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The EACE Awards and Research Grants Committee is proud to announce the 2016 Award Winners:


Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Award

University of Richmond Office of Alumni and Career Services

Oliver Hill Mentor Network and LGBTQ Spiders

Anna Young, Assistant Director

Anna has been an Assistant Director of Career Services at the University of Richmond since June 2012. At UR she focuses on developing programming and resources for students who are exploring majors and careers, strategic communication to students, and manages the Peer Advisor program. She received her M.Ed at the University of South Carolina where she began her work in career services and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.





Additional Team Members:

Leslie Stevenson, Director Office of Alumni and Career Services


Leslie is the Director, Career Development at the University of Richmond. In this capacity, she partners with many constituencies to assist students in reaching their career goals. Prior to this role, she held leadership roles in the career centers at the University of Baltimore and University of Virginia. Originally from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Leslie graduated from UVA with a degree in English and Sociology. After working as a bank manager in the Washington, DC area, Leslie returned to school for her master’s in College Student Personnel at the University of Maryland.


  • Tina Cade, Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Ted Lewis, Office of Common Ground Rationale


Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Award

University of Connecticut Center for Career Development

Increasing Career Center Staff Cultural Competency


Nancy Bilmes, Director

Nancy Bilmes is the Director of the Center for Career Development. Some of her responsibilities include supervising staff, overseeing the day to day operations of the department and managing all departmental activities. Previous to being director Nancy was responsible for departmental programming, supervising the Peer Career Advisors, developing new programming initiatives, and overseeing experiential learning opportunities. She also works one-on-one with students and presents workshops and presentations on all career related topics. Some of Nancy’s previous roles in the Center for Career Development (formerly Career Services), included Associate Director, Assistant Director for Experiential Learning, Career Counselor and Cooperative Education Coordinator.


Prior to coming to UConn, Nancy received her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University where she worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Alcohol and Other Drugs. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York where she was a Peer Career Counselor. Nancy developed her passion for Career Services while serving in this role as an undergraduate and has devoted her life’s work to helping students manager their careers and find their own passions.


Jim Lowe, Assistant Vice Provost, Executive Director

Jim Lowe was appointed as Assistant Vice Provost, Executive Director for the Center for Career Development of the University of Connecticut in February of 2013. Prior to his appointment to the Provost Office, Lowe served as Assistant Dean, Executive Director, External Relations and Outreach, of UConn’s School of Business, overseeing the Undergraduate and MBA populations’ career development programs and initiatives, Veteran Affairs, Diversity Initiatives, Marketing/Communications, and External Relations Departments. Before joining UConn, Lowe spent 10 years with Lee Hecht Harrison, a human capital solutions firm, primarily in their Manhattan, NY offices. During that time he was a Senior Vice President and General Manager overseeing all operational, financial, HR and marketing/sales functions at the firm’s international headquarters practice office and was SVP, Regional Sales Manager where he developed and executed strategic sales initiatives for the firm’s professional services, focusing on Fortune 1000 and mid-tier companies.


Lowe held senior level executive positions at a number of international companies such as: Leslie’s Poolmart, controlling all sales and operational functions of $350 million national business; Warner Bros., where he was Director of Training and Organizational Development addressing the talent needs that came with an expansion from 26 domestic locations to over 100 domestic and 16 international locations; and Linens ‘N Things, where he created sales, leadership and management development programs.


Lowe has been a frequent guest lecturer at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business Administration, New York University’s Stern School of Business, and Fairfield University, from which he received his BA degree. He is also a Certified Career Management Professional, and is certified in multiple individual and 360 organizational assessment tools.


Innovation in Program Development Award

University of Maryland University College Office of Career and Alumni Services

UMUC Government Week

Courtney Hine, Coordinator, Career Services
Courtney provides career advising to UMUC students and alumni about resumes, cover letters, and other general topics. She also serves as subject matter expert for all of the Career Services web-based tools.


Francine Blume, Assistant Vice President, Career Development

Dr. Blume oversees the Career Services team in providing career and professional development advice and opportunities for employer connections to all UMUC students and alumni. In the field for over 25 years, she was previously the Director for Experiential Education at American University and Director of International Programs at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

Darren Cox, Associate Director, Employer Services

Darren's primary role is to cultivate and maintain employer relationships to connect them to UMUC students and alumni. He regularly meets with employers and is responsible for serving as liaison to other departments on employer outreach coordination.


