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The Career and Professional Development Services Advisory Board at Arizona State University provides advice, trends, support, and advocacy to our department and across the ASU enterprise on critical issues which affect our primary constituents including employers, students, alumni, university faculty and staff. This Advisory Board is tasked with addressing current career related topics, analyzing industry and workplace trends and strategizing incorporation of career services best practices, to ensure CPDS is on the forefront of service at a local, national and global level.
For more information about our board, please reach out to Korrie Brown Gernert, board chair, at email@example.com.
Joe holds a BA in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources and earned his Professional in Human Resources certification in 2020. He joined Vanguard in 2016 and is currently a University Recruiter based in the Scottsdale, AZ office. He loves enabling others to perform their best work, and empowering college students to achieve their dreams. Outside of recruiting he enjoys board games, family adventures, and grilling.
Danielle is a Talent Brand Specialist at State Farm®, where she builds talent pipelines, develops future talent, and matches talent with opportunities. After launching her career as a college intern at a Fortune 50 company, Danielle proactively pursued continuing education, was promoted through many levels within claims, and served in formal leadership roles. Outside of work, Danielle is involved in CrossFit and her church.
Lisa began her career at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, starting as a Management Trainee in 2004. She discovered a passion for training and development which led her to the role of Talent Development Manager. In 2018, Lisa passed her Society for Human Resource Management certification (SHRM-CP). Most recently, Lisa was promoted to Group Talent Manager where she oversees all of Talent Acquisition and Talent Development for Arizona.
Usha’s current job role focuses on lab innovation’s operational efficiencies, developing technology curriculum for business leaders, emerging technology framework evaluations, driving change and uncover best practices for cross-team collaboration. She has been a fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion at work and passionate about encouraging young girls and women across age groups to pursue careers in STEM.
In 2013, Mario graduated from the W.P Carey School of Business with his BA in Business Sustainability with a minor in Communication. Currently working for Insight Enterprises as a Product Champion, Mario has been in the IT industry for 8 years in various roles. He loves volunteering and giving back to the community. Mario is the oldest of 5 and loves spending time with family.
Torrie Michaud has 19+ years of experience with BCBSAZ. She is responsible for developing and implementing HR programs to enhance the employee experience and achieve strategic goals. Torrie serves as a trusted advisor for the organization on various business and HR matters, including talent acquisition, employee engagement, performance management, compensation and other corporate initiatives. She is a graduate of ASU with a B.A. in Sociology.
Liesl Pimentel is a member of the Talent Team at UMOM New Day Centers, Arizona’s largest non-profit working to end homelessness. She is currently focused on recruitment, hiring, and onboarding for all roles within the UMOM organization. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s of science in Ecology, and received her master’s degree in Experiential Education from Prescott College.
Nicole Buratovich is the Senior Director of Investor Strategy & Engagement for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). She earned dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and French, and a master’s in Organizational Leadership, graduating summa cum laude. Prior to GPEC, Nicole worked with Make-A-Wish International, highlighting a career centered on crafting and executing strategic partnerships that align corporate interests with mission-centric work.
Marcia Edwards-Walker is a Diversity Recruiter Specialist in Workforce Development/HR at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. As a Diversity Recruitment Specialist, she had the opportunity to launch a program at Mayo Clinic Arizona called Project SEARCH that, through an internship, prepares students with intellectual disability to gain marketable work experience to prepare them for the workforce.
Joacim "Jay" Mattisson is an investor and startup founder, helping international businesses build relationships and identify trade partners in Arizona. He's the President of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Arizona, a membership organization promoting business development and trade relations between Sweden and Arizona. Jay is also a member and adviser on several boards, including the German American Chamber of Commerce Arizona and SACC USA.
Laura Lynn Smith is the Division Vice President and General Manager for ADP’s Tempe, AZ location. She holds a Bachelor of Business from Loyola Marymount University, a master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Senior Professional Human Resources certification. Laura Lynn joined ADP in 1994 and has over 25 years of experience in leadership, sales, implementation, talent management and business operations.
