Andrea Wolf, Director
As CEC Director, Andrea oversees a comprehensive career education program and professional staff that serves undergraduate, graduate and alumnae/i populations. She partners with academic deans, faculty and administration to build a student-centered career learning community at Simmons, using a core career curriculum based on the CEC's 5 Step Career Development Model. Her career coaching expertise is for those navigating career transitions, with a focus on mid-later careers. Andrea joined Simmons in August, 2007, bringing an extensive background in career development work in both higher education and the corporate world. She has served as Career Development Manager at Bain and Company and Vice President of Career Management Consulting at Right Management Consultants. In addition, Andrea has over 12 years' experience managing and then directing the career services office at the Harvard School of Public Health. As a writer for the Boston Globe "Job Doc" column she provided advice on career and workplace issues. Andrea has a B.S. from Ohio State University and an M.Ed. from the University of Cincinnati. She is a certified Career Management Fellow from the Institute of Career Certification International (ICCI), the highest level of professional certification for career management professionals, and was recently named a Governor on the ICCI Board.
Douglas Eisenhart, Associate Director, Employer Relations
Doug joined Simmons in 2008 to oversee the employer relations program in the CEC. In this role he represents Simmons to the employment community, which includes producing career fairs and other on- and off-campus recruitment events and overseeing resources such as CareerLink, Simmons' online job board. He also oversees the CEC website, the annual employment surveys, and is involved in technology, marketing, and strategic issues for the department. Doug came to Simmons from the corporate world where in his 30-yr. career in communications he held managerial positions with the Boston Globe, Monster.com, Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt Brace, and Group W Cable Television. For eight years prior to joining Simmons Doug was involved in the career space, including writing the monthly "Transitions" career column for the Boston Globe and editing and writing the "Job Blog" and "HR Blog" on Boston.com. A former faculty member in-residence at Emerson College and a published author, Doug holds a B.A. in English from Princeton, an M.Ed. from Harvard, and an M.B.A. from Columbia. He recently earned his Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) certificate from the NCDA (National Career Development Association).
Peggy Grace, Assistant Director, Career Services
Peggy joined the Career Education Center staff in fall, 2006. In her role with the CEC she provides undergraduates, graduate students, and alumnae/i with individualized career coaching and group workshops and programs. She also serves as liaison to undergraduate CAS faculty and academic departments to identify career preparation and development needs for in-classroom workshops and programs, and she also manages the Humanities 370 career development course. Peggy brings experience in both higher education and corporate career services to Simmons. She was a Career Consultant at the Boston University School of Management Feld Career Center, where she provided career coaching to business school undergraduates and alumni and also taught an 8-week undergraduate career development course. In addition, Peggy has extensive experience in career and program management, training, and marketing gained during her 14 years with Drake Beam Morin (DBM), an international human resource consulting company best known for its outplacement and transition services. Earlier in her career, Peggy held positions in admissions, recruiting and counseling at the Malden Hospital School of Nursing. She began her career in education as an English teacher in the Boston Public Schools. Peggy has a B.S. from Duquesne University and an M.Ed. from Northeastern University.
Clare Orenstein, Assistant Director, Career Coaching & Programming
Clare joined the Career Education Center in October, 2014. In her role with the CEC she provides undergraduates, graduate students and alumnae/i with individualized career coaching and career programming. Clare brings experience in both higher education and corporate recruiting to Simmons College. She served as a Graduate Assistant at Emerson College Career Services, Lesley University Career Resource Center, and Brandeis University Heller School Career Development Center, where she provided career coaching to undergraduates, graduate students and alumni. She also co-managed a summer career academy for incoming graduate students to jumpstart their career development. Additionally, Clare has experience developing and facilitating career development workshops in areas including resume building, internship and job fair preparation, cover letter writing, and networking. Previously she worked as Recruiting Coordinator for the web-based travel company TripAdvisor. She is also a member of the Career Counselors Consortium and the National Career Development Association (NCDA). Clare holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Ithaca College and an M.S. in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University.
Jennifer Ferguson, Research Librarian
Jennifer joined the Simmons Library staff in June 2011. She provides research, instruction, content, and collection development services to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in the Arts, Humanities, and Careers. Prior to her work at Simmons, Jennifer was the lead Reference Librarian at Regina Library, Rivier College. Before transitioning to an academic career, Jennifer was a Senior Research Associate at Advent International Corporation, a Boston-based global private equity firm, where she conducted value-added reference, research and analysis of companies, industries, and technologies for worldwide investments. She has a B.A. in English from UCLA, an M.A. in English from Rutgers University, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.
David Kovacs, Coordinator
David joined the CEC in January, 2008. As department coordinator he provides support to the entire department, with a concentration on employer relations and technology, as well as overseeing the student office assistants in the CEC. Prior to Simmons, David worked for three years at Liberty Mutual as an HR Representative. He also has experience as an intern at Medtronic and as a Student Admissions Representative at Boston University. David graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Boston University.
Marketing Communications Assistant
- Lyndlee Hayes (Communications: Public Relations & Marketing, 2015)
Student Career Assistants
- Lily Dearing (Communications, 2018)
- Cailin Fredrickson (Public Health, 2017)
- Shen Gao (Biology, 2017)
- Mikayla Mitchell (Economics, 2017)
- Teressa Peck (Nursing, 2016)
- Camille Shaw-Pigeon (Management, 2016)
- Katharine Silva (Arts Administration/Music, 2018)
About the CEC's Services
The CEC serves as the main career resource for all Simmons undergraduates and for four of the five graduate schools. Learn about the array of services we offer.
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Next Career Event
Oct 30, 2014 at 11 AM - 2 PM at Main College Building, Fens Lobby (MCB Lower Level)