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CCD StaffStudent AmbassadorsStudent 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.


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.

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 August 2018. He oversees all Peer Engagement initiatives and the CCD-ERC Student Ambassador workforce in their efforts to increase student awareness of and engagement with both centers. He received his bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and his master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies with a focus in Higher Education Administration from BU. Outside of work and classes, Dean loves to explore local coffee shops, indulge in Stephen King novels, visit family in Maine, build Spotify playlists, 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 AVP 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, daughters, 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.

Carly Stewart

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 Old English Sheepdog.

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.

Katie Barnes

Katie Barnes (CAS ’22, Sociology) is from Long Island, New York. Outside of the CCD and ERC, she is the president of the BU Undergraduate Public Health Club and an active member of the national community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. In the past, she has been involved on campus as a Resident Assistant and FY101 Peer Mentor and studied abroad with the BU Dublin Program. She enjoys reading, enjoying Boston’s green spaces, and taking care of her plants when she isn’t working. After graduation, Katie hopes to pursue a career in talent acquisition and management, urban development, and sustainability.

Mariam Bashiru

Mariam Bashiru (SAR’23, Behavior and Health) was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is passionate about BIPOC mental health and is a Resource Curator for BU BIPOC Mental Health Collective and will be joining a lab that focuses on Black women’s mental health. Outside of working and volunteering, she likes to write, learn how to play guitar, and watch video essays on Youtube. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in mental health or research.

Tanan Kimberly Buyannemekh

Tanan Kimberly Buyannemekh (CAS’22, Political Science/History/Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights Studies) is a first-generation college student from the Bay Area, a Posse Foundation Scholar, and a Pi Sigma Alpha Scholar. This past summer, she worked as a Media Assistant at the Student Employment Office and a People & Operations Development/Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Intern at Toast, Inc. When not in the office, she enjoys helping lead her on-campus ministry, volunteering at non-profits, and exploring the city.

Fellenia Chan

Fellenia Chan (QSB’22, Marketing & Management Organization) was named after the words “February” and “Millennia.” She is originally from San Francisco and is a Bay Area Posse Scholar. She is very passionate about community organization and is an FY101 Peer Mentor, an incoming Questrom Peer Advisor, and a Resident Assistant for STUVI 2.. Her interests include television, going on walks around Boston, and spending time with friends.

Nobel Chan

Nobel Chan (CAS’23, English/Deaf Studies),named after the prize, is from Hong Kong. She loves to read, sing, and make music. In her spare time she volunteers with the DREAM Program, and this past summer she worked for the Typhoon Club to create English lessons for local children. Currently she is an FY101 Peer Mentor and an International Peer Mentor.

Tima Dasouki

CCD Marketing & Communications Intern

Tima Dasouki (CAS’22) majors in both International Relations and Middle East & North African Studies. She enjoys learning new languages and is now learning Turkish with the Boren and Critical Language Scholarships. On campus, she is a Pardee Dean’s Ambassador and a writer for the IRReview. In her free time, Tima enjoys cooking Syrian food for her friends or going on bike rides in the city.

Fia Fowler

Fia Fowler (COM’24, Film/Business Administration & Management) is from Signal Mountain, Tennessee. She is a part of BU’s Fashion & Retail Association, Stage Troupe, and YogaPlus. She enjoys spending a night out in the North End, FaceTiming her dogs, and singing along to the ukulele. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in film production management.

Jazzy Gray

Jazzy Gray (COM’23, Public Relations/Journalism) is from Elk River, Minnesota. In addition to being a Student Ambassador, she is a Campus Correspondent for Her Campus at Boston University, a content coordinator for the CA program, and involved in the BU COMmunicator.

Patricia Hoye

Patricia Hoye (CAS’24, Biochemistry) is a first-generation college student from Chicago, IL. In her free time, she loves reading, traveling, and going on walks. She is an FY 101 Peer Mentor and a Learning Assistant for General Chemistry. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a career in the medical field.

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson (SAR’22, Human Physiology) is a first-generation student from Maine. In addition to her involvement in the Student Ambassador Program, she is a hospital volunteer, a member of the Communications Committee of Let’s Smile Boston, a member of Alpha Phi Omega, and does research on campus.

Emmanuel Messele

Emmanuel Messele (CAS’23, Sociology/Pre-Med) was born and raised in Roxbury, MA. He participates in basketball, football, and soccer. Some of his hobbies include reading, exercising, and writing poetry. He is currently premed and hopes to attend medical school after graduation and become a surgeon.

Lucia Pintor-Hoffmann

Lucia Pintor-Hoffmann (CAS’22, Psychology/Public Health) is originally from Puerto Rico. On campus, she is a Dean’s Host and a member of Psi Chi and the Undergraduate Psychology Association. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, listening to podcasts, searching for new music, and reading gardening blogs. After graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology and work part-time in the nonprofit world.

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.

Carina Wang

Carina Wang (CAS’22, Economics/Psychology) is originally from Connecticut. She is an editor for the BU chapter of Her Campus and is the Deputy Director of Communications for BU Student Government. Outside of work and classes, she can be found exploring Boston, strolling down Newbury Street, or cooking with her friends. She hopes to pursue a career in consulting after graduation.

