Christine Kelly, Director
I received my PhD in Communication from Purdue University. I taught communication for 16 years at state universities, a community college and small private liberal arts colleges. In December 2015 I joined Claremont Graduate University as the Director of Career Development. I collaborate with staff and faculty to integrate career and professional development into the fabric of graduate education. I’m Past-President of the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC), the professional association for practitioners who work in career and professional development for PhDs and Postdoctoral scholars. I write articles on career and professional development for several publications and am a contributing author to the Carpe Careers column in Inside Higher Ed.
Michael Sacoto, Assistant Director
Michael Sacoto joined Claremont Graduate University (CGU) in October 2018 as Assistant Director of the Career Development Office. In this role, Michael is responsible for providing career advising and professional development services to help prepare graduate students for a successful transition from CGU to their career.
Prior to joining CGU, Michael worked for the Inland Health Professions Coalition (IHPC), a non-profit organization focused on providing experiential learning opportunities for high school and college students in the Inland Empire. Through his work with the IHPC, Michael gained ample experience in student development, program management and employer relations. In the summer of 2016 and 2017, he received the Outstanding Citizenship Award from the San Bernardino County Medical Society for his work in providing healthcare internships to over 60 students. Michael has also served as an advisory board member for several schools, including co-chair of Palomares Academy of Health Sciences.
Michael obtained his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Education from CGU. He is fluent in Spanish. Michael’s main hobbies include reading, watching movies, and running in 100 plus degree weather.
Originally hailing from Massachusetts, Theresa attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for her undergraduate studies. In 2012, she relocated to the Los Angeles area to attend the Center for Business & Management of the Arts at Claremont Graduate University. Before becoming a career development professional, she worked at prestigious, world-class organizations like Boston Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Opera, as well as many smaller performing arts non-profits in fundraising, marketing, and venue management. Although Southern California suffers from a severe lack of Dunkin’ Donuts, Theresa still loves the sunshine here on the Best Coast.
Theresa uses her top skills every day as a career counselor: writing and relationship building, and employs a skills-based approach to her coaching. Theresa understands the difficulties of finding jobs, as well as the challenges of building and transitioning careers, and it’s incredibly meaningful for her to help others.
Peer Career Consultants
Jun Kabigting MBA,MSIE,SPHRi
Jun is an MA (en passant to PhD) student in Positive Organizational Psychology & Evaluation. His research interest primarily lies in the study of the paradoxical nature of human traits—arguably the basic building blocks of one’s strengths and talents—and how such seemingly contradictory relationships can be used to enhance the human potential to achieve breakthroughs in organizational performance and create strengths-based workplaces. Professionally, Jun is a business-academic with more than 25 years of experience across the entire human resource (HR) value chain of recruit, retain, and development, most of them gained internationally. His core expertise includes talent acquisition (recruiting & selection) and strengths-focused career coaching/counseling.
Also, Jun has more than 10 years of graduate-level teaching experience as an adjunct/clinical professor at various universities in the Philippines and Japan. He is an agile and inclusive educator committed to the academic success of students by designing and teaching classes that are ethical, reflexive, co-creative, plural, and based on design-thinking principles and mindsets.
Coming from Saudi Arabia with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, I joined CGU in 2018 to obtain my master’s degree in HRM and discover how this degree will help me achieve my career goals. With 4 years of experience in Human Resources, specifically in recruiting and training, I aspire to be a valuable asset to the CGU community and contribute back through sharing my diverse perspective and my learning experience with my fellow students about working in the U.S. and building a strong professional network.
Data Evaluation Assistant
Devin is a DrPH student in Community and Global Health with a minor in evaluation, policy, and leadership. She also serves as an adjunct professor at California State University teaching Introductory Statistics for the Health Sciences. Devin earned an MPH and has program management experience in the non-profit sector working with children, families, adults and seniors with their respiratory health needs. She plans to continue teaching in higher education in the public health field and pursuing research.
Employer Outreach Specialists
Tyler has been with the CDO since November 2019 and is an Employer Outreach Specialist. Tyler served in the military before pursuing his career in education. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Purdue University- Indianapolis in Exercise Science. He is currently a second year student in the MA Positive Health Psychology program. He plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology, where he can pursue his passion to being a researcher.
Bailey Westerhoff earned her MA in Museum Studies from Marist College in conjunction with the Institution Lorenzo de’Medici. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies with a focus in Museum Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Bailey has experience working with museums of all sizes, with an emphasis on visitor accessibility and education. One of her professional goals is to ensure cultural institutions are equitable and inclusive of all.