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Photo of Verne WalkerVerne Walker, Director of Career Services
LJSU A203E | 843-349-2357 |

Verne has a passion for serving others, helping others imagine their future, and assisting them in creating a realistic plan to get there. Verne is from Muskegon, Michigan, and he received his Associate in Art at Muskegon Community College, his Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Central Michigan University, and his Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Toledo. 

Prior to Verne joining the CCU community, he served at a community college in Ohio for 21 years where he held several leadership roles in Student Services and Academic Services. Verne’s research interests include: Academic Advising, Community College Leadership, Career Services, Leadership Development, and Student Affairs.  

Verne chose to work at CCU because he and his family wanted to live near the beach, and he also wanted to continue his career in higher education. “Coastal provided me the opportunity to serve students, faculty, and staff in a career field I enjoy while living near the beach.”  

Fun fact about Verne is he and his wife won an International Dance Contest in the Dominican Republic.

Photo of Jessica SmallJessica Small, Administrative Specialist/Career Services Center
LJSU A203G | 843-349-2341 |

Jessica has a passion unlike most of our staff because Jessica is also a student at CCU pursuing a B.A in English. Jessica is a South Carolina native from Georgetown, SC.





Photo of Karen ArnieKaren Arnie, Career Counselor/Employment Coordinator
LJSU A203A | 843-349-2559 |

Karen’s passion is helping students find their dream job. Karen is from Eastern Shore Maryland and has a M.A in Counseling.  

Karen is living proof that you can do all kinds of neat things with a liberal arts degree!  You never know what interesting life and career choices are right around the corner.  Karen always seeks ways to help students discover their interests, seek out opportunities and find ways to develop and use their skills in the ever-changing workplace. Karen’s first job was a staff writer for a newspaper.  After that, she served in a variety of higher ed roles with over 25 years of experience in helping students with Admissions, Career Services, Internships, Teaching, Advising.  

Karen chose CCU because CCU is an awesome location which is about 20 minutes from Myrtle Beach, CCU’s wonderful faculty and staff, and the great students that make up CCU’s community.   

Fun fact about Karen is she is a big fan of fantasy genre and her favorite series are Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones.  

Photo of Robert BulszaRobert Bulsza, Director of Internships and Service Learning                          LJSU A203C | 843-234-3450 |  

Robert’s passion is to create positive change in student’s lives. He even has a poster on his wall that says, “What I like most about my job is the opportunity to effect positive change in the lives of many.” That statement has stuck with him many times over his 14 years at Coastal. Robert believes that experiential education has a huge impact on student career success. Robert is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received his M.A. in Counseling at Webster University.    

Robert wrote a book titled “Who is that Guy? Highlights of a Life Well Lived.” Which is an autobiography written for his 15 grandchildren so they may know more about the life of their “pop.” 

Robert chose to work at Coastal because he is a mid-life career changer. He had previously worked in Human Resources, Management, Sales and Marketing, and felt that it was time to use his experiences to help others in their career achievement.   

Fun fact about Robert is when he went to the jungle in Guatemala with a friend his summer after graduation, they rented a canoe and met a native family who let them stay with them for a few weeks. Robert also had the opportunity to go crocodile hunting at night and caught 4 baby crocs. 

Photo of Christen CoxChristen Cox, Career Counselor/Outreach Coordinator 
LJSU A203B | 843-349-2889 |