Career Coaches

‌Take the next step to actively managing your career by working directly with a career coach!

These career coaches, including Fairfield alumni, have been screened in advance by Alumni Relations staff. You'll find summary information on each - including background and areas of expertise, links, and contact information.

These are fee-based services, with rates given by each provider. Special discounts are available for Fairfield alumni; please be sure to mention you are a Fairfield graduate when you call.

Alumni Relations staff will not make any recommendations for any specific provider. Please note that providers are independent contractors and are in no way affiliated with Fairfield University, the Office of Alumni Relations, or the Fairfield Alumni Association, and are not being compensated by any of these offices.


Kathy Caprino, M.A.'05

Ellia Communications, Inc.
Wilton, Conn.

Contact through: Website, Twitter, FB, LinkedIn

Background / Areas of Specialty

Kathy Caprino, M.A.'05 is a nationally-recognized women's career coach and work-life expert, executive developer and trainer, writer and speaker dedicated to the advancement of women in business. Author of Breakdown, Breakthrough, Kathy is founder and president of Ellia Communications, Inc., a leading career and executive coaching and training firm helping professional women create successful and fulfilling careers, and reach their highest potential. A former corporate marketing VP, trained marriage and family therapist, and seasoned coach, Kathy is a Forbes and Huffington Post contributor and top media source on career issues and trends. She has appeared in over 100 leading newspapers and magazines and on national radio and television. Kathy's most popular career programs and services include:

Private Career Consultations - one-hour private consultation designed to address a key professional issue or goal

The Amazing Career Project - A comprehensive Career Transformation training program designed to help women ages 30-55 build exciting, rewarding and successful careers of significance.

Linda Van Valkenburgh, M.S., CCMC, CJSS

Owner and Certified Executive Career Coach, My Executive Career Coach, LLC, Stamford, Connecticut

Coaching sessions held in person or virtually

Contact through: Website / E-mail

Background / Areas of Specialty

Linda Van Valkenburgh is the owner and certified executive career coach of My Executive Career Coach, LLC - Stamford, Conn. She has great business experience in a broad range of corporate environments, including marketing, advertising, engineering, entrepreneurial partnerships, industrial manufacturing, and full-time career development work experience.

Linda partners with clients to plan, manage, and organize individualized career campaigns. She helps clients define career goals and identify career options utilizing proven and comprehensive career planning techniques and systems; provides opportunities to improve decision making skills; teaches job search and research strategies; and provides support for clients experiencing the stress of job loss or career transition.

Linda assists clients to discover their skills and strengths; develop their value proposition and strategic plan; target opportunities that advance their careers to the next level; and supports them through a skillful negotiation process.

Recognized by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Linda's credentials include: Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS), and Certified Social Media Career Strategist (CSMCS). She has also been trained in multiple social media platforms and holds a Twitter Certified Career Strategist credential. Linda's educational background includes a bachelor's degree in education and psychology from Marymount College, and a master's degree from Fordham University, with additional advanced degree credits from Purdue University.

Claire Candler '93, SPHR

Talent Boost
New Jersey

Contact through: Website / E-mail / Phone (973) 727-2156

Background / Areas of Specialty

Claire Chandler '93 is the president of Talent Boost, based in New Jersey. She has more than 20 years of experience in corporate and consulting roles, ranging from career coaching and personal branding, to communications and marketing, to training facilitation and leadership development. She has extensive experience in various areas of organizational effectiveness, including talent and succession management, leadership training and professional development, communication strategy, employment branding, executive coaching, team building, employee onboarding and engagement, and human capital planning.

Claire works with companies and individuals on tapping into their unique talents to achieve organizational and personal success. She has spoken at numerous conferences and webinars on topics including image and branding, succession management, onboarding and strategic visioning, and has facilitated interactive workshops for small and large audiences.

Claire is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Fairfield University and a master's degree in professional and technical communication from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Julie Jansen
Julie Jansen LLC.

Contact through: Website / E-mail / LinkedIn / Twitter / Phone: (203) 997-2412

Background / Areas of Specialty

Author, motivational speaker, career and executive coach, trainer, consultant and meeting facilitator who works with individuals in every industry, functional area and stage of their career to develop the competencies, skills and techniques needed to successfully change careers, find a new job, or start a business.

Julie works with clients on self-assessment, strategy, communication skills, image, networking, social media, interviewing, time management and action planning. She also writes job and board resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and bios.

Her bestselling book, I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work (Penguin Books) was published in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Romania. Julie also wrote You Want Me to Work With Who? Eleven Keys to a Stress-Free, Satisfying and Successful Work Life - No Matter Who You Work With, and is the author of an ebook series on Networking, Enhancing Your Image, Delegation, Managing Your Career, Time Management and Getting Organized.


