For general inquiries, contact the Office of Career and Professional Development at 860-439-2770.
Employers should contact Cheryl Banker.


Persephone L. Hall

Hale Family Director of Career and Professional Development

Persephone Hall joined Connecticut College as the Hale Family Director of Career and Professional Development on June 15, 2016.

In this role, she will provide strategic vision and leadership for the College’s career and professional development programs, including the creation of new recruiting, networking and mentoring activities that will help students meet the changing needs of a dynamic global economy. She will also strengthen and expand partnerships with employers from all industry sectors, develop and lead an advisory council, foster greater alumni involvement in career development, work to ensure that career development is well represented in the College’s new integrative curriculum and team advising programs, and much more.

Hall has 30 years of experience in career services and professional development in both corporate and higher education environments. Previously the associate director of career development and campus outreach at Wesleyan University's Gordon Career Center, she held positions of increasing responsibility where she counseled students, supervised counseling staff, managed outreach to campus and corporate partners, and developed and presented CareerLab, Wesleyan’s five-day job search preparation course. 

"Don't count the days, make the days count." — Muhammad Ali


Funded Internship Program

Christine Terry

Director, Funded Internship Program

Chris has been with the College for 14 years and has been an instrumental part of the Funded Internship Program since its inception. She oversees internship eligibility, payroll and internship budgeting, and all internship tracking and accountability. Additionally Chris regularly interfaces with internship sponsors and College administrators, helps students solve problems, and acts as the overall "gatekeeper" to the program.

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened" — Dr. Seuss

Career and Professional Development Program

Lori Balantic

Senior associate director/adviser

Lori changed her major in college four times. Her love of learning led her to a bachelor of arts in general arts (with lots of overpointing, official minors in psychology and sociology, and lots of credits in sciences and fine arts) from Villanova University. She has a master of science from Southern Connecticut State University. In varying venues she has served as an educator, adviser and coach and has been with the College and career services since 1995. Lori is the main liaison with faculty pre-health/pre-med advisers as well as liaison to the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment, GNCE. She cares more about the questions than the answers and is always seeking to understand.

"… make the most of happenstance in your life and career" — Al S. Levin


Cheryl A. Banker

Senior associate director/adviser/pre-law adviser

Cheryl obtained her bachelor of arts in history from Connecticut College and has been in career services since 1994. In addition to experience in employer relations and program development and management, Cheryl acts as the pre-law and pre-business adviser, liaison to the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts, CISLA, and oversees our CamelLink development and management. She is a lifelong resident of North Stonington, Conn., loves to cycle, and is a certified ASA and NFHS softball umpire. "Play ball!"


Deb Brunetti

Associate director, communications/adviser

Deb grew up in Oregon, received her bachelor of arts in history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her master of arts in educational leadership from the University of Connecticut. She originally worked at Connecticut College in the career services office before stepping out and then returning. In addition to advising, Deb reaches out to alumni via the LinkedIn alumni group with discussions and job opportunities, and she is the career office liaison to the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA) and the LGBTQIA Center.

"Work hard and be nice to people." — Anthony Burrill


Dot Wang

Assistant director/adviser

Dorothy "Dot" Wang is a New England native who received her bachelor's degree in fine arts from Trinity College. Dot has worked at the College since 2007, originally with the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA) and now with the Office of Career and Professional Development. As an enthusiastic graduate of the liberal arts, Dot brings a diverse background of interests that inform her creative approach and perspective to career advising. From physics to philosophy, calculus to chainsaws, Dot enjoys helping students explore all that their liberal arts education has to offer. She plays an integral role in the Fellows program and looks forward to working with students to find paths that bring smiles to their faces.

"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions" — Albert Einstein


Barbara Winters

Manager of Employer Relations & Strategic Partnerships

Barbara obtained her bachelor's degree in linguistics and cultural anthropology from SUNY at Stony Brook and her master's degee in management and communications from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As the Manager of Employer Relations & Strategic Partnerships, Barbara is the liaison to employers providing internship and job opportunities for students and alumni. Prior to joining the career office, Barbara worked in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty for four years. Barbara’s background is in recruiting, as well as cross-cultural training and education, primarily for Japanese students and business professionals.

Kaci Smith

Interim Coordinator of Employer Relations/Program Coordinator

Kaci assists in all aspects of the Funded Internship Program and office functioning, maintains the internship database and statistics, schedules all appointments, reserves all rooms, oversees student workers and their multiple projects, and is the first line in the office. Kaci supports the entire staff, in more ways than can be listed, with grace and patience. She is serving as the Interim Coordinator of Employer Relations.