Alumni Career Coaches

Fellow alums you can engage for advice

It’s not always easy to discern the best next step in your career. A professional career coach can help. A coach works with you to consider how your skills, knowledge, and experience might prepare you for opportunities you hadn’t considered on your own. And your coach can help you present yourself in the most favorable light.

These Duke alumni work as career coaches and offer special rates and services for fellow alums:

Please note: The counselors listed on this webpage are in no way affiliated with the Office of Alumni Affairs or the Duke Alumni Association (DAA). These professionals are independent contractors and are not being compensated or retained by the DAA.

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If you are a Duke alum that is an experienced and professionally trained career coach who is interested in working with fellow Duke alumni, please apply using this link.

Career Coaches

Julia Wuench

Location:

Raleigh-Durham, NC

I am a life-long learner, omnivert and empath. I have been through many career and life transitions, but no matter my function, I have always been a coach and teacher first. An adopted North Carolinian, I have loved what this region has to offer, professionally and personally.

Cassandra Shepard

Location:

Colorado Springs, CO

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(970) 439-0288

Cassandra brings her years of experience as a global C-suite executive to coaching her ideal clients: talented, driven women who are looking to move into higher levels of leadership and make greater contributions to their organization, while still living an amazing life.

Rachel Sanford '07

Location:

Denver, CO

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(203) 550-7170

Rachel believes that people are at their best, when they are motivated, engaged and excited about their endless possibilities. She helps clients get what they want, whatever it is.

Debby Stone '84, JD'89

Location:

Atlanta, GA

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(404) 975-3000

Debby believes that a career path should allow leverage of natural talents and abilities, as well as values and skills developed over time. Debby helps clients create individualized career roadmaps and build decision-making confidence. Some of the topics clients tackle in coaching with Debby include self-promotion, career management, communication skills, career transition, executive presence, management skills, public speaking and leadership.

Katy Hansell '84

Location:

Chicago, IL

Katy works with individuals looking to improve career performance or seeking a complete change in career direction.  Her expertise is assisting clients define their purpose and passion to improve decision making processes.  Katy works to provide short-term actions to re-align and re-focus criteria necessary to make better informed decisions.

Heidi Giusto - PHD'12

Location:

Apex, NC

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(919) 698-6408

Heidi has a diverse background and education that makes her comfortable working with a wide range of people. Her specialty is helping people transition by articulating their value to the new, intended audience. 

Susan Gurnik - MBA'90

Company:

Strategic Gain

Location:

Orlando, FL

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(407) 718-0895

Susan specializes in clients that are looking for a change but not sure which direction to go, or don't know how to do the job search because they have no clarity surrounding the perfect job. She helps clients gain clarity, discover and define their personal brand, and network to that next job.

Liz (Linzer) Cohen '09

Location:

Philadelphia, PA

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(608) 345-4285

Liz believes that everyone deserves to land a job they love. With nearly a decade of experience helping job seekers, she works to make the job search process an empowering and delightful process.

Paula Weiner MBA'85

Location:

New York, NY

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(212) 988-3507

Paula’s expertise is working with individuals throughout career transition. She supports her clients in career strategy, search strategy, interviewing skills, compensation negotiation, assessing opportunities, and reference checking.

Brian Alvo '11

Company:

NextGen Coach

Location:

Durham, NC

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(703) 899-2824

Brian specializes in coaching the "Next Generation" of young professionals, first-time managers and their teams. Because there is no cookie-cutter manual for success, he works with these individuals and their companies through an intentional process of business coaching and consulting to create opportunities for them to discover their abilities, develop their skills, and ultimately deliver results.

Hillary Schubach '93

Location:

Santa Monica, CA

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(303) 888-2588

Hillary helps clients gain acceptance to MBA schools by providing inspiration and advice to better market themselves to the schools of their choice.

Marsha Egan '74

Location:

Reading, PA

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(877) 749-4036

Marsha specializes in working with entrepreneurs and mid to executive level organizational leaders to assist with goal attainment, leadership strategies and confidence building.  Marsha is hired by individuals and organizations to clarify goals and to define actions to work through obstacles and to accelerate personal growth.

