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Mission & Values

The Lazarus Center’s mission is to support students and graduates as they connect their liberal arts study to their career goals. In doing that work, we incorporate the following values:

  1. We strive to provide an environment in which everyone feels that they belong, that they are heard, respected and valued. 

  2. We utilize an individualized approach that recognizes and develops each student’s strengths and unique perspectives.

  3. We work to eliminate barriers to access, affirm all students’ identities and advance equity on campus and beyond.

  4. We uplift the value of building strong connections between Smith students, alums and their global communities.

Leadership

Deborah Wijnhoven

Assistant Dean of Employer Partnerships and Career Communities

she/her/hers
dwijnhov@smith.edu

Deborah Wijnhoven

Career Education

This team of advisers is available to all Smith students and recent alums who have questions or need guidance related to their career endeavors. More about career advising.

Patricia Woods

Assistant Director of Career Exploration

she/her/hers
pwoods@smith.edu

Patricia Woods

Leigh Pinkston

Assistant Director for Inclusive Career Development

she/her/hers
lpinkston@smith.edu

Leigh Pinkston

Anna Silverstein

Assistant Director of Graduate & Professional School Advising

she/her/hers
asilverstein@smith.edu

 

Anna Silverstein

Career Communities

This team works closely with students as they explore different professional areas. More about Career Communities.

Debra J. Immergut

Career Specialist: Arts, Media & Communications

she/her/hers
dimmergut@smith.edu


 

Heather DeLand

Career Specialist: Government, International Affairs, Law & Policy

she/her/hers
hdeland@smith.edu

Shawna McCoy

Career Specialist: Education, Non-Profit & Social Impact

she/her/hers
lmccoy86@smith.edu

Employer Engagement

This team creates strong bonds between Smithies and employers in all industries. They set up skill-building workshops and direct recruitment events, including site visits and career fairs.

Meredith Courtney

Director of Employer Engagement and Business Networks

she/her/hers
mcourtney@smith.edu

Meredith Courtney

Internships & Praxis

Participating in at least one internship is proven to have a significant impact on career trajectory. Praxis stipends (up to $4,500) enable about 400 Smith students to work at unpaid internships in the U.S. and abroad each summer.

Health Professions Advising

This team is dedicated to students and recent alums who are exploring health professions.

Jess R. Pfeffer

Assistant Director of Science & Health Professions Advising

they/them/theirs
jpfeffer@smith.edu

Jess R. Pfeffer

Fellowships & Postgraduate Scholarship Program

This team advises students and recent alums on national and international fellowships and scholarships.

Andrew Dausch

Director of Fellowships & Postgraduate Scholarship Programs

he/him/his
adausch@smith.edu

Andrew Dausch

Jasmine Stork

Assistant Director of Fellowships & Postgraduate Scholarship Programs

she/her/hers
sstork@smith.edu

Operations & Data

Charlene Imes

Office Manager/Administrative Coordinator

she/her/hers
cimes@smith.edu

Charlene Imes

Student Interns

Varshini Anand

Peer Adviser

she/her/hers
Class of 2025

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Musa Bah

Recruiting Assistant

she/her/hers
Class of 2026

Musa Bah

Talia Blanchard

Peer Adviser

they/them/theirs
Class of 2025

Talia Blanchard

Jordan Conlon

Communications Assistant

she/her/hers
Class of 2025

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Rebecca Connor

Recruiting Assistant

she/they
Class of 2025

Rebecca Connor

Juniper Huang

Data Assistant

they/them/theirs
Class of 2025

Tridia Kabila

Peer Adviser

she/her/hers
Class of 2026

Tridia Kabila

Suha Khan

Communications Assistant

she/her/hers
Class of 2026

Suha Khan

Sarah Kim

Peer Adviser

she/her/hers
Class of 2026

Sarah Kim

Ava Linas

Social Media Assistant

she/her/hers
Class of 2026

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Reimy Liou

Recruiting Assistant

she/her/hers
Class of 2024

Reimy Liou

Handi Liu

Peer Adviser

she/her/hers
Class of 2025

Handi Liu

Camila Maldonado Franco

Peer Adviser

she/her/hers
Class of 2024

Camila Maldonado Franco

Nermine Mokdad

Recruiting Assistant

she/her/hers
Class of 2026

Parunjodhi Munisamy

Recruiting Assistant

she/her/hers
Class of 2024

Parunjodhi Munisamy

Daniela Pilier

Peer Adviser

she/her/hers
Class of 2026

Daniela Pilier

Hannah Ross

Health Professions Peer Adviser

she/her/hers
Class of 2025

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Nicole Sanchez Flores

Peer Adviser

she/her/hers
Class of 2026

Nicole Sanchez Flores

Nadira Talayee

Peer Adviser

she/her/hers
Class of 2026

Ava White

Peer Adviser

she/her/hers
Class of 2026

Ava White

Davis Yarranton

Peer Adviser

she/her/hers
Class of 2026

Davis Yarranton