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TRU Career and Experiential Learning team

  • Shawn Read

    Shawn Read
    Career Services Coordinator


    Shawn’s career at the university began in 2003. As a tenured faculty member in the Career and Experiential Learning department, he has worked in Career Services and the Co-operative Education program. Shawn is actively engaged provincially and nationally in the experiential learning field and served as a National Director and President of the Canadian Association for Career Educators and Employers. He is very passionate about experiential learning in the post- secondary system and has continued to work on expanding these opportunities for students.

    Shawn is one of the longest serving Chairs on campus and has helped the department to acquire national accreditation of the Co-op Educational program. He is very interested in Chair leadership and was the creator of the Chair Leaderships Group and Chair Leadership Award.

    Outside of work, Shawn is an avid hiker and enjoys being in the mountains. He has travelled throughout the world and enjoys these adventures with his family and friends.

  • Larry Iles

    Larry Iles
    Experiential Learning Coordinator (a.k.a Career Jedi)


    Bachelor of Arts Honours | Double major in Social Psychology and US History | Carleton University
    Bachelor of Education | Elementary Education | University of British Columbia
    Master of Adult Education | Career Development | University of Calgary

    Larry is an award winning Career Jedi. He has an extensive education and leadership portfolio that he has applied throughout his 22 years at TRU, all within Career and Experiential Learning. Larry works one-on-one with students and alumni, providing valuable career knowledge and career development support. Larry has said  “My favourite moment working with students is when they have an experience and really connect it to their personal career development-and as a result, have this fantastic clarity about themselves and next steps. This happens so often when working with 1000’s of  students in the career counselling model.


  • Jamie Noakes

    Jamie Noakes
    Tourism Co-op Coordinator


    Bachelor of Arts – Thompson Rivers University
    Masters of Environmental Studies – Lakehead University

    Jamie’s post-secondary career began with the Career and Experiential Learning Department in 2009. Over the years, she has taught within many Co-op programs and worked with BBA, Environmental Science, Computer Science, and Tourism students. Prior to working in post-secondary, Jamie gained management experience within both the tourism and hospitality management industries where she developed a keen interest in Human Resource Management. In 2019, Jamie joined the Central Interior CPHR advisory council where she focusses on developing further connections between post-secondary and CPHR. Outside of work, Jamie enjoys spending time at her cabin with her family, and socializing with friends.

  • Sarah Gibson

    Sarah Gibson
    Arts, Sciences, Natural Resource Sciences and Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Co-op Coordinator


    Master’s of Arts – International and Intercultural Communication - Royal Roads University

    Bachelor’s of Arts – Communication - Simon Fraser University

    Post Baccalaureate - Teaching English as a Second Language – Thompson Rivers University

    Sarah has over 20 years of professional experience in public, private, and non-profit sectors. She has worked in BC post-secondary education since 2005 and has been faculty at TRU for ten years - teaching in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Student Development. Sarah is currently the Co-op Coordinator for Sciences, Arts, and Tourism and has extensive experience in Co-op and Career Education. She has been a Co-op Student, Co-op Ambassador, Co-op Employer, and a Co-op Coordinator. Before working in education, Sarah had a career in communications and marketing. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication from Simon Fraser University, received her Post Baccalaureate for Teaching English as a Second Language from Thompson Rivers University, and completed her Master’s of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication from Royal Roads University.

  • Robbi Davey

    Robline (Robbi) Davey
    Indigenous Experiential Learning Coordinator


    Master of Education (TRU)
    Bachelor of Arts (UBC)

    Robbi has been at TRU since 2011, working primarily in Open Learning in online education and supporting Indigenous initiatives across campus.  

    As the Indigenous Experiential Learning Coordinator, her initiatives make space for Indigenous students and strengthen relationships with campus and community organizations to create pathways for employment transitions. 
    Robbi is currently working towards a doctorate at SFU, spends her spare time with her son and volunteers as a women’s rep for the Métis community in Kamloops.

  • Jackie Mullen

    Jackie Mullen
    Career & Experiential Learning Assistant


    Jackie has been an employee with TRU since 1984. Jackie has worked in the Library, Finance, Computer LRC, Trades LRC, Print Shop, the Faculty of Arts, and Career and Experiential Learning, which she joined in the summer of 2016. Her extensive experience has made her an extremely valued employee and CEL is lucky to have her. Jackie enjoys working and connecting with people, family time, traveling, exploring, hiking, photography, cooking and teaching dance!

  • Leanne Mihalicz

    Leanne Mihalicz
    Co-operative Education Coordinator


    Master of Education Degree – Thompson Rivers University
    Bachelor of Education Degree - Brandon University
    Bachelor of Recreation Management - University of Manitoba

    Leanne has been a secondary and post-secondary educator for over 18 years. She started at TRU in 2008 as a Student Employment Coordinator within the CEL department and then moved to an instructor and Work Experience Coordinator with the Education and Skills Training program in 2009.  Throughout her career, Leanne has been passionate about connecting students and community through a variety of experiential learning opportunities. Her aim is to build positive relationships and facilitate learning through strength-based approaches.

    In addition to her professional life, Leanne enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, and loves spending time with her family and pets. She also likes meeting people, learning about other cultures, and eating a variety of local and international foods.