Karen Shapiro '88

Location:

Haverford, PA

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(610) 642-4313

Karen, an experienced ICF certified coach and lawyer by training, specializes in coaching clients who feel stuck and want to improve their lives, professionally and/or personally.  Her clients tend to be bright, motivated, caring individuals.  She combines hard skills from her legal and coach training with a compassionate style to empower clients to get what they want from their career and life.  

John Marth '59

Location:

New York, NY

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(212) 433-1390

John’s expertise is recruiting and placing professionals across functional disciplines and industries.  He guides his clients through the job search process, prepares clients for job interviews and assists with networking and mentorships. John volunteers his services and there is no charge to Duke Alumni.

Chris Coward '87

Company:

ChrisCoward.com

Location:

Denver, CO

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(267) 226-7935

Chris brings a unique blend of fresh content, humor, energy, and engagement to help her clients transform. She incorporates wellness strategies to change their habits, increase their well- being, and produce longer, more vital lives.

Paul Bernard MA'75

Location:

New York, NY

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(212) 957-3470

Paul offers a directed advisory process that helps clients change, improve skills, and face the challenges of a tumultuous workplace. He provides a special focus on leadership, team-building, decision-making, strategic planning, communication, and crisis management skills.  Paul creates individualized programs to help clients take a pro-active approach to managing their careers.

Moll McDonald '94

Company:

Behavior Works

Location:

Chevy Chase, MD

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(202) 344-7349

Molly's expertise is working with individuals throughout career and life transitions. Molly provides organizational, life and clinical coaching. She supports her clients in career strategy, search strategy, interviewing skills, compensation negotiation, and assessing viable opportunities.

Ann Park '87

Company:

Ann Park, M.D.

Location:

U.S. and Greater Tampa Bay Area, FL, FL

Ann Park is a coach and psychiatrist who brings a holistic approach to her exclusively female clients. Her specialties include a mindfulness-based approach to anxiety and stress, work-life integration, helping people resolve conflict, and coaching leadership skills in the executive setting. Ann has additional expertise in relationship coaching for parents and couples. She tele-coaches across the country and sees clients locally in the Tampa Bay area.

Mikaela Falk

Company:

KaylaFalk.com

Location:

New York, NY

Angela Silak '09

Location:

Hollywood, CA

Angela has worked in and hired for entry-level positions across Hollywood. In an industry where most jobs are filled through internal referrals, she believes that it’s crucial to impress not only the recruiters, but those in the actual departments that are hiring. After successfully helping numerous clients, she is eager to share her services with the Duke community.

Lauren Moses '02

Company:

The Moses Group

Location:

New York, NY

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(212) 234-3581

Lauren’s goal is to strengthen a client's awareness of his/her inner resources and work together to focus on increasing performance in key areas.

Morgan Beard

Location:

New York City, NY

Anxiety management, depression, burnout and career stagnation, overcoming fear and self-doubt, developing positive habits, increasing self-confidence, self-worth and self-love. My style of life coaching is grounded in my background as an art therapist, so I use a wide variety of modalities for cultivating physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Lawrence Hedblom '78

Location:

Chicago, IL

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(312) 337-5955

Lawrence specializes in helping individuals make the transition from management to leadership in middle to senior level positions. He uses a variety of approaches and assessments to help clients make gains in confidence, satisfaction, and performance. 

Kristi Dinsmore - MBA'96

Location:

Dayton, OH

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(937) 344-7071

Kristi works with clients to transition to new roles, move up in their current careers, and increase their contribution to an organization. She uses a variety of assessments to help customize her work with clients and to meet their specific goals and needs.

Dale VanFleet Herink '75

Company:

Sage Advice

Location:

Prospect, KY

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(502) 640-2352

Dale is a life and career coach for adults, adolescents, and business groups. She prepares and coaches individuals to succeed in school and career by providing motivational workshops and presentations, HR consulting for supervisor development and team building, empowerment coaching and training for physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual wellness.