Award Recipients


Distinguished Leadership Award

Dr. Alicia Monroe
Assistant Director, Rowan University Office of Career Advancement

First Star & STEAM Academy
Dr. Alicia Monroe developed and implemented two successful college Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics transition partnership programs (First Star & STEAM Academy) between secondary and higher education institutions. These programs help underrepresented students transition from high school to college, and achieve both career and academic success. Also, she developed interactive techniques for helping students in selecting a career choice, along with coordinating activities that involved self-assessment, career testing and understanding their learning styles. Because of the program's success, it has now has now become a model for other institutions in the southern New Jersey region. 

About the Recipient

Dr. Alicia Monroe serves as Assistant Director for the Office of Career Advancement at Rowan University. Notably, in this role, she developed and taught the college preparation and career readiness course for the Rowan University STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) Academy. In addition, through a partnership with the South Jersey First Star Collaborative, Dr. Monroe designed and implemented the Rowan First Star STEAM Academy; a pre-­‐college transition program designed to engage foster youth in college and career discovery, exploration, counseling, and planning. Other special initiatives that she has championed are the Cooperman College Scholars Program-­‐ Urban Education course, Pre-­‐Med/Dentistry as well as Engineering Mock Interview events, and TD Bank Disability Mentoring Day. Collaborative planning and engagement with Rowan University faculty, staff, students, and alumni as well as employers and community stakeholders has been critical to the success of the pre-­‐college transition programs and initiatives that she leads.

Alicia’s signature hashtag, #itsALLaboutthestudents, genuinely reflects her heart and commitment to education. With nearly 20 years as an educator, Dr. Monroe has served as classroom teacher, supervisor, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, adjunct professor, and education consultant. Dr. Monroe is also an ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) faculty member and an esteemed speaker for several education and professional organizations. Her nationally recognized research, Co-­‐Creative Dialogue in Culturally Proficient Schools, provides a glimpse into the socio-­‐dynamics of school communities and methods of self-­‐correction that will support student achievement. Her research along with her expertise in creating equity and access models that frame educational opportunities for all students are the core of the ongoing support and professional learning she provides to school districts throughout the country. Dr. Monroe has facilitated professional learning for national education associations, state DOEs, district administrators, and school-­‐based educators.

Monroe received a Doctorate of Education and earned the coveted Larry Marcus Medallion for Excellence in Doctoral Studies from Rowan University, a master's from Pratt Institute, and a bachelor's from the College of the Holy Cross. She proudly serves on four EACE committees: Diversity and Inclusion, Awards and Research Grants, Outcomes and Assessment, and Technology.

Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Award

Kimberly Dixon
Assistant Director of Employer Relations & Diversity, Stony Brook University Career Center

Diversity Career Preparation Program Series
In response to a growing need to support employers with diversity recruiting initiatives, and Kimberly Dixon’s passion to prepare underrepresented students for the world of work, Kimberly developed the Diversity Professional Leadership Network (DPLN) in 2008. Students are paired with professionals for mentoring, and guaranteed interviews with partnering organizations to pipeline talent. Past participants have gone on to work at organizations including Barclays, GE, Viacom, NBA, Texas Instruments, and Target to name a few. Based on the outstanding results as well as positive feedback from our corporate sponsors, the Diversity Career Preparation Series will continue to be showcased as a signature diversity program on campus. 

About the Recipient

Kimberly Joy Dixon is currently the Assistant Director of Employer Relations & Diversity at the Stony Brook University Career Center. With over 16 years of experience in career services, her expertise is on developing and enhancing employer recruitment relationships and helping employers design specific recruiting/branding strategies. In tune with the importance of diversity in the workplace, she strategically cultivates programs that generate a diverse talent pipeline aligned with industry diversity recruiting initiatives.

Ms. Dixon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College at Columbia University. A native of Queens, NY and currently residing on Long Island, Ms. Dixon has been married for 18 years and has a beautiful 13 year old daughter.

Innovation in Program Development Award

Springfield College Career Center

Team Members:

  • Scott Dranka, Interim Director
  • Nicole Gauthier, Career Counselor
  • Sherry Gomez, Career Advisor
  • Michael Hill, Associate Director
  • Laurie Wrona, Assistant Director


Peer Referral Program 
Among career services practitioners, it has long been lamented that the students who utilize our services reap the benefits, but how do we reach the students who do not? The Career Center at Springfield College has developed a Peer Referral Program that is rewarding the students who are engaged with the Career Center. This is accomplished by utilizing students as paid Peer Career Ambassadors to hype services and events, rewarding engaged students for referrals, facilitating raffles for first-time users, launching a t-shirt campaign and implementing a Refer-A-Peer Day.

