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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, Career Communities
(614) 292-6961
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. In July 2018, Stephanie was appointed to the newly created role of Director of Career Communities, a position that oversees the Center’s 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 is also the advisor to the International Career Management student organization, and works in collaboration with the Director of Industry Connections to connect students and industry through innovative initiatives and signature programs that empower next generation leaders to achieve their professional aspirations.


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 Coaching Appointments Available, AU 2021:

  • Monday: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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 Coaching Appointments Available, AU 2021:

  • Monday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Friday: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Maggie Kruth, Career Coach (Headshot)

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

Career Coach
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. In addition to teaching high school, Maggie previously worked with adult learners in the technology and software development sector, right here in Columbus. She is passionate about bringing empathy and understanding to the table in order to support students in a personalized and unique way!

This coach provides career coaching for students in the following Career Communities:

Career Coaching Appointments Available, AU 2021:

  • Monday: 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Erin McAlhaney, Career Coach

Erin McAlhaney, M.Ed. (she/her/hers)

Career Coach
(614) 247-9187
McAlhaney.1@osu.edu

Erin joined Career Success in August of 2021. While she is originally from the Chicago suburbs Erin has called Ohio home for the past 6 years now. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education focused on Sport Industry from The Ohio State University in 2019 and her Master of Education in College Student Personnel from Ohio University in 2021. Erin is passionate about all things leadership, sport, and career development, and is dedicated to helping Buckeyes connect their passions to their careers.

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

Career Coaching Appointments Available, AU 2021:

  • Monday: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Vacant

Career Coach
asccareer@osu.edu

This position is currently vacant.

This individual provides career coaching for students in the following Career Communities:

Career Coaching Appointments Available, AU 2021:

  • TBA
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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:


Addie Cheney, Assistant Director of Industry Connections (headshot)

Addie Cheney

Assistant Director of Industry Connections
cheney.45@osu.edu

Addie joined the Career Success team in the fall of 2021. Prior to this, she worked in the international higher education space for more than 12 years.  

Addie has a passion for learning and building international connections, as evidenced by her Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from Miami University, and her Master of Arts in Germanic Languages and Literature from The Ohio State University. Addie has lived, studied and worked abroad, spending a memorable year in Berlin, Germany during her graduate studies.

As part of the Industry Connections team, she will be building and nurturing relationships with businesses, supporting their talent engagement goals and helping them explore and connect with the deep pool of student talent within the College of Arts and Sciences. 

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


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Vacant

Assistant Director of Industry Connections
asccareer@osu.edu

This individual will provide industry connections and support our Career Communities model. 

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


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Vacant

Assistant Director of Industry Connections
asccareer@osu.edu

This individual will provide industry connections and support our Career Communities model.

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

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Assistant Dean, Brian Guerrero (headshot)

Brian Guerrero (he/him/his)

Assistant Dean
guerrero.75@osu.edu

Prior to serving Ohio State, Brian held several positions across the University of California System, including senior-level posts at both UCLA and most recently, Berkeley's Career Centers. Outside of his roles within the University of California system, Guerrero has worked in various career services positions at New York University (NYU), both at the NYC campus and in creating their career development center in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi.

Guerrero has served the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) as a member of the Finance Committee, Leadership Advancement task force, the Graduate Student Membership task force and has co-chaired the Ambassador Program as well as the 2015 Conference and Expo in Anaheim. He is currently on the 2019-2020 NACE Board of Directors, serving as Vice President-College. Additionally, Guerrero has co-authored articles for the NACE Journal and regularly presents on various topics such as issues impacting diverse and underrepresented students, emerging technologies and leadership. He was awarded the Association's Mentor of the Year Award in 2015 as well as the Innovation Award for Global Initiatives in 2010. Beyond his involvement in the profession, Guerrero was a consultant for US Agency for International Development, working on projects that advance the growth of university career services in the Philippines.


Director of Career Communities, Stephaine Ford (headshot)

Stephanie Ford, PhD (she/her/hers)

Director, Career Communities
(614) 292-6961
ford.82@osu.edu

Stephanie has been with the 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. In July 2018, Stephanie was appointed to the newly created role of Director of Career Communities, a position that oversees the Center’s 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 is also the advisor to the International Career Management student organization, and works in collaboration with the Director of Industry Connections to connect students and industry through innovative initiatives and signature programs that empower next generation leaders to achieve their professional aspirations.


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.


Marketing Manager, Bruce Houtz (headshot)

Bruce Houtz, MS

Marketing Manager
614-514-5984
houtz.4@osu.edu

Bruce joined the Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success in 2018, bringing 13 years of professional content creation and marketing experience to his role. Bruce’s primary duties include marketing & promoting Career Success to students, campus departments, alumni and industry.  He does this through digital, social, and traditional media. Bruce also assists with events such as career fairs and leads the Career Success marketing student worker program.


Business Operations Associate, Alex Lane (headshot)

Alex Lane (he/him/his)

Business Operations Associate
614-688-2206
lane.388@osu.edu

Alex joined the Center for Career and Professional Success in 2019 bringing with him 3 years of experience in working for and with colleges and universities. As the resident subject matter expert on Handshake, The Ohio State University’s career management tool, it is his duty to manage access and accounts, train and present to core users, process relevant data and serve as a general advocate for the benefits of Handshake across the College of Arts and Sciences.

 


Mitsu Narui, Research Planning Analyst

Mitsu Narui, PhD (she/her/hers)

Resource Planning Analyst
narui.1@osu.edu

Mitsu has been with the College of Arts and Sciences Career and Professional Success since September 2021. Prior to joining the office, she was the Director of Research at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy at Ohio State, and prior to that was the Director of Assessment and Curricular Development at Capital University. She has her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Ohio State, a Masters degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelors degree in physical therapy from Ohio State. In her role, Mitsu oversees the management and reporting of data for the center.


Office Associate, Andrew Perz (headshot)

Andrew Perz (he/him/his)

Office Associate
(614) 688-3912
Perz.12@osu.edu

Andrew joined Career Success as our Office Associate in May 2021, bringing one year of professional experience working in HR at Chipotle. Andrew graduated from The Ohio State University in May 2020 with a BS in Business Administration with an Economics specialization, and a BA in Philosophy. In his role, Andrew will execute and integrate administrative and financial processes between functional groups within Career Success and the university, make students and student employees feel comfortable and confident in our space and programs, and help facilitate events programs catered to students and their career goals.