Career Coaches

Planning for your future career can be a daunting task. Whether you know what field you'd like to pursue or you're still trying to figure it out, our experienced career coaches can help you navigate your interests, develop job-seeking skills, and build your career path.

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3rd Floor Iowa Hall

Meet Our Staff


Danielle Ebaugh
Title: Career Services Supervisor
Office: 3074 Iowa Hall
Education: B.A.; Coe College
Masters in Organizational Leadership; St. Ambrose University
Bio: Danielle started as career services coordinator with Kirkwood in 2008. Before her role as career services coordinator she worked in the field of human resources in recruiting. She now utilizes her training and experience in human resources to assist others with their job seeking skills. Some of these skills include: cover letters, resumes, filling out job applications, and helping you prepare for a job interview. She assists with employers gaining more visibility on the Kirkwood campus through events such as JOBS 411, career fairs, and networking lunches. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Coe College in 2005, and her Masters in Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose University in 2014.


Lexi Fields
Title: Career Services Coach
Office: 3028 Iowa Hall
Education: B.A. Art; Saint Joseph's College 
M.A. Criminal Justice; Mount Mercy University
Bio: Lexi came to Kirkwood in 2017 with a background in career coaching at Saint Joseph’s College.  Like many people, when preparing for college she struggled to choose a major and decide on a career path.  She changed majors several times before earning degrees in Art and Criminal Justice, but she often advises students that your major does not have to define your career.  Her work as a career coach and educator serves as proof!  She is passionate about de-mystifying the career exploration process and helping people navigate their lifelong professional development journey.  Her one-on-one career coaching sessions support career development at any level.  Common topics include choosing a college major, exploring different occupations, creating résumés/cover letters, preparing for interviews, planning a job search strategy, and more.  You may see her in Kirkwood’s classrooms as a guest speaker on career-related topics and as an instructor for courses in career development and college success.


Janelle Brehm
Title: Career Services Coach
Office: 3008 Iowa Hall
Education: B.A.; University of Northern Iowa
Bio: Janelle’s journey with Kirkwood started when she was a student in 2011. She took the Kirkwood motto “Start here go anywhere” and ran with it. From traveling abroad to working locally she has insightful college and work experiences she’d love to share. Being a First Generation College Student she understands the difficulty of navigating college when it comes to a career. She is willing to help and share her knowledge of resume writing, the importance of persistence in finding a career path and continuous effort in taking little steps to reach a dream job. She is particularly ecstatic to share learned differences in applying to jobs abroad as she taught English in Spain. She received her Liberal Arts A.A. from Kirkwood and then B.A. in Leisure, Youth & Human Services from University of Northern Iowa. Janelle desires to assist students along their career journey!


Rachel Powell
Title: Career Services Coach
Office: 3068 Iowa Hall
Education: B.A.; University of Northern Iowa, Master of Science in Higher Education, College Leadership, and Administration; Purdue University Global 
Bio: As a first generation college student and community college graduate, Rachel has always enjoyed working in an education setting and earned her BA in elementary education. After substitute teaching for a couple of years, she wanted to explore different education options. She started her career services experience in 2008, never looked back, and earned her Master of Science in Higher Education in 2012. She is passionate about helping people become self-aware in their career readiness journey which includes identifying strengths, interests, and more. Additionally, she assists with resume and cover letters, conducts mock interviews, helps in the job search, and all other things that might fall under the career umbrella.