Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2021 Winners!

Tribute Award

Dr. Alicia Monroe
Rowan University

Dr. Alicia Monroe is a PK-20 experienced educator and international education consultant. She has served as classroom teacher, supervisor, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, adjunct professor, and education consultant. At Rowan University, Monroe has taught undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level courses which focus on diversity and inclusion content. Particularly, as adjunct faculty in the Africana Studies program, she teaches the course that she designed titled, “Black Lives Matter: An Ethnographic Perspective of the Movement.”

Monroe also works in the Office of Career Advancement at Rowan University. Notably, in this role, she created and implements the Rowan First Star STEAM Academy, the First Star STEAM College and Career Readiness Conference, and the engineering apprentice program’s “Effective Engagement with Employers” workshops and networking events. She is currently responsible for three research studies focused on first year initiative, neurodiversity, and effective student engagement with career services. Her partnership with the Academic Success Center and Disability Resources and Autism PATH program has provided for collaborative planning, mentoring, career coaching, and job placement for differently abled students and alumni.

Monroe is the inaugural Director, Diversity and Inclusion for Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) and Co-Chair of the FY ’21 Principles of Ethical Professional Practice Committee for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). She is also the CEO and Founder of Solutions for Sustained Success, LLC., which provides services and professional learning in the areas of education, organizational change, leadership, diversity and inclusion, and equity and access.

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. Her published articles and blogs have garnered national and international recognition. Monroe most recently received the President’s Award for Excellence in Innovative Instructional Delivery, Distinguished Student Leadership Development Award- ASPIRE Student Leadership Development Program, Gary J. Hunter Excellence in Mentoring Award- Rowan University, Mentor of the Year Award- NACE, Distinguished Leadership Award- EACE, Heartland Hero- Pascale Sykes Foundation, as well as the Excellence in Diversity Award for Social Activism and Higher Education Supervisor of the Year from Rowan University. 

Outstanding Member Award

Cheresa J. Fewell
St. John's University

Cheresa has ten years’ experience in workforce development where she worked with and guided disconnected youth from the ages of 18-24, prepared women to return to the workforce, advised college students, and coached professionals desiring career advancement.  In 2016, Cheresa attended the EACE’s Newcomers Lunch, where she joined the Mentoring Committee and later transitioned into the Continuing Education Committee.  Being a part of EACE allowed her to tap into her leadership skills by working on a variety of projects. This allowed her to exchange ideas and initiatives with other career service professionals.  She is a proud alum of Queensborough Community College with an AS in Psychology. She also has a BA in Psychology, from St. John’s University and an MS in Human Resource Management with a Post Master’s Certificate in Organizational Development from The New School.  Cheresa is currently employed at St. John’s University as a Career and Internship Advisor, volunteers at Dress for Success as a Career Center Specialist and is a private Career Coach to mid-level professionals. She resides in Queens with her mom and her dog, Chica Bella. 

Rising Star Award

Kayla Lauricella
Fordham University

Kayla Lauricella is the Assistant Director of Career Services Student Engagement at Fordham University. She is currently the Webinar Sub-Committee Chair, where she leads the team’s efforts in conceptualizing and executing innovative webinar topics that will benefit all members of the career services community. Kayla joined the Webinar Sub-Committee in 2018, and began chairing in 2019. Kayla is passionate about student leadership development, enhancing the student experience, and encouraging students to pursue the unexpected in their career journeys. Kayla is also a huge “side hustle” advocate, encouraging students to pursue their entrepreneurial passions. In her spare time, she runs her own clothing business! 

Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion Award

University of Connecticut
Center for Career Development

Program Title: Revamping the Career Center's Internal DE&I Efforts

In the summer of 2020, the UConn Center for Career Development critically examined our diversity efforts, identifying the need to revamp our internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) committee. Our goal with restructuring our committee was to initiate a culture shift—fully integrating DE&I into the individual and collective work of our department. The outcome of our restructuring efforts resulted in a new 10-member committee, monthly Town Halls to bring the rest of our staff into DE&I conversations (with more than 21 participants), affinity community student resource pages (with more than 170 blog posts by more than 33 different authors), an inclusive language document to guide our blog writing/content development, and an anonymous form for on-going suggestions from our staff (with 15 submissions so far). The response to these changes has been very positive and has allowed our team to accomplish a great deal in relation to DE&I this year.

Innovation in Program Development Award

University of Pittsburgh
Career Center

Program Title: APPLYmania! Your Successful Job Search Starts Today! - Increasing Job Applicants in Handshake

Thousands of jobs expire monthly without even a glance. APPLYmania, a unique program piloted with liberal arts majors, was designed to build awareness of and increase applications to the wealth of opportunities awaiting Pitt students on Handshake. APPLYmania replaced the traditional workshop as a 3-day, 2-hour virtual event. Together, a career consultant and employment development team of two provided students with individualized and tailored help during a 20-minute one-on-one job search coaching session.

Students received a six-step job search guide, and a curated list of job postings matched to over 40 liberal arts majors, assuring every participant received at least 3 – 5 job leads linked to Handshake.

Of the nearly 60 participants, 46% applied for approximately 180 jobs over 12 weeks following the event. One student shared that after attending APPLYmania, they changed their resume to fit a specific job posting and received an interview with the company.