Mary Ann (Durkin) Cordiano '91, MBA, CPRW
Career Coach and Resume Writer
CTR Career Coaching
Bridgewater, NJ

Contact through: Website / E-mail / Phone: (212) 920-1707

Background / Areas of Specialty

Mary Ann works with individuals at all stages of their career, from college to retirement. After spending more than 15 years in corporate human resources, Mary Ann is now utilizing that invaluable experience to coach others on navigating the career search process. She has counseled numerous individuals on career matters ranging from career changes to resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, networking, marketing techniques and negotiating offers.

Mary Ann has been fortunate to work for many well known organizations including ESPN, Coach, Digitas, Zipcar among others. Her work spans several cities as well; New York, Boston, Atlanta and Chicago. This wide array of experiences provides Mary Ann’s clients with a unique well-rounded prospective.

After receiving her bachelor's degree from Fairfield University, Mary Ann went on to receive a MBA degree from Georgia State University and is also a Certified Professional Resume Writer.


Kevin McMahon '99, MBA, CEC, CPRW
Executive Coach and Career Adviser
President of McMahon Resource Group, LLC
Hartford, CT

Contact throughWebsite / E-mailLinkedIn / Phone: (203) 536-2914 

Background / Areas of Speciality

Kevin McMahon is the Founder and President of McMahon Resource Group, a full-service career and executive coaching firm. With extensive experience in helping sales, marketing, and non-profit professionals become leaders, Kevin has built a model to help his clients grow personally and professionally.

Helping individuals better realize their passions and overcome limitations in achieving personal, professional and business success, Kevin works with his clients to expand their true talent. As a career strategist with the ability to cultivate lasting relationships, he works collaboratively with individuals and corporations to develop future leadership and help teams thrive.

Receiving his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University and an MBA from the University of Connecticut, Kevin has worked in various corporate sectors and non-profit organizations. He is also a Certified Executive Coach and Professional Resume Writer, and a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches.


Cachet Prescott, MA ’04, CPCC, PHR

The Mid-Career Coach | Women’s Career & Business Coaching

Contact through: Website, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter

Background/Areas of Specialty:

With purpose-aligned careers at the helm of her work, Cachet Prescott provides faith-inspired career and business coaching for mid-career professional women. She exercises expert prowess in empowering her counterparts to write the next chapter of their career success stories.

Specializing in career transitions in the middle of the occupational journey, Cachet enables her clients to make thoughtful, strategically planned changes including career reinvention, leaving or re-entering the workforce, job relocation and exploring the world of entrepreneurship. She also assists women with formulating effective career search campaigns and supercharging their professional brands through brand strategy, image consulting, interview prep, LinkedIn profile assistance and resume writing.

In addition to coaching, Cachet addresses career, entrepreneurship, leadership and women-related topics as a speaker, writer and workshop presenter. Her credentials: certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR); Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC); a BA in Sociology from the University of Virginia; an MA in Applied Psychology from Fairfield University; and an MA in Sociology from the University of Georgia.

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ar_career_longSandra Long

LinkedIn, Social Media and Networking Expert 

Post Road Consulting LLC

Contact through: Website, LinkedIn, Twitter, Email or phone 203-221-2649

Background/Areas of Specialty:

Sandra Long is an independent LinkedIn, networking, and social media professional. She is president and chief consultant for Post Road Consulting LLC. Sandra has extensive B2B sales and business development experience which gives her a wide array of proficiency across several industries.  

Sandra helps her clients with LinkedIn profiles, personal branding, networking, social media, LinkedIn advanced networking, LinkedIn company pages and social selling. She provides group workshops; as well as online and in person private classes or consulting. She works with individuals, consultants, attorneys, CEO’s, sales teams and job seekers.

Sandra is a graduate from the University of Rochester. She is also a regular contributing blogger for which was named a top 100 career website by Forbes in late 2013. Sandra is a member of the southern CT chapter of Association for Talent Development.  Contact Sandra for more information about upgrading your professional online image and leveraging the most effective online and in person networking techniques.


ar_career_tetrealtChristine Paul Tetreault SPHR, MA '85, M.Ed.
LEAD Advisory Group, Boston, MA

Contact through: LEAD Advisory Group, LINKEDIN

Background/ Areas of Specialty:

Christine Paul Tetreault co-founder and partner of the LEAD Advisory Group,  focuses on developing women leaders through a combination of individualized coaching, small group programming and networking. Services are designed to empower women toward transforming their professional and personal challenges into career-building opportunities. Christine is a frequent presenter to alumni groups, professional associations and conferences presenting on a wide range of career topics such as networking, job search strategy, women’s leadership, performance management and work-life issues.  

Christine is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has experience in corporate and higher-education management, human resources, executive coaching, and career management program development. In addition to the LEAD Advisory Group, Christine serves as a Learning Consultant within Global Leadership and Learning, at John Hancock Financial Services.  In this role, Christine, facilitates the growth and development of employees and the organization through delivery of North American leadership and professional development learning solutions that cross cultural borders and focus on improvements to performance, productivity and business results. She has also held positions at Harvard Business School, Bridgewater State University, Northeast­ern University, Simmons College, and Prudential Financial, Inc.

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