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Meet Our Staff


Guiding Principles

In accordance with the College mission statement, “…We prepare our students for, and help them attain, productive and rewarding careers…”
The Career Advancement Center’s commitment:
  • 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.

Our Team

Colleen Monks

Colleen Monks

Colleen Monks is the Director for the Career Advancement Center 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. She joined the Career Advancement Center in January of 2015, and prior to this role, she provided strong leadership as Associate Director, serving as the Pathway Leader for Science and Health Care and leading the CAC’s first-year and undecided student advising strategy. Before coming to Lake Forest College, Colleen worked at Northwestern University Career Advancement, advising and coordinating initiatives for students within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications, and the Bienen School of Music. She also brings with her experience as a TRIO, Student Support Services program advisor and assisted with the launch of their program at Triton College.

Colleen has been a presenter for and has been actively involved in the National Career Development Association and the National Association of Colleges and Employers. She holds a Master of Education in Counseling from DePaul University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the 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, Finance, and Data Science Pathway

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

Marie Josephitis

 Marie Josephitis
Business, Finance, and Data Science Pathway Leader

Marie Josephitis leads the Business, Finance, and Data Science 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).

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.

Ben Rohde

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.

Ben Rohde

Benjamin Rohde 
Associate Director for Pathway and Employer Strategy

Science and Health Care Pathway Leader   

Ben Rohde leads the Science and Health Care Pathway, bringing extensive experience working with employers and students across industries and Pathways.

Sophia McGrew

Sophia McGrew, MHRD
Health Professions Program Employer Relations Specialist

Sophia McGrew works in Employer Relations as the Health Professions Program Employer Relations Specialist.   Prior to joining Lake Forest College, her 20+ years working within the human resources field allowed her to provide many internships, career, and volunteer opportunities within the community. She also developed and established partnerships in the healthcare and education community, worked on the COVID-19 Contact Tracer grant awarded by Governor JB Pritzker, implemented a mandatory flu vaccine mandate per Joint Commission standards, and played an integral role of an organization receiving accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board project.

An Illinois native, Sophia dedicates her spare time to organizing philanthropic events for national sports figures, foundations and businesses that benefit children’s and wellness charitable causes.  Though she does not seek out honors, she is someone who has been recognized for her local and national contributions in giving back to the community.

Sophia is a graduate from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri with a M.A. in Human Resources and a graduate from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois with a B.S. in Radio-Television.

Pauline Binder-Finnema

Pauline Binder-Finnema
Ph.D., M.P.P.
Science and Health Care Partnership Liaison

Pauline Binder-Finnema 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

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
 Assistant Director for Communication and Operations

Brittany Previte leads the Career Advancement Center’s operations, communications, data, and event management. She draws on her experience in writing, technology, and program administration to create innovative solutions and strategies to support the College’s career planning initiatives.

Brittany earned her Master of Arts in English at The Ohio State University, where she taught first-year composition courses and 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.

Contact Information

Career Advancement Center

110 Buchanan Hall, South Campus


8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.