Center for Career Exploration & Success Staff

Melissa Brown

Data Coordinator

Melissa assists students, alumni and employers with questions regarding Handshake, Miami’s. She provides supervision of employer registrations and job postings. She is also responsible for generating a variety of reports for The Center for Career Exploration & Success. Melissa can be contacted at brownm10@miamioh.edu or (513) 529-3835.

Sandy Burger

Career Fair Coordinator and Administrative Associate

Sandy provides administrative support to the Director of The Center for Career Exploration & Success. She handles all accounting and purchasing activities and maintains personnel records. The Career Fair Coordinator stewards the three annual Career Fairs: the fall Career Fair held in September, Spring Internship and Career Expo (Spring ICE) held in February, and the Teacher Job Fair typically held late March and the Architecture + Design Career Fair which is held in December. For more information concerning the Career Fairs, please contact Sandy Burger at careerfairs@miamioh.edu, for administrative questions, please contact her at burgersd@miamioh.edu.

Betty Davidson

Program Associate

Betty is responsible for administering Career Center’s student employee program. She also provides administrative and technical support for the office’s campus-wide student and employer programming activities and the office’s communications with stakeholders in Miami’s career community. Betty can be contacted at davidsbj@MiamiOH.edu or (513) 529-3834.

Jen Franchak

Assistant Vice President

Jen oversees the Center's leadership team which sets and executes the overall strategy and vision for the Center of Career Exploration & Success.  She also engages with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that our students are situated for post graduate success. Jen can be contacted at jen.franchak@MiamiOH.edu or (513) 529-3831.

Crissy Jessie

Recruiting Coordinator

Crissy assists employers with scheduling on-campus interviews and other on-campus recruitment activities. Crissy can be contacted at jessiecd@miamioh.edu or (513) 529-3840.

Shamika Karikari

Doctoral Associate

Mika serves as the Center for Career Exploration & Success’ Doctoral Associate. She is earning her Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Miami. Mika will work on multiple projects as an associate, but her first major project is developing and delivering a new career development curriculum for international students. Mika can be contacted at johns263@miamioh.edu or (513) 529-3296.

Victoria Masny

Assistant Director and Liaison/Farmer School of Business & College of Arts and Science: Economics and Strategic Communications

Victoria is the liaison for the Farmer School of Business as well as the College of Arts and Science: Economics and Strategic Communications. She works as part of the advising team to provide a full range of career support including job and internship search strategies, interviewing techniques, and networking resources. Victoria can be contacted at masnyva@miamioh.edu or (513) 529-3486.

Jennifer McLaughlin

Associate Director for Student Populations and Liaison to the College of Education, Health and Society

Jennifer's role has the responsibility to ensure there are campus-wide structures in place to support underserved student populations with effective and efficient career development resources. In addition, as the Liaison to CEHS she partners with CEHS on career development efforts in advising and programming; employer relations and internship development; and classroom partnership and strategy. Jennifer can be contacted at mclaugjl@miamioh.edu or (513) 529-3847.

Kia Nalls

Mock Interview Coordinator 

Kia is the point of contact and coordinator for Miami University’s Mock Interview service, preparing students for real-world interviews by connecting them with seasoned professional interviewers. Kia can be contacted at rayspek@miamioh.edu or (513) 529-1882.

Craig Patrick

Marketing Coordinator

Craig coordinates all of the Center for Career Exploration & Success' print and web media/promotions as well as student and employer marketing initiatives and communications. He is also responsible for the evaluation of new technologies, both hardware and software-related. Craig can be contacted at patriccm@miamioh.edu or (513) 529-1285.

Lesley Pihlajamaki

Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Career Exploration

Lesley develops and maintains employer relations and promotes recruitment of Miami University students. She also advises employers on recruiting strategies that will help them build and maintain their brand on campus. Lesley also develops internship opportunities with regional employers within their organizations and is responsible for coordinating the Ohio Means Internship grant for the Oxford campus. In addition, she provides assistance to students engaged in the internship search process. Lesley can be contacted at pihlajle@miamioh.edu or (513) 529-5925.

Shelby Summers Ballard

Assistant Director and Liaison/College of Arts & Science: University Studies

Shelby is the liaison to the College of Arts and Science: University Studies. She works as part of the advising team to provide a full range of career support including job and internship search strategies, interviewing techniques, and networking resources. Shelby can be contacted at summers4@miamioh.edu or (513) 529-9379.

Kelly Thompson

Assistant Director and Liaison/College of Engineering and Computing

Kelly is the liaison for the College of Engineering and Computing. She works as part of the advising team to provide a full range of career support including job and internship search strategies, interviewing techniques, and networking resources. Kelly can be contacted at thomp165@miamioh.edu or (513) 529-3846.

Corey Watt

Assistant Director, Employer Relations

Corey develops and maintains employer relations and promotes the recruitment of Miami University students by for-profit, not-for-profit and governmental organizations. Corey can be contacted at wattc@miamioh.edu or (513) 529-3487.

Matt Yepez

Assistant Director and Liaison/College of Arts & Science

Matt is the liaison to the College of Arts and Science. He works as part of the advising team to provide a full range of career support including job and internship search strategies, interviewing techniques, and networking resources. Matt is also responsible for the development and coordination of programs to support students’ career development in the College of Arts and Science. Matt can be contacted at yepezmo@miamioh.edu or (513) 529-9763.

Regional Campus Offices

Douglas Reichenberger

Regional Director, Career Services & Professional Development

Doug oversees the Career Services & Professional Development team at the Regional campuses (Hamilton & Middletown), establishing and implementing the overall strategy and vision for the CSPD centers. He also engages with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the Regional students are situated for post-graduate success. In addition, Doug engages with students to teach and equip them the skills necessary for their post-graduate endeavors. Doug can be contacted at reichedc@miamioh.edu or 513-785-3177.

Krissy Smith

Assistant Regional Director, Career Co-op and Internship Services

Krissy provides resume, cover letter and interview preparation, as well as job search services at the regional campuses. Krissy can be contacted at smithkl@miamioh.edu or directly at (513) 217-4030 or at the Middletown campus at (513) 785-3233.

Linda Vogt

Master Sr. Program Assistant

Linda provides administrative support to the Regional Director of Career Services & Professional Development, as well as offering resume, interviewing preparation and job search tips to the students. She maintains student records and employer registrations for internships/co-ops. Linda can be contacted at vogtlm@MiamiOH.edu or 513-785-3113.