Springfield is capitalizing on the idea that “word of mouth” and viral marketing are the best strategy for reaching this underserved demographic. This program is achieving its goals, is easily replicated and cost effective. 

Tribute Award

Robbin Beauchamp
Director, Center for Cooperative Education & Career Development, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Robbin Beauchamp has been an active member of EACE since joining in 1999. She presented at the conference during her first year of membership and has continued to be involved. Each year, Robbin has been on a committee, chaired a committee or served on the board. Robbin's committee work includes: Road Trips to the Real World, Professional Exchange, Professional Development and Sponsorship. Robbin was elected twice to the board in two different roles: Director of College Member Services and Director of Leadership Development. Robbin has twice been awarded a Presidential Citation for her contributions to EACE. She was instrumental in beginning the Director's Forum at the annual conference and worked to ensure that the conference could award NBCC and HRCI credits.

Robbin joined Wentworth Institute of Technology as Director of Cooperative Education and Career Development in Boston in September 2014 with over 25 years of college career services and human resources experience. She grew up in Winsted, Connecticut and went to Emerson College for her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication and Television Production. She obtained her Masters degree in Administration/Organizational Policy from Boston University. Robbin previously worked at Stonehill College and was the Director of the Career Center at Roger Williams University for 12 years.

Unique fact: She began her professional life in Hollywood working on television shows and returned to Boston to work in local television and radio.

Outstanding Member Award

Christine Cervelli
Assistant Director for the Student and Alumni Success Team, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Christine Cervelli has worked at New Jersey Institute of Technology – Career Development Services for 18 years. She is currently an Assistant Director for the Student and Alumni Success Team where she advises and plans programming for STEM students as well as students from the College of Science and Liberal Arts. Christine has been involved with EACE since 2013 when she joined the Membership Committee. Since then, she has served as co-chair of the Membership Committee as well as the Trending/PR Committee. She has presented speed learning sessions at EACE Annual Conferences for the last 5 years.

In addition to EACE, she has held executive board positions with the New Jersey Cooperative Education and Internship Association and was a co-founder of the New Jersey Career Center Consortium. She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Moravian College and a Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University.

Outstanding New Member Award

Stefano Verdesoto
Assistant Director of External Relations, Hofstra University Career Center (Now with Baruch College, CUNY)

Stefano Verdesoto works at Hofstra University and co-manages on-campus recruiting, as well as leads employer development and marketing efforts.

He joined EACE in 2014 during his time in graduate school and currently serves as the 2016-2017 Public Relations Committee co-chair. In this role, he collaborates with EACE committees to elevate and maintain the EACE brand and promote organization events and resources through mass communication, including social media.





Past Year Award Recipients:

Innovation & Leadership Awards

These awards are designed to honor innovation and contributions to our field, as well as, recognize leadership and best practices in the industries of HR/recruiting and career services.

Distinguished Leadership Award

This award honors outstanding and lasting contributions of such magnitude and quality to both EACE and the advancement of the field at-large as to merit public recognition and acclaim.

  • 2017: Dr. Alicia Monroe, Rowan University
  • 2013: Marianne Tramelli, Columbia University
  • 2012: Helen Brown, Vector Marketing
  • 2011: Donna Cassell Ratcliffe, Virginia Tech
  • 2010: Tom Tarantelli, Rennselear Polytechnic Institute
  • 2003: 
    • Patricia J. Carretta, George Mason University
    •  Amy Feifer, Haverford/Bryn Mawr
    • Janet Jones, Rutgers University
    • Sam Ratcliffe, Virginia Military Institute 
  • 2001: 
    • Sam Hall, Howard University
    • Eric Schlesinger, The World Bank
  • 1998: Carol Dedrick, National Starch and Chemical

Innovation in Assessment

This award honors outstanding models and/or best practices in programs and/or operational assessment processes.

  • 2015: Mansoor Khan and Michelle Kyriakides, St. John's University
  • 2014: Leslie Stevenson & Megan Wallace, University of Richmond

Innovation in Program Development

This award honors outstanding program development in recruiting or career services that can serve as a model program for others in the field to replicate.

  • 2017: Scott Dranka, Nicole Gauthier, Sherry Gomez, Michael Hill & Laurie Wrona, Springfield College
  • 2016: Courtney Hine, Nikki Sandoval, Francine Blume, Darren Cox, Rachel Shannon, Ann Martin, Rena Joseph, Rhoda Smackum, Cathy Francois, Brandi Malone, Kaitlin O'Connor, Harriett Hayes-Hubbard, University of Maryland University College
  • 2015:
    • Karin Asher, Allie Zalar, Alyson Kavalukas, & Alyssa Camerota, University of Pittsburgh

    • Bill McCarthy, Binghamton University

  • 2014: Jeanette Doyle, Springfield College

Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion

This award honors those who have made outstanding contributions and demonstrated innovation in the field of minority affairs and special populations.

