Richard J.

Graduate Assistant​

  • Pursuing M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • Richard is the proud father of a loving and rambunctious Pitbull named Taz.

"CDE has taught me the value of working with our Career Specialists to navigate difficult academic and career decisions. Anybody can benefit from the personal service and dedication of this team!"

Donna L.

Peer Advisor

  • Pursuing B.A. Business | Graduating May 2024

  • The ruler of Donna's house right now is a 5 lb. cat named Star.

"CDE has given me the opportunity to practice professional communication skills and it has given me the opportunity to see how small details matter when preparing for your dream job."

Brittany Wampler



  • B.A. Spanish &
    B.S. Communication, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

  • M.Ed. Higher Ed Administration & College Student Personnel, Kent State University

Brittany's career mission has been centered around breaking down the barriers existing for students to succeed academically and to achieve their career goals. She resides in Lakewood with her wife and four kids.

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Megan Carbone

Associate Director


  • B.S. Therapeutic Recreation, Ashland University

  • M.A.Ed. Leadership in Higher Education, Baldwin Wallace University

The Carbones are a football family and big Browns fans! In 2018, Megan and her family were featured in a promo video for Hard Knocks and David Njoku signed her sleeping baby's onesie.

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Chloe Irish

Associate Director


  • B.S. International Business, B.S. Sports Management, & M.B.A. Business Administration, Lake Erie College


Chloe’s career mission in this role is to cultivate and strengthen relationships with and between the Cleveland family - employers, students, alumni, faculty, staff and community - to maximize opportunities for collaboration and growth. Outside of work, Chloe loves to lift heavy things at the gym, try new restaurants around the city, and travel by cruise ship!

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Karen Lieske

Associate Director


  • B.A. Political Science & M.P.A Public Administration, University of Cincinnati

  • Teaching Certificate, Cleveland State University

Karen has two gym memberships, loves the high-intensity circuit “F45” class and taught math, science and social studies at a male prison.

Hyacinthe Raven

Student Employment Program Manager


  • B.A. Linguistics, B.A. Anthropology & B.A. Philosophy, Cleveland State

  • M.A. Philosophy, Cleveland State

In her spare time, Hyacinthe writes awful Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfiction and fusses over her cats.

Brianne Kistler

Strategic Communications & Events


  • B.A. Strategic Communication (Minor: Rhetoric/Writing), Miami University

When Brianne isn't creating Spotify playlists for any and every occasion, she can be found walking her dog Rigby, quoting "The Office" and attempting to cook.


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Shannon Josie

Career Specialist


  • B.A. Organizational Communication, Bowling Green State University

  • M.Ed. Adult Learning & Development, Cleveland State

Shannon’s career mission is to cultivate student leaders while  encouraging them to stay true to their authentic selves. 
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling or shopping at her favorite stores Target and Ulta. 

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John Nelson-Hronek

Career Specialist


  • B.S. Integrated Language Arts (Minor: English), Ohio University

  • M.Ed. College Student Personnel, Ohio University

John enjoys traveling and has been to six different countries. It is his goal to go to one or two new countries every year for the rest of his life!


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Lynn Leon

Career Specialist


  • B.A. Communications, The Ohio State University

  • Certified Professional Resume Writer

  • Global Career Development Facilitator

Lynn learned how to speak French before she learned English, she’s a 3-star thespian and she loves 1980’s music.

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Elaine Suarez

Career Specialist


  • B.S. Psychology, Baldwin Wallace College

  • M.P.A. Non-Profit Management, Northern Illinois University

Elaine often says she “was born on an island and ended up in Cleveland.” She loves to watch 1990s cartoons and adventure across the country with her son.

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Kyle Znamenak

Career, Data & Research Specialist


  • B.A. Psychology, Baldwin Wallace University

  • M.A. Psychology, Diversity Management certification, Cleveland State

  • Ph.D. Adult Education, Cleveland State

Kyle has acted in about a dozen films, including portraying the son of The Joker. And, he has two dogs named Marty McFly and Yara.