NACE Blog Team

Ana Clara Blesso

Ana Clara Blesso, Assistant Director for Experiential Learning, University of Connecticut - Center for Career Development
Twitter: @anaclarablesso

Ana Clara Blesso serves as assistant director for experiential learning at the University of Connecticut’s Center for Career Development. Ana Clara has a B.S. in social sciences from Assumption College and a M.A. in counseling from Wake Forest University. Ana Clara is a trained AAUW salary negation facilitator, and, as a first-generation college graduate and immigrant, is passionate about supporting women and underrepresented groups in their career development. More information about Ana Clara can be found here or on Twitter: @anaclarablesso.

Tom Borgerding

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

Tom has been starting and running companies since the mid-1990’s. He founded Campus Media  in 2002 to help companies develop strong and effective marketing plans targeting 18-24-year-olds that have a direct effect on their bottom line. He also developed and leads Mytasca, which helps university recruiters identify the right schools to recruit candidates and then connects them to the career centers, diversity, disability, LGBT, and veterans’ affairs departments. 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.

Susan Brennan

Susan Brennan, Associate Vice President of University Career Services at Bentley University

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, Stanford 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 Brown

Kara 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.

Emily Carpenter

Emily Carpenter, Executive Director of the Center for Life’s Work at Nazareth College

Emily Carpenter is the executive director of the Center for Life’s Work at Nazareth College. The Center for Life’s Work launched in August 2016 and combines the previously separate career services office, the internship program, and the Center for Civic Engagement. Prior to this role, she was the director of Nazareth’s college-wide internship program and an assistant professor in the School of Management. Before joining Nazareth in January 2012, Emily was the Director of Business and Finance Programs and Senior Associate Director in the Career and Internship Center at the University of Rochester. Outside of work, she is a mom of two boys and enjoys singing loudly in cars, going on new adventures, and eating outside when the Rochester weather cooperates.

Sharon Belden Castonguay

Sharon Belden Castonguay, Director of the Gorden Career Center, Wesleyan University

Sharon Belden Castonguay, Ed.D., is an adult developmental psychologist and the director of Wesleyan University’s Gordon Career Center in Middletown, CT. She is the producer and host of the podcast “Careers by Design: The Interviews.” She also serves on the executive board of the Liberal Arts Career Network and on the NACE Ethical Professional Practice Committee. She has 20 years of experience in the field, previously serving as the director of the Graduate Career Management Center at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business (CUNY), an assistant director for Ph.D. career advising at Harvard, and an assistant director of graduate career services at the Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, where she also taught a course in career development for M.B.A. students. She received her doctorate in human development and psychology from Harvard, where her research focused on how businesspeople make career decisions. She also holds an M.A. in education from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in government from Smith College.

Michael Cichowicz

Michael Cichowicz, Employer Relations Specialist and career counselor, University of Texas at Tyler

Michael Cichowicz is the employer relations specialist and career counselor in career services at the University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler) where he oversees day-to-day management of on-campus recruitment programs, provides career counseling, and fosters employer relationships. In addition, he is the career services liaison collaborating with the College of Business & Technology, as well as the College of Engineering tasked to streamline employer and student engagement. His advocating for career development has led to an increase in partnerships with the community, employers, and internal stakeholders.

Prior to joining UT Tyler, he worked at Norwalk Community College in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness as a database assistant. He supported the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness in the strategic planning process and program assessment to enhance the college’s mission to promote student success. In addition, he was a Student Success Coach, where he mentored a cohort of first-year students under the Start-2-Finish Program to accomplish their academic, personal, and career goals. He was also a co-adviser to the National Society of Leadership at NCC. He firmly believes that by continuing to encourage diverse members of our profession and within the community to get involved and make a difference, establishing a focus on college career-readiness, marketable skills, and career resources that are inclusive for all stakeholders.

Kira Dalton

Kira Dalton, Associate Director of Undergraduate Career Services, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

A focused, driven, quirky, and adventurous spirit, Kira Dalton’s career has spanned a wide range of job functions within the entertainment and higher education worlds. Prior to joining the USC Marshall School of Business in September 2016 as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Career Services, Kira served as a campus recruiter with the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA, hiring undergraduate and M.B.A.-level interns for the highly competitive professional internships program. During her time at Disney, she focused on securing talent for the marketing, distribution, digital sales, strategic planning, legal, and production divisions of the Walt Disney Studios, including Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in San Francisco. Previous posts include: Pepperdine University (Industry Specialist in Media and Entertainment), BluFable (corporate media production), Foley Marra Casting (tv/commercial casting), and DreamWorks Animation (Production and C level executive support). She has worked as a private career coach for entry-level to executive-level clients since 2012. Kira graduated with honors from Pepperdine University in 2004 with a B.A. in theatre and television production.

