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 the Mendel Center 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 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 and Adjunct Faculty, School of Health Sciences
Samantha started with Merrimack in November 2017 and works within the School of Health Sciences. Prior to Merrimack, Sam served as the Career Counselor for the College of Science & Math at Cal Poly where she worked closely with military-connected and student veterans. She also has prior experience in academic and career advising for high achieving business students and teaching diverse student populations in the California community college setting. Sam received her Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Counseling and Guidance in Student Affairs and Higher Education, California Polytechnic State University and a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University.
What does Samantha wish she knew about career development when she was in college?
As a first-generation undergrad student who worked full-time through the majority of college, I thought that Career Services was the place for students who needed jobs. I didn’t think I needed them because I had a resume and a job already. The part that I neglected to understand was the difference between a job and a career. It wasn’t until I interned at Career Services at Cal Poly as a grad student that I realized how significantly one’s life can be changed by having a strong support system through the career decision-making process. Since then, it has become my professional mission to connect with students throughout their college experience and support them in realizing their dreams.
Walk-in hours with Samantha are Mondays & Wednesdays from 1-3pm in O’Reilly Hall Room 207.
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.
Associate Vice President & Executive Director
Courtney joined Merrimack College in 2012 as Assistant Vice President of development and transitioned in 2016 to the role of Executive Director at the O’Brien Center. Courtney’s work is focused on creating an intersection between the student experience and corporate engagement, whereby students follow their passions through enhanced career advising and access to quality hands-on experiential learning and full-time employment.
Director, Employer Relations
Brian joined the O’Brien Center in July 2017 as director of employer relations. His work focuses on establishing relationships with employers in multiple industries and creating engagement opportunities that align recruitment goals with “best-fit” Merrimack students.
Prior to joining Merrimack, Brian was the Director of Strategic Marketing at Pearson Education, where he was responsible for the direction and delivery of several workforce-development and employment initiatives. Brian earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from UMass Dartmouth.
Director of Data Strategy & Technology
Sam joined Merrimack’s professional staff in July 2012. Sam 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 university had a significant focus on networking and continuous growth as a professional and person built into every course we took. It was strongly suggested that we 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 shaped my entire future and remains with me in the work that I do now in career development.”
Director, Warriors at Work
Stacey leads the Warriors at Work program for Merrimack College, an institutional initiative designed to amplify career readiness for students starting in freshman year. While the program is college-wide, it is highly collaborative with participating departments and the O’Brien Center for Career Development.
Prior to managing the Warriors at Work program, Stacey worked within the O’Brien Center for Career Development for a year to help Merrimack expand its experiential and career development programming. Phelps has worked in higher education since 2000 including work in career development at the University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Science and Gordon College. Stacey’s focus has been within employer relations, internship recruiting and student/career development.
Stacey earned an M.Ed. in Counselor Education; Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from the University of Virginia and completed a B.A., Psychology from Saint Michael’s College.
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.
Ariane joined the O’Brien Center staff as a Career Advising Graduate Fellow in 2018. Before Merrimack, Ariane worked in the Pittsburgh film and television industry and then as an Senior Admissions Counselor at Mount Ida College.
Ariane earned a Bachelor of Science in Cinema and Photography from Ithaca College and is now pursuing an M.Ed. in Higher Education at Merrimack.
Employer Relations 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.
Emily joined the staff at Merrimack in August 2018 as a Career Advising Graduate Fellow. Prior to working in the O’Brien Center for Career Development, Emily studied at Roger Williams University. After graduation, Emily took a year off to backpack by herself from Kigali, Rwanda to Cape Town, South Africa using predominately ground transport.
Emily earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Roger Williams University in 2017 and is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Higher Education.
Career Advisor Graduate Fellow
Stella joined Merrimack College in August 2019 as a Career Advising Graduate Fellow. She is currently pursuing her Master of Education in Higher Education at Merrimack College and has received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies from The University of Rhode Island.
Walk-in hours with Stella are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1-3pm at the O’Brien Center for Career Development, which is located in the Alfred L. Arcidi Center.
Career Advisor Graduate Fellow
Kate joined the O’Brien Center for Career Development in August 2019 as one of the Career Advisor Graduate Fellows. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Higher Education at Merrimack College. Kate earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies at Roger Williams University.
Walk-in hours with Kate are Monday-Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm at the O’Brien Center for Career Development, which is located in the Alfred L. Arcidi Center.
Get Hired Up Fellow
Ellen joined the O’Brien Center for Career Development in August 2019 as the Get Hired Up Fellow, while earning her Master of Education in Higher Education at Merrimack. As the Get Hired Up Fellow, Ellen will work with student interns to raise awareness about professional development opportunities within the O’Brien Center.
Ellen earned her Bachelor of Science in Television Production in May 2019 from Hofstra University. Ellen is familiar with the benefits of internships in college, having held positions at Fox News, Cox Media Group, and WABC-TV during her time at Hofstra.
J. Summer Gruber
Corporate Engagement & Employer Relations Fellow
Summer joined the O’Brien Center for Career Development at Merrimack College in August 2019 as a Corporate Engagement & Employer Relations Fellow. She earned Bachelor of Science in Communications from Florida Int’l University and Nonprofit Management from University of Washington, and currently working on M. Ed in Higher Education. Prior to Merrimack, Summer spent her career in nonprofit and project/event management.