Senior Director for Career Development and Strategic Initiatives
Shannon Curtis is the Senior Director for Career Development and Strategic Initiatives at Assumption University. She is a dedicated career advisor for all full time undergraduate day students, coordinates career development programming on campus, manages the CDIC’s employer relationships and acts as a resource for faculty members interested in integrating career development programming into their courses.
Prior to her role as Director, Shannon served as the Assistant Director of the CDIC where she developed career education programming and built relationships with student organizations, faculty and alumni. In this role, she also oversaw the CDIC’s annual Career Networking Night and launched the CDIC’s first Dress for Success Fashion Show. She also contributed to the College’s strategic plan by serving on several committees to improve academic programs and services.
Prior to joining Assumption University, Shannon worked at Boston University School of Management where she was a Senior Recruiter/Employer Relations Manager in the Feld Career Center working with companies to build successful on campus recruiting strategies and provided career advising for undergraduate and MBA students. Shannon has also worked in Human Resources at The Hanover Insurance Group where she coordinated internship and early in career and hiring. Shannon’s background also includes roles as a Professional Development Seminar Instructor and Enrollment Services Coordinator at Nichols College.
Shannon has an MBA and a B.S. in Business Administration from Nichols College.
Kelly Stairs M.A. '10
Kelly Stairs is the Assistant Director at Assumption College’s Career Development & Internship Center. In this role, she collaborates with campus faculty, organizations, and athletics to create career development programming for undergraduate students. As a dedicated career advisor, she supports all undergraduate students in their professional development using an individualized approach. She assists in creating professional resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews, and navigating career and internship searches and the graduate school application process.
Prior to working at Assumption, Kelly worked at Grafton Job Corps Academy where she created career development programming and supervised instructors in the implementation of the curriculum. She provided students with career counseling and career preparation instruction while developing relationships with staff and students to ensure student success.
Kelly has a B.S. in Psychology from Worcester State College and is an alumna of Assumption College where she earned her M.A. in School Counseling.
Career Advising Graduate Assistant
Stephanie Bates is the Career Advisor Graduate Assistant at Assumption University’s Career Development & Internship Center. In this role, she will support undergraduate students in their career and internship searches, as well as in building professional resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews, and navigating the graduate school application process.
Stephanie has graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.M. in Music Education and a Minor in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in School Counseling at Assumption.
Stephanie has many years of experience working in Massachusetts public schools. Most recently, she has been a Teaching Assistant for the King Philip Regional School District where she worked with students to achieve their academic and career goals.
Alea Ketchum is a Human Services major and a member of the Assumption College class of 2022.
Patrick is a member of Assumption College’s class of 2023.
Abbey is part of Assumption’s Class of 2023.
Devin is a first year student studying Cyber Security.
Andrea Svagdys-Gumbrell is the administrative assistant for the Career Development and Internship Center. She provides support to the Senior Director for Career and Student Success Strategies and the Assistant Director of the CDIC. As the administrative assistant she is also a liaison between the CDIC and students, organizations, offices, and departments at Assumption University.
Prior to working at Assumption University, Andrea worked for over a decade in the hospitality industry for Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Hilton. She was the Director of Revenue Management at the Double Tree Suites in Waltham before spending the last 11 years raising a family, volunteering, and holding many leadership roles throughout organizations in Worcester MA.
Andrea is an alumna of Assumption College where she earned her B.A. in Business Management.