Who We Are

CCD StaffStudent AmbassadorsInternsStudent Desk Assistants

Tesla Abrego

Student Outreach Manager

Tesla joined the Center for Career Development and the Educational Resource Center in April 2014. In her role, Tesla supervises the Student Ambassador workforce and assists with publicizing academic support and career development programs. Tesla holds a bachelor of arts in English Literature from Boston University. In her free time, Tesla enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, exploring new neighborhoods, and writing poetry.

Lauren Backus

Student Outreach Coordinator

Lauren joined the Center for Career Development and Educational Resource Center as Student Outreach Coordinator in November 2017. In her role, Lauren assists Tesla Abrego in supervising the Student Ambassador workforce and spreading the word about CCD and ERC resources. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in BU’s newly formed major of Cinema and Media Studies, and is so glad to be back on BU’s campus, in the heart of her favorite city. In her free time, Lauren likes exploring New England with friends and family, going on nature walks, reading, and watching old movies.

Martha Brill

Assistant Director of Counseling & Programs

Martha has been with the Center for Career Development since 1998. Although she advises students from all colleges and majors, her affiliation is with communications, media and the arts. She enjoys facilitating the process of gaining knowledge about one’s values, skills, interests, and personality strengths and making informed decisions about career direction. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in criminal justice and obtained a master of education degree with a concentration in counseling from UMass Boston. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, drawing, jogging, and volunteering to help grieving families cope with their loss.

Terry Brown

Assistant Director of Counseling & Programs

Terry, a Boston University alumna of the College of Liberal Arts (now the College of Arts & Sciences), joined the Center for Career Development as a career counselor in January 1988. She has a master’s in counseling (EdM) and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a social worker. In addition to providing individual career counseling, Terry develops and presents programs for the BU community on a range of topics related to career development. Outside of work, Terry enjoys listening to music, reading, attending dance performances and live concerts (jazz, R&B/soul, rap), going to the movies, tap dancing, and socializing with friends and family.

Eleanor Cartelli

Senior Associate Director

Eleanor joined Boston University in December 2010 and focuses on the areas of operations, reporting, and communications. She received her bachelor of arts in religious literature and history from Smith College and her master of arts in religious studies from the University of Chicago. In her spare time, Eleanor can most often be found with her nose in a good book, making dinner with every pan in the kitchen, or visiting her family’s farm in Vermont.

Email: cartelli@bu.edu

Donna Devlin

Staff Coordinator

A native of the Boston area, Donna has worked for the Center for Career Development since September 1987.  Among her myriad responsibilities, Donna manages front desk operations, schedules space for programs and workshops, and provides assistance to students, alumni, and staff who come into the office. In her spare time, Donna enjoys spending time with her daughter, cooking and baking, reading, taking long walks, attending dance performances, going to the movies, and listening to music.

Doug Edwards

Assistant Director, Counseling & Programs

Doug joined the Center for Career Development in April 2012. In his role, Doug counsels students and alumni, as well as facilitates workshops and programs on a number of topics including networking, resume and cover letter writing, graduate school, and more. Doug received his bachelor of arts in economics from Brown University, his master of arts in philosophy from Tufts University, and pursued doctoral studies in philosophy at Harvard University. Outside of work, Doug’s interests include sports, politics, and the arts. He also enjoys camping with his family and coaching youth soccer, baseball, and basketball.

Ben Flavin

Operations Manager

Ben joined the Center for Career Development in April 2017. In his role, Ben manages data and reporting for the Center for Career Development, provides analytical and project management support, and oversees front desk operations. Ben holds a bachelor of arts in Economics from Hampshire College. In his free time, Ben enjoys traveling, hiking and exploration, and reading anything he can get his hands on.

Lou Gaglini

Executive Director

Lou joined the Center for Career Development in 2017 after extensive experience in higher education career services as well as leadership roles in human resources and recruiting in the private sector. At Boston University, Lou is responsible for leading the office and overseeing the mission, vision, and strategies of the Center. He remains very active in the business community and has served in leadership roles within several professional associations. Lou holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and a Master in Public Administration from Northeastern University. In his spare time, Lou is a dog lover and a fan of trivia, politics, and the Boston sports scene.  In the fall, Lou enjoys officiating local high school and youth football.

