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Assistant Professor Experiential Learning, Internship Coordinator, ENDICOTT COLLEGE


As an Assistant Professor of Experiential Learning and Internship Coordinator at Endicott College, Mariellen is a student-centered, holistic career management educator who enjoys guiding college students as they begin serious and committed career exploration via experiential learning models that promote curiosity, competence, meaningful networking, and professional development.

Mariellen has been part of the Endicott community since 2005, where she previously taught in the School of Arts and Sciences.  She also was an Adjunct Instructor at Boston University from 1992 to 2014.

Mariellen has held many challenging positions involving association management, public policy and program development, and event coordination.   A graduate of Assumption College, Mariellen has her MA from the University of Massachusetts and completed a Public Policy fellowship at Georgetown University.  She and her husband Gary reside in Beverly and are proud parents of four grown children.



Principal and Co-Founder, Global Career Center

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Kate Moore is an international educator energized by our changing world of work and how we connect campuses, communities, and companies across the globe. She built the Global Career Center (GCC) to partner with universities and colleges throughout the world, employers from a wide range of industries, and learners of all ages to connect employability and education through collaborative program development, comprehensive services delivery, and curated experiential education. Kate has decades of experience directly related to global internships and applied learning, including work within higher education, nonprofit management, workforce recruitment, government relations and civic engagement.

State Directors

Thea Cerio, M. Ed, CPRW

Thea Cerio 

Massachusetts State Dir.

Director of Career Planning & Internships

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Thea Cerio enjoys more than 20 years of experience working in the fields of Career Services and education, having held a variety of positions that have served a diverse range of populations. Driving her passion for her work is the opportunity to help students answer the question, “What should I do with the rest of my life?”

Currently, Thea is the Director of Career Planning and Internships at Dean College in Franklin, MA, where she collaborates with faculty and staff to deliver the Dean Career Advantage approach to students. Previously, she held career development leadership positions at Lincoln Technical Institute, and Smithfield High School.

She holds a B.S. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Rhode Island, and earned an M. Ed from Northeastern University. In working with students – both past and present – Thea often credits her senior year internship as the impetus for her entry into career services after questioning her original selection of a major. She shares openly the valuable lessons and impacts her internship experience had on her career.

Away from work, Thea enjoys spending time with her family, and is an avid runner and crossword puzzle junkie. A couple of interesting tidbits include that Thea has completed four marathons and recently exceeded more than 1,800 consecutive days of running at least one mile per day.

Cherie Lynch

Massachusetts State Dir.

Assistant Professor of Experiential Learning, School of Communication Internship Coordinator, Endicott University

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Cherie Lynch teaches experiential learning and career development courses required in the undergraduate curriculum and also serves as a coach to approximately 200 communication students.  Cherie was the first Director of Internship at Endicott, reporting to the chief academic officer and led the development of classroom and online curricula and also the design and implementation of a systems infrastructure to support the program. Cherie has served on numerous academic committees and community boards and has presented at professional conferences for experiential and career education at the regional, national, and international level.

Prior to Endicott, Cherie was an early employee at an award-winning software company where she developed and executed all initiatives related to talent, human resources, and organizational strategy before it was sold to Symantec. Cherie began her career in higher education as the manager for classroom academic technology at Boston University and has served in other professional, consultative, and volunteer roles related to workforce development, admissions, and program development. Cherie enjoys living in the vibrant seaside community of Beverly, located on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

Eric Hall

New Hampshire State Dir.

Assistant Vice President Career Services, Southern New Hampshire University

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Eric Hall has over sixteen years of experience in career services and higher education. Currently, he serves as the Assistant Vice President of Career Services of Southern New Hampshire University where he leads a team of sixty seven in providing comprehensive, lifetime career support to the SNHU’s online and Campus 160,000 + undergraduate and graduate population.

