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Career Success uses a "Communities & Connections" model.  This model has a team of student-facing Career Coaches that work directly with students through coaching appointments, Career Communities programming, and more, to help the students identify steps and ways to prepare for their lifetime of opportunity.  Our Industry Connections team does just what you would expect... they create connections with employers seeking top talent!

Both teams are supported by our Administration team, and our Student Support team. Our Administration team helps with business and technology functions, leadership and communication and more.

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Director of Career Communities, Stephaine Ford (headshot)

Stephanie Ford, PhD (she/her/hers)

Director
(614) 247-6020
ford.82@osu.edu

Stephanie has been with the College of Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success since August 2005. Prior to joining the office, she was the Director of the Career Center at Wittenberg University and held a Career Counselor position with Ohio State’s Career Counseling & Support Services office from 1997-2000. She has a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University/Carbondale and has worked in Higher Education, holding positions in counseling, career services, human resources, and course instruction, since 1990. Her bachelor’s degree is in Psychology from The Ohio State University. Stephanie also provides primary leadership to the Career Communities Team. In this role, she oversees the career coaching service and delivery of events aimed at supporting students in the discovery of career options and maximizing their success when searching for resume builders and career employment. She also works in collaboration with the Director of Industry Connections to lead The Buckeye Advantage initiative aimed at supporting students in the development of their readiness competencies.

 



Richard Fajardo, Career Coach (headshot)

Richard Fajardo, MBA, MA (he/him/his)

Career Coach
(614) 688-2847
fajardo.18@osu.edu

Richard has taken the full tour of Ohio en route to joining the College of Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success in 2021. He has earned degrees in business administration and clinical mental health counseling and worked at six colleges and universities across the state prior to becoming a Buckeye. Richard also gained experience in areas such as market research, business development, human resources/recruiting, banking, and medical/legal records collection. Richard enjoys talking with students about their experiences, interests, passions, and skills, connecting them with other professionals and opportunities, and helping them make decisions that will enrich the opportunities throughout their professional journey.  

Richard provides career coaching for students in the following Career Communities:

   
Career Community: Healthcare and Wellness
    Healthcare and Wellness
   
Career Community: Science and Research
    Science and Research

Career Coaching Appointments Available, AU 2022:

  • Monday: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Virtual or phone appointment.
  • Monday: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. In-person appointment.
  • Tuesday: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. virtual or phone appointment.
  • Thursday: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Virtual or phone appointment.
  • Friday: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Virtual or phone appointment.

Career Coach, Barbara Harvey (headshot)

Barbara C. Harvey, MS

Career Coach
(614) 247-6456
harvey.669@osu.edu

A native of Chicago, Barbara earned a B.A. in Applied Behavioral Science and an M.S. in Community Counseling from National Louis University in Illinois. She joined the Center for Career and Professional Success in 2019, bringing her experience in community mental health and her experience working with continuing education for adult learners at NLU. Barbara is excited to encourage students to explore and embrace opportunities that allow them to stretch and grow their professional goals.
 

Barbara provides career coaching for students in the following Career Communities:

   
Career Community: Entrepreneurship
    Entrepreneurship
   
Career Community: Visual, Written and Performing Arts
    Visual, Written and Performing Arts

Career Coaching Appointments Available, AU 2022:

  • Monday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Virtual or phone appointment.
  • Tuesday: 1 to 4 p.m. Virtual or phone appointment.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. In-person appointment.
  • Friday: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Virtual or phone appointment. 

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Madelyn Kindig, M.A.

Career Coach

kindig.13@osu.edu 

Madelyn joined the Career Success team in October of 2022. Although originally from northern Indiana, Madelyn has lived and worked in Germany, Czech Republic, and Italy within the last seven years. She earned her B.A. in World Language Studies with a focus in German and history from Indiana University South Bend, M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from The Ohio State University, and a certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Trinity College London. Madelyn also gained experience in areas such as intercultural competence, higher education, translation, editing, and business. Madelyn enjoys empowering students to build and use their skills to help envision their professional goals. She looks forward to working directly with students in their career communities to foster an environment of compassion, curiosity, and confidence.

