Career Mentors

The purpose of the career mentors program is to pair current students and recent graduates with alumni who can provide guidance in the transition from academia to the world of work. The 2019-2020 career mentor program will select between 10-20 students to participate.

About the Program

Each month, students and alumni mentors will correspond via email, phone, video call, or in-person. Together, students and their career mentors will identify two goals to accomplish by the end of the school year.

Career mentors can support students in:

  • Providing positive feedback
  • Gaining new career-related experiences, such as internships
  • Finding resources
  • Polishing career strategies
  • Connecting with other professional colleagues
  • Discussing LinkedIn profiles and online presence

To apply to the program, please complete this application form. You will be asked to identify your top three mentors from the list below. You also will be asked to upload a current resume.

For assistance on updating your resume, schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor at Career Services through TritonTrack.

The final application deadline is Thursday, November 14th at 11:59PM.

Questions? Contact the Office of Career Services at careerservices@eckerd.edu or 727.864.8258.

Barry Clinger ’88 | B.S. Computer Science and Math

Barry Clinger has over twenty-five years of commercial and government software development experience. He is currently the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and co-founder of Riptide Software, Inc. in Orlando, FL, where he oversees all of the technical direction of this CMMI Level IV software engineering corporation. Barry has extensive US Army live training experience and has successfully led the development of several high profile military projects. Previously, Barry worked as Chief Computer Scientist with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, specifically in the application of artificial intelligence to space shuttle payload processing.

At Eckerd, Barry received both an academic scholarship and an athletic scholarship to play basketball. At the end of his senior year he published his first paper, "Artificial Intelligence," which ultimately led to his job at NASA. In his free time as an undergraduate, he took liberal advantage of the waterfront rentals in order to explore the coastal areas around Eckerd.

Lauren DeLalla ’11 | B.A. International Relations and Affairs

Lauren DeLalla graduated from Eckerd in 2011 with a major in International Relations and Affairs with minors in Law and Justice, Political Science, and French. While at Eckerd, Lauren had a passion for studying human rights law and ethics. Her study abroad experience was at the Hague, where she worked alongside leaders at the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, and the European Court of Human Rights. Lauren also received a grant to study post-conflict reconstruction in Uganda. Lauren was actively involved on campus during her years at Eckerd, serving as ECOS president for two years.

Following graduation, Lauren joined a prepaid technology startup that was acquired by American Express whose mission was to disrupt the digital payments space and provide an alternative to banking for customers without access to traditional banking. Lauren spent six years with American Express serving as Chief of Staff to the Prepaid CIO where she drove operational activities, strategic initiatives, and rolled out an agile transformation for her tech team. Currently, Lauren is a Director at InComm, where she is responsible for overseeing the migration of the Serve platform which was sold by American Express earlier this year.

In her free time, Lauren competes with her horse in the sport of three day eventing, does consulting for professional equestrian athletes, and is a photographer.

Lauren DeLalla

Grace Gair ’08 | B.A. Anthropology and International Relations

Grace Gair graduated from Eckerd College in 2008 with a double major in Anthropology and International Relations. Following graduation, Grace received a Fulbright scholarship to South Korea, where she taught English. Grace then spent three years in Berlin, Germany, where she completed her Master's degree in Public Policy and worked as a consultant.

Grace is currently a Director and Security Architect for Radian Group in Philadelphia, PA, where she is responsible for the development of several cyber security services as well as IT Security Architecture evaluations for initiatives across the enterprise. Previously, Grace was the Lead of Strategic IT Risk Initiatives for Moody's in NYC, where she helped build the organization's Third Party Cyber Risk Management Program. Grace is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Doreen Galli ’89 | B.S. Business, Computer Science, and Mathematics

Doreen Galli attended Eckerd College from 1985-1989 and graduated with the Highest Honors. Her majors were Business, Computer Science and Mathematics. She was a GTE-CoSIDA All American Cross Country runner and was active on 17 clubs and committees, including ACM, Rotaract, and ConReg and By.

Throughout Dr. Galli's career, she has served as a director and/or C-Level executive for IBM, DHL, Dell, AT&T and Gartner, to name a few. Dr. Galli has also been trained as a professional speaker where she has been invited to speak at such distinguished venues as Forbes Executive Summit, CIO Summit, CIO Academy, Network+ Interop Las Vegas & Atlanta, The Internet Security Conference, WITI Conference, Grace Hopper, Strategic Analytics Summit, CES WITI Innovation Panel and Gartner’s Catalyst Conference.

Richard Meyers ’13 | B.A. International Business and Spanish

Richard graduated from Eckerd in 2013 and spent two years working in Hotel Management before moving into the world of finance at Moody's Investors Service. There, he spent most of his time as an Associate Analyst covering the Aerospace/Defense and Heavy Manufacturing sectors.

At Eckerd, Richard was an International Business and Spanish double major with a minor in Italian. He also was, at various times, the Treasurer and President of Hillel (of which he was a proud founding member), the Director of Traditional events for Palmetto Productions (during which time he organized such events as the Halloween Festival and Spring Ball), and a volunteer with Southeastern Guide Dogs. He also studied abroad through Eckerd at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan for a semester and wrote the finance column for The Current titled "Eckerdnomics."

