Our Contributors

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Ben Flavin

Ben is the Operations Manager and joined the Center for Career Development in April 2017. In his role, Ben manages data and reporting for the Center for Career Development, provides analytical and project management support, and oversees front desk operations. Ben holds a bachelor of arts in Economics from Hampshire College. In his free time, Ben enjoys traveling, hiking and exploration, and reading anything he can get his hands on.

Center for Career Development

Corinne Montanaro

Corinne is the Recruiting Coordinator and began working at Boston University in January 2002. She graduated from Boston College with a bachelor of arts in psychology with a concentration in management. She manages on-campus activities (interviews and information sessions) for employers and helps students with the recruiting process. She also assists both students and employers with Handshake. Outside of work, Corinne loves to read and cook.

Deb Jancourtz

Deb joined the Center for Career Development in March 2010 as an Assistant Director of Counseling & Programs. In her role, Deb counsels students, as well as facilitates workshops and programs on a number of topics from networking, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and more. She has a bachelor of arts in French and French literature from the University of Wisconsin and a master of science in human resource development from Northeastern University. She is fluent in French and loves practicing other languages as well, including German and Spanish. She enjoys baking for fun occasions and practicing yoga. She loves animals and has a black cat with a one-inch tail.

Doug Edwards

Doug is an Assistant Director for Counseling & Programs and counsels students and alumni, as well as facilitates workshops and programs on a number of topics including networking, resume and cover letter writing, graduate school, and more. He received his bachelor of arts in economics from Brown University, his master of arts in philosophy from Tufts University, and pursued doctoral studies in philosophy at Harvard University. Outside of work, Doug’s interests include sports, politics, and the arts. He also enjoys camping with his family and coaching youth soccer, baseball, and basketball.

Eleanor Cartelli

Eleanor is the Senior Associate Director at BU's Center for Career Development, focusing on the areas of operations, reporting, and communications. She received her bachelor of arts in religious literature and history from Smith College and her master of arts in religious studies from the University of Chicago. In her spare time, Eleanor can most often be found with her nose in a good book, making dinner with every pan in the kitchen, or visiting her family’s farm in Vermont.

Esther Leonard

Esther joined the Center for Career Development in July 2018. In her role, Esther advises students on career education, facilitate workshop on a variety of career development topics such as resume writing, networking, interviewing and more. Prior to coming to Boston University, she worked at various nonprofits and community colleges providing career services and teaching basic adult education classes. She holds a bachelor in political science with a minor in sociology and a master of arts in American Politics from Loyola University Chicago. Esther enjoys visiting her family and friends in her home city, Chicago. Her hobbies include, reading, DIY projects, dancing and cooking.

Heather Reghitto

Heather is the Recruiting Manager and joined the Center for Career Development in December 2005. Prior to her arrival, Heather worked in corporate human resources departments, specifically on the university and college relations programs. With a background in helping students find intern, co-op, and entry-level full-time positions, Heather seeks to bridge the gap between students and employers. She holds a bachelor of arts in religion from Mount Holyoke College. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking and gardening.

Jesse Ohrenberger

Jesse is the Associate Director of Counseling & Programs and joined the Center for Career Development in 2011. In her role, Jesse counsels students, as well as facilitates workshops and programs on a number of topics from networking, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and more. She graduated from Boston College with a bachelor of arts in psychology and communications and a master of arts in higher education administration. Outside of work, Jesse enjoys baking and decorating cakes, dancing, and boating. She also volunteers at a dog shelter and hangs out with her own adopted black lab named Onyx.

Lou Gaglini

Lou is the Executive Director and joined the Center for Career Development in 2017 after extensive experience in higher education career services as well as leadership roles in human resources and recruiting in the private sector. At Boston University, Lou is responsible for leading the office and overseeing the mission, vision, and strategies of the Center. He remains very active in the business community and has served in leadership roles within several professional associations. Lou holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and a Master in Public Administration from Northeastern University. In his spare time, Lou is a dog lover and a fan of trivia, politics, and the Boston sports scene. In the fall, Lou enjoys officiating local high school and youth football.

Lucy van Beever

Lucy is the Associate Director of Employer Relations. She joined Boston University in December 2011 and the Center for Career Development in November 2014 after working many years in business management and development. At the CCD, she is focused on working with the Employer Relations team and others to expand the campus recruiting program and employment network for BU students. Lucy received her BS from Cornell University and her MS in administrative studies at BU. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys being with her family, taking long walks with her golden retriever, catching up with friends, traveling, and attending BU hockey games.

Martha Brill

Martha is an Assistant Director of Counseling & Programs and has been with the Center for Career Development since 1998. Although she advises students from all colleges and majors, her affiliation is with communications, media and the arts. She enjoys facilitating the process of gaining knowledge about one’s values, skills, interests, and personality strengths and making informed decisions about career direction. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in criminal justice and obtained a master of education degree with a concentration in counseling from UMass Boston. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, drawing, jogging, and volunteering to help grieving families cope with their loss.

Robin Vacek

Robin is a Career Counselor and joined the Center for Career Development in July 2017. In her role, Robin counsels students and facilitates workshops on a number of career development topics. She received her bachelor of arts in Theatre from Albright College and her EdM in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies: Higher Education Administration from Boston University. Outside of work, Robin enjoys reading, learning about Russia, TV show marathons, cooking/baking, theater, and dreaming about adopting Italian greyhounds and raising chickens.

Samantha Gignac

Samantha is the Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Coordinator and joined the CCD in June 2017. Prior to coming to the CCD, she was a college adviser at Brighton High School through College Advising Corps-Boston University. She graduated from Boston College in 2015 with a BA in communication and applied psychology and human development and is currently pursuing her EdM in educational leadership and policy studies at Boston University. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys attending trivia nights, traveling, trying new foods, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her dog, Sadie.

Samantha Johnson

Samantha is the Internship Coordinator and joined the Center for Career Development in August 2013. In her role, she works to develop new internship opportunities for BU students. Samantha also helps coordinate the Santander Sophomore Internship Program, serving as a resource for employers with Santander Interns and supporting participating students throughout the program. Samantha received her bachelor of arts in psychology from Gettysburg College and her master of education in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends and family, and spending time outdoors.

Samantha Vigeant

Samantha is the Program Coordinator and joined the Center for Career Development in February 2017. In her role, she provides administrative and operational support for the CCD director and staff. Samantha received her bachelor of arts in psychology and English literature from the University of South Florida. Outside of work, Samantha enjoys being curled up with a good book and a big cup of coffee, exploring the Boston area, traveling, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

Sarah Farkas

As the Assistant Director for Mentoring and Outreach at the ERC, Sarah works to foster and retain relationships with students of all backgrounds, primarily focusing on the needs of international students. She also collaborates with staff and faculty across campus through the delivery of workshops on avoiding plagiarism and learning styles. Sarah runs the ERC’s Language Link program, and also meets with students individually for academic skills counseling.

Sarah Thomas

Sarah joined Boston University in 2014 and the CCD in 2016. She manages marketing efforts and communications projects, including social media, email newsletters, the CCD website, and more. She received her bachelor of arts degree in history and English literature from Alfred University and her master of science degree in journalism from Boston University. In her spare time, Sarah likes to sew, play video games, and enjoys musical theater and strange museums.

Tesla Abrego

Tesla is the Student Outreach Manager and joined the Center for Career Development and the Educational Resource Center in April 2014. In her role, Tesla supervises the Student Ambassador workforce and assists with publicizing academic support and career development programs. Tesla holds a bachelor of arts in English Literature from Boston University. In her free time, Tesla enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, exploring new neighborhoods, and writing poetry.