I have been working in the field of Career Services for over 14 years, having served as an Associate Director for Employer Relations at Princeton University and as an Assistant Director at Rutgers University. Prior to my time in this field, I worked as an Academic Advisor in Athletics at Rutgers University as well as a head coach for crew at Lehigh University.
As the Director of Career Services I oversee the office operations as well as actively participate in presentations and counseling session assisting students and alumni with decisions on issues such as choosing a major, finding an internship/job, preparing for interviews, applying to graduate programs, and changing careers.
I earned my M.Ed. in Counseling from Springfield College in 1998 and B.A. in Psychology at Villanova University in 1994. Additionally, I am a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers and have served as a member of the Graduate Career Consortium.
Virginia M. Damron
As the assistant director, I assist students in individual appointments with general career counseling, choosing/switching a major, resume and cover letter writing, the job search, interviewing, and graduate school. I also administer the career interest assessments. Additionally I give student presentations on how to…how to write a resume and cover letter, how to conduct a job search, how to interview. Having worked here since 2006, I enjoy being a part of the CUA community.
In 1994, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Religion with a minor in Biology from the College of William and Mary. Two years after obtaining my B.A., I moved onto receive my Master of Education (M.Ed.) in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University in 1998.
Prior to CUA, I worked for 5 years in the business sector from 2001 to 2006. Most notably, I was the Assistant Director of Recruiting for The Teaching Company, a small privately-owned company specializing in college-style lectures on audio and video. Think of it as a "books on tape" series. I traveled all around the country essentially getting paid to learn! I searched for the best college instructors on a variety of subjects that would appeal to our niche clientele. Before that I served as the Assistant Director of Alumni Programming at Allegheny College for 3 years, from 1998 to 2001.
Outside of CUA, my hobbies include reading and cooking plus I have a passion for baking. Friends keep me in an active social life, and I'm also the proud godmother of 2 children.
Deborah F. Zimmer
Employer Relations Coordinator
As the Employer Relations Coordinator, I work to promote our top-quality students and alumni to various potential employers including companies, non-profits, government agencies, and small businesses. My average day can include posting job opportunities and internships on Cardinal Connection, overseeing information sessions, and emailing students about important upcoming events. I network with employers and encourage them to attend our Career Fairs and participate in on-campus recruiting, two major initiatives Career Service offers to benefit our students. I have spent more than 20 years working as a professional in publications and marketing, promoting everything from retail goods to special events to scientific publications. Over the past few years, my career has focused on helping students get into college, and it was extremely satisfying to help people realize their goals. However, getting into one’s dream college is just the start of another journey, and now I assist students with the next step: locating that dream job.
I earned my B.A. in English in 1986 from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo and my M.A. in English in 1989 from The State University of New York at Buffalo.
Kathryn O. Marshall
II have been involved in the Career Development field for over 20 years. After working at the University of South Carolina's Career Center as part of my Master's degree program, I spent three years in the dual role of Director of the Cooperative Education Program and Assistant Director for Career Development at Berry College in Rome, GA. I then spent nine years at The George Washington University in Washington DC as an Assistant Director of Cooperative Education. During my tenure at GW, I worked with students from the School of Business and Public Management for seven years, and two years with students from the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Human Development.
I have extensive experience providing individuals with career counseling, job search strategies; resume writing, cover letters, interviewing skills and salary negotiations. As the Associate Director of the Career Services Office at CUA, I provide career counseling for students interested in exploring internships, writing resumes and cover letters, and developing strong interview and job search strategy skills. Additionally, I present at the Annual Dining Etiquette dinner which prepares students for the job interview over a meal. I periodically present to outside groups on various career development topics.
I earned a BS degree from Florida State University and a M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina. I am a member of The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and The Mid-Atlantic Career Counseling Association (MCCA). I am certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory.
Amanda S. Jones
Student Employment Coordinator
I began working in the Career Services Office in August 2006, at the beginning of the academic year, and it hasn't been any less exciting. There is always something new and exciting going on in our office. As the Student Employment Coordinator, I enjoy interacting with students and their supervisors, though I have to admit that my favorite part is getting ready for National Student Employment Week because I get to walk around campus taking pictures of students at work. The rest of the year I help students and their supervisors with work-study questions, and also answer student questions about on-campus employment.
I have a Master's degree in Public Health, in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley where I majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish Literature.
Michele P. Gibbs
I provide support to the professional staff in Career Services. My main role is to ensure the office runs efficiently and visitors to our office are provided with a welcoming environment. In addition, my responsibilities include managing and updating our website, hiring and supervising student employees and assisting with office publicity. My career at CUA began in 2003.
Previously I worked for St. John the Baptist Catholic Community in Silver Spring, MD where I assisted 5 directors in running parish programs. Originally from Schenectady, New York, I was employed by the University at Albany for 9 years before following my heart to the DC area.