- Aid in evaluating strategic plans, measuring performance, and assessing learning outcomes
- Provide feedback to the UCS team and faculty on curricula alignment with recruiting needs in targeted industries
- Increase staff knowledge of industry and economic trends
- Share current information regarding the job market for college graduates
- Clarify skills most needed in today's world of work
- Discuss and strategize on techniques for marketing to students and employers
- Facilitate increased employer, alumni, and faculty interaction
- Foster new employer development strategies, while also facilitating connections with targeted organizations
Members of the Board
UVA '06, Sociology
Young Alumni Council
Director of Orientation and Family Programs and Services, George Mason University
Isaac Agbeshie-Noye is a 2006 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in sociology. After leaving Charlottesville, Isaac earned an M.A. in higher education administration and is working on an Ed.D. in higher education administration at George Washington University. His research focuses on organizational culture and branding at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Professionally, Isaac has served in a variety of roles within higher education over the past decade, including student activities, leadership development, human resources, orientation and retention strategy, housing and residence life, diversity and inclusion programs, and career development. He currently serves as the Director of Orientation and Family Programs at George Mason University, the Commonwealth's largest research university. As a member of U.Va.'s Young Alumni Council, Isaac co-leads the Career Services initiative, which aims to build greater awareness of career development resources available to UVA's young alumni.
UVA ’04, Sociology
Recruitment Marketing Manager, BAE Systems, Inc.
Jennifer Beyer graduated from UVA's College of Arts and Sciences in 2004 with a B.A. in Sociology. After graduation, Jennifer joined CEB’s Washington, DC office as an Associate in the Meetings Department. Since then, Jennifer has held various roles within Recruiting, mainly hiring talent for CEB’s administrative community and later transitioning to Campus Recruiting in 2008. After a few seasons representing CEB on various campuses and assisting with the launch of CEB’s employment brand, she moved into a team lead position to manage CEB’s North America Campus Recruiting efforts. This role led her to join the Global Communications team as Employment Brand Lead to capture the spirit and stories of CEB’s employees to share why it’s a great place to work. In 2017, Jennifer transitioned to BAE Systems, Inc. as Recruitment Marketing Manager where her current goal is to make top talent excited to join our inspired work and help us protect what matters most.
UVA’05, Foreign Affairs
Campus Recruiting Diversity Lead, Capital One
William Chichester, III is Capital One's Diversity Lead for Campus Recruiting. Since 2007, William managed relationships with 8 national professional associations and 25 colleges. Through those partnerships, he's hired hundreds of undergraduates across the U.S. into some of the nation’s largest financial firms. Since joining Capital One, he's hired over 320 students nationwide. Outside of work, William offers career & college admissions coaching to students, parents & professionals. A first generation college graduate, William holds a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia as well as FINRA Series 7, 24 & 63 licenses & human resources designations, including his PHR & CDR.
UVA ’96, Government & Spanish
Corporate Strategist, Sentara Healthcare
Carmen Clipper holds a Master of Health Administration from VCU/MCV. In her 15+ years in healthcare planning and strategy, Carmen has worked for several small consulting firms, Kaiser Permanente and Sentara Healthcare. Her professional experience includes work with service line planning, master facility planning, market development, certificate of need preparation, physician succession planning, and community needs assessments. Throughout her career, Carmen has maintained a focus on strategic analytics and data driven planning processes. Carmen lives in Falls Church, Va, with her husband and two sons.
UVA ’01, Interdisciplinary Studies
Director of Programs, Center for Non Profit Excellence
Cindy has 15 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector working for nonprofits in human services and healthcare. She has worked on building strong collaborations with more than 65 nonprofits to develop programs and initiatives to address community needs. Cindy earned her BIS from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Mary Washington. She enjoys reading nonfiction books, cycling, and kayaking. Cindy lives in Culpeper with her husband and three cats.
UVA '13, PhD, Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology
Metascience Manager, Center for Open Science
Tim is lead of metascience activities at the Center for Open Science (COS; https://cos.io) that aims to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. In that position he collaborates with researchers and stakeholders across scientific disciplines and organizations to design, implement, and analyze projects aimed to understand the current research process and evaluate initiatives designed to increase reproducibility and openness of scientific research.