Email: lgaglini@bu.edu

Samantha Gignac

Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Coordinator

Samantha joined the CCD in June 2017. Prior to coming to the CCD, she was a college adviser at Brighton High School through College Advising Corps-Boston University. She graduated from Boston College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Applied Psychology & Human Development and is currently pursuing her EdM in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at Boston University. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys attending trivia nights, traveling, trying new foods, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her dog, Sadie.

Deborah Jancourtz

Assistant Director of Counseling & Programs

Deb joined the Center for Career Development in March 2010. In her role, Deb counsels students, as well as facilitates workshops and programs on a number of topics from networking, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and more. She has a bachelor of arts in French and French literature from the University of Wisconsin and a master of science in human resource development from Northeastern University. She is fluent in French and loves practicing other languages as well, including German and Spanish. She enjoys baking for fun occasions and practicing yoga. She loves animals and has a black cat with a one-inch tail.

Chi Luu-Tran

Internship Administrator

Chi joined the Center for Career Development in February 2016. Chi helps administer funded internship programs, serving as a resource for employers with program interns and participating students. She is from Augusta, ME and attended Columbia College Chicago. She also works at Trinity Boston Foundation part time. She spends her free time serving as the Membership Chair of Boston Rotaract (a local service club), going to the movies, and being active outdoors.

Corinne Montanaro

Recruiting Coordinator

Corinne began working at Boston University in January 2002. She graduated from Boston College with a bachelor of arts in psychology with a concentration in management. As the recruiting coordinator, she manages on-campus activities (interviews and information sessions) for employers and helps students with the recruiting process. She also assists both students and employers with Handshake. Outside of work, Corinne loves to read and cook.

Jesse Ohrenberger

Associate Director of Counseling & Programs

Jesse joined the Center for Career Development in 2011. In her role, Jesse counsels students, as well as facilitates workshops and programs on a number of topics from networking, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and more. She graduated from Boston College with a bachelor of arts in psychology and communications and a master of arts in higher education administration. Outside of work, Jesse enjoys baking and decorating cakes, dancing, and boating. She also volunteers at a dog shelter and hangs out with her own adopted black lab named Onyx.

Email: jesseo@bu.edu

Heather Reghitto

Recruiting Manager

Heather joined the Center for Career Development in December 2005. Prior to her arrival, Heather worked in corporate human resources departments, specifically on the university and college relations programs. With a background in helping students find intern, co-op, and entry-level full-time positions, Heather seeks to bridge the gap between students and employers. She holds a bachelor of arts in religion from Mount Holyoke College. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking and gardening.

Samantha Stocksdale

Internship Coordinator

Samantha joined the Center for Career Development in August 2013. In her role, she works to develop new internship opportunities for BU students. Samantha also helps coordinate the Santander Sophomore Internship Program, serving as a resource for employers with Santander Interns and supporting participating students throughout the program. Samantha received her bachelor of arts in psychology from Gettysburg College and her master of education in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends and family, and spending time outdoors.

Sarah Thomas

Marketing & Communications Manager

Sarah joined Boston University in 2014 and the CCD in 2016. She manages marketing efforts and communications projects, including social media, email newsletters, the CCD website, and more. She received her bachelor of arts degree in history and English literature from Alfred University and her master of science degree in journalism from Boston University. In her spare time, Sarah likes to sew, play video games, and enjoys musical theater and strange museums.

Robin Vacek

Career Counselor

Robin joined the Center for Career Development in July 2017. In her role, Robin counsels students and facilitates workshops on a number of career development topics. She received her bachelor of arts in Theatre from Albright College and her EdM in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies: Higher Education Administration from Boston University. Outside of work, Robin enjoys reading, learning about Russia, TV show marathons, cooking/baking, theater, and dreaming about adopting Italian greyhounds and raising chickens.

Lucy van Beever

Associate Director of Employer Relations

Lucy joined Boston University in December 2011 and the Center for Career Development in November 2014 after working many years in business management and development. At the CCD, she is focused on working with the Employer Relations team and others to expand the campus recruiting program and employment network for BU students. Lucy received her BS from Cornell University and her MS in administrative studies at BU. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys being with her family, taking long walks with her golden retriever, catching up with friends, traveling, and attending BU hockey games.

