Christopher Carlson is the President of the 2019-20 NACE Board of Directors. As President, Carlson provides strategic leadership to the association and its 12,000+ members.
Carlson is senior manager, university recruiting and relations for Northrop Grumman. He was previously employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) as director of talent acquisition and diversity, and before that served as senior manager of talent acquisition for Booz Allen Hamilton. He has also held a number of recruiting and consulting roles within the consulting, entertainment, and non-for-profit industries.
In addition to his work on the NACE Board of Directors, Carlson is active in the association and has served on several committees and teams, including the Graduate Student Member Task Force, Finance and Audit Committee, Future Trends Committee, NACE Conference Committee, Career Readiness Competencies Model Team, and the Career Readiness Toolkit Tiger Team. He also blogs for NACE, has presented workshops on university recruiting at the NACE conference and other events, and serves as a mentor for new professionals. In 2011, he was the recipient of NACE’s Professional Change Maker Award.
Carlson holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and obtained his Change Management Advanced Practitioner Certification through Georgetown University. He is currently pursuing a master’s in public administration from Florida Tech.
Jennifer Lasater is the President–Elect on the 2019-20 NACE Board of Directors.
Lasater is the vice president for employer and career services for Purdue University Global, where she leads a team of more than 50 career services professionals. Before being named vice president, she spent nearly five years as executive director for national career services at Kaplan University. Previously, she served as vice president and career services specialist at Education Management Corporation, and as director of career services at the Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg. Her experience spans the profession, as earlier roles included staffing and recruiting.
Lasater’s service to NACE includes roles as Director-College on the Board and as a member of a variety of NACE teams and committees, including the Face2Face Committee, Member Outreach Team, Ambassador Program Committee, Leadership Advancement Program Committee, and Leadership Development Task Force. She also serves as a facilitator for the NACE Career Coaching Intensive training program, and co-wrote the “Coaching Fundamentals” workshop, which is part of the coaching certification program.
Lasater is frequently tapped by the national media, including U.S. News & World Report and the Chicago Tribune, for insights into career support. In addition, she has been recognized with the Kaplan Way Leadership Award for Continuous Transformation and by TechStars as a mentor and a Kaplan Ed Tech Accelerator.
She graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in speech communication before earning an M.A.Ed. in educational leadership from Argosy University. Lasater is certified as a Career Management Fellow through the Institution of Career Certification International and holds a certificate in executive management from University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business.
Norma Guerra Gaier is the Past President of the 2019-2020 NACE Board of Directors.
Guerra Gaier is the executive director for Texas Career Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. Previously, she served at Texas State University as director of career services, and at St. Mary's University in San Antonio as director of the university’s career center and director of the university’s school of law career center.
In addition to her roles on the NACE Board of Directors, she has served the association through a variety of committees and teams, including the Revised Principles Launch Team, Advocacy Advisory Committee, Assessment Publications Review Team, Career Readiness Competencies Model Team, Finance and Audit Committee, the Principles for Professional Practice Committee, and the First-Destinations Surveys Team. She also served as a faculty member of NACE’s Management Leadership Institute, where she presented a class on ethical issues.
Guerra Gaier has further served the profession as President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SOACE), the San Antonio Colleges and Universities Career Center Association, and the Texas Association for Employment in Education. For her contributions, she has won the SOACE President's Award and the Texas State University Vice President's Award.
She is a graduate of St. Mary's University, where she earned a B.A. in English-communication arts and an M.A. in communication studies.
Brian Guerrero serves as Vice President–College of the 2019-20 NACE Board of Directors.
Guerrero is senior director of the Arts & Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success at The Ohio State University. Previously, he was senior associate director of the career center at the University of California, Berkeley. He also served as deputy director of student affairs administration and associate director of employer relations at UCLA.
Outside of his roles within the University of California system, Guerrero worked in various career services at New York University (NYU), at both the NYC campus and in Abu Dhabi.
Guerrero served as co-chair of NACE’s 2015 Conference Committee, co-chaired the Ambassador Program Committee, and was a member of the Sourcing and Nomination Committee and Graduate Student Membership Task Force. In addition, he took part in the Leadership Advancement Committee and is a 2014 graduate of NACE’s Management Leadership Institute. Guerrero was named NACE’s Mentor of the Year in 2015, and earned a NACE Innovation Excellence Award in Global Initiatives in 2010. Additionally, he has co-authored articles for the NACE Journal and regularly presents on a range of topics, including emerging technologies and leadership.
Guerrero earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California, a master’s in higher education administration from NYU, and an undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University.
Stephanie Pallante is Vice President-Employer of the NACE 2019-20 Board of Directors.
Pallante is the Early Careers Recruiting Leader for Cigna Corporation, joining the company in spring 2018 to lead campus recruiting efforts for Cigna's 9 leadership development programs. Previously, she served as Associate Vice President, Campus Recruiting and Early Talent Programs for Aramark, as Associate Director of North American Recruitment for PPD, and as Global University and Diversity Recruitment Leader for Merck.
