Emily C. Griffen

Emily C. Griffen

Dir of the Loeb Center for Career Exploration & Planning

College Hall

My role is to lead strategy, planning, and development for the center, and to collaborate widely with other campus partners, faculty, alumni, parents and employers on developing career resources and transformational opportunities for students. I work especially closely with the Loeb Center Advisory Council and other key supporters of the Center’s development.

Previously, I managed executive education programs for mid-career and senior executives, and oversaw career development and employer relations for real estate development students, both at Columbia University. I received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

I moved to the Pioneer Valley from Brooklyn with my husband and young son in 2014. In my down time, I like to hike, enjoy the beautiful scenery of Western Massachusetts, and keep up with The New York Times and New Yorker magazine.

Richard A. Aronson

Richard A. Aronson

Health Professions Advisor/Assistant Dean of Student

104 College Hall

From my student days at Amherst, I’ve had a deep passion to reflect, explore, experience, and work to promote healing and the health of people and communities. What’s the real meaning of health, of healing? What makes for a healthy community, and how can we make a difference? For those who are interested in any health profession, we offer many ways to explore and pursue your aspirations, and to put into practice your ideals. What steps does one take to make these aspirations come alive? I am here to stimulate such conversation and help you in your journey.

At Amherst, I majored in religion, led the Amherst Amigos, and helped found the Amherst ABC Program.  My medical and public health school education (Rochester and North Carolina) led me to a multifaceted in pediatrics, public service, public health, teaching, and mentoring. I strive to inspire a new generation of health professionals.

Carla A. Costa

Carla A. Costa

Program Director, Careers in Arts and Communication

110 College Hall

As the founding director of the Careers In Arts and Communication program, I will work to expand the Amherst portfolio of experiential learning, internship, and job opportunities in a broad range of professions, including (but not limited to): visual/performing/literary arts, arts administration, art education, curation and museums, marketing, publishing, advertising, public relations, and media. I’m a first-generation college student and a first-generation American who is invested in connecting students from all backgrounds to leadership and learning opportunities. Through our work together, I aim to help students identify their big picture ambitions, set meaningful personal and professional goals, and design career pathways that combine rigor, creativity and curiosity. 

I received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and returned to western Massachusetts after a decade of work as a freelance arts and culture writer and leader of community-based arts organizations. I hold an M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College and, most recently, spent seven years at Hampshire College, where I served as the director of two interdisciplinary arts programs.

Casey Jo Dufresne

Casey Jo Dufresne

Program Director, Meiklejohn Fellows Program

107 College Hall

In my role I aim to center students of the Amherst College community who identify as first-generation college and/or low-income (including international, undocumented and DACA, and transfer students) particularly as it relates to post-graduation planning. Through the generous support of an alum from the Class of `66, I hope to create an affirming space where students can access and capitalize on the College's resources, acquire and integrate transferable skills that prepare them for professional engagement, and create a culture of peer support and knowledge-sharing.

I am a public administrator by trade, with a background in public policy and community development. Much of my work and research focuses on equity and access in education and I am passionate about the positive impact that building community can have on our world.

Outside of work you are likely to find me walking with my dog, cooking, gardening, or crafting. I cherish new experiences and laughing with friends (and strangers!), and I am always up for an adventure.

Stephanie S. Hockman

Stephanie S. Hockman

Program Dir for Careers in Bus & Fin/Asst Dir for Career Adv

FL 1 College Hall

As the program director for Careers In Business and Finance, I work with students and alumni pursuing careers in finance, consulting, business, and entrepreneurship. In this role, I coach, advise, and prepare students to apply their liberal arts education to a wide range of roles in business, finance, and consulting. I also work with alumni and employers to increase internship and full time job opportunities and create programs and experiential learning opportunities for students.

I bring more than 20 years’ experience in business and the financial services industry.  Most recently I worked at BNP Paribas as a Managing Director in Global Equities and Commodity Derivatives (“GECD”) leading teams in New York, London and Hong Kong.  Prior to BNP Paribas, I was a Principal at Banc of America Securities.  I started my career at Arthur Andersen as a tax consultant.  I earned my Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) at The University of Texas at Austin.

Emily K. Klamm

Emily K. Klamm

Communications Manager

125A College Hall

In my role at the Loeb Center, I am responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining the marketing and communications strategy. Aligning with department goals, my aim is to make our audiences aware of the resources available to them and to showcase the work of my colleagues, the students and campus partners.

After taking my first graphic design course in college I knew a creative future was ahead of me. I received a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University and continued on the path of turning my passion for visual communication into a career. I have worked with tech start-ups, major music festivals, and other higher education institutions. 

In my free time, I enjoy painting, antiquing, watching film noirs, and taking road trips to new places.

