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Rubina Azizdin, Career Services Associate, Central Penn College

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.

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!”

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.

Hannah BatemanHannah Bateman, Career Resource Specialist, UCLA

Hannah Bateman has more than five years of experience in higher education. Currently serving as the Career Resource Specialist for the Bruin Guardian Scholars, she helps UCLA students who are current and former foster youth achieve their career goals. Prior to this role, she was a Career Services Graduate Trainee at Pepperdine University, where earned her doctorate of education. She has also worked as a Program Coordinator at Georgia Tech, where she successfully screened and matched nearly 100 program applicants with corporate sponsors and university mentors for summer internship assignments. Because of her own struggles with landing a job and finding satisfying work after college and her strong interest in business, she is on a mission to help improve the college to work transition and employment outcomes for college students and recent graduates while also helping employers recruit and retain the best college-educated talent. In addition to her doctorate, she holds a M.A. in education from Pepperdine University and a B.A. in English from Clark Atlanta University. She prides herself on her strong work ethic, discipline, and determination and lives by the motto “find a way or make one.”

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 Bata

Michelle Bata, Associate Dean and Director of the LEEP Center, Clark University
Twitter: <


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.

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 LLP
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.

Debbie Boles

Debbie Boles, Assistant Director, University of Oklahoma Career Services

For 20+ years, I have had the pleasure of working in higher education. As an assistant director in career services, I work with students and alumni at the University of Oklahoma. A daily goal I enjoy pursuing is encouraging others to be naturally curious and to find “the joy in the job search.” My 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.

My current position includes supporting various campus communities to continue to build and strengthen relationships with, including alumni, graduate college, university college, international students, veterans, students with disabilities, LGBTQ students, University Outreach College of Continuing Education, and College of Liberal Studies. I look forward to the challenges ahead as I continue to establish initiatives, to refine and communicate processes and procedures, and to connect our students and alumni with prospective employers while building individual professional networks.

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 ( / @Campus_Media) in 2002. Every day, he loves helping companies develop strong and effective marketing plans targeting 18-24 year olds that have a direct effect on their bottom line. He knows that when his clients succeed, he, too, will succeed. He has also developed and leads Mytasca ( / @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.

Tom lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife, Patti. In his down-time, Tom can be found in marathons, duathlons, triathlons, in-line marathons, hiking, camping, volunteering and traveling to many lesser visited countries helping people and communities.

Ken Bouyer

Kenneth Bouyer, EY Americas Diversity & Inclusiveness Recruiting Leader

Ken is the EY Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing the global EY organization’s recruiting strategy to build and attract diverse and inclusive talent pools for member firms in the Americas.




Susan Brennan

Susan Brennan,  Associate Vice President of University Career Services at Bentley University
Director–College on the 2016-17 NACE Board of Directors
Brennan is associate vice president of university career services at Bentley University. Previous roles at Bentley include alumni career services manager, executive director of corporate relations and career services, managing director of university career services, and director of undergraduate career services. Prior to Bentley, Brennan was director of M.B.A. career services at Hult International Business School, a consultant with The Hay Group, and a development associate at Columbia University.

Brennan’s volunteer involvement with NACE includes participation in the association’s Honors and Awards Committee and Face2Face Committee.

Brennan earned a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and an Ed.M. in administration, planning, and social policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education before graduating with an M.B.A. in management from Babson College’s Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business.




amy brierley

Amy Brierley, Assistant Dean of Career Education & Associate Director for Career Communities – Engineering & Earth, Standford University
Twitter: @amyb_stanford

Amy Brierley’s passion is helping undeclared freshmen and sophomore students identify and refine their career aspirations, connect them with alumni and employers, and discover how they fit into the world of work. During her seven years at Stanford, Amy served as the program coordinator for the Stanford Alumni Mentoring (SAM) Program, where she enthusiastically worked to connect students with alumni mentors. Amy has an M.A. in counseling with a specialization in career development from Santa Clara University. Amy loves all things outdoors, especially time at the beach and hiking with friends. She is also a dog fanatic – just ask her to show you a photo of her Australian Shepherd, Sadie!

Mark Broadfoot
Mark Broadfoot, owner and consultant, UR Consulting, Missouri City, Texas
Twitter @URRecruiter1

Mark Broadfoot graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in communications and soon after started his career in recruiting.  Mark now brings 20 years of experience in recruiting, from headhunting and experienced hiring to his current passion of college recruiting.  He moved into college recruiting at Shell Oil and brought his creative headhunting experience to the college arena allowing his teams to change their recruiting philosophy and increase hiring numbers on all his campuses.  Direct Energy, he says, gave him freedom to build their program from the ground up. This freedom allowed him to create a program that surpassed all expectations with zero turnovers in their rotational program, 90 percent acceptance rate on the intern to full-time offers over three years, and 95 percent approval rate from interns surveys during the summer. This is why he started his own company; to help other companies achieve the long term success they seek by building a unique and fit for purpose program.

