The Loeb Center Staff

Emily Griffen Emily Griffen

My role is to lead strategy, planning and operations, and to collaborate widely with other campus partners, faculty, alumni, parents and employers on developing career resources and transformational opportunities for students. I also serve as the advisor for science, math and technology careers.

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 Aronson

Richard Aronson '69, MD, MPH
Health Professions Advisor & Assistant Dean

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.

Patricia Brown

Patricia Brown
Recruiting Coordinator

I manage the on-campus employer connection program. I can’t believe it has been twenty-two years of working with students and employers! I so enjoy the day-to-day interaction and also developing sustainable relationships for both groups; I am honored to be working with such delightful and engaging students who have such great energy.

Before Amherst College, I worked in Boston at New England Mutual Life for eleven years, managing in the Pension Department for pension clients investing in mutual funds and then as a member of the Training and Development Department.  I also worked at the Museum of Science in the Education Department and had a great job managing inner city teenagers and programs.

I joined Amherst College in 1991.

Erin Cherewatti

Erin Cherewatti
Health Professions Coordinator

I work with students as the Health Professions Coordinator, helping students and alumni compile their applications for medical school and related health professions.  Prior to this position, I spent three years working at Frost Library, and am excited to have the opportunity to work more directly with students here at the Loeb Center.   I have worked both in counseling and as a business analyst in the past.  

I grew up in the Midwest and earned my undergraduate degree from Miami University (Ohio) and my master's degree from Harvard University, both in psychology.  In my spare time, I enjoy working with the community and spent five years on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters.  I also enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family, including my husband and three elementary school age children.

Mara Gendel

Mara Gendel
Administrative Assistant & Receptionist

Working in the Loeb Center as an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist is an absolute pleasure. I enjoy playing a role in helping students pursue their dreams.

I studied Cultural and Physical Geography at Humboldt State University, focusing on backcountry management in Grand Canyon National Park. Post-graduation, I taught courses and facilitated programs at a Nature Center in Los Angeles County. Experiencing the wonders of the outdoors with children and adults with little previous exposure to “nature” was very eye-opening!

In 2011, I returned to my roots in New England. I am delighted by the fabulous outdoor activities that Western Massachusetts offers.

Before working in the Career Center, I worked in Amherst College’s Human Resources Office.  I have also worked in the medical field as a Chiropractic Assistant and in the entertainment industry with a small production company. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, hiking, creative writing, arts and crafts, and music.

Kathy Glista

Kathy Glista
Office Manager

As office manager, I have a wide range of duties including, keeping the budget, updating the website, assisting students with logins and greeting visitors.

After being a homemaker for many years, I went back to college and graduated in 2006 from Baypath University with a BA in Psychology. I then worked at Hampshire College as a dispatcher for campus police. I moved from there to the Alumni Office here at Amherst where I worked for 5 years. I had always wanted to work with students so when a job opened at the Career Center I jumped at the chance.

I enjoy anything having to do with dance and I am a bit of a geek in the area of Sci-fi/fantasy (LOTR, Star Trek, Star Wars etc.) My husband and I belong to an antique automobile club and enjoy showing our cars at the Big E and other local shows.

Stephanie Hockman

Stephanie Hockman
Program Director, Amherst Careers in Business & Finance and Assistant Director for Career Advising

I am excited to join the Loeb Center as the Program Director for Careers in Business and Finance.  In this role, I will coach, advise, and prepare students; work with alumni and employers to increase internship and full time job opportunities; and create programs that provide practical industry understanding for students considering consulting, finance and other business careers.

I bring over 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.

Debra Krumholz
Pre-law Advisor

It is such a pleasure to be back working with Amherst College students that are considering a career in law. I find it extremely satisfying to help young adults begin to imagine their futures and help them decide what steps to take towards making that vision a reality.

I’ve worked for 25 years as a psychotherapist, group facilitator, and workshop presenter. I’ve also had a long term interest in wellness and health, stress management, work-life balance and mindfulness.

Currently, I am also working as a psychotherapist in a private practice in Hadley, Ma. When I’m not at work, I enjoy travelling, swimming, walking, downhill skiing, ice skating, tennis, and playing games and cards.

Laura Litwiller

Laura Litwiller
Associate Director for Career Advising & Assistant Dean

I advise students on the job and internship search process, career exploration, and self-assessment. My specialty area is careers in government and nonprofit. 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.

Kali Odell

Kali Odell
Assistant Director for Career Advising

I advise Amherst students as they explore their career options and try out different opportunities. My passion for advising was born from my experience as a peer advisor at the University of Puget Sound, another liberal arts college and my alma mater. After a brief foray into healthcare policy consulting (putting my political science degree to use!), I earned my M.Ed. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University and returned to advising students. Before coming to Amherst, I advised students on academic and career pathways, and coordinated new student orientation.

I am a West Coaster: I grew up in Portland, Oregon, and pursued my higher education in Washington State. As a result, I’m always happy to chat about the amazing Pacific Northwest and the accuracy of Portlandia. Beyond work, I enjoy creative hobbies like knitting and painting. I also have a love of stories that I indulge by reading, going to the theater, and watching Netflix.

Peter Powers

Peter Powers
Communications Specialist/Data Analyst

My work involves helping students and alumni access various web-based resources. These interactions, along with the opportunity to collaborate with other college departments, are aspects of the job that keep it dynamic. Prior to Amherst, I helped administer Smith College’s community service program.

My background is in English literature (B.A., Amherst ’90; M.A., University of Iowa ’93).

I taught at Iowa and have held adjunct teaching positions at Holyoke Community College and American International College.

Pam Rietkerk

Pamela Rietkerk
Outreach/Events Coordinator

As the Outreach and Events Coordinator for the Loeb Center I am excited to support the many events and programs our office offers to students. I also produce the weekly newsletter Career Columns, to keep our students informed.

My post-college career began in Boston as the recruiting coordinator for a large management consulting firm. After moving to Amherst I worked for Hampshire College in development and public relations, working closely with students and young alums.

My family later relocated to the Netherlands and I took time out to raise three children. Since my return to Amherst I have been volunteering for the schools and Family Outreach of Amherst, an organization to help struggling families get back on track. Most of my free time is spent on soccer and track fields all over New England.

Robert Siudzinski

Robert Siudzinski
Program Director, Amherst Careers in Education Professions

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. 

  Victoria Wilson

Victoria Wilson
Assistant Director of Internship Programs

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 Amherst Select Internship Program.  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.