Career Mentors

Eckerd College is launching a pilot student mentoring program for the 2018-2019 school year. The purpose of the program is to pair current students and recent graduates with alumni who can provide guidance in navigating the transition from academics to the world of work. The pilot program will be capped to 10 mentors and 20 students. Following the success of the program, we have a list of future mentors interested in participating in the program.

About the Program

Each month, students and alumni mentors will correspond via email and connect by 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 the application form here. 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.

Seniors who apply before September 16, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. will receive priority in the program.

The final application deadline has been extended to Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.

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., where he oversees all technical direction of the CMMI Level IV Orlando-based, software engineering corporation. Barry has extensive US Army live training experience and has successfully led the development of several high profile military projects and is the industry software product line architect responsible for technical oversight of the Army’s live training programs. Previously, Barry has worked as Chief Computer Scientist with NASA at Kennedy Space Center in the area of artificial intelligence applied to space shuttle payload processing.

At Eckerd, he 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 he took liberal advantage of the waterfront rentals exploring 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

Stephen Fega ’11 | B.A. Business Administration

Stephen ('11) studied business administration at Eckerd. While at Eckerd, Stephen spent a semester abroad in Barcelona studying international business. After graduation, Stephen moved to New York City and worked at New York University while pursuing a Masters Degree in Sports Business. After finishing the Master's degree, he worked as a sales executive for Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets. Ready for a new challenge, Stephen recently accepted a role as the Business Development Manager for NextCleaners, an up and coming eco-friendly laundry and dry cleaning company. At NextCleaners, Stephen's main focus is securing partnerships with luxury residential properties throughout the five boroughs of New York.

Stephen Fega

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

Grace Gair graduated from Eckerd College in 2008 with double major in Anthropology and International Relations. Following graduation, Grace received a Fulbright scholarship to South Korea, where she worked and 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).

Nick Green '11 | B.A. Business Administration, Management & Leadership

Nick Green graduated from Eckerd College in 2011 with a degree in Management. While at Eckerd, Nick worked part time as a leasing agent for a local apartment complex in St. Petersburg, FL. Nick spent a semester in Spain with the CIEE program, working as an intern for Yahoo! Europe's Barcelona office. After graduation, Nick moved to New York City to work for the founder of Tumi, who had a startup distributing emerging travel brands. Nick now specializes in the sales of architectural finishes for commercial interior design projects worldwide. Nick hails from Cambridge, MA and currently resides on the upper east side of Manhattan

Thia Alexandra Griffin-Elliott ’08 | B.S. Marine Science and Art

Thia Alexandra Griffin-Elliott (formerly: M. Matthias Elliott) is a polymath enraptured with art, tech, and science’s influence on humanity. At Eckerd College, she studied marine biology, sculpture, and ethics, while surfing as much as humanly possible.

She deepened her interest in the stories of science while pursuing graduate research at the University of South Florida, started a green-tech company, and became more than a little obsessed with dance. A 2015 alumni of the Recurse Center, she’s particularly interested in creative coding and the expansion of emotional literacy within the tech world. Currently, she lives and works in Brooklyn as a content developer for Moey, inc, and has dozens of personal projects ranging from the silly to the sublime.

Thia Alexandra Griffin-Elliott

Michael Hopkins ’09 | B.A. Political Science

Raised in Washington D.C, Michael was surrounded by politics from an early age. His love of politics led him to study political science at Eckerd College, where he was a member of ECOS and President Pro Temp of the Senate. During college he also served as the Deputy State Director of the Florida Chapter of Students for Obama in '08. He then studied national security at the prestigious Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

After graduating from Florida Coastal School of Law with a JD and earning his LLM from Cardozo School of Law. , Michael became a public defender in New York City. In 2016, Michael left the public defender's office to serve as the Deputy State Director of Voter Protection for Hillary Clinton's Colorado Presidential campaign. Michael now serves as an attorney and contributor to The Hill. He has frequently appeared on cable news shows as a political commentator.

Michael Hopkins

Danny Kovarik ’14 | B.S. Biology

Danny Kovarik graduated from Eckerd College in 2014 with a B.S. in Biology. While at Eckerd, Danny performed biomedical research under the direction of Dr. Denise Flaherty investigating the neurological effects of pesticide exposure including the potential contributions to Parkinson’s disease. He was also involved in student life as a resident advisor, community standards board member, Bay Point Middle School tutor, and ECOS cabinet member. Danny continues to be involved in the Eckerd community, and was a founding member of the core NYC alumni group dedicated to increasing Eckerd alumni engagement.

After Eckerd, Danny started at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In 2017, Danny joined JDRF International, a worldwide leader in the fight against type one diabetes. As a Program Manager, Danny helps shape an aggressive research strategy, develop and track against program roadmaps and promote cross-team collaboration.

Outside the office, Danny is constantly exploring – whether trying new places to eat, biking across the city or finding a quiet place to hike outside the city.

Danny Kovarik

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

Richard graduated from Eckerd in 2013 and since then spent two years working in Hotel Management before moving into the world of finance at Moody's Investors Service where he is now an Associate Analyst covering predominantly the Aerospace/Defense and Heavy Manufacturing sectors. At Eckerd, he 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. He now lives back in New York and spends his free time volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Educational Equity Foundation as well as learning languages.

Richard Meyers

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 organizations, such as 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 successfully on sales and marketing strategies. His startup experience includes working at Dayforce in Toronto (acquired by Ceridian), Applied Predictive Technologies in Washington DC (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.

Danny Sigurdson