About Career Development

Helping Students & Alumni Pursue Their Passion

Our Mission

At Career Development, we desire to help students prepare and mature in making wise, God assigned career decisions through the knowledge and wisdom of their creator in scripture, born-again identity in Christ, professional skills and abilities, values and interests. Career Development also desires for students to be led by the Holy Spirit and to use their renewed mind to love God with all of who they are, bring God glory, proclaim the good news, make disciples and set their minds and hearts on eternal life

Our Services

Advising - Discover Your Career & Calling

Get Assistance with Job/Internship Applications

Applying for Graduate School 

Get Assistance with Job Searching

Finding Quality Talent for your Organization

Other Resources

We would love to meet with you about your career services needs. We can help with your resumes & cover letters, do mock-interviewing, career testing, guidance and much more.

Have a Career, Vocation or Major Question?

 
 

Our Staff

RAYNISHA ROBINSON

RAYNISHA ROBINSON

Director of Career Development

RRobinson@jbu.edu

www.linkedin.com/in/raynisha

Raynisha Robinson is the Director of Career Development at John Brown University and has over 13 years of HR, consulting and professional coaching experience having worked for retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Yum Brands (the largest operator of fast food restaurants), and ThyssenKrupp Elevators (the largest producer of elevators in the Americas). 

Her passion is to help individuals understand their kingdom identity (Galatians 2:20) and to continually integrate who they are in Christ with the assignments and vocational opportunities He has/will put before them to advance his kingdom and bring him glory. Her coaching philosophy is "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matt 6:33)." She has facilitated many career seminars and coaching sessions, and enjoys creating and delivering content on topics such as branding for the kingdom, professional development, career transition, networking and cultural competence. 

Raynisha is a hands-on and purposeful HR professional with experience in talent management, diversity & inclusion programming and employee engagement within Corporate and Higher Education environments. She combines her corporate and consulting experience by identifying needs and opportunities to accelerate growth through individual coaching and programming.

A graduate of John Brown University, Raynisha holds a Bachelor's in Broadcasting Communication and an Associate's Degree in Public Relations. She is a woman of faith, kingdom coach, servant leader, mentor, and is transforming HR and Career Coaching practices by inspiring and equipping clients to lead and serve through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 
REBEKAH BROWN

REBEKAH BROWN

Project Coordinator

ReBrown@jbu.edu

www.linkedin.com/in/rebekah-n-brown

Rebekah Brown is the Project Coordinator for Career Development at John Brown University. She has a M.S. in Higher Education Leadership from Northeastern State University and over 10 years of diverse experience in both private and state institutions. She has worked in various student affairs departments such as residence life, career services, student activities, and student conduct. She is dedicated to helping students achieve their career endeavors. As the Project Coordinator for Career Development at John Brown University, she also assists in virtual career coaching to JBU graduate students, upperclassmen and alumni. Along with coaching, she manages the Career Development website as well as maintaining the Handshake job board which has access to over 200,000 employers. She is the main liaison for our employer relationships and she creates and maintains solid relationships with our employer partners. She is involved in various projects related to this department. Her greatest joy is the opportunity to assist students in leadership development and ultimately, the greater kingdom calling in their lives.

 
ASHLEY JOHNS

ASHLEY JOHNS

Career Development Specialist

cdc@jbu.edu

Hello, I am Ashley Johns, a graduate student majoring in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am originally from Missouri, but have been living in the Northwest Arkansas area for the past six years while completing my bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas and pursuing my master’s at John Brown University. Since graduating from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, I’ve had the opportunity to work in the Bentonville School District providing support and behavioral interventions to elementary and middle school students experiencing behavioral and mental health issues. I also enjoy serving in the Children’s Ministry at my church, New Heights Bentonville, and am thankful for the biblical teaching and community this church has provided. Each of these experiences have been integral to my development as a compassionate, well-rounded and steadfast student. servant and a future clinical mental health counselor. My favorite scripture is 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18, which says: “ Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” This scripture serves as a reminder that painful circumstances in this life on Earth provide opportunities for growth and reliance on the Lord, and that there is great hope in that we are living for more than what the Earth can provide, an eternity with Him. As part of the Career Development Center, I am excited about helping students recognize their kingdom calling and grow in their professional development in order for the Gospel to spread across all nations.

