Career Connection Mission Statement

To provide career development, planning, and job search assistance to students and alumni by offering resources to help connect theory and practice with meaningful career objectives and by building partnerships with faculty, staff, alumni, parents, employers, and graduate schools. Through individual counseling, creative programming and technological services, we help students to identify and enhance networks and skills necessary to achieve career goals and to become actively engaged in a global society.

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Megan Ellis, M.Ed. ’05

Executive Director, OWU Career Connection
mrellis@owu.edu | 740-368-3149

Entrepreneurship Career Community

Megan earned a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University with an Economics Management major and Psychology minor and a Master's of Education in Higher Education from Pennsylvania State University with an Certificate of Institutional Research.

Megan is responsible for designing and implementing the OWU Career Connection which will be a wholistic four-year program preparing OWU students for life and professional success. She works closely with students, faculty and staff, alumni, community members, and corporate partners to create opportunities for personal and career development for OWU students.

Megan is also the Director of the Delaware Entrepreneurial Center at OWU and an advisor for Delta Gamma OWU Chapter and Hillel. 

Leigh Mascolino, M.S./Ed.S.

Director of Career Development;
lemascolin@owu.edu | 740-368-3150

Pre-Health Career Community

Leigh oversees the Career Connection office, supervises staff, and provides strategic leadership in the OWU Career Connection program. She provides individualized career coaching to students and establishes rapport with staff, faculty, employers, and Alumni to expand job prospects and graduate/professional opportunities for OWU students.

Leigh has a B.A. in Psychology from Ohio State and an M.S./Ed.S. in Career Counseling from Florida State, where she was trained under the Cognitive Information Processing (CIP) theory. She is a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC), a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Certified Strengths Coach, and an MBTI Certified Practitioner. Leigh served as President of the Ohio Career Development Association and has most recently worked as the Manager of Career Services in the College of Pharmacy at Ohio State.

Mindy B. Agin, MS, CPRW

Assistant Director for Internships & Externships
mbagin@owu.edu | 740-368-3153

Education & Communications Career Community

Mindy coaches students on internship success strategies, networks with employers to develop internship opportunities, and works with alumni to develop externship (career exploration) experiences. She helped create “The Bishop Launch Program," an intern development program designed to help students become confident, competent and competitive internship and job seekers.

Prior to joining OWU, Mindy worked for 10 years as a Career Strategist in the Career and Workforce Development Program at Jewish Family Services in Columbus, OH. Mindy holds a BA in Judaic Studies and Political Science from Emory University and an MS in Human Resources Management from the New School for Social Research in NYC, NY. Mindy is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Jill Hayes

Career Connection Coordinator, StAP Coordinator, & Legacy Internship Coordinator
jchayes@owu.edu | 740-368-3157

Jill plans and executes the Career and Graduate School Fair and the Internship & Summer Job Fair. She coordinates student programming and appointments and on-campus recruiting for the Career Connection. As coordinator of the Student Assistantship Program, she aids students in gaining practical work experience through on-campus opportunities.

Jill joined Ohio Wesleyan in 2017 as the Office Manager for Career Connection and became the Career Connection Coordinator, StAP Coordinator, and Legacy Internship Coordinator in February 2019.

Jill earned a B.E.S. in Communication Disorders from St. Cloud State University in 2001.


Career Catalysts

Housed within each academic department, Career Catalysts:

  • Understand employment trends for their respective areas
  • Have established business connections in their respective areas
  • Understand students’ individual career goals & inform them on opportunities
  • Coordinate department-specific events and experiential learning opportunities for students (e.g., Lunch & Learn Events)
  • Partner with faculty to establish new student events and internship opportunities

In addition to the people listed below, several of the Professional Staff listed above are also serving as Career Catalysts this year, as indicated.

Carolyn T. Lammert, MLHR

Assistant Director, Career Catalyst Program and Liaison for Economics and Business 
ctlammer@owu.edu | 740-368-3549

Economics & Business Career Community

As Assistant Director, Career Catalyst Program and Liaison for the Economics and Business Department, Carolyn is responsible for educating students about career resources and connecting them to great internship and job opportunities with the ultimate goal of preparing them for life after OWU!

