Our Team

Career Services Staff

Associate Director or Digital Products and Services: Angie Lira

Angie Lira has been with Walden University since 2014. Prior to her work with technology and communications, she held positions in admissions, financial aid, academic advising and career services. Angie is also a faculty member who coordinates Walden University’s Experiences Abroad. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in Communications and an associate’s in Web Design and Interactive Media, she holds a master’s degree in Higher and Post-Secondary Education.  

Associate Director of Career Services: Dina Bergren

Dina Bergren, Associate Director of Career Services, 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 Services Advisor, joined the Career Services 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 Services 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 Services website at: https://careercenter.waldenu.edu

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