Meet Us

Walk in hours with Career Development Fellows are Monday through Friday 1–3 p.m. at the BCDC, and Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. in the Ladd Library just outside the Peer Writing Center and Mondays 8-10 p.m. at the OIE.
**During the academic year, while classes are in session.**

Members of the BCDC staff work closely with students, alumni, employers and colleagues at every stage of the career development process.

Please call us at 207-786-6232 to schedule an office or phone appointment with a counselor.  We look forward to working with you!

David McDonough, Director
E-mail:          Telephone: 207-786-6231

David provides management and leadership for the Career Development Center. Previously, David has worked within career services at Boston University, Brandeis University and Clark University and in human resources and career services for colleges in Scotland.  He has a B.A. (Hons) in politics and geography from the University of Sunderland and a Postgraduate Diploma in logic and information technology from the University of Dundee.

Colleen Coxe, Senior Associate Director of Employer and Alumni Relations
E-mail:          Telephone: 207-786-6398

Colleen works with employers to develop and promote job and internship opportunities for Bates students and recent graduates.  She is the primary contact for corporate recruiters, as well as alumni interested in recruiting Bates students.  Previously, Colleen has worked in communications as a consultant, and in higher education, health care and environmental organizations.  She has an M.S. in communication from Boston University and a B.A. in English and French from Dickinson College.

Karen Daigler, Senior Associate Director for Graduate and Professional School Advising
E-mail:          Telephone:  207-786-6230

Karen provides academic and career guidance to pre-health students and alumni, and advises those interested in pursuing graduate school.  She serves as an ex officio member of the Medical Studies Committee at Bates.  She also serves as a general career counselor, and administers the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and Strong Interest Inventory® assessments.  Karen has worked in career development for more than 20 years at Bates, Bowdoin and Boston College.  In her role at Bowdoin, Karen worked extensively with students interested in education and nonprofit careers.  Karen has an M.A. in counseling psychology from Boston College and a B.A. in sociology from Cortland State University.

Nancy Gibson, Associate Director & Pre-Law Advisor
E-mail:          Telephone:  207-786-6232

Nancy provides pre-law, graduate school and fellowship advising, as well as general career counseling.  She also oversees the Ladd Internship and Internship for Credit programs.  For more than 20 years, Nancy practiced law and taught at Northwestern University and University of Maine law schools.  She has also been a career consultant for lawyers.  Nancy is credentialed to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and Strong Interest Inventory® assessments. She received a B.S. magna cum laude in political science and psychology from Tufts University and a J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law.

Kim Gustafson, Assistant Director/Career Counselor
E-mail:          Telephone:  207-786-6235

Kim provides general career advising to Bates students and alumni in all fields of interest. She oversees the Career Development Fellows, as well as the signature Career Discovery in Practice (CDIP) job shadow and Bates in Asia internship programs. Prior to joining the BCDC team, Kim served as an Associate Dean of Admission and Coordinator of International Recruitment for Bates College. Kim is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), and she is credentialed to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and Strong Interest Inventory® assessments. She graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in East Asian Studies.

Sheila Anderson, Assistant Director – Operations and Analysis
E-mail:          Telephone:  207-786-6233

Sheila oversees JobCat and all subscription recruiting databases, and manages the BCDC web site.  She gathers counseling statistics to help determine the needs of Bates students and alumni who use BCDC services and tracks the first destination plans of Bates graduates.  She also oversees the BCDC Office Assistants.  Prior to coming to Bates, Sheila worked in adult education with students to help them obtain their GEDs.  She obtained her B.A. in American Studies from Westbrook College.

Karina Lemay, Program Specialist
E-mail:          Telephone:  207-786-6467

Karina maintains the pre-health records for students who are planning on applying to medical school. She is also responsible for the weekly BCDC newsletter, the yearly grad fair event, supporting the CDIP program, and LADD program. Prior to coming to Bates she worked in Event Marketing as a project manager, organizing and planning events, managing employees, and working with clients and before that she worked for a local online job board. She has a Bachelor’s in Business from University of New England and Associates in Baking & Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales University.