Email: lucyvb@bu.edu

Samantha Vigeant

Program Coordinator

Samantha joined the Center for Career Development in February 2017. In her role, she provides administrative and operational support for the CCD director and staff. Samantha received her bachelor of arts in psychology and English literature from the University of South Florida. Outside of work, Samantha enjoys being curled up with a good book and a big cup of coffee, exploring the Boston area, traveling, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

Peter Waelsch

Assistant Director of Counseling & Programs

Peter joined Boston University in 1992. He works with students and alumni from all disciplines, but he focuses on the College of Arts & Sciences students and graduates. He is particularly interested in working with students and alumni in assessing their interests, skills, values, and personality preferences and connecting that information to majors and careers to explore. He holds a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Wisconsin and a master of education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In his spare time, Peter enjoys playing and watching basketball, exercising, and cooking for family and friends.

Lola Adeosun

Lola is a senior in CAS studying English and Political Science. She is Nigerian, has lived in both London, England and Atlanta, Georgia. She studied abroad in London. She is the Student Ambassador Programming team captain and co-President of the African Students Organization. She is a team leader with AmeriCorps JumpStart. She plans to attend law school after a gap year and writes for the BU pre-law review. In her free time, Lola enjoys exploring Boston, watching documentaries, and drinking green tea.

Sarah Bickford

Sarah is a sophomore in CAS majoring in Psychology and minoring in French. She enjoys community service, dancing, and exploring the city with friends. She hopes to one day work to help people, and she looks forward to spending her time as a Student Ambassador enhancing the CCD/ERC experience.

Anh Dam

Anh is a junior in Sargent College studying health science. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, exploring new restaurants, and watching romantic comedies. She plans to attend dental school after graduation.

Bob (Yubo) Dong

Bob is a junior in Sargent College majoring in Health Science and minoring in Human Physiology. He is planning to study physical therapy after he graduates. He is an international student from Beijing, China. In his free time, he likes to work out, play basketball and watch sports games. He also likes dancing and is a member of a K-pop dance cover team called Mixx. He is very excited to start his student ambassador journey this year!

Chloe (Qingcheng) Gao

Chloe is a sophomore in CAS and COM with a double major in Psychology and Public Relations. She grew up in Dalian, China and lived in Oklahoma and New Jersey before she fell in love with Boston. As a first semester SA in the Programming team, Chloe is passionate about promoting CCD and ERC services to her fellow Terriers. You can spot her at Fitrec and also in restaurants in Allston. 

Alexa Greer

Alexa is an international student from the UK. She is a sophomore in COM studying Film and TV. She loves shows like Hannibal, Penny Dreadful, and Black Mirror; they’re exactly the kind of programs she wants to make in her future career as a TV producer. In her free time, Alexa likes chilling out with friends, discovering new TV series, swimming, and kickboxing. 

Claire Lenz

A Posse Scholar from Atlanta, Georgia, Claire is a senior in the Questrom School of Business majoring in marketing. In the past she has interned in market research at CBRE, field marketing at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and account services at Lenz Marketing. She is excited to serve in her third year in the Student Ambassador Program as a returning Team Captain of the Partnerships Team. When she’s not at the CCD/ERC, you can find her running along the Charles if it’s not too cold out!

Mira Ma

Mira is a senior in Questrom School of Business, majoring in Marketing and Finance. This is her third semester as a SA. She plans to work for one year after graduation and go to graduate school in the UK. She loves traveling, painting and curling!

Meredith McDuffie

Meredith is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in English with a Spanish minor. In her free time, she loves reading, going to the movies, and getting brunch with her friends! She intends to dual degree in TV and Film, and hopes to one day write for television networks.

Sabrina Reyes

Sabrina was born in Valencia, Venezuela and lived there until she was ten years old; she then moved to Miami, Florida and spent nine years in the Sunshine State before migrating to the cold winds of Boston. She is a junior in the Questrom School of Business but is unsure of what she wants to concentrate in – her areas of interest are finance, operations, and management. She spent this past summer working for the CCD/ERC to further develop the Student Ambassador Program. When she is not in class or working at the CCD/ERC, you can find Sabrina hanging out in the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground or working on one of her biggest passions – Camp Kesem!

Claire Saloff-Coste

Claire is a sophomore in COM, studying cinema and media studies, and minoring in visual arts. In her free time, she hangs out with friends, watches movies, draws, and reads Stephen King. In the future, she hopes to do something that surrounds her with art and creativity, and live by the ocean. 

