Career Development team

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 2014-2015 (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!
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Left to right: Joseph Frazee, Kiran Munir, Salwa Nahid, Therese Porod

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: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 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: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 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, 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: Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 2:00-4:00 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.

Contact our dedicated staff for all the tools and opportunities you need to meet your career goals.

Student Life

Julie Cosimo, Ed.D. Director
Career Development
Phone: (630) 829-6040
Fax: (630) 829-6043

Krasa Center, Lower Level Room 010
5700 College Road Lisle IL, 60532
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m