In her spare time, Kira enjoys: perfecting shots of delicious foods on Instagram, creative writing, and practicing her yoga headstand. She loves Tillamook carmel pecan ice cream, live theater, her husband Andy, and fluffy puppies.

Lee Desser

Lee Desser, Career Advisor, University of California, San Diego

Before becoming a career advisor at UC San Diego, Lee served as an academic/career adviser at both Middlebury and 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. In her spare time, Lee enjoys taking her dog on long walks and playing tennis in the California sun.

Lee Desser

Kathy 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 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.

Felicia Fleitman

Felicia Fleitman, founder of Savvy Hires

Felicia Fleitman is the founder of Savvy Hires, a work-force development and on-boarding firm that specializes in creating strategic intern and apprentice programs. She also helps companies create inclusive hiring processes for professionals on the autism spectrum. Prior to launching Savvy Hires, Felicia ran strategic internship programs in global law firms, placed c-level execs in high-growth food and beverage companies, and was the director of recruiting at NTT Data. Felicia is on the board of directors for SASI (a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of children and families affected by autism), co-chair of the Jr. Moxxie Foundation (a mentor program for women), a member of ATAP, and an adjunct professor at LIM College. She has been a guest lecturer at several professional development organizations and university classes, a panelist at NYU's education week and UPS' Women in Business Group, and a contributor to the book How to Get a Legal Job.

Marc Goldman

Marc Goldman, Executive Director, Career Center, Yeshiva University
Twitter: @MarcGoldmanNYC
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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. 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.

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 Strategies—an international consulting firm based out of New York City.

Caroline Houchins

Caroline Houchins, Acting Director of the Career Development Center, University of Louisville, KY

Caroline Houchins is currently the acting Director in the Career Development Center at the University of Louisville. She was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She received her B.S. in justice administration with a minor in communication and her M.S. in justice administration from the University of Louisville. Caroline’s experience includes six years of career development experience, along with two and a half years of recruiting experience, and five years of teaching Professional Development. She is also a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho, Sorority Inc.

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, and she recently earned her master’s degree in institutional marketing and enrollment management from Walden University. 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.

Lexie Kadlec

Lexie Kadlec, Director of Enrollments, The Intern Group

Lexie is the Director of Enrollments at The Intern Group. She values international education and feels that everyone should travel abroad at least once in their lifetime. She believes an internship abroad is the perfect combination of both work and travel. Originally from New York, Lexie now lives and works in Santiago, Chile where she has taken in the culture and the language.

Joyce Keller

Joyce Keller, Associate Director for Career Development, Northern Illinois University

Joyce Keller is the Associate Director for Career Development at Northern Illinois University Career Services, where she leads the department’s career counseling services and career education initiatives. With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Joyce has experience as a career counselor and in other student affairs roles. Joyce has helped students in community college, liberal arts, and regional university settings. Her favorite part of working in the career services field is witnessing the moments when students discover new possibilities for their lives. As a manager, she seeks to balance collaboration, innovation, and pragmatic approaches in her work. Joyce earned a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.S.Ed. in counseling, with an emphasis in student development in higher education, from Northern Illinois University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in instructional technology.

Deanna Knighton

Deanna Knighton, Career Specialist, Wake Technical Community College

In addition to working as a career specialist, Deanna is an adjunct instructor and the Career Ambassador for her local chapter of the University of Florida Alumni Association Gator Club. She is a community college alumna of Santa Fe Community College and received a master’s degree in higher education administration from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in agribusiness from the University of Florida. A native Floridian, Deanna has experience in a variety of areas in higher education, including international higher education, registration and records, and a college accounting/business office. She thoroughly enjoys empowering students to achieve their goals and is motivated by student success.

Janet R. Long

Janet R. Long Founder, Integrity Search, Career Liaison to College of Arts & Sciences, Widener University
Twitter: @IntegritySearch

After founding and leading a national talent consultancy for 20 years, Janet pursued her own career transition and recently joined Widener University’s career services team as the counselor and liaison to the College of Arts & Sciences and the Center for Social Work. A lifelong liberal arts champion, she brings an “insider” recruiter’s perspective to helping students channel their talents and passions into meaningful career opportunities. A certified Myers Briggs practitioner, Janet continues to advise senior- and mid-level professionals through her career counseling practice, In Your Own Voice, a division of Integrity Search.

