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Michael A. Sciola

Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Career Initiatives

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Overseeing Career Initiatives — Career Services, Thought Into Action, and the Robert A Fox '59  Management & Leadership Skills Program — Michael guides his team in providing students with direct, informed access to Colgate’s alumni and parent community while amplifying the ongoing focus on student development and personal reflection.

Before coming to Colgate in 2012, Mike was director of Career Services at Wesleyan University, worked in career services at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island, and held a variety of student affairs positions at the University of Rhode Island, the California State University, Fresno, and the University of New Hampshire. Mike is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BS in gerontology and an MS in human development, counseling, and family studies. His career has encompassed a few twists and turns including: training in clinical hypnosis; spinal cord injury rehabilitation; and singing backup for Mr. Kenny Rogers.

Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail:
Teresa Olsen

Teresa Olsen

Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Director of Career Services

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Teresa oversees the team in Career Services to deliver a personalized, high-impact experience to Colgate students, alumni, employers, and families. A passionate advocate for the liberal arts, Teresa presents regularly, consults as an external reviewer, and has served in multiple leadership positions within liberal arts consortia. She was awarded the NACE Excellence Award in 2014.

Teresa holds a BA from Colby College and an MS in higher education administration from Indiana University. Teresa, her husband, and their two children are avid outdoor enthusiasts and die-hard members of the Red Sox and Raider nations.

Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail:

Advising Team

David Loveless

David Loveless

Associate Director
Industry Liaison Area: Finance, Consulting, Real Estate, Sales, Marketing

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David began working in Career Services in September 2001. Throughout the years he has held numerous positions (Program Coordinator, Career Advisor, Assistant Director) and is currently the Associate Director of Career Development.

David and his wife (Darcie ’98 – Associate Director of Annual Giving) are originally from Hamilton. After receiving his BA from St. Michael’s College, David worked in sales in the Washington, DC area prior to moving back to the place he calls home. An avid sports fan, David can often be found rooting on the Raiders.

Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail:
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Vera V. Chapman, Ph.D

Career Advisor
Industry Liaison Area: Creative Communications and the Arts; Exploring and Undecided Students.

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Vera first began her career at Colgate University in 2013 as the Associate Director of Career Development and recently transitioned into the role of Career Advisor for Creative Communications and the Arts to allow more time spent directly with students.

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, a study abroad experience at Clemson University led her to the University of Mississippi, where she pursued advanced degrees in counseling and higher education. After becoming a licensed professional counselor in Mississippi, Vera served as a career planning specialist and adjunct professor at the same institution. Vera is passionate about empowering others to become the most extraordinary version of themselves — something she accomplishes through blogging and other creative ventures. Vera is joined in Hamilton by her husband, David Chapman, who currently serves as the head coach of the Colgate rugby football club, and their two young children, Grayson and Ivey.

Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail:
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Kat Kolozsvary

Career Advisor
Industry Liaison Area: Law, Common Good (education, nonprofit, public service)

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Kat joined the Colgate University Center for Career Services adviser team in January of 2016 and focuses on the areas of Pre-Law, Education, Common Good and Government.

Before coming to Colgate, Kat was a Graduate Programs Manager at Kaplan Test Prep, working with students at colleges and universities throughout Central and Western New York. Previously, she has held a variety of positions related to the government, healthcare and technology sectors. Kat received her BA in Public Affairs from Syracuse University and enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, their two daughters and two Great Danes.

Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail:
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James A. Reed

Career Advisor
Industry Liaison Area: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), and Sustainability

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James joined Colgate Career Services in September 2014 as a Career Advisor with a focus on the STEM disciplines. Prior to his arrival at Colgate James was employed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he served as an Associate Director and Lecturer in the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development.

James earned an Ed.M. degree in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Student Affairs Administration from the University at Buffalo and a BA in History from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo. James brings to Colgate more than ten years of experience working with college students in a variety of capacities including, leadership education, curriculum design and assessment, community development, and one-on-one coaching. He enjoys helping students bridge their interests and passions with their professional goals to find a sense of fulfillment and success.

Originally from the Finger Lakes region of New York State, James resides in Syracuse and is excited to enjoy the diverse array of outdoor recreational activities that Central New York has to offer.

Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail:

Employer Relations


Jennifer Walters

Associate Director of Employer Relations

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Jen manages the Employer Relations team to deliver excellent service to Colgate's employer partners, including alumni and parents. A strong proponent of experiential education, Jen works to broaden the type and number of internships, fellowships, and full-time professional experiences available to Colgate students. Prior to joining Colgate, Jen was the Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development at RPI.