Innovation in Crisis Leadership Award for Small Schools

Haverford College
Center for Career and Professional Advising

Program Title: Summer Skills Accelerator

As soon as classes at Haverford went to virtual learning in March, 2020, the Center for Career and Professional Advising realized some of our students' internships and jobs were going to be cancelled. While we couldn’t control that, what we could control was coming up with ways to provide a forum for students to develop professional skills and gain industry knowledge that they would have gotten from a summer experience.

The Center quickly created summer programming – Summer Skills Accelerator -  for students to expand current skill sets and gain valuable experiences through free, non-credit bearing seminars and workshops. Alumni and college staff led 36 summer seminars. We additionally promoted self-guided learning experiences. This curated list of seminars, workshops, and self-guided learning opportunities allowed students to develop and expand their skills and could be listed on resumes as an experience or education item. 291 unique students participated in 1820 sessions.

Innovation in Crisis Leadership Award for Large Schools

University of Pittsburgh
Career Center

Program Title: Graduate Support Task Force

Just weeks into the 2020 pandemic, the Pitt Career Center determined that the need to provide personalized support to graduating seniors was a top priority. The Career Center shifted focus from simply collecting post-graduation outcomes to forming an institution-wide committee to support those entering an uncertain economic environment. From March through December, the Graduate Support Task Force (GSTF) worked together to support recent Pitt graduates through the development of targeted resources and programs and University-wide partnership and communication as they transitioned to their next steps in unprecedented times. Ultimately, the task force did not want the Class of 2020 to fall significantly below the 94% placement rate that had been typical in previous years, and considered this to be a target benchmark for success throughout the process.

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.

  • 2019: Joanne Ott, Assitant Director, Drexel University Steinbright Career Development Center
  • 2018: University of Connecticut Center for Career Development
  • 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.

  • 2020: Robbin Beauchamp, Wentworth Institute of Technology   
  • 2019:
    • University Career Center, Experiential Learning Unit, University of Maryland - College Park
    • Sabeen Sherikh, Darlene Johynson, and Liz Sposato, Hofstra University
  • 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.

  • 2020: Amanda Machonis, Phyllis Schoen, Lynn Hewitt, and Cherie Fishbaugh, Career Development Center and Dub-C Autism Program at West Chester University
  • 2019: Lisa McGuire, Assistant Director, Corp. Partner Relations, University of Connecticut
  • 2018: Sharon Mickens, Devin Bristol, Anastasia Lopez, Jocelyn Gaydos, Karin Asher, & Megan Zimmerman, Kristen Manchor, University of Pittsburgh
  • 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.

  • 2020: Scott Rappaport, Associate Director of Career Development, Saint Joseph's University
  • 2019: Jennifer Barr, Associate Director & Pre-Law Advisor, Haverford College
  • 2018: Dr. Sam Ratcliffe, Director, Career Services, Military Institute
  • 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.

  • 2020: Gerald Tang, Associate Director, Operations and Marketing, Starr Career Development Center at Baruch College
  • 2019:
    • Dorothy Hayden, Industry Advisor for Engineering Careers for University Career Services, George Mason University
    • Laurent Troland, Assitant Director, Bridgewater State University  
  • 2018: Kate Juhl, Program Director, College of Arts & Humanities, University of Maryland College Park
  • 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/Rising Star 

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

  • 2020: Marisol Rosado-Perez, Career Counselor and Academic Coach, Widener University
  • 2019:
    • Tracey Hanton, CPRW, Career Connections Specialist, Community College of Philadelphia
    • Mia Wittels, M.S.Ed, Assistant Director, Industry Advising, Villanova University 
  • 2018: Steve Savitsky, Career Advisor, Center for Career Development, Curry College
  • 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.)


Mary Alice Barrows

Ruben Britt

Bob Bullard

Christina Butler

Cathy Cosgrove

Junior Delgado

Kristin Eicholtz

Christine Falcone

Cheresa Fewell

Elise Goss-Alexander

Lisa Hansinger

Tracey Hanton

Tibi Hernandez

Darlene Johnson

Chiara Latimer

Sonya Lawyer

Stacy McClelland

Dr. Alicia Monroe

Scott Rappaport

Amber Ridgeway

Marisol Rosado-Perez

Jennifer Rossi Long

Joe Santacroce

Steve Savitsky

Ethan Selinger

Amy Smith

Gerald Tang

Kyle Thomas

Laurent Troland

Mia Wittels

Rachel Wobrak

Barbara Zito



Shannon Conklin

Kate Darcy Hohenthal

Amy Drakesmith

Ashley Forsythe

Jennifer Friary

Jenn Grauso

Tibisay Hernandez

Casey Hilferty

Darlene Johnson

Ali Joyce

Alison Maccarone

Jill Milon

Steve Savitsky

Terri Smith

Philip Wilkerson

Patrick Young

Barbara Zito

Outstanding Service Award (discontinued): 2013: Jill Milion, Consultant; 2011: Cailin Pachter, Muhlenberg College; 2010: Walter Tarver, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Distinguished Service Award (discontinued): 2013: Marianne Tramelli, Teachers College Columbia University; 2012: Helen Brown, Vector Marketing; 2010: Tom Tarantelli, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute