CELS staff

CELS Funded Internship Program

Christine Terry headshotChristine 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).  Chris may be reached by email cjmur@conncoll.edu.


CELS Career and Professional Development Program

Julie Browne headshotJulia Browne, director and counselor, CELS Career and Professional Development Program

Julia completed her bachelor of arts in political science at Hartwick College and her master of science in counseling psychology from St. Bonaventure University, and has been a career counselor at the College since 2001. She is originally from Indianapolis but grew up near Saratoga, N.Y. In addition she has lived in Pennsylvania, Washington state and Nebraska. Julia has a particular interest in the personality type and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and employing them to better facilitate communication; she also developed and started the CELS Fellows program, which has been an integral part of CELS for the past nine years. "Find what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life" (Confucius). You can find Julia on LinkedIn or by email at julia.browne@conncoll.edu.


Lori Balantic headshotLori Balantic, senior associate director/counselor

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 CELS 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). Lori may be found on LinkedIn or reached at lkbal@conncoll.edu.


Cheryl Banker headshotCheryl A. Banker, senior associate director/counselor 

Cheryl obtained her bachelor of arts in history from Connecticut College and has been in Career Services/CELS since 1994. In addition to experience in employer relations and program development and management, Cheryl acts as the CELS pre-law and pre-business adviser, liaison to the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts CISLA and oversees our ePortfolio 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!" Cheryl may be reached via LinkedIn or at caban@conncoll.edu.


Deb Brunetti headshotDeb Brunetti, associate director, communications/counselor

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 to CELS. In addition to advising/counseling, Deb reaches out to alumni via the LinkedIn alumni group with discussions and job opportunities, and she is the CELS liaison to the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy PICA and the LGBTQ Resource Center. "Work hard and be nice to people" (Anthony Burrill). Deb is on LinkedIn and is quick to respond to email at dbrunett@conncoll.edu.


Dot Wang headshotDot Wang, assistant director/counselor

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 CELS. As an enthusiastic graduate of the liberal arts, Dot brings a diverse background of interests that inform her creative approach and perspective to career counseling. 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 CELS 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). Dot is on LinkedIn and reachable at dwang1@conncoll.edu.


Nicole Ceil headshotNicole Ceil, assistant director/counselor

Nicole grew up in Stonington, Conn.  She graduated from Lafayette College with a bachelor of arts in psychology and English before obtaining her master's degree in psychology and counseling with a concentration in student personnel administration from Springfield College. She is happy to be back in the area and working in the CELS office. Nicole has a background in career counseling and residence life and is certified in conflict mediation. "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity" (Seneca). Nicole is on LinkedIn and may be reached at nceil@conncoll.edu.


Employer Relations

Joseph Hayes headshotJoseph Hayes, associate director, recruiting/employer relations

Joseph holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Nebraska Wesleyan University, has taken graduate courses in public policy at George Mason University, and holds a Certificate in HR Selection and Staffing from Cornell University. His major focus is overseeing employer relations, and he coordinates on- and off-campus recruiting programs. Additionally, Joseph keeps students updated on job and internship opportunities through production of the CELS newsletter, social media management, and administrating the Connecticut College job and internship board through Experience. Prior to coming to Connecticut College, Joseph spent several years as director of operations at a New York-based consulting firm, where he oversaw global recruiting, human resources, IT and finance. Joe is on LinkedIn and his email is jhayes3@conncoll.edu.


Beth Bremner headshotBeth Bremner, program coordinator/staff assistant

Beth 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.  Beth supports the entire staff, in more ways than can be listed, with grace and patience. Beth may be reached at bbremner@conncoll.edu.


Fellowship and Graduate School Advising

Deborah V. Dreher, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Scholarships, Connecticut College‌Deborah V. Dreher, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Scholarships

Deborah received her undergraduate degree in religious studies from Connecticut College in 1989. After completing a Fulbright fellowship in Germany, she received a master's degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School. Deborah is the founder of the College’s CELS and funded internship programs and designed and developed the CELS e-portfolio. In addition to her work as a career counselor and program director, she has taught in the Connecticut College department of religious studies and served as academic adviser to first-year students. She currently serves as the College’s graduate school adviser and as dean for fellowships and scholarships. Deborah’s favorite part of her work is helping her advisees look beyond the obvious — and easy — life path, to find the courage to step out onto the uncertain path of their full potential. "Those who wish to sing can always find a song." (Swedish Proverb) Contact Dean Deborah Dreher, dvdre@conncoll.edu