Meet Our Staff

Christy Caves

Executive Director

Melissa J. Radford

Associate Director

A staff member

Art Tyndall

Assistant Director - Student Services / Lead Career Coach

Jessica Bradley

Assistant Director - Employer Relations

Kelli Collins

Experiential Learning Coordinator

Brooke Smart

Brooke Smart

Career Coach - Arts and Sciences

cassandra crawford

Cassandra Crawford Ciglar

Career Coach - Health Sciences

christopher wong

Christopher Wong

Career Coach - Engineering and Natural Sciences

jennifer parks

Jennifer Parks

Employer Development Coordinator

sierra ozeroglu

Sierra Ozeroglu

Employer Services Coordinator

Kris Guthrie

Administrative Assistant

Christy Caves

Executive Director

Ms. Caves joined The University of Tulsa Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement as Executive Director in July 2019.  Prior to that, she served as Associate Dean and Director of Professional Development at The University of Tulsa College of Law since August 2015.

In college, Ms. Caves was a scholar athlete at The University of Tulsa, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2002.  Ms. Caves returned to the University of Tulsa and received her Juris Doctor from the College of Law in 2005. Following law school, Ms. Caves worked in Tulsa as a litigation associate for Atkinson Haskins where she served as the firm’s Law Clerk and Licensed Legal Intern Coordinator.  Additionally, she managed her own law firm, Swift & Watkins, PLLC, where she provided clients with representation in a variety of litigation matters.

In 2010, Ms. Caves joined the staff at The University of Tulsa College of Law as Associate Director and Public Service Coordinator in the Professional Development Office, assisting with all career and professional development programs for TU Law students and alumni, as well as coordinating with potential employers.  In 2013, she became the inaugural Assistant Dean and Director of Experiential Learning where she coordinated the externship program, providing law students the opportunity to gain academic credit while working under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney or judge.  In 2015, Ms. Caves returned to the Professional Development Office as Associate Dean and Director and served in this role until commencing her current role as Executive Director of the Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement at The University of Tulsa.  Additionally, Ms. Caves is a volunteer attorney for Tulsa Lawyers for Children and is admitted to practice law in Oklahoma.

Melissa J. Radford

Associate Director

Ms. Radford joined The University of Tulsa Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement as Associate Director in August 2019.  Prior to that, she served as the Assistant Director of Strategic Engagement within the office of Alumni Engagement at The University of Tulsa.

In college, Ms. Radford attended the University of San Diego, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.  Ms. Radford received her Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The University of Tulsa. Following graduate school, Ms. Radford worked in Tulsa at American Electric Power (AEP) as an Organizational Development Consultant. She later joined The Williams Companies as a Management Consultant.

In 2017 Ms. Radford joined the staff at The University of Tulsa as Recruiting Coordinator in the Career Services office, assisting with all career and professional development programs for TU College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, and Oxley College of Health Sciences students and alumni, as well as coordinating with potential employers.  In early 2018, she implemented a new career services database and platform, Handshake, that is the largest career community for students and recent graduates. In late 2018, Ms. Radford was recruited by TU’s Office of Alumni Engagement to lead and implement TU’s university-wide mentoring platform and program, utulsa connect.  In 2019, Ms. Radford returned to the newly reorganized career services office as the inaugural Associate Director of the Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement.

Art Tyndall

Assistant Director - Student Services / Lead Career Coach

Mr. Tyndall originally joined The University of Tulsa in 1989 as a Career Counselor. Prior to that, he worked in computer operations and sales. In 1996, he left TU to work for a dot-com startup company in Tulsa and soon after led the nationwide recruitment efforts for MCI WorldCom (later acquired by Verizon). He managed 30 colleges and universities across the U.S., focusing on engineering and technical hiring for the global telecommunications giant. In 2003, Mr. Tyndall returned to The University of Tulsa as Assistant Director of Career Services (now The Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement).

While in college, he was a student athlete (Tennis) and majored in business management with no career plan in place. After graduating with his B.S. degree, he continued his education… picking up another degree in computer programming. While not feeling inspired to write code, the technical skills learned turned out to be extremely valuable in his future roles. He relates very well to the student unsure of a college major or career path and to the alumnus considering a career change or in between positions. Having served in a college relations role with a Fortune 500 company gives him a unique perspective as a career coach.

Outside of work, Mr. Tyndall loves going to concerts, movies, spending time with his family and grandchildren, and finding the best food joints. He will also testify that Oklahoma is the Hamburger Capital of the World and is happy to show you his vast gallery of food pics!

