Career Center Staff

Get in touch with our staff in The Career Center to set up a one-on-one meeting, get expert advice, and much more.

Career Services Staff

Dave Merry

In the position of Associate Provost and Executive Director of the expanded Center for Career Education and Professional Development, Dave works to generate and implement career-related initiatives and oversee programs in executive education and lifelong learning in alignment with the career/experiential learning goals of the Suffolk 2025 strategic plan.

Dave holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire and an MA in Student Development in Postsecondary Education from the University of Iowa. He is completing a Doctor of Education program at Northeastern University, with a concentration in Higher Education Administration; his in-progress dissertation focuses on implementing organizational change within career education centers to meet the challenges and opportunities of the changing world of work.

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Career Education Staff

Kerrie AbornKerrie Aborn has worked in higher education for more than fourteen years. As the Director of Career Exploration at Suffolk University, Kerrie Aborn is responsible for developing and implementing university-wide career education initiatives, including internship support, first-year and generalized career support, alumni career engagement, and the equity and access of our offerings. Prior to Suffolk, Kerrie held leadership positions at Curry College, Earlham College and Anderson University working in workforce development, experiential education, enrollment, marketing, advancement, information technology and community relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Anderson University.

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Erika Graves

Erika started working in the Career Center in July 2021 after becoming a double gull from Endicott College, BS ‘19 and M.Ed ‘21. She knew early on in her undergraduate career that she wanted to work with college students and pursued that path by getting engaged in tutoring services and student affairs work, specifically in residence life. Erika is passionate about working with students outside of the classroom and supporting them as individuals in all areas of their life.

Jenny Joseph-Hayle

As an alum and adjunct faculty member, Jenny Joseph-Hayle remains committed to providing resources for students and alumni as the Associate Director of Career Alumni Engagement. She has over 10 years of professional experience in health care financing, public service (for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York) and consulting. Jenny enjoys sharing industry knowledge with the Suffolk community through lectures, hosting collaborative events with other student organizations and serving as a volunteer as a Suffolk graduate ambassador. Ms. Joseph-Hayle holds a MPA’13 from Suffolk and a Bachelors in Sociology from San Francisco State University.

Portrait of Julie Nguyen, Senior Associate Director of Career Education

Julie enjoys collaborating with students to tell their career story to showcase their skills and experiences, and demonstrate how they can contribute to companies. In addition to supporting “middle year students”, Julie is assisting the College of Arts & Sciences and the Sawyer Business School with integrating career education into their curriculum.

Julie has spent her entire professional career in higher education: admissions, academic advising, cooperative education, and career education. Prior to joining the Suffolk Community, Julie was an Assistant Cooperative Education Faculty in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University where she supported Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering students throughout their co-op searches and work experiences, maintained and developed employer partnerships throughout the U.S., taught two courses twice a year, and engaged in service activities that promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion.

She earned her Doctor of Education degree from Northeastern University with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. Her dissertation focused on examining undergraduate engineering students’ experiences with failures. Julie would like to help more students view failures as opportunities for growth and not be afraid to make mistakes. Also, she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master of Arts degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Monty Thomas

Montgomery Thomas (he/him) strives to build relationships, mentor, and develop experiences for graduate and mid-career alumni/ae learners. Prior to joining Suffolk in 2021, Montgomery served as the Pre-Law and Graduate School Advisor in Employer Engagement and Career Design at Northeastern University. In his role, he supported the undergraduate, graduate, and alumni populations through the law and graduate school process as well as overall career exploration and development. He is currently serving on the board of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA). He also served on the NASPA Region I Advisory Board as the representative for the Student Career Development Knowledge Community regionally and nationally. He has previously held positions in residence life, student activities, multicultural affairs, and career education. Montgomery holds a BS in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Central Michigan University and a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Providence College. Montgomery enjoys spending time with family, eating any kind of pasta, travelling, and staying active.

Stephen Meno

In his role as the Assistant Director of Internship Programs, Stephen will serve as a university resource for the various educators and initiatives focused on providing students with internship opportunities. Prior to joining Suffolk, Stephen worked at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension as a Community and Economic Development Field Specialist. He received a Master of Regional Planning degree with a focus on economic development from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BA in Archaeology and English from Tufts University. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education degree at Plymouth State University with a focus on innovative approaches to experiential learning.

