Mary Raymond, Associate Dean/Director
Mary arrived at Pomona in the fall of 2011 after many years in career services at East Coast colleges. She believes career advising has been the most important and satisfying aspect of her career, especially since liberal arts students have the freedom to be self directed as they creatively articulate their education in their life's work. Mary welcomes the opportunity to work with students unclear about their future destinations. When she is not helping students explore their paths, she is reading or knitting.
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Wanda Gibson, Sr. Associate Director, Career Counseling & Programs
Wanda started at the CDO in July 2007 after finishing her Ph.D. at The University of Georgia. She is also a graduate of Wesleyan University, a Pomona peer institution, so the question "What can I do with a liberal arts degree?" is one that hits home for her. Originally from North Carolina, Wanda has lived in Connecticut, New York, Florida, and Georgia. In her free time, she's an avid sports fan/watcher (go Tar Heels and Bulldogs!), tries her hand at running a couple of half-marathons per year, and enjoys board games, Wii, and most things that allow her to be competitive.
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Kerry Martin, Assistant Director, Alumni Services
Kerry came to the CDO in 2002 and has been working in college career services for more than 20 years. She loves helping people explore what they want to do with their lives and design strategies for how to get there. Originally from Oregon, Kerry enjoys traveling, hiking, singing, biking, reading, and camping with her husband and son. One of her favorite jobs was a summer stint as a bartender at a “lobster-in-the-rough” shack on Cape Ann north of Boston. Though she never received the pony she wanted as a girl, Kerry and her husband own a small herd of alpacas on a farm near Mt. Adams, in Washington state.
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Jennifer Locke, Assistant Director, Fellowships & Career Advising
Jennifer joined the CDO in September 2012. In tenth grade, she took a survey that promised to tell her which college was right for her, and only one school (one she'd never heard of until then) met all of her criteria: Pomona College. Jennifer later attended Pomona and graduated in 2003. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from UC Irvine, where she had the opportunity to apply for and receive research grants through UCLA and the Huntington library. Jennifer is happy to be back on campus to work with fellow Sagehens as they explore fellowships and career opportunities. When Jennifer's not in the office, she can usually be found playing piano, reading novels, or hosting board game nights with her husband (also Pomona '03).
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Susanne Filback, Pre-Law Advisor
Susanne joined the CDO as Prelaw Advisor in August 2008. She was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area before heading south to study politics at Pepperdine University. Susanne then went on to work as a recruiter for McKinsey & Co. and was Director of Career Services and the Prelaw Advisor at CMC for 10 years before coming to Pomona. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three young kids, and traveling whenever possible. She's starting to be a bit of a foodie too and is learning to cook dishes from around the world. She will gladly accept family recipes!
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Neil Gerard, Career Consultant
A career educator, Neil has been at Pomona College for 22 years. He served as Associate Dean of Students/Director, Smith Campus Center until his semi-retirement in June 2011. He currently serves part-time as a Career Consultant. He also works as part of the College’s Emergency Preparedness program. His favorite part of the job is the one-to-one contact with Pomona students. Born in New York City, he holds a Master of Business Administration from Adelphi University. His passions include golf, soccer, gourmet cooking and family.
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James Donnelly, Marketing Coordinator
James joined the CDO team in July of 2012 after completing his Masters in College Counseling & Student Development from Azusa Pacific University in 2011. Right out of college, James jumped into the corporate world, and after working in a few different fields, he discovered that college counseling was the place for him. He enjoys working with students and working on projects on anything from marketing & career advising to concerts & student activities. Raised in northern California and moved to southern California for school, he enjoys the people and pace of life in SoCal. Outside of work, James keeps himself busy exploring restaurants & hangout spots with his wife, running half-marathons & triathlons, and photographing concerts, events, & landscapes.
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Allison Musser, Experiential Programs Manager
Allison joined the CDO in November of 2014. Prior to the CDO, she was an Undergraduate Academic Advisor for the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Her interest in higher education began as an Orientation Leader at California State University, Fullerton, which inspired her to pursue a Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. Allison is a proponent of gaining practical experience to make informed decisions, and is dedicated to helping students identify, develop, and modify their personal and career goals. In her spare time, Allison enjoys country line dancing, exploring new sites with her husband, playing softball, and spending time with family and friends.
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