The Catholic University of America

The Career Services Staff

The Career Services Office is located in McMahon Hall, Room 102
Phone: 202-319-5623/Fax: 202-319-4480 Email:
Summer Office Hours: M-Th 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
and Friday 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


The Office of Career Services provides programs, services and resources designed to encourage and assist students in the timely engagement in all aspects of career planning, experiential education, pursuit of post-baccalaureate educational opportunities, and job attainment. The office’s goal is to empower students to make career and educational choices facilitated by in-depth awareness of vocational interests, abilities, values, faith, and life goals. Through its efforts the office strives to provide students with the awareness and tools that will facilitate effective life-long career development activities.


The Vision of CUA Career Services is to:

• Become recognized by the University community as the center of institutional expertise and assistance in career planning, experiential education and job searching.
• Improve career awareness, provide role models for career success, enhance job and internship searching skills, and create networking connections through relationships with successful alumni.
• Build a comprehensive student campus employment program that enhances student career development and engagement with the University.
• Support and collaborate with University faculty and staff focused on first- and second-year students in order to stimulate timely engagement in the career planning process.


Anthony Chiappetta

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. 

Soad Mahfouz
Assistant Director

I have been working with students in higher education for over a decade in different capacities, including admissions, career guidance, and academic advising.  I was drawn to the field of career counseling while working on my Master’s thesis, which examined the factors that influence choosing a major.

As the Assistant Director, I help with providing career counseling to CUA students and alums. I also assist students with their resumes and cover letters, job/internship searches, and interview skills. In addition, I am responsible for the Career Peer Advisors (CPA) program.  

I earned my BA degree in Psychology and English Literature, and my MS degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.


Office Assistants

Elizabeth Ward
Nursing, 2018







Kathryn O. Marshall
Associate Director

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
Administrative Assistant

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.



Eric. N. Coyra-Calienes

International Economics & Finance, Mathematics, Junior

Boca Raton, Florida

Why did you want to become a Career Peer Advisor?

During my first two years at Catholic, I often found it difficult to utilize the offerings of the Office of Career Services. I decided to become a CPA so to better utilize the Office’s services and to help other students connect with the Office’s resources. I also wish to help others develop various professional skills.

Why did you pick your major? Were there any factors that influenced your decision?

I became interested in studying economics during my senior year of high school. I had a really great economics teacher and was excited about the various opportunities I would have by choosing that major. After taking some intradepartmental business courses, I realized that I wanted to broaden my focus and add the finance component to my major. I have an interest in economics on a global scale so I knew that studying International Economics & Finance would be the right fit for me. 

After you graduate, how do you plan to use your major? 
After graduation I hope to attend graduate school or work in management consulting.


Why do you think Career Services is such an important office?
The Career Services Office is important for many reasons. Unfortunately, many students have the misconception that the office is only needed when you need to find a job. The Office offers so much more than that by providing students with various resources and tools to succeed throughout their college career.  From first years to graduating seniors, the Office offers professional and individualized service every step of the way.

How has Career Services helped you?
Career Services has helped me to become more confident person and more focused towards planning my future. The Speed Networking event was one of the most useful events I attended. Having the ability to effectively converse with professionals is a life- long skill I have learned and continue to develop every day. In addition, taking the Strong Career Assessment test opened my eyes to what types of industries I would be interested in working in.  

What was the best career advice you've received to date?

The best career advice I have received to date is to always stay in touch with past employers and professors. These are the people who can attest to your skills and the level your work in the future. Building a strong network is more important than ever today as many positions place more emphasis on connections. 

Have you had a job or internship during your years at CUA? If so, what were they?

In my time at CUA I have worked for a local summer camp for kids during Summer 2012 and Summer 2014. I also had the opportunity to intern in the Marketing Services Department at Motion Point Corporation (Coconut Creek, FL). Motion Point is a company specializing in website translation and optimization. 

If a peer is reluctant to visit Career Services, what will you say to convince this person it’s worth it?    

I would encourage them to visit the office by showing them some of the many events that the Office puts together, the speakers that are brought to campus, and some of the success stories from utilizing the office. I would also tell them that they have nothing to lose by going. There is always an opportunity to learn something new.  

Tell us a fun/random fact about yourself.

I am an Eagle Scout