Jen holds a BS in Biology/Chemistry from LeMoyne College and a JD, cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law. Jen and her family enjoy cheering on their favorite teams in college sports, especially basketball and traveling to find the best and biggest roller coasters in the country!

Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail:
Scott Phillips

Scott Phillips

Assistant Director

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Scott grew up in rural Ohio before attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute on a USAF ROTC pilot scholarship. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in music. After 7 years’ active duty, including a tour in Egypt, Scott spent 20 years as a pharmaceutical rep in the northeast and upstate NY. He enjoys doing anything with his wife, son, and daughter, photography, music, automobiles and racing, astronomy, restoring anything, snowboarding, and tending sheep.

Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail:
Deb Bolton

Debbie Bolton

Career Services Coordinator

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In addition to supporting the associate vice president of institutional advancement and director of career services, Debbie assists with a variety of programs including internship funding, recruiting, Central New York Communications Consortium and the Law School Fair.

Debbie began her time at Career Services in 1990 and has genuinely enjoyed working with and assisting students, alumni, recruiters, Colgate staff and others.

Phone: 315-228-6769  E-mail:

Kelsey Collins

Recruiting Assistant

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Chelsea Lehmann

Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement

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Chelsea has been at Colgate in the Dean of the College division since 2011, until her move to the Center for Career Services as Assistant Director for Alumni Engagement in December of 2015. In this role, she will work to connect current students with alumni through job shadowing and events such as SophoMORE Connections and a Day in the Life.

Before coming to Colgate, Chelsea received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY and her masters in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College in Buffalo. Chelsea and her husband graduated from Hamilton Central School, and are happy to be back home with their young daughter Harper.

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Jessie Darrow

Office Manager

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Jessie joined the Colgate University Center for Career Services Employer Relations team in November of 2016, until her move to Office Manager in June 2017. Before coming to Colgate, Jessie worked for a non-profit SPCA as office manager and studied Health Science at SUNY Cortland. Jessie and her husband graduated from Hamilton Central School, and are very involved as softball coaches in the HCS community. They enjoy fitness, camping, and sled dog racing with their two young boys, Liam and Jamie.

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Aaron DeLand

Communications and Outreach Specialist

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Aaron came to Colgate University in January 2018. In his role as Communications and Outreach Specialist, he shares stories of student success and helps keep our Colgate community informed about the great things happening at Career Services.

Before coming to Colgate, Aaron worked for nearly a decade in design and communications at New York University and, prior to that, as a designer in the consumer and educational publishing industry. Aaron holds a BA from Purchase College and an MA from Adelphi University. 

Phone: 315-228-6521 E-mail:

Student Staff Profiles

Peer Career Advisors
PCAs work primarily with students to critique and approve their résumés. This team also reviews cover letters, provides general assistance to orient students to Career Services' resources, and makes referrals to the professional career advising team.

Ricky Fernandez ’18

Peer Career Advisor 

Read about RickyHi, my name is Ricky Fernández, and I am a senior majoring in Economics. I am originally from New York City but also lived in the Dominican Republic. This past fall I studied abroad with the London Economics Study Group (LESG) and I look forward to starting my career in investment banking at Barclays after graduation.

Zoey Liu ’18

Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Zoey Liu and I am a senior majoring in Mathematical Economics and double minoring in Computer Science and Political Science. I am originally from Shenyang, China and I attended high school in Singapore before I came to Colgate. This past spring I studied abroad at the University of Cambridge in the UK and I look forward to starting my career in sales and trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch after graduation.

James Long ’18

Peer Career Advisor

Read about James Hello, my name is James Long and I am a senior from Evanston, Illinois majoring in philosophy and political science. Last semester I studied at St. Andrews University as part of a Colgate study group. Outside of my work as a peer career advisor, I am involved in Ethics Bowl and the Sushi Club. I am currently interested in pursuing a career as lawyer in the criminal justice field in either the non-profit or public sector.

Alexandra Millett ’20

Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Alexandra Millett and I am a sophomore from Montgomery, New Jersey. I am planning on majoring in International Relations and minoring in Spanish. Outside of working as a peer career advisor at Career Services, I am also on Colgate’s Cross Country and Track and Field team and I volunteer at Community Memorial Hospital.


