Meet The Blog Team

Desalina Allen

Desalina Allen, Senior Assistant Director at NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development
Twitter: @DesalinaAllen

Desalina joined NYU’s Wasserman staff in August of 2010 as a graduate assistant and now serves as a senior assistant director. A self-described Excel nerd, she leads the office-wide assessment team and helps with data analysis for the part-time and full-time job/internship surveys. Prior to working at NYU, Desalina worked in career services in Chicago. She also has a background in nonprofit work and consulting. As an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois, she studied finance and Italian and recently finished her M.P.A. at NYU Wagner. In her free time, Desalina enjoys home decorating, taking frequent trips back to the Midwest, and practicing her Italian.

Rayna Anderson

Rayna A. Anderson, Career Advisor at Elon University
Twitter: @Rayna_Anderson

Certified career coach and self-proclaimed happiness activist, Rayna A. Anderson, works as a career services professional for undergraduate college students. Her services include resume writing, interview prep, job-search strategies, and effective use of social media. She got her start in career advising as a graduate assistant for Louisiana State University’s career services center, while obtaining a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs. In her free time, Rayna uses her blog, “Sucsass,” to chronicle her professional experiences and share her vibrant take on “the intersection of womanhood and the workplace.”

Cindy Billington

Cindy Billington, Associate Director, MBA Career Education Graduate Business Career Services, Texas A&M University
Twitter: @cindybillington

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 LLP
2013-14 NACE President
Twitter: @DanBlack_EY
LinkedIn: 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

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

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
Assistant Director at Villanova University’s Career Center.
Twitter: @kevincgrubb
Blog: “social @ edu”.

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.

Eva Kubu
Evangeline “Eva” Kubu
Associate Director, Office of Career Services, Princeton University
Twitter: @eva_kubu

Evangeline “Eva” Kubu, has more than 20 years of highly diversified and successful experience in the field of career services. At Princeton University Career Services, she plans and oversees all strategic communications, marketing, and media relations efforts. An early adopter of social media, Eva has earned multiple awards for innovation throughout her career including the 2012 NACE Innovation Excellence Award (for her nationwide research of career services’ use of social media) and the 2007 Metropolitan New York Career Placement Officers’ Association (MNYCPOA) Alva Cooper Award for Innovative Programming (for “The Intern,” a nationally recognized online reality program she created while at Rutgers University Career Services). In 2013, she received the Princeton University Donald Griffin Management Award and attended NACE Management Leadership Institute.

Janet R. Long

Janet R. Long
Founder, Integrity Search Inc.
Career Counselor, Widener University
Twitter: @IntegritySearch

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

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

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.

Chaim Shapiro

Chaim Shapiro
Twitter: @chaimshapiro

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.


Shannon Smedstad, Employer Branding & HR Social Media, Geico
Twitter: @shannonsmedstad


Shannon Smedstad leads HR social media and employer branding for GEICO, and has more than 15 years of industry experience, including campus, corporate, and agency recruiting. Her current responsibilities include developing social and brand marketing strategies to engage job seekers, managing the GEICO Careers digital presence, training recruiters, and managing HR technology partnerships.

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.

Maria Tomaino

Maria Tomaino
Associate Director Events & Marketing
Toppel Career Center, University of Miami
Personal Twitter: @mtomain
Toppel Twitter: @Toppel

Maria Tomaino coordinates the events, fairs, and networking nights for the Toppel Career Center at the University of Miami. In addition, she leads the advertising, branding and social media efforts. Previously she worked as a career counselor at Barry University and as assistant director at Florida International University. Maria received her B.A. in psychology, minoring in theater arts from University at Buffalo and master’s degree in counselor education from Syracuse University. In her spare time, Maria performs and teaches comedy improvisation.

Heather Tranen

Heather Tranen,
Associate Director, Global Communications & Strategic Outreach, NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development
Twitter: @htranen

As a communications professional with fluency across a diverse range of social media and marketing platforms from Twitter to WordPress, Heather Trannen loves to build lines of communication in the grey area where the education and corporate sectors overlap. She leads NYU Wasserman Center’s external marketing and campus-wide communications initiatives and cultivates strategic relationships with corporate partners. I collaborate with other directors to develop actionable messaging and delegate creation and implementation of results-driven, cross-platform campaigns. During my tenure, the Wasserman Center continues to experience unprecedented response rates and increased ROI. Externally, I partner with NYU alumni and other professionals to create win-win relationships that increase opportunities for NYU students and to raise brand awareness across NYU’s global sites.

Shawn VanDerziel
Shawn VanDerziel, Chief Human Resources Officer at The Field Museum
Twitter: @ShawnVDZ

Shawn is the Chief Human Resources Officer at The Field Museum. He manages the day-to-day operations of the human resources department which serves more than 500 employees, 300 interns, and 600 volunteers. In addition to his responsibilities as the head of human resources, he serves as the Museum’s Chief of Staff. In this capacity he works closely with the executive team to organize communication and strategies and to manage the Museum’s Board of Trustees. Shawn began his career with The Field Museum in July 1997. Prior to The Field Museum, Shawn was the Manager of Recruitment for Norrell HR Services and Associate Director of Student Enrollment for National-Louis University. Shawn has been a member of NACE for more than 15 years and served on the Board of Directors in various roles from 2002-2011 as a Director, Vice President-Employer, President-Elect, President and Past President.


Sue Keever Watts
Owner, The Keever Group
Twitter: @SueKeever

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

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

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.

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