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Career Center
Fax: 202-885-1861
Butler Pavilion, Room 5th Floor

Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fernando, Gihan S
Executive Director-Career Center

Career Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8033-8011
  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, Part Time Staff

    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 media arts who are seeking internships, career guidance, and improved resumes and interviewing skills. She is interested in collaborating with faculty, alumni… More

    Send email to Julia Beyer

    (202) 885-1809

  4. John Charles, Career Advisor

    Career Center

    John advises graduate students in the School of International Service as well as all AU students pursuing international internships. His primary function is to work with students in individual sessions on applications for internships, jobs and fellow… More

    Send email to John Charles

    (202) 885-1810

  5. Joan Echols, Associate Director-Office of Merit Awards

    Career Ctr Merit Awards Office

    Joan, who joined the Office of Merit Awards in 2003, manages the Early Identification Program, an academic enrichment program for high achieving sophomores. She also works with undergraduate applicants for public service-oriented scholarships, such a… More

    Send email to Joan Echols

    (202) 885-1881

  6. 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

  7. Jared Heino, Student Employment Coordinator

    Career Center

    Jared manages the Public Service Work Study program and Federal Work Study (FWS) student employment opportunities at the Career Center. Prior to joining the Career Center Jared attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he earned his BA in… More

    Send email to Jared Heino

    (202) 885-1807

  8. Josie Horenstein, Budget and Personnel Specialist

    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

  9. 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

  10. Anne Kirchgessner, Alumni Career Advisor

    Anne works with American University SPA, SIS, 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. An… More

    Send email to Anne Kirchgessner

  11. Rachel Lindsey, Career Advisor

    Career Center

    Rachel Lindsey advises undergraduate students in AU’s nationally-ranked School of Public Affairs. In this capacity, she guides students through the process of finding and applying for challenging and fulfilling career and internship opportunities. Sh… More

    Send email to Rachel Lindsey

    (202) 885-1828

  12. 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

  13. 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) 885-1823

  14. Roy Montgomery, Part Time Staff

  15. Maria Morck, Employer Relations Coordinator

    Career Center

    Maria manages employer partnerships including information sessions and on-campus recruiting at the Career Center. She is passionate about supporting student growth through networking and facilitating meaningful change. Prior to AU, Maria worked in cr… More

    Send email to Maria Morck

    (202) 885-1814

  16. John Nunno, Customer Serivce Coordinator

    Career Center

    John serves as the customer service coordinator for the Career Center.

    Send email to John Nunno

    (202) 885-1803

  17. Patricia Oltmann, Alumni Career Programs Coordinator

    Career Center

    Pat is a proud AU alumna committed to helping fellow alumni share professional expertise, career-related advice, and job and internship opportunities with alumni and students. As the liaison between Alumni Relations and the Career Center, Pat coordin… More

    Send email to Patricia Oltmann

    (202) 885-1801

  18. 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

  19. Elizabeth Romig, Assistant Director, Office of Merit Awards

    Career Ctr Merit Awards Office

    Liz joined the Office of Merit Awards in August 2009. She manages front desk and student employees, oversees campus-wide recruitment for major award opportunities, coordinates programming, and organizes faculty interview panels. Additionally, she adv… More

    Send email to Elizabeth Romig

    (202) 885-1413

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. Jesus Sanchez, Systems Coordinator

    Career Center

    Since his sophomore year, Adrian has been contributing his talents to the many systems of the Career Center. Starting as an IT Assistant, Adrian has worked his way up to join the Administration team, addressing the technology needs and providing solu… More

    Send email to Jesus Sanchez

  23. 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

  24. Nathan Slusher, Director, Outreach and Marketing

    Career Center

    Nathan Slusher was named Director of Outreach and Marketing for the AU Career Center in January 2015. He leads a talented team responsible for employer services and outreach, alumni engagement, career programs, Federal Work Study (FWS) employment, gr… More

    Send email to Nathan Slusher

    (202) 885-1813

  25. 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

  26. Christopher Swanson, Assistant 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

  27. 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