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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ann Park '87

Company:

Ann Park, M.D.

Location:

Tampa - St. Petersburg, FL

Ann is an executive and personal coach who specializes in working with women. She works with clients to develop even better work-life balance and to create positive, thriving relationships with their partners and children.

Hillary Schubach '93

Location:

Denver, CO

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Karen Shapiro '88

Location:

Haverford, PA

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(610) 642-4313

Karen specializes in supporting individuals with career transition, career optimization and/or quality of life issues.  She is dedicated to helping clients achieve their immediate goals as well as helping them cultivate and leverage their strengths. With her clients, she seeks to achieve increased mental energy, better stress management and a more satisfying and fulfilling 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.

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.

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. 

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.