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 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, and a variety of other groups.

    • Dr. Lori Trahan - Associate Director, Operations, Assessment, 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.

      Areas: Career Coach for students/alumni in the Coles College of Business, Employer Relations, Career Fair Administration



      • 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.

        Areas: College of Humanities and Social Sciences


        • 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.


          • 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.


            • 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


              Office: The Department of Career Planning & Development - Building A, Suite 160 (1100 South Marietta Pkwy SE)

              • Eric Benavidez, Career & Internship Advisor

                Eric Benavidez attended the University of Southern California where he received his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. He is currently pursuing his Master of Public Administration from Kennesaw State University and is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society. His own internship experiences led him from the busy “war room” of a Santa Monica law firm to the bustling streets of Shanghai, China. Eric is excited to serve his students and help them discover their own journey as well.

                Areas: Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology


                Office: The Department of Career Planning & Development - Building A, Suite 160 (1100 South Marietta Pkwy SE)

                • Jen Harlan,Career & Internship Advisor

                  Jen Harlan 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 is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in International Affairs from the University of North Georgia with plans to graduate 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 Engineering & Engineering Technology

                  Office: The Department of Career Planning & Development - Building A, Suite 160 (1100 South Marietta Pkwy SE)

                  • Kathy Hallmark, Career & Internship Advisor

                    Kathy received her BA from California State University, Fullerton and her Masters 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 and advises Iota Chi Epsilon, the internship/co-op experience organization.

                    Areas: Coles College of Business, Iota Chi Epsilon Advisor


                    Office: BB 132

                    • Krysta Fry

                      Krysta Fry, Career & Internship Advisor

                      Krysta graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently enrolled in a graduate program at Georgia Southern University and plans to graduate in December 2016 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


                      Office Location: Willingham Hall Rm. 223D


                      • 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


                        Office: Sturgis Library Room 439 

                        • 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


                          Office: Science Building Rm. 204

                          • 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


                            Office: PH 1110

                            • 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

                              • Michael Dutcher -Assistant Director, Campus Engagement

                                Michael started at Kennesaw State University in 2007. In 2012 he became an alum of the institution graduating with Master degrees in Public and Business Administration. During his tenure at KSU he has served students, alumni, and employers from a variety of industries. Through his service he has developed expert knowledge in resume writing, interview skills, and job search strategies. On top of his career at KSU he has served on the board of the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers developing productive relationships with employers for recruitment and learning best practices on developing students and alumni as they pursue their career aspirations.

                                • 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


                                  • Erin Stapleton,Employer Relations Consultant

                                    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.


                                    • Hannah Zander

                                      Hannah Zander, Event & Communications Coordinator

                                      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 will soon pursue her Master's degree.


                                      • Valerie Perez,Coordinator Budget & Assessment

                                        Valerie grew up in Marietta and is currently pursuing her degree in Statistics and Data Analysis at Kennesaw State University. She joined The Department of Career Planning & Development in 2013 as a Peer Advocate and after a year was promoted to Office Manager. She assists in everyday operations to ensure the office is running smoothly and efficiently.

                                        • Robin Knight, Employer Relations Coordinator

                                          Robin has worked with employers and students in career services for over 15 years. She has been with Kennesaw State University since January of 2008.

                                          Areas: Employer Relations, Recruiting Scheduling, Symplicity Assistance


                                          • Ariel Bailey, Administrator, Office and Employer Relations

                                            Ariel is KSU alumni, earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in 2014. She will soon pursue her Master's Degree and continue to develop her skills for a career in marketing. Ariel also serves as the Social Media Manager for The Department of Career Planning & Development. When she's not working at Career Services, Ariel is part of the production team that broadcasts KSU sporting events on ESPN3.

                                            • 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.