Don Kjelleren, Director
Warm greetings from Williamstown! I bring over 20 years of diverse professional experience and 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 and previously worked in the consumer food and advertising industries. I especially enjoy building core programs, connecting key constituents, and empowering students to navigate fluidly from college to career. I believe “there are opportunities for every Williams student, of every major and interest, and I am extraordinarily privileged to lead an increasingly dynamic Career Center that affirms and accelerates students post-graduate aspirations”. In addition, I have a wide range of outdoor passions (looking forward to the Mount Greylock cycling challenge) and am a staunch defender of the liberal arts. Email Don.
Barbara Fuller, Associate Director/Director of Science and Health Professions Advising
Greetings! I am here to guide you through the process of applying to professional schools related to public health, life/biomedical sciences, and the health professions. My previous employment at Brown University as the medical school’s director of admissions has given me a unique perspective on how to craft a successful application for graduate training related to health care jobs like physician assistant, nurse practitioner, physician, dentist, and veterinarian. Read my LinkedIn profile to learn more about my professional background. In the meantime, we have four years to work together on course selection, activities, and other experiences that will make you the best possible candidate for your chosen career.
Robin Meyer, Associate Director/Director of Employer Relations
Hello! In addition to being the advisor for students interested in all areas of business, I run a robust on-campus recruiting program that brings more than 150 different employers to campus each year, representing business, government, non-profits, and education. When thinking about careers in business, it’s important to remember that while finance and consulting fit under than umbrella…it is so much bigger. It’s human resources, sales, operations, market research, real estate, entrepreneurship, and more! Check out my LinkedIn profile to learn more about me. When I’m not in the Career Center, you will find me enjoying the beauty of the Berkshires, knitting socks, walking an occasional marathon, and traveling to far away places like Machu Picchu.
Michael O’Connor, Associate Director/Director of the Career Discovery Program
I’m your advisor to the field of Education and Career Discovery – meaning, if you don’t know what you want to do, I’m the person to speak with! I’m certified in both the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and knowledgeable about a wide range of career options in the liberal arts. I enjoy helping students discover how their interests, skills, and abilities connect with potential career options, and love helping students secure meaningful opportunities in target fields. When I’m not working, I love hiking and spending time outdoors with my family and two high-energy dogs, Bella and Luna. Check out my LinkedIn profile if you’d like to learn more about my background, or set-up an appointment to get started connecting with potential opportunities.
Let’s talk! I counsel students interested in careers with social impact (CSI), and also am a ’95 alumna. While not intended to be exhaustive, CSI includes work in environment, sustainability, nonprofits, government, law enforcement, nonprofit consulting, impact investment and social entrepreneurship. I also serve as the Pre-Law Advisor. Previously, I practiced law for more than eight years, with a focus on environmental, real estate and litigation. Most recently before Williams, I was a Pro-Bono Advisor for a New York City nonprofit startup. When I’m not working, I am usually reading something science fiction/fantasy related or working on the next great novel!
Leigh Sylvia, Assistant Director for Communications, Arts & Technology
Hello! I help Arts, Communications and Tech students with their career exploration/search process. During my time in higher education career services, I have worked with students and alumni from a variety backgrounds, most recently at Columbia University and New York Institute of Technology. I love helping students envision how to connect their majors to “real-life”! Prior to higher ed, I worked in advertising and marketing – check out my LinkedIn profile to learn more about me. When I am not here, you can find me enjoying the beauty of the Berkshires (the mountains and clean air are new to me as a recent NYC transplant), lots of social time with my family and friends, the occasional “jog” (more like fast walking), painting, and pretending to be a movie critic.
Our Resource Team
Dawn M. Dellea, Manager of Alumni & Parent Engagement Programs
Hi! I manage Career Center programs that connect students with alumni and parents. Interested in a winter study internship? Looking for internship funding? Interested in developing a business? Or want to hear how Alumni & parents working in various career industries have gotten to where they are? Contact me! I have worked at Williams for 20 years and love it every day! Community service is important to me. Currently, I am the Board President of Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc., a member of the Homebuyers Selection Committee for Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, and a member of the Berkshire Community College Alumni Association Board of Directors. I love going to the theatre and Tanglewood. Proud to be a 1st Generation college graduate! Email Dawn.
Kristen McCormack, Assistant Director, Employer Relations
Hi! As the Assistant Director of Employer Relations, I manage relationships with alumni and employers who are eager to connect with you! It is critical to cultivate diverse job and internship experiences and also prepare you to pursue these opportunities. My background in private industry, education, independent consulting, and training and development, grounds me in this important work. Read more about my past experience on LinkedIn. I love to read, exercise, and am a fan of many sports. Email Kristen.
Linda Moran, Career Center Administrative Assistant & Health Professions Assistant
Hello! I am the Career Center’s Administrative Assistant and also the Health Professions Office Assistant working with Barbara Fuller. I have worked in the Career Center for 16 years and have enjoyed working with students and staff alike. In addition to the Career Center’s clerical work, I assist pre-med students with questions and concerns regarding their medical school application process. In my leisure time, I enjoy walking, gardening, reading and spending time with my family in the Berkshires. Email Linda.
Dawn Schoorlemmer, Career Center Coordinator & Recruiting Assistant
Hi! 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 Admissions team with Overland Summers, where I had the pleasure of working with college students and young alums. Being at the front desk at Mears gives me a chance to chat with students when they visit, which is my favorite part of the job. Outside of Williams, I enjoy reading, photography, spending time with my family, and trying to walk enough to make my Fitbit happy. Email Dawn.