Our Staff

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Our Staff

Meredith Daw
Assistant V.P., Enrollment and Student Advancement, Executive Director, Career Advancement

Meredith Daw has led Career Advancement at the University of Chicago since 2006. As the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Student Advancement and the Executive Director of Career Advancement, Meredith has spearheaded a transformation of the Career Advancement offerings, with an emphasis on earlier student interaction, more segmented and comprehensive student preparation, and more opportunities for students to explore and develop. Strongly linked to these objectives, she has developed the "UChicago Careers in" programs, a set of pre-professional programs that provide one-on-one advising, unique workshops and coursework focused on areas such as the arts, business, science, higher education, journalism, and law. She has also driven a 5x increase in the number of internship and full-time job opportunities offered to students. Meredith holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time Meredith enjoys spending time with her husband, Peter, two children, William and James, and traveling.

Elsa Anderson
PhD Student Adviser for UCISTEM

Elsa joined the Office of Career Advancement team in 2014 as a PhD student adviser for UCISTEM.  She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007 with a major in animal sciences and a minor in Spanish language.  After working with inner-city youth in restoration and environmental education programs through the Student Conservation Association, she pursued a Master’s degree at DePaul University evaluating nest site use and selection of Red-headed Woodpeckers in and around Chicago.  Her current research is evaluating habitat availability and use in vacant lots in urban areas, and examining the ecological and social implications and potentials of these spaces.  In her free time, Elsa prefers spending time outdoors with her husband and her dogs. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling.

James Arvidson
Manager, Employer Relations & Development

James joined Career Advancement in September of 2014 as a Manager with the Employer Relations & Development team. He builds and manages relationships with employers in the educational, law, hospitality, entertainment, and retail areas to help students find rewarding and transformative work experience through Metcalf internships and full-time positions. James has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Illinois State University. In his prior experience, James worked with the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago where he established employer relationships and provided career counseling for military veterans. In his spare time James enjoys reading, learning Spanish, and exploring Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.

Sara Bosworth
Associate Director, Experiential Education & Volunteer Programs

Sara joined Career Advancement in the fall of 2011.  As the Associate Director of Experiential Education, Sara coordinates the experiential learning opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. These opportunities include the Alumni Board of Governors Externship Program, the Higher Education Fellows Program, and the Career Exploration Treks.  Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, she was a Donor Relations Writer for Alumni Relations and Development, as well as a Higher Education Fellow for the Office of Campus and Student Life, where she helped write a five-year strategic plan for co-curricular life.  Sara earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Hamilton College and her Master’s Degree from the New School for Social Research in philosophy.  A Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at the University of Chicago, she is currently writing her dissertation in the philosophy of language.  In her spare time, Sara plays violin in a string quartet.

Nadia Casperson
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Development

Nadia joined Career Advancement in August 2013. As a Senior Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Development, Nadia focuses on building and growing Metcalf internships and full time opportunities for UChicago students within consulting and investment banking. Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, Nadia worked at The Cara Program as a Corporate Account Manager and Program Coordinator. Nadia started her career in higher education as an Alumni Sharing Knowledge Intern at DePaul University, where she was responsible for organizing practice interviews and job shadow experiences for students while focusing on increasing alumni volunteer engagement and enriching the student experience. Nadia earned her Bachelor of Science in Commerce at DePaul University, with a major in Management, concentration in Human Resources, and a minor in French. In her spare time, Nadia enjoys reading and traveling, exploring international cuisine and spending time with her husband, Andrew.

Ryan Chapman
Career Adviser, UChicago Careers in Health Professions

Ryan joined Career Advancement in the fall of 2014. As a Career adviser for the health professions, Ryan focuses on counseling students on career exploration, volunteer and research opportunities, and advising students on the medical school application process.  Ryan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Saint Xavier University and a Master’s in Counseling also from Saint Xavier.  Prior to joining the Career Advancement team, Ryan worked in a multi-disciplinary physical therapy clinic and also as an intern counselor at Oak Lawn Community High School.  In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with friends, playing golf, and going to the gym.

