hema Paliwal
    Associate Director - Employer Relations
    hpaliwal@uci.edu

    Hema Paliwal brings with her a diverse background in both higher education and corporate HR, with a keen eye for business strategy development and promoting student career success.

    Most recently, Hema was the Assistant Director of Employer Relations for Mihaylo College of Business & Economics at California State University, Fullerton. In her seven years at Mihaylo, she started and grew the employer relations program, in which she oversaw all employer outreach, developed diverse employer programming, and was integral in strengthening recruiting relationships to serve the college’s 9.500 elite undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to Mihaylo, Hema worked in corporate Human Resources where she wore multiple hats from talent recruitment, navigating HR operations, and promoting key business development.

    Hema holds an MBA in Organizational Leadership and a BA in Human Resource Management, both from California State University, Fullerton. In her free time and as a SoCal native, she enjoys going to outdoor summer concerts, singing in her local choir, and hiking around the lakes and mountains of Southern California.

  • .Marydale LeonardFront Desk Manager
    Marydale Leonard

    Marydale Leonard
    Front Desk Manager
    m.leonard@uci.edu

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  • .Leigh PoirierSenior Project Manager
    Leigh Poirier

    Leigh Poirier
    Senior Project Manager
    lpoirier@uci.edu

    Leigh creates teachable moments to help others grow. With more than 20 years’ experience in education – ranging from elementary school teacher to directing the UCI Graduate Resource Center – she understands the power of education. In her current position as the Senior Project Manager for the Division of Career Pathways, she develops and promotes initiatives for students as they navigate their career paths. Her passion for mentoring and connecting people fuel her both professionally and personally.