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Career Communities

Career Communities is a team of career coaches who are embedded in student communities and connect with students in appointments and meetups to help them explore career paths, identify and apply for opportunities, and cultivate personalized networks that shape their professional journey.  


Laura Dominguez Chan
Associate Dean of Career Education & Director of Career Communities 

Laura has been at Stanford for 20+ years and currently serves Bachelor's, Master's, PhD's and Postdocs. Laura is a National Certified Counselor, MBTI Master Practitioner and Board Certified Coach with her BA degree in Sociology from Stanford University and an MA degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University.  Laura has a strong interest in Values and utilizing Strengths.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, her other passions include baking and jogging.


Frosh/Soph Career Community

John O'neill

John O'Neill
Assistant Dean of Career Education & Associate Director of Career Communities - Frosh/Soph

John joined Stanford in 2014, bringing over 8 years of experience in education including career development, academic advising, and mentoring. As a member of the Frosh/Soph team, John is excited to support students in their career exploration by providing opportunities and encouragement to build life-long career connections. He has been actively involved in many aspects of higher education from judicial affairs to scholarships and orientation in order to serve students, staff, and faculty across campus. He earned his BA in English from UCLA, and his MA in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. In his free time, John enjoys drawing, historical fiction, movies, genealogy, and playing cards. With very little convincing he has also tried stand-up comedy, competitive karaoke, and skydiving, with mixed results.


Colleen McCallion 
Assistant Director of Career Communities - Frosh/Soph

Colleen earned her B.A. in Communication at UC Santa Barbara and her M.A. in Education from Santa Clara University. In 2008, she pivoted from a career in the nonprofit sector to a career in higher education when she became the academic advisor for the Program in Science, Technology & Society (STS). In 2015, she joined the team at BEAM and now spends her days helping students define, discover and connect to opportunities for meaningful work! Colleen’s favorite things include facilitating classes and discussions, making new connections, checking off checklists, sitting on the outside patio of a good restaurant, and chasing after her super active young daughters, Brynn and Isla. Colleen was born and raised in the redwood forests of Northern California - and spent many years living near the sunny beaches of Southern California - but has truly found her happy place in the Bay Area.


Nate Berger

Nathaniel Berger 
Assistant Director of Career Communities - Frosh/Soph

As a member of the frosh/soph team, Nathaniel is most excited to work with students to develop vital skills, opportunities, and networks, that will lead to meaningful work. Prior to joining BEAM in October of 2016, Nathaniel worked at the Haas Center for Public Service cultivating Community Engaged Learning and Research projects.  Before joining Stanford, Nathaniel worked at Tulane University in Housing and Residential Life Education. Nathaniel earned a BA in Public Policy and Political Science from Syracuse University in Central New York, and an M.S. in College Student Affairs from Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  If not in the office, you will likely find Nathaniel cycling through the bay area, or somewhere in the ocean or bay training for his next open water swim


Humanities & Sciences & Education Career Community

Margot Gilliland
Assistant Dean of Career Education & Associate Director of Career Communities Bachelor's & Master's in Education, Arts & Humanities

Margot serves undergraduate and master's students through the academic departments, appointments at BEAM, and programs. Her favorite part of the job is meeting with students.  Margot has been at Stanford for 20+ years and received an MS in Counseling with specializations in Career and College Counseling.  She is a National Certified Career Counselor and MBTI Master Practitioner. Margot has been learning to draw through Stanford’s Continuing Education courses and still needs a lot of work. She also enjoys cheese tasting which is much easier to learn.


Kathleen Cassidy
Assistant Director of Career Communities - Bachelor's & Master's in Education & Natural Sciences

Kathleen is dedicated to serving both undergraduate and masters students through individual appointments and group meetups. Kathleen has a Masters in Counseling with a specialty in Career and College, and over 18 years of experience working with students and alumni in academia. Before coming to Stanford, Kathleen worked at UCSF, UC Berkeley and Mills College with students at various stages in their training. She looks forward to working both individually with students and to helping build a rich and diverse career community of career advisors and mentors who can provide guidance and information for students as they face key decision points and transitions in their career. Life outside of Stanford is spent with family and friends, hiking, traveling, hitting the movies and meditating.