Karen Ouellette, Receptionist/Recruiting Assistant
E-mail:          Telephone:  207-786-6232

Karen’s responsibilities include serving as intake advisor for students and alumni, scheduling counseling appointments, assisting with employer recruiting and internship events, and handling logistics for workshops, trainings and programs.  Karen brings more than 20 years of administrative assistant/office management experience.  She has worked in education on special grants for schools throughout the state of Maine, for a large Maine corporation, and in human services.

2013-14 Career Development Fellows:

Mildred (Milly) Aroko ’14 is a rhetoric major and religious studies minor from Salem, Massachusetts.  She recently returned from studying abroad in Australia. At Bates, Milly’s leadership roles include serving as a Senior Admission Fellow at the Office of Admission and as Co-Class President. She also works as a teaching assistant for the Department of Rhetoric. She enjoys knitting, singing, traveling and spending time with family. She will begin writing her thesis in the spring about the numerous conspiracy theories surrounding African American characters in Quentin Tarantino feature films. She plans to pursue a Masters of Public Relations and Marketing at the University of New South Wales in Australia next summer.

Rosie Hale ’14 is a psychology major with a minor in sociology from Winchester, MA. She is a member on the Bates Women’s lacrosse team. Rosie has done volunteer work in the Lewiston community at Geiger elementary as a teacher’s assistant, and at the Hillview afterschool cooking classes. Rosie spent her junior year fall semester in Florence where she studied art history, Italian, and sociology. For the past two summers she has interned in various departments at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Emma Kane ’14 of New York, NY is a rhetoric major with a minor in sociology and concentrations in the Ancient World and Television and Media Studies. She just arrived back from a semester abroad in Jordan, learning Arabic and living with the Ammani people. She has worked summers in the marketing, advertising, e-commerce and publishing industries. At Bates, Emma will be focusing her efforts on a thesis about the effects of satirical politics, as well as pick-up squash and hockey.

Suraj Karmacharya ’14 of Kathmandu, Nepal, is a double major in politics and economics. He has enjoyed working for the last three years with the Bates Fund as a student caller. Suraj has been a Bonner Scholar for the Harward Center, and has volunteered in numerous elementary schools and afterschool programs such as Tree Street Youth. He spent his sophomore summer as an intern at Argosy International — a leading aerospace component supplier headed by Bates trustee Paul Marks ’83, P’17 — in Shanghai, China. This past summer he interned at Barclays Investment Bank in equity capital markets covering natural resources space. This fall, Suraj will write a politics thesis on social and caste inclusion in Nepal, while in the winter he plans to write an economics thesis on labor force discrimination in Nepal.

Daniel Oyolu ’15 of Houston, Texas is a Spanish and Interdisciplinary Studies double major. He has studied abroad in Havana, Cuba and Tarragona, Spain. In the summer after his first year, he interned in the Mayor of Houston’s Citizens Assistance Office. He interned at the Lewiston District Courthouse during his sophomore year, and this past summer he was a Loan Analyst at Leader Bank in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Will Pollard ’14 of Portland, Oregon is an economics and mathematics double major. This past summer he interned in the financial integrity department at Umpqua Bank in Portland, Oregon. Last spring he spent a semester in Cairo, Egypt studying Arabic and Middle Eastern politics. At Bates, Will spent two years playing rugby and is currently a member of the Investment Club and the Arabic Club.

Caroline Richards ’14 is a double major in mathematics and psychology from Cos Cob, CT.  Caroline has served as a math tutor here at Bates. She works in the community both as a volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital and as a tutor at the Lewiston Public Library. Caroline was one of two students to be selected for participation in a college-wide Purposeful Work initiative. She spent her past three summers interning at McLagan, a financial consulting firm. This past summer she also took nursing prerequisite courses at Boston College.