Jeannette Daly
Manager, Experiential Education

Jeannette joined Career Advancement in March of 2014.  As a Manager of Experiential Education, Jeannette supports the planning, organization and logistical components associated with the trek program with the goal of advancing the career development of both undergraduate and graduate students.  Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, Jeannette worked as an Admissions Counselor for the College where she helped prospective students navigate the admissions process and learn more about the University of Chicago culture.  Before joining the University of Chicago, Jeannette taught in a Charter School instructing English Elective and Math and English reinforcement classes.  Jeannette earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago in 2010.  In her spare time, Jeannette enjoys cooking, swimming and watching Alfred Hitchcock movies.

Sergut Dejene
Manager, Experiential Education

Sergut joined Career Advancement in the summer of 2014. As the Manager of Experiential Education, Sergut supports the planning, administration, and data tracking of the trek and externship programs. Prior to joining the Career Advancement team, Sergutspent nearly five years at the American Red Cross as the lead functional expert for the third largest Red Cross chapter in the US, developing and implementing disaster preparedness programs for youth and young adults in educational institutions, while also managing the Greater Chicago Region's internship program. Sergut continues to volunteer with the National Corporate Diversity Office at the American Red Cross, helping promote diversity throughout the organization. Prior to joining Career Advancement, Sergut received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.Outside of work, Sergut is the founder and president of the ECAC Auxiliary Board, a group of young professionals that support the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago's (ECAC) overall mission of empowering refugees and immigrants, and promoting awareness of Ethiopian culture throughout the Chicago area.

Krisinda Doherty
Senior Assistant Director, Consulting, UChicago Careers in Business

Krisinda joined Career Advancement in the summer of 2013. As Senior Assistant Director of Consulting for UChicago Careers in Business (UCIB), Krisinda focuses on planning and conducting workshops, advising students on powerful resume writing and successful behavioral and case style interviewing, as well as coordinating treks and site visits. Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, Krisinda worked at HealthScape Advisors, LLC as a Senior Consultant advising healthcare organizations on many types of business challenges. Krisinda started her career at Navigant Consulting, Inc. as a Consultant working specifically with commercial healthcare payers. Krisinda earned her Bachelor's degree in Finance and her Bachelor's degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and is a licensed CPA in the state of Illinois. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking and running.

Lauren Faucette
Assistant Director, Student Preparation

Lauren joined Career Advancement in May of 2014 as an Assistant Director on the Undergraduate Student Preparation team. Lauren advises undergraduate students on career planning, including career exploration, internship and job search advising, and interview skills. Lauren also helps to plan and coordinate career-related programming and events such as Taking the Next Step and Steps to Success. Prior to joining the Career Advancement team, Lauren worked as a Career Counseling Graduate Intern at Northwestern University Career Services. Lauren started her career in the recruiting field, and was an Executive Recruiter at Burtch Works Executive Recruiting, where she placed candidates into marketing analytics positions at a wide variety of companies and industries. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree from High Point University in Communications, and is in the process of completing her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Northwestern University. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, comedy shows, and cooking.l

Nora Feely
Program Director of UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service

Nora Feely is the Program Director of UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service (UCIPSS), which focuses on all aspects of public service, including non-profits, government, consulting, and direct service work. The UCIPSS team offers students overall career counseling, resume and cover letter assistance, events, and selective tracks. Nora joined Career Advancement in August 2014 following her work as Constituencies Program Director and Field Director at the National Immigration Forum in Washington, DC, where she worked on immigration reform. In addition to her advocacy work, Nora’s experience includes electoral campaigns, both on local and national races in her hometown of St. Louis, MO as well as President Obama's campaign in 2008. Nora holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in American Government from Clark University in Worcester, MA. 

Cassandra Flambouras
Associate Director, UChicago Careers in Health Professions, Health Professions Adviser

Cassandra Flambouras joined Career Advancement in the fall of 2012.  As the Assistant Director for Constituent Relations for UCIHP, Cassie focuses on developing, implementing and overseeing UCIHP relationships with key constituencies, including professional schools, campus partners, student organizations and prospective students. Cassie also advises students and alumni interested in pursuing careers in the health professions. Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, Cassie worked in the College as a Health Professions Adviser for Chicago Careers in Health Professions.  Cassie started her career in the health professions as Director of Recruitment for the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, where she planned and implemented recruitment and admissions efforts, and where she first encountered UChicago pre-professional students. Cassie also has experience in the government and non-profit arenas. Cassie earned her Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University, Chicago, and her Master’s degree from Georgetown University.  In her spare time Cassie travels, and takes advantage of all that Chicago offers, including opera, theater, and art. 

