Meet Our Staff

Don Kjelleren, Director

For me, there’s nothing more satisfying than empowering students to navigate their way from college to career. On my own career path over the past two decades, I’ve worked in the consumer food and advertising industries, and I also earned an MBA in marketing management from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to Williams, I was the director of professional and career development at Middlebury College. I believe there are countless opportunities for every Williams student of every major and interest, and I feel extraordinarily privileged to lead an increasingly dynamic Career Center that affirms and accelerates students’ post-graduation aspirations. When I’m not in the office, you’ll almost certainly find me outdoors. I have a wide range of outdoor passions, especially cycling.

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Our Advising Team

Barbara Fuller, Associate Director/Director of Science and Health Professions Advising

Applying to professional schools for public health, life/biomedical sciences and the health professions requires solid preparation and advance planning. It’s my great pleasure to help you take this important first step in your career. My previous employment at Brown University as the medical school’s director of admission gave me deep insight into crafting a successful application for graduate training. I also have a master of public health degree from Boston University. My interest in the field is personal, as well as professional. I’m an avid reader of the literature of medicine (in the vein of Atul Gawande and Paul Kalanithi). I enjoy outdoor cycling, spinning and yoga.

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2016 Williams Career Center StaffRobin Meyer, Associate Director/Director of Employer Relations

As the advisor for business careers, I like to remind students there’s more to the field than just finance and consulting. Business is a big umbrella, and beneath that general title you’ll find opportunities for human resources, sales, operations, market research, real estate, entrepreneurship and more. In addition to my advising duties, I run a robust, on-campus recruiting program that brings more than 150 employers to Williams each year, including hiring managers from business, government, nonprofits and education. When I’m not at the Career Center, you’ll find me enjoying the beauty of the Berkshires, knitting socks, walking an occasional marathon and traveling to faraway places like Machu Picchu.

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Michael O’Connor, Associate Director/Director of the Career Discovery Program

I’m the advisor for education careers and also for career discovery. Not sure what type of work would interest you or allow you to make the best use of your skills? Then let’s talk. I’m certified in both the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and I’m knowledgeable about a wide range of career options in the liberal arts. I enjoy helping students discover how their interests and abilities intersect with potential career options so they can secure meaningful opportunities in target fields. When I’m not working, I often hike and spend time outdoors with my family and my two high-energy dogs, Bella and Luna.

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2016 Williams Career Center StaffMichelle Shaw ’95, Associate Director/Pre-Law Advisor

I counsel students interested in careers with social impact (CSI). CSI includes work in environmental fields, sustainability, nonprofits, government, law enforcement, nonprofit consulting, impact investment and social entrepreneurship—and many, many other fields. I also serve as the pre-law advisor. Previously, I practiced law for more than eight years, with a focus on environmental law, real estate and litigation. I also was a pro-bono advisor for a New York City nonprofit startup. Outside the office, I’m usually reading something science fiction- or fantasy-related or working on the next great novel.

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Dr. Lisa Howard, M.D., Health Professions Advisor

Having worked in medicine for years as a board-certified psychiatrist, I’ve learned what it takes to become a successful physician. My own journey began at Swarthmore College and Cornell Medical School, followed by a residency at Cambridge Hospital, the teaching affiliate for Harvard Medical School, where I later became a director. My first experience advising undergraduates was at Bennington College as a staff psychiatrist, and I’ve continued to help students navigate their health professions career paths at Williams—all while consulting and also running a private practice. In my spare moments, I most enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, paddleboarding and kayaking.

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Tonio Palmer, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

I work with students to help them develop their ideas about starting a business, launch a social impact project or learn more about the start-up community. To this role I bring my passion for new ideas, my own entrepreneurial experiences, and formal business training of an MBA/MA in International Affairs from UPenn’s Wharton School and Lauder Institute.  Having lived and worked in Germany and Brazil, I hope to see some projects with an international scope!  As an outdoor enthusiast and tennis coach I enjoy running the Appalachian Trail and look forward to running the sections around Williamstown.

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Our Resource Team

Leigh Sylvia, Associate Director, Mentoring & Transition Programming

I help connect current students with alumni mentors and work with seniors on real-world transitional preparation so they can make the most of their first employment experiences. During my time in higher ed career services, I’ve worked with students and alumni from a variety of backgrounds, most recently at Columbia University and New York Institute of Technology. Prior to higher ed, I worked in advertising and marketing. When I’m not at work, you can find me enjoying the beauty of the Berkshires (the mountains and clean air are new to me as a recent NYC transplant), spending lots of social time with my family and friends, and heading out for the occasional “jog” (more like fast walking). I also enjoy painting and pretending to be a movie critic.

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Dawn M. Dellea, Manager of Alumni & Parent Engagement Programs

I manage Career Center programs that connect students with alumni and parents. Are you interested in a Winter Study internship? Looking for internship funding? Curious about developing a business? Looking to connect with alumni and parents in your industry to get advice? Contact me! I’ve worked at Williams for 20 years and love coming to my job every day. In addition to my job at the Career Center, community service is important to me. I’m the board president of Elder Services of Berkshire County Inc., a member of the Homebuyer Selection Committee for Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity and a member of the Berkshire Community College Alumni Association Board of Directors. I also love going to the theater and Tanglewood.

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Kristen McCormack, Assistant Director, Employer Relations

As assistant director of employer relations, I manage relationships with alumni and employers who are eager to connect with you. Before formally entering the workforce, it’s critical for students to have diverse job and internship experiences. It’s my job to identify these opportunities and to prepare you to pursue them. My background in private industry, education, independent consulting and training and development prepared me for this important work. When I’m not here connecting you with potential employers, I love to read, exercise and watch sports.

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Dawn Schoorlemmer, Career Center Coordinator & Recruiting Assistant

I’ll likely be one of the first people you meet when you walk into Mears House. As the Career Center coordinator, I provide wide-ranging support to the department and also assist the recruiting team. Before joining the Career Center, I was on the admission team at Overland Summers, where I had the pleasure of working with college students and young alumni. Being at the front desk at Mears House gives me a chance to chat with students when they visit, which is my favorite part of the job, so be sure to say hello. Outside of Williams, I enjoy reading, photography, spending time with my family and trying to walk enough to make my Fitbit happy.

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