Jelena began her career at Golden Gate University as a student assistant in the information kiosk while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Relations with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. Since that time, she has worked her way up to her current position. Throughout her various roles at GGU, her leadership and project management skills were instrumental in the development of online tools for students and the implementation of the Talisma Customer Relationship Management program used by the University. Jelena was also a key member of the admissions and student affairs team for over eight years where she recruited and admitted new students, advised continuing students on course selection, university policies, career planning and staying on course towards degree completion. While working full time, Jelena also completed a Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate in the part-time evening program.
Prior to accepting the assistant dean position, Jelena returned to her hometown and accepted a position in the Centre for Career Education at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario Canada where she developed appropriate placement opportunities for students that fit designated learning outcomes. She taught various courses related to employment preparation, employment strategies, career goals and personal and professional development.