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Professional Staff


Sam Welch ’86

Sam Welch ’86

Associate Vice President, Constituent Engagement
rswelch@hamilton.edu

A native of Upstate New York, Sam graduated from Hamilton with a BA in English and a minor in economics. Over 25 years, he built a career in marketing, communications and advertising, acquiring extensive strategic and personnel leadership experience, and establishing a track record of building teams and understanding the needs of diverse stakeholders. Most recently, Sam was Global Group President for Publicis Heathcare Communications, the world’s largest health communications network, overseeing 13 companies and nearly 2,000 employees worldwide. As the head of a company that recruited, interviewed and hired numerous college graduates every year, Sam has direct experience with the needs of employers, as well as the challenges students face in securing a position in their chosen career.

Rebecca King

Rebecca King

Office Coordinator
rking@hamilton.edu (315) 859-4346

Rebecca joined the Career Center staff in August 2017. She previously worked on campus in the Oral Communication Center where she helped plan OCC events and assist with office administration. She also worked part-time as a local preschool teacher. Before staying home to care for her three children, Rebecca worked in graphic design and taught 7th/8th grade Social Studies. She earned a BA degree from Hillsdale College in Art and History, as well as a MS from the University of Rochester in Teaching Secondary Social Studies. As a current freelance photographer and local resident, she also photographs many Clinton youth athletics, high school seniors, and children.

Career Exploration and Development

Melissa Marietta

Melissa Marietta

Director of Career Development
momariet@hamilton.edu

Melissa is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in American studies. She received her Master of Arts in museum studies from SUNY Oneonta's Cooperstown Graduate Program. Through her experience as the manager of Educational Leadership Programs at the Baseball Hall of Fame, Melissa directed the Frank & Peggy Steele Internship Program and realized she wanted to pivot her career to focus on college student career development.

She has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education and career development. Through her work at Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta, Melissa served as the director of their career centers. In 2014, she received her Global Career Development Facilitator certification, and she participated in the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Coaching Intensive Training. She enjoys learning and sharing with other professionals in the industry. She presented, "Prototyping Design Thinking Strategies in Career Development'' at SUNY Career Development Organization's drive-in workshop in 2019.

Melissa enjoys hiking, writing, and spending time with her family and a menagerie of pets.

David Bell

David Bell

Associate Director of Career Development
dbell@hamilton.edu

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.

Heather Wixson

Heather Wixson

Associate Director of Career Development
hwixson@hamilton.edu

Heather graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and no idea what to do next. It is her goal and passion to help students avoid that angst and move closer to clarity. Working one-on-one with students, she helps them to discover their interests and coaches them through the career development process using a mindful approach.

Heather has a master’s degree in adult education from Buffalo State University, holds a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification through Driftwood Yoga, and is currently pursuing certification from the Institute for Life Coach Training. She serves as and advisor for HAAND (Hamilton Autism Advocates for Neurodiversity) and is chair of the campus Wellness Committee. She lives in Sherrill with her husband, Colin, and daughter, Estella.

Lisa M. Baker

Lisa M. Baker

Career Advisor
lmbaker@hamilton.edu

Lisa holds bachelors, degrees in Elementary Education and Fine Art from SUNY Oswego, and a master's degree in Information Management from Syracuse University. Her experience includes more than 20+ years in the world of corporate technology implementation and project management. She transitioned to the world of leadership development and coaching, and holds coaching certifications through both the Coaches Training Institute and through the International Coach Federation. She is a certified facilitator of the PresenceAtWork Collective Leadership program, an alumnus of The Bigger Game program, and a 200-hour certified yoga instructor. Lisa co-founded The Leaders Co-Lab which helps executive teams work better together in a collective leadership model, and has her own coaching and consulting practice. Driving her enthusiasm for career advising is a desire to help individuals align their core values and skills with a fulfilling career.

Korrin Richards

Discovery Team Coordinator

Kimberly George

Connect Team Coordinator

Employer Engagement, Alumni Engagement, and Promotions

Abby Taylor

Abby Taylor

Director, Employer Engagement
aetaylor@hamilton.edu

Abby oversees Hamilton's employer engagement team which manages on-campus recruiting, new employer development, the Snap internship program, and the Snapshot shadowing program. She is a member of the Summer Internship Funding (SIF) committee and the Student Emergency Aid Society (SEAS) committee. Abby graduated from William Smith College and Antioch University, Los Angeles.

Cheney Cronin

Cheney Cronin

Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Health Professions Advising
ccronin@hamilton.edu (315)859-4346

Cheney joined the Career Center in October 2014 as the Office Coordinator. She now oversees all on-campus recruiting and employer visits. As part of the Health Professions Advising Office she is a main point of contact for experiential learning aspects for pre-health students. She is a 2010 graduate from the University at Albany with a B.A. in Sociology. Employers can contact Cheney to set up on-campus visits.

Shauna Hirshfield ’06

Shauna Hirshfield ’06

Director, Operations & Analytics
sahirshf@hamilton.edu

Shauna graduated from Hamilton in 2006 with a BA in Women’s Studies and a minor in Computer Science. After earning her Master's degree in Higher Education from Syracuse University, she went on to work in a variety of roles across Career Services at several institutions. Shauna returned to Hamilton in 2016 to establish the Career Center’s Connect Team, a student team that coordinates alumni-led industry programs. She then helped to launch the Hamilton Career Network (HCN), an initiative that connects alumni, students, and community members around shared career interests. Most recently, Shauna has come to oversee the Career Center's - the largest student employer on campus - student staff, as well as the office's operations, data, and analytics.

Shannon L. Shannon

Shannon L. Shannon

Assistant Director, Advancement Promotion
sshannon@hamilton.edu

Shannon is responsible for developing, planning, executing, and evaluating marketing strategies that will foster strong long-term relationships with alumni, parents, students, and friends of Hamilton College and drive engagement. Additionally, she is responsible for administering the Career Center's Summer Internship Funding program. She joined the staff as the Front Desk Coordinator in January 2005 and has grown her role at the Career Center to Assistant Director of Advancement Promotion in 2019. Shannon completed her Associates Degree in Applied Sciences from Herkimer College with a major in Marketing.

Health Professions Advising

Leslie Bell

Leslie Bell

Director of Health Professions Advising
lbell@hamilton.edu

Leslie works closely with the 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. Leslie has been with the Career Center for over 20 years and has served during this time on the Health Professions Advisory Committee as well as serving as the primary advisor for careers in health, education, and human services.

Contact Information


Career Center

Third floor of Bristol Center
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323 
315-859-4346 ccadmin@hamilton.edu
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