All About Career Advising & Professional Development

What We Do

Career Advising & Professional Development guides all students as they explore and prepare for careers and health professions.

Whether you are planning your career, searching for an internship or job, or applying to graduate or professional school, CAPD is here to help. Many services are available for alumni and postdocs.

CAPD Mission and Vision

We empower students, postdocs and alumni to explore their life and career goals by helping them to develop core competencies and build professional networks.

Our goal is to engage students and alumni in self-discovery to craft lives that are intellectually challenging, personally enriching, and of service to the world.

Career Advising & Professional Development Staff 

Melanie Parker

Melanie Parker

Executive Director, Career Advising & Professional Development 

Melanie leads and oversees Career Advising & Professional Development , including Career Services, Global Education, and Prehealth Advising. Responds to media requests and provides leadership to DUE Global Theme Team. She has a Master of Education from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. Her experience includes over 20 years in Higher Education, mainly in Career Services, with prior work in Human Resources, U.S. Government, and Consulting.

Josh Nagle

IT Project Coordinator

Josh provides technology support to Career Advising & Professional Development  projects. He formerly worked at Boston Beer Company

Kendyl Maher-Trumble

Kendyl Maher-Trumble

Communications Specialist 

Kendyl offers career advising and counseling to students, especially those interested in writing, communications, arts and entertainment. Her background in communications includes 7 years of public affairs and community outreach work. Her expertise lies in resume and cover letter critiques, as well as graduate and professional school reviews. She is the office liason for Science Writing. 

 

Nyasha Toyloy

Nyasha Toyloy

Events Assistant

Nyasha assists with event logistics and marketing. She also manages WGECD, an imaginary office-wide radio station. She is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science.

Career Services

Deborah Liverman

Deborah Liverman

Director, Career Services

Liaison to Courses 1 & 22, LGBTQ students
Deborah leads Career Services and manages both services to students and employers. She is a member of the Career Advising & Professional Development leadership team and manages the office’s data on first destinations of MIT graduates as well as other surveys. Deborah has her PhD in Higher Education Leadership from University of Massachusetts; M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from University of South Carolina; B.A. in Sociology from Davidson College. Experience includes over 15 years in higher education, mainly in career services.

Tamara Menghi

Tamara Menghi

Associate Director, Employer Relations & Career Programs

Liaison to Course 11, Freshmen Tamara leads Employer Relations and Career Programs which includes supporting first year undergraduate students, employer engagement and providing support to MIT student organizations seeking to engage with employers for events, programs and career fairs. She advises students at all levels but has a particular focus on assisting first year students and sophomores. Tamara has a M.S. in Counseling with a concentration in Student Development in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University, and a B.S. in Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. Tamara has experience in career counseling, employer relations, preprofessional advising, first year advising and residential 

Marilyn Wilson

Marilyn Wilson

PhD Counselor, Career Counseling and Education

Liaison to Courses 18 & 24, CRE, IDSS, LGO, MEM, MFin, MST, ORM, SCM
Marilyn advises PhD students and assists in coordinating programs and panels that explore industry and academic careers. Marilyn has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from UVM and an AB in History from Harvard. She came to MIT Career Services in 2001, and has previous experience as a freelance writer, event manager, and nonprofit administrator.

Meredith Pepin

Meredith Pepin

Associate Director, Career Counseling and Education

Liaison to Courses 2 & 16, First Year Undergraduates
Meredith counsels first year undergraduates and students in Mechanical Engineering and Aero/Astro. Meredith holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University and a B.A. from Stonehill College. Her experience includes over 10 years in Higher Education, with a primary emphasis on career counseling.

Bob Dolan

Bob Dolan

Assistant Director for Postdoctoral Scholars

Bob provides career guidance for postdoctoral scholars in all courses and disciplines. He is a Certified Job Search and Career Transition Consultant with experience in career management since 2001. Bob holds a BS in Business and an MBA. Before joining MIT, Bob had a private career consulting practice and worked with clients across multiple industries. He has industry experience in the Publishing, Chemical, and Telecomm industries where he managed local and global finance organizations supporting the Corporate, Tax, R&D and Manufacturing Engineering functions.

Tavi Sookhoo

Tavi Sookhoo

Career Development Specialist

Liaison to Courses 3, 4, 10, 11 & 20, MAS & CRE

Tavi provides career guidance to students studying Architecture, Urban Studies & Planning, Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering and Materials Science and those within the Media Arts and Science (MAS) and Center for Real Estate (CRE) Programs. She also assists first year undergraduates and collaborates with the Office of Minority Education(OME) to offer career programs. Tavi earned a Master of Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Social Work from New York University. Tavi helps individuals explore how their skills, interests and values can translate to fulfilling careers.

