Meet The Blog Team

Rayna Anderson

Rayna A. Anderson, career counselor, University of Houston
Twitter: @Rayna_Anderson
Blogs from Rayna Anderson

Self-proclaimed happiness activist, Rayna A. Anderson, works as a career services professional for college students and alumni. She specializes in vocational and personality assessment, resume writing, interview prep, job-search strategies, and effective use of social media. Prior to joining the University of Houston team, Rayna completed a 10-month post-graduate Career Advising Fellowship with Elon University’s Student Professional Development Center and was a job-search graduate assistant for the Louisiana State University (LSU) Career Services office.

She holds a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Louisiana State University, a bachelor of science in health studies with a major in healthcare management and marketing, and is a Certified Professional Career Coach. She also blogs at where she shares her professional experiences and encourages others to, “face their fierce at work!”

Jason Bauer-Clapp

Jason Bauer-Clapp, associate director of Internships & Programs, Smith College, Lazarus Center for Career Development
Twitter: @jason_bc

As Associate Director of Internships & Programs at Smith College’s Lazarus Center for Career Development, Jason Bauer-Clapp advises students and recent graduates, leads the career advising team, and assists with data analysis and program planning. His work includes helping people engage in the career development process and take an individualized approach when seeking opportunities. Before coming to Smith, he provided career counseling to community clients and recently laid-off workers at JVS in Minneapolis, and later was an academic adviser to IT and business students at Capella University. He completed a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. He took his B.A. from Hamline University. He likes looking to other fields for new ideas, and while he’s an avid user of digital productivity tools, Jason’s favorite technologies for getting things done are post-it notes and good coffee.

Cindy Billington

Cindy Billington, associate director, MBA Career Education Graduate Business Career Services, Texas A&M University
Twitter: @cindybillington
Blogs from Cindy Billington.

Certified Professional Career Coach and Resume Writer designee, Cindy Billington has more than 20 years of experience in career coaching and education. She is a social media strategist and StrengthsMentor for career success. As associate director with Graduate Business Career Services, she oversees career management education and advising for the full-time M.B.A. students at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School. Cindy is a board member for the National Association of Colleges and Employers, where she has been active for a number of years including co-chairing the national conference and serving on numerous committees. In addition, she has been an active executive volunteer with the Prison Entrepreneurship Program since 2005.

Dan Black

Dan Black, Americas Director of Recruiting, EY
2013-14 NACE President
Twitter: @DanBlack_EY
LinkedIn: Dan Black
Blogs from Dan Black.

Dan Black is Americas director of recruiting at EY. He leads EY’s award-winning team of executive, experienced, and campus recruiters in the Amercas who collaborate with Ernst & Young LLP partners and other EY professionals to solidify the organization’s market leadership position as an employer of choice. Black, frequently tapped by the national media to provide insights into recruiting, is the 2013-14 NACE President.

Chris Carlson

Christopher Carlson, senior manager, Talent Acquisition, Booz Allen Hamilton
Twitter: @cciCarlson
Blogs from Christopher Carlson

Based in Florida, Christopher is a member of Booz Allen Hamilton’s People Services Team. He leads the firm’s university, transitioning military, and social recruiting efforts.  He is responsible for building strategies and relationships for leveraging these channels to ensure Booz Allen Hamilton’s position as an employer of choice and to deliver the next generation of talent to the organization.  Christopher has been with Booz Allen Hamilton for more than 10 years during which he has held a number of progressing positions.  Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Christopher worked 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.

Andy Ceperley

Andrew Ceperley
Twitter: @Aceperley 
LinkedIn: LinkedIn/in/andrewceperley

Andy Ceperley has served on five college campuses over the past 25 years, and NACE has been his association of choice throughout his career. Highly enthusiastic about the positive impact our members make on college students and graduates entering the job market, Andy has enjoyed working with dedicated career services practitioners at the University of Virginia, the University of Texas at Austin, Santa Clara University, and the University of California, San Diego. Most recently, Andy served as project director for Careers & Employment at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Andy has been a teacher at the Management Leadership Institute, presented at NACE conferences, writtenfor the NACE Journal, supported the development of emerging leaders through the NACE Mentor and Leadership Advancement programs, contributed to numerous committees, and participated on the NACE Board of Directors. Andy completed his term as NACE president in 2013, and was the first to serve in this role from a university abroad.

