Meet our Staff

Administration

 
    • Ana Baida

      Ana Baida

      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)

       

      • Lori Trahan

        Lori Trahan, Associate Director

        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)

         

        • Valerie Hodgkin

          Valerie Hodgkin

          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)

          • Mallory Widdis

            Mallory Widdis - Office Manager

            Mallory received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Anthropology and English from the University of Georgia. Throughout her college career, Mallory served in various university departments where she developed a passion for encouraging students in their academic pursuits and post-graduation plans. As Office Manager for KSU's Department of Career Planning and Development, she is professionally motivated by her understanding of higher education as a critical space in which individuals can shape their own personal identity and purpose. When not in the office, Mallory can be found writing in a tizzy of inspiration, reading novels or nature books, or planning her next trip across the globe.  

           
           

          Advising

           
            • Karen Marks

              Karen Marks

              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)

              • Tarrance Mosley

                Tarrance Mosley

                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.

                Areas: Bagwell College of Education

                E-mail: tmosle10@kennesaw.edu  

                Office: Kennesaw Hall, Suite 2617 (Kennesaw Campus)

                 

                • Krysta Fry

                  Krysta Fry

                  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.

                  E-mail: kfry4@kennesaw.edu

                  Office Location: Marietta Campus Student Center, Suite A160

                  • Allie Wright

                    Allie Wright

                    Allie received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Quinnipiac University, and Master of Science in Counselor Education from Mississippi State University. She previously worked with Housing & Residence Life at KSU. Allie enjoys providing students with the tools and resources to be successful in their continued personal and professional development. Outside of work, Allie's hobbies include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kayaking, and spending time with her Australian Cattle Dog, Tackleberry.

                    Areas:

                    • Coles College of Business
                      • Management
                      • Finance
                      • Economics
                      • Marketing
                      • Professional Sales
                      • International Business

                    Email: awrig147@kennesaw.edu

                    Office: Burruss Building, Rm 436 (Kennesaw Campus)

                    • Kirstie Kolin

                      Kirstie Colin

                      Kirstie is a certified professional career coach and new resident of the great state of Georgia by way of New York, and most recently from sunny Southern California. Her professional background spans various areas within Higher Education including career development, and student services roles at many public and private universities over the past decade. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, a Masters in Education with a specialization in College Student Development and is currently completing a Masters in Organizational Leadership and graduate Certificate in Human Resources. In her free time she loves to laugh, travel and explore new and unique places to eat. She is passionate about helping people achieve personal success and live their best lives.

                      Areas: 

                      • Coles College of Business
                        • Accounting
                        • Information Systems
                        • Information Security and Assurance
                        • Cybersecurity

                      Email: kcolin1@kennesaw.edu

                      Office: Burruss Building, Rm 409 (Kennesaw Campus)

                      • Lydia Henderson

                        Lydia Henderson

                        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:

                        • Southern Polytechnic College of Computing & Software Engineering

                        E-mail: lhende43@kennesaw.edu  

                        Office: Marietta Campus Student Center, Suite A160

                        • Jabari Scott

                          Jabari Scott - Career & Internship Advisor

                          Jabari received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and his Master of Education in Educational Leadership. With a natural love for learning and helping others, Jabari found his niche in the student affairs setting. Through volunteer work, Jabari has gained hands-on experience working in diverse communities in the Columbus, Phenix City, Fort Benning and San Marcos area. Being involved in these various areas of community outreach has shown the passion and commitment he have for wanting to make a difference in people’s lives and their communities. Jabari plans to continue shaping his professional experiences and beyond in order to learn how to best serve students and their families.

                          E-mail: jscot241@kennesaw.edu

                          Areas:

                          • Architecture
                          • College of Computing and Software Engineering
                          • ISYE

                          Office: Joe Mack Wilson Student Center, Suite A160 (Marietta Campus)

                          • Courtenay Hicks

                            Courtenay Hicks

                            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
                            • College of Science and Math

                            E-mail: chicks27@kennesaw.edu 

                            Office: Prillaman Hall, Room 1110 (Kennesaw Campus)

                             

                            • Claire Beaudro,  Career & Internship Advisor

                              Claire Beaudro

                              Claire graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication, earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and most recently, completed a Master of Science in Counseling from Santa Clara University. Before joining the Department of Career Planning and Development, Claire worked in the Student Life Office at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

                              Claire has experience at large and small institutions, at non-profits and for-profits, inside and outside of higher ed. When she isn't supporting the students at KSU, Claire enjoys cooking, exercise, and exploring Atlanta.

                              Areas:

                              • College of the Arts,
                              • College of Education
                              • Humanities

                              Email: cdepalm1@kennesaw.edu

                              Office: Wilson Building, Suite 209

                              • Holly Sedys, Career & Internship Advisor

                                Holly Sedys

                                Holly received her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Kennesaw State University. After graduation, she served for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Tennessee State University. During her time at TSU, she developed a passion for working with undergraduate students and underrepresented communities. Holly is ecstatic to be back at Kennesaw State. 

                                Areas: 

                                • Social Sciences
                                • University College

                                Email: hgoad@kennesaw.edu

                                Office: Wilingham Hall, 223D

                                 

                               

                              Outreach & Student Engagement

                               
                                • Amanda Long

                                  Amanda Long

                                  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)

                                   

                                  • Luca Giardino

                                    Luca Giardino

                                    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, Communication, Outreach, Events, Web Development, IT Systems Support

                                    Email: lgiardin@ kennesaw.edu 

                                    Office: Kennesaw Hall, Suite 2617 (Kennesaw Campus)

                                     

                                    • Michael Dutcher

                                      Michael Dutcher

                                      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)

                                      • Hannah Zander

                                        Hannah Zander

                                        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)

                                       

                                      Employer Relations

                                       
                                        • Amanda Long

                                          Amanda Long

                                          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)

                                          • Ryan Whitfield

                                            Ryan Whitfield

                                            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

                                              Erin Stapleton

                                              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)

                                              • Robin Knight

                                                Robin Knight

                                                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)


                                                • Matias Domingo - Employer Outreach Coordinator - Kennesaw State Unuiversity

                                                  Matias Domingo - Employer Outreach Coordinator

                                                  Matias Domingo received his bachelor of science in business administration and his Master of Education in higher education administration from Georgia Southern University. He previously worked in admissions and orientation at Georgia Southern University and the University of North Georgia. As the employer outreach coordinator, He enjoys connecting with employers daily to help recruit students from Kennesaw State University. Outside of work, Matias enjoys hiking or traveling across the US and the world.

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

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