Kara BrownKara Brown, Associate Director of Career Development, Gwynedd Mercy University

Kara Brown is the Associate Director of Career Development at Gwynedd Mercy University. She provides career counseling to students and alumni, facilitates career development workshops, and teaches a first-year experience course to freshman students. Kara also volunteers with the Wounded Warrior Project, and reviews resume for wounded veterans returning to the work force.
Kara earned an M.S. in counseling from Villanova University, and a B.A. in psychology from McDaniel College. Before working in higher education, Kara was a mental health counselor for a small nonprofit organization.



Melanie Buford

Melanie Buford, Program Coordinator/Instructor, Career Development Center, University of Cincinnati
Twitter: @melVbuford

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

Christopher recently joined the Tennessee Valley Authority at the Director of Talent Acquisition and Diversity. Prior to joining the Tennessee Valley Authority, 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.

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.


tamara cherry clark Tamara Cherry-Clarke, Assistant Director of Exploration and Experience, Virginia Tech Smith Career Center


Tamara Cherry-Clarke is the Assistant Director of Exploration and Experience with the Virginia Tech Smith Career Center. She has helped individuals align their career and academic goals for more than 10 years. She notes that it was her undergraduate senior practicum assignment at a local domestic violence shelter where she quickly discovered her ability. The joy she received from empowering individuals to complete their education and achieve their career goals was very satisfying.

Tamara has been leaving her footprint on campuses in different regions of the United States, including Lake Michigan College (MI), Indiana University South Bend (IN), College of Southern Maryland (MD), Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia Tidewater Consortium, and now Virginia Tech (VA). She prides herself in working with diverse populations, and has interesting stories to share. Since starting at Virginia Tech in October 2015, Tamara has already impacted hundreds of Hokies and future Hokies with career development activities. She has taken pride in giving them the tools to depart as professionals ready to invent their future. Tamara has an M.A. from Liberty University in human services counseling with a focus in executive leadership, and a B.A. in psychology from Norfolk State University.

jane christiansonJane Christianson, Career Advisor, National University, Fresno/Bakersfield Region

Jane Christianson is the career adviser and regional alumni relations liaison for National University’s campus in Fresno, California where she provides critical face-to-face and online individual and group support in career services for students and alumni in the entire Central Valley region. She also actively serves as a member of both the Fresno Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Education Committee and the Fresno County Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Prior to coming to National University, Jane had eight years of experience in higher education career services management, including six years in professional development course instruction.

Her industry background includes over 20 years in temporary staffing/direct hire placement management supporting the nursing and allied healthcare, health services management, information technology, accounting and general business sectors. Jane is a native Californian and a graduate of San Diego State University with a B.A. in fine arts and humanities from the School of Education. Outside of work, her interests include calligraphy, interior design, reading crime drama/mystery fiction, spending time with family and friends and actively supporting the Northern California Special Olympics.


Tamara ClarksonTamara Clarkson, Career Services Consultant, Purdue University
Twitter: @tamcatcam

Tamara Clarkson entered the world of career services in 2012, after receiving a B.A. in art and an M.A. in professional counseling. Her role as a career services consultant for Purdue’s Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) allows her to work closely with students, oversee the CCO’s marketing and media team, promote the Career Closet to the local community and students, and see how our website content and design can keep up with the constantly changing digital world. She also serves as the liaison to the Purdue Veteran and LGBTQ student populations. It’s a fast-paced and very rewarding career!

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.

Kathryn DouglasKathy Douglas, Senior 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 MFAs—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.

Lee Desser

Lee Desser, career and academic adviser, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


Before becoming a career and academic adviser 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.



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


Alina GuariseDesalina (Alina) Guarise, Associate Director of Career Advancement Center at Lake Forest College

Desalina (Alina) Guarise is the Associate Director of the Career Advancement Center, at Lake Forest College, a small, private liberal arts institution where she oversees employer relations, assessment, and office operations. Alina has more than eight years combined experience in consulting, nonprofit management, and career services. She started her higher education at Lake Forest College in the Career Advancement Center. She later moved to New York University to pursue her M.P.A. and work at the Wasserman Center for Career Development. She holds a bachelors of science degree in finance from the University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana.

Samantha HaimesSamantha Haimes, Middlebury College Center for Careers and Internships

Twitter: @sghaimes

Samantha Haimes is a career services professional with a passion for connecting and educating both students and employers. She works in marketing and communications at Middlebury College’s Center for Careers and Internships. Prior to her current position, she was employed at the University of Miami in various roles at the Toppel Career Center, most recently as the Associate Director for Career Readiness. She earned a master of science in higher education from the University of Miami and a bachelor of arts in advertising and public relations from the University of Central Florida. She has also worked at Cabrini College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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.



