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

      

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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


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Ryan M. Edmonds

Director of Employer Relations

Ryan joined Connecticut College as the Director of Employer Relations in the summer of 2017. Dedicated to student development and success, Ryan cultivates corporate partnerships and opportunities leading to the support and recruitment of student and alumni talent. On campus, he serves as a liaison between the Office of Career and Professional Development and the Office of Alumni Engagement, as well as all academic and student service departments.

Previously, Ryan served as assistant director of alumni and parent engagement at Roger Williams University’s Center for Career and Professional Development. He holds a master's degree in education from Suffolk University and bachelor of arts degree in communications from American University.

“Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you.” – Henry J. Kaiser

Kevin Finefrock ‘07

Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Operations

Kevin arrived at Conn in 2018 from the Center for Student Success and Career Development at Trinity College where he advised students on career and professional development, implemented large-scale career events, oversaw the office’s marketing, and developed new systems for data reporting and operations. Prior to Trinity, he worked extensively in regional museums and other educational institutions.
 
Kevin is a Conn alum, having graduated with a degree in history and government as well as a certificate from the college’s Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy in 2007. While on campus, he sang with the Williams Street Mix, served on SGA, and worked as an undergraduate career fellow. His internships focused on issues related to social justice, from refugee resettlement in northern New England to educational equity through the Breakthrough Collaborative. He also holds an M.A. in history from the University of Connecticut and is currently working on his doctoral dissertation on race, slavery, and family.
 
Outside of his professional life, Kevin is an avid genealogist and enjoys singing, playing a number of musical instruments, and watching science fiction and political dramas.

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Lori Balantic

Senior Associate Director/Director of Advising/Health Professions 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

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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!"

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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

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Dot Wang

Associate Director, Career Fellows Supervisor/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 Career 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

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Jessica Blakeborough

International Internship Coordinator

Jessica “Jessie” Blakeborough doesn’t have a hometown. Her childhood instead spanned three continents; Europe, Asia and North America. After earning a bachelor degree of science in Journalism and International Studies with a MENA-regional focus in 2013, she moved to Scotland for postgraduate school.

Previously, Jessie has worked as an Intensive Corporate Trainer in South Korea, a Journalist in Kansas City, and a College Advisor for a national non-profit program. She considers herself a lifelong student of the world, and is always striving to hone her French, Arabic, and Korean language skills!

On campus, she serves as a liaison between the Office of Career and Professional Development and the Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement. Jessie plays an integral part in creating global and regional language-based internship opportunities for Connecticut College students.