Prior to this position, he was most recently at Endicott College where he oversaw the institution’s hallmark internship program, Career Center and their inter-related services for both the undergraduate and graduate colleges. During his tenure, Endicott was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of twenty colleges and universities having an exemplary internship/co-op program and was ranked #2 in the nation in the Wall Street Journal for institutions that prioritize career preparation.  Eric has also worked in career services at a variety of institutions including Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland College Park, and the University of Florida. He holds a graduate degree in Higher Education: Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut and an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology: Sports Studies from the University of New Hampshire. His specific research interests include the longitudinal career development and mobility of diverse and non-traditional learner populations, notably first-generation college students, and innovative practices in experiential learning and its impact on career outcomes and engagement. He has been a co-investigator and collaborator on research studies focused on first-generation college students’ career development beliefs and experiences and the impact of internships on early career outcomes that was featured in the Journal of Career Development and the National Association of Colleges and Employers Journal respectively.  He resides in Maine and enjoys spending time with his young family, traveling, and New England sports.

Nick Botto

New Hampshire State Dir.

Director of Career Advising, Southern New Hampshire University

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Nicholas Botto is a student experience professional who currently serves as Director of Career Advising as Southern New Hampshire University. Nick is enthusiastic about the transformative power of experiences that blend academic and professional perspectives, and enjoys collaborating with teams who are excited about challenging the status quo. Prior to joining SNHU, Nick worked in finance, technology, and ed-tech. He holds a BA in Psychology & Economics from Saint Michael’s College and an MS in Higher Education Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Nick resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two children. He was a terrible pizza delivery driver.

Jim Graves 

Vermont State Dir.

Internship Coordinator, Norwich University

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Jim has 20 years of experience working within the fields of education and human services. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Washington State University and his master’s degree in teaching from the University of Alaska. His strengths include designing and teaching experiential curriculum that is practical and focuses on the needs, abilities, and interests of his students. He believes that internships provide powerful tools for learning and self-discovery. His counseling methods are designed to help students discover their own values, skills and aptitudes that will help them move towards a successful and fulfilling career.

As an internship coordinator, he enjoys helping students discover their passion for real world experiences. In his free time, Jim likes to ride his Harley and do home improvement projects. He also likes to go to garage sales on the weekend and spend time playing with his granddaughter.

Taylor Pichette

D.C. Member At-Large 

Federal Affairs Manager, The New England Council

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Taylor Pichette is Federal Affairs Manager for The New England Council, based in the Council’s Washington, DC, office. Taylor serves as the staff liaison to the Higher Education Committee, the Technology Committee, and the Advanced Manufacturing Working Group, and provides support on a variety of other issues before the Council. Originally from Westhampton, MA, Taylor graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Political Science and International Affairs, and from the George Washington University with a Master’s in Business Administration. Taylor has previously held positions at the law firm Cetrulo and Capone LLP in Boston, and with the Implementation Support Unit to the AP Mine Ban Convention in Geneva, Switzerland. Taylor leads the Massachusetts Society of Washington DC, consults educators and NGOs and non-profit operations, and supports grant procurement and implementation for small businesses. Taylor can be reached at

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Danielle Dalton

2021 Past President


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Danielle Dalton is a higher education professional with 8+ years’ experience in career services, academic advising, coaching, leadership and teaching. Her professional mission is to guide and inspire as a coach and a mentor.  In every role she holds, Danielle provides exceptional support, quality academic coaching, effective career counselling and cooperative classroom instruction to help students and employees achieve their goals. Danielle is currently a Curriculum Designer at her Alma Matar, Southern New Hampshire University.

Danielle graduated in 2012 with a double major in psychology and communications. She then pursed her masters in higher education administration, completing it 2016, focusing on career services support for adult learners. Prior to becoming a Team Lead, she worked as an Internship Administrator, assisting hundreds of students a year in finding experiential education opportunities.  Her own educational experiences have helped her in realizing her passion for assisting adult learners as they try to accumulate experiential education opportunities in an ever-evolving workforce landscape.

Danielle enjoys giving back to her community in several different ways, including working with newly migrated individuals and other local non-profits that support educating children and families. As a vivacious reader, she is consistently seeking knowledge and expanding her skill base by taking in as much as she can from her experiences and giving back each day.

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2022 Open Positions:
  • President 
  • Vice President
  • Vice President Elect
  • Executive Secretary
  • ME State Director
  • Connecticut State Director
  • Rhode Island State Director



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Treasurer, Kate Moore

21 Chestnut Street 604 Quincy MA 02169

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