Dr. James Driscoll is the Assistant Superintendent of HR in the Mesa Unified School District. He has teaching experiences in K-8 in the suburban and urban settings as well as a faculty associate professor for ASU. He holds a degree in Elementary Education, Master’s degrees in Educational Leadership, Human Relations, Special Education, and Business and Administration. He also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.
Maddie Houts is a User Experience industry recruiter at Google and a proud ASU alum with a dual B.S. in Marketing and Management. After graduating in 2016 she served as a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan. Maddie also volunteers on the Barrett Alumni Council. She is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and enjoys working on projects with systemic impact.
Barbara H. Munk is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Managing Director of School Operations in the School of Molecular Sciences. She has served as a research chemist and manager in companies including Warner-Lambert, Pfizer, the Clorox Company, and Great Lakes Chemical Corporation. Barbara holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Wayne State University, a M.S. in Management from Purdue and a B.S. in Chemistry from ASU.
Ashish Amresh is a Research Scientist at the Center for Human, AI and Robot Teaming and the Decision Theater. He conducts research in the development of games for purposes other than entertainment and previously led the Computer Gaming curriculum initiatives at Arizona State University, where he founded the Computer Gaming Certificate, Camp Game and UTBC summer programs. He is currently researching the development of software tools to improve game-based learning outcomes.
Dr. Jane Legacy’s research interests include Change, Leadership, Educational Technology and Online Instruction. She served as Vice President of Training and Professional Development at a community bank, implementing a trademark curriculum on "change" in the industry. She has also taught research in Dubai, Greece, Puerto Rico and Turkey and spent 12 years in the national accreditation of business colleges and workforce development programs.
Al Nunez joined ASU in May 2020, after earning his Bachelor’s and M.B.A. from Benedictine University. He has worked at various private 4-year institutions, serving as Director of Admissions, Director of Alumni Engagement and International Recruitment. He is the Director of Recruitment and Enrollment at Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. He values building relationships with students to make an educated university choice.
Elaine Armfield serves as Director of Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnerships within ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise. Prior to this role, Elaine co-managed the corporate engagement team for the W. P. Carey School of Business, and directed many of the school’s philanthropic development initiatives. Elaine also served as Assistant Director, Research Advancement for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU.
Julia Sarreal is a historian focusing on the Río de la Plata region of South America. After completing her economics degree, she worked at Price Waterhouse LLP before joining Peace Corps, Paraguay where she worked in rural development and at a local university. She holds a doctorate from Harvard University and is an associate professor in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU.
Jennifer Malerich is Executive Director for Academic and Global Engagement in the Office of the University Provost at ASU and a PhD candidate at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy. Her research seeks to understand the motivations and experiences of online learners with regards to study abroad. She has also worked with several international education organizations to develop programming focused on global competency development.
Dr. Yun Kang is a professor of Applied Mathematics at ASU. She served as President-Elect and President of University Senate at the Poly Campus, as well as Past-President of the Polytechnic Campus Assembly. She is active in encouraging women and girls to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and serves as American Mathematical Society (AMS) Representative to the Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences.
Brianne Frazier holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from ASU as well as a Master of Science in Psychology. She served for three years as Assistant Branch Manager at a bank and has 12+ years in higher education including positions as an Academic Advisor, Student Services Manager, Success Coach Lead, and Assistant Director of Student Success. Brianne is currently the Director of Student Engagement and Success at ASU EdPlus.
Jeff Guimarin is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and serves as Executive Director of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center at ASU. Colonel(ret) Guimarin received his commission in 1995 from Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB. He has held multiple Air Force Specialty Codes and served at every level of Air Force organizations to include squadron, group, wing, Numbered Air Force, Major Command and Air Staff.
Dr. Antonucci joined ASU in 2007 and is the architect of the university’s Next Generation Council. He joined the ASU Foundation in 2015 and currently serves as vice president and chief of staff, providing leadership for all advancement operations, strategic initiatives, and management of the foundation Board. Additionally, he serves as a faculty associate within the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation with MLFTC.
