Rubina Azizdin holds a master’s degree in counseling and human services and is pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education. She is a career services associate at Central Penn College in Summerdale, Pennsylvania. She is a part-time member of the humanities faculty and serves on the board of directors of PennACE. She is also a career mentor for (CPAFE)Central Pennsylvania Association of Female Executives and serves on their board of directors. Azizdin also serves on the board of the directors for West Shore Young Professionals and is a member of (HRP) Human Resource Professionals of Central PA, serving on their college relations committee. She has a counseling background experience of more than 10 years.
Debbie Boles has worked in higher education for 20+ years. She is an assistant director in career services, working with students and alumni at the University of Oklahoma. Among her daily goals: encouraging others to be naturally curious and to find “the joy in the job search.” Her personal mission is to reach as many students and alumni as possible through individualized career planning, professional development workshops, and classroom presentations while promoting the employment opportunities, online resources, and networking connections made available through HIREsooner.
She supports various campus communities to continue to build and strengthen relationships with alumni, graduate college, university college, international students, veterans, students with disabilities, LGBTQ students, University Outreach College of Continuing Education, and College of Liberal Studies.
Tom has been starting and running companies since the mid-1990’s. He founded Campus Media in 2002. He loves helping companies develop strong and effective marketing plans targeting 18 – 24 year olds. He knows that when his clients succeed, he, too, will succeed. He has also developed and leads Mytasca, which helps university recruiters identify the right schools to recruit candidates and then connects them to the career centers, diversity, disability, LGBT, and veterans affairs departments.
Melanie Buford is a writer and career counselor who has lived and worked on both American coasts and abroad. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in human development from Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2010, she completed an AmeriCorps term of service with Public Allies San Francisco/ Silicon Valley, working to support disconnected young adults as they launched their careers. Since then, she has worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations and universities, and currently counsels and teaches in her hometown at the University of Cincinnati. Melanie writes both fiction and non-fiction, and is in the process of developing a 70,000-word fictional novel. She is interested in the intersections between mental health counseling, millennial career development, and social justice.
Kalinda has worked in recruiting throughout various industries for the past 11 years. During her career, she has had the opportunity to work with students and career centers across the country and across disciplines. Even after taking a couple of years outside of the college and university relations space, she had to go back to her passion: helping students find their way to the right career fit.
Amanda Carchedi, University of Connecticut Publicity and Marketing Administrator, Center for Career Development
Amanda Carchedi is the Publicity and Marketing Administrator at the Center for Career Development at the University of Connecticut, where she has worked since 2013. Amanda is responsible for the marketing and promotional efforts for all career-related events, programs, workshops, and services. In addition, Amanda oversees the Center for Career Development website and social media accounts. Amanda handles all publicity matters for the center.
Amanda earned a B.A. in graphic design and art history from Assumption College. She later received her master’s degree in digital media and design from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining CCD, Amanda was a graphic design representative for the Office of Student Activities at Assumption College. Before finding her passion in higher education Amanda worked as a graphic designer for an event planning company out of Massachusetts.
Christopher recently joined the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) as Director of Talent Acquisition and Diversity. Prior to joining the TVA, Christopher worked for Booz Allen Hamilton for more than 10 years. He’s also held positions in recruiting and consulting roles within the consulting, entertainment, and non-for-profit industries. Christopher is a member of NACE and a 2012-2013 Board Member and 2012 Conference Co-Chair. He served on the 2009 Emerging Trends Committee, 2010 Conference Committee, and the 2011 Face2Face –Washington D.C. committee. He has presented at a variety of conference workshops on both university and diversity topics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Laura Craig is the Assistant Director of Internships and Experiential Education at the Temple University Career Center. Upon joining the team in March 2015, she has focused on strengthening policies and processes around internships and facilitating a greater variety of opportunities for Temple students. Prior to joining Temple, she served as the Assistant Director of Career Communities at the University of Virginia, where she assisted in developing career communities, partnered with employer relations to strengthen the recruiting process, and advised students about professionalism in the job search. With specialties in Symplicity CSM management and LinkedIn usage, she loves finding ways to connect people with the information they need to achieve their goals.
