Career Mentors

The purpose of the Career Mentor 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 application for the 2021-2022 Career Mentor program will launch September 1st, 2021.

About the Program

Each month, student mentees 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

The application for the 2021-2022 Career Mentor program will launch September 1st, 2021.

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

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

Laetitia Boyle ’05 | B.A. International Business

Laetitia Boyle graduated in 2005 from Eckerd College with a degree in International Business and a minor in Mandarin Chinese. While attending Eckerd, Laetitia traveled to Southeast Asia and Morocco on separate Winter Term trips to learn about the nuances of finance and commerce against the backdrop of other cultures. (She also met her future husband on the trip to Asia, fellow Eckerd alum Ben Boyle). These important tenets have stayed with Laetitia as she has risen from intern to department leader at Raymond James Bank.

Her first official role at Raymond James was in the Accelerated Development Program (previously known as Options Rotational Development Program), completing a year-long training before transitioning into Corporate & Commercial Real Estate Banking. In 2011, she was given an opportunity to build out the new Securities Based Lending department, implementing the overall business strategy and growing it to over $2 billion in loan balances. Currently, she is the Head of Internal Sales & Consulting, responsible for strategic sales and education initiatives for Private Client Banking, which offers cash and lending solutions to Raymond James' 8,000+ financial advisors.

Laetitia is a member of Raymond James Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council and a graduate of Securities Industry Institute at Wharton. Outside of work, Laetitia and her husband Ben have two children and are active with The First Tee of St. Petersburg, a youth developmental program that introduces young people to golf.

Stacey Burke ’10 | B.A. Political Science

Stacey Burke is a criminal defense attorney for Rohan Law P.C. She represents and advocates for clients charged with an array of criminal offenses.

Stacey earned her J.D. with Pro Bono Distinction from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and her B.A. in Political Science from Eckerd College. During law school, she earned the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Legal Research and Writing. Stacey also served in various leadership roles, such as President of the Student Bar Association, Editor for the John Marshall Law Journal, and Lead Attorney for the Mock Trial Team. In addition, she served as the South-Atlantic Regional Director for the National Latina/o Law Student Association for two terms.

Upon graduating from Eckerd, Stacey was awarded the James H. Robinson Award for contributing significantly to the minority experience and the Mark W. Smith Award for demonstrating extraordinary leadership to enhance campus life. She served as chair of Palmetto Productions and as a resident advisor during her time at Eckerd.

Stacey is an avid traveler who studied abroad in several countries in Latin America, Europe, and the South Pacific during law school and college. Currently, she resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where sits on the board for the Georgia Latino Law Foundation and serves as an officer for the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association.

Candis Carmichael ‘03 | B.A. International Business, Spanish

Candis Carmichael graduated from Eckerd with a double major in International Business and Spanish (and one credit shy of a minor in Classics). She was one of three students in the Class of 2003 granted early admission during the application cycle. Originally from Chicago, Candis started her academic path as a Biology major with an ultimate goal of becoming a veterinarian. After a self-guided independent study shadowing a veterinarian, her path (and major) transitioned to International Business, focusing on entrepreneurship and marketing.

While at Eckerd, Candis spent one year working at the Waterfront, two years an assistant in the International Business department, three years as editor for Arts & Entertainment/Lifestyles section for The Triton (the student newspaper at that time), and one year as the photography editor for the yearbook. She also participated in Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and volunteered at both Creative Clay and Enterprise Village at the Stavros Institute.

After a 15-year career in business-to-business (B2B) marketing ranging from media buying for national brands like Ideal Image to experiential marketing initiatives at Cannes Lions Festival and CES for companies like eBay, Candis has shifted her focus back to the family business of residential real estate to have a more direct impact on her community and neighbors. This current adventure has kept her in Pinellas County, where she still lives.

The common thread through Candis' career has been unrivaled customer service, strong communication, extensive organization skills, and a desire to teach in order to elevate those around her.

Melody Chaplin ‘16 | B.S. Marine Science

Melody Chaplin graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Marine Science (Biology Track), a B.A. in Psychology, and a minor in Visual Art. Outside of academia, she proved to be a prominent force of the Eckerd Waterfront, working as a Recreation Supervisor, Sailing and Summer Camp Instructor, and as the Senior Marketing Coordinator for the program. In addition to her time as a work scholar, she volunteered as a boat driver and student leader for Eckerd College Search and Rescue team. She also immersed herself in student life at Eckerd, acting as a Resident Advisor and peer resource for the community.

Following graduation, Melody worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute as a part of the Crustaceans Research Department. There she participated in the long-term Stone Crab Monitoring project for 3 years, leading weekly scientific field sampling and conducting seasonal observer trips on commercial crabbing vessels through the Gulf Coast. Melody put the skills she learned at the Eckerd College Waterfront to use, acting as the Safety Liaison for her department, conducting boat driving and trailer training courses for new staff, and performing vessel maintenance and repairs.