  • 2017: Kimberly Dixon, Stony Brook University
  • 2016: 
    • Nancy Bilmes & Jim Lowe, University of Connecticut
    • Anna Young, Leslie Stevenson, Tina Cade & Ted Lewis, University of Richmond
  • 2015: Stephanie Angellotto, Kory Collins, Amy Todd, Karen Fox, Kurt Styers, Eunice Cardenas & Rebecca Taylor, Vanguard
  • 2004: & Raytheon
  • 2002: Leslie Williams, University of Virginia
  • 2001: Dan Ryan, University of Buffalo
  • 2000: Vicki Lynn, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • 1998: Patricia Smith, Millersville University

  EACE Service Awards

These awards are designed to recognize outstanding member service and involvement with our Association.

Tribute Award

Recognizes members who have consistently contributed to EACE through service and participation on committees, presentations, and conferences. The recipients of this award have had at least 6 years of involvement within the organization.

  • 2017: Robbin Beauchamp, Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • 2015: 
    • Gerald Tang, Baruch College
    • Stacy McClelland, Enterprise Holdings
  • 2011: Claire Benton, Cornell University
  • 2009:
    • Kimberly Joy Dixon, Stony Brook University - SUNY
    • Rachel Yudell, Temple University
  • 2008: Walter Tarver III, StocktonUniversity
  • 2007: Matthew Brink, St. Joseph's University
  • 2006:
    • Karen Polyniak, Stevens Institute of Technology
    • Lori DelGuidice, Rutgers University

Outstanding Member 

Recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions through their involvement in EACE with a membership of at least 3 years or greater.

  • 2017: Christine Cervelli, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • 2016: Jennifer Barr, Haverford College
  • 2015: Tracey Cantabene, Stevenson University
  • 2014: Tammy Samuels, Duke University
  • 2013: Ayanna Wilcher, KPMG
  • 2012:
    • Ray Ruiz, KPMG
    • Sharitta Gross, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • 2011:
    • Jennifer Broyles, Rutgers University
    •  Amy McPherson, Virginia Tech
  • 2009:
    • Christy Hanson, Messiah College
    •  Sharon M. Powers, Bryn Mawr/Haverford College
  • 2008: Helen Brown, Vector Marketing
  • 2007:
    • Lori DelGuidice, Honeywell International
    • Terri Moore, Time Warner Cable
  • 2006: Angella Griffin, George Washington University
  • 2005: Camille Franklin, American University
  • 2004: Monica Ko
  • 2003:
    • Adrienne C. Alberts, Johns Hopkins University
    • Fayth N. Litke, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • 2002: Michael Sciola, Wesleyan University

Outstanding New Member

Recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions through their involvement in EACE within the first 3 years of membership.

  • 2017: Stefano Verdesoto, Hofstra University
  • 2016: Scott Mannion, Babson College
  • 2015: Katie Vagen, Bridgewater State University
  • 2014: 
    • Christine Falcone, St. Joseph's University
    • Sara Jaques, Stevenson University
  • 2011: Gerald Tang, Columbia University
  • 2009:
    • Jennifer Rossi, Saint Joseph's University
    •  Stacey H. Brown, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 2008: Jennifer Wickersham, Villanova University
  • 2007: Effie Parpos, Babson College
  • 2006: Scott Rappaport, Widener University
  • 2005: Nathan Elton, Villanova University
  • 2004: Trisha Crowe, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2003: Kara Heisey, Duke University
  • 2002:
    • Terri Moore, University of Virginia 
    • Laura Watts, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • 2001:
    • Craig Single,
    • Michelle Watson, Lehigh University
  • 2000:
    • Adrienne C. Alberts, University of Virginia
    • Peter Pristic, EDS
  • 1998: Grace Figueredo, CVS Pharmacy

Presidential Citations

The President presents these citations to members who have provided outstanding service to EACE during the past year.  (Past 2 years.)


Jennifer Cadman

Christine Cervelli

Jocely Coalter

Audrey Cooper

Dayna DeFiore

Abby Gould

Elizabeth Hardesty

Samantha Hof

Ali Joyce

Mylene Kershner

Scott Mannion

Ashley Pinney

Zac Saeva

Stephen Savitsky

Katie Scheuer

Ethan Selinger

Noah Simon

Gerald Tang

Stefano Verdesoto

Barbara Zerillo


Adrienne Alberts

Robbin Beauchamp

Christine Cervelli

Shannon Conklin

Samantha Hof

Jill Milon

Ray Ruiz

Zachary Saeva

Katie Scheuer

Anne Scholl-Fiedler

Noah Simon

Gerald Tang

Amy Todd

Stefano Verdesoto

Patrick Young