Allyson Bernard

Allyson Bernard

Operations Specialist
Phone: 508-831-5260

What do you do at the CDC?

As a member of the operations team, I spend a lot of time working behind the scenes with data and technology, like the post-graduation and internship surveys and our career services management tool. Additionally, I get to work with employers on interviews, educational programs, and career fairs and meet with students for a few hours a week.

Background

I joined the WPI Career Development Center in 2012 after receiving my Bachelor of Science degree in Management Engineering at WPI.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite place on campus is Higgins House. I love learning about WPI history and the building’s architecture.

What is your favorite book?

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling will always be a favorite for me!

Advice

Engaging WPI alumni in the recruiting process is one of the best decisions you can make! They are a great resource to share information on why your organization is the best fit for their WPI peers.

Jenni DelVecchio

Jenni DelVecchio

Administrative Assistant VI
Phone: 508-831-5260

What do you do at the CDC?

I am a member of the Operations Team and provide support to anyone who has contact with the Career Development Center. My responsibility is to connect employers, students, staff and faculty with the person who will be able to answer their questions and best serve their needs.

Background

I joined the Career Development Center in April 2019. I graduated from WPI and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Sciences with a concentration in Management. I have experience working in the mental health field, in sales, and managing a dental practice. I am happy to have returned to WPI and its amazing community!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy road cycling, hiking, yoga, television, reading, traveling, volunteering, and being with friends and family.

Advice

Be yourself, ask questions, be open to new ideas, and always strive to embody respect and integrity in your daily life.
 

Jaime Dillon

Jaime Dillon

Recruiting Specialist
Phone: 508-831-5260

What do you do at the CDC?

I am a member of the Operations Team and provide support to anyone who has contact with the Career Development Center. My responsibility is to connect employers, students, staff and faculty with the person who will be able to answer their questions and best serve their needs.

Background

I joined the Career Development Center in February 2017. Prior to joining WPI I worked as the director of member services at a fitness center and office manager at a large church. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English from Allegheny College.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my free time, I love to play basketball, work out, read, and spend time with my family. My family and I especially love watching Jeopardy together.

Advice

Know yourself, be authentic, and be open to other people who are doing the same.

Eileen Gallant

Eileen Gallant

Operations Coordinator
Phone: 508-831-6154

What do you do at the CDC?

I support the employer and student/alumni team at the Career Development Center. I regularly interact with students and employers and manage the logistics of workshops and career fairs. My administrative responsibilities include purchasing supplies, processing all invoices, posting staff and student worker positions, on-boarding all newly hired employees and managing the scheduling and payroll for over 25 student workers.

Background

I began my career in higher education at WPI in September 2012. Prior to WPI I worked for 13 years at the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Association in Marlborough as Exhibit Coordinator.   I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo, School of Business.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my free time you can usually find me outdoors: hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking, swimming and gardening. I also love ice cream and reading mystery novels!

Advice for employers

WPI graduates seek employment at organizations that are innovative. They also desire a dynamic work environment and prefer leaders who will support their professional development.

Erika Hanlan

Erika Hanlan

Career Advisor
Phone: 508-831-5440

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

What do you do at the CDC?

I meet with students and alumni to discuss strategies for exploration of careers and career paths, while providing training on tools and resources that can be used to assist with the journey. Working alongside students and alumni, I enjoy being another set of eyes and ears as we consider next steps and general direction. My favorite conversations to have are around the results from the MyPlan assessment tool, identifying the themes that become visible, and then using this as a way to guide the career exploration process. (MyPlan is available in the Resources section of Handshake.)

Background

I joined the Career Development Center in October 2016, after having served six years as the Administrator of Theatre Technology and an Instructor of Theatre for WPI’s Department of Humanities and Arts.  My background is in arts management and business, with a passion for finding ways to explore the intersection of skill, passion, and interest.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I am a board and tabletop game geek, and especially enjoy games with unique gameplay (ex. Tokaido, Forbidden Island, Splendor, etc.). I’m also interested in finding ways to incorporate these games and gamification into the educational experience.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is the Higgins House Garden. I always feel like I’ve traveled back in time or to a fantasy realm when I walk through.

