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Barnes Hall staff

Kailyn Andrews

Administrative 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 is the first friendly face you see when you walk into Career Services or the kind voice over the phone. In her spare time, she loves hiking local waterfalls, and riding her motorcycle.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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.

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.

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.

Greg Foster

Interim Executive Director of Cornell Career Services: Pre-Law and Pre-Grad Advisor

103 Barnes Hall

The moments in Greg's career when he's felt the greatest inspiration have involved helping others reach their goals. Greg is most effective (and happiest) as an ally for someone facing a steep climb. At times, this meant representing someone accused of a serious crime, or dealing with life-altering injuries. It has also meant working with a community hobbled by recession and facing the loss of a sports-related economic engine. On a personal level, it has meant guiding his sons through the ups and downs of childhood.  

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

Leslie Kurtz

Administrative Assistant

103 Barnes Hall

A native of Upstate New York, Leslie earned her Associate’s degree from SUNY Morrisville in Hotel and Restaurant Management. She starting working at Cornell in 2002 for Cornell Career Services. In her role, Leslie supports the Executive Director and manages the administrative unit within 103 Barnes Hall. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and glamping. 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Ideation, Command, Belief, Responsibility

Jessamyn Perlus, Ph.D.

Interim Senior Associate Director, Career Exploration Unit Manager

103 Barnes Hall

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

Caleb Yu

Graduate and International Advisor

103 Barnes Hall

Originally born in Xiamen, China, Caleb moved to the U.S. for schooling later in life. He received both his B.S. in Business Organizational Leadership and M.S. in Organizational Communication with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Northeastern University in Boston. During his Master’s study, he took a year off and completed his co-op program as a Student Services Associate for an international student program at Northeastern University. In his spare time, Caleb provided Marketing support for a start-up company in Cambridge, MA.

Sam Carney

Employer Services Operations Lead

210 Barnes Hall

Sam joined Cornell Career Services in May 2019. Sam leads on campus recruiting initiatives including interviews, information sessions, and the university-wide career fair days. He also assists with employer recruiting strategy at Cornell.

Craig Jones

Career Education and Advising Associate

210 Barnes Hall

Liaisons: Student Disability Services, LGBT Resource Center, West Campus House System

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.

Chelsea Rule, Ph.D.

Director of Health Careers Advising Programs

210 Barnes Hall

Chelsea grew up in the Pacific Northwest and received BS degrees in both Microbiology and Neurobiology from the University of Washington, followed by a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the University of Michigan. Before graduate school, Chelsea spent a bridge year working in Estonia on the Estonian genome project.

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.

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.

Talia Weindling

Operations Assistant, Employer Relations and Professional Readiness

210 Barnes Hall

Talia Jean Weindling has been an associate of Cornell Career Services since August, 2019. Proud to call Queens, NY her hometown, her alma mater’s include Queens College and Ithaca College. After one semester at Queens College, Talia moved up to Ithaca, where she began pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, and minoring in Women and Gender Studies at Ithaca College. Beginning with a focus and interest in cultural anthropology, Talia started shifting her concentration to bio-archaeology/ forensic anthropology by the end of her college career.