Jessica Bradley

Assistant Director - Employer Relations

Jessica joined The University of Tulsa Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement in September 2019. Prior to that, she worked for Oklahoma State University (OSU) for ten years in many different capacities. It was her time working as a graduate assistant in OSU Career Services while studying for her master’s in counseling that made the biggest impact and solidified her passion for career development.

Jessica worked for OSU Career Services in Stillwater as a career consultant, and then moved to Tulsa and worked as the sole career services coordinator for OSU-Tulsa for several years. Jessica is experienced in providing excellent service to both students and employers. Jessica’s favorite part about her job is building confidence in students, fostering lasting relationships with employers, and intentionally creating programs and events that connect them both together.

Jessica is a proud two-time graduate of Oklahoma State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications in 2011, and in 2014 with a Master of Science in Counseling, with an emphasis on School and Career Counseling.

Outside of work, you can find Jessica, with a coffee in hand, scouring the best flea markets and antique shops, traveling to the mountains of Colorado as often as possible, and spending time with her husband, Bobby, and Australian Shepherd, Cash.

Kelli Collins

Experiential Learning Coordinator

Kelli comes to The Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement from Broken Arrow Public Schools where she was a biology and physical education instructor for 11 years.  From 2016-2019 she was also the varsity tennis coach for Broken Arrow.  In addition to her teaching and coaching responsibilities, Kelli was the head tennis professional at Forest Ridge Golf and Country Club in Broken Arrow from 2015-2018.  In 2012, Kelli was named the Liberty Elementary site teacher of the year and a finalist for the Broken Arrow district.  Additionally, Kelli was inducted into the Northeastern State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013 where she played tennis from 1993-1996.  Mrs. Collins graduated from NSU with a degree in education.  In her role as Experiential Learning Coordinator, Kelli will help students find and/or create learning experiences outside of their classroom through job shadowing, volunteering, micro internships, internships, externships and a variety of other avenues.

Brooke Smart

Career Coach - Arts and Sciences

Ms. Smart joined The University of Tulsa (TU) Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement as a Career Coach for the students in the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences in September of 2019. Prior to that, she served as a high school math teacher and assistant softball coach at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

In college, Ms. Smart was a student athlete at TU, where she played softball while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics. Following her graduation from TU, she was given the opportunity to play softball in Germany, where she was tasked with planning and executing practices, coordinating lineups and helping with game time decisions. That following year, Ms. Smart was offered a position as the Assistant Softball Coach for The University of Tulsa program. In her coaching and playing tenure at TU, Ms. Smart helped lead the Golden Hurricane to nine regular season and conference championships. During that time, she earned a Master of Science in Math and Science Education.

In 2014, Ms. Smart put her higher education experience to use and went into the classroom at Charles Page High School. She taught a variety of mathematics classes including: Geometry, Algebra 2, Algebra 3, Pre-AP Trigonometry and AP Statistics, all while maintaining a key role as an Assistant Coach with the softball program at Sand Springs. The softball program earned the opportunity to host a home regional in all six of the seasons that Ms. Smart was coaching, as well as, five out of the six years qualifying for the state tournament. Outside of work, Ms. Smart is a volunteer with Lab Rescue OK, a non-profit dog rescue based out of Oklahoma. She also volunteers with its sister organization, TagOK, a non-profit that is aimed at providing free and low-cost pet ID tags with the goal of getting ahead of the overcrowded shelter population.

Cassandra Crawford Ciglar

Career Coach - Health Sciences

Cassandra Crawford Ciglar, EdD, GCDF, RDN/LD, CPT, MT(ASCP), FAND is a Career Coach in the Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement at The University of Tulsa, serving students exploring careers in Health Sciences and Pre-Health Professions. Dr. Crawford Ciglar also serves as adjunct faculty for the Nursing Program in the Oxley College of Health Sciences.

Before coming to The University of Tulsa in fall 2019, Dr. Crawford Ciglar was an Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Northeastern State University where she performed duties as the Didactic Program Director of Dietetics for seven years, Department Chair of Health Professions for two years, and then as Executive Director, Office of Prehealth Professions and Advising. Dr. Crawford Ciglar was honored with the Dr. Tiffany Mayer Legacy Award in spring 2016, at Northeastern State University. Individuals nominated for this award have served as mentors, going out of their way to help students both in and out of the classroom, and most importantly, creating a lasting impression on students that will carry on throughout the years.

Dr. Crawford Ciglar (affectionately known as Dr. C to her students) earned her EdD with an emphasis in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. She has a Master of Arts in Dietetics, a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, and an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology. She has 20 years of professional experience working in health professions as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Medical Technologist, Embryologist / Andrologist, and a Certified Personal Trainer.

