Executive Employment




Stephen Bear, '73

Location:

Virtual

I have held senior management positions in marketing, general management, and human resources. As Senior Vice President of Human Resources, I worked with two chief executive officers at Bristol-Myers Squibb to revitalize earnings growth, upgrade executive talent and establish a culture that fostered high performance with the highest integrity. I have also served as an Associate Professor of Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Caitlin Thaeler, '17

Caitlin Ariens, '09

Location:

Virtual

Caitlin Thaeler is an experienced recruiter, having worked at Spencer Stuart, one of the nation's top executive search firms. Her more recent work experience includes strategy and project management at Walmart, the world's largest retailer. She loves helping companies find creative solutions to complex problems, whether that's a specific hire or streamlining processes.

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.

Amerie Bremel

Amarie Claire Bremel, '17

Location:

Virtual

I am currently an analyst in the Industrial Practice at Spencer Stuart, meaning I mainly serve clients in the Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Manufacturing, and Chemicals industries. I am passionate about finding the right executives to improve organizations as they address important issues like diversity and sustainability.

Itir Keskiner, MBA, MBA'09

Company:

itirkeskiner.com

Location:

Durham, NC

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(919) 599-3522

Itir is an Executive Life and Leadership Coach who specializes in coaching professionals who want to get more satisfaction out of life. Whether her clients are in the midst of a career transition, trying to enhance their performance at work without compromising on life, or wanting clarity on what to prioritize, she helps them bring their values, strengths, and actions into alignment so that they can be their most powerful selves. Itir uses her 15 years of corporate leadership experience in creating brands and driving growth at Unilever, Samsung, and Burt's Bees to help her clients develop and live their personal brand. 

Free one-hour coaching session offered to Duke alumni and staff.

Certifications: CPC (certified professional coach), ELI-MP (Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner)

Cassandra Shepard, MBA'12

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.

Dana Feller, A.B.'95

Dana Feller, A.B.'95

Location:

Virtual,

Dana founded Hudson Gate Partners in 2010. Hudson Gate is a 100% female owned, New York based, boutique executive search firm with deep expertise in placing talent at leading private equity firms, hedge funds, VC firms, investment managers, fintechs and banks. Before founding Hudson Gate, Dana previously spent over ten years at Lehman Brothers, in both New York and London, where she served as a senior strategic business partner to both the Investment Management and Investment Banking divisions. Dana has an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Duke University.

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.

Deanna Molina, A.B.'01

Deanna Molina, A.B.'01

Location:

Virtual,

People professional with deep business partner experience. Career experience has spanned recruitment, generalist, and internal communications responsibilities within fashion, sports, and non-profit organizations. 

Chris Coward, '87

Company:

ChrisCoward.com

Location:

Denver, CO

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(267) 226-7935

Chris works with Executives and Leaders to create a fulfilling career and life. She is trained to help her clients discover their strengths, challenges and what truly lights them up so they can excel in their career. The industries that she most works with are non-profit, government, academia and financial. Her clients say that through their work with Chris they increase their confidence, productivity and life satisfaction.

Jessica Efird, A.B.'05

Jessica Efird, '05

Location:

Virtual,

Jessica Efird (A.B. '05, Psychology and History double major, English minor) has over 10 years of experience as an HR Generalist and holds PHR, SHRM-CP, and PHR-CA certifications. Her career has included roles in HR, academic editing, and account management, so she has personal experience in making career transitions. Jessica is currently self-employed/an independent contractor in both HR and editing roles. 

Alexandria Smith, B.A.'03

Alexandria Smith, B.A.'03

Location:

Virtual,

Nationally Recognized Cross-Industry HR Innovator. 2019 TN SHRM  HR Management Excellence Award Recipient. Business leader with public and private sector HR experience, who has demonstrated the ability to transform the diversity composition of top senior leadership teams, develop strategies to hire 1000s of employees, drive HR transformation and culture change.

Debby Stone '84, JD'89

Location:

Atlanta, GA

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(404) 975-3000

Debby believes that a career path should leverage an individual’s natural abilities, as well as the values and skills they’ve developed over time. Debby is the author of The Art of Self-Promotion: Tell Your Story, Transform Your Career, and she helps her clients speak confidently about who they are and what they do. She coaches her clients to create individualized career roadmaps, build decision-making confidence and develop practical strategies for continued success. Coaching topics include self-promotion, career management, communication skills, career transition, executive presence and leadership skills.

