Meet our contributors
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Caroline O’Shea (Assistant Director of Employer Relations, Hiatt Career Center, Brandeis University) currently co-chairs the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) Blog Committee.
Caroline builds relationships with employer and community partners to help develop opportunities for students around networking, recruiting, and leadership. She engages internal and external partners through innovative and national recognized events and programs. Caroline partners with several professional associations including MarketingEdge, Advertising Educational Foundation, The Ad Club Boston, Partnership for Public Service and more to innovate opportunities for students. Prior to coming to Brandeis, Caroline worked as an admissions counselor at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, coordinator for student and faculty communications at the Division of Continuing and Professional Studies at Brandeis University and family planning counselor at Health Care of Southeastern MA.
Lauren Labrecque-Jessen (Assistant Director of Employer Relations, Hiatt Career Center, Brandeis University) currently co-chairs the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) Blog Committee.
Lauren brings energy and enthusiasm for education to her role at the Hiatt Career Center. As an assistant director of employer relations, she uses her experience in recruitment, project management, technology and event planning in her work supporting employers as they visit the Brandeis campus and engage with students. The employer relations team earned a finalist spot for the NACE Career Services Excellence Award, recognizing their work on industry networking nights. Prior to joining the Hiatt team, Lauren worked with Peace First to support their work in youth peace education both in her role as an AmeriCorps member and later as staff.
Beverly Tarpley Lorig (Assistant Director for Career & Professional Development, Echols Scholars Program, UVA) works with Echols students in all stages of their career development. In addition to individual consultation, Beverly works with the Echols student leadership to define unique programs that complement the Echols experience.
Prior to joining the UVA Career Center in January 2016, Beverly was director of the Career Development Center at Washington and Lee University for over 15 years where she advised liberal arts and science students as well as those studying journalism and commerce. She led initiatives establishing alumni-sponsored internships, expanded programs for liberal arts students, and launched the successful Alumni in Residence series. Most recently she served as Interim Executive Director of the Center for Work and Service at Wellesley College near Boston, Massachusetts. Her experience with liberal arts colleges includes roles with Yale University (Connecticut), Augustana College (Illinois), and Agnes Scott College (Georgia).
Beverly was elected to the board of the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE), served as President of the Virginia Association of College and Employers (VACE), and participated in the external review of liberal arts career programs.
Beverly is an alumna of the University of Georgia and Georgia Southwestern University. She lives in Fairfield, Virginia, with her husband and Ozzie, a cairn terrier, who loves the country-life of skunks and groundhogs. In her spare time she bikes in the Shenandoah Valley and is looking forward to volunteering with and riding in the May 2016 New York City Five Boroughs Bike Ride.
Beth Settje, Associate Director, Center for Career Development, UConn) Beth discovered her interest in résumés as a sophomore in a Business Writing Class, though she did not find her way to the field of Career Services right away. She first completed her Bachelor’s degree from Arcadia University in Business Administration/Marketing, followed by her M.Ed. from the University of Maryland in College Student Personnel/Student Development and Counseling. Upon her graduation, she began her career in Residence Life, followed by stints in Student Activities, Academic Advising, Orientation and Admissions for a 10 year period, working at private, public, research based and community colleges.
At the University of Connecticut since 2001, Beth has concentrated her efforts at the Center for Career Development, where she earned a reputation for her extensive knowledge about Internship Policies, both on campus and throughout the United States. Currently, as Associate Director, she leads the effort for the department’s career counseling initiatives. For fun, Beth enjoys reading fiction and business leadership books, writing Amazon product reviews, watching Broadway musicals, and finding good chocolate ice cream at local creameries. She has been married for more than 20 years, has a son in college and a daughter in middle school, as well as two cats-all of whom keep her laughing and focused on the important priorities in life.