Dr. C’s affinity for working with people and advising students both academically and professionally led to her decision to utilize her knowledge and expertise in both health professions and higher education to become a career coach and help students achieve their professional career goals working in the health sciences and health care industries. There is no greater job satisfaction than helping someone achieve their goals.

When she is not at work, Dr. C lives with her husband, also Dr. Ciglar, and their three dogs. She has two children, one is a student at Oklahoma State University, and the other is a student at The University of Tulsa. In her spare time, Dr. C enjoys traveling, cooking, baking, reading, walking her dogs, and has recently started yoga.

Christopher Wong

Career Coach - Engineering and Natural Sciences

Chris Wong joined The University of Tulsa (TU) Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement as a Career Coach for the students in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences in September 2019.

Mr. Wong earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.  He entered the petroleum refining industry as a Process Development and Field Services Engineer for Universal Oil Products and completed start-up and optimization engineering for eleven refineries in the United States and Europe.

In 1995, Chris and his family settled in Claremore, OK, and Chris managed capital projects for Allied Signal’s Catalyst Production Facility, where he had the opportunity to join and lead engineering teams that built new process lines in Shanghai, China; Florange, France; San Luis Potosi, Mexico; and Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  Next, he engineered modular process units for John Zink Company’s Fuel Vapor Control Division.  Mr. Wong also took an assignment as Senior Process Engineer for Orica USA, and their production of advanced explosives and detonation technologies for the mining industry.

In 2006, Mr. Wong earned the level of Black Belt in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma, a rigorous statistics-and-design-tools training regimen for professionals in the manufacturing industry.  This honor allowed Chris to work as Continuous Improvement Engineer for steel and plastics manufacturing, as well as the production of ultra-high purity acids for the microelectronics industries. It was during this time that Chris found his calling to be a team motivator, mentor and technical coach.

Mr. Wong has taken to the country lifestyle on his small acreage in Claremore, where he and his family enjoy gardening, homebrewing, herbology for homeopathic remedies, equestrian activities, soapmaking, and other sustainable initiatives.

Jennifer Parks

Employer Development Coordinator

Ms. Parks joined the University of Tulsa in October of 2019 in a newly created role in the Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement.  Ms. Parks will be identifying and targeting new employer relationships to maximize TU student and alumni opportunities and placement in preferred career paths.

After graduating from the University of Kansas in 1993 with a B.A. in Art History, Ms. Parks went to work for a printing company in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.  An opportunity to work for a renowned ad agency brought Ms. Parks to Tulsa where she later joined the energy company Williams as a marketing manager.  While taking some time off to raise her two children, Ms. Parks earned a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University in 2010.  Prior to joining the University of Tulsa, Ms. Parks was the Accounting Manager for a small manufacturing firm.

Married to a TU graduate, Ms. Parks is an avid TU basketball fan and frequent football game attendee.

Sierra Ozeroglu

Employer Services Coordinator

Ms. Ozeroglu joined The University of Tulsa Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement as Employer Services Coordinator in October of 2019.

Ms. Ozeroglu graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration majoring in Marketing and minoring in Management from Oklahoma State University in December of 2016. Following graduation, she worked at an oilfield chemical transportation company, Titan Chemical, in McAlester, Oklahoma as Accounts Payable Specialist from 2017-2019. In this position, she worked with vendors to maintain relationships and coordinate approval process for all invoices and other financial information. Ms. Ozeroglu completely revamped the companies accounting systems in order to reflect more accurate financial records, which made the ability to identify risks and trends easier for employees.

After relocating to Tulsa in 2019, she accepted the position of Outsourcing Specialist at Regier, Carr, and Monroe LLP, where she worked closely with clients to aid on day-to-day accounting operations which included the preparation of month-end and year-end financial reconciliations. Wanting to find a more fulfilling career path, Ms. Ozeroglu accepted a position at Oklahoma State University – Tulsa where she was hired as Program Specialist of Student Affairs, where she found her love for higher education. A few short months later, she accepted the opportunity to work as Employer Services Coordinator at the University of Tulsa.

Outside of work, Ms. Ozeroglu enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her dog Luna Belle. She also enjoys yoga, camping, and painting. In the future, Ms. Ozeroglu plans to continue her education in pursuit of a master’s degree in business administration.

Kris Guthrie

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Guthrie joined the University of Tulsa in June of 2018 as the Administrative Assistant in the Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement.  Prior to that Ms. Guthrie worked in education for 15 years including Pre-K, Special Education, and Computer Instruction. 

Born and raised in Tulsa and a former TU student, the university has always held a special place in her heart. She is married to a Verizon Telecom Engineer and their son is a current TU student. Outside of work, she likes to travel, read and spend time with family.