He is currently spearheading the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology (https://osf.io/e81xl/wiki/home/), which is a collaboration between COS and Science Exchange, with eLife as the publisher, to independently replicate selected results from a substantial number of high-profile papers in the field of cancer biology. The project will provide evidence about reproducibility in cancer biology research, and to identify factors that influence reproducibility more generally. Tim received his PhD in Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology from the University of Virginia, MA in Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, and earned a BS in Biology and Chemistry at St. Lawrence University.
UVA '12, American Government and Sociology
Young Alumni Council
Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement, William & Mary
Liz is an Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement at the College of William & Mary. In this role she manages chapter volunteer boards and oversees regional events in Virginia and the Southeast. Prior to working at William & Mary, Liz worked as a Career Advisor to undergraduate marketing and arts students at the University of Richmond. She received her B.A. in American Government and Sociology from UVA in 2012 and her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from William & Mary in 2015. In addition to serving on the Employer Advisory Board for UVA, Liz serves on UVA's Young Alumni Council.
UVA, European History
Director, Southern Teachers Agency
Carey Goodman became the director of Southern Teachers in 1997 after fifteen years of seasonal work with the agency. He graduated from Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, VA, earned a B.A. from Davidson College, an M.A. from the University of Richmond, and a Ph.D. in European history from the University of Virginia. Along the way, he studied at two universities in Germany and received a Fulbright for research and teaching in Vienna, Austria. Carey taught in independent schools and at the college level, was the Virginia Prep League's soccer coach of the year, and is a past president of the National Association of Teachers' Agencies.
UVA ’03, Art History
Assistant to the President and Communications Officer, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Maggie is an arts and humanities administrator, researcher, consultant, and educator based in Charlottesville, VA. Her primary professional role is Assistant to the President and Communications Officer for Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), which is the largest and most diverse of all state humanities councils. Through a decade of post-graduate work in nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, Maggie has focused her skills development around nonprofit and project management, audience research, marketing, and strategic planning. She has consulted for Live Arts, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, UVa’s Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, Virginia Film Festival, and VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle.
UVA ’95, Biology
Senior Project Manager, Medimmune
Jeff is a corporate, CMC and business operations project manager who combines deep analytics, strategic insight, strong team management and leadership skills to deliver results. Jeff has experience as a corporate project manager in early- and mid-phase clinical programs and as a CMC lead and coordinator for Phase 1/2 & 3 projects and CMO partnerships. He works to develop and oversee project scope, timelines, deliverables and budgets over $50M.Jeff’s background is in project management, process development, analytical development and protein formulation and stability and he is an experienced manager of both projects and people, supervising both managers and professionals. Jeff possesses the following certifications: PMP, Lean Six Sigma, Green and Yellow Belt certifications.
UVA '07, Psychology and Cognitive Science
Quality Improvement Manager, Virginia Institute of Autism
Lauren has more than 10 years of experience working with students with autism and other developmental disabilities. She is a licensed Special Education Teacher and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. While working at the Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA), she has held many roles working directly with students and supervising student’s educational and behavioral goals. As the Quality Improvement Manager, she organizes and provides staff training, participates in clinical projects across the different departments, and helps coordinate research projects being conducted at VIA.