Marc Goldman, Executive Director, Career Center, Yeshiva University

Marc Goldman, executive director, Career Center, Yeshiva University
Twitter: @MarcGoldmanNYC
Blogs from Marc Goldman

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.

kevin grubb

NACE Ambassador Kevin Grubb
associate director, Digital Media & Assessment at Villanova University’s Career Center.
Twitter: @kevincgrubb
Blog: “social @ edu”.
Blogs from Kevin Grubb.

Kevin Grubb is a career services professional, social media consultant, and fan of making connections with fellow NACE members. He also teaches students in a course he developed called Social Networking: Creating Your Professional Identity. In addition to writing on this blog, Kevin shares his expertise with college professionals as the moderator for LinkedIn’s Career Services Professionals webinars, and as a contributing writer for the Inside Higher Ed and Kevin has been featured in the media, speaking about the importance of social media in a job search, and has been a speaker at conferences and campuses around the country.

Shannon KellyShannon Kelly, associate director, Career Services, University of Pennsylvania
Twitter: @shannonckelly

Shannon Kelly is an associate director at University of Pennsylvania Career Services, where she has worked since 2007. She works directly with the College of Arts and Sciences students and manages the office’s social media strategy and accounts. Shannon received her B.A. in sociology from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her master’s in higher eEducation mManagement from Penn’s Graduate School of Education. She has written for NACE’s Spotlight Tech Talk column, co-authored “NACE’s Career Counselor’s Guide to Social Media and the Job Search,” and is the 2014-16 Director of Technology for EACE.

Candace LambCandace Lamb, career coach, University of Louisville Career Development Center
Twitter: @candace_lamb

Originally from South Carolina, Candace Lamb has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in nonprofit administration and women’s studies.  Since 2010, Candace has lived in Louisville, KY and received a master’s of education in counseling and personnel services from the University of Louisville.  Candace currently acts as career coach for the J.B. Speed School of Engineering and University of Louisville’s School of Music.  Additionally, Candace runs The Proactive Professional, ( a career-oriented website dedicated to empowering professionals.

Janet R. LongJanet R. Long
Founder, Integrity Search Inc.
career counselor, Widener University
Twitter: @IntegritySearch
Blogs from Janet Long.

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

Marilyn Mackes, executive director,
National Association of Colleges and Employers
Twitter: @NACEMarilyn
Blogs from Marilyn Mackes.

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 Mathews

Lakeisha M. Mathews, director, Career and Professional Development Center, University of Baltimore
Twitter: @RightResumes_CC
Blogs from Lakeisha Matthews.

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.

A. Jay Nwachu

Jay Nwachu, Strategic Manager, MidAtlantic Region, INROADS

Jay is a talent management professional with a strong interest in diversity and inclusion. His passion for diversity related issues is deeply rooted in his bi-cultural upbringing and life experiences. His current role with INROADS allows him to pursue his passion by assisting corporations in identifying, hiring, and developing a strong diverse work force. Outside of INROADS, he is helping to change his community in helping them become more workforce ready through his non-profit initiative at

Vanessa NewtonVanessa Newton, program analyst, University of Kansas

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.

ongDavid Ong, director, Corporate Recruiting, Maximus, Inc.
Twitter: @dtong2565

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 PerryJade Perry, Coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Success at DePaul University
Twitter: @SAJadePerry1

Jade Perry is a student affairs professional that has worked in the areas of multicultural student success / retention, diversity education, career services, and academic success. Jade is a two-time alumnus of the Pennsylvania State University. She received her B.A. in integrative arts (including creative writing and theater) and an M. Ed. in college student affairs. She loves what she does and thoroughly enjoys writing / speaking about it, as well. Please feel free to connect with her!

Kelli Robinson Kelli Robinson, career counselor, Central Piedmont Community College
Twitter: @KelliLRobinson

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

Chaim Shapiro
Twitter: @chaimshapiro
Blogs from Chaim Shapiro.

Chaim Shapiro is 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. Chaim is a co-chair of the 2013-2014 NACE Principles for Professional Practice Committee and successfully completed the 2012-2013 Leadership Advancement Program. He has more than 15 years of experience working in organizational administration with more than 10 years experience working with college students.

dawn shawDawn Shaw, career consultant, MPA Career Services, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
Twitter: @Dawn_R_Shaw

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.

