Meet Our Staff
Career Development has trained professionals who assist students and alumni with career development issues and employers with recruiting needs.
Dr. Julie Cosimo, Director
Director of Career Development, Dr. Julie Cosimo brings over 17 years of higher education experience and workforce readiness expertise to the Career Development Center of Benedictine University. Dr. Cosimo began at Benedictine in 2000 as director of the center where she works to develop partnerships with students, alumni and employers, and to provide excellent career education programs and resources for Benedictine students and alumni. Her commitment to helping students and alumni is evidenced by her passion to stay current with the most relevant workforce readiness opportunities and ideas. Dr. Cosimo earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Education in College Student Personnel with a concentration in counseling at Loyola University Chicago. In 2009, she completed a Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Organizational Change at Benedictine University where her thesis explored the factors that affect the academic persistence of women in doctoral-level programs. Dr. Cosimo served as the President of the Illinois Small College Placement Association (ISCPA), a unique consortium that connects our students and alumni, and those of 20 additional liberal arts colleges throughout the state. Dr. Cosimo serves on the Benedictine University Veteran's Committee to assist veterans in transition from military to civilian life specifically in the job market. She is also a lecturer in Benedictine University's Higher Education and Organizational Change doctoral program.
Melissa Mouhelis, Assistant Director
Ms. Mouhelis brings over fifteen years of higher education and career counseling experience to our students. Her academic and professional background along with her passion for working with students enables her to guide individuals through the career counseling process to discover an optimal career path that is in alignment with the whole person. She works with students who are undecided about their major and/or career path, students who wish to change majors and alumni who are in career transition. Ms. Mouhelis is skilled in administering and interpreting career assessment tools which are utilized to determine how an individual's skills, interests, values and personality can be paired with certain occupations. Ms. Mouhelis also assists undergraduate juniors and seniors in the fine-tuning of their resumes and cover letters, and the development of effective interviewing, networking and job search skills. She is also well versed in delivering presentations on many career topics in classrooms, for student groups and organizations, and in the Career Technology Center. Ms. Mouhelis completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.
Lynne Schrott, Career Development Coordinator
Mrs. Schrott has worked in the field of education for 20 years, from the pre-kindergarten level through higher education. She joined Benedictine University's National Moser Center for Adult Learning in 2006, transitioned to the Student Success Center in 2008 and Career Development in 2009. Her diverse experience within career exploration and workforce readiness with secondary, higher education and special needs students equips her to give students a competitive edge as they build a solid foundation in their current and ongoing career journeys. Mrs. Schrott dedicates herself to helping students prepare not just for a great job, but the right job for them. She guides students to find relevant internship and externship experiences in order to be prepared within a career field prior to graduation, and to help solidify chosen career paths. Mrs. Schrott works with multiple aspects of building students' career foundation in offering assistance with informational interviews, job shadowing, online portfolio presence, networking and business etiquette.
Lindsay Koriath, Adult & Alumni Workforce Specialist
Ms. Koriath joined the Career Development team in August, 2013. She came to Benedictine University after completing a Master of Arts degree at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education where she also worked in Ball State's Career Center. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in English at Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior to earning the master's degree, Ms. Koriath worked at The French Pastry School of Chicago in an administrative capacity, as an admissions adviser and with the marketing department. She also taught English for one year in a French high school in Burgundy and worked in the education department at a cultural center in Indiana. All of her previous positions in various educational settings contributed to Koriath's approach to individualized teaching, which she feels can be very well applied within the framework of career development. Ms. Koriath works specifically with the adult student population as well as with alumni. She enjoys helping current and former students discover - or rediscover - their professional paths, equipped with tools to optimize their preparedness for the workforce and a fulfilling future.
John Darnell, Technology and Events Coordinator
Mr. Darnell runs the daily operations of the Career Development Center and the Career Technology Center. He assists with coordinating special events and networking events for students and alumni, and he coordinates event logistics for on-campus recruiting bringing employers and community members to campus. Mr. Darnell helps connect students and alumni to hundreds of jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities through the online virtual career centers, the College Central Network, available through the ISCPA, and the Benedictine Virtual Career Center (BVCC), a system that's available exclusively to Benedictine students and alumni. His commitment to student services extends to our Student Success Center as we connect with their support services as well. For the latest events, career opportunities, networking and internship posting, connect with Mr. Darnell through Career Development's latest social media avenues.
Career Peer Educators (CPEs)
Serving BenU's undergraduate population as our CPEs are Joseph Frazee, Kiran Munir, Salwa Nahid and Therese Porod. The CPEs are here to assist students with resume and cover letter writing, LinkedIn profile creation and more. They serve as liaisons to the Colleges of Science, Education & Health Services, Business and Liberal Arts designing workshops specifically geared to the peers in their respective college. They also hold walk-in hours at the Career Development Center where students can drop in to get some guidance on creating or refining their resumes and other job search documents. Look for our CPEs around campus!
