Meet our Staff

  • Dr. Ana Baida - Executive Director

    Ana received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication Studies, with a minor in Vocal Performance, from Southwestern University, a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University, and a Doctor of Education in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from Northeastern University. Ana has held a number of positions within The Department of Career Planning & Development, and currently serves as Executive Director.

    Ana enjoys working at Kennesaw State University because it is an innovative institution that provides opportunities to think strategically and holistically about best practices on an ongoing basis. When Ana is not at work she spends her time singing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, Conspirare, and with a variety of other groups.

    Email: abaida@kennesaw.edu 

    Office: Kennesaw Hall, Suite 2617 (Kennesaw Campus)

    • Dr. Lori Trahan - Associate Director, Systems, Data, and Employer Relations

      Lori received her BS in Psychology, her BA in Anthropology, and her MA in Student Personnel Administration from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, and her PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Georgia. She has been at Kennesaw State University since October of 1998, working with students in the Michael J. Coles College of Business.

      Email: ltrahan@kennesaw.edu 

      Office: Kennesaw Hall, Suite 2617 (Kennesaw Campus)

      • Karen Marks - Associate Director, Career Advising and Planning

        Karen received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sociology from St. Joseph’s College and Illinois State University, respectively.  Prior to joining Kennesaw State University in 2004, Karen worked at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University Purdue University, Ball State University, and Dalton State College.

        She has extensive experience working in the field, but continues to find it exciting to help others obtain their career goals, and especially values experiencing the “ah-hah” moments with the students.

        Email: kmarks7@kennesaw.edu

        Office: Kennesaw Hall, Suite 2617 (Kennesaw Campus)

        • Amanda Long - Associate Director, Outreach and Engagement

          Amanda received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Education degree in Professional Counseling from the University of Georgia. As a Georgia native who grew up in Kennesaw, Amanda was excited to begin working for Kennesaw State University back in 2010 as an internship advisor. She has managed the internship and co-op program for the Department of Career Planning and Development, and now works in the areas of outreach and engagement: building campus partnerships and providing informative and interactive presentations across the university. She enjoys helping students develop the tools and strategies needed to land their dream job. In her spare time, she teaches Zumba and is an avid movie watcher. 

          Email: along54@kennesaw.edu

          Office: Kennesaw Hall, Suite 2617 (Kennesaw Campus)

          • Tarrance Mosley - Assistant Director, Career Advising & Planning

            Tarrance received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and his MBA from American Intercontinental University. Prior to arriving at KSU, he served as Director of Health Sciences Advising at Auburn University Montgomery. He spent 10 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, and is currently a civilian instructor in leadership and communication for the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

            E-mail: tmosle10@kennesaw.edu  

            Office: Kennesaw Hall, Suite 2617 (Kennesaw Campus)

            • Mary Neely - Assistant Director, Career Advising & Planning

              Mary completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Louisiana State University and more recently obtained a Masters in Professional Counseling at Georgia State. The majority of her career was spent working in the corporate world as a Recruiter and Human Resources professional which led her to pursue her interest in preparing individuals to successfully pursue their career goals. Mary's academic experience includes working in the field of Career Services at both Emory University and Savannah College of Art and Design.

              Areas: College of Architecture and Construction Management

              E-mail: mneely7@kennesaw.edu 

              Office: Joe Mack Wilson Student Center, Suite 160 (Marietta Campus)

              • Jennifer Smallwood, Assistant Director & Hughes Coordinator

                Jennifer Smallwood is a Career Coach who is committed to helping Coles College of Business students discover their strengths, choose a suitable major, and prepare for a competitive job market.  She promotes introspective thought and strengths assessment.

                Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Georgia and a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

                Areas: Coles College of Business 

                E-mail: jsmallw8@kennesaw.edu

                Office: Burruss Building, Room 431 (Kennesaw Campus)

                • Jen Yelton,Career & Internship Advisor

                  Jen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, graduating as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and other various honors societies. She completed her Master of Arts in International Affairs at the University of North Georgia in May 2017. As an undergraduate, Jen was fortunate to participate in varied international and internship experiences; based on these opportunities, she is a major proponent of experiential education. Outside of her passion for helping students realize their potential, Jen loves to bake, read just about any book she can get her hands on, and enjoys discussing anything related to the Harry Potter series.