Libby Reed

Libby Reed

Assistant Director of Career Counseling and Training

Liaison to Courses 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 15, 18, Undeclared Sophomores, Returning Students
Libby provides career counseling and guidance for students in the School of Science, Sloan undergraduate students, returning students, and undeclared sophomores. Libby has a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University. Her previous experience includes career and mental health counseling in university settings, and public relations for a large book publisher. 

 

Tianna Ransom

Tianna Ransom

Career Development Specialist

Liaison to Courses 6, 22, Graduate School Advising, Pre-Law Advising 
Tianna provides career counseling for students and coordinates workshops and career development programming for Career Services. Tianna has a Master of Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Hispanic Studies from Boston College. Previous experience includes work with mentoring and community-based organizations.

 

Susan Paxson

Susan Byers Paxson

Administrative Assistant

Susan works the front desk, and is the first face you see when entering Career Advising & Professional Development office suite. She worked at Harvard for many years before finally seeing the error of her ways and coming to MIT. She is also a professional singer and harpsichordist, and holds degrees in Harpsichord Performance and Performance of Early Music from New England Conservatory.

Mike Ahern

Mike Ahern

Assistant Director, Employer Relations

Mike supports on-campus recruiting, employer relations programs and career development opportunities for MIT students. He coordinates the Employer Connection Program (ECP) and other employer sponsored events and workshops. Additionally he provides support on CareerBridge system administration in conjunction with Jordan. Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Salem State University and a Master of Education also at Salem. Experience includes work in undergraduate admissions, residence life, and career counseling.

 
Jordan Siegel

Jordan Siegel

Recruiting and Marketing Assistant

Jordan coordinates on-campus recruiting, consults with employers’ contacts to develop strategies for effective recruiting, provides marketing and graphic design solutions to staff and employers, and advises students, staff and employers on MIT's career management system. Experience includes over 15 years in higher education, mainly in employer relations and recruiting.

Sue Acton

Sue Acton

Career & Professional Development Specialist, Career Advising & Professional Development 

Sue Acton provides career guidance to all PhD students, as well as any student interested in the Biotechnology/Pharma Industries including students in Chemistry, Biology, Bioengineering, Brain and Cognitive sciences, and others. Sue has a PhD  Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco and a Masters in Higher Education from Harvard. She discovered the HDL receptor while a post-doc at MIT leading to a first-author paper in Science and coverage by the New York Times. Sue is the inventor on 32 patents from many years of research in industry in both established companies and startups and brings an employer informed perspective to advising.

 

Prehealth Advising

Aleshia Carlsen-Bryan

Aleshia Carlsen-Bryan

Associate Director, Prehealth Advising

Aleshia leads the Prehealth team. She holds a M.A. in School Counseling from Assumption College and a B.A. in Biology from Colby-Sawyer College. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Health Professions at Simmons College. Aleshia has worked in student advising at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Akunna Rosser

Akunna Rosser

Assistant Director, Prehealth Advising

Akunna assists in leading the Prehealth Advising team, with a primary focus on managing the Prehealth Advising services to MIT students and alumni. He holds a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from UMass Boston and a B.A. in English from Clark University. Akunna’s experience includes higher education advising and career counseling, along with prior experience advising high school students and teaching.

Meaghan Shea

Meaghan Shea

Prehealth Advisor

Meaghan advises MIT students and alumni pursuing graduate study at medical, dental and other health profession schools. Meaghan holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University and a B.A. in English Literature from Providence College. Her previous experience includes academic counseling and advising at Suffolk University and Northeastern University.

Julia Mongo

Julia Mongo

Staff Writer and Advisor

Julia works closely with Prehealth Advising and with the Distinguished Fellowship team at UAAP on writing, editing, and reviewing material for the fellowships and health professional schools application processes. She also oversees the Fulbright Scholarship Program. Julia has an MS in Health Policy & Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA in Sociology from Harvard University. She is an active member of the MIT radio station WMBR 88.1fm, where she founded the Africa Kabisa radio program and serves as World Music Director.

Amanda Pickett

Amanda Pickett

Program Assistant, Prehealth Advising

Amanda supports the medical school application process of MIT students and alumni. She holds an M.A. in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College and a B.A. in Sociology and German from the University of Connecticut. Amanda co-organizes a Cambridge community forum about interrogating gender norms and also works for a gender equity magazine. Previous experience includes working for a food justice non-profit in California and teaching English in South Korea.