Emily Besen (Center for Career Development, Babson College) supports international students with their employment search process within or outside the U.S. and provides counsel and career education for any student interested in opportunities abroad. In collaboration with the Center for Career Development team, she is responsible for creating programming, resources, and an overall strategy designed to generate inclusive employment opportunities for Babson’s diverse population. This includes advocating on behalf of Babson’s international undergraduate students and working closely with cultural affinity clubs and organizations. Emily joined the Center for Career Development in 2016, but has served in a variety of roles at Babson including On-site Coordinator for Babson BRIC: The Cornerstone of the New Global Economy and International Student Program Coordinator in the Glavin Office of Multicultural & International Education. Emily earned a M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a B.A. in Media & Communications from Muhlenberg College.
Stefano Verdesoto serves as Assistant Director of External Relations at Hofstra
University’s Career Center. His work focuses on employer outreach, business development, and relationship management. Stefano received his Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Higher Education Administration and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication and Sociology from the University at Buffalo. Outside of higher education and career services, Stefano enjoys greasy food, good tunes, and funny people. Follow him on Twitter @gsverdesoto.
Jill Wesley is the Director of Career Services at the College at Brockport. Previously, she worked in Career Services at Harrison College and Purdue University. She holds a BA (English) from Dartmouth College, and MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a JD from Indiana University-Indianapolis.
Elizabeth Shanley has worked at Fidelity Investments within the Talent Acquisition
organization in a variety of roles for 11 years. Elizabeth graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. She now is the College Relations Manager supporting the Northeast region. In her role as a College Relations Manager, Elizabeth partners with various groups at our target schools including the Career Center Staff, Professors, Department Chairs, Deans and Student Organizations in order to brand Fidelity Investments as an Employer of Choice.
Jabril Robinson graduated from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor of Psychology, and recently completed his Masters in College Student Development & Counseling from Northeastern University. Today, he is currently a career counselor at Bottom Line, a nonprofit organization that works to transform urban communities by helping underrepresented students get into college, graduate, and go far in life with meaningful careers. Before Bottom Line, Jabril has worked with students in the areas of student involvement, residence life, and career development, developing a passion for holistic student growth. He recently attended his first EACE conference in the spring of 2015, held in Pittsburgh PA. His passions, among several others, include exploring new career development and diversity-related areas of discussion and application.
Lauren Creamer began her career in higher education on the residence life side of the house. She recently made the transition to career counseling in early 2015, but her work has always had a career development focus. She loves working with students in all capacities and especially enjoys teaching students about how to successfully market themselves. She holds a BS and a BA from the University of Rhode Island in STEM disciplines and an MS in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University. She currently works for Wentworth Institute of Technology as a Co-op and Career Advisor. In her free time she loves to read and cooks up a storm.
Pamela Arroyo currently serves as Program Director within talent acquisition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). UPMC is an $11 billion, 62,000 employee integrated health care and delivery system. As a leader on the talent acquisition team, she provides oversight for the functions of Campus Programs, Workforce Development, and Recruitment Events. She is responsible for implementing an employment brand strategy for local, regional, and national events, identification and selection of pipeline talent, linking recruitment and program strategy to successful behaviors and overarching goals, and managing internal and external partnerships.Pamela graduated from Carlow University with a bachelor’s degree in Business/Communications and later obtained a master’s degree in Professional Leadership. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Carlow University Alumni Association and Get Involved!, Inc. She is a One Young World ambassador and volunteers her time with the United Way, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, the National Aviary, and the Pittsburgh Promise.
Matthew French acquired his M.A in Lifespan & Digital Communication in 2014 from Old
Dominion University where he studied the intersections of identity, digital communication and media. He currently works as a Career Counselor and the Employer Liaison at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Matthew engages with the Marymount Manhattan Community and all their Employers through the use of social media and digital technologies. When working outside of Career Services he works as a freelance social media guru educating non-profits, the private sector, and small businesses on how social media can be used to build their brand. Connect with Matt on Twitter at @MattCareer.