Smedstad-HeadshotShannon Smedstad, employment brand director, Global Communications & Engagement Team, CEB
Twitter: @shannonsmedstad
Blogs from Shannon Smedstad.

Shannon Smedstad is the Employment Brand Director at CEB – the leading member-based advisory company. She has more than 15 years of recruitment industry experience, including campus, corporate and agency recruiting, developing social recruiting and employer brand strategies, implementing HR technology solutions and training corporate recruiters. 

She writes weekly for Blogging4Jobs, and also contributes to the NACE blog,, Brazen Careerist, Secrets of the Job Hunt, and the Shippensburg University Alumni newsletter. In 2013, Smedstad was named a Talent Warrior for social recruiting innovation by Glassdoor. She graduated with a degree in speech communication from Shippensburg University and resides in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania with her family.

katie smith at duke universityKatie Smith, assistant director, Duke University Career Center,
Twitter: @ksmith258

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.

Andres TraslavinaAndres Traslavina, director of Global Recruiting, Whole Foods Market
Twitter: @traslavina

Andres is an innovative and technology-driven recruiter with comprehensive experience in both domestic and international social sourcing and recruitment. He has worked and lived in Japan, Spain, Chile, Colombia, and the United States. Currently, Andres serves as the Global Recruiter at Whole Foods Market a “100 Best Companies to Work For.” His recruiting approach is based on helping candidates discover their strengths and employers find and select top performers based on their talents and cultural fit. Among his favorite domestic speaking engagements Andres has presented at NACE, SXSW, and TalentNET. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in education/psychology, both from the University of Nebraska. Andres and his wife live in Austin, Texas.

BlessVaiBless 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 villwockKayla Villwock, Intern Program Manager, SAS
Twitter: @KaylaRenee8

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.

Ross WadeRoss Wade, assistant director, Duke University Career Center
Personal blog:
LinkedIn URL:
Twitter: @rrwade
Blogs from Ross Wade.

Storytelling is the heart of Ross Wade’s career development and employer relations philosophy. Using his background in strategic communications and documentary, along with his experience in career services, he shares the professional stories of his students with employers to create and grow meaningful relationships. He teaches his students how to understand and share their stories with employers successfully to find careers they care about. Ross works with students from all over the world to help them better understand who they are, how they want to change the world, and create a strategy to make it happen. The use of social media for networking and personal brand building are specialties for Ross, and he has been recognized by the National Association of Colleges and Employers for his use of blogs in building relationships with employers and educating students on careers in interactive media.


Sue Keever Watts
Owner, The Keever Group
Twitter: @SueKeever
Blogs from Sue Keever Watts.

Sue Keever Watts is a global university relations and internal communications consultant with a passion for building a bridge between employers, employees and candidates. Ms. Watts specializes in university recruiting and relations, employee communications, employee engagement, change management, program development and large-scale project management. Experienced developing and delivering large-scale solutions for diverse organizations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula.


Pamela Weinberg
Twitter: @pamelaweinberg
Blogs from Pamela Weinberg.

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.

Megan Wolleben

Megan Wolleben, assistant director, Career Development Center, Bucknell University
Twitter: @MeganWolleben
Blogs from Megan Wolleben.

Megan Wolleben has worked at the Bucknell University Career Development Center since 2007, where she is an assistant director. She is responsible for the marketing and communications for the office and manages all of the department’s social media presence. She is the co-chair for EACE’s Technology Committee and a contributing writer to the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) “Tech Talk” column in Spotlight. She is a co-author of the “Career Counselor’s Guide to Social Media.” Megan earned her B.A. and master’s in communication from Fordham University.

Katrina Zaremba

Katrina Zaremba, communications coordinator, University Career Center, University of Kansas
Twitter: @KatrinaZaremba

Katrina (Redding) Zaremba attended Colorado State University (CSU) where she graduated with a bachelor of science in interior design. During her undergraduate studies, she interned for the CSU Career Center as a marketing intern, where her passion grew for career services and marketing and communications. Her current position as the Communications Coordinator at the KU University career center blends her skills and interests perfectly. Her main responsibilities include marketing university career center events and services to students at the University of Kansas and maintaining day-to-day activity on the department’s social media channels.

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