Cathy Francois, Career Advising Specialist

In addition to providing one-on-one career advising to UMUC students and alumni, Cathy develops the strategy and manages the logistics and programming to prepare students for employer recruitment activities.


Harriett Hayes-Hubbard, Administrative Assistant, Alumni Relations

Harriett serves as the staff liaison to the UMUC Alumni Association Board. She provides regular communications to the board and other alumni and provides administrative and logistical assistance for Career Services and Alumni Relations activities.


Rena Joseph, Administrative Assistant Career Services (not pictured)

Rena provides complex administrative support to the Career Services and Alumni Relations staff and serves as the first point-of-contact for the Career Services phone and email, overseeing customer service quality.


Brandi Malone, Recruitment Specialist (not pictured)

Brandi is responsible for connecting employers who wish to hire UMUC candidates with students and alumni. She assists with planning employer recruitment activities and offers exceptional customer service to employer partners.


Ann Martin, Career Advisor

Ann provides career advising to UMUC students and alumni in person or by phone, email, or Skype. She frequently presents in Career Services and Alumni Services webinars and workshops on a variety of career development topics.


Kaitlin O’Connor, Assistant Director, Engagement

Kaitlin is responsible for the logistics of all UMUC Career Services and Alumni Relations events and activities. She also leads the alumni engagement and volunteerism strategy and develops standard operating procedures for office projects.


Nikki Sandoval, Associate Vice President, Career Services and Alumni Relations

Nikki is responsible for overseeing the vision and strategy implementation for Career Services and Alumni Relations with an emphasis on enhancing the professional networks, career achievements, and community standing of students and graduates.


Rachel Shannon, Coordinator, Mentor Program (not pictured)

Rachel oversees the UMUC Mentor Program and recruits students and alumni to participate in this initiative. She also develops content and is responsible for Alumni Relations various social media platforms.

Rhoda Smackum, Career Advisor (not pictured)

Rhoda provides career advising to UMUC students and alumni in person or by phone, email or Skype. She is a frequent presenter of career advising information via webinars and workshops.


Outstanding Member Award

Jennifer Barr, Haverford College 

Jennifer Barr has been a member of EACE since 1998, first chairing the Liberal Arts Network and creating the Road Trip to the Real World Program. She has served on numerous committees including the Conference Committee, Awards and Research Grants, Diversity & Advancement Committee, and Long Range Planning.


She first served on the Board of Directors as the Director of Membership, creating the change in membership by introducing a fixed anniversary date, and establishing a new Group Membership type, resulting in an increase of members from 700 EACE members to over 1200 EACE members in two years. As President of EACE in 2013-2015, Jennifer oversaw and successfully managed a team of 12 Board members, 30 committee chairs and numerous committee members, and led the board process of creating and then adopting a three-year strategic plan for the organization focusing on Communication, Employer Engagement, Signature Programs and Leadership Development.


Jennifer began her career in higher education at the University of the Arts in the Dean of Student's office, and moved to career services in 1998 at Haverford College where she currently serves as the Pre-Law Advisor and Associate Director for the Center for Career and Professional Advising.


Outstanding New Member Award

Scott Mannion, Babson College

Scott is the Program Coordinator for the Undergraduate Center for Career Development at Babson College. In this role, Scott manages the logistics for all UG CCD programs and events. He also supports the Experiential Learning Programs, including Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE), Career Exploration Lab (CEL), Externships, and Internship Sponsorship Program. In addition, Scott supervises the Peer Career Ambassadors (PCAs), who serve as career liaisons to the student body.


Prior to Babson, Scott worked on the University Relations & Talent Acquisition teams for Staples, Inc., supporting the internship & co-op programs as well as other recruiting operations efforts. He earned his B.A. in English and Secondary Education and M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.




Thank you to all who participated in the Awards process!


2015-2016 Awards and Research Grants Committee Co-Chairs:

Beverley League and Terri Morris 


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