Sarah L. Knowles

Sarah L. Knowles

Assistant Director, Employer Relations

115 College Hall

At the Loeb Center, I work closely with employers, alumni, and graduate admissions contacts to develop mutually-beneficial networks and cultivate meaningful opportunities and events for Amherst students. 

Before coming to Amherst College, I held conference planning and project management roles at Pearson Education, New York Law School, and Random House Publishing Group. I hold a master’s degree in Publication Management from Drexel University in addition to my bachelor’s in English/Communications from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

I grew up in western Massachusetts and have enjoyed returning to my roots after a 10-year stint in Philadelphia and New York City. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading and writing fiction, honing my cooking skills, and dabbling in various creative arts.

Scott R. Lachapelle

Scott R. Lachapelle

Employer Relationship Manager

103 College Hall

In my role as the Employer Relationship Manager I work with employers of all types from all industries to bring high quality career opportunities to Amherst students. In particular, I am excited to be part of the team that is managing the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. This Program allows me to cultivate new relationships with employers offering outstanding internships to Amherst students.

Prior to joining Amherst I held employer relations and technology management roles at Williams College, Harvard University, and Brown University. Before my career in higher education, I held a variety of sales, training, operations management and product management roles in the consumer banking and retail industries.

In my free time, I enjoy exploring Western Massachusetts with my wife via hiking, biking, going to music festivals, etc. I also enjoy attending live sporting events. Go Mammoths!

Laura S. Litwiller

Laura S. Litwiller

Associate Director for Career Advising

107 College Hall

I advise students on the job and internship search process, career exploration, and self-assessment and career planning for international students. I also supervise our Peer Career Advisors (PCAs). My own experience at a liberal arts college in Indiana was the foundation for so much of what I value today: community, ongoing personal and professional exploration, and meaningful friendships. I received my B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education and later an M.A. in International Education. Both led to a fulfilling career path teaching high school Spanish, teaching ESL in Venezuela, working as a paralegal at an immigration law firm, and developing international community service programs for students.

In my free time, I like to do anything that allows me to slow down, relax, and laugh. Mostly this means spending time with my husband, friends, and family. I also like to cook, hike, read a good book, and go standup paddle boarding.

Carolyn L. Margolin

Carolyn L. Margolin

Program Director, Amherst Career in Science & Technology

103 College Hall

As the director of the Careers in Science and Technology program, I work with faculty, staff and students to identify and serve the needs of Amherst students and alumni as they prepare for the next step of their academic and professional careers. Together with my colleagues, I am working to forge new collaborations with workforce partners in the science and technology fields and expose students to possible career opportunities across the spectrum of STEM.

I received a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University. After completing my undergraduate degree, I spent a year as part of Northeastern University’s East/West Marine Biology Program (now the Three Seas Program) exploring a wide variety of topics related to the ocean realm. I earned a doctorate in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science for my research examining the interactive effects of water flow rate, light level, and ocean acidification on the survival and growth of cnidarians. Prior to coming to Amherst, I spent six and a half years at Miami Dade College as a coordinator and then director of various STEM grants aimed at assisting underrepresented students in their pursuit of degrees in these fields. Through my grant work and in my role as an adjunct professor, I found a true passion for helping students find their path and assisting them in discovering opportunities for growth and learning.

In my free time, I enjoy singing, baking delicious treats, and dancing (anything from waltz to salsa and everything in between).

Alexandra Monesson-Olson

Event and Programming Coordinator

College Hall

Lexi is the Event and Programming Coordinator for the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Education from Drew University in 2003 and continued her education in the Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After obtaining her M.S. in Developmental Psychology in 2007, Lexi worked as a preschool teacher and developmental psychologist with REACH early intervention. She has since spent time raising her own two children in the Amherst area and working as a child and family photographer. Lexi joined Amherst College for the first time in 2017, working with the orientation team and Office of Student Affairs. She is excited to now be helping students find the path that works for them in making the most of their education.

Emily K. Moreau

Emily K. Moreau

Assoc Dir of the Loeb Ctr for Career Exploration & Planning

106 College Hall

I provide leadership, oversight, and coordination of the major operational areas of the Center including; the on-campus recruitment program, technology, fiscal and talent management, event logistics, communications, data and reporting, and support staff functions. I oversee strategic planning/development and process improvement to support the long-range vision and infrastructure that allows the Loeb Center and its staff to achieve its key objectives and goals. In my capacity leading the center’s employer relations team, I am responsible for employer engagement strategy for early career opportunities and broadly coordinate alumni and parent engagement across multiple programs and initiatives. A creative thinker by nature, my goal is to innovate and expand employer and alumni relations facilitating access to premier career opportunities for our students across all interests and disciplines.

Before finding a home here at Amherst College, I had a rewarding career at Pearson Education. My work there focused on recruitment, strategic innovation, communication strategies, and project development.