Pallante’s involvement with NACE includes previous service on the Board of Directors (2014 – 2016). She also has co-chaired several committees—Conference Program Committee (FY17), Employer Membership Task Force (FY18), Honors & Awards Committee (FY13), and Professional Development Advisory Committee (FY14). Pallante has also served as a member of a variety of committees for NACE, including Finance and Audit Committee, Sourcing and Nominations Committee, and the Mentorship and Coaching Committee. She is an alumna of the Leadership Advancement Program.
Pallante holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Kutztown University.
Seldric Blocker is a Director-Employer on the 2019-20 NACE Board of Directors.
Blocker is director of talent acquisition for campus programs at JPMorgan Chase. Previously, he served as director of talent acquisition – campus programs and initiatives for NBCUniversal (NBCU), where, among other achievements, he increased the diversity of people of color within the intern program across NBUCs business portfolios and rolled out a fellowship program and student ambassador program. In addition, Blocker was vice president - diversity manager-campus recruiting and vice president - campus recruiter and intern program manager at Bank of America. He also served as a college recruiter at Bank of America and Lowe’s.
Blocker served on the NACE 2018 Conference Program Committee and is a presenter at NACE’s virtual summit on branding in fall 2018.
Blocker holds a master’s degree in human resource management from Cornell University and earned his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University in industrial education-human resource development.
Alma Clayton-Pedersen is a Knowledge-Based Director on the 2019-20 NACE Board of Directors.
Clayton-Pedersen is the chief executive officer of Emeritus Consulting Group, based in Chicago. Previously, she served as a senior scholar at the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) from 2010 – 2013, and as AAC&U’s vice president for education and institutional renewal from 2001 – 2010.
At AAC&U, she established the association’s national Inclusive Excellence initiative, which advanced AAC&U’s strategic priority: Aim High and Make Excellence Inclusive. In addition, she directed the work of “Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future,” a three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation.
Prior to AAC&U, she held a variety of senior administrative roles at Vanderbilt University, where she conducted more than 20 studies on campus climate for diversity, student retention, and student use and impact of campus student programming and services. In addition, she is co-author of a number of publications, including Making a Real Difference With Diversity: A Guide to Institutional Change and Enacting Diverse Learning Environments: Improving the Climate for Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education, which focus on practices designed to enhance a climate of diversity, and The Revolving Door for Underrepresented Minority Faculty in Higher Education, which identifies factors that can contribute to successful recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority faculty.
Clayton-Pedersen consults nationally and internationally on a range of higher-education and diversity-related issues, including faculty professional development, program evaluation, and diversity and institutional change.
In her role as a Knowledge-Based Director, Clayton-Pedersen will assist NACE in developing strategies and action plans around practices of excellence to fulfill NACE’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. In addition she will share her expertise by consulting with the Inclusion Committee and by engaging in the development of quality programming at the NACE conference.
Clayton-Pedersen holds both a Ph.D. and M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University and earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Gihan Fernando is a Director-College on the 2019-20 NACE Board of Directors.
Since 2012, Fernando has served as executive director of the university-wide Career Center at American University, which includes 27 full-time staff. Previously he was assistant dean for career services at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Fernando’s service to NACE includes participation in the Leadership Advancement Program, and a member of the National Association Strategic Relationships Action Team, the Principles for Ethical Professional Practice Committee and the Research Advisory Committee.
He earned his BA from The Johns Hopkins University and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. He was also a visiting student at the University of Oxford studying politics, philosophy and economics.
Tim Harding is a Director-College on the NACE 2019-20 Board of Directors.
Harding is associate dean of career development and engagement at the University of Tampa, where he has been for more than 12 years. Previously, he served as director of career services at Butler University.
Prior to joining the NACE Board in 2017, Harding served on several NACE committees, including the 21st Century Model Career Center Team, which developed a three-part framework for career services in the 21st century; the First Timers Committee; and the Member Engagement Committee. He has also served as president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE) and the Career Development Professionals of Indiana state association.
Harding was awarded the SoACE Imaginative Spirit award for innovation and has earned an assortment of excellence in contribution awards from his employers and organizations with which he has worked.
Harding graduated with B.A. in religion from Anderson University and with an M.S. in education from Indiana University.
Suzanne Helbig is a Director-College on the 2019-20 NACE Board of Directors.
Helbig is associate vice provost at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in the Division of Career Pathways, which coordinates and provides comprehensive career services to 36,000 students. Prior to arriving at UCI, Helbig worked at the University of California, Berkeley Career Center in a variety of leadership roles.
She presented at NACE’s inaugural Executive Leadership Symposiums, was a participant in the Management Leadership Institute, served as co-chair on the 2016-17 NACE Honors and Awards Committee, and as co-chair for the 2018 Conference Program Committee. She also contributed as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, National Metro Programming Committee, and the “Future of We” Task Force.
