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

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

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 National Certified Counselor (NCC), 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

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.

Carolyn T. Lammert, MLHR

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

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.

Janelle Valdinger ’19

Career Catalyst, Pre-Professional Science & STEM Liaison
jlvaldin@owu.edu | 740-260-3929

As a Career Catalyst (Pre-Professional & STEM Liaison), Janelle is responsible for guiding students throughout all facets of their career path.  She connects students to resources within the Career Connection office, builds lasting relationships with employers to expand our student’s access to outstanding internship and job opportunities, and collaborates with faculty and staff to support program development.

Janelle has a Bachelor’s Degree in both Geography and Environmental Science from Ohio Wesleyan University.  Along with her position here at OWU, Janelle is a full-time GIS Technician for the City of Delaware.  She has an extensive professional background in science-based fields such as chemistry, animal science, genetics, geographic information systems, and medical laboratory science.

Janelle's office is located at the DEC in room 110.


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


Interns

Gabrielle Campana ’21, Marketing and PR Intern, Peer Coach

Gabrielle is a senior at Ohio Wesleyan and joined the Career Connection as a Resume Peer Coach in the fall of 2018. She is a Neuroscience major, focusing on a career in neurological physical therapy and is eager to increase her professional skills and become knowledgeable in the realm of resumes and career counseling. Gabrielle also serves as the President of Cru (Christian Student Organization) and is a member of the Mortar Board Honor Society. 

Amelia Richardson ’21, Career Connection Intern

Amelia is a senior at Ohio Wesleyan and joined the Career Connection as a StAP intern in the fall of 2019. She is an Exercise Science major and wanting to attend physical therapy school after she graduates. She is very excited to be able to increase her leadership and professional skills, as well as increase her knowledge in different programs. She is a member of the women's volleyball team and is also involved in Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and the Mortar Board honor society on campus. 

Calvin Stull ’22, Career Connection Intern

Calvin is a junior 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 and an avid fisherman.  

Alexis Yracheta '23 Career Connection Marketing & Social Media Intern, Peer Resume Coach

Alexis is a multicultural, first-generation college student and a sophomore at Ohio Wesleyan. She joined Career Connection in the fall semester of 2020. She is a  Fine Arts Major with a minor in Environmental Studies. She is interested in museum curation, art history, and marketing. She creates artwork that focuses on the relationships between people and nature, natural environments, and family relationships. She works in all fine 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).