Associate Director, Career Advising & Education
Meredith will be on leave for Fall 2021 and will be back in the office in January 2022.
Meredith leads the career advising team, which serves undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and recent alumni. She collaborates with campus and external partners, and additionally advises undergraduate through PhD students and recent alumni to help them explore career paths and work toward their short- or long-term goals. Meredith holds an MEd in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University. Her experience includes over 10 years in Higher Education, with a primary emphasis on career advising.
Assistant Director, Career Counseling and Training
Libby supports all students and young alumni as they explore options, gain skills and experience, and pursue their career goals. She manages the Energy, Environment, and Sustainability Pathway and trains and advises MIT students in the Peer Career Advisor program. Libby holds a MA in Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University, and a BA in Business Administration from Belmont University. Her experience includes over 6 years in career development and advising in higher education.
What did you dream about being when you were a kid? I wanted to be an author/illustrator of children’s picture books!
Assistant Director, Career Exploration
Tianna works with first-year undergraduate through PhD students and recent alumni to help them explore and achieve their career goals. She supports the Social Impact, Policy, and Law Career Pathway, supervises the student Career Exploration Leaders, and collaborates with departments, programs, alumni, and employers to provide career exploration events and resources that allow students to learn about diverse career paths. Tianna received her BA from Boston College and her MSW from Columbia University.
What was your first job? I was a Green Ambassador for Thompson Island Outward Bound for several summers in high school. I did trail maintenance and habitat preservation, learned arboriculture and got to climb really tall trees, and went on camping trips to the Boston Harbor Islands.
Assistant Director, Career Prototypes
In addition to providing career advice to MIT undergraduates, graduate students and recent alumni, Tavi also manages IAP micro-internships and the Architecture, Planning, & Design Pathway. She is always searching for new ways to help MIT students prototype their career options through internships, micro-internships, research or other experiential learning opportunities.
Tavi received an MSW from Columbia University and a BSW from New York University. Tavi was a first-generation college student and is always excited to help students figure out their next career move.
Do you collect anything? I collect spices because I love food and cooking! I especially enjoy using the spices I’ve bought during my travels.
Assistant Director, First Year Engagement
As the Assistant Director of First Year Engagement, Erik not only helps the early career development of first year undergraduate students, but also supports students on the Arts, Communications, and Media pathway. He holds an MS in Organizational Psychology from the University of Hartford and a BA in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University. Experience includes over 10 years in higher education with 6 years in career development.
What song would you say best sums you up? “You’re Never Fully Dressed with out a Smile,” from the Broadway musical Annie.
Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
Simona provides career and professional development guidance for postdoctoral scholars across all disciplines and career interests (academia, industry and beyond). Simona has a PhD in Genetics from Stanford University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. She has conducted research in molecular, cell, and developmental biology, and has been involved in teaching, mentoring, and outreach. In her previous role, she provided career and professional development services to graduate students and postdocs.
What was your first job? My first job was being an assistant for the summer reading program at my local library. I got to talk to kids about books they were reading, do crafts, and give out stickers and prizes. I enjoyed the different aspects of mentoring, teaching, and community-building – which are also reflected in my current work!
Prehealth & Career Advisor
Ariel helps students develop their educational and career plans, especially those pursuing careers in medicine as well as in the Life Sciences, Biotech, and Pharma career community. Ariel’s background includes extensive international administration in higher education and NGOs in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. She earned her Bachelor’s in Culture & Communication from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Intercultural Theology from Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany.
Do you collect anything? My favorite souvenir to pick up while traveling is a drinking glass from the country. I love seeing which glass guests choose for themselves when they come over for dinner. My favorite glass in the collection is a clay wine glass with an octopus design that I brought back from Cyprus. You can practically feel the Mediterranean sea breeze when drinking from it!
Specialties and InterestsPrehealth AdvisingInternational Careers
My background is in History and Philosophy, and I bring that critical eye to student advising. Whether your need assistance preparing for an interview or want to talk about the long-term process of preparing to apply for a scholarship, I am happy to work with you.
Specialties and InterestsAdvising, Editing, Writing, Mock Interviews
Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Services
Pronouns: she/her/hers Alexis offers career guidance for graduate students and specializes in supporting PhDs. She manages the Manufacturing & Transportation career pathway and collaborates with departments, alumni, and employers to facilitate learning and networking opportunities. Alexis is always excited to work with graduate students as they pursue diverse career trajectories in industry and academe. She received her BA from Franklin & Marshall College, her MA from The Jewish Theological Seminary, and her PhD from Boston University. What is your favorite MIT hack? I love it when the hackers put things on top of the Great Dome! It’s always amusing and the scale and logistics never cease to amaze me.
As a Career Advisor, Kendel supports MIT’s undergraduate and graduate students and alumni as they navigate their career journeys. Kendel also serves as a liaison to MIT’s Business, Finance, and Fintech career community, and supports underrepresented student groups including first-generation, low-income, LGBTQ+, and racial and ethnic minority students. Kendel received her B.S. in Kinesiology from UMass Amherst, an M.Ed. in Student Affairs Counseling from Bridgewater State University, and has worked in career development roles since 2014.
What has been your most interesting job? As a teen I worked as a Wheelchair Attendant for Tanglewood, an outdoor classical music venue that hosts the Boston Symphony Orchestra during the summer season. The job was incredibly physical both before and after shows, but in between we were able to sit back and listen to the music. The job exposed me to a wide variety of classical music, and I brushed shoulders with some famous musicians and actors during my time there!