Madelyn provides career coaching for students in the following Career Communities:

   
Career Community: Finance, Consulting, Management and Sales
    Finance, Consulting, Management and Sales
   
Career Community: Technology, Data and Analytics
    Technology, Data and Analytics
  • Monday: 9 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Virtual or phone appointment.
  • Tuesday: 9 to 10 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. Virtual or phone appointment.
  • Thursday: 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Virtual or phone appointment.
  • Friday: 10 to 11 a.m. In-person appointment.

Megan D'Angelo, Career Coach (headshot)

Megan D'Angelo, M.Ed (She/her/hers )

Career Coach

614-247-9386 
dangelo.94@osu.edu

Megan joined the Career Success team in November 2021. After graduating from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Dietetics in 2018, she completed her M.Ed in College Student Personnel at Ohio University in 2021. She has gained experience working with campus programming, career and leadership development, first-year student programs and classroom instruction. Megan is excited to serve as a resource while providing encouragement and empathy for students as they pursue their career goals.  
 

Megan position will provide career coaching for students in the following Career Communities:

 

   
Career Community: Journalism, Sports, Entertainment and Production
    Journalism, Sports, Entertainment and Production
   
Career Community: Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations
    Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

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Lori Bolton

Career Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lori provides career coaching for students in the following Career Communities:

   
Career Community: Education, Non-Profit and Social Services
    Education, Non-Profit and Social Services
   
Career Community: Government, International Affairs and Public Policy
    Government, International Affairs and Public Policy

Career Coaching Appointments Available, AU 2022:

  • Mondays: 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Virtual or phone appointment.
  • Tuesday: 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Virtual or phone appointment. 
  • Wednesday: 3 to 4 p.m. Virtual or phone appointment.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Virtual or phone appointment. 
  • Friday 10 a.m. to 11 am. In-person appointment.

 

Amy Varney

Amy Varney, LSW, MSW

Career Services Office Department of Economics 

614-247-6704
varney.81@osu.edu 

Amy joined The Ohio State University staff in June of 2022. Currently, she directs all career related activities for undergraduate students in the Department of Economics. She received her BA in English at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho and followed it with secondary education coursework and certification in English and Spanish in the state of Oregon. In 2018, she earned her master’s degree in social work at OSU. Her previous work experience is in teaching English and foreign languages and in the social services field. In 2020, she earned her Facilitating Career Development certificate from the National Career Development Association and is now focused on helping students successfully transition from college to work. Amy loves to learn and is on a lifetime journey of discovery! One of the best things on that journey is meeting new people, showing them their strengths, and empowering them to be successful. Amy hopes to be encouraging as well as helpful as she works with the students here, and she looks forward to getting to know each you!

Amy provides career coaching for Economics majors and minors.

Career Coaching Appointments Available, AU 2022

Monday: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Virtual or phone appointment

Wednesday: 1:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Virtual, phone, or in-person appointment

Thursday: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Virtual, phone, or in-person appointment

 

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Director of Industry Connections, Scott Kustis (headshot)

Scott Kustis, MBA (he/him/his)

Director of Industry Connections
(614) 292-6961
kustis.1@osu.edu

Scott joined the Center for Career and Professional Success in October 2005 as a career prep advisor, and eventually moving into an assistant director role. In this role, Scott advised students on ways to build their resumes and professional competencies. He also coordinated the annual Ohio State Spring Career Fair, and served as the manager for employer relations.

In August 2018, Scott was appointed to the newly established role of Director of Industry Connections. In this role, Scott leads his team as they build relationships with businesses and brands interested in hiring high caliber and diverse talent, ready to help organizations tackle their 21st century challenges.

