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 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 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.

Erin M. Cherewatti

Erin M. Cherewatti

Health Professions Coordinator

102 College Hall

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.

Casey Jo Dufresne

Casey Jo Dufresne

Program Director for the Loop

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 transferrable 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.

Kathy S. Glista

Kathy S. Glista

Office Manager

College Hall

As office manager, I have a wide range of duties including, keeping the budget, updating the website, managing the director's calendar and overseeing data.

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 nerd 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 S. Hockman

Stephanie S. Hockman

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

FL 1 College Hall

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.

Sarah L. Knowles

Sarah L. Knowles

Recruitment Specialist

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.

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. 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.

Emily K. Moreau

Emily K. Moreau

Assoc Dir of the Loeb Ctr for Career Exploration & Planning

106 College Hall

With the overarching goal of developing meaningful opportunities for our students, I provide leadership and strategic vision for employer outreach and advancement as well as alumni/parent engagement supporting career exploration and planning. This includes managing on-campus recruitment, program development, and our signature Pathways alumni/student mentoring program here at the Loeb Center. 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.

Kali R. Odell

Kali R. Odell

Assistant Director for Career Advising

113 College Hall

I advise Amherst students as they explore their career options and try out different opportunities. In addition to working with students who don't yet know what direction to take, I specialize in advising students interested in prelaw, arts, and communication careers. 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.

Phillip Z. Pang

Phillip Z. Pang

Event and Programming Coordinatoar

College Hall

My role as event and programming coordinator is to provide administrative and organizational support for over 300 employer- and career-advising-related events held each year through the Loeb Center, with the goal of providing meaningful opportunities for students to connect with advisors, alumni, and industry professionals during their time at Amherst.

Having just graduated from the College as an LJST major, I bring two years of experience working in career advancement offices both here and at UChicago, and wrote my honors thesis on Asian Americans and racial discourse in law and higher education — research that I hope to continue independently over the next few years. In my free time, you can find me reading, writing, or illustrating in one of the fantastic coffee shops in town, or cooking and baking at home. I go back to Colorado every winter for the best skiing in the world (and time with my family).

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. 

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

Assistant Director of 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 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.