Professional Staff

  • Sharon Belden Castonguay, EdD

    Executive Director

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    Sharon Belden Castonguay, EdDis the Executive Director of the Gordon Career Center, the instructor for Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact on Coursera and the host of the podcasts Careers by Design: The Interviews and First Year Out. She is an adult developmental psychologist and career counselor with over 20 years of experience working with professionals at all levels of their careers. She currently serves as President-Elect of the Liberal Arts Career Network, a consortium of 39 top liberal arts colleges and universities devoted to the career development of liberal arts students and graduates in a global and ever-changing marketplace. Her TEDxWesleyanU talk, The Psychology of Career Decisions,  considers themes of identity, culture, and decision making. Until 2013 she was the Director of the Graduate Career Management Center at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business (CUNY). Previously she served as an Assistant Director for PhD career advising at Harvard, where she was also a Teaching Fellow for graduate courses in Adult Development and Cross-Cultural Counseling. She has also served as an Assistant Director of graduate career services at the Boston University School of Management, where she taught a course in career development. Through her career consulting practice she has worked with a number of other top universities, and has been an invited speaker at Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard Medical School and Princeton, among others. She received her doctorate in Human Development from Harvard, where her research focused on how businesspeople make career decisions. She also holds an MA in Education from the University of Michigan and a BA in Government from Smith College.

  • Jim Kubat, MA

    Associate Director for Job and Internship Development/Pre-Law Advisor

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    Jim Kubat, MA, is a career counselor and job coach with experience advising first-year college students to pre-retirees, on everything from self-assessment and career planning/management to the finer points of the job search.  He currently serves as the Associate Director for Job and Internship Development at the Gordon Career Center.  In this capacity, he develops new entry-level jobs and internships for graduating seniors and undergraduate students across all fields and industries, with a major emphasis on the Cardinal Internships initiative.  Jim started with Wesleyan in March, 2005, as an Assistant Director/Career Counselor and Pre-Law Advisor.  While providing general career advisement, his focus was on careers in public service and law.  Careers for the Common Good was among the programs Jim coordinated. He holds an MA in Guidance and Counseling from New York University’s School of Education and a BA in Communications from Fordham University.
  • Anne Holstead Santaniello

    Associate Director for Operations and Events

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    Anne Holstead Santaniello is the Associate Director of Operations and Events in the Gordon Career Center. She has worked with Employer Relations at Wesleyan for over 7 years. Previously, she worked as the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions at American International College where she worked with teachers completing their Masters and CAGS certificates.  Before working at AIC, she worked in corporate recruiting with a focus on technology and software consulting as well as accounting and human resources.  She started her career in undergrad admissions at Springfield College and Anna Maria College. She received her BA in Sociology from Mount Holyoke College.  
  • Rachel Munafo

    Associate Director of Public Relations and Communications

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    Rachel Munafo is the Associate Director of Public Relations and Communications in the Gordon Career Center. She primarily focuses on engaging students, alumni, parents, and employers with the center's services and resources. She manages the office’s online presence on social media and promotes opportunities, events, and information sessions throughout the Wesleyan community. Additionally, Rachel coordinates and supervises the office’s Peer Career Advisor Program and oversees the center’s team of student workers. Rachel holds a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies (concentration in social science) from Wesleyan University and received her BA from St. Lawrence University, completing a major in history and double-minor in Education and French. During her undergraduate years, Rachel worked in St. Lawrence's career center where she gained her passion for helping students transition from college to career.

  • Sarah McNamara

    Associate Director of Internships and Campus Recruiting

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    Sarah McNamara joined the Gordon Career Center in May 2014 and is the Associate Director of Internships and Campus Recruiting. She comes from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra where she held the position of Manager of Community Engagement and Education since 2010. She brings a wealth of knowledge in event and relationship management and is excited to translate those experiences to the Career Center and the Wesleyan University community. Sarah holds a BA in Music from the University of Connecticut and a MS in Music Education from the University of Bridgeport. She plays violin and is a member of various orchestras, musical pits, and The Garnet String Trio.
  • Pam Grande

    Associate Director for Career Advising

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    Pam Grande, Associate Director for Career Advising, is a career counselor with 20+ years of experience helping talented liberal arts students clarify their strengths and interests and explore career options. She has a particular interest in helping those who may feel unfocused or overwhelmed as they begin the career decision-making process.  She enjoys engaging students in meaningful conversation to identify careers that will be a good match. Pam advises students on a variety of career fields including education and arts and communication. She also offers help in crafting high-impact resumes and cover letters and successful interview preparation.  Prior to Wesleyan she served as a career counselor to students and alumni at Brown University. Pam holds an MS in Human Development, Counseling and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island. 

