Meet the Staff

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Dr. Branden Grimmett
Associate Provost
Phone: 310.258.8779
Campus Partners: Muslim Student Life; Office of National and International Fellowships; William H. Hannon Library

Branden joined Loyola Marymount University as associate provost in June 2015, where he leads the LMU Career and Professional Development team. In this role he oversees the office responsible for successfully launching all LMU undergraduate and graduate students into their professional careers. 98% of LMU undergraduate and 99% of graduate students from the Class of 2020 were employed, enrolled in graduate school, or pursuing post-graduate service 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. A frequent conference presenter and speaker, Branden specializes in inclusive leadership, implicit bias mitigation, and student career development. His expertise in DEI, employability, and COVID-19 careers has been highlighted by The Los Angeles Business Journal, SoundCloud, ABC7, The New York TimesUSA TodayThe Wall Street Journal, Marketplace, The Chronicle for Higher Education, and the Lawlor Review. Branden was the 2020 recipient of the Diversity and Inclusion Award, given annually by MPACE (Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers) to an individual committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work. (Full Bio)


Liz Connolly
Director of Professional Development
Phone: 310.338.3745
Career Coaching Focus: Government & Public Policy, Legal Professions & Criminal Justice, Nonprofit & Social Services, Post-Graduate service, Undecided
School Liaison: Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
Campus Partners: Pre-Law; Campus Ministry; University Honors Program

Liz joined Loyola Marymount University and CPD in November 2017, working with staff and faculty from Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and Alumni Relations to deliver career programs and services to both students and alumni. With a background in student counseling and alumni relations, Liz is passionate about engaging the LMU alumni community in the professional development of current students, as well as providing opportunities for students and alumni to grow and utilize their LMU network. Liz holds an Ed.M. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA. Born and raised in greater Los Angeles, Liz visited the LMU campus many times with her family. She was excited to join the Lion Family as the Assistant Director of Alumni and Employer Engagement and currently serves as CPD's Director of Professional Development.

Marcy Newman
Director of Campus Partnerships
Phone: 310.338.5888
Career Coaching Focus: Communications & Media
School Liaison: College of Communication & Fine Arts
Campus Partners: Academic Resource Center; Sorority & Fraternity Life; Jewish Student Life; Transfer Programs; Ignacio Student Support Services 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.

Dr. Hannah Bateman
Associate Director, Graduate Programs and Education Professions
Phone: 310.258.8772
Career Coaching Focus: Education, Non-Profit and Social Service, Undecided
School Liaison: School of Education
Campus Partners: First to Go Community; GSLMU; Guardian Scholars Program

Hannah joined Career and Professional Development (CPD) in February 2017. She is responsible for developing and providing career services and programming for all LMU graduate students. She is also the official liaison for the School of Education and provides career coaching to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in education. Dr. Bateman joins us with over seven years of experience in higher education. Most recently, she was the Human Resources Manager for UCLA’s HR and Payroll Administration South department. Prior to that position, Dr. Bateman worked at the UCLA Career Center as the Career Resource Specialist for the Bruin Guardian Scholars, UCLA students who are current and former foster youth. She also previously held a position at Georgia Institute of Technology where she facilitated summer internship placements for teachers and students. Dr. Bateman earned both a Doctorate of Education and Master of Arts in Education from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Clark Atlanta University. She looks forward to engaging with students and supporting them on their career paths.

Erica Privott
Associate Director, Internships and STEM Professions
Phone: 310.338.6006
Career Coaching Focus: Computer Science & Technology; Energy & Environment; Engineering; Science & 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 liberal 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 is pursuing a Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership from LMU. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Thiel College.

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Mandy Brockhaus ’16
Assistant Director, Creative Professions
Phone: 310.338.1715
Career Coaching Focus: Communications & Media; Entertainment, TV & Film; Fine Arts & Performing Arts; Undecided
Campus Partners: Student Media: The Loyolan, Tower Yearbook, ROAR Studios, KXLU Radio

An alumna of Loyola Marymount University, Mandy returned to the bluff in March 2022 as Assistant Director, Creative Professions on the CPD team. As a former dancer, arts educator, and performing arts producer, Mandy is dedicated to unlocking everyone’s creativity and supporting students on connecting their passions to a fulfilling career in the arts, entertainment, and nonprofit industries. Mandy has facilitated arts integration, career-readiness, and wellness workshops and worked with students from SMC, CSULB, and Long Beach City College as well as interns in the Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture Arts Internship Program. Mandy holds a BA in Dance and a BA in History from Loyola Marymount University and a Social Emotional Learning Facilitation certificate from UCLArts & Healing. She has worked for arts organizations including The Broad Stage, Arts Council for Long Beach, and American Youth Symphony. Mandy is also a certified yoga instructor and enjoys teaching the practice of yoga to students at her gym.