Kevin Shannon ’18

Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Kevin Shannon and I am a senior from Branford, Connecticut majoring in Economics and Classical Studies. Outside of my position as a Peer Career Advisor, I am the president of Theta Chi. I am also an avid golfer, and I look forward to starting my career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch after graduation.

Andre Stephenson ’18

Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, My name is Andre Stephenson and I am currently a senior at Colgate majoring in Economics. I am originally from Portmore, Jamaica but currently reside in the Bronx, NY. Aside from working as a Peer Career Advisor you can find me at several sporting events where I work with Athletic Communications. I am also involved with the Colgate Investment Group and the Caribbean Student Association.

Henry Thomas ’18

Peer Career Advisor

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 My name is Henry Thomas and I am a senior from Millburn, New Jersey majoring in History and minoring in Political Science. Last semester I studied abroad in London with the Colgate History Study Group. Beyond my work at Career Services, I’m the House Manager of Theta Chi and have written for The Monthly Rag. I’m a big sports fan and I also love to run. After graduation I’m planning on working for a few years before going back to Law School.
Emily Wong

Emily Wong ’18

Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Emily Wong and I am a senior from Rockville, Maryland majoring in History and minoring in Economics. Last semester I studied abroad in London with the Colgate History Study Group. On campus I work with two tutoring groups that serve the local community through the COVE and am a tour guide for the Office of Admissions.

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Paige Smalley ’19

Peer Career Advisor

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Hi my name is Paige Smalley and I’m a junior from Holliston, Massachusetts majoring in environmental economics. Last Semester I was in Australia with Colgate Environmental Studies and Geography study group. On campus I am a part of Green Earth Gang and Madison Mentoring.

Office Ambassadors
As the first point of contact for all visitors to Spear House, Office Ambassadors (OAs) manage Career Services’ front desk operations. OAs can readily direct visitors to any of our resources, and ensure their needs are met quickly, even when a student is not sure what to ask.  
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Julia Flynn ’19

Office Ambassador

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My name is Julia Flynn and I am a junior from Seattle. I am majoring in International Relations and Art History and plan on studying abroad in Florence this upcoming spring semester. I am a radio show host and a member of Colgate Women in Business in addition to my role as an Office Ambassador at Career Services.

Curt Reeves ’19

Office Ambassador

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Hi, I’m Curt Reeves. I am a junior from Greenfield, Pennsylvania majoring in Mathematical Economics. I work at Career Services as an Office Ambassador. I’m also involved on campus as the Communications Director for Student Government and Treasurer for Mock Trial.

Chelsea Santiago ’19

Office Ambassador

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I’m Chelsea, a junior double majoring in Political Science and Psychology. I will be studying abroad in Geneva during the spring semester. I am involved in four dance teams on campus, the Spanish Debate Society, and I am part of the First Generation Initiative. In addition to working at Career Services, you with also see me at the Admissions Office.
Outreach and Social Media Interns
This team of interns creates the marketing content that draws students to use Career Services. Whether creating social media posts, composing email marketing, or designing graphics for print and digital materials, these interns are hands-on in all aspects of communications.  
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Jocelyne Andrade ’19

Outreach and Social Media Intern

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Hello! My name is Jocelyne and I’m a first generation student from Dallas, Texas. I’m currently a junior majoring in Astronomy-Physics and will be going abroad spring 2018 to Australia. In my free time, I love to eat, drink coffee and sleep. You can catch me working at the Digital Learning & Media Center in Case or practicing with De Nosotrxs, Pa’ Nosotrxs (formally Latin American Dance) when I’m not working at Career Services or in class.
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Brandon Gardner ’19

Outreach and Social Media Intern 

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Hi! I’m Brandon Gardner and I’m a Junior. I’m from Fairlee, Vermont and am a philosophy major. I am involved in a number of organizations and student clubs on campus including the Maroon News, Real Estate Club, and Club Hockey. I’m a big sports fan and follow hockey the closest. I’m uncertain of what I would like to do after Colgate, but I am interested in law and finance.
Emily Klein

Emily Klein ’18

Outreach and Social Media Intern

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Hi! My name is Emily Klein and I am a senior from Berwyn, PA majoring in English and Economics. Last spring, I studied abroad in London with Colgate’s London English Study Group. In addition to working at Career Services, I am a member of the Colgate Activities Board, Colgate Women in Business and Kappa Kappa Gamma. I look forward to starting my career in investment banking at Macquarie after graduation.


Danielle Dillon ’18

Outreach and Social Media Intern

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Hi! My name is Danielle Dillon, and I am a senior from Hingham, MA. I am a Political Science major and English minor, planning to pursue law after Colgate. I spent all of last year off campus, studying in Rome in the fall semester, and in Washington, D.C., in the spring with the Colgate Political Science study group. In addition to my involvement at Career Services, I am President of the Pre-Law Society, and a member of the Presidents' Club Student Committee.

Elizabeth Wang ’20

Outreach and Social Media Intern

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Hi! My name is Elizabeth Wang and I am a sophomore at Colgate. I was born in Edison, NJ, but I grew up in Hong Kong. I’m currently majoring in Educational Studies and am planning to study abroad during my junior year. In addition to working for Career Services, I am involved in the Foreign Language Program at Hamilton Central School and the Colgate Film Society. In my free time, I like to draw, nap, watch movies, and follow hockey.
Brittney Chin

Brittney Chin ’21

Outreach and Social Media Intern 

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Hi! My name is Brittney and I am a first-year student from Long Island, NY. My intended major is Computer Science, and I plan on studying abroad during my time at Colgate. In my free time I enjoy sleeping, embroidering, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and hanging out with friends. I’m also a huge foodie and love going on “foodventures” in NYC! I am currently on the board of the <Colgate Coders> Club and the American Sign Language club, and am also involved in Colgate University Choir and Chamber Choir.

Assessment Intern
This intern assists in the collection, synthesis, and analysis of assessment data related to career programs, employment data, and student outcomes. 

Hannah Zeitlin ’18

Assessment Intern

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Hi, my name is Hannah Zeitlin and I am a senior from Great Neck, New York. I'm an Environmental Economics major and Political Science minor, planning to pursue consulting  after graduation. In addition to working as the Assessment intern at Career Services, I am also an analyst for the Colgate Investment Group, a Senator for SGA, a member of Colgate’s Ski Team, and a Sidekick.
Signature Programs Interns
Signature programs interns assist with the planning, execution, and analysis of Career Services' major programmatic initiatives.This includes Summer Funding, SophoMORE Connections, A Day in the Life, Investment Studies, and the Colgate Professional Networks, among others.
Emily Brand

Emily Brand ’18

Signature Programs Intern

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Hi, my name is Emily Brand and I am a senior from New Canaan, CT. I am an English Major and an Applied Mathematics Minor. This past spring I studied abroad at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. In addition to working as the Signature Programs intern in Career Services, I am also a Senior Copy Editor for the Maroon-News and a tutor at Hamilton Central School. This year, my work in Career Services will be focused on assisting with SophoMORE Connections, A Day in the Life, Summer Funding, the Real World Series, and the Colgate Professional Networks. 
Employer Relations Interns
These interns support all functions of Career Services’ Employer Relations team to facilitate Colgate’s formal recruiting program, Colgate Premier. These interns work directly with all constituents related to recruiting: Career Services staff, students, recruiters, parents, alumni, and friends of the university. 
Ellen Brunker

Ellen Brunker ’18

Employer Relations Intern

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Hi, my name is Ellen Brunker.  I am a senior majoring in Economics, originally from Edina, MN.  I studied abroad by my junior fall in Cape Town, South Africa.  On campus I am part of the executive board for Colgate Women in Business, a Statistics tutor, and a member of Colgate's Ski Team. 


Alisia Zhang ’18

Employer Relations Intern

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Hi, my name is Alisia, and I’m a senior from Hong Kong! I’m a Psychology major and I studied abroad in Copenhagen last year. Aside from being an Employer Relations Intern at Career Services, I’m also a Student Manager and Student Caller for the Annual Fund, a Class Agent for the Senior Class Gift Committee, and a member of the Women’s Water Polo Team.
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Laura Hartpence

Career Advisor
Industry Liaison Area: Finance, Consulting, Sports, Actuarial, Marketing

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Laura joined the Colgate University career advisor team in July of 2015. She works primarily with students in business, finance and consulting, and as a liaison to students in the LGBTQ community as well as student athletes.

Laura comes to Colgate from Defiance College, OH, where she served in a variety of roles including Director of Career Development, Admissions Counselor, and adjunct professor in the department of natural sciences. Prior to working at Defiance College, she gained extensive experience in collegiate athletics, serving six years as a track & field and cross country coach. Laura is joined in Hamilton by her husband, John Hartpence, who is a member of the track & field and cross country staff at Hamilton College, and their daughter, Lillian.

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