The 2013–2014 PCA Team
Back row: Robert Palacios, Dorothy Klement, Hannah Jane Parkins, Michael Ayala
Front row: Daniella Mostow, Zoe Gould, Aliza Rosenfeld, Kate Gill
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.
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.
Arisa joined the Career Center in May 2013. You will find her sitting at the front desk along with Linda, working on her computer — maintaining the Career Center website, creating web content, designing posters, managing job postings on ObieOpps, and a host of other things.
At Oberlin, she majored in African American Studies with a concentration in Education. She has previously worked as a desktop publishing specialist, lexicographer, translator and graphic & web designer. She lives in town with her husband, who is also an Oberlin alum, and two (very adorable) children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lynne Bianchi is the Chair of the Neuroscience Department and the Coordinator for Health Career Programs. She advises students of all majors interested in any of the health-related careers. Joining the Neuroscience Department at Oberlin College in 1998, Lynne's teaching areas include developmental neurobiology and introductory neuroscience, and her research focuses on the mechanisms that govern development of auditory neurons. Her training is in biomedical sciences and prior to coming to Oberlin she was a research scientist at a biotech company and a research professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. She originally came to Oberlin because she didn't want to teach gross anatomy to first year medical students. She is now happy to prepare Oberlin students to be taught such courses by others.