Tara Ford
Program Director, UChicago Careers In STEM

Tara is the Program Director of UChicago Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In this capacity, Tara oversees all aspects of programming and development. The goal of UCISTEM is to prepare students and alumni to successfully pursue professional careers and graduate study in STEM fields. UCISTEM offers a variety of resources including personalized advising appointments, graduate school fairs, and professional development workshops. In collaboration with employer partners and the University’s affiliated research institutes, UCISTEM also provides experiential learning opportunities such as treks, internships, research opportunities, and student competitions. Tara joined Career Advancement in the Fall of 2013 as a Career Adviser on the Undergraduate Student Preparation team.  Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, Tara started her career as a Pediatric Surveillance and Evaluation Coordinator at the Center for Child Health and Policy at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Tara earned her Bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University in Biology and her Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Bioethics.

Kelsey Hornbach
Events Marketing Manager, Strategic Programming and Outreach

Kelsey joined Career Advancement in January of 2014. As an Events Marketing Manager on the Strategic Programming and Outreach team, Kelsey oversees the logistics of undergraduate programming, as well as graphic design of Career Advancement's marketing materials, and coordination of social media.  Kelsey earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Macalester College. Before starting at the University of Chicago, Kelsey worked as an Events Manager at the Alliance to Save Energy, organizing events to drive energy efficiency forward. Prior to her work at the Alliance, Kelsey worked as a scheduler to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY). In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys running, traveling, and exploring new restaurants.

Patrick Houlihan
Assistant Director, Student Preparation

Patrick Houlihan joined Career Advancement in Spring 2011. As the Assistant Director for Student Preparation, Patrick serves as the Liaison to the Social Sciences Division, working with graduate students, alumni, administrators, and faculty as well as undergraduates interested in graduate school. For all these groups, Patrick facilitates appointments and programs regarding a broad spectrum of career possibilities. Patrick received his PhD in History from the University of Chicago in 2011 and his BA in History from the Pennsylvania State University (University Park) in 2002. Patrick researched his dissertation as a Fulbright Fellow in Austria and Germany and has traveled extensively in Europe. In addition to work in local government and at the Journal of Modern History, Patrick has taught at the University of Chicago in the Core and in the History Department. Patrick also currently serves as a Resident Head in Coulter House, Burton-Judson Hall. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys swimming, bicycling, and classical music.

Jerry Huang
Senior Program Director, UChicago Careers In Entrepreneurship

Jerry is Senior Program Director, with oversight responsibility for UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship and UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts and Media. Jerry joined Career Advancement in 2012 as the inaugural Director for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and has a focus on exposing students to an entrepreneurial way of thinking. Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, Jerry worked at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as a Program Officer working on Program-Related Investments.  Jerry also worked at the Fortune Venture Investment Group in Silicon Valley.  He also has experience in consulting, having worked at Ernst & Young and at an e-commerce consulting startup.  Jerry earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his Masters of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago. Jerry also received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In his spare time Jerry coaches the Wild Turkeys – a championship girls’ soccer team.

James Jackson
Director, Data Analyst and Systems Integration

James joined Career Advancement in the winter of 2012. As the Assistant Director, Data Analyst and Systems Integration, James oversees the planning and execution of quarterly reports, analysis of various surveys including Exit, Follow-up and DSERS, and the Career Advancement SharePoint site. James also manages the integration of the Career Advancement Information System and is currently creating a Human Relations database. Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, James worked in the for-profit sector of higher education as a leader in online systems. James was the architect of the online startup at Harrison College where he grew the online campus from 27 initial students and 6 staff to servicing over 3000 students and managing over 250 staff members. James started his career as an Information Technology Specialist in the US Navy and expanded his career to include teaching and education as an independent contractor and owner of his own company in the Republic of Panama after his time in the Navy. James earned his Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, in Environmental Health, achieved his Masters of Education (M.Ed.) degree from the University of Louisville and is currently working on his doctorate (PhD) in Higher Education Administration from Capella University. In his spare time, James is passionate about golf, tennis, swimming and enjoys time outdoors with his family.

