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Helen Anderson

Helen Anderson

Senior Associate Director

Helen Anderson works part-time coaching students and alumni interested in the private sector. in addition to coaching, Helen serves as a faculty and student club liaison and performs employer outreach. She also manages the Slawson fellowship program and teaches career-related workshops.

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.

Elana Givens

Elana Givens


Elana Givens is the Director, Office of Career Services and is responsible for the general management and strategic direction of the office. She oversees the primary functions of career education, coaching 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.

Elana is actively involved with the APSIA (Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs) Career Services Group and is a frequent contributor to programming decisions. She is a member of the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance is currently serving on the Career Services Boot Camp committee as a member and instructor (2019 – present). Elana was previously a member of the MBA CSEA board from 2012 – 2015 and vice president from 2014 – 2015. She served from 2012 – 2021 on the Corporate Advisory Board of ALPFA Boston, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing Latinx leaders.

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.

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Caitlin Hughes

Assistant Director, Employer Relations

As the Assistant Director, Employer Relations, Caitlin works on weekly OCS programming, major events, and curating new employer partnerships based on the evolving desires of the Fletcher community. She is passionate about connecting Fletcher students and alumni with impactful and exciting employers all over the globe.

Prior to coming to Fletcher, Caitlin worked with a national nonprofit and as an advocate with Amnesty International Ireland, as well as several Massachusetts-based community action groups. She is a proud board member of the nonprofit Dogs for Better Lives, which places assistance dogs with individuals all over the country.

Caitlin earned her B.A. in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College and her LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the University of Galway, which she feels makes her highly empathetic to the position of Fletcher students.

Caitlin is a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland, and enjoys Irish literature, comedy, and the seasonal perks of New England in her free time.

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Morgan Hughes

Associate Director, Partnerships and Experiential Learning

Morgan Hughes, Associate Director, Partnerships and Experiential Learning is responsible for broadening and deepening relationships with employer partners to offer Fletcher students an array of experiential learning opportunities. Morgan leads Fletcher’s employer programming covering weekly employer sessions, sessions during the Career Exploration Days as well as the Washington DC trip.

Morgan came to Fletcher from Northeastern University, where she worked to develop and scale their project-based learning program across the university. She was also an Adjunct Lecturer at the College Of Professional Studies where she taught two courses, "Personal and Professional Career Development" and "Experiential Projects for Professionals."

Morgan earned her MA in Education from Northeastern University and her B.A. in Political Science from Stony Brook University.

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Jaime McAllister-Grande

Associate Director, Career Services

Jaime McAllister-Grande is an Associate Director in the Office of Career Services, where she focuses on designing and implementing a Career Education course for Fletcher students along with providing 1:1 career advising and coaching. She is excited to support Fletcher students in their career development.

She holds a Master's in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on performing arts education to support social change. She has worked at the Huntington Theatre Company, Urban Improv, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, and Harvard Library. Most recently she served as the Career Exploration and Training Program manager for Waltham Partnership for Youth.

Lesley Theall

Lesley Theall

Associate Director, Career Services

Lesley coaches students and alumni who are interested in careers in the U.S. public sector. She works closely with several key federal agencies such as the Department of State, the Department of Treasury, USAID, and the Department of Commerce as well as some of the intel agencies. Additionally, she collaborates closely with many dedicated alumni who are so helpful in serving as resources in the public sector.  Lastly, Lesley manages The Rosenthal Fellowship, the Critical Languages Scholarship, the Boren Fellowship, and the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF).

Lesley has a background in career coaching, international nonprofit, and higher education program management. For 15 years she worked both at the Harvard Kennedy School in degree programs and career services, and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in a PhD leadership degree program. Earlier in her career, Lesley worked in the Foreign Fulbright Division of the International Institute of Education (IIE), advising MA/PhD foreign Fulbright students and ran the Boston Center for International Visitors (part of a USIA/State Department Program). 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 BA 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 also has a Myers-Briggs MBTI certification.

Outside of work she enjoys reading, cycling, cooking, and being on the outer Cape!

Kailey Whelan

Kailey Whelan

Kailey provides advanced administrative support (access to OCS platforms, career event registration, summer internship funding, etc.) and produces the weekly newsletter and marketing of OCS events.

Kailey previously worked at St. George's University Medical School, where she spent four years in the Office of Career Guidance and Student Development assisting students in the process of obtaining postgraduate training positions.

She is originally from Houston, TX and obtained her B.A. in International Relations from SUNY Geneseo in upstate New York. Kailey received her MS, Engineering/Industrial Management from Tufts University.

Outside of work, Kailey loves cooking, reading, learning languages, and listening to true crime podcasts.

Karin Wiedemann

Karin Wiedemann

Associate Director, Career Services

Since joining the OCS in November 2018, Karin has career coached hundreds of students and alumni on securing internships and jobs at International Organizations (ex. UN agencies), International Non-Profit Organizations (INGOs) and other sectors. Karin has designed and facilitated numerous workshops, webinars, courses and alumni and student panels on topics related to global careers. She meets weekly, with alumni and employers in Washington, DC, a city with the highest concentration of Fletcher alumni.

Karin has made numerous career transitions and has worked in all four sectors: including: The World Bank, The Department of State, Kaizen Consulting, the George Washington and Pennsylvania State universities, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and as founder and CEO or Wiedemann Consulting.;

She has over 20 years of full-time work experience in the US, and seven years in the European Union. She facilitated weeklong courses to 1500 local staff in 20 countries, as a full time State Department Education Specialist, and led trips in India, China, Morocco, and Vietnam while working for Semester at Sea.

Karin is a graduate of Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching Program (2008), holds both a M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language and a B.A. in Health Planning Administration, from The Pennsylvania State University. She is certified in Situational Leadership II, Fierce Conversations, Myers Briggs, and many Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication programs. She is a certified yoga instructor and has been teaching since 1999.

Karin enjoys hiking, biking and frequenting cafes in the US and Europe, with family, friends, and her dog Luna.