Anne Chan Mandel

Anne Chan Mandel, Director of Career Services, National University

Anne Mandel joined National University in March 2015 and is the director of career services. Prior to moving to California, she held the positions as the director of career services and full-time faculty member of the School of Health & Rehabilitation Science, Indiana University Perdue University of Indianapolis. With more than 10 years of experience in career services and 14 years in the professional/career counseling field, Anne has held numerous positions in the past as associate director of career services, assistant to the dean, and adjunct faculty at Rider University. She earned her educational specialist degree and a master’s in clinical counseling from Rider and an undergraduate degree in international business from Michigan State University. She is a national board certified and licensed clinical counselor. When not at work, Anne enjoys hiking, traveling, yoga, cooking, reading, and art.

Val Matta

Val Matta, Vice President of Business Development at CareerShift
Twitter: @CareerShift

Val Matta is the Vice President of Business Development at CareerShift, a job hunting and career management solution for companies, outplacement firms, job seekers, and university career centers. She is an enthusiastic advocate of networking and believes generosity is the real currency of networking. Val has more than 10 years of experience in the employment industry and is active in many related industry organizations. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Saint Francis University and an M.B.A. from Cleveland State University.

Sarah McElroy

Sarah McElroy, Director of Career & Leadership Development, Brookdale Community College
Instagram: @lilrunnrss

Sarah McElroy currently serves as the Director of Career & Leadership Development at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey. She has worked in this position for the past four years and at Brookdale for the past eight years. She is studying toward an educational doctorate in community college/higher education leadership at Rowan University. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in counseling from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). She has more than 10 years of experience in the field of career services, served on the NACE conference planning committee for the past two years, and has presented at several conferences on best practices for career and leadership development. She has a passion for career services, leadership development and the first-year experience.

Samantha McGurgan

Samantha McGurgan, Career Counselor, California Polytechnic State University, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo

Samantha McGurgan is a career counselor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and college success adjunct at Cuesta College. She encourages students to strive for career fulfillment as they work through the process of identifying and planning their career path. She is a passionate advocate for personal development as it relates to college and career success, and challenges her students to reflect on past experiences to capture deeply meaningful connections to their life’s work. Her greatest moments of joy involve expanding the career horizons of first generation students and supporting military-connected students in their transition to civilian careers. She holds an M.A. in education, with a specialization in counseling and guidance in student affairs from Cal Poly SLO, and a B.S. in human ecology from The Ohio State 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.

Ali Mears

Jeffrey Moss, founder and CEO, Parker Dewey LLC
Twitter: @ParkerDeweyLLC

Jeffrey Moss is the founder and CEO of Parker Dewey LLC, a company focused on addressing the challenges associated with college-to-career transitions through micro-internships.

Jeffrey previously served as chief of enterprise growth at Educational Testing Service (ETS) where his efforts focused on the use of assessment to drive equity in education and employment. Jeffrey spent much of his career as a venture capital investor with Summit Partners, Sterling Partners, and Susquehanna Growth Equity, supporting technology-enabled organizations in the education, business services, and software sectors.

Jeffrey's other responsibilities have included: chairman of the board of Workstream (Nasdaq: WSTM), a software provider for human resources departments; OneGoal, a nonprofit focused on college accessibility and persistence; the Chicago American Marketing Association; and the Illinois Venture Capital Association.

Chris Motley

Chris Motley, founder and CEO of Better Weekdays and The Whether
Twitter: @ChrisBMotley

Chris Motley is founder and CEO of Better Weekdays, the first inbound recruiting platform that powers brand-driven campus hiring. Its flagship application, The Whether, matches top talent with personalized career pathways. Prior to Better Weekdays, Chris spent six years as an EVP and director at 1888 Mills, a global textile manufacturer, where he led its expansion into Ghana, Africa, and headed its apparel division. Previously, Chris spent four years at Goldman Sachs as a commodities and interest rate products trader. He is a graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in history and the Kellogg School of Management with an M.B.A., concentrating in entrepreneurship.