UVA '05, History
Partner for School Redesign, Citybridge Education
Rena is the former principal of DC Scholars Stanton Elementary, Washington’s first elementary school turnaround charter and district partnership school. Ms. Johnson has a history of successfully working with families of DC Scholars Stanton’s students and rallying teams around aligned initiatives. She joined the school’s leadership team in 2011 as the Chief of Staff, managing the school family engagement strategy, school culture team, and operations. Through her leadership and training, teachers conducted more than 450 visits to homes of students and their families in one school year. In 2015, After working closely with her staff, Ms. Johnson wrote a grant to create The Boys Institute at Stanton to foster the talent and genius of her black and brown boys. The Boys Institute received one of the highest financial awards and continues to receive praise across the DC region. DC Scholars Stanton experienced steady academic growth on the DC CAS and PARCC Assessments during her tenure, including 10% point gains in math in the second year of PARCC—outpacing most charters and district elementary schools in Ward 8. Ms. Johnson currently serves in the role of Partner for School Redesign at CityBridge Education, committed to incubating, launching, and transforming schools to deliver on talent and the potential inherent in our children, specifically the most disinherited by poverty and race. She currently consults with 4 DC Public School principals, 2 charter executive directors, charter and central office leaders in designing for the most marginalized populations. Ms. Johnson began her education career as an elementary school teacher in Atlanta, GA as a Teacher For America (TFA) corps member before joining the TFA DC Regional Team, where she managed placement strategy and new corps member transition. From TFA, Ms. Johnson became a resident principal with New Leaders for New Schools where she led the implementation of the Achievement Network data driven instructional model and founded a New Teacher program for all 1st year teachers. Ms. Johnson holds a BA from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Education, Policy, and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
UVA '91, English & Art History
Principal/Studio Director, Gensler
Kate is a principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Gensler, a leading global design firm that believes in redefining human possibilities and experiences through the power of design. Her 20-year career at the firm has included leading regional and corporate marketing, executive communications, strategic planning, leadership development programs and creating the firm’s first social media platforms. These days, Kate leads design strategy engagements for clients across the firm’s market sectors, using research and synergistic thinking methodologies to define the purpose behind every project that will maximize client value and enhance the experiential quality of Gensler’s work in retail, hospitality, workplace, sports and other types of places.
UVA ’04, MS in Management of Information Technology
Jason is a Deloitte Consulting LLP principal in Monitor Deloitte’s Strategy Practice. He has more than 14 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Jason’s primary areas of focus include corporate and business unit strategy, marketing and customer strategy, operating model strategy, and innovation. Jason works with CEOs and marketing executives nationally and internationally to develop growth strategies and enter markets with new products and services.
MJ Mayassi, PMP, LSSGB
MJ Mayassi, PMP, LSSGB
UVA '10, Economics
Consultant, Freddie Mac
MJ is a strategy and management consultant working in Freddie Mac’s Management Consulting Services with 10 years of industry and consulting experience. MJ works with C-Suite executives using Lean Six Sigma tools and methodologies to solve complex challenges. MJ also partners with the University Relations team, emphasizing a collaborative approach to developing cross-major opportunities to develop students’ skills and preparing them for life after leaving Grounds. Prior to his career in consulting, he launched an Enterprise Search platform for Brainware, Inc. that he helped sell to Lexmark. MJ also volunteers his time by serving as the President of the UVa Club of Washington, DC and raises money for the Alzheimer’s Association. He not only is a diehard fan of the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals, but also grew up playing ice hockey and continues to play on the ice in Northern Virginia. MJ is a 2010 Economics graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences.
UVA’07, Sociology and Foreign Affairs
Head of Business Support Services / Business Initiatives Manager, Wells Fargo Securities
Valerie is the Head of Business Support Services / Business Initiatives Manager at Wells Fargo Securities, where she previously served as the Business Process Manager. Valerie is actively involved in the fitness community and has utilized her skills in Public Relations, Strategic Planning, Business Development and Brand Marketing and Development to successfully support and grow multiple business ventures in Charlottesville, VA and Charlotte, NC, including Pure Barre Charlottesville, and MADabolic Fitness in both Charlottesville and Charlotte. Valerie graduated in 2007 with a degree in Sociology/Foreign Affairs.
UVA ’01, Foreign Affairs
Director, New Richmond Ventures
Paul Nolde has over a decade of experience in the banking and finance industries serving in multiple sales and management roles for large and small institutions. Currently he is a director at New Richmond Ventures (NRV), an early stage venture investment firm in Richmond, VA. In this role Paul leads their business development strategies, the firm's Strategic Partner Network, and new investor engagement. Prior to arriving at NRV, he served as the Small Business Capital Strategist for Virginia Community Capital, Virginia’s largest community development financial institution. In this capacity Paul was responsible for building the firm’s venture debt and equity strategies focusing on growth companies, social enterprises, and healthy foods. Paul graduated from UVA in 2001 with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs, complimented by post-grad business studies through the McIntire School of Commerce Business Institute.
