Jeffrey White, Director
Originally from: Columbus, Ohio
Education: B.A. in German and philosophy, Ohio State University; M.A. in German languages and literatures, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.S. in education, Portland State University; studies abroad in Tübingen and Hamburg, Germany and in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Career Pivots: My pathways to directing the Center for Career Development and Life Design include: consulting in higher education, EdTech, non-profits, and municipal government; directing the Learning Commons at the University of Portland; leadership in faculty development; teaching college-level German, applied linguistics, and a preparation course for studies abroad; co-teaching at a preschool; directing two non-profits; consultative sales in medical technology; and management in a regional printing business.
Key Values: Collaboration, Data, Reciprocity, Learning
Elements of Life Design: Life design is, for me, an ongoing social process. I embrace iteration that involves applying what we learn to advance existing opportunities and to develop new possibilities in the service of organizational goals. Learning from mentors, thought leaders, and others opens doors to deeper understanding and greater career development. Change is inevitable, so integrating new insights in times of disruption helps me thrive in our turbulent world. Two hobbies of mine, cooking and competitive table tennis, are apt metaphors as they are inherently social and involve learning from others, noticing, adapting to new conditions, seeking improvements, and gaining feedback.
Amber Becke, Associate Director
Originally from: Jacksonville, FL
Education: A.A. in general education, Florida State College at Jacksonville; currently pursuing a B.A. in communication studies at Hollins University
Career Pivots: I started in retail and customer service in Florida but yearned to work in higher education where I could help young people work toward their life/career goals, so I pivoted up North to Hollins. In my role I coordinate the Signature Internship program, handle office finances and scheduling, and supervise our student staff. I especially enjoy orienting students and alumnae/i to everything the Career Center has to offer.
Key Values: compassion, integrity, collaboration, helping others
Elements of Life Design: I enjoy traveling with my husband, Chris, cooking and baking, reading historical fiction novels, and spending time with my dog, Libby, and my two cats, Niles and Henry.