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Chris Caughman
Assistant Director, Business Professions

Phone: 310.338.1737
Career Coaching Focus:  Accounting & Finance; Entrepreneurship; Management, Consulting & Human Resources; Marketing & Sales; Undecided
School Liaison: College of Business Administration
Campus Partners: ASLMU; Disability Support Services; HBS Online; Registered Student Organizations

Chris joined Career and Professional Development as Assistant Director for Business Professions in July 2020. He is a Class of 2020 LMU MBA alumnus. As an LMU student, Chris served as EVP of Operations for the MBA Student Association and CBA Senator for GSLMU, while coaching his peers as a CPD Graduate Assistant and collaborating with CBA faculty as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Management & Leadership Department. Before LMU, he worked for more than ten years in the wine industry, managing teams and working in marketing, sales, operations, and customer service. Chris believes his most impactful work is developing and coaching talent to achieve individual potential and drive organizational success.  He is thrilled to apply his experience and learning at LMU developing young Lions as business leaders with moral courage and creative confidence to be a force for good in the global community. Outside of work, Chris is a National Volunteer Partner for the American Red Cross.

Gregory James
Assistant Director, Health Professions
Phone: 310.338.5942
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; McNair Scholars Program

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.

Tony Kmetty
Executive-in-Residence, Career and Professional Development

Clinical Assistant Professor - Management, College of Business Administration
Office Location: Hilton 200H
Phone: 310.258.4336

Tony joined the faculty of the College of Business Administration (CBA) at LMU in February 2016 and became an Executive-in-Residence with Career and Professional Development (CPD) in June 2020. While teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in the CBA, Prof. Kmetty is responsible for providing career coaching to students in the Executive MBA program while supporting students in other graduate and undergraduate programs in the CBA. Prior to joining LMU, he worked with EMBA and MBA students at universities in the U.S. and Europe, preparing them for their academic studies and working with them to develop and achieve success in their chosen careers across all functions and industries. He holds a B.B.A. in Marketing and a M.A. in Counseling, both from LMU. 

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Thuy C. Le
Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement
Phone: 310.338.2892
Career Coaching Focus: Legal Professions; Nonprofit & Social Services; Government & Public Policy; Undecided
School Liaison: Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
Campus Partners: Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS); Pre-Law; Study Abroad

Thuy joined Career and Professional Development at Loyola Marymount University as the Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement and Pre-Law Advisor in March 2022. In this role, she advises alumni on career transitions and provides career coaching to students. Her professional background includes public policy, negotiations, and sales in high tech, real estate, and mental health counseling. This rich work tapestry enables her to bring professional development programs and services to alumni and students who have a variety of interests. Thuy’s previous roles in higher education were with USC Viterbi School of Engineering and El Camino College. She is pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Counseling at USC and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wellesley College. She is deeply passionate about career development and is excited to serve LMU Lions in pursuing their professional endeavors.

Norma Gochez
Phone: 310.338.2871

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.


Thomas Kjolsing
Applications Systems Analyst - ITS/CPD
Phone: 310.338.3076
Campus Partner: Student Employment Services

Thomas joined Loyola Marymount University as Application Systems Analyst in January, 2019, where he leads academic systems technology initiatives and strategy. In his role as technical liaison to Career and Professional Development, he is championing departmental efforts to stay ahead of the technical curve and strengthen CPD’s position as a leader in career services technology. His personal goal is to ensure that technology is leveraged to its fullest in the service of student career success. Before joining LMU, Thomas held leadership roles in software product development and delivery in the market research and web development industries. He brings with him an extensive background in data and analytics. His technical expertise is strengthened by deep empathy for and the desire to empower the people who use technology.


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Drina Johnson
Event and Promotions Coordinator
Phone: 310.338.5152 

Andrina joined forces with Career and Professional Development in 2022 as the Event and Promotions Coordinator. Andrina is a business major with a minor in marketing. She is proud of her creative endeavors and is experienced in a range of fields, which include art, fashion, and technology. She absolutely loves the marketing creative process and has used that talent to build a successful clothing brand called Creative Drip. Andrina has worked in advertising and fashion for seven years. Her excitement for creating innovative designs and marketing techniques has increased significantly over the years. Andrina absolutely loves being a part of a brilliant team that is incredibly knowledgeable and inspiring. She is thrilled to be supporting students and young professionals in her role at LMU and intends to bring art, fashion, and design to the university in a newly developed and exciting way.