Seaver College Career Center Staff
Meet The Staff
Amy Adams, Career Center Executive Director
Amy has worked at Pepperdine University for over 10 years in multiple capacities. She is a dual alumnus of Pepperdine, where she earned a BA in Public Relations and Non-Profit Management ('02) and an MBA ('08). Amy is passionate about leadership and enjoys strategically guiding the Career Center team as they seek to help students and alumni prepare and compete professionally. Her experiences with event planning, marketing, public relations, fundraising, information system management, and communications influence her work every day.
Marla Pontrelli, Associate Director & Industry Specialist
Marla Pontrelli serves as the Associate Director and Industry Specialist for the areas of non-profit, social services, and ministry. She guides students and alumni in all stages of their career development from a goal-oriented and strengths-based approach. She seeks to connect Pepperdine's vast network of faculty, employers, and mentors to provide a diverse range of valuable professional opportunities. Marla holds a master's degree in counseling psychology and has a background in career counseling, teaching, and research in higher education.
Nancy Shatzer, Industry Specialist
Nancy has served as an internship coordinator and industry specialist in the career center for 15 years. She has extensive experience with employers in the entertainment, media and the arts industries and works with employers setting up new internship programs. Nancy represents the career center at the national consortium University Career Action Network--www.ucanintern.com. She has served as Past President, President, Secretary, and Conference chair with the California Internship and Work Experience Association. She has studied the learning experience of student interns and has her Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara in education and organizational leadership.
Christine Gist, Industry Specialist
Christine graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Management and a Master in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. She also holds a Career Coaching Intensive certificate from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Christine serves as the Industry Specialist for Business and has over 10 years of experience in career advising working with students, alumni, and employers. Her advising experience ranges across various career fields including business management, accounting and human resources. She also enjoys volunteering her time with non-profit organizations providing guidance and support with resume reviews and mock interviews.
Yeneba Smith, Industry Specialist
Maile Hetherington, Marketing & Events Manager
Maile graduated as Magna Cum Laude from Sacred Heart University with a B.A. in Media Studies and Digital Culture, and a M.A. in Digital Media Production Communications. Maile comes from a background of film, television and video production. She serves as the Marketing & Events Coordinator for all Seaver College Career related events.
Madelline Abourched, Career Center Office Manager
Madelline is an Azusa Pacific University graduate with a B.A. in Sociology and an emphasis in Psychology. She joined the Seaver Career Center team in the fall of 2015 as the Office Manager and Program Coordinator for Project E(x)ternship, and looks forward to serving the Pepperdine community through the resources that the Career Center offers.
Alexa Borroel, Student Affairs Intern
Alexa Borroel graduated from Seaver College in 2016 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a minor in Hispanic Studies. During summer of 2016, she worked in the office of Jubilee Jumpstart, a non-profit bilingual preschool in Washington, D.C. She is passionate about working in the field of education and seeks to explore possible career options in higher education and career counseling during her time at the Career Center. She will serve as the Student Affairs Intern with the Seaver College Career Center for the 2016-2017 school year.
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