  • Emma Czarnecki

    Assistant Director of Internships and Campus Recruiting

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    Emma Czarnecki joined the Gordon Career Center team as a graduate intern and transitioned into a full-time position as the Assistant Director of Internships and Campus Recruiting. In this role, she serves as the liaison for undergraduate students and employers and facilitates a variety of informational career-focused programs on campus. Emma also manages the internship for credit process, assists with Summer Grant applications, and meets with students to guide them in their career decision making process and reviews application materials to help build their professional brand. Emma holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Development from the University of Connecticut and received a Master of Science in Counseling in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University, where she received extensive training in career counseling and higher education programming.
  • Anne Laskowski

    Business Career Advisor

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    Anne Laskowski joined the Gordon Career Center in August 2015 as the Business Career Advisor. Anne primarily works with students and alumni helping them prepare for internships and jobs in business and assisting them through the business school application process. Prior to arriving at Wesleyan University, Anne was a Manager in Information Services and Analytics at Cigna. She has collectively spent almost 5 years in economic consulting, working for IHS Global Insight, and 3 years in the health service industry doing everything from market research and competitive intelligence to marketing and analytics. Anne graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College in 2006 with a double major in Mathematics and Economics. She received her MBA from the Yale School of Management where she was a Teaching Assistant for classes in Finance and Economics. Anne is excited to bring her experience in various areas of business and passion for helping others to her role at the Gordon Career Center. 

  • Mildred Rodriguez, Ph.D.

    Health Professions Advisor

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    Dr. Mildred Rodriguez has 18 plus years of experience advising students pursuing diverse health careers, including but not limited to medical, dental and veterinary school, while coordinating health professional school and program applications/admissions at the undergraduate and post bachelor’s degree level. Her years of teaching college physiology, biochemistry and other science courses provide insight to the academic requirements for health professions. Dr. Rodriguez builds rapport easily with students by creating a welcoming and supportive advising environment, as she helps students explore options, evaluate progress, and develop short and long term plans to meet career and life goals.  Hailing from sunny Puerto Rico, she warmly welcomes students from around the world
  • Jacob Gonzalez, Ph.D.

    STEM Career Advisor

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    Jacob Gonzalez joined the Gordon Career Center in January 2017 as the STEM Career Advisor. Jacob works with students and alumni helping them explore and prepare for their careers in STEM and healthcare-related fields. Prior to arriving at Wesleyan, Jacob was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He has been involved in biomedical research for 10 years and networked with industry professionals from Amgen, Merck, and Johnson & Johnson among others. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 2008 with a major in Biochemistry. He received his doctorate in Cell Biology from Yale University where he was actively involved with science educational outreach programs in the New Haven community. Jacob is originally from Southern California and enjoys mountain bike riding and videography in his spare time.

  • Ruthann Coyote, Ph.D.

    Career Advisor

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    Ruthann Coyote is a career advisor with 20 years of experience at in college student services including residence life, career and major exploration, academic support, and pre-professional career advising. In the Gordon Career Center, she advises students pursuing a variety of career fields including non-profit, international affairs and the arts. Ruthann completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, San Diego. She received a master’s degree in Student Affairs and Ph.D. in Higher Education. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering in her local community, rock climbing and yoga. 
  • Rosalind Adgers

    Administrative Assistant, Credential Service Coordinator

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    Rosalind Adgers serves as the Administrative Assistant, Credential Service Coordinator for the Gordon Career Center in the area of Health Professions. Rosalind has worked in the Gordon Career Center since 2012. Prior to coming Wesleyan, Rosalind worked in the corporate world in Human Resources for 15 years. Rosalind enjoys quilting, volunteering and spending time with her family.  Recently Rosalind completed course work over a period of 4 years to be an ordained Christian minister.