Michael Johnson
Assistant Director, UChicago Careers In Business

Michael began working at Career Advancement in the summer of 2011 and as an Assistant Director for the UChicago Careers in Business (UCIB) program, helps advise students interested in investment banking, sales and trading, hedge fund and asset management career paths.  Michael is responsible for creating and planning workshops, coordinating financial services treks, and organizing site visits to employers.

Prior to joining UCIB, Michael worked on Career Advancement’s Employer Relations & Development team and was responsible for coordinating recruiting activities for financial services employers interested in hiring full-time and Metcalf internship candidates.  Michael began his career in higher education in 2003 and has over 10 years of experience advising students on resume writing, cover letter development and practice interviewing as well as conducting employer outreach.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys the Green City Market, cooking Italian food and is mildly addicted to Netflix. 

Yaniv Kleinman
Program Manager, Entrepreneurship and Journalism, Arts & Media

Yaniv Kleinman joined Career Advancement as Program Manager for UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship and UChicago Career in Journalism, Arts and Media in September 2014. In this role he counsels students and alumni in selecting potential career options, developing strategies to explore these options, and identifying resources useful in successfully implementing the job search or application process. He also assists in the planning, organization, and implementation of all UCIJAM, UCIE and Career Advancement efforts, including general programming, policy-setting, and staffing all-hands-on-deck events.

Yaniv earned his A.M. in International Relations from the University of Chicago and his A.B. in Political Science and Philosophy from Florida International University, where he graduated Summa cum Laude and was selected to the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. Before joining Career Advancement, Yaniv worked at the University of Chicago Pozen Family Center for Human Rights and the University Community Service Center. His past work with non-profit organizations includes the National YoungArts Foundation, Spark Chicago, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s rights, and Democracy Now in New York City. In his spare time, he enjoys reading history and literature, web design and web development, and visiting new places and neighborhoods in Chicago. He grew up in Bogota, Colombia. 

Chris Kocel
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Development

Chris Kocel joined Career Advancement in Summer 2013. As the Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Development, Chris focuses on managing the employer and student side of Chicago Career Connection, as well as a portfolio of employers who recruit on campus including UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship, General Business, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Summer on the Cuyahoga Program, and Transportation & Logistics. Prior to joining Career Advancement, Chris was a part of the Admissions team where he assisted with office operations and led the successful reorganization of the student operations assistants team. Chris has also assisted with numerous HR duties as the office continued the search for an HR manager. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Chris worked as an athletic recruiting coordinator in Chicago. Chris earned his BBA in Sport Management and in Marketing from Loyola University Chicago. In his spare time Chris is a sport and music enthusiast.

Joni Krapec
Senior Program Director, UChicago Careers in Health Professions

Joni originally joined Career Advancement in the fall of 2010 as the Senior Associate Director for Student Preparation. In the fall of 2012, Joni assumed the position of Program Director for UChicago Careers in Health Professions. Joni focuses on assisting students and alumni with an interest in the health professions with career exploration, opportunities to engage within the medical/health field, and their application to graduate/professional school and/or a full-time job or internship. Joni also oversees the overall strategy and priorities of the office. Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, Joni worked at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine as the Director of Admissions and Outreach. Joni started her career at Yale University where she was the Assistant Director for Health Professions Advising. Joni also has experience in undergraduate admissions and working in a factory assembling cell phones to earn money for graduate school. Joni earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Master’s of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. In her spare time, Joni cheers on the Michigan Wolverines, the Bears, Blackhawks and Cubs, and spends time with her husband and two daughters. 

Jessica Matula
Counseling Intern, Student Preparation

Jessica Matula joined Career Advancement in the fall of 2014. As a Counseling Intern on the Student Preparation team, Jessica advises undergraduate students on career preparation and exploration, internship and job search strategies, and interview skills. Jessica currently works in the Advertising and Digital Marketing department at DePaul University where she assists with advertising initiatives targeted towards prospective graduate students. This academic year, Jessica is also serving as a Staff Professional for DePaul University’s first-year program, Discover Chicago. Jessica earned her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin in Marketing and Public Relations, and is in the process of completing her Master’s degree in Counseling with a focus on College Student Development from DePaul University. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys traveling, exploring Chicago, running, volunteering, and crafting.

