Assistant Vice President, Employer Relations & Engagement
Rémy joined the O’Brien Center for Career Development at Merrimack College in 2021 and is the Assistant Vice President, Employer Relations & Engagement. Her work focuses on cultivating partnerships with employers to further develop internship and co-op programs for students. Rémy also oversees the process to connect students to campus employment opportunities.
She is committed to collaborating with employers and academic partners who seek to address employment inequities. Rémy’s work with diverse student populations includes first-generation, international students, and adult learners, which motivates her passion for career development and the goal to help students find sustainable and meaningful careers. Rémy earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Human Capital Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and English from the University of Connecticut.
Remy identifies with Women, BIPOC, Commuter, and Transfer populations and uses She/Her/Hers pronouns.
What does Rémy wish she knew about career development when she was in college?
Career development is about exploring options. As a student, you develop who you are through finding your academic program, based on your interests and develop skills that turn you into a professional. The experience you gain through coursework, student employment, internships, and co-ops is the runway to take off into a career that suits you both professionally and personally. That type of service is invaluable at every stage of the college experience.
Director of Communication & Events
Before joining Merrimack in 2019, Marge worked at Gordon College as the Director of Presidential Initiatives and as a Regional Marketing Manager for Pearson Education. Having obtained her marketing degree from Bridgewater State University, Marge’s career has focused on strategic development, institutional events, and marketing communications to advance the goals, growth and branding of the institutions in which she has been employed.
What does Marge like best about working in the O’Brien Center for Career Development?
“My colleagues in the O’Brien Center have a deep commitment to the professional growth of our students and go the extra mile to ensure that all students have the opportunity for experiential learning. I am proud to be part of a department that advances the mission of the College and cares so deeply about our students’ success.”
Director, Warriors at Work and Special Internship & Co-op Programs
Katie joined Merrimack in 2016 and is the Director of Warriors at Work and Special Internship & Co-op Programs in the O’Brien Center. Before Merrimack, Katie worked for the Faculty of Arts & Sciences’ Office of Career Services at Harvard University for 7 years and has worked in the public K-12 system in Hillsborough County, Florida.
Katie has earned a Bachelor of Science in Family & Child Sciences from Florida State University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching, Social Studies Education from the University of South Florida.
What does Katie wish she knew about career development when she was in college?
“I wish I knew that the school even HAD a career center; that there are internships for ALL majors; and how my extensive full-time job in college could be poised and marketed on my resume. That lack of knowledge has shaped what I do today by driving me to make our office visible, accessible, and approachable to all students at the College, regardless of major, minor, status, affinity, gender, sexuality, background, race, ethnicity, etc. ”
M. Cristina Fernández
Cristina joined Merrimack in the Fall of 2020 and serves as the Career Advisor in the O’Brien Center for Career Development. Her goal when working with students is to support them to cultivate and achieve their professional goals so that they take the next steps in their career journeys with confidence.
Before Merrimack, Cristina enjoyed a career in Human Services, supporting adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities to obtain and retain competitive employment. Cristina holds a BA in Psychology from Florida International University and an MA in Community Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a Certified Employment Support Specialist (CESP) through APSE and insists that she cannot get through her day without a cup of café con leche.
What does Cristina wish she knew about career development when she was in undergrad?
“In short – anything. I was an excellent student, but when it came to skill marketing and job search basics, I was a disaster. Accessibility of university services looked much different back then; not everything had migrated online, and FIU was a massive school whose two main campuses were separated by the entirety of Greater Miami. We were registering for classes on paper and then waiting in line at the registrar. It seemed like too much of a hassle to so much as figure out where the Career Services department was located, much less utilize any of their services. Besides, I was about to enter the working world with a Bachelor’s degree from a top-rated university, which I assumed would be sufficient enough to launch me toward a lucrative career. Doors would swing open, the red carpet would roll out, and I’d waltz right into the job of my choice.
Spoiler alert: That’s not how it works.
The lack of vocational guidance meant that I made a lot of foolish, preventable mistakes early on in my job search. I had a resume, but it was poorly formatted and didn’t highlight my skills and education adequately. I landed interviews, but I was routinely late for them (“Cuban Time” does not apply to interviews – who knew?), wasn’t dressed for the part, and didn’t give effective answers. I wasted a lot of time before finally being offered an opportunity. I wish I had taken advantage of Career Services as an undergrad, even if it was just a single mock interview or resume review.”
Student Employment & Internship Coordinator Fellow
Jessica started in the O’Brien Center in 2021 as the Student Employment & Internship Coordinator Fellow. Jessica hopes to foster a career in leadership, development, and policy that encourages equity for all students.
Jessica is currently working toward her Master of Education in Higher Education at Merrimack College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media from Merrimack College.
What does Jessica wish she knew about career development when she was in college?
I wish that I had taken advantage of the wonderful facilities and programs that Merrimack College has to offer its students. As a transfer student, I focused more on completing my coursework and less on the fantastic internship opportunities available. I encourage any student to consider using the O’Brien Center as it is a touchstone for career development.
Associate Vice President and Executive Director of the O'Brien Center for Career Development
Mark joined Merrimack College in 2011. In Mark’s role as Associate Vice President and Executive Director of the O’Brien Center for Career Development, he provides strategic leadership to the College for all aspects and functions of the Center. Mark previously served as the Associate Vice President for Corporate Engagement in which he focused on meeting the needs of companies wishing to engage with the College by providing a bridge between industry and corporate training, degree programs, research, and sponsorship opportunities.
Mark was the Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs for the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University and Director of Management Development Programs at Boston University before joining Merrimack College in 2011. Mark has led the development of curriculum initiatives across program areas and partnered with other academic leaders from schools and colleges within Northeastern University and Boston University to offer their programs to a national and international audience. He is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences and has also been quoted in, and written articles for numerous publications.
Mark earned his B.S., Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Maine, M.Ed., Human Resource Training from Boston University, M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University, and Ed.D. in Higher Education from Northeastern University
What does Mark wish he knew about career development when he was in college?
I wish I had engaged with the career center earlier in my academic career than I did. However, I did participate in a summer internship which was transformational for me. Through this internship, I subsequently changed my major which was one of my best decisions ever!
Career Advisor, Graduate Fellow
Molly joined Merrimack in 2021 as a Career Advisor, Graduate Fellow. Prior to working in the O’Brien Center for Career Development, Molly interned with the Guidance Department of The Cambridge Matignon School, where she focused on career and future centered counseling with students. She also has worked closely with students from Matignon’s exchange program, maneuvering obstacles and enhancing student’s understanding of future options.
Molly graduated from Emmanuel College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Health & Counseling with a Minor in Education. She is continuing her education here at Merrimack and is enrolled in the Master of Education in School Counseling program.
Assistant Director, Career Advising
Joe joined Merrimack in 2015. Prior to Merrimack, Joe started his career in Higher Education with the University of New England, then moved to Southern New Hampshire University where he assisted in the growth of the Military Career Advising department.
Joe earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Plymouth State University in NH and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Keene State College. Joe is also a Certified Career Development Facilitator through Lengel Vocational Services, Inc. and holds a Graduate Certificate in the Human Side of Enterprise (HR).
What does Joe wish he knew about career development when he was in college?
“I didn’t realize how important internships and related work experience is as students transition from college into the work force. The more experiences a student has the more opportunities there will be after graduation.”
Assistant Director, Warriors at Work and Special Internship & Co-op Programs
Sarah joined Merrimack in 2011 and is the Assistant Director of Warriors at Work and Special Internship & Co-op Programs. Prior to working in the O’Brien Center for Career Development, Sarah worked as an Admission Counselor at the University of Hartford and then as an Assistant Director of Admission at Merrimack College. After starting her masters degree she realized she wanted to work more closely with students, and transitioned to focus on career advising.
Sarah received a Master of Education in Higher Education from Merrimack College and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Hartford.
What does Sarah wish she knew about career development when she was in college?