Amy Brierly

Amy Brierley
Assistant Director of Career Communities - Bachelor's and Master's in Education & Social Sciences

Amy has over 7 years of career coaching experience serving undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford. She is passionate about helping students define meaningful work, and connecting them with opportunities that enable them to thrive. Amy is a Board Certified Coach, and is certified in the Strong Interest Inventory. She earned a MA degree in Career Counseling from Santa Clara University, and a BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. In her free time, Amy enjoys hiking, playing at the beach, art projects and spending time with family, friends and her cute dog, Sadie.


PhDs & Postdocs Career Community


Urmila Venkatesh

Urmila Venkatesh
Assistant Dean of Career Education & Associate Director of Career Communities - PhDs & Postdocs in Social & Natural Sciences

Urmila serves PhD students and post-doctoral scholars across Stanford in their exploration of meaningful, diverse career paths in and beyond the academy.
 Urmila designs programs, activities, and conversations that help people to surface their hidden skills and tacit values, in order to make conscious - and conscientious - choices. Prior to joining Stanford, Urmila was the assistant dean of communications and graduate programs at the New School for Social Research, curriculum developer for an integrative learning e-portfolio program at the University of Michigan, and an academic labor organizer with the American Federation of Teachers. Urmila studied architecture at UC Berkeley, and received her MFA in photography and design from the University of Michigan. In her creative life, Urmila's current projects include investigating ways to increase access and equity in higher education, documenting people's extraordinary relationships with everything from mundane objects to their philosophies of work, and perfecting her ideal karaoke songlist.


Lance Choy
Associate Director of Career Communities - PhDs & Post Docs in Engineering & SE3

During his 27+ year tenure at Stanford, Lance he has held a number of roles including Career Counselor, Liaison to the School of Engineering, and Manager of Employment Services. Currently, he works with PhDs/Postdocs in the School of Engineering.  Lance has BA degrees in Economics and Sociology and an MA degree in Career Counseling.  Lance's hobbies include racquetball, basketball, hiking and gardening. He also enjoys working with the youth in his church.



Chris Golde

Chris Golde
Assistant Director of Career Communities - PhDs & Postdocs in Humanities, Arts & Education

Chris works with PhDs and Postdocs, specializing in the humanities, arts, and education. She loves helping students thrive during their studies and in their post-Stanford careers. Her expertise comes from over 25 years of research, teaching, and administrative experience in graduate education. Before joining BEAM, she was Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education in the VPGE office at Stanford, Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a PhD in education and an MA in sociology, both from Stanford University. She likes to cook, garden, and hike in the open spaces of the Bay Area with her husband and dog, Neville.

Engineering & Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences Career Community


Pamela Paspa, MA, CPCC, BCC
Assistant Dean of Career Education &
Associate Director of Career Communities - Engineering & SE3

Pamela Paspa brings with her over 16 years in higher education and career coaching. As a member of the Engineering Team she is dedicated to serving undergraduate and masters students with their career paths. Prior to working in career services Pamela spent 10 years in corporate environments and private wealth management. Pamela is a Board Certified Coach, A Certified Professional CoActive Coach (CPCC), a certified MBTI level I & II facilitator, and a certified Social and Emotional Intelligence Coach. She belongs to the Network of Executive Women and Bay Area Women Business Owners. Pamela holds a B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and a Masters in Counseling.  She loves facilitating team development and conflict resolution, as well as teaching multiple career-related courses. Her life's mission and passion focus on creating transformational change.


Daisy Chavez

Daisy Chavez
Assistant Director of Career Communities - Engineering & SE3

Daisy has been helping engineering students navigate their academics and careers for several years now, most recently at the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford. Prior to working at Stanford, she worked in academic advising at the College of Engineering Advising Center in California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Calpoly).

Daisy earned her B.A. in Communications from UC San Diego, and. M.A. with a concentration in Guidance and Counseling in Higher Education from Calpoly. Daisy is from the small farming town of Greenfield, California and enjoys traveling (though mostly by automobile). Her personal goal is to one day see all the U.S. National Parks.



Martha Escolar

Martha Escalera
Assistant Director of Career Communities - Engineering & SE3

Martha has over 15 years of experience in higher education. Most recently, she worked with the Stanford School of Engineering Dean’s Office of Student Affairs and Engineering Diversity Programs. During her four years there, she engaged with the diversity student organizations and provided central support for summer programs, events and day to day activities within student affairs.

Prior to working at Stanford, she directed TRIO programs serving first generation and low-income students at The National Hispanic University, a small liberals arts school in the South Bay. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish, and a Master's Degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. Outside of work, she enjoys running, hiking, art, music festivals, and coffee.