Richard now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he is a first-year MBA student at UNC - Chapel Hill. He spends his free time volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Educational Equity Foundation, as well as learning foreign languages.

Richard Meyers

Sarah Sieloff ’06 | B.A. International Relations and Spanish

Sarah Sieloff graduated from Eckerd College in 2006 with majors in International Relations and Spanish. While at Eckerd, she was awarded a Truman Scholarship, and upon graduation, Sarah received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in Thailand. After her return from Thailand, Sarah worked in Seattle and Mumbai on issues of public health, and in 2011, she earned her Master in Public Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Sarah serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR, or "see clear"), a national non-profit that promotes the sustainable, equitable, and responsible reuse of underutilized and environmentally impacted properties. Prior to joining CCLR, Sarah worked for the Obama Administration as the Memphis Team Lead for the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities. She will spend 2020 in Japan and Germany, researching shrinking cities with support from two fellowships.

Danny Sigurdson ’10 | B.A. Economics

Danny graduated from Eckerd in 2010 with a Business degree and a minor in Economics. While at Eckerd, he was actively involved in ECOS and the ELS program, and he received the Business & Management Faculty's Award for Academic Excellence his senior year.

Since graduating, Danny has worked at early stage technology companies, helping them design and execute sales and marketing strategies. His startup experience includes working at Dayforce in Toronto (acquired by Ceridian), Applied Predictive Technologies in Washington, D.C. (acquired by Mastercard), and ActionIQ, where he currently works in New York City (venture backed by Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz).

Danny lives in NYC with his fiance, Jazmin, and enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Caroline Weatherill ’11 | B.A. International Business

Caroline Weatherill graduated from Eckerd in 2011 with a major in International Business and minors in Spanish and Psychology. While at Eckerd, Caroline spent time as the Director of the Student Community Standards Board, interned at a local marketing consulting group, and studied abroad in London, England, and Athens, Greece. After graduation, Caroline spent three years as an Admission Counselor at Eckerd and later obtained her MBA from Simmons University in Boston, MA.

Following business school, Caroline joined Bank of America’s Leadership Development Program, working in digital banking and later leading a team across 27 financial centers. Caroline is currently a Vice President Product Manager, leading work in consumer banking product strategy at Bank of America. Caroline recently returned home to New England and now resides in Portland, Maine.

Dovév Weaver ’16 | B.A. Humanities

Dovév graduated from Eckerd College’s PEL program in 2016. He was able to complete the program within a year and a half. His field of studies was Humanities with a focus on American Studies. Dovév says that he excelled at Eckerd because he was around a diverse group of individuals that helped him see life differently.

Dovév works for Johnson and Johnson MGA, a wholesale insurance company that is expanding rapidly. He was just promoted to Associate Commercial CPAC Underwriter. In this role, he is responsible for quoting renewal offers for current accounts, reviewing inspections, and traveling to different agents to work on building a relationship that will turn into business.

Dovév also has a business that he runs called Closer To Our Dreams LLC and is on a mission to inspire the masses to start going after their goals and dreams daily. As the founder of C.T.O.D., he is committed to helping any organization, school, student, or adult that is serious about going after their dreams with passion. His contagious energy and positivity will get you charged up about life and want to start the journey that leads to Paradise. He has spoken to thousands of students, inspired adults to start dreaming again, hosted events that encourage entrepreneurship and will be doing an exclusive tour around the world speaking at schools to increase awareness for DREAMING BIG IN LIFE.


Joe Whalen ’14 | B.A. Environmental Studies

Influenced by the pace and culture of Long Island, New York, Joe Whalen has spent his years since relocating to St. Pete cultivating skills and experience in a multitude of fields including environmental communications, graphic design, large-scale event management, and music performance and production. Throughout his four years at Eckerd, Joe supported shore bird conservation efforts through internships while simultaneously pursuing opportunities in the local and international music scene.

After graduating in 2014 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Visual Arts, Joe chased various Tampa Bay-based opportunities with the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, Pathfinder Outdoor Education, and the Zoo Studios and Event Space. Today, Joe finds himself immersed in the emerging field of Environmental Communications, a career track supported by his recently completed Executive Certificate in Environmental Communications for Behavior Change at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. As the Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s Communication & Outreach Coordinator, Joe works with regional partners to protect and restore the bay through social marketing tactics and educational programming. He proudly sits on numerous boards and advisory committees, including the Manatee Awareness Coalition, Stormwater Public Education Task Force, Florida-Friendly Landscaping Committee, Bay Soundings Editorial Advisory Committee and Pathfinder Outdoor Education’s Board of Directors.

True to his fast-paced roots, Joe capitalizes on opportunities outside the office as well. He often spends his weekends touring as a musician and managing events across the country on behalf of the U.K.-based event company XL Event Labs. Joe is an excellent source of advice and insight as to how one balances passions both before and after graduating from Eckerd College.