Our Staff

Our Staff

Career Advancement Staff

Executive

Executive & Administration

Our executive team works to continually move Career Advancement forward with innovative opportunities and experiential initiatives. Our administrative team supports the work of all Career Advancement’s teams.

Meredith Daw
Assistant V.P., Enrollment and Student Advancement, Executive Director, Career Advancement
Mary Valentine-Harris
Career Coordinator
Rachael Ward
Deputy Director, Career Advancement and Director, Student Services
Cristina Rodriguez
Deputy Director, Career Advancement and Director, Odyssey & Special Initiatives

Employer Relations and Development

Employer Relations & Development

The Employer Relations & Development team (ERD) helps employers and students connect. Assisting employers in everything from posting positions and collecting resumes to coordinating on-campus interviews and recruiting events, the ERD team plays an essential role in helping UChicago students obtain substantive internships and full-time positions.

Nadia Casperson
Associate Director, Employer Relations and Development
Industry Focus:
Consulting
James Arvidson
Senior Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Development
Industry Focus:
Government and Public Policy, Non-Profits
Meghan Ashbrock
Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Development
Industry Focus:
Arts and Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, General Business, Journalism, Marketing, Museums, Public Relations, Publishing
Ryan Chapman
Career Adviser, UChicago Careers in Health Professions
Industry Focus:
Healthcare
Melinda Markert
Senior Assistant Director, Student Employment
Industry Focus:
On-Campus Opportunities
Chiara Montanari
Associate Director, External Relations
Industry Focus:
Companies Outside of the United States
Jessica Sitler
Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Development
Industry Focus:
Financial Services, Investment Banking
Chung Song
Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Development
Industry Focus:
Education, Insurance, Law, Real Estate, Retail

External Relations

External Relations

The External Relations team builds strong relationships with UChicago's network of alumni, parents, and other off-campus partners. In addition, the team manages several student programs that partner with outside volunteers such as the Alumni Board of Governors Externship Program, the International Experience Grant, the Metcalf Volunteers Program, and the Summer Action Grant.

Sara Bosworth
Director, External Relations
Dan Moore
Associate Director, External Relations & Strategic Writing
Merideth Snead
Assistant Director, Experiential Education
Clare Nowogrocki
Associate Director, External Relations
Chiara Montanari
Associate Director, External Relations
Melinda Markert
Senior Assistant Director, Student Employment
Ruthie Robinson
Assistant Director, External Relations

Student Prep

Student Preparation

The Student Preparation team works directly with students through one-on-one counseling appointments and innovative programming to support students in everything from career exploration to negotiating job offers. Career advisers assist with everything from resumes, cover letters, finding opportunities, and applications.

Candace Mui
Assistant Director, Student Preparation
Meg Sieberg
Assistant Director, Student Preparation
James Jackson
Director, Data Analyst and Systems Integration
Lauren Faucette
Senior Associate Director, Student Preparation
Melissa Smith
Assistant Director, Student Preparation
Jeannette Daly
Assistant Director, Student Preparation

UCIB

Business Programs

Career Advancement offers two selective business programs, the Trott Business Program and the Financial Markets Program, as well as the open-participation Business Career Services program. Advisers in each of these programs can help students prepare for careers in a wide range of business fields, including consulting, financial services, investment banking, and marketing.

Nancy Schaller
Director, Business Programs
Krisinda Doherty
Program Director, Trott Business Program
Scott Metcalf
Associate Director, Business Career Services
Julia Bishop
Senior Assistant Director, Trott Business Program & Financial Markets Program
David Gloria
Assistant Director, Business Career Services
Patrick Phillips
Assistant Director, Trott Business Program
Luke Mraz
Career Adviser, Business Programs
Jasmine Omeke
Assistant Director, Trott Business Program

UCIE

UCIE

Students interested in startups, venture capital, and other entrepreneurial related careers have access to one-on-one advising from professionals with extensive experience on the UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship (UCIE) team.

Jerry Huang
Senior Program Director, UChicago Careers In Entrepreneurship

UCIEP

EdPros/UCIEP

UChicago Careers in Education Professions provides specialized preparation for students interested in pursuing careers in pre K-12 teaching as well as educational administration, research, and policy. The EdPros team offers one-on-one advising to help prepare students for careers in education.

Andy Tousignant
Lewis-Sebring Program Director, UChicago Careers In Education Professions.

UCIHP

UCIHP

UChicago Careers in Health Professions (UCIHP) provides College students with resources and support to develop a customized portfolio of knowledge, skill sets, and experiences required for advanced study or employment in health and medicine. As early as their first year, pre-health students are advised on how to assess their strengths, hone their interests, and identify appropriate course work, research, internships, and clinical opportunities.

Joni Krapec
Senior Program Director, UChicago Careers in Health Professions
Cassandra Flambouras
Associate Director, UChicago Careers in Health Professions, Health Professions Adviser
Ryan Chapman
Career Adviser, UChicago Careers in Health Professions
Martha Burla
Assistant Director, UChicago Careers in Health Professions

UCIJAM

UCIJAM

As part of Career Advancement, UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media (UCIJAM) provides essential pre-professional opportunities and a focus on innovative thinking to help students launch successful careers in these fast-changing fields.

Ben Waltzer
Klingensmith Program Director, UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media

UCIL

UCIL

The UChicago Careers in Law (UCIL) program provides undergraduates and alumni interested in legal careers the knowledge they need to prepare for law school and legal professions. Through workshops, presentations, internships, mentoring and one-on-one advising, UCIL seeks to support students and alumni as they decide whether a career in law is a good fit for them.

Maria Vertuno
Program Director, UChicago Careers in Law

UCIPPS

UCIPPS

Whether they gravitate toward community or international development, education, social service, public policy, or politics, students will find a vast array of opportunities through the UChicago Careers in Public Policy and Service (UCIPPS) program. UCIPPS offers one-on-one advising to help prepare students for careers in the government, politics and non-profits.

Sylvia Atsalis
Program Director, UChicago Careers in Public Policy & Service
Alma Barragán-Corona
Assistant Director, UChicago Careers in Public Policy & Service
Charlotte Franklin
Coordinator, University of Chicago Public Interest Program
Nelida Garcia
Assistant Director, UChicago Careers in Public Policy & Service

UCISTEM

UCISTEM

UChicago Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (UCISTEM) helps students explore, prepare for, and obtain careers or professional school placement in these fields. Opportunities for mentorship, alumni networking, and one-on-one advising are readily available.

Tara Ford
Program Director, UChicago Careers In STEM
Nicole Chen
Assistant Director, UChicago Careers in STEM