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Kirsten serves as the Director of the Harry C. Piper Center for Vocation and Career.  Kirsten’s previous roles include Associate Director of the Center for Experiential Learning and Senior Associate Director of Employer and Alumni Engagement in the Piper Center.  She was Assistant Director of the Personal and Professional Development Center at St. John's University and Career Counselor at Colby College. She has also worked at Macalester College and University Counseling and Consulting Services (UCCS) at the University of Minnesota.

A 1998 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Olaf College, Kirsten double majored in psychology and exercise science. She obtained her Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, specializing in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology. Kirsten also earned Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). In her free time, Kirsten is an alpine ski coach for the Buck Hill Ski Racing USSA Team.