Career Development Center
Learn more about our talented team of career consultants by viewing these videos.
Jack Oakes, Assistant Dean for Career Development
Jack Oakes joined the CDC in February of 2005, was promoted to director in August of 2008 and to his current position in September 2010. As assistant dean for career development, he leads all activities of the CDC including strategy development and implementation, management of the global portfolio of recruiting companies, career coaching of students, and direction and management of the CDC staff. He leads the career advisors in providing advice, coaching, and career search support to First and Second Year students as well as students in Darden’s two executive MBA formats. The career advisor team also works to strengthen relationships with existing Darden recruiting companies. Additionally, Jack oversees the employer relations management team who work closely with on-Grounds recruiting companies in all aspects of recruiting activities. As club liaison to the Darden Capital Management and Darden Private Equity clubs, Jack works with the club leadership to coordinate career development activities and company outreach.
A Darden graduate, Jack received an MBA/MA in East Asian Studies in 1989 and spent the majority of his corporate career in marketing in consumer goods at Procter and Gamble and financial services at T. Rowe Price and Legg Mason. Jack and his wife live in Charlottesville and have three children (two in college), three dogs, and two horses.
Career Education and Advising Team
Connie Whittaker Dunlop, Associate Director, Career Education and Advising
Connie Whittaker Dunlop currently serves as the career consultant for the MBA for Executives program at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. She teaches Darden’s Professional Advancement Course for executive MBAs and leads seminars in all aspects of career management. She advises MBA students on professional development topics, including setting career objectives, creating marketing plans, and writing cover letters and resumes. She is an expert in management consulting case interview preparation. Connie joined the Darden team in 2007. Prior to Darden, she served as a management consultant with Capital One and Deloitte. Connie earned a Darden MBA in 1998.
Denise Karaoli, Associate Director, International & Diversity
Denise Karaoli joined the CDC as assistant director of international programs and opportunities in September 2005. The role of the assistant director for international programs and opportunities is an additional resource for international students seeking positions in the U.S. and overseas, and U.S. students seeking international opportunities. Denise's main responsibilities include program and resource development, individual career counseling, and group instruction in career search strategies for the U.S. and abroad. Denise also focuses on developing recruiting opportunities with international and multinational companies for the entire Darden student body and with U.S. companies for the international students. In addition, Denise provides career support for minority students, works with companies on diversity recruiting and is actively involved in the major diversity conferences.
Denise has 14 years of private and public international marketing and consulting experience with companies and organizations overseas and in the U.S. Prior to joining the CDC, Denise served in the President's, Vice President's and Provost's office at UVa for eight years, promoting international programs and activities at UVa and abroad. She also managed the university-wide strategic planning process (Virginia 2020). Denise holds a MA in International Relations from the University of Kent in the U.K. and a BS in Cross Cultural Studies from California Polytechnic State University.
S. Kellogg Leliveld, Senior Associate Director, Careeer Education and Advising
S. Kellogg Leliveld serves as a career educator and advisor at the University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business. In this role Kellogg focuses on cultivating relationships with corporations to build sustainable talent pipelines and partnerships in support of higher education needs. Kellogg also teaches a series of classes to first year MBAs on career management and job search strategy and provides student coaching. Kellogg serves as the Career Development Center (CDC) advisor to a number of student organizations including the Marketing Club, Energy Club, Education Club, and Net Impact club and oversees Darden’s student led job treks. Kellogg joined the Darden CDC in 2004. Prior to Darden, Kellogg spent nine years as a management consultant and worked in Strategic Planning with Toys "R" Us. She also served as an independent consultant to Easter Seals. Kellogg earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, a master degree in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia, and a BS from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Kellogg currently serves on the board of the Virginia Discovery Museum and Camp Holiday Trails in Charlottesville.
Jeff Leopold, Associate Director, Careeer Education and Advising
Jeff joins the career advising team to lead the team’s education and advising for students interested in general management careers. Prior to joining Darden, Jeff worked at Genworth Financial where he served as Chief Marketing Officer, Program Marketing. Jeff’s business career of nearly 30 years also includes work with Capital One, Circuit City, IBM, and management consulting with CSC Index. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Council on Economic Education. He is an adjunct professor teaching strategy at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. Jeff earned his BSE from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Amanda Panarese, Assistant Director, Career Education and Advising
Amanda joins the career advising team to lead education and advising for students pursuing careers in marketing. Prior to Darden, Amanda spent more than a decade in marketing communications, business development, brand management, and public relations, with experience ranging from a technology startup and an educational travel company to larger organizations such as King & Spalding, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, and Hogan Lovells. Amanda earned an MBA from Georgia Southern University and a BA from the University of Virginia. She serves as a mentor to UVA students who are interested in pursuing careers in marketing and public relations.
Meftehe (Mef) Shebi. Assistant Director, Career Education and Advising
Mef comes to Darden from Grant Thornton where he worked as a Program Management Consultant serving the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to Grant Thornton, Mef worked as a management consultant with Accenture on client projects for clients including the AES Corporation, AmerisourceBergen Corporation, and the Internal Revenue Service. Mef also worked on the Faculty of Informatics at Addis Ababa University. Mef earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Education in International Education Policy from Harvard University.
