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Staff Directory

  1. Gihan Fernando, Executive Director-Career Center

    Career Center

    Gihan Fernando has extensive experience in higher education administration with a focus on career services, and before joining the AU community, held progressive leadership positions at the law schools at Georgetown University, Cornell University and… More

    Send email to Gihan Fernando

    (202) 885-1829

  1. Nancy Barker, Director of Administration

    Career Center

    Nancy manages the team of staff that handles the meet-and-greet, personnel, fiscal, facilities and technology functions of the Career Center. The work of at least one member of Nancy’s team is behind almost any interaction that you have with the Care… More

    Send email to Nancy Barker

    (202) 885-1851

  2. Alyssa Best, Adjunct Instructor

    Career Center

    Alyssa Best advises students in the School of Communication in the fields of journalism, film, and media arts who are seeking internships, career guidance, and improved resumes and interviewing skills. She draws upon her previous advising experience … More

    Send email to Alyssa Best

    (202) 885-1804

  3. Julia Beyer, Career Advisor

    Career Center

    Julia advises students in the School of Communication in the fields of journalism, film, and public relations who are seeking internships, career guidance, and improved resumes and interviewing skills. She is interested in collaborating with faculty,… More

    Send email to Julia Beyer

    (202) 885-1809

  4. John Charles, Career Advisor

    Career Center

    John advises freshman and sophomore undergraduate students in the School of International Service. His primary function is to work with students in individual sessions on applications for internships, jobs and fellowships. He also leads the Career Ce… More

    Send email to John Charles

    (202) 885-1810

  5. Kara Constantine, Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications

    Career Center

    Send email to Kara Constantine

    (202) 885-1802

  6. Lori Felton, Assistant Director, Office of Merit Awards

    Career Ctr Merit Awards Office

    Dr. Lori A. Felton joined the Office of Merit Awards as Assistant Director in 2017. She primarily advises students who are applying for Fulbright Study Grants, Fulbright Teaching Assistantships, and Boren Awards, as well as the Killam Fellowship, the… More

    Send email to Lori Felton

    (202) 885-1881

  7. Charley Fogel, Alumni Career Coordinator

    Development, Office of

    Charley joined the Career Center as part-time staff in August 2016, 3 years after graduating from the university with a BA in psychology. They are thrilled to be back on campus, and immersing them self in the wonderful community at AU. Now, as the Al… More

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  8. Nicole Giaccone, Employer Relations Coordinator

    Career Center

    Nicole facilitates connections between AU students, alumni, and employers through on-campus recruiting, information sessions, networking events, and AU CareerWeb listings. She is thrilled to support student growth, engage new and established employer… More

    Send email to Nicole Giaccone

    (202) 885-1814

  9. Susan Gordon, Adjunct Instructor

    Career Center

    Sue works with Career Center advisors, faculty, and staff to ensure that the Center’s programs and services effectively meet the needs of AU students and alumni, with a particular focus on career development issues that range from declaring a major t… More

    Send email to Susan Gordon

    (202) 885-1822

  10. Justin Harris, Career Advisor

    Career Center

    Justin Harris is the Career Advisor for the School of Public Affairs. He advises undergraduate SPA students on all career related topics, as well as pre-law students seeking advice on attending law school. Previously, he served as an Athletics Academ… More

    Send email to Justin Harris

    (202) 885-1828

  11. Aubrey Hill, Student Employment Coordinator

    Career Center

    As the Career Center's Student Employment Coordinator she is anxiously engaged in the cause of helping students (FWS and otherwise) to find meaningful and career advancing opportunities to work with the array of non-profits and governmental agencies … More

    Send email to Aubrey Hill

    (202) 885-1807

  12. Josie Horenstein, Business Operations Coordinator

    Career Center

    Josie serves as the Career Center’s office manager, ensuring that facilities and office equipment are running smoothly and that staff have the supplies they need to get their jobs done. She processes cash and checks received from students and employe… More

    Send email to Josie Horenstein

    (202) 885-1815

  13. Julie Jones, Associate Director, Employer Relations

    Career Center

    Julie and her team are responsible for employer services at the Career Center. Her staff helps facilitate connections between students and employers through campus recruiting activities, such as on-campus interviews, job and internship fairs, and AU … More

    Send email to Julie Jones

    (202) 885-1798

  14. Anne Kirchgessner, Alumni Career Advisor

    Anne works with American University SPA, CAS and SOC alumni who are more than one year past graduation. Anne enjoys helping alumni with career and job search concerns including resumes, interviewing, informational interviewing and networking. Anne al… More

