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Career Coaching Focus: Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Campus Partners: University Honors Program; Campus Ministry; LGBT Student Services; Muslim Student Life
Branden joined Loyola Marymount University as Associate Provost for Career and Professional Development in June 2015, where he leads the university's Career and Professional Development initiative. In this role he oversees the office responsible for successfully launching undergraduate and graduate students into their professional careers. Over 95% of LMU graduates are employed, enrolled in graduate school, or pursuing post-graduate service or military within six months of graduation. Before joining LMU, Branden held similar leadership roles in career services at St. Olaf College, Tufts University, and Harvard University. His work in the field of career services has been featured in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Education Advisory Board, and the book Will College Pay Off? by Peter Cappelli of the Wharton School of Business. (Full Bio)
Interim Director, Industry Partnerships
LMU Liaison: Alumni Relations; University Relations
Campus Partners: Student Psychological Services; Study Abroad
Carolynn brings to her role as Interim Director of Industry Partnerships a strong background in higher education, having worked at three distinct universities. In her current role she works with employers, alumni, and students to facilitate recruitment efforts on campus and build community partnerships throughout greater Los Angeles. Previously she worked supporting various LMU boards and councils, the Board of Trustees at Simmons College, and recent graduates at UConn’s Medical and Dental Schools, all of which gave her a rich understanding of the needs of successful alumni. Her undergraduate studies focused on communication and anthropology, and most recently she joined the Lion community by earning her M.Ed. at LMU.
Director, Campus Partnerships
Career Coaching Focus: Communications & Media
School Liaison: College of Communication & Fine Arts
Campus Partners: Academic Resource Center (First to Go); Greek Life; Jewish Student Life; Student Worker Program
Marcy joined Loyola Marymount University and CPD in September 2015, and works with students, faculty and staff to cultivate campus partnerships to support students’ career and professional development. Marcy’s past roles include working in Alumni Relations at Cal State Northridge, and most recently, at Mount Saint Mary’s University as an adjunct faculty member teaching career courses as well as the Associate Director of Career Services & Internships. Marcy holds an M.Ed. in postsecondary administration and student affairs from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in communication studies from Cal State Northridge.
Assistant Director, Education Professions
Career Coaching Focus: Education (K-12, Counseling, Higher Ed); Nonprofit & Social Services; Graduate Programs (Academic Track); Undecided
School Liaison: School of Education
Campus Partners: Ethnic & Intercultural Services (EIS); Asian Pacific Student Services; Black Student Services; Chicano Latino Student Services
Cassandra joined Career and Professional Development in 2012. She is the liaison to the School of Education and partners with Ethnic and Intercultural Services (EIS) to co-facilitate campus events and provide career resources to underrepresented students. Cassandra manages the annual Graduate School Fair and serves as an instructor for LMU internship courses. Her other areas of interest are community service, social justice, emancipated and foster youth, and nonprofit. Cassandra earned her Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling – College Student Personnel from Eastern Michigan University, and a B.A. in Music Performance from Clark Atlanta University, in addition she holds a certificate in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law.
Assistant Director, Engineering, Science & Technology Professions
Career Coaching Focus: Computer Science and Technology; Energy and Environment; Engineering; Science and Lab Research; Undecided
School Liaison: Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering
Campus Partners: Center for Service and Action; Student Housing; Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
Erica joined Loyola Marymount University and CPD in April 2017, working closely with students and faculty from the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. Facilitating engaging and diverse career development workshops and trainings, she encourages her students to focus on their accomplishments, get involved on and off campus, and build and utilize their network to create opportunities. Her career journey encompasses recruitment, STEM education and outreach, event and conference planning, and most recently internships and job placement at a private liberals arts institution. A native of the D.C. Metropolitan area, she is passionate about diversity and social justice, empowering emerging leaders, and serving her community. Erica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Thiel College.
Assistant Director, Applied Liberal Arts Professions & Pre-Law Advisor
Career Coaching Focus: Government & Public Policy; Legal Professions & Criminal Justice; Post-Graduate Service; Sports Management & Recreation; Undecided
School Liaison: Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
Campus Partners: Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS); Pre-Law
Kyle works closely with the staff and faculty of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts to deliver innovative, customized, and engaging programs and services to the students of 47 different majors and minors. With years of public speaking experience—from hosting weekly college events with 1,300+ students in attendance, to coordinating town hall meetings with the City of Los Angeles — Kyle frequently facilitates workshops on translating major to career, effective networking strategies, and cutting edge resume and cover letter writing techniques. Kyle holds an M.S. in college counseling and student development and a B.A. in communication studies from Azusa Pacific University. He is also a Certified Federal Job Search Trainer and Federal Career Coach.
