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Career Coaching Focus: Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Campus Partners: University Honors Program; Campus Ministry
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 90% 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)
Director, Industry Partnerships
Campus Partner: LGBT Student Services
Lucas joined Loyola Marymount University and CPD in August 2015, and works with employers, alumni, and students to facilitate recruitment efforts on campus and build community partnerships throughout greater Los Angeles. Lucas’s past roles include promoting global career development and student services for New York University and, most recently, Lucas developed international student internship programs for an intercultural exchange organization. Lucas holds an M.Ed. in student development administration from Seattle University and a B.A. in comparative sociology from the University of Puget Sound.
Director, Campus Partnerships
Career Coaching Focus: Communications & Media
School Liaison: College of Communication & Fine Arts
Campus Partners: Academic Resource Center (ARC); ASLMU & GSLMU; Greek Life; Jewish Student Life; Student Media; 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.
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.
Sean has worked passionately in career development for almost a decade and has coached more than 3,000 students in that time. Sean brings additional expertise for those interested in entertainment and the arts as a licensed SAG-AFTRA producer, writer and actor. He holds an M.S. in administration with an emphasis in applied communication and a B.S. in political science & theatre from Missouri State University, is a proud member of the LMU Staff Senate and resides in Playa del Rey with his wife and son.
Career Coaching Focus: Alumni Appointments (5 years out); Computer Science & Technology; Employer & Alumni Communications
LMU Liaison: Alumni Relations; University Relations
Campus Partners: Student Psychological Services; Study Abroad; Student Housing
Carolynn brings to her role as Alumni Specialist a strong background in higher education, having worked at three distinct universities. In her current role she specializes in coaching alumni on the skills and communication necessary to be competitive in the job market, while also leveraging relationships with established alumni for the benefit of new opportunities for current students. 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.
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: Center for Service & Action; 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.
Career Coaching Focus: Healthcare & Medicine; Alternative Healthcare; Pre-Med; Energy & Environment; 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.
Career Coaching Focus: Accounting & Finance; Entrepreneurship; Management, Consulting & Human Resources; Marketing & Sales
School Liaison: College of Business Administration
Campus Partners: Disability Support Services; Gaurdian 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
As Communication and Event Coordinator, Lisa organizes career focused events and shares information with students that ensure their career exploration experience at LMU is dynamic and impactful. She coordinates all event logistics and manages social media pages for the office while providing executive support to the Associate Provost. In her spare time, Lisa can be found cooking, dining out, or doing yoga as she prepares to begin her pursuit for instructor certification. She holds a B.A. in public relations from State University of New York at New Paltz and a B.A. in food service management from Queen's College.
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.