Executive Director of the Loeb Center and Special Advisor to the Provost
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the Communications Manager of the Loeb Center, it is my goal to ensure that all students can access Loeb Center information, events, and announcements. I collaborate with the Loeb Center staff and other members to strategically develop a wide range of digital and print projects. I am always searching for more creative, efficient, and effective ways to communicate. Contact me if you would like to work together on any projects. Also, follow us on our social media channels: Instagram, Twitter.
As the program director for the Traub Careers in Business and Finance Program, 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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
Program Director, Careers in Government and Nonprofit
By leading career exploration and generating opportunities for Amherst students in the government and nonprofit sectors, I hope to instill a commitment to public service and community development for students with an interest in the respective fields. My fifteen plus years of theoretical and practical experience in the public sector lays the foundation for student career advising in local, state, and federal government, as well as in 501(c)(3)'s, think tanks, foundations, and grantmaking institutions.
I received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from George Mason University, after which I worked at various D.C. non-profit institutions (AARP, APA), before securing a master's degree in Urban Policy and Administration from Brooklyn College, where I founded a non-for-profit organization that advocated for young adults during the 2008 recession. In New York, I worked for a state senator, in city housing, at the Brooklyn Public Library, and in myriad workforce development programs, in addition to consulting public and private institutions.
In my spare time, I like to travel, reflect, garden and try to understand global puzzles.
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.
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.
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.
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.