Meet The Blog Team

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.

Michelle BataMichelle Bata, Associate Dean and Director of the LEEP Center, Clark University

As the inaugural director of the LEEP Center—home to academic advising, career services, community engagement, study abroad, and the writing center—Michelle is responsible for efforts to engage students in opportunities outside of the classroom as well preparing them for life after Clark.

Prior to joining the Clark community, Michelle was both assistant dean and director of undergraduate research and a member of the sociology faculty at Fordham University. Michelle’s scholarly interests include the impact of advising and mentorship on student professional outcomes, and how engagement in experiential opportunities affects student learning.

Michelle has been selected to participate in NACE’s Leadership Advancement Program for 2015-6, and is a member of the NACE Honors and Awards Committee for 2015-6. She also serves as a NACE Ambassador. Michelle received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Arizona. She received her A.B. in sociology and Hispanic studies from Boston College.

Debbie BolesDebbie Boles, Assistant Director, University of Oklahoma Career Services
Twitter: @breboles

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 BorgerdingTom Borgerding, President/CEO, Campus Media Group, Inc.
Twitter: @mytasca

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 BufordMelanie Buford, Program Coordinator/Adjunct Instructor, Career Development Center, University of Cincinnati

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 Campbell

Kalinda Campbell, University Relations Recruiter, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Twitter: @kalindarecruits

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

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.

Chris Carlson

Christopher Carlson, Director of Talent Acquisition and Diversity, Tennessee Valley Authority
Twitter: @cciCarlson
Blogs from Christopher Carlson

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.

Shannon Kelly ConklinShannon Conklin, Associate Director of Assessment and Technology, Temple University Career Center
Twitter: @shannonckelly

Shannon Conklin is the Associate Director of Assessment and Technology at Temple University Career Center. In her role, she manages the university-wide collection and analysis of the first-destination surveys, assessments to measure ROI on programs and initiatives, branding and communication strategies, and development and implementation of technology across the department. She previously worked at University of Pennsylvania Career Services, where she oversaw the social media strategy and served as a counselor for liberal arts students. Shannon received her B.A. in sociology from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her master’s in higher education management from University of Pennsylvania’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.

Laura CraigLaura Craig, Assistant Director, Internships and Experiential Education, Temple University Career Center
Twitter: @BuckeyeVirginia

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 CunninghamCaroline 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

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 DouglasKathy Douglas, Associate Director Career Development Office, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Twitter: @fescdo

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 Goldman, Executive Director, Career Center, Yeshiva UniversityMarc 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

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.

Dorothy HaydenDorothy Hayden, Assistant Director, Office of Career Services, Virginia Military Institute
Twitter: @dorothyhayden

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

Joe Hayes, Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Internships, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Twitter: @_JosephHayes

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 Strategiesan international consulting firm based out of New York City.

Irene Hillman

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 KoersJessica Koers, Social Recruiting Strategist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Twitter: @jrkoers

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 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.

Ali Mears

Ali Mears, Career Services Consultant, Center for Career Opportunities, Purdue University
Twitter: @alimears

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 Headshot

Doug Messer, CEO and co-founder of University Beyond
Twitter: @Ubeyond

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 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! 

Kathleen Powell

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
Twitter: @powellka

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 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 ShapiroChaim Shapiro, Assistant Director of Career Services at Touro College
Twitter: @chaimshapiro
Blogs from Chaim Shapiro.

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 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.

Kelli Smith Director of University Career Services at the Fleish

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.

Kial SmithKial Smith, Operations and Technology Coordinator for the Kogod Center for Career Development at American University
Twitter: kialsmith
Kial is an entry-level student affairs professional working as the Operations and Technology Coordinator for the Kogod Center for Career Development at American University.

An alumnus of Ohio University, Kial fulfilled the duties of an operations coordinator for the Baker University Center where he worked with many undergraduate students. He was also an active member of Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity, where he spent much of his time coaching students and helping them develop professionally.

Kial brings a unique perspective to the higher education field given his background in emergency medical services and his undergraduate degree in management information systems.

