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Advisor and Staff Bios

Read the bios of Barnes Hall staff below. You can find contact information and bios for the other career advising staff on our Campus Career Network page. 

Barnes Hall staff

Kailyn Andrews

Communications and Program Assistant

103 Barnes Hall

Originally from Brooktondale, NY, Kailyn received her Associates degree from Tompkins Cortland Community College and her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego. Before joining Cornell Career Services, Kailyn worked at a non-profit at-risk youth center. Kailyn assists in the design of advertising and marketing materials using a variety of communication technology (e.g., flyers, instragram, e-mails, Canva, CampusGroups), ensuring that all print and online presence is consistent with branding guidelines of Career Services.

Beth Fiori

Fellowship Coordinator

103 Barnes Hall

A native of the Finger Lakes area, Beth has guided students through scholarship competitions for over 20 years. She arrived at Cornell as a doctoral student in German Studies after earning master's degrees in psychology and in German. The most common cocktail party response she hears to that is, "Oh, so you can read Freud in the original." Well, yes, but that's not her thing.  Reading, nature, and animals are her things, as well as a recently discovered interest in opera.

Mia Ferraina

Public Service Careers Coach (Non-profit, Government, Education, Sustainability, & Gap Year)

103 Barnes Hall

Mia loves helping students throughout their college journey, especially when they’re grappling with the infamous question..."What should I do with my life?!”. After completing her Bachelors in psychology, Mia took a gap year to work before heading to Ohio State for a Masters in Higher Education & Student Affairs. She has since returned to her Western NY roots, working at universities to support students with everything from majors and jobs to holistic wellness and personal growth. As an activist for social and racial justice, Mia brings her dedication to equity into her job as well.

Heather Fortenberry

Career Exploration Coach

103 Barnes Hall

Heather joined Cornell University’s Career Services in 2017 where she focuses on empowering students with the skills and confidence to explore their careers. Before moving into the role of a career advisor and encouraging students to find their best-fit career paths, she was a member of the Cornell admissions team helping students find their best-fit college.

Kristine Goggan

Pre-Law and Graduate Programs Assistant

103 Barnes Hall

Originally from Jamestown, NY, Kristine received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Audio Production. Before joining Cornell Career Services, Kristine worked at Eagle Broadcasting (Cayuga Radio Group) for several years. Kristine supports the Pre-Law/Graduate and Pre-Health Advisors in Barnes Hall as well as supervising national exams on campus. Outside of work Kristine enjoys raising her high-school aged kids, tending her flower garden, and baking. 

Liaison: Cornell Store

Top 5 Strengths: Adaptability, Harmony, Arranger, Discipline and Consistency

Craig Jones

Career Education and Advising Associate

210 Barnes Hall

Liaison: Student Disability Services

Top 5 Strengths: Arranger, Individualization, Deliberative, Developer, Empathy

Douglas Lockwood

HCEC Manager

210 Barnes Hall

Doug spent most of his youth in the western part of New York State before moving to the mountains of Colorado where he lived for over twenty years. He relocated to the Ithaca area in 2002, and has worked at Cornell since 2004. He has been managing the Health Careers Evaluation Committee (HCEC) since 2012. The HCEC serves Cornell juniors, seniors, and alumni who are applying to 4-year doctoral-level degree-granting programs in the human health professions.

Jessamyn Perlus, Ph.D.

Interim Executive Director

103 Barnes Hall

Jessamyn joined Cornell Career Services in 2019 as the Manager of the Career Exploration Unit. In addition to student appointments and workshops, she runs the Career Services liaison program, programming committee, and professional development committee. 

Odrick Palmer

Administrative Assistant

Originally born in Kingston Jamaica, Odrick moved to Yonkers, NY when he was 16 years old. He received his B.A in Writing from Ithaca College. While at Ithaca College Odrick worked with the Campus Center Operations team, as a staff member then a manager and then lead manager in his senior year of undergrad. He interned at Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services in Ithaca and describes it as one of the most rewarding experiences of his time in undergrad. He has published articles in the Ithaca Times and Tompkins Weekly.

Jeremy Richards

HCEC Records Coordinator

210 Barnes Hall

Jeremy is originally from Syracuse, NY. He has a BS degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and a Computer Systems Certificate from Northeastern University. He has been in his current position as Records Coordinator for the Health Careers Evaluation Committee since 2014. Best part of his job—getting to know about 400 aspiring medical and dental students each year, guiding them through the HCEC process, and doing his best to ensure that they receive an excellent and comprehensive committee letter.

Cassidy Rourke

Recruiting Operations Assistant

210 Barnes Hall

Originally from Michigan, Cassidy received her B.S. in Sports Management from Western Michigan University. Whilst at WMU, she served as a manager for the Division I Women's Basketball program for two seasons and helped established a men's and women's club volleyball program as head coach and president. In 2018, she moved to Elmira, NY to pursue her master's degree in General Management from Elmira College while also being the graduate assistant for the Division III Women's Field Hockey program.

Kimberlee Swartz

Manager of Employer Relations & Professional Readiness Programs

210 Barnes Hall

As associate director and manager of employer relations and professional readiness programs, Kim provides oversight and direction for employer relations, employment services (with special focus on employment opportunities targeted to students from all colleges and schools), career-launch programs, and many aspects of external relations. She develops and oversees programs to prepare students for the job-search process and for career entry, including the Calby Fellows Program.