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Department Leadership

Michael Sciola, Associate Vice President for Advancement & Director of Career Services
Michael A. Sciola
Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement; Director of Career Services

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As director of career services, 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, Director of Operations and Strategic Planning
Teresa Olsen
Director of Operations and Strategic Planning

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Teresa draws from over 10 years of experience involving positions in career services at Dartmouth College and Indiana University prior to joining the senior leadership team in Colgate’s Center for Career Services.

In addition to her position at Colgate, she currently serves as the co-chair of the benchmarking and assessment task force for the Liberal Arts Career NetWORK, a consortium of 35 selective liberal arts colleges. Teresa’s research interests include millennial generation career decision making, translating liberal arts into the world of work, career development for student-athletes, and career development with underrepresented populations.

She holds a BA from Colby College in Spanish and human development and an MS in higher education administration from Indiana University. Teresa, her husband Patrick, and their two children are avid outdoor enthusiasts and diehard members of the Red Sox and Raider nations.

Phone: 315-228-7816  E-mail:

Advising Team

Vera V. Chapman, Associate Director for Career Development
Vera V. Chapman, Ph.D
Associate Director for Career Development

Industry Liaison Area: Exploratory students

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Vera began her career at Colgate University in 2013. By leading the career advising team, she provides the primary vision for the advising and program development component of the Center for Career Services.

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. Her husband, David Chapman, currently serves as the head coach of the Colgate rugby football club. They welcomed their first child, Grayson, in October 2013.

Phone: 315-228-7813  E-mail:
Kelly Brant, Career & Pre-Law Advisor
Kelly Brant
Career & Pre-Law Advisor

Industry Liaison Area: Careers for the Common Good, Law, and Education

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Kelly Brant began working with Career Services in January 2014. Kelly was able to gain career development experience as a career advisor and program assistant at Binghamton University. As a career advisor at Colgate, her liaison areas include: the common good, non-profit, and government. Kelly is also the designated pre-law advisor.

Earning her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (with a minor of Educational Psychology) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kelly will complete her Masters of Science in Student Affairs Administration, from Binghamton University this May. In her spare time she enjoys Pilates, yoga, and spending time with her cavapoo, Tux.

Phone: 315-228-6293  E-mail:
Lamont Fields, Career Advisor
Lamont Fields
Career Advisor

Industry Liaison Area: Creative Communications and the Arts

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Lamont prepares students and recent graduates in specific areas of career development, management, and planning, and also offers programmatic support to the Office of Career Services advising team. Lamont also serves as the office liaison to the Colgate Entertainment Group on campus network, a student group interested in all aspects of the entertainment industry. He is a volunteer member of the Colgate Equity Grievance Panel and the Office of Admission multicultural recruitment committee.

Lamont earned his MEd in higher education-student affairs from Iowa State University and is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y. That said, although he enjoys the “hustle and bustle” of city living, he appreciates the serenity that is Colgate.

Phone: 315-228-6770  E-mail:
Danielle Harvey
Danielle Harvey
Career Advisor

Industry Liaison Area: Entrepreneurship, Sustainability

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Before coming to Colgate, Danielle worked as program coordinator/director of exam prep for the Huntington Learning Center for four years.

Danielle earned her BA in English from Le Moyne College and her MA in English from SUNY Oswego. Naturally, reading is one of her favorite activities. However, she also enjoys the occasional mountain climb with her husband, Brian, and takes pride in being Lake Placid’s most frequent visitor.

Phone: 315-228-6588  E-mail:
David Loveless, Assistant Director
David Loveless
Assistant Director

Industry Liaison Area: Business Services, Finance and Investing, Consulting, and Real Estate

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David began working in the Center for Career Services in September 2001 after a short stint in the Office of the Dean of the College.

Before working at Colgate, David and his wife Darcie ’98 lived in the greater Washington DC area where he worked in sales. A native of Hamilton, David graduated from Hamilton Central School in 1994. In 1998, he graduated with a BA degree from St. Michael’s College. A former student-athlete, David enjoys following the Raiders and getting to know Colgate's student-athletes on and off the field, rink, or court.

Phone: 315-228-7560  E-mail:
Colleen Oliva, Career Advisor
Colleen Oliva
Career Advisor

Industry Liaison Area: Health and Wellness

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Colleen joined the Center for Career Services in 2011. Colleen’s professional focus has been in the area of career services, specializing in career advising and program management.

She has worked in higher education for more than 15 years at institutions including Bridgewater State University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her BA in art history from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in higher education from Boston College.

Phone: 315-228-7058  E-mail:
James A. Reed, Career Advisor
James A. Reed
Career Advisor

Industry Liaison Area: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Phone: 315-228-6968  E-mail:

Employer Relations

Sharon Attaway, Associate Director of Employer Relations
Sharon Attaway
Associate Director of Employer Relations

Phone: 315-228-7381  E-mail:
Shauna Hirshfield, Internship Coordinator
Shauna Hirshfield
Internship Coordinator

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Shauna came to Colgate in 2012 as a career advisor. She is currently transitioning to the career services employer relations team where she will serve as the internship coordinator. In her new role, Shauna will oversee the programs of summer funding, internship credit, Summer on the Cuyahoga, Day in the Life, and also will connect with alumni and employers to cultivate new internship opportunities for Colgate students.

Before coming to Colgate, Shauna served as assistant director of the Career Center at Colby College and assistant director of admissions at Western New England College. Shauna earned a BA from Hamilton College and an MS in higher education administration from Syracuse University. Shauna grew up in Clinton, N.Y. and is thrilled to return to Central New York with her significant other and their two Newfoundland dogs.

Phone: 315-228-7382  E-mail:
Fran Panek, Employer Relations Assistant
Fran Panek
Employer Relations Assistant

Keith Watkins, Recruiting Coordinator
Keith Watkins
Recruiting Coordinator

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Keith assists alumni and employers seeking to hire Colgate grads and seniors and coordinates recruitment efforts for hundreds of employers and alumni each year.

Keith earned an AAS in civil engineering at Columbus State Community College in 2001 and has a background in small business. He is a land surveyor, licensed in New York and Wisconsin, and is the only Certified Federal Surveyor residing in New York. He has lectured on Riparian Rights, won awards for mapping, and earned a certificate from the University of Wisconsin Extension Small Business Development Center. Keith is a licensed Category 3, USA Cycling racer, and participates in about 20 races each year throughout New England and the Midwest. He serves on the Village of Hamilton Airport/Airpark Commission.

Phone: 315-228-7318  E-mail:


Jillian Arnault, Alumni Engagement Coordinator
Jillian Arnault
Alumni Engagement Coordinator

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Jillian has been with Colgate since 2013. She coordinates the Center for Career Service's’ alumni/parent-student initiatives, including the Real World Series, A Day in the Life, and SophoMORE Connections.

Jillian earned a BA from Colgate in sociology and anthropology. Before returning to her alma mater, she served with AmeriCorps and earned her MS from Northwestern University in higher education administration.

Phone: 315-228-6683  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:
Michelle Dye, Office Manager
Michelle Dye
Office Manager

Phone: 315-228-7618  E-mail:
Jeff Paino, Communications Coordinator
Jeff Paino
Communications Coordinator

Phone: 315-228-6521  E-mail:

Student Staff

Amanda Comai, Peer Advisor
Amanda Comai '15
Peer Advisor
Rachelle Ehrman, Peer Advisor
Rachelle Ehrman '16
Peer Advisor
Kerry Houston, Office Ambassador
Kerry Houston '16
Office Ambassador

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Hi, my name is Kerry Houston and I'm an English and French double major from Morristown, New Jersey. I am interested in law, and on campus I'm a news editor for the Colgate Maroon News, Vice President for Colgate's Newman Board and a member of Adopt-a-Grandparent.

Justin LoScalzo, Peer Advisor
Justin LoScalzo '16
Peer Advisor

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Hi, my name is Justin LoScalzo and I’m a junior from Huntington, NY, double majoring in Political Science and Economics. During the spring 2014 semester, I was a member of the Washington, D.C. Study Group and interned for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Following my internship there, I spent the summer working for the Homeland Security Advisory Council of the Department of Homeland Security. Amongst other activities, on campus I am the President for the Class of 2016, Vice-President of the Pre-Law Society, a Tour Guide, a member of the Committee for Budget and Financial Planning, and play on the Club Ultimate Frisbee Team.

Amy Osserman, Recruiting Intern
Amy Osserman '16
Recruiting Intern
Caitlin Sackrison, Peer Advisor
Caitlin Sackrison '15
Peer Advisor

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My name is Caitlin Sackrison and I'm a History major from Minnetonka, Minnesota hoping to go to graduate school for History. In addition to working at the Center for Career Services, I am also a Fellow at the Office of Admission. For the past two summers, I conducted research for the Social Studies Department in the Colgate University Special Collections and Archives. On campus, I am involved in the Student Lecture Forum (part of the CSU) and engAGE (a COVE group).

Charity Whyte, Peer Advisor
Charity Whyte '16
Peer Advisor