Meet the Staff

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Audra Verrier
Associate Vice Provost

Dr. Audra Verrier became the Associate Vice Provost of Career and Professional Development at Loyola Marymount University in January 2023. She has been a leader in higher education for the past 20 years. She has managed departments and teams that focus on career preparation, leadership development, experiential learning, and community engagement for Sonoma State University, California Institute of Integral Studies, Brandeis University, and University of Maine. She has coached and advised 1,000’s of students and professionals to pursue their passions, create careers they love, and complete degree programs while developing themselves as active citizens and engaged leaders.

Marcy Newman
Director, Campus Partnerships 
Career Coaching Focus: Communications & Media; Education
School Liaison: College of Communication & Fine Arts; School of Education
Campus Partners: Academic Resource Center; Jewish Student Life; Transfer Programs; Ignacio Student Support Services Program; Guardian Scholars 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.

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Chris Caughman ’20
Interim Director, Professional Development | Assistant Director, Business Professions

Career Coaching Focus:  Accounting & Finance; Entrepreneurship; Management, Consulting & Human Resources; Marketing & Sales; Undecided
School Liaison: College of Business Administration
Campus Partners: Disability Support Services; Student Employment Services; University Honors Program

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.

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Mandy Brockhaus ’16
Assistant Director, Creative Professions
Career Coaching Focus: Communications & Media; Entertainment, TV & Film; Fine Arts & Performing Arts; Undecided
School Liaison: College of Communication & Fine Arts; School of Film and Television
Campus Partners: Ethnic & Intercultural Services; Pam Rector Center for Service & Action; Student Leadership & Development; Veterans

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.

Gregory James
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)
School Liaision: Seaver College of Science and Engineering
Campus Partners: Academic Community of Excellence (ACE); Athletics; McNair Scholars Program; 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.


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Thuy C. Le
Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement
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); Study Abroad, Office of National & International Fellowships (ONIF); Independent Undergraduate Research Program; William H. Hannon Library

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
Administrative Coordinator

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.

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Drina Johnson
Event and Promotions Coordinator

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 CDRP. 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.