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


Janine Oliver

Janine Oliver, Director of Career Education,
Temporary Director of Health Professions Advising

(she, her, hers)
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My Role in the Office: As Director of Career Education, my role is to support and oversee an amazing group of career advisors. I also help students (especially first years!) start exploring the world of work and envisioning how they might fit into it.
Best Spot in the Berkshires: I’m brand new to the Berkshires, so I have a lot to explore, but I love Tanglewood (one of my favorite memories is seeing Ben Folds, Guster, and BNL there) and can’t resist a stop at the outlets in Lee.
Favorite Activity Outside of Work: I love making food – in the height of the pandemic, my culinary adventures included making yogurt and cheese and growing all my own herbs and mushrooms. I also baked dozens of different flavors of rainbow cakes.

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.

Alexa Icenia, Associate Director/Director for Inclusive Career Exploration
(she, her, hers)
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My Role in the Office: I’m responsible for overseeing and advising the Careers with Social Impact Career Community. This includes focus areas such as Environment & Sustainability, Law & Social Justice, Human & Social Services, Social Entrepreneurship & Nonprofits, Government, International Affairs & Public Policy, and Education. I am also the office’s liaison for identity-based populations, including but not limited to domestic students of color, Latinx students, first-gen students, LGBTQ+ students, veterans, undocumented students, students with disabilities, indigenous students, and international students.
Best Spot in the Berkshires: Jacob’s Pillow & MassMoca.
Favorite Activity Outside of Work: Hosting and Producing my “Mahogany Honey Podcast”.

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.


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!

Scott LaChapelle, Associate Director of External Relations
(he, him, his)
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My Role in the Office: Managing a well-established and robust external relations program while continually cultivating new employer connections.
Best Spot in the Berkshires: Farley-Lamb Field on a Saturday afternoon in the fall watching the Williams football team dominate their opponents.
Favorite Activity Outside of Work: Attending concerts and supporting local musicians and live music venues.

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.

Stephen Biegner, Operations and Funding Manager
(he, him, his)
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My Role in the Office: As the Operations & Funding Manager, I oversee the ’68 Center’s operations budget, help to run and administer our Career Access Fund (CAF) throughout the academic year, assist with overall process improvement, and manage our student workers.
Best Spot in the Berkshires: Any place where I’m with my family.
Favorite Activity Outside of Work: Cooking, listening to podcasts, singing choral music (especially music from the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods), playing with my kids, being a dork with my wife, & running long distances.

Mariia Smirnova, External Relations Coordinator
(she, her, hers)
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My Role in the Office: As the External Relations Coordinator, I maintain a close connection with the various employers and organizations and the logistics of different on-campus or virtual recruitment events.
Best Spot in the Berkshires: I have just recently moved to the Berkshires, so I still have a lot of exploring to do! But probably it would be all of the different areas within the Mohawk Trail, Appalachian Trail and sitting by the Reflecting Pool at the Clark Art Institute, so far.
Favorite Activity Outside of Work: Hiking, traveling and exploring without a doubt!

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.