Career Center


Career Center
315-859-4332 (fax)

Our Staff

Mary McLean Evans, Executive Director

Mary McLean Evans ’82 is responsible for creating career development programs and opportunities that assist students in developing skills in self-assessment, career exploration, résumé preparation, networking, interviewing and the identification of internship and job leads that will enable them to manage their careers.  She also is responsible for strategic initiatives to engage alumni, parents, employers and other external constituencies.  She oversees a staff of eight who provide a range of services including counseling and advising, assistance in applying to graduate study; presenting workshops, internship opportunities, alumni networking programs, databases and internet resources; credentials coordination; and management of on- and off-campus recruiting and employer activities.

Career Exploration and Development

David Bell, Director of Career Development

David oversees the Career Center’s efforts to provide career development, counseling, education and connections to students during all four years. He also leads the Center’s outcomes and assessment efforts.  With more than 25+ years experience helping college students make career plans, David  has recently focused his efforts on helping underclass liberal arts students obtain "career-related experience".

David received an Masters of Education degree in College Student Personnel from Northeastern University, an M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Purdue University.

David serves as the advisor for students interested in careers in:

  • STEM 
  • Government & Public Policy

Patrick D. Mullane, Director Hamilton Career Network

Pat is focused on the development and support of the Hamilton Career Network; connecting Hamiltonians to one another to support their career and life aspirations. Pat has worked at several highly selective liberal arts colleges including three as the lead career services administrator. He has also spent time in outplacement and consulting, resulting in over 25 years’ experience working with students and alumni from internships to advising corporate executives. 

Pat has a Master of Science in Counseling from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from St. Bonaventure University.

In addition to his other duties, Pat serves as an advisor to students interested in careers in:

• Banking and Finance
• Business

Heather WixsonHeather Wixson, Associate Director

Heather has assisted college students in defining their career goals for over 5 years. As a former counselor at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY, she has worked with students from various backgrounds and with a wide range of occupational interests. She enjoys working one-on-one with students of all academic years to help them identify and pursue career and personal success. Heather received her MA in Adult Education from Buffalo State College, and her BS in Psychology from SUNY Brockport.

Heather serves as the advisor for Careers in:

  • Law
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • Print & Electronic Media
  • Psychology and Social Services
  • Sports & Leisure
  • Retail & Wholesale Management

Janine Oliver Janine Oliver, Assistant Director

Janine started at the Career Center in July 2012 after having worked with students for over seven years as a special education teacher, an outdoor educator, and a counselor. Most recently, Janine worked at Colgate University, advising student volunteer teams as well as career counseling. Janine holds an AB in English from Princeton University, and an MA in counseling from the University of New Hampshire. With her solution-focused style and passion for career assessment and exploration, Janine can be a great resource for students and alumni by helping them identify potential career paths based on their interests, values and skills.

Janine’s major areas of focus at the Career Center are working with students on the internship process and working with students who are undecided. In addition, Janine serves as the advisor for careers in:

  • Education
  • Environmental


Katie Cookingham Dugan, Career Center Consultant

Katie Dugan joined the Career Center counseling staff in the Fall of 2012.  After graduating from Hamilton College with a B.A. in International Relations, Katie joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 as an Analyst in the Latin American Investment Banking Group.  In 1997, she received her M.B.A. from the Wharton School and rejoined Goldman Sachs as an Associate working in the Investment Banking and Private Equity divisions.  Since leaving Goldman Sachs and moving to Boston in 2001, she has worked in a variety of Financial Planning & Analysis and M&A roles at Parametric Technologies and Polaroid Corporation.

Katie works with students and alumni interested in:

  • Consulting

Employer Relations and Communications

 Abby Taylor, Director of Employer Relations

Abby manages all recruiting and employer relations operations of the Career Center and oversees our outreach and marketing strategies to maintain and build recruiting opportunities for Hamilton students and alumni.  She manages the HamNet recruiting system and works with students to help them prepare to network, interview and have other career-related experiences.  Before joining the Career Center team, she worked in human resources, recruiting and sales at companies in both Los Angeles and Boston and as an admissions representative for her alma mater.  Abby received a BA from William Smith College and an MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles.


Shannon L. Shannon, Assistant Director, Publicity & Programming

Shannon joined the Career Center staff as the Front Desk Coordinator in January 2005. In August 2008, she took the position of Publicity & Programming Coordinator. It is Shannon's goal to work creatively to send the messages of the Career Center to students by using email, social media and the Career Center daily publication, The Inside Track. She is also responsible for coordinating employer visits and publicizing recruiting opportunities. Shannon recently completed her Associates Degree in Applied Sciences from Herkimer County Community College with a major in Marketing. She also has over 20 years of experience of working in a corporate setting in which she learned the importance of customer service and professionalism.



Leslie BellLeslie Bell, Interim Coordinator of Health Professions Advising

Leslie works closely with the Career Center staff to advise students interested in health professions as they explore career options, obtain pre-requisite coursework and experience, and complete the process of applying to health professions schools. For more information, refer to the Health Professions Advising website.