Margaret Weeks, Student Communication, Career Education and Advising
Margaret joined the CDC in July 2007 as communications and marketing manager. In that role, she was responsible for coordinating all forms of communications at the CDC including the CDC portal, the Employment Report, etc. Margaret joins the career advising team to focus on a number of strategic initiatives including student communications, student outreach, and performance measurement. Margaret returned to the CDC after two years in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, where she was the responsible conduct of research coordinator, which involved developing a university-wide education program for faculty, staff and students on research ethics. She was also an assistant project leader, responsible for developing and procuring a research portal for the university research community. Prior to that, Margaret worked in the CDC for a year in a variety of roles. Her other work experience includes time spent in non-profits (The Alzheimer's Association) and private educational settings. Margaret has an M.Ed. from UVa and a B.A. from the College of Wooster. Margaret sits on the board of Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform, a national adoption advocacy and education group.
Edward Yu, Associate Director, Careeer Education and Advising
Edward Yu joined the CDC team in October 2005. As a career educator and advisor, Ed teaches career management and provides career advice to First and Second Year students. He is responsible for advising students interested in careers in investment banking, sales and trading and corporate finance. Ed serves as the liaison to the Finance Club and Private Equity Club. Prior to coming to Darden, Ed spent two years at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in MBA Career Services. Ed earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. His work experience includes Sales and Trading at JP Morgan Asia and Investment Banking (M&A) at Merrill Lynch's Singapore, Seoul and Korea offices. Ed also worked in the New York office of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. His MBA internship was in Investor Relations at Guidant Corporation. Ed enjoys performing arts and has acted in the Heritage Theatre at UVa.
Kelly Conner, Business Development Manager
Kelly Conner supports Darden's ongoing effort to identify and cultivate job leads by forging new relationships with companies, partnering with alumni and current students, attending national career fairs and through online research. She also manages Darden's job posting system and leverages the insights gained through analysis of posting and hiring trends to help decide where to focus business development efforts. Kelly comes to this role after three years of experience as a client services manager in Darden’s Career Development Center, working with existing recruiting companies. Prior to coming to Darden, Kelly supported marketing for M Benefit Solutions in Portland, Oregon. She also has five years of customer service experience as a San Francisco-based flight attendant for United Airlines.
Employer Relations Management Team
Debra Rizzo, Senior Associate Director for Employer Relations
Debra Rizzo, the associate director of employer relations, has been with Darden since 1993 and joined the CDC team in 1997. Debra manages the team responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with companies who come to recruit at Darden. She is also responsible for reporting all MBA statistical employment data for internal and external stakeholders. As a member of the MBACSC Research and Trends Committee, Debra works with other members to conduct research within the CSC membership to obtain information on items of interest to the membership and the public.
Angela Antenucci, Senior Employer Relations Manager
Angela Antenucci joined the CDC in 2006. She is the senior employer relations manager, responsible for managing the recruiting efforts of a broad portfolio of companies primarily in the financial industry. Her previous work experiences were in corporate marketing for First Consulting Group in Long Beach, California, and CH2M HILL in Reston, Virginia. Angela earned her BS degree from California State University.
Pamela Cline, Employer Relations Manager
Pamela Cline serves as a employer relations manager of the Career Development Center. Her role includes managing on-Grounds recruiting for a variety of companies. Prior to this role Pam served for 5 years as the assistant to the Office of Student Affairs at Darden, providing support and services to the MBA program, as well as a being a general resource for students. She has also worked at the Keswick Country Club where she served as membership sales director and as the concierge for the club. Before joining Keswick, she worked at the University of Virginia in clinical research in the Department of Neurosurgery at the UVA Medical Center. She attended Mary Washington College. A resident of Charlottesville for 18 years and mother of two young adults she enjoys her time outside of Darden with her family, as well as walking, hiking, pilates, and all of the many activities offered within the Charlottesville community.
Shavone Dudley, Employer Relations Manager
Shavone Dudley serves as a employer relations manager in the Career Development Center. Her role includes managing on-Grounds recruiting for primarily consulting firms. Shavone joins Darden from nTelos Wireless where for eight years she worked as a customer service representative, an administrative assistant and, most recently, as a manager of aged receivables for over 80 indirect agents within the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas. She has a bachelor of science degree in English from Radford University.
Tiffany Gutshall, Recruitment Coordinator
Tiffany Gutshall joined the Career Development Center in September 2009. She is the recruitment coordinator, responsible for managing on-Grounds and off-Grounds recruiting events for Darden. Tiffany graduated from Hollins University in 2005 with a B.A. in Political Science & Economics and in 2008 with a M.A. in Liberal Studies. Tiffany volunteers with the Service League of Hickory, NC, the American Heart Association and is the reunion chair for the Hollins University Class of 2005.