Career Advisor - Science & Engineering
Laura Thibodeau joined The O’Brien Center for Career Development in February of 2013 as a Career Advisor. Laura provides comprehensive career guidance and support to students within the School of Science and Engineering. Laura assists students in navigating through their career development path while encouraging self-exploration through experiential learning opportunities such as externships, internships, and co-ops. Laura guides students from the selection of a major through to the job search or application to graduate or professional schools. She also helps students in developing the resume and cover letter and provides assistance and resources relevant to internship and job searches, including interview preparation, career fair etiquette, networking techniques, and other areas of professional development. Additionally, Laura creates and executes innovative programming, classroom presentations, workshops and events to support the career development of students at Merrimack College.
Laura received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development at Boston College and a Master of Science in Counseling at Fitchburg State University. Laura is also a CCE credentialed Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and licensed School Counselor. Laura’s additional experience prior to Merrimack College includes college admissions counseling at the high school level. She worked both at a private for-profit organization as well as in public high schools advising students in their college and career decisions, guiding them through the college application and admissions process. She has also worked in special education at the middle and high school levels.
Walk-in hours with Laura are Mondays and Thursdays from 1-3pm in the Mendel Center Lobby.
Specialities and InterestsSchool of Science & Engineering
Career Advisor - Education & Social Policy
Prior to working in the O’Brien Center for Career Development, Sarah was employed in the Office of Admission at Merrimack College as well as University of Hartford’s Admission Office. Sarah received her M.Ed in Higher Education at Merrimack College and her BA in Communication at the University of Hartford.
Sarah Mackler is a Career Advisor in the O’Brien Center for Career Development. As a Career Advisor she works with students from the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Education and Social Policy. Having a background in undergraduate admissions, Sarah is passionate about helping students navigate from one life phase to another with ease.
Walk-in hours with Sarah are Mondays from 1-3pm in the O’Brien Center (Sak) and Thursdays 1-3pm in Austin Hall 218.
Specialities and InterestsSchool of Education & Social Policy
Career Advisor - Liberal Arts
Katie Fell is a career adviser in the O’Brien Center, where she assists students in the School of Liberal Arts. She previously worked in the Office of Career Services at Harvard University and taught history and geography in Hillsborough County, Florida. Her research interests include cultural competency and diversity training and education among K-12 educators; college access and equity; and first-generation students in higher-education settings.
Walk-in hours with Katie are Mondays and Thursdays from 1-3pm in Cushing Hall, Room 102D.
Specialities and InterestsSchool of Liberal Arts
Career Advisor, School of Health Sciences
Samantha McGurgan is the Career Advisor for the School of Health Sciences. Prior to joining the O’Brien Center team, she served as Career Counselor for Science and Math students at Cal Poly SLO and adjunct College Success faculty at Cuesta College. She holds a B.S. in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University and an M.A. in Education specializing in Counseling and Guidance, Student Affairs & Higher Education from Cal Poly SLO.
Walk-in hours with Samantha are Mondays & Thursdays from 1-3pm in O’Reilly Hall Room 207.
Assistant Director, Career Advising, Girard School of Business
Joe Jenkins joined the Girard School of Business in June 2015 as a Business Career Specialist. He is a wartime veteran who has deployed on multiple military campaigns. After his service, Joe returned home to finish his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Keene State College and his MBA from Plymouth State University. Prior to joining Merrimack College, Joe has worked at multiple higher education institutions in the greater New England area. Helping students to find a job/career that will allow them to use their skills and grow professionally is a personal passion of his. Joe’s dedication to students is demonstrated through his commitment to the individual success of each student he works with.
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
Career Advisor, Girard School of Business
In her role as a Girard School of Business career advisor, Morgan Phipps uses her knowledge and writing skills to help business students write their resumés, identify internship opportunities and prepare for job interviews.
As an undergraduate student, Phipps was a member of the women’s softball team as well as an active member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She graduated from Merrimack with a B.S. in Business Administration (Management) in 2017 and is pursuing a M.S. in Management at Merrimack, anticipated in 2018.
Walk-in hours with Morgan are available Monday through Thursday from 1-3pm in the Lucey Center for Career Advising, Crowe Hall.
Graduate Advising Fellow
Charlotte received a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs at Indiana University and is currently pursuing Master of Education in Higher Education at Merrimack College. In her current role as a Career Advising Fellow, she serves as the primary career advisor for first-year undeclared liberal arts students and manages weekly walk-in hours at the O’Brien Center for Career Development. Prior to this role, she worked in the nonprofit sector, primarily in animal welfare. Charlotte most enjoys helping students explore different career possibilities and creating plans with students to pursue experiential opportunities.