Anna Mann portrait

Anna Mann, '12

Location:

Virtual

Anna Mann is the Senior Vice President of Talent and Culture at GovExec. Anna Is responsible for leading the company’s talent and employee engagement strategy. She has extensive experience in talent acquisition, talent management, benefit plan design, and compliance. Before joining GovExec, Anna served as the Director of Talent and Culture at Atlantic Media. Anna earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Duke University.

Katy Hansell '84

Location:

Chicago and Evanston, IL

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(847) 687-3469

Katy works with individuals at any career stage (from college students through C-Suite executives) aspiring to improve their career and leadership performance or seeking a complete change in career direction. Her expertise is in helping clients identify their talent stack and value proposition to reposition them to leverage their strengths, align with their purpose, and maximize their impact and legacy. Katy works with clients all over the US remotely and uses customized approaches to optimize each client experience.

She specializes in: Forbes Coaches Council Coach, TEDx Speaker, Career Re-entry, Career Strategy, Career Transition, Career Advising for College/Graduate Students, Millennials Career Expert, Women's Leadership Expert, Negotiation Expert, Entrepreneur Strategy and Scaling Advisor, High Performance/High Impact Coaching, C-Suite Executive Coaching, Alignment Coaching, Value Proposition/ Talent Stack ™️ Coaching, Leadership Team Coaching

Patricia Elias, B.A. ’95

Patricia Elias, '95

Location:

Virtual,

Patricia Elias is Chief People and Places Officer at CSG Systems, responsible for all aspects of human resources and workplace management, attracting and retaining top talent, and building a safe, inclusive, and diverse work environment for CSG employees worldwide.  Prior to CSG, Patricia served as Chief People and Legal Officer for ServiceSource International, overseeing global human resources and all legal and compliance matters for the company.  She also served as corporate counsel for ViaWest and Flextronics, and as a full-time lecturer of law and public policy at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. Patricia began her career practicing corporate and securities law at the firms Hogan Lovells; Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison; and Holland & Hart. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking and in-line skating, and supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. 

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:

Virtual, West Coast,

Ann Park, M.D. is a Board-certified psychiatrist, therapist, and coach who specializes in working with women.  Ann brings cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness approaches to managing stress, work-life integration, and relationship building. She is a certified Executive Coach with the Financial Times Top 10 ranked Center for Creative Leadership network, where she coaches C-suite and Senior women managers to navigate and lead in their organizations. Ann helps her clients thrive in their personal and professional lives.

Fielding Arnold, '01, MBA'10

Company:

Third Mast

Location:

Durham, NC

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(617) 939-4676

Fielding is an integral coach. She looks at the whole person and their whole life in supporting her clients as they work through the challenges they bring to coaching.That includes all aspects of life - work, leadership capacity, family and friendships, health and fitness, spirituality, culture - believing these are all interrelated, and often the need for support in one area can show up as an issue in another. Fielding works with entrepreneurs, executives, and leaders to address the issues that they feel are keeping them from achieving their goals and dreams.

Specialties/certifications:
Training, Certificate etc.
New Ventures West, PCC

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. 

Greg Janicik, Ph.D., '88

Location:

Virtual

Greg Janicik founded Viest Consulting in 2020 to help leaders navigate the paradigm shifts in business (e.g., COVID19) that emerge in a constantly evolving environment. As an organizational consultant and leadership advisor with over twenty years of experience helping both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies manage change effectively, I currently work with CEOs, senior teams, and various business and non-profit executives to improve performance and achieve quantifiable outcomes.

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.

Karen Shapiro '88

Location:

Haverford, PA

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(610) 642-4313

Karen’s goal as a coach is to help her clients rise to new heights, with a renewed sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. Whether it be a career or life related goal (or both), Karen supports clients to navigate hurdles and be their best, most authentic self. She is a certified coach and lawyer. She coaches primarily by phone.

Rod Herrera, '91

Location:

Virtual

Rodrigo works with Fortune 200 clients in nearly every industry as well as non-profits in education, government, and the arts sectors. He helps our client transform bosses into leaders, groups into teams, cost centers into strategic assets, and slogans into living cultures.

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. 

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.

Ashley Zaslav, '12

Location:

Virtual

Ashley works at Spencer Stuart in the CEO Practice across industries and is passionate about executive development and organizational culture. Prior to Spencer Stuart she received her MBA at NYU Stern and started her career and spent time working at Bridgewater Associates and TPG. Ashley was a 2x Captain of the Women's Soccer team while at Duke so also enjoys helping former athletes navigate the transition from their sport to new industries.

Brian Alvo '11

Company:

NextGen Center

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.