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If you choose to actively manage your career by working directly with a career coach, check out our selection of coaches. You will 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 may be available for Fairfield alumni; please be sure to mention you are a Fairfield graduate when you call.

Alumni who want to be considered to be listed on the Career Coach page may contact


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Kevin McMahon '99, MBA, CEC, CPRW

Executive Coach and Career Adviser
President of McMahon Resource Group, LLC
Hartford, CT

Contact through: Website / 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.


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Vivian M. Ciampi '92, MBA, PCC Principal and Professional Certified Coach, Professional Coaching, LLC
Coaching offered in New York City and Connecticut
Coaching sessions held in person or virtually

Contact through: Website / E-mail

Background / Areas of Specialty:

Vivian M. Ciampi is a Principal at Professional Coaching, LLC, a business navigation firm in Connecticut. She has been providing leadership/ strategic coaching and workshops to professionals in large corporations, small businesses and universities for over a decade. Her work centers around helping professionals leverage their strengths and ultimately have a more strategic and influential impact in the workplace and overall bottom line. The central theme of her coaching is around Strategic Leadership and Effective Communication, but she touches on a wide variety of leadership challenges in her coaching practice.

Vivian is also a coach and facilitator in the Executive Education department at the Harvard Business School and a professor in the Business Department at Quinnipiac University. Prior to starting her own business, she spent sixteen years as a Vice President at Travelers Property Casualty where she built a successful coaching program and coached many to leadership positions. She is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation; holds a Masters in Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Fairfield University.


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Sandra 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


Cachet Prescott

Cachet Prescott, MA ’04, CPCC, PHR
The Mid-Career Coach | Women’s Career & Business Coaching

Contact through: Website, FacebookLinkedIn 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.

Ready to discover, define and design your inspired career? Start here to schedule your free 30 minute consultation.


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Christine 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.

For more information about LEAD Advisory Group, or to request a coaching conversation please complete our brief inquiry form or contact us at


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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.


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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.

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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 internationally-recognized women's career success coach and leadership 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 success coaching and training firm helping professional women build successful, rewarding careers of significance. A former corporate marketing VP, trained marriage and family therapist, and seasoned coach, Kathy is a Forbes, Huffington Post and LinkedIn 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:

  • Career Breakthrough Coaching Program - 10-session coaching program designed to help you "dig deep, discover your right work, and illuminate the world with it."
  • The Amazing Career Project - A powerful career transformation 16-week online course designed to help women ages 30-55 build exciting, rewarding and successful careers of impact.

For more information, visit and Kathy's Forbes blog "Career Bliss."

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Julie Jansen
Julie Jansen LLC.

Contact through: Website / E-mail/ 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.

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Annette Richmond, MA ’99, CARW, CCELW

Career Marketing Professional: Certified Resume Writer & Certified LinkedIn Profile Writer career intelligence Resume Writing & Career Services

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

Background/Areas of specialty:

As a principal of career intelligence Resume Writing & Career Services, Annette empowers people to make faster, smoother, less-stressful job transitions. She brings the talent of a multi-certified writer, the perspective of a former recruiter, and the experience of someone who’s spent over a decade in the career field to every client she works with.

Annette creates attention-getting, achievement-based resumes and robust LinkedIn profiles. She works with committed clients who are ready and know the value of investing in their careers. Annette has been featured in notable media outlets including Monster, Vault, Business Insider, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. Her work is featured in Resumes For Dummies (August 2015).

Annette has earned the Certified Advanced Resume Writer and Certified Career Enlightenment LinkedIn Profile Writer designations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sacred Heart University and a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology from Fairfield University. Annette is a proud member of The National Resume Writers’ Association, Career Directors International, and Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches.


Tom Dondero '92
Mindful Career Solutions

Contact through: Website / E-mail

Background / Areas of Specialty

Tom Dondero is an executive level media professional turned highly sought after consultant, providing sales and marketing strategy, matching companies with active and passive job seekers, and helping individuals maximize their professional and personal happiness. High profile organizations employ his expertise in revamping strategies and cultures to increase productivity. In addition, as a Certified Master Coach, Tom combines his 20+ years in media with Behavioral Science to create a multidimensional road map for career development and identifying/placing talent.

Services include: professional resume building, interviewing and networking coaching, career guidance, and guaranteed interviews in the media industry.

Before starting his consulting businesses, Tom ran the High School Sports Sales and Marketing division (HSS) at USA TODAY Sports Media Group (SMG). He was responsible for driving revenue on a national level across all HSS properties as well as aligning assets with the larger SMG platform. His experience and unique approach in this space led to an expanded advertiser base not seen before in this sector.

Prior to joining USA TODAY, Tom spent nearly 15 years at ESPN as an integrated marketing sales executive handling their top accounts while juggling territory responsibilities. His successes in the unprecedented growth of these accounts led to multiple individual and team awards & recognitions. In his final three years, Tom led the newly created division, ESPNHS, crafting strategy for both the sales and marketing teams while increasing revenue by over 30% each year.

Tom began his career at USA and Sci-Fi Networks. He graduated from Fairfield University in 1992 with a B.A. in Economics.


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Noelle Gross

Contact through: Website / E-mail

Career strategy expert, speaker, thought-leader and founder of, Noelle’s mission is to help people do what they love and find lifelong career fulfillment. She does this by applying a common-sense, executive recruiter-born approach that takes the pain out of the job search and produces quick results.

  • The Ultimate Linkedin - A series of Linkedin video workshops with easy-to-implement advice and practical guidance that will have you optimized on this critical career platform. Great for those new to Linkedin or those feeling like they are present but lacking in producing Linked results.
  • Job Search Jumpstarter - A coaching program designed to help you launch your job search with hiring insights, best-practices and in aggressive headhunter fashion!
  • The Works! - A comprehensive writing package that will have your resume, cover letter and Linkedin profile branded to your career goals to produce the perfect job application.

For guidance on the best program for you, contact Noelle at or visit for free career advice!

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