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.

Addye Buckley-Burnell

Executive Director

Addye joined the Center for Career Development team in November 2021. Originally from St. Louis, she holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from University of Central Missouri, a Master of Education in Counseling from University of Missouri-St. Louis, and as of December 2021, she will hold a PhD in Adult Education from Auburn University. Addye is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Global Career Development Facilitator who has spent her career helping students and alumni find their path. When not at work, you can find Addye crafting, enjoying time with her family and animals, or learning something new.

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.

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.

Erica Lewy

Marketing & Communications Manager

Erica joined the Center for Career Development in November of 2021; she brings over 15 years of experience in higher education Marketing & Communication to the team. Erica received her bachelor of fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, baking, and exploring the natural landscape of New England.

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.

May Perriello

Yawkey Internship Coordinator

May joined the Center for Career Development in December 2021 as the Yawkey Internship Coordinator. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston University, May lived abroad before returning to the BU community. May is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Software Development at BU’s Metropolitan College. In her spare time she is often seen walking around exploring Boston, attending concerts, and hanging out with as many dogs as possible.

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, 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.

Angela Richard

Career Counselor

Angela joined the Center for Career Development team as a Career Counselor in February 2022. She received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Champlain College in May 2021. Prior to joining BU, Angela worked at a rural, central Vermont school as a Grades 5-8 Math Interventionist. During her undergraduate studies, she served as a Career Peer Coach at Champlain College’s Career Collaborative, where her passion for career education blossomed. She is currently pursuing her Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Higher Education Administration at BU. When she is not at the Center for Career Development, Angela can be found powerlifting, grabbing coffee or chai lattes, or taking a quick trip to Vermont to soak up the mountains.

Colby Sim

Peer Engagement Manager

Colby joined the Center for Career Development and Educational Resource Center as Peer Engagement Manager in May 2022. In her role, Colby works alongside the Peer Engagement Coordinator in overseeing the Student Ambassador Program and increasing student awareness of engagement with CCD and ERC programs and services. Originally from Long Island, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Community Studies from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University. Colby enjoys swing dancing, baking, exploring new cities and local coffee shops and going to see plays, musicals, and comedy shows.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nuria Gonzalo

Nuria Gonzalo (CAS’ 23 International Relations/ Political Science with Pre Law) is a first-generation college student originally from Cambridge, MA. She is very passionate about immigration rights and hopes to become an Immigration Attorney in the future. Currently, she is an intern for the Massachusetts Trial Court assisting Spanish-speaking litigants with their cases as well as part of the Phi Alpha Delta Chapter at BU and BU Women in Law Club. Her interests include running, traveling, trying new foods, and exploring the city.

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.

Arya Tumuluri

Arya Tumuluri (CAS’25, Architectural Studies Major/ Engineering Science Minor and Earth & Environmental Sciences Minor) is from the Bay Area of California. She is passionate about architecture and how sustainability can be incorporated into building designs. Her interests include spending time with friends, drawing/painting, listening to music, and going on walks. She is a part of the Women’s Squash Club, the SASA club, and the Environmental Student Organization.

Giana Carrozza

Communications Assistant

Giana Carrozza (COM ‘24, Public Relations) is from Norton, Massachusetts. On campus she is a member of BUPRSSA, HerCampus BU, and TTBU. Giana is currently an intern for BU Public Relations in addition to the CCD. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing with her Boston Terrier named Otis, and exploring new places in Boston. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in public relations in the beauty industry.

Swetha Meruva

Swetha Meruva (QST ‘23, Finance, IS, minor in chemistry) is from Lexington, Massachusetts. On campus she is a member of LOCK tutors, an academic peer coach, and a freelance henna artist for cultural organizations at BU. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and is on a quest to find the best iced latte in Boston!

Ellie Tillotson

Graduate Intern, Professional Clothing Closet

Ellie grew up in Seattle and is a Social Impact MBA candidate at BU. She’s passionate about sustainability and creating lasting change. Ellie loves to travel and experience new cultures and foods. She has her scuba and yoga certifications and hopes to continue exploring and eating her way across the world!

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.

Barbara Flores-Lee

Barbara Flores-Lee (CAS ’24, Psychology, minor in Public Health & Education) is a CAS Academic Ambassador and a TTBU mentor. She’s originally from New York but is currently living in San Diego, CA. Her interests include traveling, finding new coffee spots, and exploring different cultures.

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.

Emma Jacobson

Emma Jacobson (SHA/SAR’22, Hospitality Administration & Health Science) is a former intern at Boston Children’s Hospital in their Opthalmology department. She plans to travel and attend a Master’s program after graduation. When not in school, she enjoys cooking, baking, attending Orange Theory, and spending time with friends.

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.

Katrina Nguyen

Katrina Nguyen (CAS ‘25, Computer Science). Katrina was born and raised in Boston, MA and then moved to Houston, TX before the start of middle school. Some of her hobbies include eating, going out with friends, and listening to music. When she graduates, she hope to have enough money to be able to travel and to one day own a BMW i8.

Lauren Nguyen

Lauren Nguyen (QST ‘25, Business Administration and Management). Lauren is concentrating in Business Analytics and Global Business. her hobbies include baking, going on walks, and picking up new skills. After graduating, she plans on pursuing a career in management consulting and later on attending law school to earn her JD.

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.

Paige Weldon

Paige Weldon (SAR’25, Behavior & Health/Deaf Studies).  Paige is the Treasurer of the Student Campus Activities Board and of the Representation Oversight Committee which is a standing senate committee in the BU Student Government. Outside of school, Paige loves to dance and watch random video essays on Youtube on topics she knows absolutely nothing about. Her future plan as of right now is to go to occupational therapy school!

Lola Zummo

Lola Zummo (SAR ’25, Health Science, pre-med) is from Long Island, New York. After graduation, she plans on furthering her education in medical school. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her friends, go to the beach, and listen to music!