Caroline Cunningham, Recruiting Team Lead for Enterprise Hiring at Chevron Corporation
Caroline Cunningham is the Recruiting Team Lead for Enterprise Hiring at Chevron Corporation. In her role, she manages U.S university recruiting and enterprise intern programs as well as petrotech sourcing for both university and experienced hiring. Caroline has been with Chevron since 2007 where she has worked in several similar progressive roles throughout HR Shared Services, University Affairs, and now Enterprise Hiring.
Prior to joining Chevron, Caroline worked for Johnson & Johnson in pharmaceutical manufacturing where she managed both university and experienced hiring. She has 17+ years of staffing experience and has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare, consumer distribution, and nonprofit services.
Caroline is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, where she has participated on numerous committees and is the co-chair for the 2015 Conference & Expo. She is also a founding member of the University Relations Oil and Gas Forum, on the steering committee for Chevron’s Society of Women Engineers chapter, and an active member of the Chevron Women’s Network. She has presented at several national and regional conferences and events on a variety of topics related to recruiting.
Lee Desser, career and academic adviser, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Before becoming a career and academic adviseor for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Lee served as an academic and career adviser and a graduate admissions adviser, at UC Berkeley. Lee possesses a range of experience within student affairs including admissions, academic advising, career counseling, and residence life. She earned a master’s of education in postsecondary administration and student affairs from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s in English from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Lee enjoys taking her Shiba Inu dog on long walks and playing tennis in the beautiful Monterey Bay area.
Kathy Douglas, Associate Director Career Development Office, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Kathy is an experienced career development professional strongly committed to supporting a unique global population of dynamic graduate students interested in high-impact, solution-based environmental careers, advanced research, and thought leadership. Before moving to the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, she sourced and managed on-campus recruiting for non-academic opportunities for Yale Ph.D.s in more than 70 degree fields.
Kathy holds two M.F.A.s—one in Museum Studies from Syracuse University and one in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College—and a B.A. in Studio Art from SUNY Potsdam.
Marc has been the Executive Director of the Yeshiva University Career Center since 2007. In his role, he manages a two-campus career center providing comprehensive services to undergraduate liberal arts and business students. Prior to his position at YU, Marc was an Associate Director at New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, where he worked for 13 years. Currently, Marc is also an adjunct instructor at NYU in career, education, and life planning. Marc serves as Co-chair of the NACE 2013-2014 Honors and Awards Committee and served on numerous other NACE committees. He recently completed a 2-year appointment to the NACElink College Advisory Group and has been involved with the development of the NACElink career services management system from its earliest stages. Marc attended the NACE Management Leadership Institute, has presented and moderated at NACE Annual Conferences, and won a NACE Excellence Award in 2007 for Business Boot Camp for Liberal Arts Students. Marc completed his undergraduate work in Psychology at Cornell University and received a Master’s in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland.
Dorothy Hayden is a self-professed assessment and technology enthusiast. In 2013, she made the transition from working in academic support to career services. Dorothy is Assistant Director of Career Services at Virginia Military Institute. Dorothy manages VMI’s non-academic internship programs, serves as the administrator and trainer for the office’s technology programs, and provides individual career advising to students and recent alumni. In March 2015, Dorothy was selected to serve as Director of Technology for the Virginia Association of Colleges and Employers (VACE). Dorothy believes that technology should be used to create access and promote inclusion. In addition to managing VACE’s social media platforms, Dorothy is working to develop a space for employers and career services to share problems and solutions related to technology. In her free time Dorothy enjoys crafting, martial arts, volunteering, and connecting with other professionals.
Joe Hayes is Assistant Director of Employer Relations & Internships at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). There he identifies and builds relationships with employers for recruitment of UNO students and alumni. Prior to joining UNO, Joe served in similar capacity at Connecticut College as Associate Director, Recruiting and Employer Relations. Before entering higher education and career services, Joe led up recruiting and operations at Global Health Strategies—an international consulting firm based out of New York City.
