Meet our Staff


Lisa Hinkley
Associate VP for Career and Professional Development

Lisa Hinkley leads the career services team and supports students throughout their development. Her current area of specialization is assisting students interested in graduate/professional school.

During her 10 years of experience in career services, she has taught courses on leadership, career decision-making, and job search strategies.  She also presents at national and regional conferences on topics that include managing in times of change and developing innovative programs to meet the needs of special populations.  Lisa serves on the advisory board for the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI), which specializes in researching students’ transition from college to work. 

Lisa earned her master’s degree in student affairs administration from Michigan State University and bachelor’s degree in political science from Bradley University.  She loves to learn and is especially interested in health, fitness, and food.



Claire Gallerano
Assistant Director 


Claire Gallerano works with undecided students, independent scholars and those students interested in the health professions, sciences, psychology, math, and computer science, to discover their interests and to develop and pursue their professional goals. 

As an undergrad at the University of Notre Dame, Claire majored in American Studies and played soccer for the Fighting Irish. Before heading back home to Texas, Claire earned a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. In the years following law school, Claire worked as a litigation associate at Texas-based law firm, Jackson Walker LLP.  There she counseled and represented clients on various civil matters before discovering that her true passion was working with college students.

Before joining the CAC, Claire spent a year advising undergraduates in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University while working towards her Masters in Higher Education. She completed her Master’s thesis on student-athlete career development, and helped design and implement related programming within the Northwestern athletic department.

Claire loves wandering around new cities and firmly believes that laughter, sunshine, (good) coffee, and (often bad) dancing are the keys to lifelong happiness.



Dee Dee Dolan
Assistant Director


Dee Dee Dolan works primarily with students in the humanities and social sciences, including those majoring in international relations, modern languages, politics, English, history, American studies, art, art history, theatre, music, religion, and philosophy, helping them connect their liberal arts experience to the world of work. 

Before coming to Lake Forest College, Dee Dee served as a policy advisor for the Washington, DC-based think tank, Third Way, where she concentrated on education policy—specifically college and career readiness.  Her research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and NBC’s Education Nation.  Prior to her experience at Third Way, Dee Dee worked on Capitol Hill as legislative aide in the office of former Representative Melissa Bean.  She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Political Science and Art History. 

When not at the Career Advancement Center, Dee Dee can be found discovering new music, practicing yoga, or walking her dog around Chicago’s Northside.


Joe Chmura
Assistant Director

Joe Chmura works primarily with students who have an interest in the worlds of business, economics, finance, communication, sociology and anthropology to help align career interests with their professional goals.  

Joe graduated from Niagara University with a degree in Business Administration and has broad experience as a Human Resource executive and business leader. His career ranges from medical and pharmaceuticals sales to a variety of roles in Human Resources including senior executive positions at Baxter Healthcare and Follett Library Resources.

Throughout his career he has worked with students at a variety of Universities creating unique intern and rotation opportunities, which resulted in rewarding careers. He has also worked to support the continuing mission and growth of Chicago schools including Hales Franciscan High School. Joe has also served on the Board of Directors of the Lake County Workforce Investment Board and the McHenry County Workforce Investment Board, where he served as the Vice Chair. 




Associate Director

Alina Guarise

Bio coming soon…



Melinda Pudlo
 Department Assistant


Melinda Pudlo graduated from Benedictine University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. She obtained her MBA from Dominican University. After working in the corporate world for many years, in various positions of administration, account management, and marketing, Melinda joined Lake Forest College in the fall of 2005 as the Career Advancement Center’s Department Assistant.

Melinda’s role is to assist the Career Advancement Center’s staff, Lake Forest College students, and faculty with the events and activities sponsored by the Career Advancement Center. 

She lives in Grayslake, IL with her family, which consists of her husband, two sons, and dog. Melinda enjoys working out, reading, traveling and mostly spending time with her family and friends.

Mission Statement

We empower students to own their futures, because we care.

We care about how students make meaning of their Lake Forest experience.

We care about students gaining connections and experiences in their chosen fields to make them competitive for the best graduate schools and employers that match their goals. 

We care about student and alumni success.

We engage students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and community members in our quest.