  • Katelin Pietrusinski

    Katelin Pietrusinski
    Co-operative Education Coordinator (On Leave)


    Career Development Practitioner Certificate – Simon Fraser University
    Master of Arts: Theology, Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy - Wilfrid Laurier University
    Bachelor of Arts - Psychology, Simon Fraser University

    Katelin joined Career and Experiential Learning as a Co-operative Education Coordinator in September 2022. Before relocating to Kamloops, she worked as a Career Centre Programs Coordinator at Douglas College for 3.5 years. Also a Canadian Certified Counsellor, Katelin believes that experiential learning and mental wellness go hand-in-hand. She aspires to mentor students on their journeys to build their best potential into dream careers through thoughtful decision-making, intentional development, and continued direction checks and re-mapping. Katelin's current co-op portfolio includes supporting students in computing science, software engineering, math, physics, and the ARET program.

    Outside of work, you can find Katelin enjoying walks in the park, playing games (all sorts), or baking.

  • Harshita Dhiman

    Harshita Dhiman
    Business Co-op Coordinator


    Bachelor of Arts - Panjab University, India
    Advanced Diploma in Career and Counselling - Panjab University, India
    Master of Psychology - Punjabi University, India
    Master of Education - Thompson Rivers University

    Harshita has been a Sessional Business Co-op Coordinator with Career and Experiential Learning since 2021.

    She received a Master of Education from TRU in 2019 and a Master of Industrial Psychology from Panjab University, India, in 2017. She has two years of experience working with diverse populations and has developed instructional, counselling, and career coaching skills with Open Door Group and the Academy of Learning Career College. She also worked as a Graduate Research Assistant with TRU in a peer-mentoring project for Early Childhood Educators across BC. Outside of work, Harshita enjoys swimming, music, and yoga.

  • Jordyn Gronskei

    Jordyn Gronskei
    Career & Experiential Learning Events Assistant


    Jordyn received her Bachelor of Communications with a public relations major and an events management concentration from TRU and is currently enrolled in the Master of Education program at TRU.

    She has been working with Career and Experiential Learning since 2023 and has years of experience in event management, marketing and administration. Jordyn has held many different roles - working at a winery, managing a tattoo shop, working in tourism, assisting lawyers, etc. - that allowed her to learn many different skills.

    Outside of work, Jordyn enjoys spending time with friends and family, spending time outdoors, travelling and collecting her favourite albums on vinyl.

  • Rashmin Keshwani

    Rashmin Keshwani
    Engineering/Computing Science & ARET Co-op Coordinator


    Rashmin has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in information technology and computing science and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education.

    While she was pursuing her master’s in education at TRU she also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and was involved in several volunteering positions.

    She has a decade of experience in teaching and providing career guidance to elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students at various institutions. She has published and presented research on several topics to incorporate best teaching practices and is passionate about bringing out the best in her students and helping them reach their true potential.

    Outside work, she is an avid reader, enjoys adventure, listening to music and spending time with friends and family.

  • Nicolas Bosworth

    Nicolas Bosworth
    Career Education Assistant


    Nicolas was born in El Salvador and moved to Canada in 2018 to pursue his Bachelor of Arts. He graduated in 2023 with a Major in English and a Minor in Language and Global Studies. As a student, he was eager to connect with the TRU community and had the opportunity to spend four years as a mentor to new-to-TRU students with the Orientations and Transitions team. Nicolas would connect with anywhere from 15 to 20 students each semester and guide them as they navigated their first semester at TRU. He also worked as an ambassador with the Future Students office and volunteered on various occasions with TRU World. On top of this, he has six years of experience working as a student leader with the National Honor Society in El Salvador. Nicolas is passionate about helping others succeed in their academic or professional lives.

    Outside work, he enjoys horror films, musicals, video games, and reading.

  • Bhavna Bhola

    Bhavna Bhola
    Career Services Coordinator


    Bhavna has two decades of experience in the education industry across the globe in various leadership and counselling roles. She has two bachelor's degrees in psychology and education, a master's in psychology, an MBA, and a Master of Education from TRU. Bhavna's Master of Education thesis focused on understanding students' self-perception and self-actualization during their post-secondary journey. Bhavna strongly believes that if career education supports creating a self-aware student, a student feels empowered. She has successfully ventured into understanding a diverse population's needs in a post-secondary setting at TRU. Her co-op classes are a powerhouse of self-reflective exercises. Bhavna is a natural leader and a brilliant team player. Her leadership style is democratic and personable. Bhavna joined Career & Experiential Learning in November 2023; in a short period, she became the lead faculty for Job Fair 2024, which was a huge success. Keen on student-centered approaches to learning, Bhavna strives to nurture and support every student she meets. She is so glad that being a career counsellor allows her to be a part of their beautiful journey.

    Bhavna also enjoys yoga, long walks, music, and cooking in her leisure time.

  • Corinna Bartucci

    Corinna Bartucci
    Business/Post Baccalaureate Co-op Coordinator


    Corinna has been involved with the Career and Experiential Learning Department for over two years before becoming a Business Co-op Coordinator in 2023. She has also been a Career Ambassador, Mock Interviewer, and Research Assistant within the department. She has been a Co-op student, completing two work terms as an accountant at KPMG, one with TRU Student Life and one with Career and Experiential Learning. At TRU, Corinna has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Bachelor of Business Administration in general studies. She is also currently enrolled in the Master of Education program at TRU and is planning to graduate by 2025.

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Career & Experiential Learning Department
Business Co-op
Computing Science, Engineering, Physics and Math Co-op
Arts Co-op
Tourism Co-op
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