Irene Hillman, Manager of Career Development, College of Business, Decosimo Success Center, The University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Irene J. Hillman joined University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in October of 2013 and came to the College of Business with experience in recruiting, human resources, higher education, career management curriculum design, and career services. Her duties as Manager of Career Development include developing and running multiple programs that connect employers and emerging professionals. She works with business leaders in the region to create experiential learning, internships and other employment opportunities for individuals in business disciplines. Irene also provides advising support for students as they prepare for the job market and teaches two courses at the College of Business – Career Development Success Seminar and Business Mentoring. She describes her role as building a bridge between students and the business community by all means possible. Irene earned a B.A. in sociology from New College in Sarasota, Fla., and a M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Jessica works with Booz Allen Hamilton’s University and Veteran Recruiting team. She plans and develops all of their social media and virtual outreach engagement strategies. She’s also worked in positions with nonprofits, various companies, and the military performing public relations, writing, and media outreach roles.
Janet R. Long
Founder, Integrity Search Inc.
career counselor, Widener University
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After founding and leading a national talent consultancy for 20 years, Janet pursued her own career transition and recently joined Widener University’s career services team as the counselor and liaison to the College of Arts & Sciences and the Center for Social Work. A lifelong liberal arts champion, she brings an “insider” recruiter’s perspective to helping students channel their talents and passions into meaningful career opportunities. A certified Myers Briggs practitioner, Janet continues to advise senior- and mid-level professionals through her career counseling practice, In Your Own Voice, a division of Integrity Search.
Marilyn Mackes is the executive director of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a position she assumed in 1997. Mackes leads an organization of more than 3,100 employing organizations and educational institutions engaged in the career development and employment process of college students and alumni. In her extensive interactions with recruiting professionals, leaders in business and education, and the media, she addresses issues such as employment and salary trends, benchmarking and best practices, candidate expectations, and developing effective recruiting strategies.
As a leader and consultant in the corporate college relations and recruiting field, Mackes has worked with various professional, corporate, educational, and government organizations in the United States and abroad. She regularly conducts media interviews regarding the college employment market and has appeared on ABC Nightly News, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, CBS, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Lakeisha M. Mathews, Director, Career and Professional Development Center, University of Baltimore
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Lakeisha Moore Mathews is the Director of the Career and Professional Development Center at the University of Baltimore. She also has her own coaching practice – Right Resumes & Career Coaching LLC. Mrs. Mathews served at the president of the Maryland Career Development Association in 2011 – 2012 and currently serves as co-chair of the membership committee for the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers. She was awarded the MCDA President’s Award in 2010 and completed the NCDA Leadership Academy Class of 2011 – 2012. Lakeisha is a certified career coach, resume writer, career development facilitator and certified to administer the MBTI.
Ali Mears, Career Services Consultant, Center for Career Opportunities, Purdue University
Ali Mears joined Purdue CCO as a career services consultant in May 2013. In addition to providing job search and career counseling, Ali leads the CCO peer consultant program, where she hires, trains, and supervises 20+ students who facilitate workshops, help peers during drop-ins, and work on special project teams. In addition to this role, she uses her creativity to develop new marketing strategies, and targets career services to students with disabilities. Prior to coming to Purdue, Ali was an intervention specialist for students with hearing impairments. She earned her master’s in college student personnel from Ohio University.
Doug Messer is a 22-year-old entrepreneur working on his third student- focused venture. He’s the CEO and co-founder of University Beyond, a platform which connects students on campus with job opportunities from startups and Fortune 500 brands like Amazon, Mountain Dew, Dunkin Donuts’, and dozens more. Doug also hosted the first ever national student discount day in collaboration with more than 100 major brands.
Doug is an active public speaker and was recently featured at the Next Gen Summit, a conference to inspire the next generation of young entrepreneurs. His work has allowed him to be honored as a Westchester Wunderkind, Westchester county’s 30-under-30, and a finalist of the NY Young Entrepreneur Challenge.
Vanessa is the Program Analyst for KU’s University Career Center. Vanessa completed her B.A. in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and earned her M.S. in industrial and organizational psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. While Vanessa is immersed in data, statistics, and survey shenanigans, she is busy training for her next race, blogging, and doing freelance consulting work.
David Ong currently oversees corporate and college recruiting activities at MAXIMUS Inc. in Reston, VA. Prior to joining MAXIMUS in 2004, David managed college recruiting programs at Booz Allen Hamilton, Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank, and Capital One. He served on the NACE Board of Directors from 2011-2013 and will be assuming the role of Vice President, Employers, in July of 2014. He is a proud graduate of the University of Richmond, where he majored in business.