Estrella Esquilin is the Program Manager for the National Accelerator Program for Cultural Innovation. She has over a decade of experience doing creative and collaborative community engagement with non-profit organizations and recently worked at the city of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture (POAC). She has a heart for working with artists and students of color to find inspiration for their artistic practice, civic engagement, and professional development.
Sandra N. Mayol-Kreiser is a Clinical Professor in the College of Health Solutions at ASU. Sandra has also worked as a Quality Coordinator in Puerto Rico and a clinical dietitian at Chandler Regional Medical Center. She teaches Medical Nutrition Therapy, Geriatric Nutrition, and Nutrition Focused Physical Assessment. She also coordinates the online master’s program in Nutritional Science and the Assistant Dietetic Internship Director at ASU.
Megan Woodward possesses over 15 years of experience in Human Resources and Retail Management. She has worked in a variety of industries including Fashion Retail and Grocery. Currently, she provides support to the Spring Venture Group Arizona office in areas including HR processes, employment law, policy and procedure reviews, employee relations, as well as recruiting and hiring new talent to the SVG Sales Team.
Noah Rost provides comprehensive leadership for the Study Abroad Office by directing an innovative strategy for study abroad aligned with ASU’s emphasis on quality academics, innovation, access and career-readiness across all disciplines on all campuses. Prior to joining ASU, Noah served as the Associate Director of the Center for Global Engagement and the Director of the Programs Abroad Office at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Shawn Banzhaf is the Assistant Director of Student Success for the Pat Tillman Veterans Center and the President Elect of ASU's Staff Council. He retired from the Army after 21 years, including a 12-month combat tour to Iraq in 2006-07. Shawn is working towards his MA in Sociology, recently published his first book, The Five Ls: A Practical Guide for Helping Loved Ones Heal After Trauma. Shawn's greatest enjoyment is being a husband, father, and grandfather. He and his wife love to hike, and he considers himself as a self-made chef.
Kim Toms serves as lead instructor for career classes in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences online and at ASU's West campus. She designs, updates, and delivers the Career Strategies and Personal Resilience class and serves as New College’s internship liaison. Through these endeavors she helps students develop skills, strategies, and resilience needed to build satisfying careers in a quickly changing landscape.
Nick Maddox is a Coordinator Sr for the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. Nick is responsible for coordinating all internship programs offered throughout the college and works with students to find internships best suited to fulfill their career goals. Nick holds a Masters in Higher Education and a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University.
Brandee is a proud Sun Devil! She has served in a variety of roles at ASU since 2007 supporting student success primarily focused on career exploration and development. As Director – Work + Learn, Brandee oversees multiple units that support professional exploration, integrating work and learning experiences into the student journey, identifying new ways to engage in experiential learning, and supporting all Exploratory students at ASU as they identify their interests and long-term plans after they graduate.
Santana is a junior at Arizona State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies. This will be her second year serving on the CPDS Advisory Board and working with the CPDS Career Readiness Team as the Lead Peer at the Downtown Phoenix Campus. On campus, she is involved in research and is interested in health care disparities amongst rural populations.
Aimée Vitaglian is a non-traditional ASU undergrad with a successful career in software development. Working towards her BA in Liberal Studies, with a minor in Organizational Leadership, Aimee spent the last decade working in technology building her expertise as a technical product owner and program manager. She has a passion for harmonizing the sometimes-disparate worlds of educational and professional institutions.
Manjun(MJ) Gao is a fourth-year international student studying Sports Business. MJ is currently employed at ASU EdPlus as a Data Analyst.
Sree Neha Yeturu is a pre-med student studying biochemistry with a focus in medicinal chemistry. She is interested in helping ensure that everyone is career-ready by the time they graduate.
Elizabeth is majoring in Biochemistry and is a part of Barrett, The Honors College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She hopes to become a pediatric neurosurgeon and is currently involved in research at ASU in addition to interning to be an officer of Swift Club. She also helps a local musician in managing his social media and advertisement.