2014-15 Hiatt Student Workers
Sheetala Balasubramanian '16
Dora Chi '16
Jasmine Etesse '15
Sara Hazelnis '15
Mathew Kuruvinakunnel '15
Karen Lengler '15
Brandon Odze '16
Jessi Puterman '15
Aditi Shah '17
Aliza Gans '15
Employer Relations Intern
Beatriz Lopez '15
Front Desk Staff
Arielle Ballard '16
Sara Hazelnis '15
Mathew Kuruvinakunnel '15
Helen Lee '15
Suwan (Julia) Lee '15
John Novas '18
About Our Staff
Andrea Dine, M.A., Executive Director of the Hiatt Career Center
As a university administrator with over 20 years of experience, Andrea Dine provides creative and results-focused leadership and strategic vision for Hiatt's team of talented professionals. Her specialty areas within the field of student affairs and career development include strategic planning, technology integration, and data and assessment. She is the liaison for the following academic areas: Business, Education, History, and International and Global Studies.
Andrea earned a B.A. in English from UMass, Amherst and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration with a Specialization in Student Affairs from UConn, Storrs, and studied abroad at Oxford University as an undergraduate. She has worked at diverse colleges and universities throughout her career including Macalester College, University of Cincinnati and Wesleyan University.
Cary Weir Lytle, M.B.A., Associate Director of Employer Relations
Prior to joining Hiatt, Cary developed institutional partnerships and programs that created access to jobs, internships and scholarships for underrepresented students and professionals as Vice President of Student Affairs for the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) and Assistant Director of Graduate Admission for Bentley University’s McCallum Graduate School of Business. He is the liaison for the following academic areas: African & Afro-American Studies, Computer Science, Economics, and Health: Science, Society & Policy.
Cary currently co-chairs the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) Professional Exchange Committee.
Cary received an MBA from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University, a Masters in Global Marketing Communication from Emerson College, and a B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University.
Alexandra (Anweiler) Stephens, Associate Director of Alumni Career Programs & Engagement
Alexandra Stephens creates meaningful opportunities for Brandeis students, alumni, parents and employers to connect with each other about careers – from workshops and webinars to interview coaching and networking nights. Formerly, Alexandra worked for two years as the Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications at Hiatt. She is the liaison for the following academic areas: Classical Studies, Creative Writing, English, and Language & Linguistics.
Before joining the Brandeis community, Alexandra worked in marketing communications at Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women in Boston, MA, and Constant Contact, an email marketing company in Waltham, MA. Fusing together her experience in career services and communications, she is particularly passionate about the power of networking and personal branding. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a B.A. in Communication Studies.
Career Development Team
Jackie (Kopyt) Blesso, M.S., Assistant Director of Career Development
In addition to counseling undergraduates, Jackie manages Hiatt's World of Work (WOW) program. She also sits on the Sophomore Year Experience and Experiential Learning Committees. She is the liaison for the following academic areas: Chinese & Japanese, East Asian Studies, European Cultural Studies, German Language & Literature, Journalism, Latin American & Latino Studies, Russian & East European Studies, Russian Language & Literature, and Women's & Gender Studies.
Prior to coming to Brandeis in 2009, Jackie worked in many areas of higher education including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Activities, and Career Services. Jackie graduated from Amherst College in 2004 with a BA in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought and received an M.S. in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University in 2008.
Abigail Crine, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Career Development
Abigail counsels students and alumni and particularly enjoys debriefing and interpreting personality, skills, and strengths assessments. She has recently been asked to serve on the first Brandeis Wellness Committee to promote wellness to the entire Brandeis community. She is the liaison for the following academic areas: Biochemistry, Biological Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
Abigail joined the Hiatt staff in 2006 after working as a psychologist and consultant in corporate outplacement and career services with Right Management and Keystone Associates.
Abigail holds the following degrees: B.A., English and Psychology, UMass, Boston; M.Ed., Counseling and Guidance, Westfield State University; and Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, California Graduate School for Family and Marital Therapy. She is also a Certified Health Counselor.
Josephine Jane Pavese, Ed.D., Assistant Director of Career Development
Prior to joining Hiatt in 2007, Jane served as both an associate director of career services at Harvard University and director of the university’s International Experience Program. She also worked for 10 years as a Fulbright Program officer for Brazil and the English-speaking Caribbean at Harvard’s Latin American Scholarship Program for American Universities.