Zhiqi (Vanessa) Tang

Vanessa is a junior in the Questrom School of Business, majoring in Marketing and Strategy. In the past, she has interned in a startup company as a marketing analyst. After graduation, she intends to pursue a career in consulting. In daily life, she loves singing Chinese and Korean pop songs while playing piano or guitar. She also loves working out at the gym and traveling with friends during school breaks. Vanessa believes taking new challenges in life always gains valuable life experiences.

Aastha Thakkar

Aastha Thakkar (CAS/Pardee’18) is a senior double majoring in Economics and International Relations. She has been a Student Ambassador for three semesters. She is excited to serve as the Student Ambassador PR team captain.

Kirstie Turnbull

Kirstie Turnbull is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Mathematics and Statistics and minoring in Earth and Environmental Science. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, baking, and exploring new parts of Boston with her friends. She plans to pursue a PhD in statistics after graduation.

Emily Williams

Emily is a senior in CAS studying Political Science and History. Outside of school, she loves working on political campaigns. In her free time you can find her stage managing for BU On Broadway, or watching The West Wing.

Amanda Chapman

Amanda is originally from Acton, MA, and recently graduated from UMass Amherst where she studied psychology and education. Currently, she is pursuing her M.Ed. in higher education here at BU and plans to graduate in May 2018. She is also working as a graduate assistant in the Student Activities Office, and is excited to be a part of the BU community!

Upasana Iyengar

Communications Assistant

Upasana is a sophomore in CAS, majoring in economics. She is also interested in double majoring in marketing through Questrom. In her spare time, Upasana enjoys traveling, living in the city, shopping, hanging out with her friends, relaxing in front of the TV, and drawing. She also loves fashion design and would like to combine her love for business and fashion in the future. After graduation, Upasana hopes to continue her education by attending a graduate school.

Joanna Wagner

Career Intern

Joanna Wagner is a sophomore in the Kilachand Honors College and the Pardee School of Global Studies, where she is majoring in International Relations, and minoring in Environmental Analysis and Policy. A native New Yorker, she attended Laguardia High School as a vocal major and attributes everything good in her life to her excessive consumption of pasta and coffee. In her free time, Joanna is heavily involved on campus, as a part of BUIAA, CAS Student Government, Delta Phi Epsilon, the Kilachand Leadership Advisory Board and BU Terpsichore. After graduation, she hopes to pass the FSOT, and work for the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.

Tyler Armey

Tyler is a native Bay Stater and calls Boston his true home. With a passion for community engagement, Tyler is served as the Community Service Center’s FYSOP 2017 Coordinator and currently as the COM Ambassador Coordinator. Professionally, he has lead BUTV10’s Bay State as a director and head writer as well as interning at PBS and the Massachusetts Film Office. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys drinking Polar seltzer and old maps.

Tyler Armey

Tyler is a Massachusetts native studying film and television and minoring in deaf studies. With a passion for community engagement, Tyler serves as the Vice-President of the COM Student Assembly and Best Buddies, is as a COM Ambassador, and is involved with the Community Service Center. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys drinking Polar seltzer and fulfilling his aesthetic of old maps.

Shannon Bailey

Shannon is a second-year graduate student in Sargent College studying Physical Therapy. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and is trying to decide where she will work after graduation. Thanks to inspiration from her BU undergraduate study abroad program in Sydney, Australia (her first time out of the country), Shannon now is an avid traveler and loves to explore the corners of the globe. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, skiing, and can often be found running along the esplanade in Boston. 

Anna Barcala

Anna is a sophomore from Georgia studying marine science in CAS. She enjoys food, all types of music, but especially classic rock, and playing soccer. Her favorite movies are The Princess Bride, Chicago, and The Road Within, and her favorite song is American Pie by Don McLean. She just learned how to scuba dive and plans on using this new skill while she studies abroad in New Zealand in the spring. If you see Anna at the front desk, ask her about her dog. He is the cutest, and she will definitely show you pictures (she has an album on her phone).

Anna Barcala

Anna, a freshman from Georgia, is majoring in marine science within the College of Arts and Sciences. She decided on this career path after volunteering at the Georgia Aquarium for two years. Anna enjoys cross country, ice skating, knitting, and sculpting. She plays intramural soccer here at BU, and when she is not working or in class, you can almost always find her hanging out at the Catholic Center.