  • Jess Fowler

    Department Assistant

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    Jess Fowler joined the Gordon Career Center in 2018 as the Department Assistant. Prior to joining Wesleyan, she was the Coordinator of College Resources for Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, CT. A life-long native to the greater Middletown area, Jess has worked in both public and private schools around the state for over 10 years in a variety of roles and is thrilled to be a part of the Wesleyan community.  She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Central Connecticut State University and is working towards her Master’s degree. In her spare time, Jess enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and dabbles as an amateur photographer.


Peer Career Advisors

  • Sonja English '20

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    Sonja is a junior in the College of Letters, a major for the study of European literature, philosophy, and history. While Sonja is originally from Malaysia, she aims to work in the media industry or publishing, particularly in Boston, New York City, or Los Angeles. In her free time she enjoys competing in debate, reading Russian literature and (kick) boxing; Sonja also hopes to take more studio arts classes.

  • Kazumi Fish '19

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    Kazumi is a senior majoring in English and pursuing the Social, Cultural and Critical Theory certificate. In addition to working as a PCA, she is an editorial assistant at the Wesleyan University Press and has been on the staff of the Ankh, Wesleyan's Student of Color Publication, since her freshman year. This summer, Kazumi worked at both the literary agency Regal Hoffmann & Associates and the Japan Society in New York and hopes to explore potential careers in publishing this year while working on her creative writing thesis in nonfiction. 
  • Luke Forsthoefel '20

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    Luke is an Economics and Psychology double-major at Wesleyan and recently got the chance to study abroad at the University College London during the fall of 2018. In addition to working at the Career Center as a Peer Career Advisor, Luke works as lab coordinator for Dr. Sarah Carney’s psych research lab studying the portrayal of crime and criminality in children’s TV shows. Additionally, he is on the rowing team and had the opportunity to lead the Movember Foundation’s campaign in the fall of 2017 as a Campus Representative. 
  • Jake Kwang '20

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    Jake is an international student from the sunny island called Singapore! Over the past few years, Jake served in the Singapore Army, worked for various government ministries, and most recently, interned at a management consulting firm in Boston. At Wes, Jake studies computer science and economics, is involved with teaching and participates in student groups like the Committee of Investor Responsibility, FASA and inter-mural soccer. In between these myriad of activities, Jake spends his time dreaming about being a professional footballer ... until reality kicks in.
  • Esme Lytle '21

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    Esme is a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Studio Art. Growing up as a classical violinist, who competed in tennis tournaments around her home country of the UK and was avidly interested in marine biology, she learned that the balance of seemingly disparate skills was her key to success in any field moving forward. Esme hopes that through better understanding the human psyche and honing her ability to express herself creatively, she can create work that opens the eyes of the public and explores the human relationships that make-up society. Over the last four years, Esme has worked in the service industry, taught chamber music, percussion and science classes, organized an architecture office and the events for a local political campaign and explored the intricacies of an internship in a mortuary. Entering the career world can be daunting and as a PCA Esme wants to minimize any fear and trepidation surrounding the process. Esme has cared for 40 frogs, 4 cats, 3 lizards, 2 snails and 1 twin brother… she looks forward to adding any other creatures to her repertoire.

  • Edelina Marzouk '19

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    Edelina Marzouk is a senior from Cairo, Egypt double-majoring in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Science in Society. On campus, Edelina is a part of WesMaSS, an undergraduate researcher in the Holmes lab and a part of WesCF and MESU. Off campus, she is on the board of a nonprofit called Rural Access that addresses health access and education in rural areas. Edelina's long-term goals are to go to medical school and work in the public health sphere with an MD/MPH. Throughout her time at Wesleyan, she has gained experience at The Painted Turtle and JDS Therapeutics and loved experiencing healthcare and wellness from these different perspectives. During her free time, Edelina loves to knit and read and write poetry.