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
Associate V.P., Enrollment and Student Advancement; Executive Director, Career Advancement; Associate Dean of the College
Rachael Ward
Deputy Director, Career Advancement and Director, Student Services
Cristina Rodriguez
Deputy Director, Career Advancement and Director, Odyssey & Special Initiatives
Sara Bosworth
Deputy Director, Career Advancement and Director, External Relations & Development
Trae Berndt
Assistant Director, Career Advancement

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
Senior Associate Director, Employer Relations and Development
Industry Focus:
Undergraduate Recruiting, Jeff Metcalf Internship Program
Allana Tachauer
Associate Director, Employer Relations & Development
Industry Focus:
Consulting, Corporate, Digital Media
Madina Gozieva
Senior Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Development, ESA Business Administration
Industry Focus:
Handshake Job Board
Katherine Nopar
Senior Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Development
Industry Focus:
Entrepreneurship, Journalism/Arts/Media, Museums
Bethany Pacheco
Senior Assistant Director, Odyssey Career Program and Employer Relations & Development
Industry Focus:
Education, Odyssey Career Program and Grants, Summer on the Cuyahoga Program
Derek Price
Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Development
Industry Focus:
Financial Services
Hannah Rueger
Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Development
Industry Focus:
STEM
Trae Berndt
Assistant Director, Career Advancement
Industry Focus:
Law
Jeff Jackson
Assistant Director, Public Policy Leaders Program
Industry Focus:
Government, Nonprofits, Public Policy
Patrick Phillips
Associate Director, Trott Business Program
Industry Focus:
Corporate Sponsorship, John W. Rogers Jr. Internship Program in Finance
Kiah Williamson
Assistant Director, Student Employment
Industry Focus:
On-Campus Positions
Ken Leng
Student Internship Coordinator
Industry Focus:
Employer Event Support
Beau Butts
Associate Director, Veteran Services
Industry Focus:
Veteran Employment
Chiara Montanari
Associate Director, External Relations
Industry Focus:
Employers Outside of the United States
Andrianna Kurzenberger
Senior Assistant Director, External Relations
Industry Focus:
Kimpton Fellows Program
Eugene Chan
Assistant Director, External Relations
Industry Focus:
Employers Outside of the United States
David Lerner
Assistant Director, UChicago Careers in STEM
Industry Focus:
National Laboratories
Edgar Roman
Assistant Director, External Relations
Industry Focus:
Micro-Internships

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.

Chiara Montanari
Associate Director, External Relations
Ruthie Robinson
Associate Director, External Relations
Andrianna Kurzenberger
Senior Assistant Director, External Relations
Dan Moore
Associate Director, External Relations & Strategic Writing
Erwin Paderanga
Senior Assistant Director, External Relations
Edgar Roman
Assistant Director, External Relations
Eugene Chan
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.

Lauren Faucette
Senior Associate Director, Student Preparation
Melissa Smith
Associate Director, Student Preparation
Candace Mui
Associate Director, Student Preparation
James Jackson
Director, Data Analyst and Systems Integration
Beau Butts
Associate Director, Veteran Services
Nelida Garcia
Senior Assistant Director, Student Preparation; Deputy Director, Odyssey Career Program
Tawana Banks
Assistant Director, Student Preparation
Alison DeVries
Assistant Director, Student Preparation
Kiah Williamson
Assistant Director, Student Employment
Ken Leng
Student Internship Coordinator

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
Melissa Leffin
Senior Associate Director, Business Programs
Vishal Jain
Senior Assistant Director, Financial Markets Program
Patrick Phillips
Associate Director, Trott Business Program
Hemali Bhandiwad
Associate Director, Business Programs
Ayo Falusi
Assistant Director, Business Career Services
Peter Tavlin
Assistant Director, Business Programs

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.

Scott Metcalf
Senior Associate Program Director and 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
Senior Associate Director, UChicago Careers in Health Professions, Health Professions Adviser
Danielle Reynolds
Senior 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.

Bill Chamberlain, J.D.
Program Director, UChicago Careers in Law
Claudia Macias-Retson, J.D.
Senior Assistant Director, UChicago Careers in Law; Deputy Director, Public Policy Leaders Program

UCIPPS

Fried Public Policy and Service Program

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 Fried Public Policy and Service Program. The program offers one-on-one advising to help prepare students for careers in government, politics and non-profits.

Meg Sieberg
Program Director, Fried Public Policy and Service Program
Jeff Jackson
Assistant Director, Public Policy Leaders Program
De'Azia Baldwin
Assistant Director, Fried Public Policy and Service Program

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
David Lerner
Assistant Director, UChicago Careers in STEM
Sophia Vojta
Assistant Director, UChicago Careers in STEM