Karilyn Van Oosten
Karilyn Van Oosten is the Vice President of Strategic Business Development at Unitek Learning. Founded in 1992 through its subsidiary schools, Unitek Learning helps students, working professionals, and organizations achieve their goals from the first contact to after degree completion. Karilyn has served in many leadership roles at numerous educational institutions, bringing her experience and expertise to build and develop collaborative relationships with healthcare systems to create workforce solutions and enhance employment opportunities.
Prior to her current role, she served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development at Herzing University; as the National Director of Strategic Alliances at Chamberlain University; and the Executive Director of Strategic Alliances at Grand Canyon University. She has more than 20 years of experience developing business alliances for education institutions. Throughout her career, she has instituted more than 800 healthcare and nearly 1,000 educational alliances naionwide.
Karilyn also teaches for the Art and Photography Department at Glendale Community College and serves in board leadership roles for several organizations. She is a past Board President for Arizona Family Health Partnerships, a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to making reproductive healthcare and education accessible to all women, men, and teens in Arizona. She served on the board Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council for over 11 years. Karilyn is also a board of trustee member for the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON). NAON is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that enhances the lives and careers of orthopaedic nurses. She is also on the executive board of the International Women's Forum, IWF-AZ. The Arizona affiliate forum of The International Women’s Forum advances leadership across careers, cultures, and continents by connecting the world’s most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement. It is composed of highly successful women leaders from many different professions who seek to experience thought-provoking programming, special membership gatherings that offer an opportunity to network with women outside our own professions and an opportunity to support outstanding young women leaders in our community.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree from Belmont Abby College in Belmont, N.C.; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte; and a Master of Arts degree in language and culture from Arizona State University. She completed course work for a Doctorate of Psychology in Applied cognitive neuroscience at Universidad Maimonides in Buenos Aires, Argentina.