Jade Perry is a writer and higher education professional who has worked in the areas of multicultural student affairs and career services. She is a two-time alumnus of the Pennsylvania State University, first receiving a B.A. in integrative arts, and then, after a year of freelance writing and other creative endeavors, she went on to receive her M. Ed. in college student affairs. She works full time in college student affairs. In addition to working toward multicultural student success, she regularly contributes to a variety of online publications. Her mission is to offer information, ideas, and counter-cultural narratives that will empower readers to thrive and to lovingly and creatively challenge systems toward greater levels of inclusion! Please feel free to connect with her through her website, LinkedIn, or Twitter.
Kathleen Powell, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs, Executive Director of Career Development, Cohen Career Center, William & Mary
President-Elect, National Association of Colleges and Employers
Kathleen has more than 25 years of progressive experience in career services in higher education. She is an effective leader and creative programmer; able to create, develop, and implement programs supporting office vision and strategic planning. Kathleen has a solid understanding of career development, student development, and organizational and leadership theories.
She holds a master’s of science in student personnel services from Miami University of Ohio and a bachelors of arts degree in psychology from the University of Akron.
Her career services work included positions at Ashland College (OH), Knox College (IL), Marietta College (OH), Grinnell College (IA), and The University of Akron (OH). Immediately prior to her appointment as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Executive Director of Career Development at William and Mary, she served as the director for Career Exploration and Development at Denison University in Granville, OH. Kathleen has written chapters in several different publications and served as an academic adviser and adjunct faculty member at Marietta College teaching career planning, leadership development and communication.
Kathleen has served in a variety of leadership positions for NACE as is currently the sitting President-Elect.
Kelli Robinson is a career counselor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. She has more than 10 years of career counseling experience. She enjoys helping students figure out what they want to do “when they grow up,” and freely admits that like most people, she’s still learning the answer to this question herself!
Chaim Shapiro is the Assistant Director of Career Services at Touro College, a freelance writer, public speaker, and career services LinkedIn leader. He earned a master’s degree in college student personnel from Loyola University, Chicago, and also studied in the Institutional Leadership and Policy Studies Ph.D. program at the University of California, Riverside Graduate School of Education. He has more than 16 years of experience working in organizational administration with more than 12 years experience working with college students.
Dawn Shaw, Career Consultant, MPA Career Services, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
Dawn Shaw has been coaching college students for the last 10 years. Today, she’s as a career consultant at McCombs School of Business, UT Austin. She loves to learn new ways to communicate objectives, vision, and aligning core values to processes, marketing, and decision-making. She has training in leadership development, evaluation and assessment, instructional design, social media, and coaching. She is StrengthsFinder and Strengths Performance Leader certified. Her B.A. is in psychology; her master’s is in human resources development.
As an assistant director for Duke University’s career center, Katie currently works primarily with undergraduate students in the STEM fields. Originally from western New York, Katie completed her B.A. in psychology at SUNY Geneseo and went on to join AmeriCorps for a year of service working in adolescent psychiatry. While earning her M.S. in higher education administration from the University of Rochester, she spent time working in a number of functional areas, including at a community college, in a career center, in leadership, and more. Following graduate school, Katie escaped the brutal northeast weather, landing in North Carolina at Elon University as a Career Advising Fellow. She joined Duke University in July 2013. In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading, writing, playing recreational sports, making cards, and planning her next international trip.
Kelli K. Smith, Director of University Career Services, Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, Binghamton University
Kelli Smith has 22 years of experience in higher education, most recently serving as the Director of University Career Services at Binghamton University (SUNY) in upstate New York. Prior institutions include University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Wesleyan, Georgetown University, Doane College, and Indiana University, primarily in career services and as an adjunct faculty member in leadership studies. She has served on the Directorate for an ACPA commission and the NACE First Destination Survey Task Force. She is the author of the Jossey-Bass/Wiley sourcebook, Strategic Directions for Career Services Within the University Setting. Kelli is passionate about helping college student success, the field of career services, and leadership and higher education.
