Who We Are

CCD StaffStudent AmbassadorsInternsStudent Desk Assistants

Lauren Backus

Peer Engagement Coordinator

Lauren joined the Center for Career Development and Educational Resource Center as Peer Engagement Coordinator in November 2017. In her role, Lauren assists Dean Marchildon 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 Career Education

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.

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.

Kathryn Donlan

Program Coordinator

Kathryn Donlan joined the Center for Career Development as Program Coordinator in June 2019. Kathryn received her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences in May 2018. Prior to coming back to BU, she worked as an Intern and Museum Associate at the Customs House Maritime Museum in Newburyport, MA. When she’s not busy at work—she can be found writing the next great American novel, antiquing, singing the Little Mermaid soundtrack, spending time with her Aussie mix Vera, or hanging around the mighty Merrimack River. She is a proud lover of many things; James Joyce, the Princess Bride, and of course most important of all—the Oxford comma.

Carly Dube

Assistant Director of Employer Engagement

Carly joined Boston University in September 2018. In her role, she is focused on expanding the campus recruiting program and employment network for BU students and employers through various engagement opportunities. Carly holds a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining BU, Carly worked in various human resources and talent acquisition capacities in both the travel and retail industries. In her free time, Carly enjoys spending time at the beach, trying new restaurants, and attempting to train her 1 year old Old English Sheepdog puppy.

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.

Olivia Hoffmann

Yawkey Program Coordinator

Olivia joined Boston University and the Center for Career Development in July 2019. In her role as Yawkey Internship Coordinator, Olivia oversees the Yawkey Internship Program, an opportunity for BU sophomores and juniors to secure funding for non-profit internships. Olivia holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Boston College, and recently completed a year of service in the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Outside of work, Olivia enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and seeing live music.

Deborah Jancourtz

Assistant Director of Career Education

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.

Samantha Johnson

Assistant Director of Career Education

Samantha joined the Center for Career Development in August 2013. 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.

Esther Leonard

Assistant Director of Career Education

Esther joined the Center for Career Development in July 2018. In her role, Esther advises students on career education, and facilitates workshop on a variety of career development topics such as resume writing, networking, interviewing and more. Prior to coming to Boston University, she worked at various nonprofits and community colleges providing career services and teaching basic adult education classes. She holds a bachelor in political science with a minor in sociology and a master of arts in American Politics from Loyola University Chicago. Esther enjoys visiting her family and friends in her home city, Chicago. Her hobbies include, reading, DIY projects, dancing and cooking.

Dean Marchildon

Peer Engagement Manager

Dean joined the Center for Career Development and the Educational Resource Center in January 2020.  He oversees the Peer Engagement program and Student Ambassador workforce in their efforts to connect students to the CCD and ERC.  He is actively involved in events for both centers and in creating an enjoyable student employee work experience.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from BU, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from BU as well.  Outside of work and classes, Dean loves to explore local coffee shops, indulge in Stephen King novels, visit family in Maine, and take road trips to just about anywhere.

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.

Noelle O’Brien

Manager of Internship Programs

Noelle joined the Center for Career Development in March of 2020. In her role, she manages the Center’s funded internship programs. She comes to Boston University with a deep commitment to expanding access to both higher education as well as meaningful career exploration opportunities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of work, Noelle can be found running, watching Bollywood films, or in search of good chai.

Matt Qualter

Associate Director of Employer Engagement

Matt joined the Center for Career Development in May 2019. In his role, Matt supports the Executive Director in building and leading a robust strategy for the Center and overseeing programs for employer engagement to connect students and alumni with potential internship and full-time employers. Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Salem State University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Outside of work, Matt’s enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and family. His interests include the arts, sports, hiking, and the beach.

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.

Komal Shah

Career Counselor

Komal Shah joined the Center for Career Development in 2019. She earned her undergraduate degree in India in Psychology and master’s degree in Education with a concentration in counseling from Boston University. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, going on hikes, cooking, and playing tabletop board games. She is a tea connoisseur and loves to learn and taste new teas from around the world.

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.

Ann-Lyssa Asare

Ann-Lyssa Asare (CAS/Pardee’20, International Relations) is a community activist and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Black Girls Rock. She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and a prior intern for Ct. Congresswoman Rosa Delaura and the African Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, China. She plans to attend law school after graduation.

Sarah Bickford

Sarah Bickford (CAS’20, Psychology) is from Newton, Massachusetts. She is an RA, Vice President of the West Coast Swing Club, a Dean’s Host, and involved with interfaith and religious life on campus. In her free time she enjoys community service and social styles of dance.

Tanan Kimberly Buyannemekh

Tanan Kimberly Buyannemekh (CAS’22, Political Science/History) is a first generation college student from the Bay Area and a Posse Foundation Scholar. She has served as an office assistant at the Department of Political Science and a prior intern at the Posse Foundation’s office in San Francisco. Her hobbies include thriller novels and films, the Museum of Fine Arts, and weekends in the city with friends.