Melody recently accepted a position as a Fisheries Scientist with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources: Shrimp & Crab Bureau. As such, she continues to conduct routine scientific field sampling and data management. This new position also allows her to take a more active role in the management and policy side of Mississippi’s Marine Fisheries. Just as with her time spent at FWC, maintaining good communication and positive relations with commercial and recreational stake holders is still the most important part of her job.


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

Lauren DeLalla graduated from Eckerd in 2011 with a major in International Relations & Affairs with minors in Law & 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. She 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 in 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, and she has been invited to speak at distinguished venues such as the 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.

Laura Goodloe ’04 | B.A. Political Science

Laura Goodloe’s love for Florida and the outdoors drew her to Eckerd College in 2000. Majoring in Political Science and minoring in International Relations, Laura fostered numerous relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students on campus. During her college career, Laura took the opportunity to participate in various independent studies and was fortunate enough to travel to Geneva, Switzerland, for a Spring Into Summer program focused on international relations and non-governmental organizations. Upon graduation in 2004, Laura went on to receive her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. During law school, Laura interned as a clerk for Florida’s Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court and worked as a law clerk for a reputable law firm in Bradenton, Florida. Laura returned to Chicago in 2007 to intern with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Laura is a founding partner of Puchalski Goodloe Marzullo, LLP. Laura’s practice focuses on police and fire pension law as well immigration law. Her expertise not only covers proper administration and oversight of hundred-million-dollar pension funds throughout the state, but also administrative adjudications and circuit and appellate court review. Laura's immigration law practice focuses primarily on representing professional athletes in the NHL and AHL.

Laura is admitted to practice before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for Illinois. She has argued numerous cases before Illinois’ State and Appellate Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Laura is married to her law partner Jeff, is an avid equestrian who has competed on a national level, and has two Bernese mountain dogs named Finn and Ferris.

Faith Harkey ’01 | B.A. Creative Writing

Author Faith Harkey graduated from Eckerd College in 2001 with a degree in Creative Writing. During her time at Eckerd, she was a work scholar in the Creative Writing office and volunteered as a community ESOL tutor. Before shifting to full-time fiction writing, she made an extensive study of trauma and victimization, eventually developing Florida's first in-house yoga program at a rape crisis center. She also served as victim advocate at the local and state levels.

Today, Harkey is a novelist working in children's and adult fiction. In 2015, her first middle-grade novel, Genuine Sweet, was published by Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The Bank Street Center for Children's Literature named it one of the Best Children's Books of 2016. In 2018, Knopf/Random House released her follow-up novel, Sneak Thief. She recently completed her third children's book and is at work on a novel for adult readers.

Harkey is a dedicated supporter of the arts and advocates for kids and educators in rural communities.

Kristen Jabanoski ’09 | B.S. Marine Science

Kristen Jabanoski graduated from Eckerd in 2009 with a B.S. in Marine Science and a minor in Classics. At Eckerd, she participated in the work-study program, was a Ford Apprentice Scholar, and studied abroad at James Cook University in Australia, where she learned about coral reef ecology and conservation. As a NOAA Hollings Scholar, she completed an internship focused on the ecology of deep and mesophotic coral reefs in Hawaii.

Following graduation, Kristen earned her Master’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. During this time, she was a scientific diver and assisted with long-term monitoring of marine sponge communities in Florida and the Caribbean. Her thesis focused on ecosystem services provided by oysters. Driven to understand how science supports environmental policy, Kristen applied for and received the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. She spent five years in Washington, D.C., making research understandable and actionable to policymakers and constituents. She also helped manage NOAA’s higher education programs and worked toward improving diversity and inclusion in the marine and atmospheric sciences.

Kristen is currently a Science Communications Specialist for the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center. She serves on her local conservation commission and lives in the New Haven area with her partner Andrew and their border collie mix. She looks forward to helping students reach their goals, whether they’re interested in academic research or exploring the innumerable other opportunities their science background can unlock.

Lindsay Jennings ’10 | B.S. Marine Science

Lindsay Jennings graduated from Eckerd in 2010 with a major in Marine Science and a minor in Psychology. While at Eckerd, she explored various activities including women’s club soccer, EC-SAR, and a 6-month study abroad in Australia; she also worked as a campus tour guide and as a teaching assistant. Off-campus, she interned with Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary and The Florida Aquarium.

Following graduation, Lindsay worked with Florida Fish and Wildlife’s Harmful Algae Bloom division in St. Petersburg before attending the University of Miami to obtain her Master's of Professional Science (MPS) degree in Marine Affairs and Policy. There, she not only developed field skills in tagging and collecting data for shark research, but found a passion for the nexus of scientific research, policy, and conservation. With this new direction, she took a fellowship in Washington, D.C., where she worked to garner support for and pass anti-illegal fishing legislation through Congress. She currently is a Project Director for FishWise, a sustainable seafood consultancy based in California. She provides the seafood industry with the tools, resources, and tailored guidance to identify and mitigate sustainability, traceability, and social responsibility risks within seafood supply chains.

