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.


Our office is working virtually this 2020-2021 academic year due to COVID-19. The best way to reach our team is by sending a message to our general inbox or an individual staff member via email.

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

Office Hours

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

Career coaching is available outside of normal operations upon request.

One-on-one career coaching appointments are available via telephone or Zoom and can be scheduled through Handshake ( and login with SSO). Plexiglass has been placed at the front desk to serve as a protective barrier, six-feet social distancing and face masks will be required, hand sanitizer will be available and enhanced cleaning of commonly used items and spaces will be observed.

Most events, workshops, and programs will be held virtually, and for those held on campus, six-feet social distancing and face masks will be required. Career fairs will be held virtually and student pre-registration will be required. A full schedule of programming and fairs, additional information and resources, and event registration is available on Handshake (

For more information, contact Tess Surprenant,


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.


Daniel Folk, Manager of Employer Development and Engagement

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.



Alison Murdock, Career Coach

Alison Murdock joined the UMKC Career Services team in October 2019. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University and holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Alison is the Co-Host and organizer of our UMKC Career Services’ podcast, Roo Career Radio, and loves finding new, unique ways to help students develop and refine their professional skills. Outside of the office, Alison’s interests include playing volleyball, consuming all the BBQ and pizza Kansas City has to offer, weekend expeditions with her pup, and binging the latest Netflix series!

Alison serves as the career liaison for the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and School of Computing and Engineering. To schedule a professional development session, please make an appointment with Alison on Handshake!


Paige McLean, Career Coach

Paige McLean joined the UMKC Career Services team in January 2021. Previously she was an Academic Advisor for Kansas City Roos Athletics. She received her Master of Education (M Ed) in Educational, School and Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Positive Coaching from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2019, while working as a Graduate Assistant for Mizzou Academics in Athletics. Paige earned her undergraduate degree from Saint Francis University with a B.A. in both Psychology as well as Sociology while competing as a Division I swimmer.

McLean is an active member of N4A, Women Leaders in College Sports, and a passionate mental health advocate. She has always had a drive to help students make the most out of their time in college!

Paige serves as the career liaison for the UMKC Conservatory, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Medicine, and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. To schedule a professional development session, please make an appointment with Paige on Handshake!


Taylor Michl, Graduate Assistant, Career Counseling

Major: MA Counseling

About me:

I am a graduate student in the UMKC School of Education. I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and earned a BA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Spanish from Webster University. My research interests include minority stress, community building, identity formation, and resilience in transgender and gender expansive communities. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, making new soup recipes, listening to podcasts, and drinking lots of coffee.

Goals after graduation: 

After graduating with my master’s degree, I look forward to pursuing doctoral studies in counseling psychology to obtain a faculty position, conduct research, and see clients part-time in private practice.

Why visiting Career Services is important:

As an undergraduate, I did not take advantage of Career Services at my institution. Although I was able to obtain internships, find jobs, and pursue graduate school, I know that I created barriers for myself by not utilizing the wonderful resource I had at my fingertips. I spent way more time trying to navigate the overwhelming processes of job, internship, and graduate school searches than I would have had I made an appointment with Career Services. If you want to submit stronger applications, have more confidence in interviews, be a more competitive candidate, or access support in anything career-related, make an appointment. A second pair of eyes can never hurt.


Rikken Patel, Peer Career Coach


Major:  Biology with a minor in Chemistry

About myself:

Outside of UMKC Career Services, my interests includes watching sports like cricket and I also love to travel. I usually choose one place every year that I want to travel to help refresh and relax my mind outside of my regular life and so I recently traveled to England, France and Switzerland for a span of two weeks which included going to the Cricket World Cup.

Goals after graduation:

Apply for medical school and finish with an MD degree and pursue my career in medicine.

Why visiting Career Services is important:

Visiting the UMKC Career Services is very beneficial to everyone’s future because simply put we help students complete all the steps necessary to reaching their career job. This includes getting resume/cover letter help to mock interviews to knowing when the next fair is all very critical in increasing your chances in getting the best job possible that suits you.


Koko Elefrangy, Peer Career Coach

Major:  Accounting and Finance

About myself:

I was born in Doha, Qatar but I grew up in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. I am currently a junior at UMKC. I am in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and I just recently got accepted into the National Society of Leadership and Success. I work two other jobs which takes up a lot of my free time, but when I am free, I enjoy working out, reading, and spending time with friends and family!

Goals after graduation:

I hope to receive a full-time position in public accounting. I am interning with a Medical Auditing Company this summer as a Public Accountant Intern. In the future, I plan to earn a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance at UMKC and eventually return as a professor. I have a passion for accounting and helping others, so this is a way I can blend the two!

Why visiting Career Services is important:

Career Services is a huge benefit to students wishing to gain further knowledge on how to better their resumes, prepare for interviews, and how to also gain access to amazing career opportunities provided in Handshake. Having this knowledge will help set you apart from the competition in your degree field, and it just may be the deciding factor for you! Talk with one of our staff members to help better your confidence and presentation needed for the next step in your life.


Malak Dkhili, Peer Career Coach


Major:  Political Science and Sociology

About myself:

I am a Freshman and enjoy reading novels and the news. On the weekends you can find me somewhere sunny with tea, music and my friends. My hobbies include writing, painting and hiking.

Goals after graduation:

Join the Peace Corps for two years and then go to graduate school to pursue a career in Cultural Anthropology.

Why visiting Career Services is important:

Career Services is important because it provides necessary resources to help students and alumni attain career success.  Some of the resources we offer are preparation for job interviews, a Professional Wardrobe Program, resume reviews and career path advising. By working here, I truly feel like I am making a difference and giving back to the university.