Fellenia Chan

Fellenia Chan (QSB’22, Marketing/Operations & Technology Management) was named after the words “February” and “Millennia.” She is originally from San Francisco and is a Bay Area Posse #2 Scholar. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the Chinese Student Association, an incoming FYSOP 2019 leader, and FY101 Peer Mentor. Her interests include television, going on walks around Boston, drawing, and studying at the Yawkey Center, Questrom, and the top floor of STUVI 2.

Emme Enojado

Emme Enojado (CAS ’21, Neuroscience/Visual Arts) was born and raised in Houston, Texas. On campus, she is the Vice President for BU’s Mind and Brain Society and Co-Founder/Creative Director for BU’s Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience’s Instagram, @buneuro. When she isn’t in the classroom or working, she can be found training for her next half marathon or marathon, ordering her third coffee of the day, or listening to podcasts or audiobooks. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a career in user experience design and research.

Dureti Jamal

Dureti Jamal (CGS’21, Business Administration) is originally from Seattle. She is a former intern at PwC. She enjoys traveling, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. After graduation she plans to pursue a career in accounting.

Maneesha Khalae

Maneesha Khalae (CAS’21, International Relations/Economics) has a passion for social justice and legal reform. In her spare time she enjoys reading, learning new languages and writing poetry.

Shadae Leslie

Shadae Leslie (COM’20, Public Relations) was born in Jamaica and raised in Mount Vernon, New York. She is a RA in South Campus, co-president of Sisters United and the secretary of Minority Connection Initiative. When she is not in the CCD and ERC, she can be found listening to personal finance podcasts and cooking a new dish.

Samantha Nathan

Samantha Nathan (CAS’21, Environmental Analysis & Policy) is a member of Epsilon Eta and hopes to create a campuswide sustainable fashion organization. She enjoys horror fiction, sustainable clothing shopping, and environmental activities.

Jo Nichols

Jo Nichols (CGS’22/CAS’22, English) was born and raised in San Diego, and has worked as a tutor, education counselor, barista, receptionist, and office assistant. She hopes to work in a writing position for charity organizations or in publishing and eventually have a career in education.  She enjoys camping, hiking, and charitable work.

Anna Pham

Anna Pham (COM’21, Public Relations) is a junior transfer student from San Jose, CA. She is currently involved in Student Government, Greek Life, and the COM Ambassador Program. When Anna is not running around campus, you can always find her at BU hockey games, cheering on her fellow Terriers! After graduation, Anna hopes to work with a non-profits, a startup company, or for a local government.

Steven Rizzo

Steven Rizzo (CAS’22, Political Science/History) is originally from the Philadelphia area and currently resides in Tampa, Florida. He enjoys exploring the city of Boston, watching movies, and spending time with friends. After graduation, he hopes to continue on into law school.

Anjali Tiwari

Anjali Tiwari (CAS’21, Economics) is originally from India and has lived in Cameroon, Zambia, Ivory Coast, and Kenya. She is the Operations Director for BU’s 180DC Consulting Branch. She enjoys working out at FitRec, watching TED talks and light comedies, and reading mystery and thriller novels. She hopes to join the financial services industry after graduation.

Nicolle Valladares

Nicolle Valladares (COM’22, Public Relations) is on a pre-law track with a special interest in environmental and humanitarian rights law. When not in class or working at the ERC/CCD, she is an Admissions Ambassador and part of the Admissions Student Diversity Board, a Peer Mentor for FY101, a producer for BU on Broadway, and a radio DJ. This past summer, she was a marketing intern for the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

Carina Wang

Carina Wang (CAS’22, English/Psychology) ) is originally from Connecticut. She enjoys designing spreads for the BU Yearbook, writing for Her Campus, and participating in student government. When she’s off campus, she can be found exploring Boston’s neighborhoods, strolling down Newbury Street, or planning her next vacation. She plans to pursue a career in corporate law or the magazine industry.

Olivia Ritter

Olivia is a freshman in the College of Communication studying Journalism. She is originally from northern New Jersey, 30 minutes outside of New York. On campus, Olivia writes for the Daily Free Press and is involved in Hillel. Over the summer, she works as a camp counselor at URJ Camp Harlam. In her free time, Olivia watches Parks and Recreation and goes out with friends. She hopes to begin a double major in Journalism as well as Film and Television starting next year.

Anna Barcala

Anna Barcala (CAS’20, Marine Science) works at the Stone Science Library and as an RA in Warren Towers. Her favorite movie is The Road Within and she loves all types of music and food. In her free time, she loves ice skating, knitting, reading, singing, and playing soccer.

Marianna Cau

Marianna Cau (CAS 23′, Psychology) is from Rome, Italy. She is fluent in four languages and aspires to go to Medical School and become a Pediatrician. In her free times she likes to exercise, read, watch movies, and meet people from different backgrounds.

Gabi Comptdaer

Gabi Comptdaer (CAS’20, Neuroscience) is from Brazil and Belgium. She is on the pre-medical track and takes part in surgical research at Tufts Medical Center. She hopes to one day attend medical school. 