“I wished I had utilized my career center much earlier! I didn’t even think to do an internship until right before my senior year. I ended up not liking the career field I thought I would end up working in. This caused me to reevaluate my personal skills, values, and strengths. Ultimately, this led me to a career that I love, but I wish I had explored this earlier in my college career, so I could have gotten even more experience and internships before I graduated.”
Assistant Vice President, O'Brien Center
Samantha joined Merrimack’s professional staff in July 2012 after serving as a graduate career advisor for first-year business students. Following Samantha served in various roles across the center, from advising to operations. Most recently, Samantha served as the Director of Employer Experience, supporting employers as they seek to connect with students and the Merrimack community. She became an Assistant Vice President of the O’Brien Center in 2021.
Samantha earned her M.Ed in Higher Education from Merrimack College, and her B.B.A. in Hotel, Resort, & Restaurant Management from Northwood University, West Palm Beach, FL.
What does Sam wish she knew about career development when she was in college?
“My alma-mater had a significant focus on networking and continuous personal/professional growth built into every course we took. We were strongly encouraged to attend local networking events for our industry once per month, to get business cards, to send thank you notes, to engage in internships/co-ops. The continuous reminder to interact with others and engage in each opportunity shaped my entire future and remains with me in the work that I do now in career development.”
Career Advisor, Graduate Fellow
What she wished she knew about career development:
I wish I had known the extent of the services offered by the Career Center earlier in my undergrad! I only started to really utilize these services during my senior year, and I think it would have been of major benefit to myself if I had started earlier.
Assistant Director, Learning Management & Development
Prior to working in the O’Brien Center for Career Development, Katie worked as the Director of School-Based Programs for a nonprofit in Salem, MA. After partnering with the public schools for four years, she realized she wanted to work more closely with students, and transitioned to a position in Salem High School as the Internship and CO-OP Coordinator where she developed their internship program and enhanced community partnerships.
Kate received a Master of Education in Community Engagement and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Merrimack College.
Kate identifies with Women, First-Generation Student, Commuter, and Transfer populations.
What does Kate wish she knew about career development when she was in college?
I wish I knew the importance of internships as a freshman! It wasn’t until my senior year that I took advantage of an internship opportunity and realized that I didn’t actually want to pursue a professional career in the field I was studying. Participating in internships and job shadowing as early as freshman year can really help you navigate your career pathway!
Student Engagement and Social Media Fellow
Andrew graduated from Merrimack in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Theological Studies with a minor in Business Administration. During his time at Merrimack he was a Resident Advisor for three years as well as a member of the Austin Scholars E-Board.
Andrew is continuing his time at Merrimack as a Student Engagement and Social Media Fellow, pursuing a degree in Higher Education focusing on accessibility and equity.
Assistant Director, Career Advising
Laura joined Merrimack in the Spring of 2013 and provides comprehensive career guidance and support to students. Prior to joining Merrimack, Laura worked as a Student Services Coordinator at a private college planning company guiding high school students and families through the college application and admissions process. Laura earned her BA in Human Development from Boston College and an MS in Counseling from Fitchburg State University. Laura is also a CCE credentialed Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and licensed School Counselor.
What does Laura wish she knew about career development when she was in college?
I wished that I had learned about the power of networking and how helpful informational interviews can be. Had I known, I think I would have been able to make much more informed career decisions for myself. I try to impart this knowledge to my students and stress the importance of career exploration early on and throughout the four years so that when they graduate they feel confident and ready to take the next steps towards their future career.
Assistant Director of Employer Engagement
Shannon has been a member of the employer-facing team in the O’Brien Center for Career Development since August 2018, starting her time as the Corporate Engagement & Employer Relations graduate fellow. Shannon came to Merrimack with experience in Admission in the Midwest and currently connects with employers building their organizational brand and recruiting strategies on campus in her role as our Assistant Director of Employer Engagement.
Shannon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Organizational Science from Coe College and her Master of Education in Higher Education at Merrimack College.
Shannon identifies with Women & First-Generation Student populations and uses She/Her pronouns.