Jesse Meyer
Director, UChicago Careers In Business: Financial Markets

Jesse joined Career Advancement in August of 2014 and serves as the Director of UChicago Careers in Business: Financial Markets..  In this role, he advises students within the UCIB:FM program as well as in the Business Career Services (BCS) program.  Prior to joining the Career Advancement Team, Jesse held positions in the University of Iowa and University of Kansas athletic departments.  Most recently, he helped develop and implement student-athlete leadership programming for Kansas Athletics, Inc.  He started his career working for Moray Capital Management as an assistant options trader.  Jesse earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago, where he was also a member of the basketball team.  Additionally, he earned his Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Iowa and is currently pursuing a PhD in Sport Management from the University of Kansas.  In his spare time, Jesse enjoys reading and working out as well as taking his daughters, Lucy and Ginny, to the park.  His wife, Erin, is also a University of Chicago alumnus and a former member of the volleyball team.  

Dan Moore
Assistant Director, Experiential Education

Dan joined Career Advancement in the summer of 2013. As an Assistant Director of Experiential Education, Dan provides project support for some of the office's career development programs, including the Alumni Board of Governors Externship Program,  and the Higher Education Fellows Program. Before joining Career Advancement full-time, Dan worked in the office as a communications intern. He has also served as an editorial assistant for Classical Philology, a journal that publishes research articles and book reviews on classical antiquity. Dan completed his BA here at the University of Chicago, where he majored in English and Classical Studies. In his spare time, Dan enjoys the performing arts and learning new languages.

Candace Mui
Program Manager, UChicago Careers in Education Professions

Candace joined Career Advancement in the summer of 2014. As the Program Manager for UChicago Careers in Education Professions, she provides counseling services on career exploration, volunteer/internship/research opportunities, and the application process to graduate/professional school or a full-time job. She also provides programmatic design and implementation for UCI Education Professions.

Prior to joining Career Advancement, Candace has worked in a non-profit at the American Bar Association and at DePaul University’s Center for Students with Disabilities and Office of Graduate Admission for the College of Education. At DePaul, Candace counseled students with different levels of ability, as well as prospective students interested in pursuing meaningful careers as urban, multicultural, professional educators. Candace earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and her Master of Education degree from DePaul University. In her spare time, Candace enjoys watching NBA basketball, exploring new restaurants, and drinking coffee while reading a good book.

Jennifer Oh
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Development

Jennifer joined Career Advancement in the summer of 2013 as a Counseling and Programming Intern on the Student Preparation team. As an Assistant Director on the Employer Relations and Development team, she connects students to transformative and experiential education opportunities in various industries, such as healthcare, science, and technology. She is dedicated to helping college students empower themselves, and grow professionally and academically. In the past, she has worked as a Program Consultant at a non-profit public health organization called Asian Health Coalition. She has also worked as a Program Director at a K-12 learning center, and completed a research internship at a public health agency in Romania. Jennifer earned a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology with a professional focus in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, and photography. She also loves exploring various restaurants and music venues in Chicago.

Melissa Paddock
Assistant Director, Professional Opportunities, UChicago Careers in Health Professions, Health Professions Adviser

Melissa joined Career Advancement in the summer of 2011. As the Assistant Director of Professional Opportunities, Melissa provides guidance for students and alumni interested in pursuing careers or professional school within the health professions. Melissa oversees the Clinical Excellence track within UChicago Careers in Health Professions in partnership with the Bucksbaum Institute and UChicago Medicine. She also manages the current health related Metcalf opportunities and works with Employer Development to identify and create additional opportunities for students. Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, Melissa worked at A.T. Still University as an Admissions Counselor. She counseled students on careers in medicine, dentistry, physician’s assistant studies, physical and occupational therapy, audiology, athletic training, as well as biomedical research and public health. She has worked closely with faculty and administrators to develop admissions criteria, and has served on graduate admissions committees. Melissa earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Truman State University, in Sociology and Anthropology and her Master’s Degree in Health Education from A.T. Still University. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys hiking and landscape photography. 

