About the Career Center

Career Center Staff

Director of the Career Center

Mark Smith, JD

Associate Vice Chancellor and Director
(314) 935-6489
Industry Focus:
Law School, Legal Careers, Politics/Government

About Mark: I started out in law, and even tried a run in politics. However, I quickly realized that, as a career path, they were both fields that I liked, but did not love. I enjoy advising pre-law students, doing academic advising, and teaching students about networking.


Director of Career Services

Aimee Wittman, MS

Director of Career Services
(314) 935-4435
Industry Focus:
Career Exploration, Management, Psychology/Counseling

About Aimee: When my family and I relocated to St. Louis from Kansas City, I knew that I wanted to work in a career development role. 15 years later, I still love academic and career advising students who are in the beginning stages of their journey. I also enjoy co-teaching Management 200A: Business Fundamentals and Professional Competencies.


Director of External Relations

Jim Beirne

Director of External Relations
(314) 935-5956
Industry Focus:
International Business, Consumer Products, Consulting, Graduate School (MBA Programs), Human Resources, Marketing/Brand Management. Special focus: Latin America.

About Jim: I enjoy coaching students at all stages of the career development process and connecting with campus partners to leverage our work. Prior to this role, I led the Americas recruiting organization for Hewlett Packard, was Director of University Recruitment at General Mills, and worked at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. I have spent a decade in various management positions for International Multifoods, based as an expatriate in Venezuela, Brazil and Canada.



Frances Hubbard-Smith

Administrative Assistant
(314) 935-9658

About Frances: I have worked in higher education administration for many years - both at Notre Dame and WU. I support students in various ways. If you are looking to schedule an appointment or meeting with Mark Smith, look for me!


Career Advising Team

Carol Moakley, MSW

Associate Director - Career Development
(314) 935-4985
Industry Focus:
Health Care/Pre-Med Advising, Nonprofit Administration, Psychology/Sociology, Social Work, Writing

About Carol: My background is in human services, health care, and education. In addition to career advising, I am an academic and pre-med advisor, and co-teach the Praxis Capstone class. I'm the "Sophomore point person" in our office. I love working with campus partners to advance career development thinking and planning on campus.

Diann Cage

Career Consultant
(314) 935-6500
Industry Focus:
Advertising/Marketing, Art, Design, Fashion, Fine Arts, Illustration

About Diann: I have a BA in Communication Arts as well as a degree in Graphic Design. Since planting roots in St. Louis over 15 years ago, the majority of my career has been spent as owner and creative director of an independent design practice. I have taught various classes within the Communication Design major as well as a Professional Practices workshop on Freelancing.

Michael Chapin, MS, MEd

Assistant Director, Career Development - Engineering
(314) 935-7470
Industry Focus:
Engineering – all disciplines, Biotechnology, Consulting, Construction, Education, Graduate School, Management, Human Resources, Manufacturing & Operations, Organizational Development, Sales, Sports, Aerospace

About Michael: Having worked in the corporate world for almost 10 years as a Human Resources leader, I have hired and worked with many engineering and technical professionals. I also spent several undergraduate years as a student-athlete. I enjoy supporting students through weekly “Quick Advising Hours” in the School of Engineering and the Athletic Center. I present frequently to groups including the Engineering Virtual Seminar, and through StrengthsQuest and Mentor Programs. My Twitter name @ChainsawChapin came about because of my personal career development decision making that speaks to findings one’s passion and purpose, setting a plan, and taking action to make it happen.

Susan Craig, MA, MPA

Career Consultant
(314) 935-5930
Industry Focus:
UCollege students, Midcareer transitions, Government, Think Tanks, Public Policy, Intelligence, National Security, Military

About Susan: I have worked in politics and government since graduating from college, and have moved a lot in the process. I’ve lived in Washington, DC (three times), Boston, Kansas, and Hawaii. Here at WU, I teach Politics and International Affairs at University College. I really enjoy mentoring students and making them aware of all the opportunities to work for the government, both inside and outside of DC.

