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Applied Learning Center Staff

Dr. Rhonda Eaker, Director
Molly Thompson, Assistant Director of Work-Based Learning
Cecilia Cowart, Office Manager  
Ruby Matheny, Internship Development and Database Manager
Chris Harder, Budget and Fiscal Manager  


Undergraduate Research Program

Salina Blea, Program Coordinator
Dr. Sheryl Zajdowicz, Faculty Associate
Carol Torres Mata, Student Assistant


Civic Engagement Program

Tim Meeks, Puksta and PeaceJam Coordinator


Service Learning Program

Dr. Lori McKinney, Service Learning Specialist
Dr. Graham Ignizio, Faculty Associate
Lisa Kim - Student Assistant


Internship Program


Melinda Brenimer,  Internship Coordinator                        

  • Anthropology
  • Behavioral Science
  • Chemistry
  • Chicano Studies
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Healthcare Management


  • Healthcare Information Systems
  • Integrative HealthCare
  • Native American Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Cathy Hehr,  Internship Coordinator

  • Accounting
  • Accounting (Master's)
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Economics


  • Finance
  • Master's in Business Administration
  • Management
  • Marketing

Mark Isenburg, Internship Coordinator

  • African American Studies
  • Broadcast Communications
  • English
  • History


  • Journalism (including Public Relations)
  • Speech Communications
  • Speech, Language, Hearing Science
  • Technical Communications

Alyssa Marks, Internship Coordinator

  • Art
  • Communication Design
  • Earth and Atmospheric Science
  • Human Development
  • Human Services



  • Industrial Design
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Theater
  • Gender, Women, and Sexualities

Tim Meeks, Internship Coordinator

  • Architecture Minor
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Construction Project Management
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Sustainable Systems Engineering


Molly Weller Thompson

Assistant Director of Work-Based Learning

  • Advanced Manufacturing Sciences
  • Aviation and Aerospace Science
  • Biology


  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • OWOW
  • Physics

Student Staff 

Maria Gentry - Student Assistant 
Abby Bly - Student Assistant
Jamie Flores - Student Assistant
Emily Ward - Student Assistant 
Naoya Lucas Koike - Database Assistant