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.

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.


Christol Johnson

Christol Johnson, Career Services Manager, El Centro College, Dallas, Texas


Twitter: @ccbj70

Christol Johnson is the manager of career services at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University in applied arts & sciences. Her 20-year background in human resources developed into a desire to help students reach their career goals. For Christol, career services can be summed up into one word, empowerment. She believes that if you expose students to career options and provide the right tools to accomplish their goals, students will transition from college to career successfully. Christol empowers students to not only find a job, but discover a rewarding career that aligns with their academic pathway.



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 non-profits, various companies, and the military performing public relations, writing, and media outreach roles.

James W. Kostenblatt

James, W. Kostenblatt, Associate Director, New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development

James W. Kostenblatt holds a B.A. in international relations from Boston University and is currently pursuing a master of public administration from the New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. James is an Associate Director at New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, where he leads the Assessment and Program Evaluation Team. In his role, James oversees a team responsible for collecting career outcomes data on NYU graduates each year, analyzing the data, crafting reports for NYU stakeholders, and responding to media data requests.

Candace LambCandace Lamb, career coach, senior, 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 LongJanet R. Long
Founder, Integrity Search
Career Liaison to College of Arts & Sciences, 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 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 also targets career services to students with disabilities. Prior to coming to Purdue, Ali was an Intervention Specialist for students with hearing impairments before getting her master’s in college student personnel from Ohio University.

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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.



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. When 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 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

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.

Brian ProzellerBrian Prozeller, Manager, Campus Recruitment, Liberty Mutual Insurance

As a career HR professional currently working in campus recruitment, Brian’s career began in the early stages of Liberty’s growing Internship Program.  After spending his summers in their HR Call Center his career path was set.   Brian joined the organization’s HR Development Program in June of 2008 where he began a two-year rotational experience that would provide him a grounding in HR policy and practice.  The culminating experience brought him to Cincinnati, Ohio where he began to work in the emerging college hire program within a core business unit. Beginning in 2010, Brian became a full-time campus recruiter.  Today, Brian sits in Liberty Mutual’s Boston headquarters  and manages a team of five recruiters responsible for all undergraduate hiring along the East Coast.  Brian is a former NACE Leadership Advancement Program participant and current Honors & Awards Committee Member. He has a bachelors from Gettysburg College and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. at Boston College.

Laura RileyLaura Riley, Career Consultant and Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Twitter: @lauratriley

Laura Riley is a career consultant and student affairs educator. She works at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Education Career Center. She received her B.B.A. from St. Norbert College and her M.S. in student affairs in higher education from Miami University. She is passionate about writing, adventuring, and assisting individuals throughout their career and professional development journeys. She finds fulfillment in helping people realize and articulate their stories—encouraging them to envision and establish lifestyles (and careers!) they enjoy. She combines diversity and inclusion efforts with career education; values efficient and effective communication; and engages in innovative problem-solving. She strives to fill her personal and professional networks with good people who like to laugh.

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!


kelly d. scottKelly D. Scott, Campus Recruiter, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Kelly Scott is a campus recruiter at Liberty Mutual Insurance where she primarily supports the recruiting efforts for Liberty’s analytical programs filling both full time and internship roles. Prior to Liberty she worked in higher education as a career counselor advising undergraduates, graduates and alumni on topics spanning from job search through career exploration. She has a master’s in college student development and counseling and a bachelor’s in communication studies from Northeastern University.


Chaim Shapiro

Chaim Shapiro
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
LinkedIn: @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.

Lisa Simmons

Lisa L. Simmons, Associate Director, Employer Experience, Wake Forest University

Lisa is the Associate Director of Employer Experience at Wake Forest University. She leads the campus-wide Employer Experience team, which is responsible for recruiting at Wake Forest University. Lisa has been employed at Wake Forest since the fall of 2002. She has more than 20 years of work experience in various roles in entrepreneurship, higher education, and trust account management. Lisa is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. Lisa earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Rollins College and a masters of arts degree from Wake Forest. She is a technology and social media enthusiast and has presented on social media topics for Intern Bridge and the North Carolina Career Development Association. Outside work, Lisa enjoys reading, blogging, and spending time with her family, standard poodle, and her horse. She is an equestrian who is training in the discipline of dressage.




Shannon Smedstad, Employment Brand Director, Global Communications & Engagement Team, CEB
Twitter: @shannonsmedstad
Blogs from Shannon Smedstad.

