Meet the CDO staff.
Career Development Office – Staff
Bi-College: Bryn Mawr & Haverford
Liza Jane Bernard, Executive Director Bi-College CDO:
Liza Jane received her AB in History of Art at Wilson College and her MEd in Counseling Psychology at The College of William and Mary. She came to Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges in 1985 when the Colleges created a Bi-Co career services approach. Having attended a Friends high school and a womens’ college (also with an Honor Code) she finds the Bi-Co community a unique and extremely rewarding one.Top jobs: Mom, CDO Director, Aquatics Instructor.
Worst Job: picking peaches.
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Sharon M. Powers, Associate Director for Employer Relations & Bi-College Career Counselor:
Sharon has been with the CDO since 1999. She has a BA in Psychology from SUNY Fredonia and a MS Ed. in College Student Development from Alfred University. Her role in the office provides a unique balance between working closely with the students of BMC and HC in career counseling and assisting employers in connecting with them for jobs and internships. Her interests outside of the office include dancing which she began at the age of 3.
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Joseph Eckrich, Information Manager Bi-College CDO: Joseph received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mangagement Information Systems from Widener University.
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Bryn Mawr College
Michaile E. Rainey, Director:
Michaile received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the College of the Holy Cross and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She was the recipient of the Child Welfare Diversity Training Grant at Boston College. Michaile comes to Bryn Mawr from her post as Director of The Women’s Center at Lincoln University. Prior to that she was applying her training in social work in the fields of child welfare, behavioral health and healthcare. Her most rewarding jobs thus far are wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Favorite quote: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” (Malcolm X)
Genny Dunne , Director Bryn Mawr Graduate Student Career Services :
Genny has worked with master’s and doctoral students at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania for the past 15 years and as a career services specialist for the last 25. A graduate of Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and a magna cum laude graduate of American University, Genny has worked with undergraduate students at Harvard University, Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Pennsylvania as well as graduate students at Bryn Mawr and Penn. Genny is the author of the “Nursing Job Search Handbook” published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.Genny will be located at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (G-9) Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoons and in the CDO Office in Campus Center on Wednesday mornings and all day on Thursdays and Fridays.
Debbie Becker, Associate Director and Alumnae Career Counselor:
Debbie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Wake Forest University. She has served as a counselor at every educational level, except high school, working in both public education and in two university settings before coming to Bryn Mawr in 1996.
Immediately before Bryn Mawr, Debbie worked for Career Services at Penn. She enjoys swimming and power walking and is an avid traveller.
Jennifer S. Beale, Career Counselor / Pre-Law Advisor:
Jennifer received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University and M.S.Ed in Psychological Services/Counseling at University of Pennsylvania. For her first job she worked at a center city non-profit (Philadelphia Futures) helping neighborhood high school students achieve their goal of attending and completing college which is where she developed an interest in educational counseling. She began her career in the field of Career Counseling at the CDO in a temporary position in 2006, has worked in a similar capacity at two other institutions (USP & Villanova) and is delighted to be working with the bi-co community again. She loves the outdoors, food, traveling and most importantly time with her family & friends.
Dolores Burdo, Program Assistant:
Dolores has been with Bryn Mawr College since August 1999 starting as a Faculty Secretary and then moving to the Provost’s Office before joining the Career Development Office in 2005. She received the prestigious McPherson Award for Excellence from the college in 2004.
Prior to working at Bryn Mawr, Dolores held positions with PECO Energy, Continental Can Company, the Lower Merion School District, and St. Matthias Church.
In addition to her work responsibilities, Dolores is Certified in Liturgy and Music from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and plans and provides music for various liturgical celebrations in several churches. She is a member of the Association of Church Musicians in Philadelphia and was a Board member for the organization from 1995-2004.
- Amy M. Feifer, Director: Amy received her bachelor’s degree in Classics from
Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, and her master’s degree in Psychological Services from the School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been fortunate to work in CDO since February 1989, enjoying working with students, alumni, employers and colleagues. Previous colleges where she worked includes: Rosemont College in Admissions; UPenn as a graduate intern, and Franklin and Marshall College in Career Services. She has been very active in our professional associations, both on the regional and national level, serving as President for Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE), and chairing several committees for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Proudest Recent Achievements: walking in The Breast Cancer 3-Day 60 mile Walk in 06, 07 and 08 and training for it for 09, and receiving the Distinguished Service Award from EACE.
Jennifer Barr, Associate Director / Pre-Law Advisor:
Jennifer received her BA from Shippensburg University in 1994 and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Study/Higher Education from Temple University in 1996. She joined Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges in 1998 after working in Student Activities and Deans offices for three years after graduate school. Top job? Career Counselor in the CDO: Great atmosphere, interesting (and fun!) students, and rewarding work.
Worst Job? Paper girl for the Philadelphia Inquirer…it lasted 5 days and ruined her banana-seat bike.
Emmy Robinson, Administrative Assistant:
Emmy has worked in the Career Development Office since 1996. Prior to that she worked at Bryn Mawr College in the Resources Office and for TV Guide in Human