Scott connects with industries that are seeking talent from the following Career Communities:


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Kayli Futty, MA (She/Her/Hers)

Assistant Director of Industry Connections
futty.7@osu.edu

Kayli joined Career Success in 2022, coming to us from within Ohio State as an Access Specialist, providing direct support to students with disabilities with in Natural and Mathematical Sciences. In that role, she collaborated with employers with diversity initiatives to host recruiting events for the DS student population. Prior to that, Kayli worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, providing comprehensive, career-opportunity focused rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities.

She holds a bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Kent State University and a Master of Arts in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Arizona. Kayli is excited to focus her work on enriching student connections with meaningful career opportunities. She enjoys partnering with employers on programming that meets the needs and addresses the interests of the diverse student body within arts and sciences. She places an emphasis on equity and inclusion to diminish barriers and increase access within the workspace for all students.

Kayli connects with industries that are seeking talent from the following Career Communities:


Aaron Klein

Aaron Klein, M.Ed.

Assistant Director of Industry Connections
klein.795@osu.edu

Aaron joined the Career Success team after working in international education at The Ohio State University and Texas A&M University. His previous experiences include managing international internships and programs, collegiate athletics, residence life, and new student programming. A native of Illinois, Aaron received his B.S. in Recreation, Sport and Tourism and his M.Ed. in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Ohio State.

In his role, he develops meaningful relationships with industry in order to enhance career and professional success for students pursuing an arts and sciences education.

Aaron connects with industries that are seeking talent from the following Career Communities:


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Andrew Freeman, MHI (He/Him/His)

Assistant Director of Industry Connections
freeman.752@osu.edu

Andrew joined Career Success in 2022, coming to us from The OSU Wexner Medical Center. His own career includes 20 years in the events industry in Columbus and Seattle, and as a volunteer performer with community choruses in both cities. Andrew has served as president of two non-profit boards, and as interim executive director of an arts organization. His experiences and skills provide a vast and diverse network from which he can draw, to connect industry communities with ASC students.

He holds a bachelor’s in liberal studies from Bowling Green State University, and a master’s in healthcare innovation from The Ohio State University. Andrew is honored to create opportunities for ASC students cultivating their success and to connect them with professional communities seeking top talent.

Andrew connects with industries that are seeking talent from the following Career Communities:

 


Maggie Kruth, Career Coach (Headshot)

Maggie Kruth, M.S.Ed (she/her/hers)

Internship Specialist 
Kruth.2@osu.edu

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Maggie graduated from Miami University in 2018. After earning her Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University and teaching high school English for two years in Dallas, TX, Maggie returned to Ohio to be closer to family and friends. Maggie has been part of The Ohio State Community for just over a year, working with students as a Career Coach. She is passionate about bringing empathy and understanding to the table in order to support and advocate for students and their needs.

 

 

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Christian Schaefer, BFA (He/Him/His)

Employer Engagement Coordinator

schaefer.315@osu.edu

Christian joined the Career Services team after working in the advertising and hospitality industries. Born and raised in the Columbus metro area, Christian earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Wright State University and a Digital Marketing Certificate from Colorado State University (Pueblo). He has worked in administrative and director positions for live performances and catering events. In his role, he will be assisting with hospitality and concierge services for employer outreach events, along with coordinating in-person, virtual, and hybrid employer-to-student engagements.

 

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Tricia Zelaya-Leon

Tricia Zelaya-Leon, PhD (she/her/hers)

Assistant Dean

zelaya-leon.1@osu.edu

For over 20 years, Tricia Zelaya-Leon has served students and the field of higher education in multiple capacities. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she earned her BS in Spanish Education and her MA in Higher Education, both from Ohio University. She began her professional career in housing at Ohio State, during which time she also completed her PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs. From there, Tricia took her leadership to large and small institutions across the country, holding positions in graduate education, student development and assessment, and student success. Most noteworthy have been her contributions to the field of career services, where she has dedicated herself to implementing intentional initiatives that better prepare today's college graduates for meaningful and productive career success. She is an active contributor to the field through her scholarship and engagement within the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and local and regional executive boards. Tricia most recently served as the Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development at Kalamazoo College in southwest Michigan. She is thrilled to rejoin the OSU community, and to help Arts and Sciences students apply their learning and skills to meaningful and rewarding careers! When not at work, you can find Tricia baking, watching sports, and enjoying time with her family.