Jennifer Finney

Career Consultant
(314) 935-5930
Industry Focus:
Abroad (Working), Biotechnology, Energy/Utilities, Engineering, Sustainability/Ecology/Conservation, Operations/Quality Control, Pharmaceuticals, Product Development, Technology

About Jennifer: After graduating from WU with a degree in Electrical Engineering, I worked for a startup biomedical company for 7 years, including working in Germany. I love working in the career center where I can combine my technical background and experience with my passion for helping students in their search.

Erika Fitzgibbon, MEd

Career Consultant
(314) 935-4157
Industry Focus:
Architecture, Nonprofits, Psychology/Counseling/Sociology, Social Work

About Erika: I work with students of all backgrounds and interests, though I'm particularly experienced with Architecture career advising and programming. I'm a proponent of hard work and flexibility in the job search. (I didn't get hired at WU on the first try... let’s just say persistence and networking paid off!)

Andy Harber, SPHR

Career Consultant
(314) 935-5930
Industry Focus:
Business, Consulting, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Film/TV Production, Human Resources, Legal Careers, Organizational Development, Politics/Government, Real Estate, Social Work

About Andy: I am a certified Human Resources professional with 25+ years of diverse leadership experience. I have held senior roles at Thompson Coburn LLP, Jacobs Engineering, and Sigma-Aldrich Corporation and worked with others to find, assess, and hire new employees. At WU, I support undergrads, graduate students (the Brown School), and alumni on self-assessment, career exploration, resume and cover letter development, interviewing skills, networking, and negotiation strategies.

Amy Heath-Carpentier, MA, PhD Student

Assistant Director, PreGraduate School and Career Development
(314) 935-4459
Industry Focus:
Graduate School, Education, Working Abroad, International Relations, Foreign Policy, Lobbying, Politics/Government, Research Opportunities, Sustainability/Ecology/Conservation, Thank Tanks/NGOs

About Amy: I work with undergraduate students who are seeking to continue their studies in a graduate program. I also have expertise in government, public policy, think tanks, NGOs and education. However, my background is broad (B.A. and M.A. in Religious Studies, worked in the tech industry...) and I'm happy to meet with anyone!

Patricia Katzfey, MEd, MBA

Assistant Director, Career Development
(314) 935-5930
Industry Focus:
Abroad (working), business, financial analytics, entrepreneurship, marketing, communications, counseling, psychology/clinical, social services, environmental & sustainability, economics, strategy, general advising

About Patty: I bring my education and experience in marketing and product development to my role as a career and academic advisor. I often work with international students. As the "freshman point person" on our team, I support new students and those who are just starting to explore career options.

Nancy Klepper, MA, MComH

Career Consultant
(314) 935-5930
Industry Focus:
PUBLIC HEALTH: maternal child health, environmental health, epidemiology, infectious diseases, women's health, addictions. GLOBAL HEALTH: disaster management, food security and nutrition, oral health, bio-terrorism, child health, health technology

About Nancy: Public and global health are my passions. I worked for many years as a teacher, involving my students in community projects. Teaching in the Dept. of Community Medicine, St. Louis University Medical School for over 25 years, I also directed an International Health program. My overseas experiences have included living and working in Zambia, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, China and Great Britain. I completed my masters degree in International Community Health from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, England.

April McLellan, MEd

Assistant Director, Career Development
(314) 935-9316
Industry Focus:
Advertising/Marketing/PR, Career Exploration, Graduate School, Journalism/Broadcasting/Print Media, Psychology/Counseling/Sociology, Student Affairs

About April: My background in writing and public relations gives me a solid base for coaching students on how to present themselves to employers. I like to help students consider and build their professional image through cover letters, e-mail, interviewing skills and other ways of communication and relationship management.

