Meet the CCPD Staff

Valerie Miller

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Interim Director

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Input, Ideation, Restorative, Learner, Empathy

Contact Valerie for:

  • Questions about CCPD services
  • Information about K-Treks and the Career Summit
  • Discussion around on and off-campus recruitment opportunities
  • Alumni engagement opportunities around student career development

Valerie develops relationships with alumni and employers to generate/implement ideas to expand career opportunities for K students. She collaborates across campus for events such as the Career Summit, and meetings with the Mellon Grant working group. She is involved in strategic planning and programming development, including the Alumni Advocacy Network, and is the primary contact for parents regarding the CCPD. Previously a visiting instructor in the Department of Theatre Arts, Valerie is experienced in teaching, facilitating groups, public speaking, and program development. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Social Work from Boston University. When not at work, Valerie enjoys time with her husband, Matt Longjohn ’93, and two sons, Till and Max. She also can be found walking in the woods, swimming laps, or banging on the piano and singing at the top of her lungs.


Intellection, Individualization, Achiever, Responsibility, Harmony

Contact Rachel for:

  • Career Coaching appointments
  • Professional document critiques
  • Interview preparation 
  • Website maintenance
  • Handshake and Wisr questions

Rachel is a mom, wife, professional educator, board-game player, when-solo-driving pop singer, #ExcessiveHashtagUser, and thrift shop enthusiast. She enjoys helping students and alumni make connections between their interests, skills, and goals to find meaningful career paths for their lives “after K.” She especially enjoys teaching, professional document creation and revision, mock interviews, and helping people utilize technology to develop both themselves and their networks. She knows when it’s time to get serious while most admiring those with a healthy sense of humor. Rachel earned both an undergraduate teaching degree in English and a Master of Arts in Counseling Education/Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University.


Empathy, Developer, Positivity, Futuristic, Includer

Contact Jackie for:

  • Career Coaching appointments
  • Professional document critiques
  • Interview preparation 

Jackie assists students and alumni with career planning, utilizing career coaching strategies and assessment to inspire others to reach their potentials. She has an extensive background in experiential education facilitation and has worked with groups and teams, including ropes courses and initiative sites. She enjoys visiting the Arboretum with her family, noticing the outdoor beauty in every season. Jackie received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Grand Valley State University and her Master of Arts degree from Western Michigan University in the Counselor Education/Counseling Psychology Program.

Richard Sylvester

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Assistant Director, Experiential Opportunities

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Intellection, Strategic, Input, Learner, Analytical

Contact Richard for:

  • Career Coaching appointments
  • Professional document critiques
  • Interview preparation
  • Answers to questions about Externship and Internship Programs
  • Campus Employment questions

Richard started at K in January of 2016. A Michigan native, Richard has BS in Political Science and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling both from Andrews University. Richard has studied abroad in Australia, Fiji, China, and Tibet. He is an avid sports fan, a voracious reader and also enjoys writing, cooking and traveling.

Keri Bol

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Operations Support

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Achiever, Developer, Positivity, Relator, Arranger

Contact Keri for:

  • Assistance posting and promoting internship and job opportunities for K students
  • Information about the Recruiting Expo

Keri began working for Kalamazoo College in March of 2018. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University and her Master’s in Business Administration from Western Michigan University in Business Management. She has worked in several different industries throughout her career and has recently rejoined the workforce after staying at home with her two children for ten years. She is an avid reader, scrapbooker, crafter, and sports fan.  She also enjoys cooking and baking for her family.

Kristy Carlson

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Program Assistant

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Empathy, Individualization, Developer, Restorative, Arranger

Contact Kristy for:

  • Logistics of major CCPD events
  • Help with your Wisr account

Kristy is originally from Wisconsin’s beautiful thumb, Door County. She received a Bachelors of Science in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. With extensive experience in meeting and event management, Kristy earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation, which has led to her passion “Assisting others grow professionally”. During her free time, she enjoys traveling and exploring with her Canadian husband and feels most grounded when her feet are in Lake Michigan or she is baking.

Neelam Lal ’19

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Career Associate

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Los Angeles, California


Anthropology/Sociology, Critical Ethnic Studies


Community and Global Health

Georgie Andrews ’20

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Career Associate

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Ann Arbor, Michigan


Business and Studio Art

Brett Hines ’20

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Career Associate

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Traverse City, Michigan


Business and Computer Science

Rukudzo Gawa ’21

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Career Associate

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Harare, Zimbabwe


Computer Science and Math