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  15. Anna Litman, Career Advisor

    Career Center

    Anna advises CAS students on a variety of career topics, such as choosing a major or career path, identifying and evaluating job or internship opportunities, and writing an effective resume or cover letter. She also helps students to develop networki… More

    Send email to Anna Litman

    (202) 885-1825

  16. Samantha Mitchell, Career Programs Coordinator

    Career Center

    Samantha Mitchell is the Career Center’s information specialist. Within this role, she contributes to the functioning of the front desk, schedules student/ advisor appointments, answers many types of Career Center phone calls, and provides administra… More

    Send email to Samantha Mitchell

    (202) 885-6007

  17. Felicia Parks, Career Advisor

    Career Center

    As a seasoned career advisor for the School of Communication, Felicia enjoys coaching students through resume critiques, interviewing techniques, salary negotiation, and writing cover letters for internships and full-time employment. During advising … More

    Send email to Felicia Parks

    (202) 885-1812

  18. Elizabeth Romig, Associate Director, Office of Merit Awards

    Career Ctr Merit Awards Office

    Liz joined the Office of Merit Awards in 2009. She manages the office’s administrative staff and oversees applicant recruitment, events, customer service, and data. Liz advises students on a range of opportunities including the Gilman International S… More

    Send email to Elizabeth Romig

    (202) 885-1413

  19. Brian Rowe, Director of Experiential Education

    Career Center

    Brian leads the experiential education efforts for the career center, teaming with faculty, students, alumni, and employers to develop the most comprehensive and career focused experiences possible. He continues to enhance the global experience of Am… More

    Send email to Brian Rowe

    (202) 885-1806

  20. Elaine Salisbury, Employer Relations Specialist

    Career Center

    Since joining the Career Center in 1985, Elaine’s position has evolved and expanded over time. She currently coordinates fall and spring Job and Internship Fairs and position listings in AU CareerWeb. Elaine is particularly passionate about conductin… More

    Send email to Elaine Salisbury

    (202) 885-1852

  21. Robin Salomon, Merit Awards Program Coordinator

    Career Ctr Merit Awards Office

    Robin joined the Office of Merit Awards in December 2016. She oversees the office’s front desk and supports a variety of internal projects. She graduated summa cum laude from AU’s College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Studi… More

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  22. Darnise Samuel, Customer Service Specialist

    Career Center

    Send email to Darnise Samuel

    (202) 885-1823

  23. Jesus Sanchez, Career Services Systems Administrator

    Career Center

    Adrian Sanchez is the Systems Coordinator at the American University Career Center, the current Staff Council Chair, a part-time Research Assistant at the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center, and a proud AU alumnus from the School of Public Affairs… More

    Send email to Jesus Sanchez

    (202) 885-1824

  24. Robert SanGeorge, Career Advisor

    Career Center

    Rob advises grad students in the School of Public Affairs, as well as SPA seniors seeking advice on grad school and law school. He served for over two decades as a senior executive in advocacy and public policy with the United Nations and major NGOs… More

    Send email to Robert SanGeorge

    (202) 885-1808

  25. Nathan Slusher, Director, Outreach and Marketing

    Career Center

    Nathan leads a talented team responsible for employer services and outreach, alumni engagement, career programs, Federal Work Study (FWS) employment, graduation outcomes, and marketing. Before joining the Career Center, he managed academic and career… More

    Send email to Nathan Slusher

    (202) 885-1813

  26. Marie Spaulding, Senior Career Advisor

    Career Center

    Marie, who joined the Career Center in 1987, advises students in the College of Arts and Sciences. She helps students, whose majors range from anthropology to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, to prepare their application materials and find cha… More

    Send email to Marie Spaulding

    (202) 885-1799

  27. Christopher Swanson, Associate Director-Office of Merit Awards

    Career Ctr Merit Awards Office

    Dr. Chris Swanson joined the Office of Merit Awards in 2006, and is now an Assistant Director. He primarily works with students applying for the Fulbright Grant, the graduate Boren Fellowship, Critical Language Scholarship, and the Bosch Fellowship. … More

    Send email to Christopher Swanson

    (202) 885-1818

  28. Elizabeth Veatch, Part Time Staff

  29. Paula Warrick, Director-Office of Merit Awards

    Career Ctr Merit Awards Office

    Dr. Paula Warrick has directed the Office of Merit Awards since 1999 and is a firm believer in the rewards of the application process, including the chance to develop more realistic career goals and close relationships with faculty. Paula oversees th… More

    Send email to Paula Warrick

    (202) 885-1817