Our Team

Career Planning and Development Staff

Associate Director of Career Planning and Development: Dina Bergren

Dina Bergren, Associate Director of Career Planning and Development, has been with Walden for over 14 years. She started as a Student Success Advisor in 2006 and transitioned into Career Services in 2008, assuming her current Associate Director role in 2015.  Prior to Walden, Dina Bergren held positions as an Assistant Director of Education, Career Advisor, and National Admissions Representative at two technical colleges.  Her experience also includes freelance partnerships with trainers and consultants on career-related projects. Dina enjoys helping adult learners build workplace skills, navigate career transitions, and find inspiration in their professional lives. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Grinnell College and a M.A. in Human Resource Development from the University of St. Thomas.

Senior Career Advisor: Denise Pranke 

Denise Pranke, Senior Career Advisor, joined the Career Planning and Development team in 2011after serving in the role of Student Success Advisor for four years. Prior to Walden, she held positions as a program coordinator, adjunct instructor, and academic advisor in public, private, and community-based adult education programs. Denise has an M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of Minnesota.

Career Advisor: Katy Peper

Katy Peper, Internship Advisor, joined the Career Planning and Development team in October of 2017, but has been with Walden University since December 2019 when she joined as an Academic Advisor. Before coming to Walden, Katy worked within Career Services on other campuses, taught courses as an instructor, and worked in campus residence life. Katy has a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, and recently obtained a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University.

Contact Information

Visit the Career Planning and Development website at: https://careercenter.waldenu.edu

Contact our team at: careerservices@mail.waldenu.edu