Advice for Students

Get to know yourself. Your needs, interests, and desires are part of the equation when considering the path ahead.

Campus Involvement

Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society, Advisor

Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Advisor

Stefan Koppi
Steve Koppi

Stefan Koppi

Executive Director, CDC
Phone: 508-831-5260

What do you do at the CDC?

I work with our industry partners and internal constituents to set a strategic direction for the Career Development Center (CDC) as part of WPI’s division of Academic and Corporate Engagement. We offer expert advice and services to help employers attract top talent and connect with the many resources at WPI. Students and alumni benefit from the CDC’s many connections to industry and our excellent career services and co-op programs.

Background 

I joined the CDC in 2013 after serving as director of career services at Mount Holyoke College, Gallaudet University, and American University. My professional experience includes extensive work with students and employers at Middlebury, Johns Hopkins, and Brown. I also led alumni relations at my alma mater, The Catholic University of America, and earned a master’s degree in college student personnel from the University of Maryland.

What is your favorite spot on campus? 

My favorite spot on campus is the fountain (not actually IN the fountain!), which is right outside our office, because there you can sense the vibrant campus life we have at WPI, the diversity of students crisscrossing their way to classes, projects, labs, meetings, work, you name it.

Anything else you would like to share? 

I facilitate the Career Coaching Intensive workshop offered by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) at universities around the country, a great way to meet new colleagues and support our profession.

Advice 

Let the marketplace decide, don’t count yourself out, instead do your best to design and implement a search strategy, get great advice from others, follow through, and see where it leads.

Amanda Laungani

Amanda Laungani

Assoc Dir Co-op/Career Service

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
 
What do you do at the CDC?
I help students and alumni with all types of career related questions in drop-ins and appointments from what do I want to do with my life to how to I start writing my resume. 
 
Background
I Joined the WPI Career Development Center in August of 2014. I hold a Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in College Students from the University of Bridgeport and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Bryant University. My professional experience includes working in The Office of Freshman Studies at Saint Francis College and well as in The Career Services Office and the International Student Services Office at the University of Bridgeport.
 
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to shop, explore new restaurants and coffee shops, and go on adventures, exploring new places that I have never been and binging on a new show on Netflix. 
 
What is your favorite spot on campus?
The CDC of course! 
 
Advice
Feel free to explore! There is no right answer to what you should do in life so take the time you have now to explore your interests and pick something you love. Also remember you probably won’t do that same thing for the rest of your life so if you don’t like it, try something new. 

Heidi Morton
Heidi Morton

Heidi Morton

Assistant Director, Career Services Assessment & Inclusion

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

What do you do at the CDC?

I primarily work with students, in one-on-one appointments and during walk-in hours, on resume, personal statement, and cover letter critiques; preparing for interviews and conducting mock interviews; job and internship searching; and more. I also help out with various other office projects such as the website, presenting workshops, writing Tipsheets, and working with the volunteers for the career fairs. Additionally, I am on the campus Safe Zone Committee.

Background

I joined the WPI Career Development Center in October 2015.  I hold a Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration from Binghamton University, State University of New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Allegheny College.  My higher education experiences include working in Residence Life at SUNY Cortland and Binghamton University, in the Career Development Center as a graduate student at Binghamton University, and in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Clark University.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Reading, knitting/crocheting, camping and other outdoorsy things with my wife, gardening, playing with my dogs, lounging with my cats, and watching Doctor Who.

What are you currently reading?

I'm usually reading something sci-fi/fantasy and/or literary fiction. Right now I'm reading The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell.

Advice

Having confidence is good, but perseverance is better. Whether it’s in your coursework, your job search, or in your career, it’s important to be confident, but perseverance is what will really help you get through and get ahead.