Cole Benowitz

Cole Benowitz (QST’23, Business Administration) is from San Diego, California. He is a Junior Analyst in the Finance and Investment Club. In addition to his role as an SDA, He is recently became a reporter for WTBU News. A fun fact about Cole is he managed 5 fantasy football teams last year. In his free time, Cole enjoys spending time at the beach, playing and watching sports, writing, and exploring Boston.

Tara Boudreau

Tara Boudreau (CAS’24, Cellular/Molecular Biology) is a member of the pre-dental track. She enjoys reading, drawing and painting, and staying active, and hopes to become a pediatric dentist.

Elma DeSousa

Elma DeSousa (CAS’22, Psychology) is a first-gen Cape Verdean American, first gen college student. She danced competitively for 12 years and participated in 4 studio national championships. She plans to attend graduate school and have a career in clinical psychology after undergrad. She currently participates in an internship at the Dauten Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation (DCBI) at Massachusetts General Hospital. She enjoys drawing and painting.

Brianna Howard

Brianna Howard (CFA’22, Painting/Printmaking) is originally from Jacksonville, FL. In addition to being an SDA, she is also interning at an arts equity organization in Boston with a focus on social media. In her free time, you can find her watching romcoms, running along the Esplanade, or predicting the Bachelor. She hopes to attend graduate school after graduation for an MFA in Painting.

Emily Hunter

Emily Hunter (CAS/GRS’22, Earth & Environmental Science) is from Western MA. She will be graduating in May with a B.A. in Earth & Environmental Science and an M.S. in Energy & Environment. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in environmental consulting. Emily is also the Editor-in-Chief of BU’s undergraduate environmental magazine called The Emerald Review. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and going to Red Sox games.

Sam McGuire

Sam McGuire (CAS/Pardee’24) studies International Relations with concentrations in Latin America and Regional Politics and Cultural Anthropology, as well as Spanish. He currently is involved with the International Relations Review and an English/Spanish exchange club. He loves big dogs, football and basketball, and exploring the city and finding new places to hike in his hometown of Richmond, VA.

Ana Paola Mendoza Martinez

Ana Paola Mendoza Martinez (CAS’23, International Relations) is an intentional student from Mexico City, Mexico. In addition to her role as an SDA, She is involved on campus as an International Peer Mentor. She is also a part of the Mexas at BU. Ana studied abroad since middle school, both in Switzerland and the United States. In her free time, Ana loves to bake, play with her dogs, ride horses, spend time with friends, and explore the city of Boston.

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.



Angel Padilla

Angel Padilla (COM’22, Public Relations/Sociology) is originally from San Francisco’s Portola district but both his parents are from Mexico. Everyone refers to Angel as Cheese, since he smiles a lot. In addition to his role as an SDA, Angel is a member of Alianza Latina and Brothers United Club. Outside of school, he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing and watching sports, a wide selection of music, and going to the gym. His favorite sports teams are the Oakland Raiders, Golden State Warriors, and San Francisco Giants.

Alisa Pham

Alisa (SAR’22, Health Science) is from Everett, MA, and is part of Sargent College’s BS/MPH 4+1 program. She has been with the CCD/ERC as a Student Desk Assistant since Fall 2018, and more often than not, she’ll be working at the CCD/ERC or making use of the study spaces in the building. Asides from being an SDA, she is a part of Beta Psi Omega, BU’s co-ed biology fraternity, as their fundraising chair for the upcoming semester. Alisa is also a long-time member of the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement (VEYM-TNTT), where she is currently a youth leader and helps facilitate activities for the youth in her church community. Outside of academics and extracurriculars, you can find her reading fanfiction, playing video games with friends on Discord, or looking for new places to eat in and out of Boston.

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.

Bridget Prendergast

Bridget Prendergast (SAR’22, Behavior and Health) is from Walpole, MA. She plans to attend graduate school to become an OT. She also works in the ERC as a peer tutor for Biology, Physiology, and Anatomy and helps in labs as a Learning Assistant. In her free time, she loves to hike and see dogs.

Stella Rigden

Stella Rigden (CAS’22, Psychology) is from Wisconsin and hopes to attend law school following her graduation. She’s an active member of BU’s Stage Troupe and BU’s Women in Law. In her free time you can find her enjoying the nice weather outside, hanging out with friends, or reading.

Angelica Rodriguez

Angelica Rodriguez (CAS’23, Sociology & Economics) is from Honduras. In addition to her role as an SDA, she is currently involved in the Environmental Student Organization and Alianza Latina. During her free time, she enjoys walking around the city with friends, hanging out with friends, going on road trips, and always baking and trying new vegan recipes. Fun fact about her is that she is a vegetarian. She interned for the summer at the Court Service Center at Boston and is currently also interning for a nonprofit called All In Energy where she helps low-income communities connect with renewable energy.

Sophia Stearn

Sophia Stearn (QST’24, Business Administration) is minoring in Biology, and on the Pre-Dental track. After graduation, She hopes to either enroll in dental school or pursue a career in Management Consulting. In addition to her position as a Student Desk Assistant, she also works part-time positions at Vardy Orthodontics & Family Dentistry. In her free time, she likes to ski/snowboard and travel.

Brandon Valera

Brandon Valera (ENG’22, Mechanical Engineering) is a Bay area native. In his free time, he enjoys football, being outdoors, and traveling.