                  Areas: College of Computing and Software Engineering

                  Email: jyelton1@kennesaw.edu

                  Office: Joe Mack Wilson Student Center, Suite 160 (Marietta Campus)

                  • Kathy Hallmark, Career & Internship Advisor

                    Kathy received her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton and her M.Ed. in Counseling from Pennsylvania State University. She has worked at Stonehill College in Massachusetts, the University of California, Berkeley and at the University of Southern California, where she worked in Residential and Greek Life. Currently at KSU she serves the business majors in the Coles College. Kathy is an Honorary Member of Golden Key Honour Society, Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, and Order of Omega. She has a passion for internships and for assisting students in achieving their career goals.

                    Areas: Coles College of Business

                    Email: khallmar@kennesaw.edu

                    Office: Burruss Building, Room 436 (Kennesaw Campus)

                    • Krysta Fry

                      Krysta Fry, Career & Internship Advisor

                      Krysta graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Psychology and Georgia Southern University with a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. Prior to becoming a Career and Internship Advisor, Krysta worked in Residence Life at KSU. She has a passion for helping students succeed while enriching their college experiences.

                      Areas: College of Humanities & Social Sciences

                      E-mail: kfry4@kennesaw.edu

                      Office Location: Willingham Hall, Room 223D (Kennesaw Campus)

                      • Lydia Henderson

                        Lydia Henderson, Career & Internship Advisor

                        Lydia is a proud native of Arkansas. She earned a Bachelor of Business Management and Master of College Student Personnel Services & Administration at the University of Central Arkansas. Lydia is passionate about helping others realize their potential in pursuit of their dreams and aspirations. In her free time, Lydia enjoys spending time with family and learning about a vast array of things.

                        Areas: College of the Arts, University College

                        E-mail: lhende43@kennesaw.edu  

                        Office: Wilson Bldg, Suite 209 (Kennesaw Campus)

                        • Steven Vosika, Career & Internship Advisor

                          Steven received his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration and Masters of Public Administration from Reinhardt University. He began working for The Department of Career Planning & Development at Kennesaw State University in May of 2016. He works primarily with students in the College of Science and Mathematics.

                          Areas: College of Science & Mathematics

                          E-mail: svosika@kennesaw.edu 

                          Office: Science Building, Room 204 (Kennesaw Campus) & Student Center, Suite A160 (Marietta Campus)

                          • Courtenay Hicks, Career & Internship Advisor

                            Courtenay received her B.S. in Exercise Science and her M.S. in Applied Exercise and Health Science from Kennesaw State University. While completing her Master's degree, she worked as a graduate research and teaching assistant for the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management. As a graduate assistant, she worked on many research projects and taught for a year in the undergraduate Exercise Science program. In her year spent teaching, Courtenay discovered her passion for helping students to learn and grow both academically and professionally. 

                            Areas: Wellstar College of Health & Human Services

                            E-mail: chicks27@kennesaw.edu 

                            Office: Prillaman Hall, Room 1110 (Kennesaw Campus)

                            • Ariel Bailey, Career & Internship Advisor

                              Ariel received her B.S. in Communication from Kennesaw State University and is currently pursing a M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University. She grew up in the Kennesaw area and has been apart of the DCPD team since 2014. She enjoys working with college students and helping them explore their career interests. She primarily works with the students in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

                              Email: abaile46@kennesaw.edu 

                              Office: Joe Mack Wilson Student Center, Suite 160 (Marietta Campus)

                              • Luca Giardino, Assistant Director - Marketing & Outreach

                                Luca received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, with a minor in IT Applications from the University of Alabama, and his MBA in Marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2009. Helping companies & people connect with one another is his passion. Whether through sales, design, or networking, there is always opportunity to improve the way we communicate.