Career Equity and Access Staff

Ade IgbinewekaAde has spent the past 15 years in education and developmental services. Her career started with supporting adults with physical and mental health disabilities, and transitioned into teaching and being a student development specialist. She has been privileged to support people in their areas of development and achievement. In the last 6 years, she has served as a Success Coach, Academic Advisor and Career Specialist with an equity and inclusion lens, engaging students and colleagues in workshops and programming, developing processes that allow students become value-added individuals in their career pursuits. Ade has earned a Bachelors and Master degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has succeeded as a first generation graduate by building relationships, and she looks forward to building strategic partnerships to further student success at Suffolk University with a deep focus for underserved student groups and identities.

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Career Communities Staff

Sarah M. BurrowsSarah Burrows, Ed.D., Director of Career Communities, believes that engagement, networking, and professional relationship management are keys to launch and advance one’s career. She has held various roles in Higher Education, at Providence College as the Senior Associate Director, Center for Career Education, at Lasell University as Director of Internship Programs and at Simmons University as a Communication faculty member and Internship Program Director. She has developed a professional development badging program, created protocols and curricula for internship programs, taught Communication courses and conducted assessment of learning outcomes from work-integrated learning. Sarah serves as the VP of Research on the board of CEIA, and as a Regional Vice-Chair for the U.S. for the WACE-International Research Community. Sarah earned a B.F.A. from the NYSCC at Alfred University, an M.S. from Simmons University, and an Ed.D. from Northeastern University. Sarah enjoys reading, lap swimming, gardening, and spending time with her family.

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Alicia McCormickAlicia McCormick (she/her) loves empowering students to achieve their goals and fulfill their potential both within and beyond the college experience. She is excited to learn about the passions of Suffolk students and help them navigate their career journeys. Prior to Suffolk, Alicia worked for the Honors Program at Northeastern University, where she advised students in the College of Engineering and Bouvé College of Health Sciences and coordinated a student-alumni mentoring initiative to foster professional development and networking amongst members of the community from all industries. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston College and an M.Ed. in Higher Education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. In her free time, she enjoys baking, going to concerts (especially country!), trying new restaurants, and spending time with her 1-year old puppy, Theo.

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 Joanna LazarekJoanna has had a varied career with a common advising thread. In addition to brief stints in educational and luxury travel, she spent over 12 years as a gap year advisor. In 2011, Joanna took her own time “on,” traveling to India, Thailand, Australia, Ecuador, Poland, and Germany to volunteer, study Spanish, excavate in an archaeological dig, and blog. She returned to advising as an international co-op counselor at Northeastern University, then joined Suffolk in 2015, where she gives students career advice, engages employers, manages career events, and runs the Ram Alumni Mentoring Program (RAMP). Joanna studied art history and Italian at UConn and spent a year abroad in Florence, Italy. She loves to explore art, history, world cultures and cuisines, and is a keen reader, traveler, cyclist, and hiker.

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Laura MarchantA native Bostonian, Laura has 15+ years’ experience in career development and recruiting. She helped play a pivotal role in developing the Career Center’s on-campus recruiting program, and she maintains valuable connections among hiring managers from a variety of industries. Laura established and manages the Employer Advisory Board as well as oversees a multitude of career related events and workshops both on and off campus. She has also been instrumental in helping students launch their careers through her advising and classroom instruction. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College, and both of her children attended Suffolk University. When not calling upon the human resources community, Laura enjoys tennis, gardening, and vegetarian cooking.

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Lauren GrayLauren joined Suffolk University in 2017 after working for 10 years in the non-profit sector as an employer relations specialist and career counselor. Prior to that, she served the homeless community as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Sacramento, CA. In her current role, Lauren engages with employers, organizes events, coordinates job shadowing, and most importantly, advises students on a variety of career development topics. She also has experience as an instructor in the Sawyer Business School’s Career Links program. She holds a B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross, an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University, and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and their cat Gatsby, and enjoys attending musical theater performances and sporting events.

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Michelle Goldberg (she/her) is a dedicated multicultural career counselor who thrives creating professional pathways for historically marginalized populations. Prior to joining the Suffolk community, she worked in Career Design at Northeastern, her undergraduate alma mater, where she worked primarily with the D'Amore-McKim School of Business and Cultural Life. As a member of the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, her personal mission is to break the cycle of inequity in the workforce. Michelle completed her Master’s in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University with a focus on Student Affairs and Multicultural Counseling. Prior to career advising, she held roles in orientation, admissions, international education, first-year transition programs, residence life and student activities. Outside of work, Michelle volunteers as a Big Sister, and enjoys musical theatre and spending time with her spouse and Cooper, their rescue dog.

