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Skidmore College
Career Development Center

Meet Our Staff

Kim Crabbe

Kim manages the direction and scope of services for the Career Development Center to best help students and alumni successfully navigate their career paths. Contact Kim if you are interested in careers in Consulting and Finance.

Penny Loretto

Penny Loretto
Associate Director,

Education & Nonprofit Community


Penny manages the Career Development Center’s Summer Experience Fund, and specializes in providing career services for students primarily interested in government, law, nonprofit organizations, and education. Contact Penny if you are interested in pursuing careers in these fields or if you have questions about the Summer Experience Fund program.

Megan Jackson

Megan Jackson
Associate Director,

Still Deciding Community


Megan specializes in career exploration and undeclared students. Contact Megan if you need to learn more aboutmajors and careers, or getting started on your career development.

Shannon Rodriguez

Shannon Rodriguez
Associate Director,

Healthcare Community

Science & Technology Community


Shannon specializes in working with students and alumni interested in healthcare, science, and technology.  She is also a member of the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC).  Contact Shannon if you are exploring careers in these areas, need help with your internship or job search, or are pursuing graduate or professional study.

Lauren Sisson

Lauren Sisson
Associate Director,

Arts & Design Community

Communications & Media Community


Lauren Sisson specializes in working with people interested in pursuing careers in the arts, design, media and communications fields.  She also works closely with the office of Alumni Relations to ensure alumni receive access to our office and services for life.  Contact Lauren if you are interested in these fields or are an alum looking to utilize the CDC resources.

Pam Fisher, Employer Relations Director

Pam Fisher
Associate Director of Employer Outreach and Strategic Communications

Pam Fisher works with employers to bring recruitment initiatives to Skidmore.  Contact Pam if you are an organization interested in on-campus recruitment, or working with Skidmore to share job or internship opportunities.

Soha Jafarzade

Soha Jafarzade                                                                                                              Sands Family Foundation Assistant Director of Diversity Career Development


Soha specializes in working within diverse populations (domestic students of color, LGBTQ+, first generation and international), from connecting students to opportunities that support their career goals to networking with alumni.  Contact Soha to learn more!

 About the Career Development Center

The Career Development Center is conveniently located in Starbuck Center, second floor, room 204.

Career Counseling Appointments

Appointments are available for Skidmore students and alumni to meet with career counselors in person or via phone/Skype. Please call us (518-580-5790) or log into your Handshake account to set up an appointment



Career coaches (paraprofessionals) are available in the Career Development Center (204 Starbuck) to assist drop-in students in reviewing resumes and cover letters.

During the Spring 2019 semester, career coaches are available during the following days/hours:

  • Monday: 11 am– 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 1 pm– 4 pm
  • Wednesday: 11 am– 4 pm
  • Thursday: 12 pm – 4 pm
  • Friday: 1 pm– 4 pm

Skidmore Student Affairs Mission Statement

In support of the college’s mission, “to educate a diverse population of talented students,” the Division of Student Affairs works collaboratively with all college departments to create an inclusive and integrated educational experience.

We Believe:

We all learn from and teach each other best in a diverse and inclusive community where everyone has the opportunity to participate fully and has equitable access to the highest levels of excellence in education. Thus we believe:

  • Learning happens everywhere and requires victories, challenges, disappointments and defeats.
  • Learning is a dynamic, inclusive and integrative process of exploration across barriers and opportunities.
  • Learning happens in all dimensions: intellectual, emotional, physical, social, professional and spiritual.
  • Learning promotes growth, transformation and the continuous interaction and meaning making of self, other and community.

Revised 08/28/17

Career Development Center Mission Statement

Skidmore's Career Development Center is committed to supporting all students and alumni through the creative process of integrating their liberal arts education and experiences into a satisfying career. In keeping with the college's founding principle of linking theoretical with applied learning, we help students and alumni develop self-knowledge, cultivate partnerships on and off-campus, prepare for experiential opportunities and manage their careers proactively. We encourage students to build skills and participate in engaged liberal learning practices early in their Skidmore experience, and we offer guidance to both students and alumni in forging meaningful careers for a world of rapid change.

Revised 05/15/15