Deanna McPherson, MPH, MSW, LMSW

Career Consultant
(314) 935-5930
Industry Focus:
Public Health, Social Work, Counseling, Non-profits, Graduate School: Public Health and Social Work

About Deanna: I have over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector as well as the Federal Government within health education, public health and most recently, social work settings. I also bring global health experience as I have volunteered abroad in global health capacities through various non-profit agencies. I enjoy working with students who have a mutlitude of interests in public/global health and social work in helping to expand the field with more creative and insightful minds.

Jen Meyer

Assistant Director, Career Development - Art
(314) 935-9298
Industry Focus:
Art, Art Administration, Design, Fashion, Fine Arts, Museums/Cultural Institutions

About Jen: I received a BA in both Literature and Creative Writing (poetry), the only major mix with a less obvious career path than a degree in art. I began my career at a PR agency, and have worked in arts marketing/administration. At WU, I teach pro-practices and advise art and design students.

Martin Padilla, MArch

Assistant Director, Career Development - Architecture
(314) 935-4157
Industry Focus:
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Graphic Design

About Martin: I earned my Masters in Architecture from Washington University in 2001, and now am both a practicing architect and a career advisor for architecture students. I enjoy supporting undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni, as they enter a profession that was hit hard by the recent recession but is now rebounding. This support includes 1 to 1 advising, design-centered / professional development workshops, Architecture Career Fair, and Road Shows – local and national.

Michaele Penkoske, MD

Career Consultant
(314) 935-4157
Industry Focus:
Pharmaceuticals, Medical School, Public Health, Research Opportunities, Sports/Athletics

About Michaele: I practiced medicine as an Internist, and now enjoy sharing my experience and knowledge from the medical field with Prehealth students. I like to see students early in their time at WU to learn about specific tools they will use over the course of their lifetime.

Patricia Penkoske, MD

Career Consultant
(314) 935-5930
Industry Focus:
Medical school, Public Health, Research possibilities, Pharmacy, Audiology

About Patricia: I have been a practicing physician for many years, first as a cardiac surgeon and more recently an intensive care unit physician at Barnes Hospital. My areas of expertise are counseling students interested in pre health fields including medicine, public health, and pharmacy. This includes planning internships, mock interviews, gap year plans, and general planning of undergraduate years.

Phoebe Richards

Career Development Coordinator
(314) 935-3975
Industry Focus:
Mock Interviews, Performing Arts, Student Group Programming/Outreach, Resumes/Cover Letters, Career Assessment

About Phoebe: As a WU undergrad, I was involved primarily in theater. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do with my degree, but I did know I wanted to work with and help people, and learn some new skills along the way. I enjoy working with our Career Peer team, and with students from all backgrounds.

Michael Salamone, MBA

Career Consultant
(314) 935-5930
Industry Focus:
Corporate finance and Banking, Non-Profit Administration, Career Exploration, General Advising

About Michael: My career spans 25+ years in corporate and international finance as Treasurer and CFO of several Fortune 500 companies and a non-profit organization. I am a native Spanish speaker with significant work experience in Europe. I look forward to helping and advising students with diverse academic backgrounds and interests, regardless of whether your career objectives are well-defined or evolving.

April Shinell, MSW

Assistant Director, Career Development
(314) 935-8239
Industry Focus:
Graduate School, Nonprofits, Psychology/Counseling/Sociology, Social Work, Social Services

About April: My professional background is in human services and government. In addition to advising Social Work students and others interested in the non-profit sector, I enjoy program planning, delivering presentations, and creating partnerships. I am proud to be a Brown School Almna.

Clarissa Smith, MSPT

Career Consultant
(314) 935-5930
Industry Focus:
Healthcare Career Exploration, Healthcare Graduate Programs (OT, Speech Pathology, etc), Medical School, Physical Therapy Graduate School

About Clarissa: I currently work at St. Luke's Hospital and Surrey Place Rehabiliation in Chesterfield, MO, where I practice physical therapy in the acute care and inpatient rehabiliation settings. I primarily advise pre-health students.

