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Career Network Chairs

The Career Network Program is managed on the local chapter by the Career Chair position, in collaboration with the Alumni Volunteer Coordinator and the Director of Career Services. 

The Career Chair is the contact person for alumni seeking career networking opportunities in the alumni chapter. Contact your chapter's Career Chair for more information about the program or to get involved.

Career Network Chairs 2017-2018

Albuquerque
TBA

Arizona
Jay Conyers '95, jayconyers [at] mac.com

Atlanta
TBD

Austin
TBA

Bay Area
Ricky Dolezalek '14, rick.dolezalek [at] gmail.com

Chicago
TBA

Dallas
Jansen Givens '09, jansen.givens [at] gmail.com

Denver
Nate Reyher '03, natereyher [at] yahoo.com

Fort Worth
Kathy Russell Bradshaw '77, bradshaw.kathy [at] gmail.com

Houston
Lindsay Calvert '06, linzc8 [at] gmail.com

Kansas City
TBA

Los Angeles
Enzo Vernon '13, enzovernon7 [at] gmail.com

National Capital Area
Jasmeen Waliany '06, jwaliany [at] gmail.com

New England
Jessica Patrick '02, stillchasingsummer [at] gmail.com

New York
Craig Mills '85, credmi [at] gmail.com

Oklahoma City
Melissa Kirby Heuer '01, melissa.k.heuer [at] gmail.com

Portland
TBA

San Antonio
Derick Rodgers '92, drodgers [at] lawdcm.com

San Diego
TBA

Seattle
TBA

St. Louis
TBA

Tennessee
Abby Spaulding '07, aspaulding12 [at] gmail.com

International Chair
Alexander Sommer '05, sommer.alexander [at] gmail.com

Albuquerque, Arizona, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Portland, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis do not currently have a Career Chair. If you live in these regions and are interested in becoming a Career Chair, please contact alumni [at] trinity.edu.


Position Description - Career Chair

The Career Network Program is managed on the local chapter level by the Career Chair position, in collaboration with the Alumni Volunteer Coordinator in Alumni Relations and the Director of Career Services. The Career Chair is the contact person for alumni seeking career networking opportunities in the alumni chapter. Career networking can take place through chapter career-oriented events and through a more in-depth follow up process between and among individuals.

Since effective career networking ultimately depends on personal/professional relationships and interactions, this person should be motivated, outgoing and an effective networker in his or her own professional life. This person also should have the time and flexibility to devote a few minutes a week to this effort, so that those who tap into the network get a prompt response.

The primary role of the Career Chair is twofold:

Making Connections

Once a year, the Career Chair will chair the committee that organizes the Making Connections networking event and will be the host of that event. In geographical regions where alumni chapters have not previously held Making Connections events, smaller, more informal gatherings (i.e. Business and Career Networking) of alumni, students, and parents may be arranged. There may be potential, after some time, to expand the informal event to an established program like Making Connections if enough interest and participation exist.

Both formal and informal opportunities will give the Career Chair the opportunity to introduce her/himself, explain her/his role and how s/he can help, explain what Trinity is trying to accomplish through this network, and lay the foundation for future contacts with people who want to be volunteers. Since this is a high-profile, long-standing, all-chapter event, the president as well as other officers should also be highly involved in helping organize and stage this event.

Career Network Process

On a regular basis, the Career Chair will work to put alumni seeking networking contacts, job networking referrals, or basic career advice in touch with:

  1. alumni volunteers (including the Career Network who post their Career Snapshots accessible online) who agree to offer advice or career contact referrals
  2. data and human resources that the University offers

As part of this role, it would be his or her responsibility to grow the stable of volunteers identified in that city or region through personal outreach, through interactions at local chapter or national events, and through communications with University staff regarding people in the local area who are willing or likely prospects to be volunteers.

The Alumni Office and Career Services offer their assistance to you as Career Chair to:

  • Promote the Alumni Online Directory as a networking tool in communication with your chapter alumni
  • Encourage chapter membership to enroll in the Career Network
  • Refer alumni to other online and/or campus career resources
  • Coordinate career chapter activities
  • Coordinate regional efforts to welcome new alumni in your area
  • Provide local chapter career referrals