Lynn Page
Senior Assistant Director, Student Preparation

Lynn joined Career Advancement in the fall of 2009. As an Assistant Director on the Student Preparation team, Lynn primarily works with undergraduate students on career planning including career exploration and preparation, internship and job application materials and interview skills. Lynn also oversees the practice interview and counseling internship programs. Prior to joining the Career Advancement Staff, Lynn worked as the Director of Law Career Services at University of Miami School of Law and Manager of College Relations for a Fortune 500 company. Early on in her career Lynn was a Senior Account Manager for Lexis/Nexis and also managed all the attorney hiring and training at two of Chicago’s largest law firms.  Lynn earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. In her spare time Lynn enjoys spending time with her daughter, volunteering on the Board of the 57th Street Art Fair, going to movies and travelling. 

Seth Pawlow
Events Manager, Strategic Programming & Outreach

Seth joined Career Advancement in the Fall of 2013. As an Events Manager on the Strategic Programming and Outreach team, Seth oversees the logistics of the "UChicago Careers In" programs including: Careers in Business, Education Professions, Entrepreneurship, Health Professions, Journalism, Arts, and Media, Law, Public and Social Service, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Seth also assists with logistics of the employer information sessions on campus and within Career Advancement. Seth earned his Bachelors of Science in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before starting at the University of Chicago, Seth worked as an Event Coordinator at Chicago Special Events Management overseeing the operations for street festivals, running events, and trade shows in the city. In his spare time, Seth enjoys watching movies, swimming, and spending time outdoors.

Kimberly Picciola
Associate Director, UChicago Careers in Business

As Associate Director, UChicago Careers in Business Kim oversees the UChicago Careers in Business: Financial Markets program and leverages her experience in the financial services industry to provide strategic direction to the UCIB team in programming, employer relations, and student advising activities.   Prior to joining UChicago, Kim spent 6 years in Equity Research at Morningstar where she served as a Senior Equity Analyst responsible for the firm’s coverage of the retail sector.  Kim began her career in business consulting at Arthur Andersen and also worked at a software development company in a project management role.  She earned her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University. 

Bethany Prampero
Senior Assistant Director, Strategic Programming and Outreach

Bethany joined the Career Advancement team in September of 2014 as the Senior Assistant Director of Strategic Programming and Outreach. In this role, she oversees the Strategic Planning and Outreach team and supervises all Career Advancement marketing and event logistics. Bethany is responsible for creating a communications and programming strategy to increase engagement with key constituencies including students, campus partners, alumni, and family members. Bethany also helps to identify creative ways to leverage strategic programming, marketing, and social media outlets and she works closely with Alumni Relations & Development to increase both engagement and support for Career Advancement from alumni, family members, and donors.

Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, Bethany served as a Manager in Corporate Marketing for the PGA TOUR, managing relationships with thirteen Official Marketing Partners.  Previously she served as the Assistant Director of Development for Flagler College and was responsible for planning and developing strategic fundraising campaigns, executing high-profile donor events, and developing marketing materials. Bethany started her career managing tenant and vendor relationships for a large commercial property management company.  Bethany earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Public Relations, and Journalism from Flagler College. In her spare time, Bethany enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time with family and friends. 

Emma González Roberts
UChicago Public Interest Program (UCPIP) Coordinator

Emma joined Career Advancement in July of 2014. As the UChicago Public Interest Program (UCPIP) Coordinator, Emma focuses on securing fellowship placements and expanding the program to cities beyond Chicago. Emma earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the Career Advancement team, Emma worked as a student intern at the University Community Service Center as a Program Coordinator for Chicago Bound, a pre-orientation service week program for incoming first years. She was also involved with the RSO Health Leads and the Urban Health Initiative’s MAPSCorps program. In her spare time Emma enjoys running, eating, and posting to her fitness-themed Instagram.

