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, Assistant Director of Career Communities, Freshmen and Sophomores, BEAM, Stanford Career Education, Standford University
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!
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 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.
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.
Jane 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 more than 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 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 Craig is the Assistant Director of Internships and Experiential Education at the Temple University Career Center. Upon joining the team in March 2015, she has focused on strengthening policies and processes around internships and facilitating a greater variety of opportunities for Temple students. Prior to joining Temple, she served as the Assistant Director of Career Communities at the University of Virginia, where she assisted in developing career communities, partnered with employer relations to strengthen the recruiting process, and advised students about professionalism in the job search. With specialties in Symplicity CSM management and LinkedIn usage, she loves finding ways to connect people with the information they need to achieve their goals.
Caroline Cunningham, Recruiting Team Lead for Enterprise Hiring at Chevron Corporation
Caroline Cunningham is the Recruiting Team Lead for Enterprise Hiring at Chevron Corporation. In her role, she manages U.S university recruiting and enterprise intern programs as well as petrotech sourcing for both university and experienced hiring. Caroline has been with Chevron since 2007 where she has worked in several similar progressive roles throughout HR Shared Services, University Affairs, and now Enterprise Hiring.
Prior to joining Chevron, Caroline worked for Johnson & Johnson in pharmaceutical manufacturing where she managed both university and experienced hiring. She has 17+ years of staffing experience and has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare, consumer distribution, and nonprofit services.
Caroline is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, where she has participated on numerous committees and is the co-chair for the 2015 Conference & Expo. She is also a founding member of the University Relations Oil and Gas Forum, on the steering committee for Chevron’s Society of Women Engineers chapter, and an active member of the Chevron Women’s Network. She has presented at several national and regional conferences and events on a variety of topics related to recruiting.
Lee Desser, career and academic adviser, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Before becoming a career and academic 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.
Kathy Douglas, Senior Associate Director Career Development Office, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Kathy is an experienced career development professional strongly committed to supporting a unique global population of dynamic graduate students interested in high-impact, solution-based environmental careers, advanced research, and thought leadership. Before moving to the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, she sourced and managed on-campus recruiting for non-academic opportunities for Yale Ph.D.s in more than 70 degree fields.
Kathy holds two M.F.A.s—one in Museum Studies from Syracuse University and one in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College—and a B.A. in Studio Art from SUNY Potsdam.
Marc has been the Executive Director of the Yeshiva University Career Center since 2007. In his role, he manages a two-campus career center providing comprehensive services to undergraduate liberal arts and business students. Prior to his position at YU, Marc was an Associate Director at New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, where he worked for 13 years. Currently, Marc is also an adjunct instructor at NYU in career, education, and life planning. Marc serves as Co-chair of the NACE 2013-2014 Honors and Awards Committee and served on numerous other NACE committees. He recently completed a 2-year appointment to the NACElink College Advisory Group and has been involved with the development of the NACElink career services management system from its earliest stages. Marc attended the NACE Management Leadership Institute, has presented and moderated at NACE Annual Conferences, and won a NACE Excellence Award in 2007 for Business Boot Camp for Liberal Arts Students. Marc completed his undergraduate work in Psychology at Cornell University and received a Master’s in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland.
Desalina (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.
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.
Irene Hillman, Manager of Career Development, College of Business, Decosimo Success Center, The University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Irene J. Hillman joined University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in October of 2013 and came to the College of Business with experience in recruiting, human resources, higher education, career management curriculum design, and career services. Her duties as Manager of Career Development include developing and running multiple programs that connect employers and emerging professionals. She works with business leaders in the region to create experiential learning, internships and other employment opportunities for individuals in business disciplines. Irene also provides advising support for students as they prepare for the job market and teaches two courses at the College of Business – Career Development Success Seminar and Business Mentoring. She describes her role as building a bridge between students and the business community by all means possible. Irene earned a B.A. in sociology from New College in Sarasota, Fla., and a M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Jessica works with Booz Allen Hamilton’s University and Veteran Recruiting team. She plans and develops all of their social media and virtual outreach engagement strategies. She’s also worked in positions with nonprofits, various companies, and the military performing public relations, writing, and media outreach roles.
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.
Janet R. Long
Founder, Integrity Search
Career Liaison to College of Arts & Sciences, Widener University
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After founding and leading a national talent consultancy for 20 years, Janet pursued her own career transition and recently joined Widener University’s career services team as the counselor and liaison to the College of Arts & Sciences and the Center for Social Work. A lifelong liberal arts champion, she brings an “insider” recruiter’s perspective to helping students channel their talents and passions into meaningful career opportunities. A certified Myers Briggs practitioner, Janet continues to advise senior- and mid-level professionals through her career counseling practice, In Your Own Voice, a division of Integrity Search.
