We empower students and alumni to be intentional managers of their careers.
Through student-centered programs, quality services and the UB Career Cycle, we provide participants with the knowledge, resources, networks and opportunities needed to connect their education to employment in the evolving marketplace. We support students and alumni as they advance professionally and transition beyond the University by engaging the employment community in mutually beneficial relationships promoting a sustainable cycle of success.
back-up career specialist, public affairs
Lakeisha leads the career center staff in building bridges between employment and education. She is a certified professional career coach, certified professional resume writer, and certified global career development facilitator. As an educator with 10+ years of experience in higher education, Lakeisha’s experience includes residence life, new student orientation, academic advising and career services. Lakeisha likes to say that she has helped students gain admission into college, remain in college and exit college—with a job! A Baltimore native, Lakeisha currently serves as co-advisor to the National Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS), the largest student group on campus. She also serves on the NSLS National Advisor Advisory Board and the Maryland Career Consortium Directors Board. Lakeisha is a past president of the Maryland Career Development Association and has attained numerous awards and recognition from both national and local organizations. Lakeisha holds a B.A in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park and a M.S. in Human Resources from Towson University. She is currently pursuing a Ed.D in Higher Education Innovation from Wilmington University. In 2016, Lakeisha co-authored a book for the Association of Training and Development called Find Your Fit.
assistant director, career development, programming & technology
career specialist, arts and sciences
Industry Areas: Behavioral Sciences, Legal Studies, Science & Technology, and Communications Design
Sarah Holliday is our Assistant Director of Career Development, Programming, and Technology. Prior to joining UB, she was a career counselor within the Career Center at The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). As a career counselor, Ms. Holliday assisted students with determining their major, creating an academic road map for completion, and bridging their academic, professional, and personal goals for career success. Ms. Holliday also has experience working with both traditional and non-traditional students within a classroom. She has experience teaching freshmen seminar classes and career and life planning courses. Furthermore, she also has experience teaching accelerated developmental reading and writing courses. Ms. Holliday is very passionate about helping students and providing a safe environment for learning, growth, and career exploration. Ms. Holliday has an A.A.T. from CCBC in Elementary Education, B.A. in English from UMBC, and an M.S. in Instructional Design Training and Performance Improvement from Walden University.
Top 5 Strengths: Learner| Competition| Achiever| Deliberative| Futuristic
assistant director, employer relations
back-up career specialist, business
Lana Veres is the Assistant Director of Employer Relations in the Career and Professional Development Center. She has over six years of experience in the career services industry, specifically involving experiential education and recruitment. At her last institution, she worked with undergraduate students, getting them prepared for their internship experiences and connecting them to businesses within their chosen industry. Lana feels that community engagement and relationship building is key to what she does each day. She was very involved in her local community of Frederick, serving on a variety of leadership, education, and workforce development boards. Being new to UB, she is eager to work with her team to generate new ideas and events, as well as build and deepen employer partnerships. Lana holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Salisbury University and a M.A. in Human Sciences with a counseling concentration from Hood College, and is MBTI certified.
career specialist, public affairs
Industry Areas: Criminal Justice, Health & Human Services, and Public and International Affairs
Leah Marousek is a Career Specialist in the Career and Professional Development Center who primarily assists students from the College of Public Affairs. Inspired by her career counselor during her undergraduate years, Leah decided to pursue a life-long career in the field of student affairs. Prior to joining the CPDC team at UB, Leah started her higher education journey in career services as a Career Ambassador facilitating paraprofessional development workshops for student staff. Aside from her background in career development, Leah has also coordinated youth partnership programs and civic engagement initiatives at the university-level. Throughout her higher education journey, Leah has had the privilege of working with both traditional and non-traditional students. As a Veteran Resource Associate, she worked directly with student veterans by helping them secure financial, housing, academic, and employment-related needs. She acquired her M. Ed. in Student Affairs Leadership at Widener University and her B.A.S. in Psychology at West Chester University. Leah is excited to help UB students grow not only professionally but personally as well by helping them discover their own strengths, interests, and goals.
career specialist, business
Accounting, Finance, and Economics; Information Systems; Management and International Business; Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Jen Spencer Heilman is a Career Specialist within the Career and Professional Development Center, primarily assisting students within business majors. Jen acquired her M. Ed. in Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. in Sociology at Grand Valley State University. She also holds a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) certification. Born and raised in Michigan, Jen found herself relocating to Pennsylvania after completing her undergraduate studies to pursue a career in social work. As a first-generation college student and product of the TRiO programs, Jen feels passionately about working with students coming from similar backgrounds. After five years working professionally as a case manager, Jen decided it was time to seek her master’s degree. Having been inspired by her TRiO counselor in high school, she chose to pursue a life-long career working within higher education. Prior to joining the CPDC team at UB, Jen began her journey in higher education working within career services, academic advising, student success, student activities, and LGBTQ+ services. She has since gained years of professional experience as a career and academic advisor. Jen is excited to help UB students discover their dreams, pursue their passions, and accomplish both their personal and professional goals.
career specialist, arts & sciences
Industry Areas: Behavioral Sciences, Legal Studies, Science & Technology, and Communications Design
Lori has more than 5 years of experience working at college career centers including the University of Delaware and Amherst College in Massachusetts. She strives to provide personalized career coaching so that students feel prepared and confident in their career development journey. Lori has advised students and alumni from a variety of majors and is skilled in social media marketing and utilizing technology for career development. Lori acquired her M. Ed. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Rhode Island.
As a Master’s degree candidate in UB’s Publications Design program, Ariel enjoys supporting the work of the Career and Professional Development Center. Ariel serves as the Marketing and Graphic Design Graduate Assistant where she designs materials for and promotes the events and programs offered by the CPDC. Before becoming a member of the UB community, Ariel worked several jobs in the Communications field and received Bachelor’s degrees from Susquehanna University in Music and Public Relations. In her spare time, Ariel enjoys staying active, spending time with friends and family, and she offers classes around Baltimore as a yoga instructor.
Priyanka is a graduate student at Merrick School of Business with a concentration in Management Information Systems. Priyanka has accumulated extensive experience working in start-ups primarily focusing in market analytics, database management, web development and android app platform. Priyanka works as a graduate assistant at the Career and Professional Development Center helping with major career events such as career fairs, networking programs, on-campus recruitment, workshops and managing the employer database. Priyanka is passionate about learning new technology and loves spending time with family and friends.
Operations Intern: Tatyana Tate
Team Lead/Career Peer Educator: Derrick Scheetz
Career Peer Educator: Kayla Graves
Career Advisory Board
The purpose of the Career Advisory Board is to serve as a forum for relationship building and information sharing between the Career and Professional Development Center and its major stakeholders (students, faculty, employers).
Gene Manko, healthcare recruiter at Maxim Healthcare Services
Daniel Yarger, senior in UB's Merrick School of Business
Sara Guscott, B.S. '14, staff auditor for SB & Co.
Angie Alston, M.S. '07, supervisory auditor for Defense Contract Audit Agency
National Society of Leadership and Success
The National Society of Leadership and Success is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation's leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success- oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world. The guiding question we established to shape all the important decisions the organization makes is: "Are we helping the greatest number of people in the greatest way?"