Helbig earned a B.A. in English from Indiana University, Bloomington and a M.A. in higher education from the University of Arizona.
Toni McLawhorn is a Director-College of the NACE 2019-20 Board of Directors.
McLawhorn is director of career services at Roanoke College, joining the liberal arts institution in 1991.
McLawhorn co-chaired NACE’s College Membership Task Force in FY18; served on a variety of NACE committees, including the 2014 Conference Committee, Member Engagement Task Force (FY17), and Conference First Timers Committee (FY17); and is an alumna of the Leadership Advancement Program. In addition, McLawhorn has been active in driving NACE’s career readiness initiative and served on both the Career Readiness Competencies Model Team (FY15) and Career Readiness Toolkit Tiger Team (FY16). In fall 2016, she co-presented a NACE webinar on the career readiness competencies. She is also active with local and regional associations, serving as president for both SoACE and VACE.
McLawhorn earned her master’s degree in vocational education and her bachelor’s degree in education from Virginia Tech.
Maura Quinn is a Director-Employer on the 2019-20 NACE Board of Directors.
Quinn is Assistant Vice President, Campus Recruiting Programs for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, where she has been throughout her career. In this capacity she leads and motivates a team of 35 recruiting professionals with approximately 1800 annual hires.
Her service to NACE includes participation in the Leadership Advancement Program and leading as co-chair for the 2018-19 Honors and Awards Committee, 2011-12 Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2014 Conference Committee, Leadership Advancement Program Committee, Membership Diversity Tiger Team and the Member Value Proposition Task Force. She was also a contributing member to the 2016-17 Honors and Awards Committee, 2010-11 Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the 2013 Conference Committee. In 2016 she received the NACE/DirectEmployers Catalyst Award which recognizes excellence in the recruiting field.
Quinn received a BS in Human Resources and Marketing from Boston College.
Sean Treccia is a Director-Employer on the 2019-20 NACE Board of Directors.
Treccia is director of campus recruiting for KPMG LLP, where he oversees marketing, faculty relations, national student programs, and global programs. He leads the firm’s global internship program and started KPMG’s global advantage student leadership program, growing it from 55 students in the United States to more than 125 students across the world.
Active in NACE, Treccia has served on the Honors & Awards Committee and the Conference Committee. In addition, he has presented at the NACE annual conference, served as a mentor in the NACE mentoring program, and won the 2013 Global Initiatives Excellence Award and the 2014 Recruiting Excellence Award.
Treccia holds an M.B.A. in marketing and strategy from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Kayla Woitkowski is a Director-Employer on the 2019-20 NACE Board of Directors.
Woitkowski is Senior Manager, University Outreach and Recruiting for SAS. She leads a team responsible for developing, executing and maintaining strategic student outreach, recruitment and programmatic efforts to meet the demand for hiring the next generation of student and early-career talent at SAS.
Service to NACE includes participation in the Leadership Advancement Program and as a contributing member to the Principles for Professional Practice Committee, Membership Diversity and Outreach Team and the Leadership Advancement Program Committee.
Woitkowski earned a BA from North Carolina State University – Poole College of Management.
Shawn VanDerziel is the Executive Director of NACE and serves as Secretary-Treasurer for the NACE Board of Directors.
As executive director, VanDerziel leads the association of 13,500+ professionals at more than 3,100 employing organizations and educational institutions engaged in the career development and employment of college students and alumni. In addition, he represents NACE at the Council of Higher Education Management Associations (CHEMA), the Coalition of Human Resource Management Associations (COHRMA), and the Washington Higher Education Secretariat.
Prior to joining the NACE staff, VanDerziel was with the Field Museum, where he most recently served as chief human resources officer and as chief of staff for the 85-member Board of Trustees, driving strategic priorities and goals and delivering innovative solutions to enhance the overall museum experience for visitors, nearly 700 volunteers, 500 staff members, and 200 interns. His 23 years with the museum included experiences leading strategy, people, volunteers, marketing, educational programming, and technology functions.
Earlier roles included a corporate recruiting position with Norrell Corporation and a position in higher education as associate director of student enrollment at National Louis University.
VanDerziel also served as a volunteer leader on the NACE Board of Directors, including as vice president-employer (2004 – 2006) and as president-elect, president, and past-president (2008 – 2011). He also contributed to NACE and the membership in other capacities, serving as chair and facilitator for the task force that revised the Principles for Ethical Professional Practice, chairing the inaugural Advocacy Advisory Committee, and facilitating the development of NACE’s strategic plan. In 2014, he was inducted into the NACE Academy of Fellows in recognition of his contributions to the profession.
VanDerziel is a senior professional in human resources through the HR Certification Institute and is a senior certified professional through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Inclusion is a core value for the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which fosters and supports individual and organizational diversity and inclusion to advance equity in all facets of the association.