 
CARRINA LICKTEIG

CARRINA LICKTEIG

Career Development Specialist

cdc@jbu.edu

My name is Carrina Lickteig and I am a graduate student majoring in Higher Education with an expected graduation date of December 2020. I am currently living in Springdale, AR but am originally from Joplin, MO.  I am active in the church choir ministry at Crosschurch, Springdale.  In the past, I have worked in the finance industry and in my family’s recruiting business. I have a passion for helping those who are hurting. My favorite scripture is Philippians 1:6 which says: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” It is a reminder to me that the Lord has a specific task for each of us to complete here on the earth. I am passionate about helping students become more self-aware of their strengths as it relates to their chosen careers as they pursue who God has called them to be.

 
Audrey Martin

Audrey Martin

Career Development Specialist

cdc@jbu.edu

Hi, my name is Audrey Martin! I am a Sophomore from Grove, Oklahoma, majoring in Finance and Management. Someday, I would love to work in the financial department of either in an industrial type company or a non-profit organization. In Grove, my family has been attending Church of the Shepherd for 10 years. However, I hope to soon find a church home in Siloam Springs. On campus, I help lead the newly formed club John Brown Investment Group which is part of the Soderquist College of Business.  I also participate in Leaders’ Scholars Institute, commonly known as LSI, which is a program for developing leadership skills through both experience and classroom instruction. 

At the Career Development Center, I look forward to inspiring and challenging students to pursue their true goals, not settling for what is familiar and comfortable. God does not call believers to live an easy life, but rather one that gives Him glory. It is when we step out in faith, toward what God has called each of us to do, that we grow in faith and experience. Learning about yourself, asking challenging questions and considering new possibilities, is the path toward these goals. Sometimes we just need a bit of an extra push. While this seems like a scary proposition, we have this encouragement and assurance:

Hebrews 13:20-21 “Now may the God of peace- who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood- may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever!”

 
AURA BIXCUL YAXON

AURA BIXCUL YAXON

Career Development Specialist

cdc@jbu.edu

A senior, studying International Business and Finance from Sololá, Guatemala. Member of the Charismatic Renewal Catholic Church in Guatemala and Community Christian Fellowship in AR.

Leadership Activities: Career Development Specialist, Gateway Mentor for Guatemalan Redemption Gateway course, and Senior Senator in SGA (2019-2020)

Favorite Scripture:  Ecclesiastes 12:1

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them” (NIV).

I am the second child of a family of five children. Growing up with the support of my mother alone has challenged me and made me become a person that is passionate about helping others in any way possible and to stand by their side when going through difficulties. My empathy for others helps me to be willing to listen and understand the struggles of others. I consider myself a learner, a focused, and responsible person who is always giving my best to go beyond what is expected from me in fulfilling my task and assignments. One of my strengths is analyzing and evaluating before making decisions, which has helped me become a first-generation college student who seeks to grow spiritually and academically. My goal is to gather resources and capabilities that will help me become the servant the Lord has created me to be, support my mother and younger siblings, better our living conditions, and serve those around me who need a hand like I did in my childhood.

I am excited to be helping and guiding students discover and take advantage of the great tools and resources that Career Development has available for them to discover their skills, abilities, and most importantly gain self-awareness and pursue in life. I am also looking forward to helping in the process of searching for job/internship/more opportunities by informing and guiding them to explore the resources CDC offers them.

 
JAYDEN FRITZ

JAYDEN FRITZ

Career Development Specialist

cdc@jbu.edu

Jayden Fritz is a sophomore Kinesiology major from a tropical island called New Providence found in The Bahamas. His passion for healthcare and fitness has led him to realize relationship building and motivation as key abilities to connect with others and help them realize their own self-potential.

As a Career Development Specialist, he is very ecstatic to assist students in learning more about themselves as it relates to their skills, interests, and passions and how God can use them to fulfill their own individual kingdom callings!

In terms of leadership activities, he is the Vice President of the Christian Health Professionals of Tomorrow (CHPT) and the Membership Officer for the Council of International Friendship (CIF). Also, he attends a small church called New Heights Siloam where he occasionally serves on the worship team.

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

 
CARLOS ENRIQUE MERINO HERNANDEZ

CARLOS ENRIQUE MERINO HERNANDEZ

Career Development Specialist

cdc@jbu.edu

My Name is Carlos Enrique Merino Hernandez. I am a creative, and hardworking person who always strives for excellence. Currently, my higher studies abroad experience has allowed me to obtain professional skills in the international and intercultural field. I enjoy learning and am very flexible to changes. I seek new opportunities and challenges that will help me grow personally, spiritually and academically to serve my country, my community and God the best way possible when I return home. As a CDC specialist, I want to encourage and help students to develop their professional life, providing them with the best tools, experiences and advice that will need when applying to their desired field of work.

 
 

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