Joseph Connor

Joseph Connor (CAS’20, Psychology & Organizational Behavior) is from Framingham, MA. He is the president of the BU Club Ski Racing team and a frequent visitor to FitRec’s rock climbing wall. In his free time he enjoys listening to music, going to concerts, playing soccer, and learning new songs on the piano.

Zahra Daniar

Zahra Daniar (CAS’20, Computer Science & Linguistics) is from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. She is the VP Relations for the Indonesian Student Association. In her free time she enjoys hiking and ice cream.

Malav Dave

Malav Dave, (SAR’20, Human Physiology) is from Mumbai, India. He works as a tutor at the ERC where he teaches most of the pre-med courses. He is part of the Timmy Global Health on campus organization, and is involved in undergraduate research and local volunteering. After graduation he hopes to  pursue a medical degree. In his free time he enjoys sipping on iced coffee and watching Parks and Rec.

Katelin Dittmar

Katelin Dittmar (CAS’ 20, Cell Biology & Genetics) is currently looking into masters programs in biology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, needlepoint projects, videogames, and facetiming her 2 dogs and 15 chickens.

Erin Dorsey

Erin Dorsey (ENG’20, Computer Engineering) is from Southbury, CT. In addition to being an SDA, she is an Engineering Ambassador, RA for the Women in Science and Engineering floor in Warren Towers, and Treasurer for BU’s undergraduate chapter of Out in STEM. Outside of class, she enjoys dogspotting, baking, and exploring Boston’s thrift stores.

Olivia Gorman

Olivia Gorman (COM’21, Public Relations) is from Pembroke, MA. She is studying Public Relations and Women’s Gender Studies. Hailing from the South Shore Massachusetts, Olivia enjoys spending time both in the city and at home. She is a writer for BU’s HerCampus chapter. In her free time, she enjoys exploring thrift stores, sewing, and photography. 

Margaret Hauck

Margaret Hauck (CAS’20, Psychology) is from Marblehead, MA. She works as a research assistant in labs at BU and Boston Children’s Hospital and serves as the fundraising director for her sorority. In her free time she enjoys listening to music and talking about dogs. 

Jennifer Le

Jennifer Le (SAR’21, Human Physiology) is also involved in BU’s Hawaii Cultural Association and BU’s Vietnamese Student Association. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Niayesh Mardomen

Niayesh Mardomen (SAR’21, Health Science) is from Tehran, Iran. She intends to continue on to medical school. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and googling recipes.


Nada Naguib

Nada Naguib (ENG’20, Biomedical Engineering) has been working as an SDA since sophomore year and is also involved in research projects on campus as well as the National BME honors society.

Nicole Nguyen

Nicole Nguyen (SAR’22, Human Physiology) is from Dallas, TX. She is on the pre-medical track and plans to ultimately work in forensic medicine. Outside of her academic studies, she enjoys music and hiking.



Nicole Nieto

Nicole Nieto (CAS’20, Economics) is from Miami, Florida and currently returning from a semester studying abroad in London  and a summer internship in New York City. During her first weekend in New York City she met Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald from Gossip Girl) 

Colleen O’Rourke

Colleen O’Rourke (SAR’25, Physical Therapy) is a graduate student pursuing a 6-year Physical Therapy program at BU. This summer she completed her first clinical rotation as a physical therapy student at Hartford Hospital in CT. In her free time she enjoys exercising, cooking and baking, drinking coffee, and reading  books.

Alisa Pham

Alisa Pham (SAR’22, Health Science) is from Everett, MA. Over the summer, she got certified to be a Nursing Assistant and is looking forward to working with patients throughout the next few years. She also picked up painting as a hobby and enjoys spending time with her friends looking for new places to eat and take pictures in Boston. She particularly enjoys poke bowls and bubble tea and has a list of all of her favorite (and least favorite) places to eat in the Greater Boston Area.

Sophia Poteet

Sophia Poteet (Pardee ’22, International Relations) is from Fairfax, Virginia. At Boston University, she is a member of the mock trial team, as well as the Dance Theater Group. Outside of class, when not studying, dancing, or practicing with mock trial, Sophia loves reading, watching Game of Thrones, and finding new places to eat in Boston.

Erin Qiu

Erin Qiu is from Gardiner, Maine. She transferred to Boston University this year and will be a junior in Questrom this fall. As a first generation college student, she looks forward to carrying out her role as a G1 mentor this upcoming academic year. Currently, she is involved in the Marketing Club and Finance and Investment Club on campus. In her free time she enjoys eating baked goods and trying new foods. 

Dana Tuohey

Dana Tuohey (CAS’20, English) hopes to teach someday, but in the meantime, she is just trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. This fall she will be serving as a Peer Fellow in the CAS First Year Experience program while also working as an office assistant in both the CCD/ERC offices and the BU Hub office. In her free time, Dana enjoys reading and writing poetry, listening to podcasts, watching Bon Appetit Test Kitchen videos on YouTube, and listening to a truly embarrassing amount of Steely Dan.

Kenny Vasquez

Kenny Vasquez (QST’21, Information Systems & Finance) is a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has seen every movie. In his free time he also enjoys watching basketball games and he roots for the Knicks.