Meet the Career Services Team

Meleani Bates

    Meleani Bates

  • Program Manager A

  • (360) 992 - 2391
  • lbates@clark.edu

  • Meleani joined the Career Services team in July of 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies with emphasize in African American Studies from Oregon State University. Prior to coming to Clark College, Meleani worked with Portland Public Schools where she served as an Equity Team member for three years and actively supported the District's goal to eliminate the achievement gap between students of color and white students. Preceding that, she worked at Oregon State University as a Leadership Advisor, Internship Coordinator and Student Government Leader. She co-taught select intro and upper division courses, organized campus events and mentored students.

    Meleani is an ambitious student affairs professional dedicated to serving students, building and maintaining equity-focused programming and social justice initiatives. She is also passionate about creating and coalescing community, which informs her work in providing intentional support and quality service to students.

    Favorite Resource: NACE Center for Career Development and Talent Acquisition

    Favorite Quote: “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”–Norman Vincent Peale

Edie Blakley

    Edie Blakley

  • Director of Career Services

  • (360) 992 - 2239
  • eblakley@clark.edu

  • Director of Career Services and Veterans Resource Center

    Edie has been the Director of Career Services since 2008. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Leadership Studies and a Master's degree in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University. Prior to coming to Clark College Edie worked at Oregon State University in Career Services where she coordinated Career Fairs, managed Employment Services, and conducted career counseling and employer development.

    Favorite Resource: Oregon CIS

    Favorite Quote: "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Scott Clemans

    Scott Clemans

  • Program Specialist 2

  • (360) 992 - 2964
  • sclemans@clark.edu

  • Scott Clemans joined Career Services as Employer Relations Specialist in March 2017. He works with area businesses and other organizations to identify jobs, internships and other career development opportunities for Clark College students, alumni and community members. Scott has over 15 years of public relations experience, and has taught at several area colleges and universities. He earned a master’s degree in Communication Studies from Portland State University, and is also a U.S. Department of Defense Information School graduate.

    Favorite Resource: The Portland and Vancouver Business Journals

    Favorite Quote: "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." - George Harrison

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Trisha Haakonstad

    Trisha Haakonstad

  • Career Advisor

  • (360) 992 - 2154
  • thaakonstad@clark.edu

  • Trisha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Business Administration from the University of San Diego, and a Master of Science degree in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Portland State University. Within her graduate program she completed a specialization in Post-Secondary, Adult and Continuing Education, with emphasis in adult learning and student development. She also holds a graduate certificate in Student Affairs, and Training & Development. She has worked in higher education in a variety of roles as a mentor, program assistant, student success coach, and instructor. She was a student success coach working with a variety of adult students pursuing undergraduate degrees, where she helped students develop the skills needed to be academically successful, guiding them to achieve their educational and career goals and most recently the Instructional Support Student Navigator for the Health e-Workforce Consortium for Clark College in Vancouver, Washington.

    Favorite Resource: mindfulness resource calm and finding inspiration on Pinterest.

    Favorite Quote: “Set aside your doubts. Quiet the thoughts that say you aren’t good enough, important enough, capable enough to begin. Tell them you can’t listen because today you trust yourself. Today, you believe in your heart. Today you tell the small voice inside you’re giving it a chance. Be bold, be strong, fight on.” M.H. Clark

Catharine Keane

    Catharine Keane

  • Associate Director of Career Services

  • (360) 992 - 2071
  • ckeane@clark.edu

  • Catharine assists groups and individuals with career exploration and has managed the resources of the Career Center since 2005. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Vermont and a Masters of Public Affairs from Washington State University. Cath draws from extensive work, travel and interpersonal experiences to help bring career information to life.

    Favorite Resource: "It's a toss-up between CIS (the Oregon Career Information System) and the Counselor/career class instructors here at Clark; both provide a wealth of information."

    Favorite Quote: What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Laurie Mardesich

    Laurie Mardesich

  • Program Coordinator

  • 360-992-2155
  • lmardesich@clark.edu

  • Laurie has worked in Career Services since August 2011. She develops the Student Success workshop schedule each quarter, provides assistance to students and community members with career assessments and career exploration, and administrative support for the department. Laurie graduated from Clark College in June of 2013.

    Favorite Resource: CIS

    Favorite Quote: "Before you act, Listen. Before you react, Think. Before you spend, Earn. Before you criticize, Wait. Before you pray, Forgive. Before you quit, Try."
    -Ernest Hemingway

Patrick Willis

    Patrick Willis

  • Career Advisor

  • (360) 992 - 2066
  • pwillis@clark.edu

  • Patrick joined the Career Services team in September of 2014. He provides one-on-one career advising and group presentations related to career exploration and choosing a program of study. He earned a bachelor and master degree from George Fox University. He brings experience in career development program management, career and academic advising, student retention, and job placement.

    Favorite Resource: Oregon Career Information System and WOIS/The Career Information System.

    Favorite Quote: You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. - C. S. Lewis