UVA ’85, History
Regional Training & Exercise Coordinator, American Red Cross
Michael Peoples currently serves as the Regional Training & Exercise Coordinator for the American Red Cross in Virginia, managing the disaster training and exercise program for Red Crossers and partners alike within the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a certified instructor with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and in FEMA’s Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP). For the past 15 years, he has held numerous positions within the organization ranging from chapter-level Disaster Program Management in El Paso, Tx. to Regional Disaster Program Director in Mississippi – all on a voluntary basis. Prior to his American Red Cross career, he served 15 years in the US Navy holding leadership positions from division officer to Executive Officer. A graduate of Woodberry Forest and University of Virginia, Mike is also actively involved with local causes; since returning to Albemarle County in 2000, he has served on numerous Boards and Committees including Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, Central Virginia Chapter of American Red Cross, and the combined City/County Housing Committee. He is a Life Member of the Disabled Americans Veterans and serves as a Veteran Services Officer for the local post, assisting veterans with receiving benefits as a result of injuries incurred while on active Duty.
UVA ’90, Drama
Director, Group Sales & Patron Services, Virginia Repertory Theatre
Mark Persinger joined Virginia Repertory Theatre full-time in 2012 after working part-time with the company as an Actor, Stage Manager and House Manager for 14 years. VA Rep is the largest professional theatre in Virginia producing 14 main-stage shows each year at three different venues. Mark received his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1990 and spent most of his career, up until 2012, working in sales, marketing and training positions for Wachovia Securities, First Union Securities, First Union National Bank and PIE Technologies (creators of the MoneyGuidePro financial planning software). He is active in multiple local business/cultural organizations including the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Richmond, CultureWorks and Venture Richmond. Mark currently resides in Midlothian VA with his wife Caryn and their daughter Lorelei. He is an enthusiastic UVA Athletics fan.
Co-Founder and CCO, Uncubed
Tarek Pertew is the co-founder of Uncubed, a platform that connects people with high-growth digital careers through daily content, large-scale conferences and new economy skills classes. Tarek is also co-founder of NYC Footy, an adult soccer league favored by many tech companies. Earlier, Tarek founded MyWorkster, a job fair platform for college alumni. Tarek is an advisor to the United Kingdom Trade & Investment (UKTI) and Enstitute.
Vice President for U.S. Government Relations,World Wildlife Fund
UVA ’88, Foreign Affairs
Democratic Staff Director, House Of Representatives, Committee on Foreign
Jason Steinbaum serves as Minority Staff Director of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Previously, he was Staff Director for the majority and minority of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere from 2006-2012. He has also served as Washington Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. In the early 1990's, Mr. Steinbaum worked for Senator Donald Riegle (D-MI), having served as his Legislative Assistant for foreign affairs and defense.
During his career in Congress, Mr. Steinbaum wrote the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 and the law providing normal trade relations with Albania, has been a leader on policy toward the Balkans, and has monitored elections in numerous countries.
Mr. Steinbaum received a law degree and a masters in law and international affairs in 1993 from The American University in Washington, DC. He graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1988. Mr. Steinbaum is a member of the bars of the States of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He and his family live in Northern Virginia.
UVA ’08, Commerce
Campus Recruiter, Applied Predictive Technologies
Amanda Wills is a Recruiter at APT, focusing on campus recruiting and university relations. As the primary recruiter for client services entry-level and internship roles, she drives strategy for all efforts related to engaging, attracting, and hiring top students. In addition, Amanda facilitates APT's internship program.
UVA 2000, Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Focus
Executive Creative Director
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Rachel is an executive creative director in branding, design, and marketing.
Drawing on her wealth of experience solving diverse problems and telling meaningful stories, her passion for people, strategy, process, and communication propels her work forward. With her multidisciplinary background in business, design and engineering, she has more than 15 years of experience in client services and managing teams. She has created content in all forms of media—motion, digital, experiential and print, partnering with a range of clients that include Nasdaq, BBC, NBCUniversal, TVOne, and The Weather Channel.
A hiker, skier, yogi and surfer, she believes in fueling creativity by living an integrated, holistic life. If asked, she would first describe herself as a daughter, sister, friend and advocate above all else. And then maybe a light-chaser, nature-lover, music-junkie, adventure-traveler, green-juice-addict, and book-devourer, diagnosed with a serious case of dance-fever.