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Career Connections

Meet Our Staff


Colleen Monks

Colleen Monks
 Interim Director


Colleen Monks is the Interim Director and leads strategic planning and execution of the Lake Forest College four-year Career Pathways program in alignment with the College’s institutional planning priorities and mission to “prepare our students for, and help them attain, productive and rewarding careers.” 

Colleen has more than 10 years of professional experience in higher education in roles with a focus on career development and student success. Before coming to Lake Forest College, she worked at Northwestern University Career Advancement and taught a first-year experience course for students in engineering and applied sciences. Prior to her work in Career Services, Colleen helped launch a Student Support Services TRiO program and served as an advisor. She has been a presenter for and has been actively involved in the National Career Development Association and is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Colleen graduated from DePaul University with a Master of Education in Counseling, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ohio State University. 

Jennifer Lazarus

Jennifer Lazarus
  Associate Director of Internships


Jennifer Lazarus directs the for-credit internship approval process, working closely with students, faculty, and the Career Advancement Center’s staff. 

In addition to her work with internships, she contributes to the Law and Public Service pathway and the College’s pre-law advisory committee.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She then obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Ann Arbor, MI. Jennifer moved to Lake Forest with her family in 2013 and joined Lake Forest College in the fall of 2014 as a Department Assistant in the Career Advancement Center.

Business and Finance Pathway

Business, Computer Science, Data Science, Economics, Finance, Mathematics, and other students  interested in the Business and Finance Pathway

Marie Josephitis Marie Josephitis
Business and Finance Pathway Leader


Marie Josephitis leads the Business and Finance Pathway, leveraging her human resources and recruiting experience to provide students with effective career search skills.

Marie has held human resources leadership positions in a wide range of industries including financial services, insurance, marketing and healthcare. Throughout her career she has created meaningful internship and full-time entry-level opportunities for students in many types of business disciplines and industries. She has created comprehensive recruiting, on boarding, mentoring and training programs to ensure that interns and entry-level employees were successful in their roles.  Previously, she was an active volunteer with the Lake Forest College in roles as a career advisor and liaison to employers to create career opportunities for students.

Marie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. She holds a Life and Health License and is an active member of Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), and Human Resources Association of Chicago (HRMAC).

Vernard Lockhart

Vernard Lockhart ’08
Executive Internship and Employment Recruiting Strategist

Vernard Lockhart ’08 has over ten years of experience working in finance, business and recruitment sectors. His professional career to date includes serving as a field operative for a social investment consulting firm, helping nonprofits, finance, and technology firms attract top talent, and even starting and running his own event production company.

As a 2008 Lake Forest College graduate with a degree in Philosophy, such diversity of experience has provided the unique opportunity to help many people find new jobs and launch new social enterprises. He has also helped convicted felons re-enter the workforce. Vernard holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy from American University.

Creative Arts and Communication Pathway

Art, Art History, Cinema Studies, Classical Studies, Communication, Digital Media Design, English, Museum Studies, Music, Theater and other students interested in the Creative Arts and Communication Pathway. 

Danielle Kelly

Danielle Kelly
Creative Arts and Communication Pathway Leader


Danielle Kelly is the Creative Arts and Communication Career Pathway Leader. Her work in the non-profit, public, and private sectors encompasses executive, administrative, curatorial, and educational experience as well as arts & cultural programming, content development, media relations, and team development.

Danielle most recently served as Executive Director for Surface Design Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to contemporary fiber arts by supporting exhibitions, biennial conferences, and the quarterly publication, Surface Design Journal. Previous executive experience includes serving as Executive Director for the Las Vegas Neon Museum, where Danielle led the development of the Museum’s operational, programmatic, and educational structure. Danielle was also the curator and exhibition designer for the Museum’s Neon Boneyard exhibition, and collaborated on numerous historic preservation projects in the City of Las Vegas.

Danielle‘s project-based visual art practice ranges from installation to performance and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Portland, OR. Danielle’s writing experience encompasses catalog essays, art criticism, and arts & cultural reporting.

Law and Public Service Pathway

African American Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Education, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, History, International Relations, Latin American and Latinx Studies, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Sociology and Anthropology, Urban Studies, and other students interested in the Law and Public Service Pathway.

Benjamin Rohde 
Associate Director for Pathway and Employer Strategy

Law and Public Service Pathway Leader 

Ben Rohde is a student-centered professional committed to helping students connect their passion and abilities to meaningful careers. As a relationship builder, Ben networks with employers and alumni to facilitate opportunities for students to build on their learning from classroom to career.

Ben graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Student Personnel Administration from Concordia University, Wisconsin. He combines 8 years working in higher education with experience in Career Services, Academic Advising, Student Conduct, Title IX, Orientation, Student Activities, Athletics, and Admissions. Most recently he served as the Director of Career Services at CUW and was the President Elect/President of the Wisconsin Private Colleges Career Consortium (WIPCCC). He also taught college courses for 6 years teaching The Freshman Seminar, Career Exploration, and a Graduate Careers course.

Science and Health Care Pathway

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Neuroscience, Physics, and Psychology and other students interested in the Science and Health Care Pathway.

Pauline Binder-Finnema
Ph.D., M.P.P.
Science and Health Care Pathway Leader









Pauline Binder-Finnema leads the Science and Health Care Career Pathway.  Pauline has worked extensively over the past 25 years in diverse, international settings in the fields of scientific and health care research and evaluation.  She has over 10 years’ experience with university teaching and mentoring in these fields, as well as a vast professional network to help students explore future career opportunities.  Pauline has lived in and/or worked with medical science projects in several different states in the U.S., and across the globe, including in several European cities, the United Kingdom, Rwanda, Tanzania and Vietnam.

Pauline earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Utah, a Masters of Public Policy – Community Health degree from Adler University in Chicago, and a Ph.D., in Medical Science – International Health from Uppsala University in Sweden.


Build Your Own Pathway

Undecided students, those interested in developing general career skills, and other students interested in the Build Your Own Pathway.

Colleen Monks

Colleen Monks
 Interim Director

Colleen Monks leads the Build Your Own Pathway in addition to serving as Interim Director. She supports undecided students as they identify potential career paths and assists them with developing essential skills that can be an asset to any career.


Operations Team

Meg McDonough

Meg McDonough
  Employer Relations and Office Coordinator

Meg McDonough works in Employer Relations and is the Career Advancement Center Office Coordinator. A graduate of Miami University in Ohio, Meg began her career in sales and marketing with several large companies. Prior to joining Lake Forest College, Meg worked at a local church in Lake Forest for nine years, primarily with high school age teens. She also coordinated much of the office activity and events. She is very happy to join the Forester team!

Brittany Previte

Brittany Previte
 Communication and Operations Coordinator

Brittany Previte supports office operations, communications, and event management.

Brittany assists the Career Advancement Center with her experience in writing, technology, and program administration. She earned her Master of Arts in English at the Ohio State University, where she taught first-year composition courses, redesigning the curriculum for use with iPads. She also served on the administrative team of Ohio State’s business writing program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English from the College of Wooster.

To learn about the faculty internship supervisors and internship specialists, browse the Internships section of the site.