 


Director of Career Communities, Stephaine Ford (headshot)

Stephanie Ford, PhD (she/her/hers)

Director
(614) 247-6020
ford.82@osu.edu

Stephanie has been with the College of Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success since August 2005. Prior to joining the office, she was the Director of the Career Center at Wittenberg University and held a Career Counselor position with Ohio State’s Career Counseling & Support Services office from 1997-2000. She has a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University/Carbondale and has worked in Higher Education, holding positions in counseling, career services, human resources, and course instruction, since 1990. Her bachelor’s degree is in Psychology from The Ohio State University. Stephanie also provides primary leadership to the Career Communities Team. In this role, she oversees the career coaching service and delivery of events aimed at supporting students in the discovery of career options and maximizing their success when searching for resume builders and career employment. She also works in collaboration with the Director of Industry Connections to lead The Buckeye Advantage initiative aimed at supporting students in the development of their readiness competencies.


Director of Industry Connections, Scott Kustis (headshot)

Scott Kustis, MBA (he/him/his)

Director, Industry Connections
(614) 292-6961
kustis.1@osu.edu

Scott joined the Center for Career and Professional Success in October 2005 as a career prep advisor, and eventually moving into an assistant director role. In this role, Scott advised students on ways to build their resumes and professional competencies. He also coordinated the annual Ohio State Spring Career Fair, and served as the manager for employer relations.

In August 2018, Scott was appointed to the newly established role of Director of Industry Connections. In this role, Scott leads his team as they build relationships with businesses and brands interested in hiring high caliber and diverse talent, ready to help organizations tackle their 21st century challenges


Addie Cheney, Assistant Director of Industry Connections (headshot)

Addie Cheney

Director, Graduate Student Professional Success
614-247-1781
cheney.45@osu.edu

As the inaugural Director of Graduate Student Professional Success, Addie will facilitate outreach and provide leadership in initiatives that integrate employers and alumni into graduate student career-related support services, such as skill development trainings, consultation, resource development, and enhanced connections with hiring organizations and/or PhD alumni.  Addie will  establish partnerships across campus to support and co-construct an ideal future service structure that will aid graduate students moving into a wide range of professional practices. 

Addie holds a bachelor’s degree in German Studies from Miami University of Ohio and is a proud alumna of The Ohio State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, having earned a Master of Arts in Germanic Languages.  She is currently pursuing a second masters in Workforce Development here at Ohio State. 


 

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Danelle Bradley

Business Operations Associate
614-425-4997

bradley.747@osu.edu

Bradley.747@osu.eduDanelle joined Career Success as our Business Operations Associate in August 2022, bringing prior IT experience from Liberty HealthShare. Danelle graduated from Tiffin University in May 2021 with a B.S. in Computer Science. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Data Analytics at Tiffin University. In her role, Danelle will identify and integrate new and emerging career management technology to enhance student success, collaborate with the team to complete website edits, work with marketing manager to create educational Handshake marketing collateral, and improve excellence in event-related technology. She also provides operational and administrative support to the Industry Connections and Career Communities teams to facilitate efficient connection between students and employers.


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Hansen Rallis

Office Associate 

rallis.3@osu.edu


James Sims

James A. Sims II, M.S. 

Marketing Manager
sims.23@osu.edu

James brings a diverse educational and professional background to include having earned a master’s degree in Marketing and Communications, military service as a U.S. Army Public Affairs Officer and years of experience in marketing and branding in a variety of public and private sectors.

Additionally, James brings considerable experience in higher education to our Career and Professional Success department, after having spent more than 15 years as an Adjunct Professor with both Columbus State Community College and Franklin University. In his role, James oversees marketing and branding for the center.