Yolanda Norman

Yolanda Norman, Cooperative Education Program  Manager, Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston
Twitter – @FirstGenCollege
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Yolanda Norman is the Cooperative Education Program (CO-OP) Manager in the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston. In her role, Yolanda works closely with faculty, staff, and students to ensure all UH co-op/interns take full advantage of their internship opportunities of gaining valuable work experience in preparation for their future careers. She provides specialized career counseling and support to all UH engineering students. With more than 15 years of progressive experience in higher education and K-12, Yolanda strives to share her experience as a first-generation college graduate to encourage, inspire, and support all students she comes in contact with at UH and around the world. Through social media and public speaking, she enjoys sharing advice with students and campus leaders as she develops in her role as an educator and thought leader. Yolanda earned her B.A. and two master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently pursuing a doctorate of education from the University of St. Thomas with a focus on first-generation college student success. Outside of work and school, Yolanda enjoys spending time with her husband, three kids, friends, and enjoying a little “insanity” workout every now and then.

Cynthia O’Brien

Cynthia O’Brien, Senior Director, Employer Relations, Customer Account Management, University of Maryland – College Park – Robert H. Smith School of Business

Cynthia O’Brien joined the University of Maryland’s Office of Career Services in the of 2008 and has over 20 years of experience in customer service and relations, project management, recruiting, and human resources. She works with new and established employer partners to develop strategies and initiatives to assist in their efforts to recruit students at The Robert H. Smith School of Business, UMD. As senior director, she leads the customer account management team which coordinates the day-to-day operations of on-campus recruiting activities. Cynthia works closely with key stakeholders on planning, execution, and delivery of career fairs, recruiting expos, networking events, innovative learning outcomes, and other key events. She has developed and worked on several key initiatives to enhance the employer experience including the Employer Forum, the Employer Appreciation Event, and The OCS Corporate Sponsorship Program.

Cynthia is a member of the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) and National Association of Colleges Employers (NACE) where she has served on committees and is a part of the NACE Blog Team. She also serves as an adviser for a UMD’s Celtic Grace Dance Troupe. Prior to joining the Office of Career Services, Cynthia worked both in the retail and hospitality industries. She was responsible for sales, operations, and recruiting top talent. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in human resources management. She is currently working on her master’s in human resources management. Cynthia is dance and soccer mom and she lives in Maryland with her two children.

David Ong

David 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 assumed 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.

Emily Pelkowski

Emily Pelkowski, Assistant Director of Career Services, Nazareth College
Instagram: epel8

Emily Pelkowski is Assistant Director of Career Services, which is part of Nazareth College's "Center for Life's Work." She serves as a liaison to performing and visual arts majors and is the professional liaison between Nazareth College and the Disney College Program. Emily is known for her love (borderline obsession) of all things Disney and musical theatre. Emily earned a master’s degree in college student personnel from the University of Rhode Island. She is a mom of two super cute little girls.

Melena Postolowski

Melena Postolowski

Over the course of a 7-plus year career in higher education, Melena has served in a variety of both student facing and externally facing roles, currently acting as the Director of Internships and Employer Relations at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Melena earned her B.A. in psychology and M.A. in counseling psychology and counselor education from the University of Colorado at Denver. She served as chair of the Educational Initiatives Sub-Committee for the SoACE Diversity and Inclusion Team and the chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Colleges of Central Florida Career Consortium. Melena has held multiple faculty positions teaching strategic career management, job-search strategies, and self-discovery courses. She has acted as a guest speaker on numerous occasions, including being interviewed by an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist on "Colorado State of Mind" regarding the employment outlook for new graduates. Melena has also provided presentations to FloridaACE, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, ACPA, the Hillsborough Association for Volunteer Administrators, the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. Most notably, Melena has been recognized for her diversity and inclusion work in career services and was named SoACE's 2016 "Champion of Diversity" and won FloridaACE's top-rated conference presentation in 2016 for her work on inclusivity within the concept of professional dress.

Kathleen Powell

Kathleen Powell, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs, Executive Director of Career Development, Cohen Career Center, William & Mary
Past President, 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 bachelor’s 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.

Laura Riley

Laura 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.

Ashley Ritter

Ashley Ritter, human resources recruiter, Swedish Covenant Hospital

Ashley Ritter considers herself a vocational enthusiast and is dedicated to building the kind of work place culture which empowers people to thrive. Previous to her work as an HR recruiter for Swedish Covenant Hospital, she was the assistant director of employer relations at North Park University where she worked with employers to form their recruiting strategies and students to define their professional brand and career path goals. She also brings experience in nonprofit community development and international recruitment. Ashley coaches and consults with organizations who are interested in change management, millennial retention and engagement, and equity and diversity initiatives. She resides in Chicago with her partner and two young children. The most direct way to reach Ashley is through a very good cup of coffee.