Carolyn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Labor and Human Resources from The Ohio State University. She has a wealth of experience in multi-level corporate recruiting, student advising and internship program management.

Carolyn's office is located at Corns 230.

Newton Kimberly ’13, MPA

Career Catalyst, Careers with Social Impact
nskimberly@owu.edu| 740-368-3642

Careers with Social Impact Career Community

Humanities & Fine Arts Career Community

As a Career Catalyst (Careers with Social Impact), Newton works with students to help connect them to socially charged careers that align with their personal mission. Utilizing the amazing tools in the Career Connection office, Newton creates and maintains connections with students and employers to help ensure quality experiences for students, both pre and post-graduation, as well as quality and qualified candidates for employers. 

Newton has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University.  Prior to returning to OWU, Newton worked as an Academic/College Advisor with I Know I Can and as the Development Associate for TECH CORPS.

Newton’s Office is located in Elliott 009.

Danielle Bailey, Ph.D.

Career Catalyst, STEM
dmbailey@owu.edu

STEM Career Community

Danielle supports students by leading STEM-specific programming, connecting them with employers and alumni, and helping them navigate the transition into STEM careers. Danielle also works with students on refining their job and graduate school applications and helps them find funding opportunities. 

Danielle earned her B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Samford University in 2011 and her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Materials Science from Vanderbilt University in 2019. During graduate school, Danielle was a National Science Foundation fellow and utilized nanocrystals to study the molecular mechanisms in mental illness. Prior to Vanderbilt, Danielle worked as a science teacher with Teach For America.

Danielle’s Office is located in SCSC 210.


Interns

Allyson Amstutz ’24, StAP Intern

Allyson is a sophomore at Ohio Wesleyan, studying Special Education with a minor in Psychology. Outside of classes, she tends to keep herself busy and active with clubs such as CRU (an on-campus Christian organization), the Equestrian Team, Ski Club, and is looking to be more active in the Outdoor Ministry Team. She enjoys reading a good book (and a good pun), getting to know others, being outdoors in all aspects, doing arts and crafts, and drinking a fair share of strawberry lemonade. She is excited to serve others through this experience and is looking forward to all that she’ll learn about communication, planning events, attending to all of the corresponding details, and making valuable connections along the way.

Alena Arnold '22, STEM Intern

Alena is a junior at Ohio Wesleyan, and started as the STEM Career Community Intern in the fall of 2020. She is majoring in Environmental Science and Biology declared in Zoology, with a minor in Sociology-Anthropology. Alena is interested in conservation and ecology, and hopes to work in the field in the future. In her position as the STEM Career Community Intern, she enjoys seeking and creatively promoting new opportunities for aspiring scientists. At OWU, she is a member of the Equestrian team, OWtsiders A Cappella, and has been involved in the Fall Break backpacking trips and karate classes.

Sana Hussain ’22, Peer Career Coach

Sana is pursuing a major in Management Economics and a minor in Women & Gender studies and Business Marketing. Sana spent her summer working with the Human Resources department, at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Sana loves long hikes, traveling, and learning about new cultures. While working here, she hopes to talk with students and help them refine their resumes. She is excited to learn more about peer coaching and resume building as she steps into her senior year. 

Nathan Oke ’24, Peer Career Coach

Nathan is a sophomore at Ohio Wesleyan University and joined the Career Connections team in Fall of 2021. He is majoring in pre-dentistry and minoring in accounting. He is a part of the Men's Tennis team, a mentor of the Economic Management Fellows program, and a re-founder of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He is excited to grow and learn throughout his time working along side others in the Career Connection office. 

Briley Park ’24, Peer Career Coach

Briley is a sophomore majoring in Genetics and Pre-Med at Ohio Wesleyan. She joined Career Connection as an intern in the fall semester of 2021. She's interested in genetics, especially in the evolutionary parts of it and she is dedicated to know more about the subject by planning to go to graduate school. She decided her major after winning first place in the research on evolutionary genetics in her high school years. Furthermore, she is thrilled to start her first, new career at the OWU career center by supporting peer’s resumes and communicating with them, flourishing her professional skills on connections.

