Career Development

Welcome to Career Development!  We provide help with the following for A&M-Commerce students and alumni:

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Meet Our Staff

  • Ashley Ortiz

    Ashley counsels and advises students on the career and job process, as well as coordinates programming, marketing, and supervision of student employees. She is currently working on becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.

    Fun Facts: She enjoys having a good conversation, spending time with her husband, traveling to a new place, and has been to 16 different countries.

  • Bethany Ferrall

    Bethany works with employers to hire Lions and recruit on campus. She plans our annual events including career fairs, career clinics, networking nights, and Lion Job Shadows, manages our social media, and develops internship programs.

    Fun Facts: She loves attending sporting events, her husband, Chris, dog, Lonestar, daughter, Charlotte, and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

  • Russell Schneider

    Russell provides guidance with all aspects of the job search process including resumes and cover letters, mock interviews, dressing for success, and networking. He works specifically with students, faculty, and staff of the College of Humanities, Social Sciences, & Arts. 

    Fun Facts: Russell serves as a city council member and Main Street Program committee member for his hometown of Mount Vernon. He enjoys travel, cooking regional cuisine and collecting bobble heads.

  • Brad Chilcote

    Brad provides guidance with all aspects of the job search process including resumes and cover letters, mock interviews, dressing for success, and networking.

    Fun Facts: In addition to a career coach, Brad is a certified business coach helping people start and grow businesses. He enjoys boating and traveling, having sailed the Greek islands twice. He also loves his wife (Candy), children (2) and grandchildren (4).

  • Bethany Ferrall

    Lisa provides administrative support that includes, but is not limited to, financial reporting, assistance with special events, process development, grant research, and departmental support. 

    Fun Facts: Lisa loves spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys cooking and baking, traveling, taking brewery tours, getting outdoors, and watching Red Sox Baseball.

  • Bethany Ferrall

    Miaya assists with resume building and critiquing, career events, mock interviews, and career counseling.

    She has a Masters in Student Affairs, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Counseling. 

    Fun Facts: Miaya enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and zombie movies.

Student Success Stories

Our pride runs deep at Career Development and we are so proud of our students and alumni that go on to do big things after graduation. Submit your success story using this form and you could also be featured on this page!

Contact Information

Department of Career Development
P.O. Box 3011
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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