Stacey Rivers

Stacey Young Rivers, Director of Technology Skills Analysis & Development for Turner’s Global Technology & Operations Division

Stacey Young Rivers is the Director of Technology Skills Analysis & Development for Turner’s Global Technology & Operations Division. Rivers is responsible for strategic initiatives focusing on technical skills analysis including skills acquisition and development. She is the architect and director of the Global Technology Internship Program which launched in the fall of 2015 with the Georgia Institute of Technology as its first strategic partner

Rivers earned a B.S. in technology management from Clayton State University, and a master’s in management with a concentration in leadership and organizational effectiveness from Troy University. She is a certified Human Capital Strategist and Strategic Workforce Planner by the Human Capital Institute (HCI). Rivers recently added author to her resume with the book 50 Essential Tips to Getting & Keeping the ‘Right’ Job.

Diane Safer

Diane Safer, Director of Career & Professional Development, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Twitter: @saferd

Diane Safer is the Director of Career & Professional Development at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) for graduate students and post-doctoral associates in graduate programs in the biomedical sciences. Prior to AECOM, Diane served as assistant director of the Yeshiva University Career Center. Diane also worked in career services at The College of New Rochelle, where she served as an adjunct professor teaching educational psychology. Before engaging in career counseling, Diane spent more than 20 years occupied as a research and information specialist for healthcare public relations firms and pharmaceutical companies, including running her own research and information consulting business for 10 years.

Diane is active in NACE. She participates in the NACE Leadership Advancement Program (LAP) for 2017-2018 and recently researched and authored a guide, Being A Successful Mentee: A Guide for Career Services and URR Professionals, that was published in March 2017 as part of the resources for professionals on the NACE website. Diane is also actively involved in the Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officer's Association (MNYCCPOA), where she currently serves as Communications Committee chairperson and editor-in-chief of MNYCCPOA’s Pipeline newsletter.

Diane completed her B.A. in psychology at University of Wisconsin (Go, Big Red!). She earned her M.A. in experimental psychology (studying learning with pigeons and monkeys!) and her Ph.D. in experimental social psychology (studying motivation in humans) at Columbia University. Diane loves reading, hiking, finding awesome new restaurants, and laughing with her husband and three daughters.

Kelly Scott

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

Chaim Shapiro, Director of the Office for Student Success,  Touro College
Twitter: @chaimshapiro

Chaim Shapiro is the 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 of experience working with college students.

Lisa L. 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 master’s 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.

Kelli Smith

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

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. 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 her 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).

Christa Stultz

Christa Stultz, Technology Assistant, Indiana State University Career Center

Christa Stultz is a technology assistant professional at Indiana State University Career Center where she supports the office with all of their technology needs. She has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry by managing the database software GradLeaders, and leads the website team. Her expertise is in research core certification from Qualtrics, nonprofit organizations, instructional design, building teams, and supervising the student assistants in the front office of the career center. She is currently seeking her master’s in curriculum and technology at Indiana State University. She enjoys painting landscapes, traveling, and being a lifelong learner.

Lisa C. Tandan

Lisa C. Tandan, Director of the Career Center, The University of North Carolina at Asheville
Twitter: @lisatandan

Lisa loves building relationships, outcomes and 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 the Career Center at UNC Asheville. She holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University and an M.Ed. from The College of William & Mary. She is a National Certified Counselor.

Tiffany Waddell Tate

Tiffany Waddell Tate, Associate Director for Career Development, Davidson College
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 Tranen

Heather Tranen, Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Career Services
Twitter: @htranen

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 Uakoub

Iyad Uakoub, M.S., B.Eng., 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.

Andrea M. Wynne

Andrea M. Wynne, Career Development Specialist and Global Career Development Facilitator, The University of Washington – Tacoma

Andrea is a native of Meridian, Mississippi. She has lived in the Tacoma, Washington area for four years. She has been a career development specialist at The University of Washington, Tacoma campus for a year and a half and greatly enjoys working for a campus that embraces diversity and first-generation students. Andrea has worked in career development for more than six years. She is an Air Force veteran and has a background in human resources and administration. As a first-generation college graduate, Andrea is driven by the opportunity to assist others in realizing their fullest potential. She holds a B.A. in human resources and an M.A. in education with a specialization in family and community services.

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