Left to right: Joseph Frazee, Therese Porod, Salwa Nahid, Kiran Munir
Joseph Frazee, College of Science and College of Education & Health Services
Joey is a senior at Benedictine completing his Bachelor of
Science in Health Science.He is
pursuing a career in medicine and hopes to provide healthcare as an
Orthopedic Surgeon to the underserved areas of Michigan in years to come. Joey holds numerous leadership roles on
campus. He is currently the Vice
President of Care to Cure Club, a College of Science Senator (Student Outreach),
and a 3rd Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus Lisle
Council. Additionally, Joey is actively
involved in the American Medical Student Association and Best Buddies. Outside of the Benedictine community, he has
been an active volunteer at Almost Home Kids in Woodridge, Illinois. During the past summer, Joey interned at
Whirlpool Corporation World Headquarters in Benton Harbor, Michigan designing
new cycle systems for newer generation washing machines.He was awarded "One Whirlpool Focused Recognition"
by a team of engineers and microbiologists for his cycle designs that will
provide further global customer satisfaction in Whirlpool products. As an upperclassman, Joey is excited to share
the experiences he has gained with his peers. He hopes to make a difference in the lives of science students and to
help prepare them for a successful future. Joey's walk-in hours with Career Development: Thursdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Kiran Munir, College of Science and College of Education & Health Services
Kiran is a senior
completing her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology with a
minor in Math. She aspires to become a physician and plans on attending medical
school next fall. Kiran has been active on Benedictine's campus since her
freshman year. She has been a Student Ambassador, an NSA, and a Student Success
Center tutor for Math and Chemistry. Additionally, she has served in various
leadership roles in the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and is the
Co-founder of the American Red Cross Chapter of Benedictine. Currently, she is
the vice-president of AMSA and The Red Cross Chapter of Benedictine. Last
year, Kiran was honored with the Student Life Achievement Award from Student
Activities. This award was presented to her for her outstanding achievement in
building community and consistently demonstrating the Student Life values by
engaging students, possessing strong leadership skills, academic success, and
one who has sought out opportunities for career development. Additionally,
Kiran has been actively pursuing her passion to serve others by volunteering at
Villa St. Benedict and Elmhurst Memorial HealthCare. As a senior, she yearns to
share her experiences and guide her fellow classmates, particularly those in
the Sciences, towards their career goals. Kiran's walk-in hours with Career Development: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Salwa Nahid, College of Business
Salwa is currently a senior who is working towards a
Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing with a minor in
Psychology. After graduating, she aspires to become a marketing coordinator and
carry out large scale marketing campaigns. With her wide variety of internships,
Salwa has a unique collection of experiences. She has worked at
Stylechicago.com, a large fashion company based in Chicago, in which she helped
direct the planning and execution of corporate events, such as fashion shows
during Chicago fashion week. Another interesting internship she has had was
with CS Management, which is a growing entertainment law firm. Last summer, she
interned at The Joint Commission, a healthcare company. Through her plethora of
internships, Salwa has gained a reputation as a hard-working, innovative and
results-driven professional who has excellent communication and management
skills. Along with working at her various internships, Salwa has also been an
active member of the Muslim Student Association. After working for a couple of
years after undergrad, Salwa plans on going to graduate school to obtain her MBA.
After gaining so many experiences, she hopes to help and guide other students
in the business field. Salwa's walk-in hours with Career Development: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Therese Porod, College of Liberal Arts
Therese is completing her senior year at Benedictine University,
majoring in Communication Arts. She hopes to find a job in the field of
journalism or Public Relations after graduation. Since freshman year, Therese
has been actively involved on campus. After playing volleyball her freshman
year, she decided to focus all of her efforts toward her career. She has been a
part of The Candor newspaper throughout her time at Benedictine University,
winning awards such as the Nordin Award for outstanding journalist and Second
Place "News Story" at the Illinois College Press Association awards ceremony. In
addition, this will be Therese's third year as an anchor for "Eye of the Eagle."
She is also a member of the Class of 2015 Gift Committee and Social Media
Coordinator for the Benedictine Parent Association. Outside of the Benedictine
University community, Therese has interned in downtown Chicago at Clear Channel
Media & Entertainment in the Promotions Department and at Fox News Channel
in the News Department. With the majority of her family having attended
Benedictine University, Therese aspires to carry on the legacy while making her
own mark before graduating. She hopes to be a mentor to students in her field
and help others reach for their dreams. Therese's walk-in hours with Career Development: Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
To find out where on campus you can meet up with your CPE and participate in special workshops designed they've designed for your college, see the Career Development Guidebook app.
Contact our dedicated staff for all the tools and opportunities you need to meet your career goals.