Career Services Directors

The Career Services Directors of AUC institutions have come together under the AUC umbrella to support their students and graduates as members of Chicago’s talent pipeline. They have formed The Chicago Higher Education Career Services Executives Collaborative, (CHECSEC) whose members include:


Dr. Julie MacCarthy

Director, Career Planning & Placement
Richard J. Daley College, CCC

Mark Presnell

Executive Director of Career Advancement
Northwestern University

Career Service Directors:

Meredith Murphy

Director of Career Planning and Placement
Harry S. Truman College, CCC

Ingrid Prioleau Byrd

Director, Career Planning and Placement Center
Kennedy-King College, CCC

Toya Johnson

Director, Career Planning & Placement
Malcom X College, CCC

Charlene Haymond-Bussell

Director, Career Planning & Placement
Olive-Harvey College, CCC


Joe Reaves, MA LCPC

Director, Career Planning & Placement
Wilbur Wright College, CCC

Mary Laundry

Director, Student Affairs and Career Services
Adler University

Kathryn Kaysen Jackson

Director, Alumni Career Services
University of Illinois Chicago

Charles Kelley

Associate Director of Career Services
Chicago School of Professional Psychology

LaCael Palmer-Pratt

Director of Career and Experiential Learning Center
Chicago State University

Stephanie Krah

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success
City Colleges of Chicago

Erik Friedman

Associate Dean of Career Services and Industry Relations, Columbia College of Chicago

Brenda Williams

Director, Career Experiences, DePaul Career Center
DePaul University

Dr. Nadia Hallak

Director, Counselling and Student Affairs
East West University

Thy Nguyen

Associate Vice Provost, Student Engagement and Career Services

James Connon

Senior Director of Corporate Relations and Recruitment
Loyola University

Aminatu Rubango

Associate Director of Business Career Services, Quinlan School of Business
Loyola University

Colleen Reaney

Director of Executive and Professional Education Center
Loyola University Chicago

Abiodun Durojaye

Executive Director of Career Services and Placement
National Louis University


Joshua Bogaski-Baugh

Associate Director of Student Development
St. Xavier University

Rosalie Shemmer

Dean of Career Services and Professional Experience
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Kate Schutta

Director, Career and Professional Experience
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Kristy Kotek

Executive Director, Alumni Engagement and Career Development
Roosevelt University

Rachel Ward

Deputy Director, Career Advancement and Director, Student Services
University of Chicago

Rosemarie Coppola-Conroy

Director of the Engineering Career Center
University of Illinois at Chicago

Jean Riordan

Executive Director of Career Services
University of Illinois at Chicago