Lindsay lives in St. Petersburg and on days when she isn’t schooling others on what sustainable seafood to purchase, she enjoys eating said seafood, paddle boarding across Florida waters, enjoying the beaches, and adding new countries to her travel bucket list.

Dominique Lazarre ’06 | B.S. Marine Science & Environmental Studies

Dominique Lazarre graduated from Eckerd College in 2006 with a double major in Marine Science (Biology Track) and Environmental Studies. As a student, Dominique was a mainstay of the Waterfront Program and served as Team Leader for the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team. After graduation, she continued working for the Waterfront teaching seamanship and navigational skills.

Dominique completed a PhD in Marine Biology and Fisheries at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Her doctoral research focused on understanding the dynamics of invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish in the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic Ocean, and Caribbean Sea. During this time, she accompanied commercial lobster fishermen at sea to evaluate the impact of lionfish on their catch.

Dr. Lazarre is currently an Associate Research Scientist at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. She leads a data management team that provides fisheries data to state and regional partners for species assessments that support sustainable fisheries in Florida. Dominique also has experience working in academia: she is currently an adjunct professor for the Department of Biological Sciences at University of South Florida St. Petersburg and was previously a visiting professor in Environmental Studies at Eckerd College.


Briana O'Neill ’09 | B.A. Human Development

Briana O'Neill graduated from Eckerd College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development. While at Eckerd College, Briana participated in a variety of servant leadership projects from campus to Chicago to Puerto Rico! She studied abroad at the London House, during which time she traveled to 15 different countries. Briana's Eckerd college roommates are still her best friends, and they are fortunate enough to get together across the country at least a few times per year.

As your mentor, Briana will strive to be an educator, coach, and advocate for you, and she will use her many skill sets in leadership and organization to grow your professional strengths while "Thinking Outside," as is the Eckerd way.

Briana holds a Master of Science in Communication Disorders and is the Co-Founder & Lead Speech-Language Pathologist of Supercalifragilistic Therapy, Inc. She is a board member of the Junior League of Boston, a member of the League of Women Voters of Boston, and holds a graduate certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Dylan Pepper ’15 | B.A. Human Development

Dylan Pepper graduated from Eckerd College in 2015 with a major in Human Development and a triple minor in Anthropology, Religious Studies, and Women & Gender Studies. During her time at Eckerd, Dylan participated in the campus' newly developed Bystander Intervention Committee whilst working the Dear Abby column in The Current. While at Eckerd, Dylan participated in three spring break service trips to Washington, D.C., Guatemala, and Ecuador. In Washington, D.C., she and other Eckerd students made and delivered meals to those home-bound suffering from HIV/AIDS. In Guatemala, she and other students volunteered at a non-profit agency that focused on animal rescue and rehabilitation. In Ecuador, Dylan and other students lived among the Shuar people learning about their culture and assisting them with building a bus stop for their village.

Following graduation, Dylan began working as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence at CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse). After some time at CASA, Dylan began to work as a FACT (Florida Assertive Community Treatment) Community Counselor at Suncoast Center Inc., assisting individuals suffering from serious and persistent mental illnesses. After a few years of working at Suncoast Center, Dylan pursued her Master's degree in Social Work at the University of Central Florida while also continuing to work full time on the FACT team. Dylan recently graduated with her MSW (Master of Social Work) degree this past August! One of Dylan's main goals is to become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).

Dylan currently lives in sunny St. Petersburg with her fiance and Great Dane puppy. She enjoys watching movies, playing tennis, swimming, reading, and having family dinners and game nights.

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's 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 Sigurdson 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.

Liz Tomaselli ’13 | B.A. Political Science

Liz Tomaselli graduated from Eckerd college in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism (after 3 very dedicated years as a marine science major!). As a student, she co-founded the Eckerd College chapter of Her Campus, the national online magazine, and was the editor-in-chief of the award-winning student newspaper The Current.

Liz has spent almost a decade in the Communications and Foreign Policy fields, including six years as a U.S. Government spokesperson for the State Department and the White House in both NYC and Washington. As a government spokesperson, she drafts speeches and other public products, handles media engagements, prepares senior U.S. officials for media interviews and Congressional testimony, works daily with domestic and international media, and develops strategic communications plans for a range of complex national security and foreign policy issues.

In her free time, Liz is an amateur runner, Meals On Wheels volunteer, barre class enthusiast, cappuccino consumer, shoe collector, and a frustrated but determined New York Mets fan.

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.

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.