Outside of work, I enjoy cheering on the New England Patriots and Boston Bruins, cooking, and spending time with my amazing family and friends.

Marcela Murillo Robinson

Marcela Murillo Robinson

Internship Coordinator

102 College Hall

My role is to assist students through the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program (formerly Amherst Select), aiming to streamline processes and procedures to provide students with a seamless experience. By handling the operational details of the Houston Program, I provide students logistical support throughout the internship cycle. From application management to tracking and maintaining the endowment budget, my goal is to ensure a positive experience for students as they embark on their internship journey.  

Prior to joining the Loeb Center, I worked in Advancement Operations here in Amherst College, where I had the opportunity to work closely with alumni and trustees. I received my B.A. in Spanish and M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

In my spare time, I love doing yoga, traveling to new places, spending time with my family, and visiting my home country, Colombia!

Robert A. Siudzinski

Robert A. Siudzinski

Program Director, Careers in Education Professions

114 College Hall

I am passionate about cultivating effective and caring teachers, creative collaborations among diverse partners, and helping learners realize the educational value in exploring beyond their comfort levels. Through the generosity of Chuck Lewis ’64 and Penny Sebring, Ph.D., I serve as the principal resource for Amherst College students and alumni considering and planning careers in education, including teaching, administration, and policy.  Through seminars, treks, advising, and internships, I also work with the selective Ed Pros Fellowship students. Previous contributions include creating a leadership development program at The College of Charleston, developing a global teaching program at Washington College, and launching an innovative engineering course for NASA. I have been researching experiential learning since the early 1990's, and place-based learning since 2001. Ongoing work with the National Park Service involves the preparation of teachers and informal educators with place-based pedagogies and curricula within K-16 learning environments. 

Emily G. Tareila

Emily G. Tareila

Assistant Director for Internship Programs

College Hall

As the Assistant Director of Internship Programs, I provide comprehensive support before, during and after internship experiences, specifically within the Charles Hamilton Houston Program. I have a student-centered, strengths-based approach to advising and believe that every experiential learning opportunity can provide value towards our life and career journeys. Through one-on-one advising, workshops, community events, visioning and reflecting, I work with students in all stages of career exploration to make meaning through the internship process. 

Previously, I worked as Assistant Director for Career Development and Academic Advisor at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. Currently, I am a member of the pedagogical collective BFAMFAPhD, which works at the intersection of art and the political economy. My practice as an artist is place-based, community minded and focuses on themes of sustainability, equity, embodied learning, healing and belonging. I received a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

I’m an avid home cook, reader, writer and am curious about just about everything.

Rebecca M. Tishler

Rebecca M. Tishler

Health Professions Specialist

108 College Hall

Working closely with the Health Professions Advisor, I support students and young alumni throughout their time at Amherst as they consider or pursue health-related career paths. This includes, among other things, managing the application process for those applying to medical, dental, veterinary, physician assistant, public health, or other graduate schools. I also support the various pre-health student organizations, and help to coordinate events and programming of interest to the pre-health community at Amherst. I’m particularly interested in the medical humanities and the insights into health, illness, the body, and the mind made possible by interdisciplinary approaches.

I graduated from Mount Holyoke College with an academic focus in twentieth-century American literature and received an MPhil from the University of Cambridge. Prior to coming to Amherst, I worked as a copyeditor, bookseller, and on a women-run, organic vegetable farm; outside of work, you’ll find me continuing to do much of the same.

Aaron J. Tracy

Aaron J. Tracy

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

College Hall

I am the Receptionist for the Loeb and have been working within Higher Education Administration for over three years. As a recent graduate of Franklin Pierce University. I received a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Anthropology. I love interacting with new people and gaining a more holistic view of the world around me through discussion. 

Within my down time I enjoy hiking, painting, glass blowing, ceramics, and photography. I have been to over 5 National Parks and strive to see all of them within my life. I am always here to help answer any questions you may have, and I cannot wait to meet you.

Victoria M. Wilson

Victoria M. Wilson

Associate Director for Internship Programs

103 College Hall

My role at the Loeb Center is to advise students with a variety of interests, experiences and backgrounds on how to begin their career exploration through internships, especially through the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program (formerly Amherst Select).  Specifically, I coach students on how to apply and prepare for internships and I engage with employer partners to promote and develop meaningful internship opportunities for Amherst students.

Before coming to Amherst College, I worked at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas, for five years as first Special Assistant to the President and finally the Dean of the Work Program.  It was there that I discovered my passion for advising and supporting students during their transition to the next exciting phase of their lives post-graduation.

I am a Tar Heel, born and bred, and received my B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I received my Masters in Public Policy from Duke University. 

Outside of work, I love reading, doing anything that requires creativity (writing, arts & crafts, etc.) and discovering new adventures every day.  I am incredibly excited to work at Amherst and to explore all that Western Massachusetts has to offer.