Shannon Smedstad is the Employment Brand Director, Global Communications & Engagement Team at the Corporate Executive Board Co. (CEB). She has more than 15 years of industry experience, including campus, corporate, and agency recruiting, developing social and brand marketing strategies to engage job seekers, managing a 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.


katie smith at duke universityKatie Smith, assistant director, Career Center, Duke University

Twitter: @ksmith258


Katie is a Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University in the educational research and policy analysis in higher education program, where she is conducting research on career decisions and women in STEM. Katie also works as a graduate research assistant in the NCSU Office of Institutional Research and Planning. Prior to returning as a full-time student, Katie worked for three years as an assistant director in the Duke University Career Center, working primarily with undergraduate students in the STEM fields, and spent one year as a career advising fellow at Elon University. Katie is originally from western New York and earned an M.S. in higher education at the University of Rochester and received her B.A. from SUNY Geneseo.

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 Smith
Kial 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 Steenrod

Sarah 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. She earned a master of education degree in college student pPersonnel from Ohio University and previously worked in career services at Ohio University and in human resources at Neiman Marcus.

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.

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
LinkedIn url –

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.

lisa tandanLisa C. Tandan, Director of Career Development and Assessment, Hofstra University
Twitter: @lisatandan

Lisa loves building relationships, outcomes & assessment, and purposeful innovation. She has worked with students and employers from North Carolina to New York, at all levels of higher education, including a community college, a large public university, and small and mid-size private colleges. Lisa is Director of Career Development and Assessment at Hofstra University, with a BA from Wake Forest University and an M.Ed from The College of William & Mary, and a National Certified Counselor.

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Tiffany Waddell Tate, Assistant Director for Career Development, Davidson College
Personal blog:
LinkedIn: Twitter: @tiffanyiwaddell

Tiffany 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 is passionate about helping others develop themselves professionally while adding value to organizations and the world. Waddell received both her B.A. and M.A. from Wake Forest University.


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.


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.

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Iyad Uakoub, MS, BEng, Manager of Branding & Digital Communities/User Experience
BEAM, Stanford Career Education, Stanford University
Twitter: @iyadsy

Iyad’s mission is to craft remarkable experiences for Stanford students throughout their journey to meaningful work. He has more than 13 years of experience with the U.N., private, public, and non-profit sectors. Before Stanford, he led the Operations & Communications team at Purdue University’s Center for Career Opportunities, co-founded and consulted career and entrepreneurship centers and hosted a live TV show on career skills. Iyad is a mentor through NACE, Top 10 Under 40 – Lafayette Commerce, Fulbright Scholar, and State Department’s Alum. He served on the board of SHRM-Lafayette and International Center. Iyad has a M.S. in human resources and organizational behavior from Purdue and a B.Eng. in Computer Systems from Damascus University. He is a multilingual trainer/interpreter, Certified HR Professional (PHR, SHRM-CP), and Certified Project Manager. He enjoys reading, learning/teaching languages, playing soccer, and martial arts, collecting resources, and doing unplanned events with his wife and daughter.

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 senior counselor for students from all six Pace schools of thought. 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.

Shawn VanDerziel photo 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.

Kayla Villwock_Kayla Villwock, Manager of University Outreach and Recruitment at SAS
Twitter: @KaylaRenee8

Kayla Villwock is the Manager of University Outreach and Recruitment at SAS. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources and a minor in French from North Carolina State University. Kayla has spent six years in the university recruiting field both in Research Triangle Park, N.C. and the San Francisco Bay  area.  She has held various roles from program management to recruitment. Her most recent endeavor has been building a university recruiting team from the ground up at SAS. Kayla is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers where she has served as a member of multiple committees, participated in the Leadership Advancement Program, and contributes to the NACE blog. When she isn’t focusing on student recruitment, she can be found biking, watching Wolfpack and Cleveland sports, and spending time with her Shichon puppy, Ernie.


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

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 ten 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.

Grace WhitingGrace Whiting, Career Adviser – Office of Career Development
Roosevelt University, Chicago IL

Grace joined Roosevelt University in April 2015 and enjoys working with undergraduates, graduates, and alums on refining their job-search skills and preparing them to transition to a career. She teaches career readiness courses and leads workshops on resumes, interviewing, and job-search strategy. Her goal and passion is “to prepare our students and alums to transition into—or improve—their careers by providing tools, resources, motivation, and advice so they are equipped to succeed in their job search.”

Grace earned her bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.B.A. with a human resources concentration, from Dominican University. Her background includes working for a search firm, followed by a satisfying career in human resources working for a Fortune 500 company where she was responsible for recruitment, college relations, employee relations, and HR generalist tasks. She left the corporate world and moved on to work in higher education at Dominican University Brennan School of Business, with stints in admissions, internships and in the last eight years, in career development.


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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.

Evangeline “Eva” Kubu Associate Director, Office of Career Services, Princeton University

Twitter: @eva_kubu LinkedIn:

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.

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

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

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.










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