Danielle Kleist, Interim Manager

West 207B

Danielle Kleist joined WSU Tri-Cities in September 2014. Prior to joining the EMSS team, Danielle was the Director of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement at the University of Miami in Florida. She also previously worked for NASPA as the Assistant Director for Educational Programs & NASPA Foundation in Washington, DC. Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science from Central Washington University and her Master of Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Danielle is a native of Kennewick and excited to be returning home to work with the campus community.

Eadie Balint, Career Development Coordinator

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Prior to this position, Eadie worked as a Development Coordinator where she fundraised for the WSU Tri-Cities campus and its many initiatives, including scholarships. She also worked for WSU Pullman’s International Programs/Education Abroad for seven years, where she managed the study abroad and exchange programs for WSU. During this time, Eadie received the distinguished Employee Excellence Award from WSU President Sam Smith. Eadie attended Lower Columbia Community College, graduated from Western Business College, and currently attends Washington State University.

Amber Murphy, Career Coach


Amber is a Business Administration major with experience working for an industry-leading restaurant chain as well as aspirations of becoming an editor of fiction and non-fiction works.  Amber came to us from Walla Walla Community College.

Matt Shoaf, Career Coach


Matthew Shoaf earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (Pre-Law) from Washington State University in 2007. He came back to WSU Tri-Cities to complete a second degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2012. In 2013 he joined the Career Development Center as a Career Coach and event planner.

Gabriel Braendlein, Career Coach


Gabriel is a Computer Science major who’s interest is in user experience.  Gabe has work experience that includes traveling to several destinations in Europe as part of a Cruise Ship orchestra.

Nikolas Rex, Lead Designer


Nikolas Killion Rex is an artist, designer, marketer, and author who is the creative genius behind many of the visually stunning pieces of promotional materials seen around campus.  As a DTC student, Nik began his work with Career Development in 2013 as part of a design team working on Career Development and STEM Outreach projects.  Over the Summer of 2014, Nik served as the office coordinator and lead designer transitioning to focused design projects into the 2014-2015 school year.

Emily Williams, Office Assistant


Emily Williams is a DTC student who is also minoring in business.  Her work for Career Development includes posting jobs to our job board,, as well as all the minutia of a busy office.