Cristina Rodriguez
Deputy Director, Career Advancement

Cristina joined Career Advancement in the fall of 2010. As the Deputy Director of Career Advancement, Cristina oversees the Employer Relations team responsible for both the internship and full-time recruiting efforts including on-campus recruiting operations and the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. Cristina also works closely with a wide range of employer and alumni partners and collaborates with organizations both nationally and internationally to provide internship and full-time opportunities for University of Chicago students. Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, Cristina worked at the Chicago Mayor's Office of Special Events as a graduate student intern where she helped coordinate summer festivals including the Taste of Chicago, Jazz Festival, and the Air and Water Show. Cristina started her career as a Conference Coordinator at The University of Texas at Austin in the Jackson School of Geosciences where she focused on outreach and planning for the GeoFORCE pipeline program and Latin American Forum. Cristina earned her Bachelor's degree in History with a minor in Business Foundations from The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from DePaul University. In her spare time, Cristina enjoys trying new restaurants, spending time with family, and traveling.

Pat Rosenzweig
Career Adviser, UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service

Pat Rosenzweig joined Career Advancement in the summer of 2006.  As the Manager of the UCIPSS Scholars Program and an Adviser for UCIPSS, Pat focuses on helping students identify their career interests and helping them to identify and prepare for internships and full time jobs and fellowships that will help them achieve their short and long term goals.  In addition to counseling and coaching students one-on-one, Pat participates in UCIPSS Workshops, typically specializing in resume, cover letter and interview skill-building. Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, Pat worked at two of Chicago’s largest architecture firms as principal and Director of Marketing where her responsibilities included hiring and developing marketing personnel, largely right out of college, leading firm-wide strategic planning, developing strategies for and coaching staff in their pursuit of new engagements.  Previously she had her own marketing and media relations firm and was a consultant working on urban site location and economic development issues. Pat earned her BA from UChicago and did graduate work in urban studies at Loyola University Chicago.    In her spare time Pat loves reading modern political history and procedural detective stories. Throughout her life, she was an avid and accomplished knitter. Now she’s sick of it.

Nancy Schaller
Senior Program Director, UChicago Careers in Business

As Senior Program Director, UChicago Careers in Business, Nancy oversees the UChicago Careers in Business and UChicago Careers in Business: Financial Markets Programs.  Prior to joining UChicago,  Nancy spent over fourteen years in Wealth Management at J.P. Morgan, where she served as a relationship manager for senior executives of Chicago-based corporations and as Vice President of Marketing and Communications.  During her career at J.P. Morgan she also supervised liberal arts graduates participating in the firm’s corporate rotational training/MBA program.  Nancy began her career in public accounting with Deloitte and has also worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  She earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois.

Melissa Smith
Career Adviser, Student Preparation

Melissa joined Career Advancement in January of 2014 as a Career Adviser on the Student Preparation team. She provides career counseling to undergraduate students interested in career exploration, including job-seeking and employability skills.  Melissa also focuses on second year programming and leading the counseling training. Prior to joining the Career Advancement Staff, Melissa worked as an Academic Advisor for prospective students at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.  Melissa started her career with Americorps as a Volunteer Training and Recruitment Coordinator at Otterbein College, where she facilitated student volunteerism and programming efforts for the Center for Community Engagement. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University and her Masters in Higher Education Administration from Wright State University. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband, exploring her new city, traveling, hiking, and running 5k’s.

Merideth Snead
Manager, Experiential Education

Merideth joined Career Advancement in November of 2014.  As a Manager of Experiential Education, Merideth supports the planning, organization and logistical components associated with the trek programs.  Prior to joining Career Advancement, Merideth worked in the incentive travel industry, planning and operating corporate incentive travel and conferences for several Fortune 500 companies.  Merideth earned her Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the University of Dayton in 2013.  In her spare time, Merideth enjoys baking, running (slowly), and a good Netflix marathon. 

Chung Song
Manager, Employer Relations & Development

Chung joined Career Advancement in November 2014. As a Manager of Employer Relations and Development, Chung manages the financial services portfolio and supports on-campus recruiting operations. Chung works closely with employers to help them develop their UChicago recruitment strategy. Chung received her Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University and her Bachelor’s degree in English from University of Illinois Chicago. She brings sales, client management, and operational services experience from her previous roles at Banana Republic and State Farm. Chung is also an active member of the Hyde Park UChicago community and most recently served as a temporary full-time Assistant Teacher at the UChicago Lab School. Chung is married with 3 sons who currently attend Lab School.

