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Elana Givens is the director, Office of Career Services (OCS) at The Fletcher School. She is responsible for the general management and strategic direction of the office and oversees the primary functions of career education, counseling and employer relations.
Prior to working at The Fletcher School, Elana led the career center at the graduate business school at Brandeis University preparing students for global careers in business, economics and finance among the private, public and NGO sectors.
Elana moved to higher education following an established career in management consulting. In her work as Managing Partner, Twain Associates, Inc., she advised corporations from the U.S., Europe and Asia on their business strategies. She has extensive experience in many key areas including market and competitive analysis, new business analysis, product and customer profitability, sales and distribution, and acquisition analysis.
Elana serves on the Corporate Advisory Board of ALPFA Boston, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing Latino leaders. She also served on the board of the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance from 2012 – 2015 and held the position of vice president from 2014 – 2015. She was co-chair of the MBA CSEA's first Asian Conference in Singapore in 2014.
Elana earned her M.S. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned her B.A. cum laude in Economics from Brandeis University.
Helen Anderson works part-time coaching students and alumni interested in the private sector. In addition to coaching students and alumni, Helen serves as a faculty and student club liaison and performs employer outreach. She also manages the Blakeley and Slawson Fellowship Programs, and teaches a section of the Professional Development Program.
Helen has been actively involved in supporting Fletcher students in their career management since she joined the school in 1992 as the director of internship programs. Before coming to Fletcher, Helen worked at a healthcare consulting firm in the Boston area. Previously, she worked for eight years at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, most recently as the administrator for medical affairs. Helen is currently on the board of Brigham and Women's / Faulkner Hospital. She also is a corporator at the Dedham Institution for Savings in Dedham, Massachusetts.
Helen received a B.A. from Cornell University and an MBA in health administration from Columbia University.
Melissa Palmer is an associate director at the Fletcher Office of Career Services. She coaches students and alumni interested in the private sector, in addition to delivering sector-specific career development workshops. Melissa also manages the 10-week Professional Development Program for Fletcher students, partners with faculty and student organizations related to the private sector, and assists with all aspects of employer relations.
Melissa is passionate about serving Fletcher students as they pursue careers on the cutting edge of international business, issues and events. She has spent more than 20 years in higher education building and managing programs, in addition to teaching and coaching students on how to connect their interests and skills with the world-of-work in ways that are both meaningful and economically strategic. Most recently, Melissa was the manager of Academic Relationships and Internships for Thomson Reuters in Dallas, TX. Before that, she held roles at the University of Texas at Dallas as the assistant director for the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and as the program manager for the Graduate Accounting Program in the Naveen Jindal School of Business.
Melissa earned her M.S. from Miami University in college student personnel services, specializing in career development and international student services. She earned her B.A. cum laude in International Studies, minoring in French and Economics, also from Miami University (OH).
Associate Director, Employer Relations
Rochelle is the associate director of employer relations. She manages employer events and job postings and also develops relationships with organizations to increase career opportunities for students.
For the past ten years, Rochelle has worked in university career services. At Northeastern, she coached MBA students in all aspects of career development. At Boston University's Questrom School of Business, Rochelle was the industry relations manager for the energy/environmental sustainability, technology, public/non-profit and consumer products industries. In this hybrid role, she was responsible for career advising for students interested in these industry sectors, account management and business development. Previously, Rochelle held marketing roles for companies, such as Motorola and Work/Family Directions. She earned an MBA from Boston College's School of Management.
Rochelle loves the outdoors, especially biking, hiking and kayaking. Her favorite means of travel is by bike, having taken bike trips in Italy, France, Vietnam and Canada.
At Fletcher Lesley coaches students and alumni who are interested in the public sector and think tanks. She teaches one section of the Professional Development Program (PDP) and manages the Robertson Fellowship Program, The Rosenthal Fellowship and the Boren Fellowship. Additionally she manages the annual Washington, D.C. Career Trip, helping students and alumni meet and exchange ideas in their chosen sectors.
Lesley joined the OCS team with a background in career coaching, international nonprofit and higher education program management. For 15 years she worked in degree programs management and career coaching at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Earlier in her career, Lesley ran the Boston Center for International Visitors (part of a USIA/State Department Program) and worked in the Foreign Fulbright Division of the International Institute of Education (IIE), advising M.A./Ph.D. foreign Fulbright students on their academic studies. In particular, Lesley enjoys developing students' public narratives, and their personal brand as well as encouraging them to continually expand their personal/professional networks.
Lesley received her M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School, her B.A. in Spanish from the University of Vermont and a professional coaching certification from the Coaches Training Institute. She attended Middlebury College's Language Program in Intermediate Spanish and their Semester Abroad Program in Madrid. She is also trained in the Myers-Briggs MBTI certification.
Some of her hobbies include reading, cycling, pilates, cooking and being on the outer Cape as much as possible!
Karin has more than 25 years of experience as a leadership and career coach, trainer and consultant in both the public and private sectors in the U.S. and Europe. In 2018 she co-taught the Department of State’s Ambassadorial Seminars to career and non-career ambassadors.
As a senior consultant at Kaizen Institute Germany, Karin coached executives implementing continuous improvement at multi-national companies and designed and taught Coaching Skills for Leaders.
While on staff at the Department of State she taught leadership courses to over 1,000 staff in: Bulgaria; Belgium; Croatia; Cyprus; Finland; France; Germany; Ireland; Italy; Poland; Slovenia; Sweden; UK; Turkey; Russia; Georgia; Tajikistan; U.S. Missions to the U.N. and the Foreign Service Institute.
At the World Bank, Karin facilitated networking skills courses and career coached over 200 global leaders from 60 countries.
For ten years, Karin led Wiedemann Consulting, which provided leadership and stress management courses to the International Monetary Fund, National Park Service, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Princeton University and law firms in D.C.
Karin worked full time in Student Affairs at Pennsylvania State and George Washington universities, Semester at Sea and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Karin is a graduate of Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching Program (2008), holds a M.A. and B.A. from Pennsylvania State University. She is certified in Situational Leadership II, Fierce Conversations, Myers Briggs and Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication programs.
As Administrative Coordinator, Tyrel is the first person students meet when they walk into the Office of Career Services (OCS). He coordinates the logistics of OCS events and programs, maintains Fletcher Career Central (FCC), and answers any student or alumni inquiries about the office's many services. Tyrel is responsible for career trip registration, employment statistics, and manages the summer internship funding process. He is instrumental in organizing the logistics for PDP, and manages the OCS Travel Subsidy Program.
Tyrel can also advise students and alumni on which of the OCS coaches they should meet with based on their fields of interest.
Tyrel received a B.A. in English from the University of Florida, and is currently pursuing a post baccalaureate degree in Computer Science at Tufts.