Career Readiness Center
Student Service Center, 2nd Floor
1051 Haskell St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
P: 817-735-5020 – F: 817-735-0448
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James (Jimmy) Renfro, M.Ed., NCC, ACC, CMCS
Director, Career Readiness Center
Jimmy Renfro, M.Ed., NCC, ACC, CMCS, serves as the Director of the Career Readiness Center. He has over 20 years of experience in various facets of higher education administration and student support services and has been at UNTHSC since December 2009. In his current role, he oversees the general operations of the Center, including the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) processes for medical students applying to residency, and contributes to student career development initiatives and advising for all UNTHSC academic disciplines. Jimmy’s philosophy of the individual career journey is that the experience should more resemble “playing on the playground, not climbing a ladder!” After a stint in the corporate world as an oil & gas accountant, Jimmy has held previous positions as both Director of Student Leadership & Organizations and as Director of Disability Accommodations for the University of North Texas (UNT), as well as the Assistant Director for Leadership in the Center for Student Development at Texas Woman’s University. Jimmy holds a Master of Education degree in Counseling from UNT and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Sam Houston State University. Jimmy is a National Certified Counselor and holds the distinction of Certified Master of Career Services through the National Career Development Association. In 2019, he completed his Graduate Certificate in Executive and Professional Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas and is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Jimmy is highly involved in his community, and has served on numerous professional and civic boards including the Metroplex Area Consortium of Career Centers, North Central Texas InterLink, the Denton Wesley Foundation, and the Denton Hi-Noon Lions Club.
Strengths: Strategic – Adaptability – Connectedness – Individualization – Developer
Cassie Jo Ardry, M.S, CCSP
Assistant Director, Career Readiness Center
Cassie Jo Ardry, M.S., CCSP, serves as the Assistant Director of the Career Readiness Center. She has over 10 years of experience in various facets of higher education administration and student support services and has been at UNTHSC since October 2020. In her current role, she assists in overseeing the general operations of the Center, including the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) processes for medical students applying to residency, and contributes to student career development initiatives and advising for students in Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Medical school and Health and Lifestyle Sciences. Cassie Jo’s interests lie in personal and organizational development and leadership and being Brené Brown’s biggest fan girl. Prior to the draw of higher education, Cassie Jo served in several capacities in the Finance sector for over a decade. Cassie Jo has served at Tarleton State University in Advising and Academic Affairs, Tarrant County College as a Career and Technical Education Academic Advisor for Health Care Profession students and still serves as an adjunct instructor at the Trinity River Campus. Cassie Jo is a keynote and training professional who will be presenting nationally on her work on the importance of social media in networking and research during Covid for medical students and residency programs. Cassie Jo holds a Master of Science degree in Management and Leadership from Tarleton State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business and Psychology also from Tarleton State University. Cassie Jo holds the distinction of Nationally Certified Career Services Provider through the National Career Development Association. Cassie Jo is currently in the process of pursuing her Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL) from Liberty University. Cassie Jo is a servant leader who currently serves as a Champion for Girl’s Inc. of Tarrant County and serves other local organizations and volunteers with her church. Cassie Jo also serves on numerous professional and civic boards and committees including the Metroplex Area Consortium of Career Centers, National Counsel on Residency Placement, AACOM Military/HPSP Advisor Interest Group, Diversity and Equity Counsel at Tarrant County College and is an Engagement Champion for UNTHSC. In her time of leisure, she is an avid Estate Fanatic and a DYI’er home renovation guru with her husband.
Strengths: Input – Individualization – Learner – Activator – Positivity