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.
Lakeisha Mathews, Ed.D
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.
Cara Martinez, MPA
Career Specialist, College of Public Affairs
Cara Martinez is the new Career Specialist for the College of Public Affairs. After graduating with a B. A. in Human Services and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore, she feels that this new position is a homecoming for her, and she is excited to join the UB family. Cara worked diligently and conscientiously to earn her degrees while working full-time and going to school part-time. With a passion for helping others achieve their educational and career goals, she has worked in both the public and private sectors, and she enjoys working in industries that impact people’s lives. In her time before joining the staff at UBalt, Cara used her knowledge in Human Service Administration and Public Administration to hold positions as a Director of Operations in a clinic for mental health therapy, as an Academic Advisor, and as a COVID-19 contact tracer for the Anne Arundel County Health Department. Cara is very much looking forward to meeting College of Public Affairs students and to continuing to impact others’ lives for the better.
Career Manager, College of Arts and Sciences
Daniel Bowley serves as the Career Manager for the College of Arts and Sciences. Daniel is passionate about engaging students and helping them to identify their passions and pursue their career goals. During his college career, Daniel worked primarily with on-campus students to help them acclimate to campus living and facilitate a positive campus community. He is excited to have the opportunity to return to his home state and work withUBalt's students to create a culture of personal and professional growth for the entireUBalt community. Prior to working in career services, Daniel worked as a Graduate Resident Director, Resident Assistant, and Presidential Ambassador across various universities and advocated for student concerns through his roles in student government. He also co-founded a campus a cappella group and continues to hold a deep passion for the arts.
Daniel joins our staff after earning his M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this, he completed his B.S. in Mass Communication (Advertising and Public Relations) at Towson University.
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Back-up Career Specialist, Business
Lana Farley has worked in the field of career development for over 10 years. As the Assistant Director of Employer Relations, her main functions include promoting recruitment events, educating area employers on managing interns, as well as providing coaching to students in the areas of self-efficacy and career search strategy. Lana has experience coaching traditional and non-traditional populations, which includes incarcerated, international, and first-generation college students. Lana holds a B.A. in Psychology from Salisbury University, an M.A. in Human Sciences from Hood College and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Higher Education Administration at Morgan State University. She is MBTI certified and is also a Dependable Strengths facilitator.
La-Toya Gomez, MBA
Career Specialist for MSB
La-Toya Gomez is the newest member of our team and will be serving as the Career Specialist for the Merrick School of Business. As a native New Yorker, La-Toya brings 7+ years of Career Counseling experience in Higher Education. Whether its welcoming first-time students to the college world in New Student Orientation, working with Advisement helping students find a career path for their major, or congratulating them on all their hard work and accomplishments at graduation, it’s all in a day’s work for her. She loves to help students excel, explore and build on their skills. La-Toya holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Metropolitan College of New York and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Berkeley College. She served as a Board Member for the Berkeley College Alumni, connecting alumni mentors to current students. As a board member of the New York State Career Development Association she was able to assist in putting together virtual conferences to keep career counselors and higher education professionals up to date on changes in the career world. La-Toya mentored many of her students, served as a Faculty Advisor to student clubs, and was chosen for the “Student Centered” award by her peers. She looks forward to bridging the gap between MSB students and their careers, and is excited about the new relationships that will spring forth.
Top 5 Strengths: Learner | Achiever | Positivity | Responsibility | Belief
Coordinator for Employer and Community Relations
Markeya Nardini is the new Coordinator for Employer and Community Relations. Prior to joining the Ubalt team, Markeya worked in non-profits providing various supports to adults with intellectual disabilities. Markeya holds a B.A in Philosophy from McDaniel College and during her time at McDaniel college served as a peer mentor to first year students. Markeya is excited to help students gain meaningful employment through the JLD program.
Top 5 Strengths: Adaptability | Connectedness | Empathy | Intellection | Developer