Meet Our Staff

Don Kjelleren, Executive Director
(he, him, his)
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My Role in the Office:
As the Executive Director of the ’68 Center my role is to provide the overall vision for our team, while stewarding the resources the college has provided to create the finest liberal arts Career Center found anywhere.
Best Spot in the Berkshires: Top of Mount Greylock. Especially on a crisp fall morning or at sunset.
Favorite Activity Outside of Work: Traveling to new places and cultures.


Our Career Education Team


Emma Cutrufello, PhD, Director of Career Education
(she, her, hers)
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My Role in the Office:
I lead the career education team at the ’68 Center. Our 6 Career Communities provide curated advising, experiences, and connections for students, and as the advisor for careers in education, I enjoy helping students explore interests in k-12, higher education, edtech, and ed policy. I’m also responsible for our first year and sophomore programs, and I help students get started with us early and often. If you’re not sure how to use the ’68 Center, please start with an appointment with me!
Best Spot in the Berkshires: So many! I’m a runner so I never get tired of running the Blair Road loop, even though it never gets easier.
Favorite Activity Outside of Work: Running, hiking, and taking my rescue dog Hughie to the river for a cool dip.

Rebecca Counter, MSEd, PgCert, Associate Director/Director of Science & Health Professions
(she, her, hers)
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My Role in the Office: As the Director of Science and Health Professions, I support students and alumni through all stages of their journeys towards dynamic career paths in both health and science fields – from exploration to preparation and beyond.
Best Spot in the Berkshires: There are so many hidden gems in our region. We are fortunate to have access to amazing natural resources so close to campus.
Favorite Activity Outside of Work: I enjoy music, writing, rock climbing, and learning about fields such as medicine, wildlife biology, entomology, and conservation.

Kristen McCormack, Associate Director/Director of Arts, Communications & Technology
(she, her, hers)
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My Role in the Office: At the ’68 Center for Career Exploration at Williams College, I advise students and create innovative programming to support a broad array of creative career interests in arts, communications, media, and technology. I also lead programming for juniors, seniors, and young alumni to launch their first steps post-Williams.
Best Spot in the Berkshires: The bounty of walking trails with streams.
Favorite Activity Outside of Work: Family and friend time, cheering for my sons in college sports, reading and walking my English Black Lab, Blaze.

2016 Williams Career Center Staff

Robin Meyer, Associate Director/Director of Business, Finance & Consulting
(she, her, hers)
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My Role in the Office: I’m the advisor for careers in Finance, Business, and Consulting. My biggest goal is to ensure that students understand that “business” is a big umbrella! Beneath that general title, you’ll find internship and job opportunities in human resources, sales, operations, market research, real estate, and more. Not sure what you want to do in business? No worries! I’m here to help you explore your options and figure out how to reach your career goals.
Best Spot in the Berkshires: My favorite spots in the Berkshires are the Cascade Hiking Trail and Natural Bridge Park.
Favorite Activity Outside of Work:  Enjoying the beauty of the Berkshires, creating art with all types of fiber, playing my trusty ukulele, and traveling to faraway places like Machu Picchu in Peru or Lisbon in Portugal.

Tonio Palmer, Associate Director/Director of Entrepreneurship 
(he, him, his)
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My Role in the Office:
My work is focused on building the Entrepreneurial programing on campus and advising students interested in working at startups. I am also the MBA advisor. At Williams, Entrepreneurship is about learning how to develop an idea and participating by being on a team that develops an idea over the semester. It’s not so much about launching a business. Students gain critical life skills like creative confidence, problem solving, how to use the Williams network – and have FUN!
Best Spot in the Berkshires: Tyringham Cobble, (a Trustees of Reservation property about an hour south of Williamstown).
Favorite Activity Outside of Work: Running on the Appalachian Trail.

Anthony Pernell-McGee, Associate Director/Director of Inclusive Career Exploration
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My Role in the Office: I enjoy providing industry advice to students who are interested in a Career with Social Impact (CSI).  Additionally as the pre-law advisor, I use my 20+ years of experience as a practicing attorney to advise students and alumni on admissions and legal careers. I also serve as the ‘68 Center’s DEI liaison working with BIPOC and First-Generation students to ensure that all programming is inclusive and equitable.
Best Spot in the Berkshires: Jacob’s Pillow, Taconic State Park, and Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.
Favorite Activity Outside of Work: I enjoy visiting various bike trails with my camera, capturing Kodak moments, and sharing pictures with family and friends on Instagram during my free time. I love a good set of tennis, singles, or doubles when the weather permits.


Our Operations & External Relations Team


Leigh Sylvia, Director of Operations & External Relations
(she, her, hers)
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My Role in the Office:
I oversee our Operations & External Relations team which includes Employer Relations, our EphLink Mentoring Community, Communications & Events, Student Internship Programs, and Data Analytics.
Best Spot in the Berkshires: MassMoca (or more specifically BBQ and Bright Ideas!)
Favorite Activity Outside of Work: Podcasts, movies, time with family, friends and my golden-doodle pup Finn!

Nicole Allen, Communications & Events Coordinator
(she, her, hers)
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My Role in the Office: I oversee the office-wide calendar of events, as well as manage the ’68 Center’s brand.
Best Spot in the Berkshires: I love visiting Mt. Greylock. Not only is it the tallest peak in Massachusetts at 3,491 ft., but it is also located in my hometown of Adams, MA!
Favorite Activity Outside of Work: When I’m not working I love to listen to comedy podcasts, read, and spend time with friends and family.

Dawn M. Dellea, Manager of Alumni & Parent Engagement Programs
(she, her, hers)
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My Role in the Office: I celebrated my 25th year at Williams College in August 2021!  Currently, I manage the ’68 Center for Career Exploration’s Signature Internship Programs –  our funded summer internship program, the Alumni Sponsored Internship Program (ASIP), and our winter study course, SPEC 21 Career Exploration:  Winter Study Internships!
Best Spot in the Berkshires:  Since I am a huge fan of music and theatre, my two favorite places in the Berkshires are Tanglewood and  The Colonial Theatre, designated as a National Historic Treasure, Save America’s Treasure Program of the National Park Service.
Favorite Activities Outside of Work:  In addition to performing arts, community service is important to me.  I’ve served on non-profit boards and worked on several local campaigns for mayor and city council.