Carolyn Sutphin, Radford University Career Center. Employer Relations/Events Coordinator. Masters from Radford in Educational Technology. Employed for 34 at Radford. Enjoy working on websites and other technology
Carol Crosby is Assistant Director in Career Services at Bridgewater State University (BSU) in Bridgewater, MA. Her work in higher education has spanned 20 years and she has worked in career services offices for 12 years. She has a M.S. in College Student Pers
onnel from the University of Rhode Island and has attended the HERS Institute at Wellesley College, NACE’s Management Leadership Institute, and the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program in Germany. She has been a member of BSU’s Student Affairs Assessment Committee and has participated on the program review team for accreditation for her office. She presented her office’s approach to assessment as it relates to students’ skill development at NACE’s 2015 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.
Akanksha Aga is the Assistant Director of Employer Relations for the Office of Experiential Education & Career Services at the Johnson & Wales. Akanksha has 17 years experience in the hospitality industry and higher education. She started her career with Taj Hotels in India, working in various operational areas in New Delhi and Mumbai. Akanksha earned her MBA at JWU. Before joining Employer Relations, she oversaw Experiential Education.
Adrienne Alberts (@RecruiterAde) is a committed professional with more than 15 years of experience in college and diversity recruiting and career development. Her career path has included significant roles in higher education, as a service provider to colleges and talent acquisition professionals, and as a recruiter and Human Resources leader in for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
Katie Damon Scheuer is a Career Counselor at Thomas Jefferson University where she advises undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and alumni in healthcare fields. She is a co-chair for EACE’s Professional Development Committee and an adjunct instructor for Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. Katie earned her Master’s in Higher Education from Penn GSE and Bachelor’s in Management and Psychology from Penn State.
Jaime Freedman is the Associate Director at the Endicott College Career Center in Beverly, MA. Jaime counsels undergraduates, graduate students and alumni across majors on all aspects of the job search and self-assessment processes. Previous roles include working as an academic advisor for nontraditional students at Northeastern University and serving as a career counselor for persons with disabilities at the Institute for Community Inclusion. Jaime holds a master’s degree in applied educational psychology from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Connecticut College.
Dr. Claire Klieger is a Senior Associate Director of Career Services at the University of Pennsylvania where she advises undergraduate students in arts and sciences. She is particularly interested in helping liberal arts students identify and market their transferable skills as well as making students at Penn aware of the diverse array of offerings and resources that Career Services has to offer. In this regard, Claire has presented at EACE and other conferences on using technology to more effectively connect with students and changing student perceptions of Career Centers. Claire has a bachelor’s degree in English and Anthropology from the University of Virginia (go Hoos!) and earned her doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She spent her formative years living abroad in the Middle East and North Africa and still loves to travel when she can. ________________________________________________________________________________
Anne Scholl-Fiedler has been appointed as the first Vice President for Career Services at Stevenson University. Scholl-Fiedler served as Director of the Career Services Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her professional background includes employer and alumni relations, developing collaborative partnerships between various organizations, and leading strategic development initiatives for university career centers. ________________________________________________________________________________
Andrea Frost is the Assistant Director of Experiential Education for the Office of Experiential Education & Career Services at the Johnson & Wales. Andrea brings 19 years’ experience within higher education. Prior to joining Experiential Education & Career Services she was the Associate Director at the College Planning Center of Rhode Island. Andrea has a Master’s degree from JWU. ________________________________________________________________________________
Louis Gaglini is the Associate Director of Employer Relations at the Boston College Career Center. Lou has over 20 years of leadership experience in talent acquisition, placement, staffing and employment with proven expertise in strategy, design, and delivery of programs of all sizes. He is court qualified Vocational Expert in Employability & Hireability. Lou is a former Assistant Professor of Cooperative Education within Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration. His corporate experience includes five years with the international professional services firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP, initially as Director of Recruiting in the Boston office and subsequently as National Manager of Campus Recruiting in its Worldwide Headquarters. He also served as a Senior Consultant and HR Manager with Polaroid, redesigning and launching new recruiting programs and other talent acquisition initiatives. Lou received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and a Masters in Public Administration from Northeastern University.