Josef Benzaoui

Josef is a junior studying Economics and Sustainable Energy through CAS. He is a dedicated student and also plays ultimate frisbee for the men’s team at BU. If you can’t find him studying in Mugar or working out at FitRec, he’s probably eating his 4th or 5th meal of the day as he prepares to hibernate and sleep for 8-10 hours in his apartment.

Joey Connor

Joey Connor is a freshman majoring in Psychology. He enjoys skiing, playing soccer, and hanging out with his friends. He intends to go to graduate school.

Katelin Dittmar

Katelin Dittmar is a freshman and first generation student intent on attending medical school. She is from Toms River, NJ, and when at home, can be found working, volunteering at a retirement home, sunbathing, and visiting great-grandparents. She enjoys watching Red Sox games, blasting Fall Out Boy, knitting, and gaming.

Katelin Dittmar

Katelin is a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is a first generation pre-med student from Toms River, New Jersey. She can often be found working, volunteering at a retirement home, or visiting her great-grandparents. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to the BU Beach and the Jersey Shore, and playing videogames with her little brother.

Alexis Flores

Student Desk Assistant

Alexis is a junior in Sargent College studying Health Sciences and is also working towards her MPH at BU’s School of Public Health. She is involved in Greek Life on campus as well as many Community Service Center programs with ASB being her favorite. Alexis has just returned from studying abroad in Dublin where she also interned at a women’s residential treatment center. She plans to finish her MPH degree after graduation and work in community assessment and project implementation in underserved communities within the US.

Nairobi Jeanniton

Nairobi Jeanniton is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration. She is a photographer for Off the Cuff, a student-run magazine on campus. She interned at the Marketing Department for Weight Watchers over the summer. She enjoys running at FitRec.

Nairobi Jeanniton

Nairobi, a junior in the College of Communication, is the public relations chair for the Black Business Student Association and the second vice president of the Iota chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta public service sorority. She is from New York City and has a passion for photography.

Michelle Mesa

Michelle is from Miami, Florida and has always had a passion for music and helping others. She has been a music camp counselor at the Miami Conservatory of Music for the past two years. Aside from being involved with music, she is currently the President of the BU Best Buddies Chapter where she works with people in the community that have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). She hopes to one day work with children and those with IDD and attend medical school after graduating from Boston University. 

Jordan Nustad

Jordan is a sophomore studying biomedical engineering. She is also a member of the BU cross country and track and field teams. We she is not working, running, or studying she enjoys exploring Boston with her friends and watching Grey’s Anatomy. She hopes to go to medical school after undergrad.

Abby Rezendes

Abby Rezendes is a junior in Sargent College majoring in Health Science. She conducts research at the Center for Advancing Health Policy and Practice and hopes to become a Nurse Practitioner! In her free time, she enjoys being outside and practicing yoga.

Abigail Rezendes

Abigail is a senior in Sargent College studying health science. She plans to become a Nurse Practitioner and work in primary care. She loves to practice yoga and take cycling classes. She is an avid reader. She interns at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Orthopedics Department.

Taylor Rohan

Taylor is a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering. In addition to being an SDA, she is a Lead Engineering Ambassador and food enthusiast. She likes virgin piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. When not in class, you can find her rage quitting Mario Kart and drooling over Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.

Dana Tuohey

Dana is a second-year sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences as an English major with the goal of attending grad school and eventually getting a PhD in English Literature. When she’s not behind the desk of the CCD, she can be found performing as apart of BU’s Shakespeare Society, giving tours as an Admissions Ambassador (trying not to trip and fall while walking backwards), or just sitting somewhere on campus listening to Sufjan Stevens and getting introspective.

Dana Tuohey

Dana Tuohey is a freshman in CAS majoring in English with a passion for the written word. When Dana is not sitting behind a desk she is playing guitar, watching movies with her friends, cheering on the Orioles, or exploring the city of Boston.

Sami Zipper

Sami is a current sophomore pursuing a Dual Degree in Sociology and Public Relations. She is passionate about singing and community service, which inspired her to join Off Broadway (BU’s community service performance group). Sami also loves playing sports, exploring new places, and trying new foods. She hopes to attend law school after graduating from BU.