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 also taught as an instructor and 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 and Internship Specialist
Mrs. Schrott has worked in the field of education for 20 years, from the prekindergarten 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.
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