Alfreda S. James, PhD specializes in counseling graduate students about career options. She advises graduate students as well as undergraduates pursuing careers in public policy, government, and science. Dr. James is currently a member of the IDP Task Force and the WISE Admissions Committee. Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) provides four year scholarships to undergraduates pursing degrees in STEM disciplines. She served two terms as an evaluator for the Turner Graduate Fellowship Program. The Turner Fellowship provides financial support to underrepresented graduate students. Dr. James is also a member of the university’s HealthierU strategic planning committee, responsible for promoting wellness and health activities to over 14,000 employees.
Teresa Olsen draws from over thirteen years of experience in career services at Colby College, Dartmouth College, and Indiana University prior to joining Colgate’s senior leadership team. In addition to her position at Colgate, she serves as the executive chair of the Liberal Arts Career NetWORK, a consortium of 37 selective liberal arts colleges, and is an independent external reviewer of career centers. She was recently awarded the 2014 NACE Excellence Award for Colgate’s SophoMORE Connections initiative. Teresa holds a BA from Colby College and an MS in higher education administration from Indiana University. Her research interests include liberal arts students’ career launch, career development for student-athletes and underrepresented populations, and the assessment of career centers’ effectiveness.
Beth Settje has been working in higher education for more than 20 years, and in career development four about 14 years, with a focus on internship and co-op development since 2005. Beth earned her BS in Business Administration from Arcadia University and her M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland. Currently, Beth is the Associate Director for the Center for Career Development at The University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. One of Beth’s favorite pastimes is speaking to, and writing about, career related topics, and she regularly presents at state, regional and national conferences on these subjects.________________________________________________________________________________
Kelly Scott is a Career Advisor at Northeastern University Career Development and “blog master” for the Northeastern University Career Development blog, The Works. A self-proclaimed social media enthusiast and Gen Y, she likes experimenting with new technology to help clients define their personal online brand and enjoys reading and writing about workplace culture. Kelly graduated from Northeastern University with a BA in communication studies and a MS in college student development and counseling. Contact her via Twitter @kellydscott4 or LinkedIn. ________________________________________________________________________________
Angelique Torres Kim has been an intrapreneur in both the private and higher educa
tion sectors for more than nine years. Angelique Kim was a recruiter in the university relations space with over three years of experience recruiting interns/coops and recent college graduates. She focused on creating reports to measure ROI for the recruitment functions and program development to enhance the student experience. She then transitioned to employer relations work in higher education where the functions were new to the institutions built to enhance the career outcomes of graduates and provided oversight for building the foundation for these functions. She is now the founder of LRC Advisors where she consults with organizations and clients on program development, hiring, and career strategies. She has been newly elected to the Board as the Director of Membership Recruitment and Retention and is a blog contributor through the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) and is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and is a committee volunteer. She presented during the EACE Annual Conference in May 2013, the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE) annual conference in December 2014, the EACE annual conference in June 2015, and the InternBridge Summer Conference in August 2015. Angelique holds her MA in Organizational and Corporate Communication from Emerson College.
Tiffany Waddell is the Assistant Director for Career Development at Davidson College. She has coached hundreds of budding young professionals on how to create strategic action plans for academic and career-related goals. Affectionately known for her “tough love” approach to coaching and people development, she is an avid connector of people and ideas. Waddell received both her BA and MA from Wake Forest University. Connect with Tiffany on Twitter @tiffanyiwaddell or via email at email@example.com
Amy Weinstein is the Assistant Director/Technology Manager at Bryant University, has been assisting students with career advising for over 15 years. Amy has worked in career services offices at the University of Rhode Island and the University of San Francisco. She has also worked as a university relations recruiter for AMD Corporation. Amy has a Master of Science in Career Counseling from San Francisco State University and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. ________________________________________________________________________________
Megan Wolleben has worked at the Bucknell University Career Development Center since 2007, where she is currently an Assistant Director. She is responsible for the marketing and communications of the office, as well as manages 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 as well as co-author of the “Career Counselor’s Guide to Social Media”. Megan earned her B.A. and Master’s in Communication from Fordham University. ________________________________________________________________________________
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