• NACE Board of Directors

    Effective July 1, the 2015-16 Board of Directors Includes:

    President: Dawn Carter

    Director, Early Careers at Intuit Favorite Pastime: Watching sports with friends!

    Bio: Many people don’t know that I’m quite the introvert and there are times I love my alone time. What do I during this alone time? I love to read, and cook and try recipes out. I love to cook French and Italian but my favorite is to pull recipes from my Grandmother’s cookbook.

    President-Elect: Kathleen Powell

    Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Executive Director of Career Development, The College of William and Mary
    Favorite Pastime: Spending time with family—any place on the water. I have three grown children, a chocolate lab and an elderly cat, and four grand dogs, and I've been a NACE member since 1983. In my spare time I weave baskets.

    Bio: I have the best job ever and found the profession that suits my skills and brings me joy. Connecting with a new group of students every year and watching those who graduate find success, both professionally and personally, is a constant pleasure. Every day I bring my whole self to work!

    Past President: Sam Ratcliffe

    Director, Career Services, Virginia Military Institute
    Favorite Pastime: Officiating high school football

    Bio: My wife Donna is a career services director at Virginia Tech. Having grown up in the Appalachian Mountains, my interest in that culture remains strong. With eclectic musical interests, I have an affinity for gospel music. My favorite vacation spots are Guana Cay (Bahamas) and Zion National Park (Utah).

    Vice President – College: Norma Guerra Gaier

    Director, Career Services, Texas State University
    Favorite Pastime: My favorite pastime is traveling and exploring with my husband, Bill, and teenagers, Jacob and Abbie. I also love spending time with our three four-legged friends, Roxy (pug), Bella (rat terrier/Chihuahua), and Kramer (Chihuahua).

    Bio: When I was a college student, I was fascinated by the job-search process, and I spent numerous hours in the career center interviewing for various jobs. So, what was my first job? Store manager for a fun sock shop called Something's Afoot! Yep, I sold socks for a year and then my feet found themselves on the best journey ever to the land of career services!

    Vice-President – Employer: David Ong

    Senior Director, Corporate Recruiting at MAXIMUS
    Favorite Pastime: Golf and tennis

    Bio: When not hiring the best and brightest, you'll find me either a) rooting for my beloved University of Richmond Spiders b) working on my "improving" golf game or C) traveling to my favorite getaways (especially NYC!). A proud NACE member since 2001, I love meeting new members at events like the annual conference and Face2Face meetings.

    Director – College: O. Ray Angle

    Assistant Vice President for Career & Professional Development, Gonzaga University
    Bio: My undergraduate faculty adviser suggested that I apply for a student job in the career center. That chance recommendation sparked a rewarding, 25-year career. My life motto could easily be "keep asking questions and moving things around." When I am not traveling, presenting, or hosting guests in my home, I am dreaming up my next unique life adventure. Go Zags!

    Director – College: Christian Garcia

    Associate Dean and Executive Director, Toppel Career Center, University of Miami
    Favorite Pastime: Traveling

    Bio: I have been a NACE member since 2001 and have only missed one annual conference (my favorite event) since then! In a future life, I am the lead anchor of the Today Show where my main focus is travel and socks. Instead of reporting from a studio, I deliver the latest news and gossip from cities around the globe (wearing crazy socks, of course).

    Director – College: Jennifer Lasater

    Vice President, Employer and Career Services, Kaplan University
    Favorite Pastime: I enjoy vacations with my family. We like going on cruises or going to Disney parks. If not on vacation, I like to read, go to the movies and hang out with my family.

    Bio: I'm Jennifer Lasater, and I am happy to welcome you to all the great things that NACE offers! I've been a member of NACE for over 10 years now with two different employers. NACE gives me the opportunity to connect and collaborate with so many great professionals that share my passion—the employment of college grads. This is a fantastic group of people. Be sure to take the time to attend an event or two to get started. I personally really enjoy the Face2Face or Roundtable discussions. You'll meet your peers in the field, get some great insight into our profession and take back valuable information to your employer. I would also encourage everyone to volunteer for NACE. Serving on a committee is a great way to give back to our profession and collaborate with some fantastic leaders in the field!

    Director – College: Catherine Neiner

    Director, Career Development and Advising Center, Georgia Gwinnet College
    Bio: I put one child in college and one child in kindergarten on the same day. I have a collection of stress toys accumulated from numerous recruiters over the years, and I pick one for a student to use practically every day. I always have time to admire beautiful textile art.

    Director – Employer: Adrienne Alberts

    Director, Talent Acquisition (Programs and Operations), American Red Cross

    Director – Employer: Stephanie Pallante

    University Recruitment Leader, ARAMARK
    Favorite Pastime: Shopping!

    Bio: You'd never think that I'm a country music junkie, since I live in the suburban Philadelphia area! But, that's the case! My playlists include Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and Miranda Lambert, among many others! I've converted my husband and two teenagers to the genre as well!

    Director – Employer: Margaret Paulin

    Manager, Sector University Relations & Recruiting, Northrop Grumman Corporation
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    Favorite Pastime: Baking

    Bio: The fun part of my job is being on campus and connecting with the students, faculty and staff; I especially like working with the first year students and those that are the first in their families to attend college. Watching students grow and develop as professionals gives me great satisfaction.

    The job I would like to have if I couldn't do what I am doing now is to be a pastry chef at a Michelin Five Star Restaurant. I want to be mentored by a maître pâtissier to acquire additional skills and techniques to create signature deserts using fresh seasonal ingredients.

    Director – Employer: Pamela Webster

    Assistant Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Enterprise Holdings
    Favorite Pastime: I love to spend free time on, in or near the water. I love sitting on a beach reading a great book or having great conversations with friends and family or getting out on the lake on my boat wakeboarding or wake surfing.

    Bio: I've been a member of NACE for more than a decade and have loved getting involved in committees for an opportunity to learn and meet some amazing colleagues who I now call lifelong friends. I've been with Enterprise for 30 years and will retire here, but if I couldn't do what I do now, I would have an animal rescue to foster and find forever homes for stray or abused animals, OR I'd have a horse ranch where I live out my love for horses and have a property big enough so I could adopt every stray that comes my way. I'm currently the "mom" to four stray rescues, Tilly, an adorable pit bull mix, and three cats, Kali, Jax, and Princess.

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