David Ortendahl
David Ortendahl

David Ortendahl

Director, Corporate Relations
Phone: 508-831-5831

Pronouns: He/Him/His

What do you do at the CDC?  

As Director of Corporate Relations, I manage the employer-facing services and the Employer Team at the CDC. I regularly communicate with executives, managers, and recruiters as well as WPI faculty, students, and alumni. Through this work I develop relationships with companies as they engage with WPI talent and consult on university connection strategies. As companies look to grow in their partnership with WPI beyond recruiting, I establish connections across campus in collaboration with the WPI Office of Corporate Engagement for sponsored academic projects and corporate days on campus. Students will occasionally see me for appointments or walk-ins.

Additionally, I help students/organizations through my roles as Advisor to VOX, Faculty Advisor to FIJI, a Facilitator of Project Ethos, and involvement in the Sexual Assault & Violence Education (SAVE) Committees on campus.  

Background  

I started at the WPI Career Development Center in July 2008 after previous work in Development, Student Activities, and Residence Life at other institutions. I have over a dozen years of administrative/leadership experience in Higher Education, including roles as trustee, alumni board member, and administrator. You can find more about me and my experiences on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/davidortendahl  

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?  

I enjoy being outdoors with my family and playing games. 

Advice for employers:

Be present and be intentional with your university relations. The best results in the partnership will come from your investment of time with the students.

Advice for students:

Yes, it really is okay to turn down your first job offer if it’s not the best fit for you.

Bailey Rand
Bailey Rand

Bailey Rand

Associate Director, Operations

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

What do you do at the CDC?

As Associate Director of Operations, my team and I work to ensure the overall effectiveness of the cross-cutting processes and services in the office including marketing, communications, event planning, technology systems, customer service, data collection and analysis.  We also support employer services like on-campus interviews and information sessions.  Lastly, I work with students in counseling appointments and walk-in hours for resume critiques, cover letters, job offer negotiations, and interview skills.  On campus, I am part of the Sexual and Violence Education (SAVE) committee and the Student Support Network (SSN). 

Background

I joined the WPI Career Development Center in June 2014. I holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Union College.  Prior to WPI, I interned with the Counseling Services office at Fitchburg State University and worked for several years as a marketing analyst.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

The pool!  I grew up as a competitive swimmer and now participate in triathlons, so the pool is my happy place to relax and clear my mind.  

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.  I become captivated by the beautiful language, complexity of the characters and family relationships, and the questions it raises about humanity and life.  Francie Nolan’s perseverance to learn and experience all the world has to offer never gets old.  It reminds me to appreciate the simple things in life… like reading a good book!

Advice

My advice to employers looking to recruit at WPI is to invest in on-campus activity.  Even in our technology-driven world, there is no substitute to the benefits of a face-to-face interaction during the job search.  We find companies are the most successful when they utilize numerous services and participate in multiple events on campus.

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith

Career Advisor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

What do you do at the CDC?

As a Career Advisor, I meet with and help WPI students and alum with their career exploration needs during drop in hours and appointments.

Background

I first came to WPI as a ACUHO-i intern in Residential Services in May of 2015, that November I joined the Residential Services staff as a Complex Coordinator and had been in that role the past three years. Back in the spring of 2018 I volunteered part time in the Career Development Center gaining experience and skills in the field for my own professional development. I am very excited to now be on staff in the CDC as a Career Advisor. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Framingham State University, and my Masters of Education from Springfield College.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love going out to eat to the different restaurants in Worcester, shopping, playing trivia, and binging different shows on the various streaming platforms.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

I love the CDC, the Rec Center, and my favorite view on campus is the looking out over Worcester from the path by Boynton Hall down to the Boynton Parking lot.

Advice

My guiding philosophy when job searching is to listen to your gut instinct when interviewing. If you are getting bad vibes/red flags during the phone or onsite interview, listen to that, really stop and consider if this is what you want. The best personal advice I have received is that “you can’t pour from an empty cup”, so take the time to take care of you and your personal needs, because you can’t give your best self if you aren’t feeling like your best self.