Nahida Teliani
Lewis-Sebring Program Director, UChicago Careers in Education Professions

Nahida is the Program Director of UChicago Careers in Education Professions, a program focused on enhancing the visibility and appreciation for education professionals through the advising and mentoring of aspiring young educators. In this capacity, Nahida prepares students for careers in the field of education, including teaching, educational research, policy, and administration, while promoting PK-12 education as a lifelong career for University of Chicago graduates. Prior to joining the UChicago Career Advancement team, Nahida held several positions within the Edmonton Public School district. During the first five years of her career, Nahida held a lead teaching position, where her passion for education eventually led to subsequent roles as a curriculum coordinator and assistant principal. She also spearheaded a council designed to encourage increased collaboration among teachers across the province of Alberta. Nahida holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alberta and a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago.

Mary Valentine-Harris
Career Coordinator

Mary Valentine–Harris joined Career Advancement in 2007. As the front desk Career Coordinator, Mary manages front desk operations, directs incoming calls, schedules counseling appointments and practice interviews for students. Mary welcomes all visitors to Career Advancement including students, alumni, employers, and UChicago colleagues. She supports the entire Career Advancement staff and oversees the career resource center. Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, Mary worked for Columbia College Chicago for nearly 20 years where she also majored in Advertising/Marketing. Mary also supervised over thirty students and coordinated The Alexandroff Exhibit which showcases the final projects of graduating seniors. In her spare time, Mary enjoys cooking for her family and friends.

Maria Vertuno
Program Director, UChicago Careers in Law

Maria Vertuno joined Career Advancement in the fall of 2012. As Program Director of UChicago Careers in Law, Maria assists students and alumni interested in exploring the legal profession and applying to law school, through individualized counseling, presentations, workshops, mentoring programs, and experiential learning opportunities. Prior to joining the Career Advancement team, Maria spent several years at Bradley University, first as Founding Director of the Pre-Law Center, and then as Executive Director of Legal Education Programs. She most recently served as Executive Director of the National Association of Women Lawyers. Maria has taught courses at both the law school and undergraduate levels on the legal profession, legal writing, and trial advocacy. Before working in higher education, Maria practiced law in Chicago for 15 years, where her practice focused primarily on the defense of medical malpractice cases. She spent several years as an associate with two other Chicago law firms before joining Cassiday Schade LLP, and later became a partner with the firm. Maria received her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and her B.A. from Loyola University Chicago. In her spare time, Maria enjoys running and spending time with her husband, Paul, and their children, Audrey and Luke.

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

Ben Waltzer joined Career Advancement in the fall of 2013 as the inaugural Klingensmith Program Director, UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media. Working with University partners including the David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts, Ben builds networks, opportunities and programming for students interested in exploring careers in these fast-changing fields. Before coming to Chicago, Ben was the associate director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University where he taught jazz piano, directed ensembles and developed a performance-based course on the history of jazz improvisation in social context. In his role, he advised students on careers after graduation, and helped them gain admission to prestigious summer programs such as BANFF and win grants such as the Fulbright. Ben is a recording artist, a composer for commercials, television and film, and an arts and culture journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Tablet magazine, All About Jazz and elsewhere. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and a Master of Science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and attended the New England Conservatory of Music. In his spare time, Ben enjoys cooking, community involvement, and exploring the art of Chicago with his wife Yasmin and young daughter, Bella, artists both.

Rachael Ward
Senior Associate Director, Student and Post-Graduation Services

Rachael Ward joined Career Advancement in Summer 2009. As the Senior Associate Director of Student and Post-Graduation Services, Rachael oversees Career Advancement’s advising services for undergraduate students,  as well as programs for these students including Steps to Success, and Taking the Next Step. Prior to joining the Career Advancement staff, Rachael was a post-graduate fellow at Ginling College of Nanjing Normal University in China.  Rachael started her career at the Wellesley College Center for Work and Service, and in addition to Nanjing, has also worked internationally in Shanghai, China and Kyoto, Japan.  Rachael earned her AB in Political Science from Wellesley College and attended the Master of Arts Programs in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) at the University of Chicago.  In her spare time, Rachael enjoys traveling and hiking.