Meet the CCD Staff
Nicole Van Den Heuvel
Contact: 713-348-5781 | email
Nicole Van Den Heuvel, a Rice alumna, is the Director for the Center for Career Development and brings over twenty years of industry experience. Prior to assuming the current Director role, she worked at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business as Associate Director of Career Management, counseling and advising MBA students on career planning and development. She has an extensive business background in public, private and not-for-profit organizations having worked for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies for more than 14 years in Houston, Washington, D.C. and Montreal, Canada. She also brings across-the-board expertise in career counseling, leadership training, recruiting, and human resources. Van Den Heuvel also brings an international perspective to CCD as she speaks French, Spanish, and German and has lived throughout Europe. She continues to actively contribute to the Houston and Rice alumni community through her community service and fundraising activities.
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING TEAM
Jacqueline Hing, MS, LPC • Associate Director, Career Development & Programming
Jacqueline Hing oversees the development of the Center for Career Development's programs related to career decision-making and programming. She advises students on their post graduate plans through individual sessions, and conducts presentations aimed at strengthening a student’s professional communication skills. Additionally, Hing teaches HUMA 212: Career and Life Options, and co-teaches the Best Fit class, offered by the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, with Louma Ghandour. Hing joined Rice in 1993 from the Center for Counseling in Houston, where she was a licensed therapist specializing in family and women's issues. Because of her training and expertise in the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the FIRO-B, she has also conducted workshops on communication and team-building for companies and professional groups. Hing holds a bachelor's degree in English, a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from California State University, Los Angeles, and is a member of the American Counselor's Association and National Association for Colleges and Employers. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas.
Tiffany Stott, M.Ed., LPC • Assistant Director, Career Development
Tiffany Stott develops and implements instructional programming related to post-graduate planning. She provides individual counseling and assessment interpretation to assist Rice undergraduates and graduate students in addition to recent alumni in making informed career decisions and to prepare them for professional advancement. She also heads the Peer Career Advisors (PCA) program, which identifies student leaders with an interest in career development. The PCAs act as liaisons between the Center for Career Development and the residential colleges and the rest of the Rice campus. Stott joined Rice in 2009 from the Career Management Center at the Jones Graduate School of Business. In addition, she previously interned with the Career Services office at Texas State University as a graduate career advisor where she provided career exploration and guidance to undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni. Stott has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in higher education, both from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas.
Nancy Wendlandt, M.Ed., LPC • Assistant Director, Career Development
Nancy Wendlandt develops and implements instructional programming related to post-graduate planning. She provides individual counseling and assessment interpretation to assist Rice students and alumni in making informed career decisions and to prepare them for professional advancement. Additionally, Wendlandt is the instructor for HUMA 295: Exploring Careers Through An Internship and teaches HUMA 212: Career and Life Options. She also coordinates special sessions meant to meet the needs of graduate and post-doctoral students. Wendlandt joined Rice in 2009 from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a career counselor intern with the Career Exploration Center. She also served as a graduate research assistant, contributing to studies assessing predictors of life and work satisfaction among individuals in non-traditional career roles. In addition, Wendlandt has conducted and published her own research addressing challenges inherent in the college to work transition and developed a theoretical framework to guide effective interventions for university career centers. Wendlandt holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Neurobiology from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in higher education from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas.
EMPLOYER RELATIONS TEAM
Jessica Campbell • Associate Director, Employer Relations
Contact: 713-348-2297 | email
Jessica Campbell oversees the employer relations program for the Center for Career Development. She works with employers to develop recruiting strategies and discover the most effective ways to connect with Rice students. Campbell joined Rice in 2011 after four years of managing the employer relations program at the University of Houston. Prior to that role, Campbell spent two years as an Employment Counselor with Houston Works USA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and is a member of the National Association for Colleges and Employers and the Southern Association for Colleges and Employers. Campbell has also served in various leadership roles for the Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers.
Michelle Passo, MA • Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Communications
Contact: 713-348-2524 | email
Michelle Passo works with the Employer Relations team to help facilitate relationships with existing employers, prospective employers and alumni to increase internship and employment opportunities for students and works with the Counseling Team to assist students in using the Center for Career Development's (CCD) career resources and works one-on-one with students to develop and refine interviewing skills. She also oversees the center's technology systems, including developing media content for the website. Passo joined Rice in 2008 from the University of Iowa, where she was a graduate teaching assistant for the Department of Communication Studies. Previously, she worked as adjunct faculty at El Centro Community College in Dallas. Two of Passo's papers on women, sports and the media have been presented at professional conferences. Passo brings several years of professional experience to Rice. Through the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences she served as a programming intern at USA Network, where she assisted in the development of new shows. Prior to that role, Passo spent four years with the National Basketball Association (NBA), where she researched and assisted in the production of stories airing on ABC and NBA TV. She holds a master's degree in Cinema-Television from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University.
Faith Cleary • Recruiting Coordinator & Alumni Liaison
Contact: 713-348-3916 | email
Faith Cleary connects prospective employers with Rice students through coordination of recruiting events and interview schedules. Cleary also serves as the liaison between the Center for Career Development and Alumni Affairs, cultivating opportunities for alumni to mentor current students by sharing their professional experience and insight through the OWL Career Mentor Network. Cleary joined Rice in 2014. Before coming to Rice, Cleary established several successful small businesses with a national client base. She has more than 10 years of experience as a business manager, especially focused on office administration, customer service and public relations.
Jessica Fleenor • Marketing & Events Specialist
Contact: 713-348-4008 | email
Jessica Fleenor coordinates communications and marketing efforts, and organizes various recruiting events for the Center for Career Development (CCD). She develops materials related to the mission, services and resources for students, alumni, employers and the Rice community. She also manages the CCD’s social media initiatives, website and other brand campaigns. Fleenor joined Rice in 2014 from The Arc of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia, where she oversaw the planning and coordination of events, managed grant-related projects, and developed branded print and electronic publications related to advocacy and outreach. With a passion for connecting others to the resources they need, Fleenor founded Medulla in 2011, a small branding, design and event planning business providing tailored solutions to nonprofits, small businesses and startups. Through her work with Medulla, Fleenor partnered with several student organizations at Rice to execute the inaugural Startup Career Fair. She brings several years of professional experience to Rice, having held positions as a Project Specialist for Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and as a Communications Intern at a small media agency in Bern, Switzerland. Fleenor holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Creative Advertising from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Contact: 713-348-4029 | email
Christine Hebert manages the administrative and office operations, and oversees financial processes for the Center for Career Development. She also coordinates the student employee program. Hebert joined Rice in 1997 from the University of Houston. There, she held roles as an Office Manager in the International Student and Scholars Services Office and as a Business Administrator for the Computer Science Department. She served in a similar capacity for the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Hebert holds a bachelor's degree from the University of the Philippines, Quezon City.