Meet Our Staff

Career Exploration Center (CEC) advisors are available to support undergraduate students who are exploring their major, career, and academic goals. Students can meet with a CEC advisor for an in-person or remote appointment.

Appointments can be scheduled with all CEC advisors through the online scheduling tool Starfish, found in your MyUW portal.

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CEC Professional Staff

Audrey Cowling

Credentials: (she/her/hers)

Position title: Career Advisor

Audrey moved around a lot growing up and doesn’t consider any particular place her hometown. She has lived in Madison and worked at the Career Exploration Center since 2018. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology…

Ryan Bouchard, Ed.D.

Credentials: (he/him/his)

Position title: Career Advisor & Lead Program Coordinator

Dr. Ryan Bouchard provides identity-informed holistic career advising, coaching, mentoring, and student success support to all UW students. Ryan coordinates large scale events, workshops, retreats, and partners with campus constituents such as DDEEA, Housing, and…

Michelle Jackson

Credentials: (she/her/hers)

Position title: Director

Michelle is from the Milwaukee area and moved to Madison to attend UW-Madison for college. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and then completed her Masters Degree in Community Counseling from UW-Milwaukee.  While in…

Claire Peters

Credentials: (she/her/hers)

Position title: Career Advisor

Claire considers UW-Madison her second home, having grown up in and near Madison, earned  her undergraduate and master’s degrees here, and worked on campus for more than 20 years. She has also lived and worked…

CEC Communications

Rachel Goodman

Credentials: (she/her/hers)

Position title: Communications Coordinator

Before joining the Office of Undergraduate Advising, Rachel earned her B.A. in Media & Information from Michigan State University. She works closely with the Career Exploration Center and Pre-Professional Advising offices to develop meaningful content for student-facing online communities and to connect communications across offices, ensuring students have access to the resources they need. Rachel is a lover of breakfast foods, summers on the Great Lakes, Billy Joel, and live music.