Career Center Staff


Student Staff

Peer Advisors

  • Emma Eisenberg '17
  • Hannah Gilfix '15
  • Dorothy Klement '16
  • Daniella Mostow '15
  • Eve O’Connor '15
  • Hannah Parkins '15
  • Savannah Tracy '16

Office Assistants

Marketing Assistants

  • Gigi Brady '15
  • Rachael Shapiro '16
  • Jolie De Feis '15
  • Julia Skrovan '15

Office Staff

lindaLinda Gwinn, Administrative Assistant

Linda joined the office in July, 2008 as an Administrative Assistant, after 7 1/2 years experience in the Alumni Office. She enjoys meeting students and scheduling their appointments, assisting with student programs and maintaining the office's library. Family, gardening, two dogs and a cat keep her busy away from work.

JimmyJames Taylor '14, Student Engagement Fellow

Jimmy joined the Career Center in July 2014. Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Jimmy matriculated to Oberlin, where he majored in Politics, Philosophy, and Law and Society, and graduated last Spring. Jimmy hopes to represent the perspective of students through his work and serve as a bridge between the professional staff of the Career Center and the Oberlin community. He writes blogs for the Career Center and helps coordinate media campaigns. He loves hearing about big ideas, coming up with a few of his own, and embarrassingly swivel-chair-dancing to music in his office. When he’s not at work Jimmy enjoys running, playing racquetball, watching basketball, and playing music.

General Advising

DonnaDonna Russell, Assistant Director

Donna joined the Career Center in October 2010. She advises students and recent alumni, leads workshops on career development and manages the internship programs. Prior to this position, Donna served as the Bonner Scholars Program Director in the Bonner Center for Service and Learning, and worked for the Upward Bound Program at Oberlin College.

She received her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and B.A. in Black Studies from The College of Wooster (Ohio). A native New Yorker, she has lived in Ohio for over twenty years. Donna, married to an Oberlinian, is the mother of two boys and attributes settling in Oberlin to the caring and vibrant community.

DanaDana Hamdan, Assistant Director for Student Engagement

Originally from Palestine, Dana Hamdan joined the Oberlin Career Center in July 2014. Upon graduating high school, Dana relocated to Greensboro, NC to attend Guilford College followed by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, Dana developed a strong interest in educational policy and student affairs.

Dana will be serving the Oberlin community as the Assistant Director for Student Engagement. Her primary focus will be to cultivate relationships with current students and recent graduates, and to support them in achieving their life and career aspirations. Dana will do so through her work with the Peer Career Advisors, Business Scholars program, as well as various other outreach programs.

GayleGayle Boyer, Operations Manager

Gayle joined the office as the departmental technician in September 2011, and moved into the role of operations manager in January 2013. Gayle leads the center's technology initiatives, manages on- and off-campus recruiting programs, and helps coordinate the center's volunteer and mentoring programs.

Gayle earned a BA at Carleton College and an MA and PhD at Brown University. She has previously worked as a technical writer, copy editor, software trainer, and freelance web designer. She lives in town with her partner Kirk Ormand, their two children, two cats, and about a bazillion balloon-belly mollies.

RichardRichard T. Berman, Director

Richard comes to Oberlin from Carleton College, where he directed the career center since 2007. During his three-decade-long career, Richard has earned a reputation as a reform specialist in higher education career development and experiential learning. While at Carleton, he instituted several innovative programs that connect students with a network of alumni, parents, and friends who offer all manner of job-search related assistance.

Richard earned two undergraduate degrees and one advanced degree. He has consulted on career development with colleges and national professional associations, and he has led sessions during meetings and conferences of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association of Cooperative Educators, and the National Society for Experiential Education.

Fellowships Advising

NickNick Petzak, Fellowships Advisor

Nick joined the Career Center in July 2011. He is responsible for coordinating advising for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships for Oberlin College. Prior to joining the office, Nick taught English and Rhetoric Composition for 14 years. He holds a B.A. in English from Willamette University, an M.A. in English from Arizona State University, and has completed course work for a Phd in English from Case Western Reserve University. Nick loves his job, but some days he would rather be fishing.

Health Careers Advising

lynneProfessor Lynne Bianchi, Pre-Medical Program Director

Lynne Bianchi is the full time advisor and programming director for students and alumni from all majors interested in pursuing graduate programs in medicine or allied health fields.  She is also a professor of neuroscience and specializes in developmental neurobiology and the auditory system. She joined Oberlin College in 1998, began working with “pre med” students in 2011, and became Pre-Medical Program Director in 2014.  Lynne received her PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology.  Prior to Oberlin she worked as a research scientist at a biotech company in New York and at the Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Otolaryngology. Lynne says she first came to Oberlin because she didn’t want to teach gross anatomy to first year medical students.  However, she is happy to use her knowledge of medical school admissions and training to help Oberlin students prepare for medical and allied health professions.  Her office is in the Science Center, K102 and she can be reached at 440-775-8369.