Arlene Taich, PhD

Assistant Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Development
(314) 935-6553
Industry Focus:
PhD Candidates, Postdoctoral Appointees in disciplines seeking careers in Academic, Government, Industry, and Non-Profit Organizations

About Arlene: I coach graduate students and postdoctoral appointees in all disciplines. My background includes nearly 20 years of collegiate experience as a tenured professor, dean and provost followed by a decade of industry experience which included service as an officer of two Fortune 100 corporations.

Jingy Yen, MS

Career Development Specialist
(314) 935-8626
Industry Focus:
Career Exploration, Consulting, Human Resources, Organizational Development, Psychology/Sociology, Pre-Med, Entertainment

About Jingy: I was a Resident Advisor at WU and still really enjoy interacting with and supporting students. I especially work with students interested in consulting and international students. I do lots of mock interviews including case and medical school mocks.


Employer Relations Team

Jennie Marchal

Associate Director, Employer Relations
(314) 935-8726
Industry Focus:

About Jennie: I joined Washington University in 2004 and my work has focused primarily on relationship development with recruiting organizations across the country. I manage the internship credit and stipend programs and created the WU Summer Associates program. I have the privilege of serving on numerous campus-wide initiatives and industry related organizations.

Sherrie Aach

Assistant Director, Employer Relations
(314) 935-6118
Industry Focus:

About Sherrie: Reaching out to employers and telling our students' stories of leadership, community, talent and vast areas of interest makes my position exciting.

Kelly R. Cannon

Employer Relations Assistant
(314) 935-9005

About Kelly:

Stephanie Early

Assistant Director, Employer Relations
(314) 935-3977
Industry Focus:
Fashion/Retail, Finance/Banking, Government and Public Policy

About Stephanie: After graduating from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism I launched my career at a local St. Louis news station before joining the Washington University in St. Louis Career Center.  I now use my background in communications to build partnerships with key organizations and cultivate career opportunities for students.  The Career Center is an incredible place to work and I thoroughly enjoy helping students achieve their career goals.

Sarah Jennings

Employer Relations Coordinator
(314) 935-4671
Industry Focus:

About Sarah: After receiving my degree in business-marketing from the University of Missouri, I took a job at a marketing recruiting agency located in St. Louis.

Sue Kruessel

Assistant Director, Employer Relations
(314) 935-4354
Industry Focus:
Agriculture, Construction, Energy/Utilities, Engineering, Health Care, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Transportation

About Sue: In addition to connecting with employers in the above industries, I coordinate the Engineering Co-op Program. SEAS students have the option to work full-time, alongside experienced engineers, for a summer AND a semester and gain in-depth engineering experience before they graduate. I also assist engineering students to determine if their work experience meets all the criteria of the Co-op Program and thus authorizing CPT

Suzanne McIver

Assistant Director, Employer Relations
(314) 935-9642
Industry Focus:
Consulting, Consumer Packaged Goods, Non-Profit

About Suzanne:


Communications & Events Team

Scott McIntosh

Events Manager
(314) 935-9442

About Scott: I started my professional career in Los Angeles as a promotions and events coordinator. In my current role I collaborate on communications, work with a team to coordinate programming, perform data analysis, and provide etiquette instruction. Outside the University, I volunteer with several nonprofits including my neighborhood association, Benton Park West. I have a passion for architecture, sustainability, and community building.

Nancy Nigh

Communications Manager
(314) 935-9440

About Nancy: As a graduate of the MBA program at Olin, I am thrilled to be helping WashU students follow their passion through the Career Center. My business experience includes marketing to consumers, mass markets and independent retailers in a variety of industries. In my spare time I enjoy acting on stage and in film.

Logan Short

Communications Coordinator
(314) 935-8229

About Logan: Working at my university's newspaper was a real joy, some of my jobs after college were not. That's because I just took jobs to have a job instead of pursuing what I was passionate about. With both parents as teachers, I appropriately landed in marketing for higher education.



Angela Brooks

Director, College Advising Corps
(314) 935-3968

About Angela:

Marissa Cohen

Peace Corps Campus Representative
(314) 935-4166

About Marissa: