Yale Undegraduate Career Services

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UCS Team Members:

Robyn Acampora
Associate Director
robyn.acampora@yale.edu 

Robyn joined UCS in the fall of 2012 and currently specializes in counseling students interested in careers in Public Service. This includes the nonprofit sector, government, social enterprise, education and food/agriculture. Robyn oversees the Yale Alumni Community Service Fellowship, Establishing Pathways for Women in Politics Fellowship, the Pascale International Fellows and the Yale Summer Events in New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC. She is also the UCS liaison for student athletes and manages the Peer Adviser Program. Before joining UCS, Robyn spent seven years at Yale Law School’s Career Development Office as the Associate Director of Administration, where she worked on a number of public interest initiatives and was responsible for all postgraduate employment reporting. Robyn is a member of NACE and Net Impact. When she is not working, Robyn is typically chasing after her two children. She is a huge fan of music festivals, polar bear plunges, camping and the beach.

 

Robyn Acampora

Lisa Blees
Senior Administrative Assistant
lisa.blees@yale.edu

Lisa started her Yale career in 2004 and joined UCS in 2006.  Lisa most enjoys interacting with students and alumni and is the” go-to” person for questions about Health Professions Evaluations, letters of recommendation and the nuts and bolts of the AMCAS application process.  An alumna of Providence College, Lisa enjoys travel, reading and discussing Downton Abbey.

 

Denise Byrnes
Associate Director
denise.byrnes@yale.edu

Denise oversees the On-Campus Recruiting program, working with close to 150 employers and facilitating 3,000 on-campus interviews during each academic year.  She also oversees Metrolink DC, an interviewing event for students interested in public policy, think tanks, non-profits and media organizations located in Washington, D.C.  While her primary responsibilities are focused on building and maintaining relationships with employers and alumni interested in recruiting Yale students, Denise also specializes in advising students interested in Consulting, Finance, Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations. During her time at Yale, she has been actively involved with EACE having served on two committees.   Prior to joining Yale, she advised MBA candidates on career management strategies while at the Lubin Graduate Center of Pace University.  Denise began her career working in the finance sector, and has held positions at two major financial institutions.  She graduated from Stony Brook University and has a Master’s in Education from Fordham University.  She is an avid cyclist and paddle boarder.

 

Denise Byrnes

Julia Coppola
Senior Administrative Assistant
julia.coppola@yale.edu

Julia joined Undergraduate Career Services in August 2001 she spent 5 years as the admin assistant for the on campus recruiting program.  When the International Bulldogs’ program started to expand, she joined the program as the Sr. admin assistant to work with the employers and students interning abroad.  Julia now coordinates all the interviewing schedules for employers who participate in the on campus recruiting program. Her smile, willingness to help and great sense of humor is always a welcome.

 

Julia Coppola

Jeanine Dames
Assistant Dean, Yale College
Director, Undergraduate Career Services

jeanine.dames@yale.edu

Jeanine joined UCS in the fall of 2011 after serving as a Director in the Career Development Office at Yale Law School, and an Associate Director in the Career Development Office at the Yale School of Management.  Prior to joining Yale, Jeanine worked in career services at both Fordham University School of Law and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in Manhattan.  She is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers and was a founding member of the Alumni Section of the Association of Legal Career Professionals  Prior to transitioning to career services, Jeanine was an attorney and practiced real estate and environmental law in New York and Connecticut.  She also served as pro bono legal counsel for South Brooklyn Legal Services.  She has a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. Jeanine is an avid Greek Mythology fan and lives in Connecticut with her husband, son and two dogs, Apollo and Atlas.

 

Jeanine Dames

Lori Ferrara
Senior Administrative Assistant
lori.ferrara@yale.edu

Lori joined UCS in the spring of 2001 working with the Domestic Internship Program after serving as the Administrative Assistant at the Medical School.  Prior to joining Yale full-time, Lori worked during college breaks at the Office of Facilities in the Lockshop.  She graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI.  In her spare time she enjoys sports and hanging out with friends and family.  She lives in Connecticut with her cat, Zena.

 

Lori Ferrara

Brian Frenette
Associate Director
brian.frenette@yale.edu

Brian joined Undergraduate Career Services in summer of 2013 as the Associate Director of Employment Programs.  In this role, he oversees domestic internship programs.   Brian is also responsible for advising students in the area of journalism / publishing, science, technology and engineering fields.  Prior to joining Yale, Brian worked in career services at Wesleyan University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he oversaw their Field Experience program.  In addition to working in career services, Brian has also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of New Haven and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Brian lives in New Haven and is an avid fan of skiing and hiking.

 

Brian Frenette

Stephanie Glover
Senior Administrative Assistant
stephanie.glover@yale.edu

Stephanie joined the Office of Undergraduate Career Services in 1999. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Consumer Affairs in Management/Business Administration from Howard University. After graduating she worked as a fire and lawn equipment safety specialist with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Bethesda, MD. Stephanie has a passion for health & wellness/nutrition and will be pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in Dietary Science at the University of New Haven in the fall. Stephanie lives in New Haven and when not at Yale she can be found gardening or working on a DIY project at home. She likes to travel, loves children and in her spare time she sings with her church choir and works with the Youth Ministry.

 

Stephanie Glover

Kenneth Koopmans
Co-Deputy Director, Director of Employment Programs 
kenneth.koopmans@yale.edu

Ken joined UCS during the summer of 2012. Prior to joining Yale, Ken was the Director of Internship Programs at Amherst College. Ken has over a decade’s worth of experience working in career services offices. In his current role, Ken oversees the employment team that executes on-campus recruiting, Yale’s international internship program and Yale’s domestic internship program. He is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers as well as the United States Soccer Federation where he is currently a National Referee Candidate. Ken works closely with STEM majors and students interested in working for start-up ventures. He lives in East Rock, enjoys walking to work and running up Science Hill during the summer.

 

Kenneth Koopmans

Elayne Mazzarella
Co-Deputy Director, Director of Career Counseling
elayne.mazzarella@yale.edu

Elayne has worked in Higher Education, specifically in Career Services for over 20 years and has been at Yale since 2003. Elayne is a general career adviser with a specialty in career exploration. Elayne works with undecided students, is also a pre-law adviser and is MBTI certified. Elayne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Manhattanville College; a Masters of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Education Degree in Counseling Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She has held leadership positions on the executive boards of the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, the Metropolitan New York College Placement Officers Association, the New York State Career Counseling Association, the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, and the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors. Elayne most recently was elected to the executive board of the Connecticut Career Counseling and Development Association.

 

Elayne Mazzarella

Kristin McJunkins
Director of Health Professions Advisory Program
kristin.mcjunkins@yale.edu

Kristin McJunkins oversees advising and counseling for undergraduates and alumni in Yale College interested in pursuing further education and careers in the health and medical fields.  A higher education professional for her entire professional life, Kristin began her career handling event planning and facilities management at Widener University, where she obtained a B.S. in Business Administration and M.Ed. in Education.  Transitioning to advising services at the University of Pennsylvania, she coordinated the peer/faculty advising program for 1600 freshman, as well as managed special services for freshmen and sophomores, in the College of Arts & Sciences.  In 2004, Kristin joined Johns Hopkins University as a Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advisor, and since 2006 has worked primarily with the health professions program at Yale University, serving as Director since 2009.  Kristin is an active member of the National Association for Advisors in the Health Professions (NAAHP); and in her spare time she likes to travel, cook, volunteer in the community and try new activities (such as skydiving!).

 

Kristin McJunkins

Meredith Mira
Senior Associate Director, Global/Public Health; Non-Allopathic/Non-Osteopathic Health Professions
meredith.mira@yale.edu
 
Meredith joined UCS in the summer of 2013 as the first Senior Associate Director of Global Health. She works with students who are interested in addressing global health issues that transcend national borders and affect the health of human populations worldwide. Working in the global health field requires interdisciplinary coursework along with field experience, intercultural awareness, and an understanding of power and inequality; Meredith is excited to help students gain this knowledge and experience. Meredith recently completed her doctoral degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her research focused on how high school students from a range of racial and socioeconomic backgrounds become aware of social inequality and motivated to work towards social change. She is also part of the international Leading Change Network, which is a wide-ranging group of educators, researchers, and practitioners engaged in strengthening community organizing efforts throughout the world.
 

Katie Rayhawk Volz
Associate Director, Creative and Performing Arts
kathleen.volz@yale.edu

Katie joined the UCS team after spending 7 years at NYU’s Stern School of Business, where she most recently served as the Director of Career Counseling and Operations for the Full-time MBA Program. At Yale, Katie works closely with undergraduate students pursuing careers in the Arts, through both career counseling appointments and planning unique events and educational programming.  Katie has developed and led numerous career-related workshops and programs on topics such as networking, résumé writing, presentation skills, and self-assessment, among others.  Prior to joining Stern, Katie was an Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch, where she led the campus recruiting efforts at more than 20 undergraduate and graduate business schools. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she was involved with professional development efforts including the Partner Development Programs. Katie received a BA in Psychology from the University of Dayton and an MA in Counseling from New York University.  Her biggest joys are music and her family, including her husband and three children.

 

Katie Rayhawk Volz

Stephanie Waite
Assistant Director
stephanie.waite@yale.edu

Stephanie joined UCS in the spring of 2014 after serving as an Assistant Director at Florida State University (FSU). During her time at FSU, Stephanie’s responsibilities included supporting high-achieving, highly-motivated students as they pursued research in their fields, community service projects, leadership positions on- and off-campus, and nationally-competitive awards. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy and English from Flagler College and a M.S. in International Affairs from Florida State University. At UCS, in addition to overseeing the Yale Summer Events in New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC, Stephanie will develop and maintain strong connections with employers in the public sector. With a mission to put students first, Stephanie is looking forward to guiding Yalies as they identify the ways in which they plan to contribute to the world through public service.  Stephanie is a member of NACE, and during her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing designer board games with her husband, painting, and travelling.

Stephanie Waite