                                Areas: Marketing, Outreach, Events, Web Development, IT Systems Support

                                Email: lgiardin@ kennesaw.edu 

                                Office: Kennesaw Hall, Suite 2617 (Kennesaw Campus)

                                • Michael Dutcher -Assistant Director, Campus Engagement

                                  Michael started at Kennesaw State University in 2007. In 2012 he joined the Owl alumni nation when he graduated with Master degrees in Public and Business Administration. During his tenure at KSU he has served students, student-athletes, alumni, and employers from a variety of industries. Through his service he has developed expert knowledge in resume writing, interview skills, and job search/networking strategies. On top of his career at KSU he has served on the board of the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers and volunteers with the Alumni Career Services Network developing productive relationships with employers for recruitment and learning best practices on developing students and alumni as they pursue their career aspirations.

                                  Email: mdutcher@kennesaw.edu 

                                  Office: Kennesaw Hall, Suite 2617 (Kennesaw Campus)

                                  • Ryan Whitfield, Assistant Director - Employer Relations

                                    With more than 20 years of management, job development, employer relations, and career advising experience, Ryan Whitfield a native of Brunswick, GA has developed a keen sense for how careers are launched. He has a Masters of Public Administration and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (Mass Communication) both from Valdosta State University. Ryan’s professional leadership helps him successfully represent The Department of Career Planning & Development in professional and business meetings, events, and other settings in the private and public sectors.

                                    Areas: Employer Relations

                                    E-mail: rwhitfi8@kennesaw.edu  

                                    Office: Kennesaw Hall, Suite 2617 (Kennesaw Campus)

                                    • Erin Stapleton, Employer Relations and Event Manager

                                      Erin Stapleton received her Bachelor of Science in Communications from Kennesaw State University, and her Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the University of West Alabama. She returned to Kennesaw State to work as part of The Department of Career Planning & Development in May, 2014. Erin works on the Employer Relations team to help employers with recruiting efforts and plans the department’s large-scale events and programs.

                                      Areas: Employer Relations, Events

                                      Email: estaple3@kennesaw.edu  

                                      Office: Joe Mack Wilson Student Center, Suite 160 (Marietta Campus)

                                      • Hannah Zander

                                        Hannah Zander, Manager, Communications & Logistics

                                        Hannah received her Bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Auburn University. She grew up in Marietta and began working for the Department of Career Planning & Development at Kennesaw State University in July of 2016. She works with event logistics and is currently pursuing her Master of Management Information Systems degree at Georgia College and State University.

                                        E-mail: hzander@kennesaw.edu 

                                        Office: Kennesaw Hall, Suite 2617 (Kennesaw Campus)

                                        • Valerie Hodgkin, Manager, Operations & Budget

                                          Valerie received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Applied Statistics and Data Analysis from Kennesaw State University. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Applied Statistics here at KSU. She works with departmental budget, assessment, and operations.

                                          Email: vhodgkin@kennesaw.edu 

                                          Office: Kennesaw Hall, Suite 2617 (Kennesaw Campus)

                                          • Robin Knight, Employer Relations Coordinator

                                            Robin is a native of Michigan and has provided customer service and support in various capacities of career planning and development for over 25 years. She has worked in Employer Relations at Kennesaw State University since 2008. Robin is a member of Georgia Association of College Employers (GACE) and assists with the GACE Career Fair held at the Cobb Galleria each Spring. Robin has developed and presented KSU Recruiting Best Practices Workshops and tips for employer contacts, and she is happy to provide assistance to community members and constituents who are interested in recruiting options. Robin also enjoys traveling, exploring nature, and spending time with family and friends.

                                            Areas: Employer Relations, Customer Support, Handshake Assistance, Career Fair Support

                                            E-mail:  rknigh15@kennesaw.edu

                                            Office: Kennesaw Hall, Suite 2617 (Kennesaw Campus)

                                            • Marie Lambacher, Office Manager

                                              Marie is a native of Ohio. She graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. She started her journey at KSU as a student assistant and is currently the Office Manager for The Department of Career Planning and Development. Marie plans of pursuing her Master’s Degree in the fall.

                                              Email: mlambach@kennesaw.edu 

                                              Office: Joe Mack Wilson Student Center, Suite 160 (Marietta Campus)

                                               

                                               

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