Calvin Stull ’22, Career Connection Intern

Calvin is a senior at Ohio Wesleyan and joined the Career Connection as a student intern in the fall semester of 2018. He is a Finance Economics major wanting to go into banking or be an analyst. He is excited to increase his professional skills and become excellent at making connections. He is a member of the varsity football team, current president of Phi Delta Theta and an avid fisherman.  

Alexis Yracheta ’23, Peer Career Coach

Alexis is a multicultural, first-generation college student and a junior at Ohio Wesleyan. She joined Career Connection in the fall semester of 2020. She is a BFA Fine Arts Major with a minor in Environmental Studies. She is interested in museum curation, art history, and marketing. She works in all art mediums but focuses on sculpture, such as creating small and large scale installations. While working here, she’s ambitious in becoming more knowledgeable in career counseling, marketing, and growing in her professional skills while working with others. In addition, she’s a member of the OWU Women’s Varsity Tennis team, First Gen club, SLAM Art club (Student-Led Art Movement), and serves as the Public Relations Coordinator for VIVA (OWU’s only Hispanic, Latino, Latinx organization on campus).


Career Connection Ambassadors

Learn more about our student leaders and the Career Connection Ambassador Program here!

Emmanuella Akomeah-Sirleaf '22


Emmanuella Akomeah-Sirleaf is a senior at Ohio Wesleyan University. She is majoring in Psychology and Pre-Med. She is on the Psychology Student Board, Honors Board Chair, and a member of the OWU Women's Rugby team.

Danielle Black '22

Danielle Black is a senior at Ohio Wesleyan University. She is majoring in Politics and Government & Pre-Law with a minor in History. She is also the Model United Nations and College Democrats Vice President, President of PG student Board, former challenge camp student director, RA, founder of the marching bishops, BLP participant, former city camp leader, pep band member, upcoming leadership fellow, and mock convention- recruitment committee chair.

Bulbul Lnu '23

Bulbul Lnu is a junior at Ohio Wesleyan University. She is majoring in Computer Science. She is also an Event Coordinator for Horizons International, a member of OWUSAA, Trip Advisor for OWU SCUBA, and a member of the Ski & Snowboarding Club.

Rachel Madore '24

Rachel Madore is a sophomore at Ohio Wesleyan University. She is majoring in Economics and Music. She is actively involved on campus as a member of the Economics Management Fellows program, the Spanish Club Treasurer, the Circle K Treasurer, a sister of Delta Gamma, NAfME, and member of the Honors Program.

Veronica Tai Padron '24

Veronica Tai Padron is a sophomore at Ohio Wesleyan University. She is majoring in Communications and Politics. She is also involved in Greek Life, Alumni Relations, and Interfaith Club.

Brittani Stiltner '23

Brittani Stiltner is a junior at Ohio Wesleyan University. She is majoring in International Studies, Spanish, and Economics. She is part of the Global Scholars Program, Economics Management Fellowship, Honors Program, Spanish Club (President), VIVA! (Treasurer), Marching Bishops, Basketball Band, Model UN, and College Democrats.

Kyle Wilgus '24

Kyle Wilgus is a senior at Ohio Wesleyan University. He is majoring in International Studies and Economics. His campus activities include Vice President of Phi Delta Theta, President of the Model United Nations Club, member of the International Studies and Economics Honor Program, Economics Honors Society tutor, Arabic tutor, Student Involvement Office Purchasing Coordinator, Camp Owhoo and Orientation Leader, and Baran Fellow.

Alexis Yracheta '23

Alexis Yracheta is a junior at Ohio Wesleyan University. She is majoring in BFA Fine Arts Studio. She is currently an Intern at the OWU Career Connection, Intern at OWU Historical Collections, a Public Relations Coordinator for VIVA (the only Hispanic & Latino/a/x organization on campus), a member of SLAM art club, and athlete on the OWU women's varsity tennis team.