His blog posts will focus on student personal and professional development as well as the intersection of technology and higher education.

Sarah SteenrodSarah Steenrod, Director, Undergraduate Career Consultation and Programs, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
Twitter: @SarahSteenrod

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).

Rose SterlingRose Sterling, Director, Alumni Career Services, Columbia University Center for Career Education
Twitter handle: @Rose_Sterling

Rose Sterling is the Director of Alumni Career Services where she oversees career counseling and programming for alumni of the five schools served by the Center for Career Education. Prior to joining CCE, Rose served as the Associate Director of Employer Relations at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering where she led strategic employer outreach and recruiting initiatives for the NYU engineering student population. She also led innovative workshops with a focus on professional branding and connecting one’s culture and identity to his/her career decision-making process.

Rose holds a master’s degree in human services and counseling from DePaul University and a B.S. in psychology with a minor in education from the University of Florida. She is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP). She enjoys playing chess, organizing spontaneous road trips, and convincing colleagues and friends to join her for a fun evening of bad karaoke.

Heather TranenHeather Tranen, Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Career Services

Heather Tranen is higher education professional and digital media enthusiast. She enjoys brainstorming creative ways to reach students and university constituents efficiently and effectively through a cross-section of platforms. Through her work, she collaboratively develops customized programming and innovative communications strategies that ensure students, alumni, and employers are actively engaged. Heather’s work in social media has been featured in JobBrander, and Career Services Professionals Group. She has also presented her thoughts on effective communication strategies at the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and NASPA conferences. Additionally, Heather has provided consultation to and presented to organizations on how to leverage social media platforms to reach college students. For her efforts creating dynamic online communities through the power of social media, Heather received a NACE Excellence Award for Innovation. Heather studied English and minored in Italian at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and completed her master’s degree from New York University in higher education and student affairs with a focus on global perspectives and social justice. She finds great fulfillment supporting liberal arts students at the University of Pennsylvania articulate and accomplish their career goals. Previously, she worked in both the media and the hospitality industries in liaison and client development roles. She is now a recovering New Yorker, enjoying exploring the City of Brotherly love with her husband, toddler, and two puppies.

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.

tiffany waddellTiffany I. Waddell, Assistant Director for Career Development, Davidson College
Personal blog:
Twitter: @tiffanyiwaddell

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.

Ross WadeRoss Wade, director of career development for Elon University’s Student Professional Development 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
Senior Director at ROI Communication
Twitter: @SueKeever
Blogs from Sue Keever Watts.

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
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.

Melissa L. WhatleyMelissa Whatley, Associate Director, Career & Professional Development, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Twitter: @mleawhatley

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.

Iyad Yacoub

Iyad Yacoub, Career Services Systems Associate, Purdue University’s Center for Career Opportunities

Iyad Yacoub is a global career and human capital strategist. He leads the operation and communication team at Purdue University’s Center for Career Opportunities where he designs and implements strategic data and  technology interventions and roadmaps that boost the center’s efficiency, effectiveness and intelligence.

He has more than 12 years of experience of owning and driving OD, HR, technology, and capacity building programs including launching and leading career services centers with multinational organizations such as the UN, EU, the World Bank, International Labor Organization, Fortune 500, large US Government agencies, and nonprofit organizations in the United States and the Middle East. He prepared and hosted live TV career coaching episodes on the Syrian Public TV including career planning, mock interviews, resume and cover letters critique, business planning, and offers negotiations

He is a NACE MLI alum 2014 and Fulbright Grantee in 2010, the former president of Purdue Fulbright Association, a board member in different professional organizations and non-profits including SHRM and International Center. He is also an International Visitor Leader awardee 2007 (US. Department of State). Iyad has a master’s degree in business and strategic human resource management from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, and a bachelor of engineering in computer systems from Damascus University. He is a multilingual presenter and trainer, a Certified Human Resources Professional, Certified Project Manager, Certified Coach and Certified NLP Practitioner.

He lives in West Lafayette, Indiana with his wife Sana and their 2 year old daughter old Reina.

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