The mission of UMKC Career Services is to empower students and alumni to successfully develop, evaluate and initiate career planning and professional development within a constantly changing work environment. In addition, Career Services embraces diversity in all forms and strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment.


Phone: 816-235-1636
Fax: 816-235-5156

Office Hours

UMKC Career Services Main Office
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Atterbury Student Success Center
5000 Holmes, 2nd Floor
Kansas City, MO 64110

Walk-In Hours 
Monday – Friday: 10 am – noon


Tess Surprenant, Interim Director of UMKC Career Services

Tess Surprenant has served as the Director of Bloch Career Center at UMKC’s Bloch School of Management since 2015 and as Interim Director of UMKC Career Services since 2018. Tess began her career in marketing and business development in a variety of industries including high-tech, medical products, consumer products, and higher education. She has 10+ years’ experience in career development strategy and training, and leadership and professional development training.


Janet Dexter, Fiscal Officer

Janet Dexter has been with UMKC Career Services since February 1996. She is the Fiscal Officer for the department. Janet coordinates and plans special events for our office.


Daniel Folk, Career Counselor

Daniel Folk has been with UMKC Career Services since Fall 2014 as a Career Counseling Intern and joined the office full time in May 2016. Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and recently completed the Mental Health Track of the UMKC Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance Program. His broad interest is to assist students and alumni with their career exploration/development needs. This includes career counseling, assessment, resume development, interviewing and job search skills. Daniel also serves as the liaison for the  School of Biological Sciences, the College of Education, the Conservatory and University College.


LaRae Vowiell, Coordinator

LaRae Vowiell has been with Career Services since 2016. She received a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with an emphasis in mental health from UMKC. She provides career development and counseling on an individual basis to students and alumni. LaRae also assists with resumes and coverletters, job and internship search skills and interviewing. Additionally, she gives presentations and workshops to academic and students groups. She serves as the liaison to the School of Computing and Engineering and the School of Graduate Studies.