Ali Mears, Career Services Consultant, Center for Career Opportunities, Purdue University
Ali Mears joined Purdue CCO as a career services consultant in May 2013. In addition to providing job search and career counseling, Ali leads the CCO peer consultant program, where she hires, trains, and supervises 20+ students who facilitate workshops, help peers during drop-ins, and work on special project teams. In addition to this role, she uses her creativity to develop new marketing strategies, and targets career services to students with disabilities. Prior to coming to Purdue, Ali was an intervention specialist for students with hearing impairments. She earned her master’s in college student personnel from Ohio University.
David Ong currently oversees corporate and college recruiting activities at MAXIMUS Inc. in Reston, VA. Prior to joining MAXIMUS in 2004, David managed college recruiting programs at Booz Allen Hamilton, Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank, and Capital One. He served on the NACE Board of Directors from 2011-2013 and will be assuming the role of Vice President, Employers, in July of 2014. He is a proud graduate of the University of Richmond, where he majored in business.
Jade Perry is a writer and higher education professional who has worked in the areas of multicultural student affairs and career services. She is a two-time alumnus of the Pennsylvania State University, first receiving a B.A. in integrative arts, and then, after a year of freelance writing and other creative endeavors, she went on to receive her M. Ed. in college student affairs. She works full time in college student affairs. In addition to working toward multicultural student success, she regularly contributes to a variety of online publications. Her mission is to offer information, ideas, and counter-cultural narratives that will empower readers to thrive and to lovingly and creatively challenge systems toward greater levels of inclusion! Please feel free to connect with her through her website, LinkedIn, or Twitter.
Kathleen Powell, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs, Executive Director of Career Development, Cohen Career Center, William & Mary
President, National Association of Colleges and Employers
Kathleen has more than 25 years of progressive experience in career services in higher education. She is an effective leader and creative programmer; able to create, develop, and implement programs supporting office vision and strategic planning. Kathleen has a solid understanding of career development, student development, and organizational and leadership theories.
She holds a master’s of science in student personnel services from Miami University of Ohio and a bachelors of arts degree in psychology from the University of Akron.
Her career services work included positions at Ashland College (OH), Knox College (IL), Marietta College (OH), Grinnell College (IA), and The University of Akron (OH). Immediately prior to her appointment as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Executive Director of Career Development at William and Mary, she served as the director for Career Exploration and Development at Denison University in Granville, OH. Kathleen has written chapters in several different publications and served as an academic adviser and adjunct faculty member at Marietta College teaching career planning, leadership development and communication.
Kathleen has served in a variety of leadership positions for NACE as is currently the sitting President-Elect.
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.
Kelly Scott, Campus Recruiter at 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 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.
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.
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 K. Smith, Director of University Career Services, Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, Binghamton University
Kelli Smith has 22 years of experience in higher education, most recently serving as the Director of University Career Services at Binghamton University (SUNY) in upstate New York. Prior institutions include University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Wesleyan, Georgetown University, Doane College, and Indiana University, primarily in career services and as an adjunct faculty member in leadership studies. She has served on the Directorate for an ACPA commission and the NACE First Destination Survey Task Force. She is the author of the Jossey-Bass/Wiley sourcebook, Strategic Directions for Career Services Within the University Setting. Kelli is passionate about helping college student success, the field of career services, and leadership and higher education.
Sarah Steenrod, Director, Undergraduate Career Consultation and Programs, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
Sarah Steenrod is the Director of Undergraduate Career Consultation and Programs in the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. In her role, Sarah leads a team of graduate assistant career consultants and oversees undergraduate career consultation services, coordinates the Fisher Fall Career Fair, and oversees the data collection and analysis of post-graduation outcomes and satisfaction surveys.
Sarah has been actively involved with Ohio State’s University Career Services Committee and served as Chair from 2010-2011. She also supported Ohio State’s Buck-I-Serv program through service trips to New York City and Boston, as well as a Fisher Global Business Program in Hong Kong in 2011. Sarah is the faculty adviser to the Alpha Kappa Psi Mu Chapter at OSU and was awarded the Undergraduate Program Staff Award from the Fisher College of Business in 2014.
She earned a master’s of education degree in college student personnel from Ohio University and previously worked in career services at Ohio University and in human resources at Neiman Marcus. Sarah loves to travel, cook (and eat), run, and, most importantly, spend time with her husband (Scott), two-year-old daughter (Mara), and miniature Dachshund (Beau).
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.
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.
Kayla Villwock, Manager of University Outreach and Recruitment at SAS
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.
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.
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.
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