Assistant Director, Health Professions
Career Coaching Focus: Healthcare & Medicine; Alternative Healthcare; Pre-Med; Energy & Environment; Computer Science & Technology; Engineering; Science & Lab Research; Undecided
LMU Liaison: Center for Student Success (Seaver)
Campus Partners: Academic Community of Excellence (ACE); Athletics; The Learning Community (TLC)
Gregory joined Career and Professional Development at LMU in February of 2016, after visiting campus many times as a health graduate program recruiter with Western University of Health Sciences. His many years in recruiting and program development inform his work with students, and Gregory is well-versed in diverse health professions and industries related to medicine. Gregory holds an M.S. in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne, where he focused on human resources management and organizational development, and a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gregory is an avid basketball (Los Angeles Lakers) and football (Minnesota Vikings) fan, and is excited to support students in his role at LMU.
Elena Muslar '11
Assistant Director, Entertainment & Fine Arts Professions
Career Coaching Focus: Fine Arts and Performing Arts; Entertainment and Media; Undecided
School Liaison: College of Communication & Fine Arts and School of Film & Television
Campus Partners: ASLMU; GSLMU; Student Entertainment & Media
Elena returned to LMU in March 2017 as the Assistant Director for Entertainment and Fine Arts Professions in Career and Professional Development. She is a proud undergraduate alum and excited to be back on campus as a resource for fellow lions interested in creative careers. She has held positions in various organizations garnering her years of experience in arts administration, creative producing, and cultural engagement. Dedicated to helping develop the next generation of emerging arts leaders, Elena has a vested interest in the relationships between arts enterprise, social justice, and creative entrepreneurship. Elena obtained her M.F.A in Theatre Management specializing in Producing from CalArts and B.A. in Theatre Arts with minors in Dance and African-American Studies from LMU. During her formative years on campus, she was also a member of Belles Service Organization and loved being an LMU Tour Guide.
Assistant Director, Business Professions
Career Coaching Focus: Accounting & Finance; Entrepreneurship; Management, Consulting & Human Resources; Marketing & Sales
School Liaison: College of Business Administration
Campus Partners: Disability Support Services; Guardian Scholars; Student Employment Services; Transfer Program; Veterans Program
Elizabeth has worked in higher education and career development for more than 10 years, working with diverse student groups. In her current role she provides guidance to students enrolled in the College of Business to assist in their pursuit of career and professional goals, and collaborates with faculty on various projects. She comes to LMU after six years as a job developer working directly with college recruiters in a variety of fields, as well as faculty, students, and alumni. Elizabeth holds an M.A. in education, counseling option, from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a B.A. in public relations from USC. She has worked in public relations, sales, marketing, entertainment, and healthcare.
Kelley joined Career and Professional Development in November 2014. She provides daily supervision of the administrative and student staff, as well as ensuring the smooth day to day operations of the CPD office. Kelley has over 10 years of professional experience, and has held administrative positions in various fields including Development, Alumni Relations and Event Management. She holds a B.A. in communication studies from California State University, Long Beach.
Communication and Event Coordinator
Brandon became a member of the Career and Professional Development team in January 2017. In his role, Brandon manages social media, oversees event coordination, and also creates marketing content for CPD initiatives. His background includes years of event management experience where he has managed conferences and expositions across the United States. Brandon was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and spends much of his leisure time cheering on all of his local sports teams. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Communication Management program at USC and holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Economics from Howard University.
Norma Gochez provides administrative and office support to Career and Professional Development. With more than 15 years of experience, she greatly enjoys welcoming students and alumni for their individual appointments with a Career Coach or with our expert peer advisors. She loves being a part of such a committed and professional department at LMU. Norma, a licensed esthetician, enjoys, in her personal time, inviting friends over for facials and especially to meet her beautiful and chatty parrot, Lorenza.
Applications Systems Analyst - ITS/CPD
Poulomi joined Loyola Marymount University in October 2016. She is an Application Systems Analyst and reports to Information Technology Services, while servicing Career and Professional Development. In her current role, she primarily works with CPD as their technical support and ensures all technology systems function in support of consistent service delivery and business processes. She collaborates with multiple university departments and external vendors (i.e. CSM Symplicity, Banner, and Handshake) to develop and implement technology initiatives for CPD. She manages the execution of information technology strategic plan for CPD in support of new technology that is integrated into existing suite of career related services, programs, and resources. Previously Poulomi has worked as a Software Tester/Business Analyst in .Net framework for Kaihatsu Techno Center in India. Poulomi holds a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering in Information Technology from Mumbai University in India and very recently joined the Lion Community by earning her Master of Science in Systems Engineering from LMU.