Toppel Welcomes the Newest Career Champions from Fall 2023!

The Toppel Career Center is thrilled to announce the newest members of the Career Champions Network, a group of faculty and staff at the University of Miami who provide support to students as they navigate their careers. 

Students often utilize their mentors outside of the Toppel Career Center for support as they tackle career decisions. Therefore, we launched the Career Champions Network in 2019 to provide faculty and staff with strategies and tools to better guide them. Career Champions are regularly updated about new and exciting things happening at the Toppel Career Center, trends in career education and employment, and much more. We also invite Champions to engage with us through a variety of programs and initiatives, while encouraging other colleagues to become Career Champions. 

Welcome to the Fall 2023 Career Champions: 

Eva Alonso, Director of Student Support Services, Frost School of Music Office of Undergraduate Studies 

Claudia Anderson, Associate Director and Team Leader, Services & Programs, International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) 

Jon Baldessari, Director, Veterans Resource Center 

Jeff Bourgeois, Senior Lecturer, Management, Herbert Business School 

Shardonay Davis, Assistant Director, Housing & Residential Life 

Maria Pia De Castro, Program Director, Children and Youth Law Clinic, Miami Law  

Jennifer Durocher, Clinical Associate Professor, Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences 

Gabrielle Frekot, Residential Life, Housing and Residence Life 

Roberta Goode, Part-time Instructor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering   

Alejandra Grijak, Program Coordinator , Study Abroad Office 

Claudia Hoffmann, Lecturer, Writing Studies, Arts and Sciences   

Allie Ligorria, Program Coordinator, Health Professions Mentoring, Office of Pre-Health Advising 

Cristina Luna, Associate Dean of Students & Director of Greek Life, Dean of Students Office 

Quang Ly, Professor, Writing Studies, College of Arts & Sciences   

Katlyn Meier, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences 

Collette Mighty , Assistant Dean of Students, Dean of Students Office 

Angela Montero, Assistant Director Facilities, Wellness & Recreation 

Stephanie Nuñez, Residential Life Coordinator, Housing and Residence Life 

Tery Ortega, Senior Administrative Assistant, Dean of Students Office 

Viviana Pezzullo, Faculty, Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences 

Kanchan Sakhrani, Sr. Business Systems Analyst, OVPRS 

Mari Salazar, Senior Academic Advisor, School of Communication 

Lexus Walker, Senior Program Coordinator, DCIE 

Misa Wells, Learning Specialist, Camner Center 

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