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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!"

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 1980s music.

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Phil Wallace

Career Specialist​​

  • M.Ed. Higher Education Administration, Kent State University

  • B.A. Public Relations & B.A Marketing, Baldwin Wallace 

  • A.A. Liberal Arts, Lorain County Community College

Phil is a diehard Cleveland sports fan and loves all things Cavs, Browns, and Guardians. He also loves dogs (they are arguably his favorite part of planet earth).

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Kyle Znamenak

Career, Data & Research Specialist

  • B.A. Psychology, Baldwin Wallace University

  • M.A. Psychology, Diversity Management, 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.

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