In addition to career services, Jane has worked and interned in several museums in collections care and visitor services and currently volunteers at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Jane holds a Doctorate in Education with a focus in International Education from Boston University, Master’s degrees from Harvard University in Education and in Museum Studies, and a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Conservation from Cornell.
Lauren Dropkin, Esq., '95, Pre-Law & Graduate School Advisor
After graduating from Brandeis with a major in English and American Literature, Lauren attended the University of Illinois College of Law and practiced family law for over 12 years as a member of the Illinois Bar. Ms. Dropkin is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar. She is the liaison for the following academic areas: American Studies, History of Ideas, Legal Studies, Peace, Conflict & Coexistence Studies, Philosophy, and Politics.
Sandra Sylvestre, M.A., GCDF, Assistant Director of Career Development
Sandra is dedicated to addressing the career concerns of Brandeis alumni. She also enjoys working with current students of all class years and majors. Sandra has a particular interest in aiding alumni and students during periods of transition.
Prior to joining the team at Hiatt, Sandra completed a Career Assistant internship at MIT and a Graduate Assistantship at the Rhode Island College Career Development Center. She transitioned into career counseling from a small business management background.
Sandra is certified by the CCE as a Global Career Development Facilitator. She holds a MA in Agency Counseling and BA in Biology, both from Rhode Island College.
Heather Fink, Graduate Assistant
Employer Relations Team
Caroline O’Shea, Assistant Director of Employer Relations
Caroline comes to the Hiatt Career Center with experience in program development and management, recruiting, event planning, student advising, and counseling. In her current role, Caroline manages employer outreach efforts for industries such as social impact, marketing, government, communications, education, and the green sector and is responsible for all on and off-campus programming related to these areas. She is the liaison for the following academic areas: Sociology.
Caroline currently co-chairs the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) Bridges Committee and serves on the Professional Exchange Committee and the Road Trips to the Real World Committee .
Prior to coming to Brandeis, Caroline worked as an Admissions Counselor at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Coordinator for Student and Faculty Communications at the Division of Continuing and Professional Studies at Brandeis University, and Family Planning Counselor at Health Care of Southeastern MA. Caroline received a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Work and a minor in Women's Studies from UMass. Caroline also received a Graduate Certificate in Web Content Communications from Brandeis University.
Lauren Labrecque, Assistant Director of Employer Relations
Prior to joining the Hiatt team, Lauren worked in the Non-Profit sector. Serving as an AmeriCorps member with Peace First, she taught social emotional learning to K-8 Students in low income Boston neighborhoods. After her year of service, Lauren joined the Peace First staff full time as the AmeriCorps & Operations Coordinator continuing her work supporting AmeriCorps and education. From this experience Lauren brings her knowledge of teaching, recruiting, event planning and project management to her new role at Hiatt. She is the liaison for the following academic areas: Anthropology, Hebrew Language & Literature, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Sociology, and Yiddish & Eastern European Studies.
Lauren earned a B.S. in Political Communications, Leadership and Social Advocacy with minors in Psychology and Philosophy from Emerson College.
Alumni & Parent Engagement
Dvora Pemstein, M.S.W., Parent Engagement Coordinator
Dvora enjoys working with Brandeis parents and families, keeping them informed and helping to connect parents and families to the university community through volunteer opportunities, the Brandeis Parents and Families Facebook Group, and campus events. She often serves as a first point of contact for parents who need on-campus and local information and referrals.
As a Licensed Certified Social Worker, Dvora has worked in social service and community based organizations throughout her career, in direct client service as well as administration. Prior to joining the staff at Brandeis, Dvora was the Coordinator of Volunteer Services at Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston.
Dvora holds a Bachelor's degree in Jewish Studies from Queens College and an Masters in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.
Marketing & Communications
Vacant, Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications
Montgomery Thomas, Assistant Director of Community Relations
Montgomery is strongly committed to building partnerships across campus. He serves as a liaison for the center and the community and is passionate about students' career and professional development.
Prior to joining the Hiatt Career Center team, Montgomery worked in Residence Life and Student Activities. As a hall director, he primarily worked with co-ed student populations to promote productive community living and a safe environment. In addition, he was responsible for the oversight of the department website as well as housing operations. He also advised a residence hall council and various multicultural student organizations.
Montgomery holds a B.S. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Central Michigan University and a Masters in School Counseling from Providence College.