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Morgan Brittney AustinMorgan has a passion for conveying messages, whether it’s through written copy or being a reliable resource for sound advice. Her B.A. in Communication - Journalism from Lasell University lead her to a career in content writing, producing website and social media copy for a range of industries including healthcare, youth programs, career and employment, and more. Before joining Suffolk, Morgan worked at various marketing agencies, brands, and startups, fostering her skills in copywriting and relationship-building with clients and colleagues, alike. She is eager to bring her industry knowledge into the role as the Assistant Director of the Journalism, Media and Communication Career Community in the Center for Career Equity, Development and Success. Morgan also sits as a board member for a youth mentoring program in her hometown, Brockton, MA. When she’s not working or volunteering, you can find her with a book in one hand and a coffee in the other.

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Nana-Korantema (Nana) Koranteng has been enthralled with both US. & Global politics from a young age. Now she is excited to leverage her unique personal and professional experiences in supporting Suffolk students as they explore the many career paths within public affairs, government, and law. She is especially excited about helping students of diverse backgrounds tap into their potential.

Nana is a 2016-2017 Fulbright Fellowship Alumna, having taught English at Ahlia University in Manama, Bahrain. Nana received her B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Pomona College where she concentrated in politics and religion. She later went on to earn her M.A. in Regional Studies- Middle East from Harvard University, where she focused on conflict resolution. Nana is an avid traveler and foreign film lover. If she looks like she’s daydreaming, she’s just planning her next international adventure.

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Tina Finnegan

Tina joins Suffolk University dedicated to advocating for and helping build professional growth for learners from all walks of life. Coming from an international background, Tina is passionate about culture, language, community, and the intersection of such factors in individuals’ personal growth as well as career pursuits. Fluent in English, Russian, and Spanish – she is constantly eager to learn more about the diverse identities of those she meets. Throughout her professional roles, she built writing and communication programming, including one-on-one advising and group lectures, for students pursuing business from international backgrounds. She has also developed original customized career resources for students pursuing dental medicine, public health, or clinical specialization, including instructional guides, a tailored digital library, and an expanded network of employers and mentors in academia, research, public health, military, and practice. Through such programming, Tina has encouraged experiential learning and integrated collaborative efforts with administrators, faculty, and employers to help graduates become career ready and stand out within their respective industries. With these experiences, Tina has developed an engagement model recognizing energy, talent, and social capital in building confident professionals. She looks forward to building more custom resources, delivering content, and connecting with the wealth of perspectives that the Suffolk community offers!

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Zack spent his undergraduate years at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA, where he obtained degrees in Political Science and History in 2014. Zack was very involved, serving as a captain of the swim team, president of his fraternity, and a campus tour guide. After graduation, he stayed at Lycoming as an Admissions Counselor. After several years in that position, Zack took a similar position at Lasell University, serving as a Senior Assistant Director of Admission. While there, he obtained a Masters in Business Administration. Zack loves helping students find and take advantage of the opportunities provided by higher education, and that love is what has motivated him through his professional career. He cannot wait to help Suffolk students achieve their goals. Outside of work, Zack is a voracious reader and a fan of trivia. Tell him what you're reading, or a fun fact you recently learned when you meet him--either will make a great impression!

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Career Operations Staff

Christelle PaulChristelle is passionate about helping students reach their full potential and providing the systems and resources to transition successfully in the workforce. In her previous roles as a program coordinator and a post-secondary coach in various non-profits, she implemented outreach programs in the Boston area to assist urban youth in the process of reaching for higher education. During the past three years, she has served the Suffolk community with her skills in career advising, data reporting, and technology management. In her Director role she will be coordinating a team that extends beyond the Career Center in efforts to provide a seamless, integrated experience for all Suffolk stakeholders. Christelle’s MBA focuses on Business Intelligence, and she is a leader in business operation and management.

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Anna Abate

Anna joined the Career Development Center in January 2021. A Suffolk alumna, Anna first realized her passion for working with students during her time serving as a Writing Tutor for the University’s Center for Learning and Academic Success. From there, Anna began her career in Higher Education at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. As one of the Career Center’s Administrative Coordinators, Anna supports the team by performing a wide range of duties from Center operations, to events and marketing.

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Hayley ConardHayley has been working with Suffolk University for over 3 years while pursuing her MBA part-time with a concentration in Strategic Management. Hayley holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a minor in Global Communication from Roger Williams University. She is passionate about maintaining and implementing successful and accessible operation and technology systems for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and employers to utilize. Hayley works closely with the Handshake platform and Handshake Support team to maintain a positive user experience.

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