Sarah Steenrod, Director, Undergraduate Career Consultation and Programs, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
Sarah Steenrod is the Director of Undergraduate Career Consultation and Programs in the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. In her role, Sarah leads a team of graduate assistant career consultants and oversees undergraduate career consultation services, coordinates the Fisher Fall Career Fair, and oversees the data collection and analysis of post-graduation outcomes and satisfaction surveys.
Sarah has been actively involved with Ohio State’s University Career Services Committee and served as Chair from 2010-2011. She also supported Ohio State’s Buck-I-Serv program through service trips to New York City and Boston, as well as a Fisher Global Business Program in Hong Kong in 2011. Sarah is the faculty adviser to the Alpha Kappa Psi Mu Chapter at OSU and was awarded the Undergraduate Program Staff Award from the Fisher College of Business in 2014.
She earned a master’s of education degree in college student personnel from Ohio University and previously worked in career services at Ohio University and in human resources at Neiman Marcus. Sarah loves to travel, cook (and eat), run, and, most importantly, spend time with her husband (Scott), two-year-old daughter (Mara), and miniature Dachshund (Beau).
Bless Vaidian, Director, Career Counseling for Pace Career Services – Westchester, and Founder, Career Transitions Guide
Bless Vaidian has been in the career development, college recruitment, and higher education arena since 2000. Currently she holds several positions at Pace University: adjunct professor for Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, relationship manager for School of Education, and Director, Career Counseling for Pace Career Services – Westchester. In the past she held the label of Manager of Employer Relations, where she oversaw Pace University’s large 100+ employer career fairs and on-campus recruitment program.
In 2006, Bless started Career Transitions Guide, a private career-coaching firm. She is involved in volunteer activities within her community and is a member of many professional organizations. Currently Bless is leading the Mentoring Program for SHRM-Western, CT. She has conducted hundreds of workshops on topics related to job search, social media, and branding. Bless has been a grand prizewinner for international career blogging contests.
Kayla Villwock is an intern program manager with SAS. Prior to SAS, Kayla spent three years with NetApp in various roles including university recruiter and university campus manager. Kayla holds a bachelors degree from North Carolina State University in business administration—concentrating in human resources, with a minor in French. Outside of identifying excellent university talent and building programs for SAS, her passions include French language and culture, Cleveland sports, and spending time with her Shichon puppy, Ernie.
Tiffany I. Waddell is the Assistant Director for Career Development at Davidson College. She has coached hundreds of budding young professionals on how to create strategic action plans for academic and career-related goals. Affectionately known for her “tough love” approach to coaching and people development, she is an avid connector of people and ideas. She also loves soy chai lattes, event planning, fashion, and a good book! Waddell received both her B.A. and M.A. from Wake Forest University.
Sue Keever Watts is Senior Director at ROI Communication. At ROI Communication, we help companies bring their best to the world through the power of communication. We strengthen communication within organizations—enabling and inspiring employees to collaborate better, contribute more, and become stronger advocates of their business, culture and brand. With decades of experience, we are the world’s leading consulting firm focused exclusively on employee communication and engagement.
Pamela Weinberg is a career coach and personal branding strategist, working with a multitude of populations ranging from students and alumni, professional organizations and corporations, and women in transition. Pamela provides a wide range of services for clients including: resume and LinkedIn profile development, social media training, interview preparation, and job search techniques. She has developed a niche in personal branding and frequently presents on the topic to colleges, universities, corporations, professional organizations, and non-profits. Her presentations include tips on developing a personal mission statement, doing your own personal public relations, and using social media for branding. A frequent speaker on college campuses, I run workshops and webinars for students and alumni at universities such as New York University, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, The Ohio State University and more. Popular presentation topics include: “Personal Branding for Job Search” and “Redefining your Professional Identity after Raising a Family”. She is an adjunct instructor of Career Management at New York University-SCPS and teaches classes geared toward career changers and women returning to the workplace after a career break.
Melissa is an Associate Director in the Career & Professional Development department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Melissa has been in higher education leadership for 10 years, five of those being in career services. Melissa is driven by her commitment to servant leadership, focusing on ethical decision making and quality service provision. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys reading, hiking, and riding her motorcycle. Melissa advocates for social justice wherever she can, she works hard at being an unpublished writer, and she exerts a lot of energy questioning the world around her.
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