Career Advisor - Liberal Arts
Katie joined Merrimack in 2016 and is the career advisor in the O’Brien Center for students in the School of Liberal Arts. 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. ”
Walk-in hours with Katie are Mondays and Thursdays from 1-3pm in Cushing Hall, Room 102D.
Specialities and InterestsSchool of Liberal Arts
Assistant Director of Career Advising, School of Science & Engineering
Laura joined Merrimack in the Spring of 2013 and provides comprehensive career guidance and support to students within the School of Science and Engineering. 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.
Walk-in hours with Laura are Mondays and Thursdays from 1-3pm in Palmisano Hall Lobby.
Specialities and InterestsSchool of Science & Engineering
Assistant Director of Career Advising, School of Education and Social Policy
Sarah joined Merrimack in 2011 and is the career advisor for students in the School of Education and Social Policy. 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.”
Walk-in hours with Sarah are Mondays and Thursdays from 1-3 PM in Austin Hall, Room 218.
Specialities and InterestsSchool of Education & Social Policy
Assistant Director, Career Advising, Girard School of Business
Joe joined Merrimack in 2015 and is one of two career advisors for students in the Girard School of Business. 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.”
Walk-in hours with Joe are Monday – Thursday from 1-3pm in the Lucey Center for Career Advising in Crowe Hall.
Specialities and InterestsGirard School of Business
Business Career Advisor
Morgan joined the staff at Merrimack in the Spring of 2018. Shortly after graduation in 2017, Morgan became a graduate assistant for the Lucey Advising Center while studying for her Masters, realizing she enjoyed working with students to help them develop their own individual career paths.
Morgan earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing) from Merrimack in 2017 and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Managment.
What does Morgan wish she knew about career development when she was in college?
“I wish I better utilized all the resources that were offered to me because there were so many opportunities to network and become a better professional. This influences my work today because I now make it a top priority to ensure that all students are knowledgeable and aware of the importance of networking and experiential learning and that they are utilizing the many resources offered.”
Walk-in hours with Morgan are available Monday through Thursday from 1-3pm in the Lucey Center for Career Advising, Crowe Hall.
Career Advisor Graduate Fellow
Michelle joined the O’Brien Center for Career Development at Merrimack this year as a Graduate Fellow while pursuing her M.Ed in Higher Education. Prior to enrolling in Merrimack’s fellowship program, Michelle earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Management at Bentley University, spent a year serving various communities as a member of AmeriCorps NCCC, and a couple years working as a Membership Director for the YMCA of Greater Boston.
What does Michelle wish she knew about career development when she was in college?
Networking is not as scary as it seems! Most people are willing to help and take joy in sharing their resources and knowledge. I wish I was less anxious about growing my network and setting up informational interviews during my undergrad experience. Once you hit send on an email or engage in a conversation, the subsequent connection is an invaluable resource that can help you throughout your career.
Career Advisor and Success Coach Graduate Fellow
Brianna graduated from Skidmore College in 2018 with a Bachelors in Psychology, and played for their women’s soccer team. Since graduating Brianna has been drawn to higher education and realized her interest in helping students with their academic pursuits. She started her career at Boston University in Student Affairs and now works at the Harvard Kennedy School in Alumni Relations and Development. Currently, she is a Graduate Fellow while pursuing her M.Ed in School Counseling.
What does Brianna wish she knew about career development when she was in college?
I wish I had taken the time and was shown how to connect with alumni and expand my network to learn more about the jobs and careers that are out there. There are so many paths to try out and informational interviews with people in the field would have been so helpful in narrowing down those paths.
Associate Vice President of Career and Professional Development & Managing Director of the Bouchard Center
Michaele Morrow is the Associate Vice President for Research and Development and Managing Director of the Bouchard Center in the O’Brien Center for Career Development at Merrimack College. She earned her undergraduate and Master’s degree in accounting at West Texas A&M University and worked in public accounting in Texas before pursuing her PhD at Texas Tech University. She is a CPA licensed in Texas. Her research interests include individual and corporate income tax and the effect of tax policy on taxpayer behavior. Professor Morrow is a national tax instructor for PwC and KPMG, and she also worked closely with students as director of a low-income tax preparation center for Boston-area residents and international students for over a decade. She is a 2019 Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honoree.
Director of Communications
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 of Employer Engagement
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. Samantha is now the Director of Employer Experience, supporting employers as they seek to connect with students and the Merrimack community.
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.”
Internship Institute Specialist
Kate joined Merrimack in 2019 and is the Internship and CO-OP Specialist for students in the Internship Institute program. 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.
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!
Events & Operations Specialist
Ashley joined the O’Brien Center for Career Development at Merrimack College in 2018 as the Events and Operations Specialist. Her work focuses on planning all major events for the O’Brien Center, including career fairs, networking receptions and round tables, and the bi-annual Professional Development Retreat.
Ashley earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Food Science at the University of Vermont.
Employer Engagement Specialist
Shannon joined the O’Brien Center staff as the Corporate Engagement Graduate Fellow in 2018. Before Merrimack, Shannon worked as an Admission Counselor for Rockford University in Illinois.
Shannon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Organizational Science from Coe College and her M.Ed. in Higher Education at Merrimack College. Shannon currently serves as our Employer Relations Specialist for the O’Brien Center.
Internship Institute Graduate Fellow
Madison graduated from Merrimack College in 2019 with a BA in Human Development and Education. During her time at Merrimack College, she was involved on campus through peer mentoring and tutoring younger students. For the past year, she has been a Lead Teacher at a school in Andover, Massachusetts and developed curriculum for the school. Although she loved her students, Madison realized how much she missed working with college students and empowering them to engage in lifelong learning. Currently, Madison is pursuing her M.Ed in Higher Education at Merrimack College and is a Graduate Fellow in The O’Brien Center for Career Development.
What does Madison wish she knew about career development when she was in college?
Although I knew about the Career Center in undergrad, I didn’t realize how much support they offered and how to take advantage of it. I personally didn’t take advantage of the services until my senior year. I want to make sure that all students on campus know about how impactful the O’Brien Center can be in their journey and how to utilize the resources from the start.