All About GECD

What We Do

Global Education & Career Development (GECD) guides all students as they explore and prepare for careers, global opportunities and health professions.

Whether you are planning your career, seeking a global experience, searching for an internship or job, or applying to graduate or professional school, GECD is here to help. Many services are available for alumni and postdoctoral scholars.

GECD Mission and Vision

GECD seeks to empower MIT students and alumni to achieve lifelong success through seamless access to transformative global experiences, comprehensive and holistic career services, and mutually beneficial connections with employers and with graduate and professional schools.

Our goal is to engage students and alumni in self-discovery to craft lives that are intellectually challenging, personally enriching, and of service to the world.

GECD Staff

Melanie Parker

Melanie Parker

Executive Director, GECD

Melanie leads and oversees GECD, including Career Services, Global Education, and Prehealth Advising. Responds to media requests and provides leadership to DUE Global Theme Team. She has a Master of Education from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. Her experience includes over 20 years in Higher Education, mainly in Career Services, with prior work in Human Resources, U.S. Government, and Consulting.

Lindsey Fernandez

Lindsey Fernandez

Events Assistant

Lindsey assists with event planning and execution. She has an AB in Anthropology from Brown University and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Lindsey has previously worked in HR-Benefits and Resource Development at MIT.

Todd Jamieson

Todd Jamieson

IT Support and Data Associate

Todd assists departmental personnel on all technology platforms, providing hardware, software and web applications support. Todd provides a range of IT coordination as the technology project lead, providing expertise in the selection and implementation of technology, as well as the administration and development of existing Drupal websites and other web-based management platforms. Prior experience includes IBM, Manulife Financial, and the original development team at Experience.

Scott Murray

Scott Murray

Digital Communications Specialist & Career Advisor

Scott writes and edits content for GECD's website and social media, and manages MIT's Go Global website. He advises GECD staff on marketing and communications strategy, and provides career advising to undergraduate and graduate students. He has an interdisciplinary Master's from NYU and an MA in English from UMass Boston.

Career Services

Deborah Liverman

Deborah Liverman

Director, Career Services

Deborah leads Career Services and manages both services to students and employers. She is a member of the GECD leadership team and manages the office’s data on first destinations of MIT graduates as well as other surveys. M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from University of South Carolina; B.A. in Sociology from Davidson College. Currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership at University of Massachusetts. Experience includes 13 years in higher education, mainly in career services.

Tamara Menghi

Tamara Menghi

Associate Director, Employer Relations & Career Programs

Liaison to the following departments: Freshmen and Undeclared Sophomores
Tamara leads Employer Relations and Career Programs which includes directing the Freshmen/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) and providing support to MIT career fairs. She advises freshmen primarily but also assists all students with the interviewing process of the job search. Tamara has a M.S. in Counseling, Concentration: Student Development in Higher Education, Central Connecticut State University and a B.S. in Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. Experience includes over 15 years in Higher Education, 11 of which at MIT, with experience in career services, prehealth advising, academic advising and residential life.

Marilyn Wilson

Marilyn Wilson

Associate Director, Career Counseling and Education

Liaison to the following departments: 17, 18, ESD, 21A, 21F, 21H, 21L, 21M, 21W, 24
Marilyn leads a team that develops services and resources for all students, including career counseling, self-assessment, career exploration materials, and job search assistance. She advises PhD students and assists employers interested in PhD graduates. Marilyn has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from UVM and an AB in History from Harvard. She came to MIT Career Services in 2001, and has previous experience as a freelance writer, event manager, and nonprofit administrator.

Jake Livengood

Jake Livengood

Assistant Director for Graduate Student Career Services

Liaison to the following departments: Graduate Students
Jake is the primary contact for career services with PhD students in all courses, including career guidance for both academic and industry career paths. He also assists employers seeking to hire PhD students and serves student athletes. Jake has a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked in collegiate career services since 2005 in a variety of roles, including career counseling, employer outreach, teaching and leadership.

Lily Zhang

Lily Zhang

Assistant Director, Career Counseling & Training

Liaison to the following departments: 14, 15, 21, 22, BEP, HST, LGO, MEM, MST, ORC, SCM, SDM, TPP
Lily manages GECD’s drop-in appointments and meets with a range of MIT students from undergraduates to PhDs. She also advises students interested in applying to law school, business school, and graduate school. She holds an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts and a B.A. from Tufts University.

Meredith Pepin

Meredith Pepin

Assistant Director for First Year Engagement and Programs

Liaison to the following departments: 1, 2, 4, 11
Meredith counsels students in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Urban Studies and Planning, and the Center for Real Estate. In addition, she is an instructor for the Freshmen/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) and is the office liaison for multicultural groups. Meredith holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University and a B.A. from Stonehill College. Her experience includes five years in Higher Education, with a primary emphasis on career counseling.

Bob Dolan

Bob Dolan

Advisor for Postdoctoral Scholars

Bob provides career guidance for postdoctoral scholars in all courses and disciplines. He is a Certified Job Search and Career Transition Consultant with experience in career management since 2001. Bob holds a BS in Business and an MBA. Before joining MIT, Bob had a private career consulting practice and worked with clients across multiple industries. He has industry experience in the Publishing, Chemical, and Telecomm industries where he managed local and global finance organizations supporting the Corporate, Tax, R&D and Manufacturing Engineering functions.

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Career Development Specialist

 

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Career Development Specialist

 

Nyasha Toyloy

Nyasha Toyloy

Receptionist

Nyasha joined the office in August, 2012. Hers is the smiling face you see behind the front desk as you walk in the door.

Alessandra Rober Christensen

Alessandra Rober Christensen

Senior Assistant Director, Employer Relations
Director, Corporate Partnerships

Alessandra builds and manages employer relations programs and helps enhance career development opportunities for MIT students. She coordinates the Employer Connection Program (ECP) and sponsorship program and assists in development of policy, rules and regulations regarding employer relations operations. M.Ed in Higher Education Administration with concentration in Student Life and Development and Enrollment Management; B.A. in Psychology from University of Miami. Experience includes over 10 years in the private sector and 5 years in higher education.

Mike Ahern

Mike Ahern

Employer Relations Coordinator

Mike supports on-campus recruiting, employer relations programs and career development opportunities for MIT students. He coordinates employer site visits along with other employer sponsored events and workshops. Additionally he provides support on CareerBridge system administration in conjunction with Jordan. Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Salem State University and is currently completing a Master of Education also at Salem. Experience includes work in undergraduate admissions, residence life, and career counseling.

Jordan Siegel

Jordan Siegel

Recruiting and Marketing Coordinator 

Jordan coordinates on-campus recruiting, consults with employers’ contacts to develop strategies for effective recruiting, provides marketing and graphic design solutions to staff and employers, and advises students, staff and employers on MIT's career management system. Experience includes 12+ years in higher education, mainly in employer relations and recruiting.

Global Education and Prehealth Advising

Malgorzata Hedderick

Malgorzata R. Hedderick

Associate Dean, Global Education and Prehealth Advising

Malgorzata leads Global Education and oversees study abroad, including exchanges, and distinguished fellowships, as well as Prehealth Advising, including support to the Committee on Prehealth Advising (COPA). She is a member of the GECD leadership team, and works with students and with colleagues across the Institute on matters related to  Global Education. She also serves as a freshman advisor and co-teaches a freshman seminar. Malgorzata received M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Harvard and Master's Degree in Polish Literature from University of Warsaw. Her professional experience includes 20 years in international education and in study abroad through positions at MIT and Harvard.

Julia Mongo

Staff Writer and Advisor

Julia works closely with Distinguished Fellowships and Prehealth Advising on writing, editing, and reviewing material for the fellowships and health professional schools application processes. She also oversees the Fulbright Scholarship Program. Julia has an MS in Health Policy & Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA in Sociology from Harvard University. She is an active member of the MIT radio station WMBR 88.1fm, where she founded the Africa Kabisa radio program and serves as World Music Director.

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Assistant Dean for Global Education

 

Kim Benard

Kim Benard

Assistant Director, Distinguished Fellowships

Kim assists students with the entire application process to external fellowships, including but not limited to the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates Cambridge, Fulbright, and Truman. She also serves as the Secretary for Phi Beta Kappa. Visit the Distinguished Fellowships webpage for information on available fellowships. BA, Writing, Loyola University New Orleans MA, Medieval Studies, Fordham University MPhil, English, Fordham University.

Tami Bolk

Tami Bolk

Global Education Advisor

Tami coordinates the Cambridge-MIT Exchange (CME) program and manages other departmental exchanges. She also helps promote all global opportunities at MIT. Tami holds an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Her interests in the field have provided her with opportunities to teach English in Korea, work for a study abroad startup, and assist newly arrived refugees resettle into the Greater Boston community.

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Program Assistant, Global Education

 

Prehealth Advising

Jennifer Earls

Jennifer Earls

Assistant Director, Prehealth Advising

Jennifer oversees the day-to-day operations of the Prehealth Advising services for MIT students and alumni pursuing graduate study at medical, dental and other health profession schools. She provides direct career counseling and advising, as well as manages the Prehealth Advisor Program, which includes special workshops and a portfolio of mentoring programs such as the MIT Physician Shadow Program. Jennifer’s efforts are mainly aimed at providing students and alumni with opportunities to explore their career interests and to successfully prepare for application to health profession schools. Jennifer holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University and a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University. Her experience includes five years in Higher Education with a primary emphasis on career counseling and advising.

Aleshia Carlsen-Bryan

Aleshia Carlsen-Bryan

Assistant Director, Prehealth Evaluation

Aleshia manages the Prehealth committee letter process. She holds a M.A. in School Counseling from Assumption College and a B.A. in Biology from Colby-Sawyer College. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree at Regis College. Aleshia has worked in student advising at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

 

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Prehealth Advisor

 

Debra Shafran

Debra Shafran

Program Assistant, Prehealth Advising

Debra coordinates the Prehealth Credential Service and provides administrative support for appointment scheduling, general prehealth inquiries, workshops and events, and the Physician Shadow Program. Deb is a magna cum laude graduate of The American University, Washington, DC with a BA in Public Communications. She also currently teaches group fitness classes at several gyms in the greater Boston area. Prior work includes commercial radio and grass roots marketing and promotions for independent music artists.