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Dee moved into the role of Director of the Center for Vocation and Career in July 2016. After just one year she has doubled the size of the team, aligning the coaching staff within academic departments, reimagining the approach to serving the students of Wheaton College, and using data to show us where and how to adjust. These changes are intended to create an environment where all students are actively developing a plan for their life post-graduation and are prepared to execute their unique plans. Through technology, specialized coaching services, and more programming to engage students in learning in interactive and welcoming events, Dee is leading the way to a new day in preparing students for service in the kingdom after graduation.

Bringing her learning from tenures in Federal and state government, the non-profit sector, and a Big Four consulting firm, Dee’s breadth of experience enables her to bring a strategic perspective to the work of creating a center that recognizes the changing world in which our students will seek employment.

Dee earned her M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry with a concentration in Student Development from Wheaton College in May 2017. Her undergraduate degree in Government is from Franklin and Marshall College. She is the proud mother of two daughters, both of whom have very strong ideas about their own vocational pursuits! You can contact her at Dee.Pierce@wheaton.edu.

Adam joined the CVC in October of 2018. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Adam spent 8 years in retail and corporate management with Target. Because his post-college journey started in the midst of the economic downturn, Adam is especially compelled by the CVC's work to help students navigate life after college. Adam's main two areas of focus are the professional development of a large portion of the CVC staff (including the Career Coaches and the Events Manager), as well as facilitating strong day to day operations within the office—especially during the 50+ events the CVC executes throughout the school year.

Adam earned his B.S. from Wheaton College in Applied Health Science and is currently pursuing his MBA at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. You can contact him at adam.temple@wheaton.edu.

Sarah Crose Headshot Career Coaches VariantSarah joined the Center for Vocation and Career in 2015. Since her graduation from Wheaton College with a double major in Music and Political Science, her circuitous career path has spanned from non-profits to public school education, community agency work to higher education, and even running her own business as a music teacher, all while engaging in a number of volunteer youth and young adult ministry experiences around the world. Common themes within those positions has been a keen desire to connect, train, and empower. Her current role as Senior Career Coach in the CVC enables her to utilize those skills as well. She currently serves as the career coach for Art, Communication, Music, and Psychology undergraduate students as well as the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Psychology (PsyD) graduate programs.

Along the way Sarah also received her Masters from Wheaton College in Educational Ministries and Spiritual Formation and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northern Illinois University. You can contact her at Sarah.Crose@wheaton.edu

Ozias Washington Headshot Career Coaches VariantOzias joined the Center for Vocation and Career in the summer of 2017. Prior to joining the CVC team, he spent a several years in South Korea where he served as the English language pastor in a local church and taught English. Preceding his moving to South Korea, Ozias served as Assistant Director of Liberty University Online and trained 72 advisors for leadership roles within the University. He also has experience in management in a retail environment, achieving short and long term sales goals and KPI results. His international experience combined with his undergrad and graduate degrees in Bible make him a natural fit to serve as the career coach for the following undergraduate majors: Anthropology, Bible and Theology, Christian Education and Ministry, Christian Formation and Ministry, Education, Sociology, and Urban Studies. He also serves graduate students in the BITH, MAT, and TESOL programs. Ozias is dedicated to partnering with each of his students to enable them to build the church and benefit society worldwide.

Ozias holds a B.S in Christian Ministries from Emmanual College and a M.A. in Theology from Liberty University. You can reach Ozias at Ozias.Washington@wheaton.edu.

Forrest joined the CVC in November 2018 after spending two years working in human resources at Tyndale House Publishers, where he managed the company’s payroll and benefits, and coordinated employee events. He also worked for three years with a small non-profit organization called Alpha USA (which produces the Alpha Course, a ten-week course to introduce people to the basics of the Christian faith). At Alpha, Forrest wore numerous hats across several departments including HR, marketing, development, publishing, and customer service, covering a wide variety of responsibilities such as recruiting, compensation analysis, year-end giving campaigns, inventory management, and customer service supervision. He is thrilled to bring his HR background and a unique mix of analytical and relational skills to serve students in the humanities departments and help them discover how incredibly versatile their degree can be in today’s rapidly changing marketplace and society.

Forrest is excited to return to Wheaton where he earned his B.A. in English Writing and Psychology, as well as an M.A. in Evangelism and Leadership. You can contact him at forrest.clements@wheaton.edu.

Olivia joined the CVC in the fall of 2019. After graduating in 2011, Olivia moved to Upstate New York and worked at a camp ministry in the Adirondacks. After a short season back in the Chicago area, Olivia’s love of the outdoors brought her to Laramie, Wyoming to work in a nonprofit ministry as a wilderness guide and course support manager. Olivia accumulated more than 80 days in the mountains over three summers as an instructor, leading groups of 6-12 teenagers on 20-day backpacking & rock climbing expeditions. Olivia then transitioned to an administrative role in a pregnancy resource clinic based in Laramie, and eventually moved back to the Chicago area in the spring of 2019. Olivia is grateful for the wide range of roles she has been able to fill over 10+ years of experience working in nonprofit ministry, and she is eager to bring her experience to the CVC team.

Though she misses the mountains, Olivia is thrilled to begin a new adventure at Wheaton College and work with students as they prepare for post-graduate life.

 Olivia graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication and a minor in Economics. You can contact her at olivia.lorimer@wheaton.edu.

Daniel joined the Center for Vocation and Career just three months after graduation in the summer of 2019. During college, Daniel spent time cultivating his creative passions through launching an entrepreneurship club on campus, participating in Wheaton’s Shark Tank, and participating in the Allstate APEX competition. After spending his senior year as a Career Ambassador, Daniel was very familiar with the CVC and the resources it had to offer. Immediately after graduating, Daniel spent time working for a church plant as well as a creative marketing agency that specialized in video production. Daniel’s passion for marketing and brand strategy as well as his familiarity with the CVC make him a good fit to serve the Business/Economics, Economics, International Relations, and Political Science students.

 Daniel is excited to be working for his Alma Matter where he received his B.A. in Business/Economics. You can reach Daniel at daniel.small@wheaton.edu

After an early career in college ministry, Chick-fil-A management, and residence life at Wheaton College, Ethan joined the CVC in June of 2017.

Ethan focuses on creating systemic change at Wheaton so that every student has the opportunity to explore their career through the hands-on experience of an internship. Collaborating with faculty, staff, and administrators, Ethan has developed a campus-wide internship curriculum, myInternship, and manages multiple internship scholarships, including the CVC Summer Internship Scholarships. With 10 years of experience mentoring and leading college-aged adults, Ethan also oversees the burgeoning CVC Ambassador program for rising juniors and seniors. He is humbled daily by the fact that he gets to do a job that he loves.

Ethan graduated with academic honors from Wheaton College Graduate School, receiving an M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry with a concentration in Student Development. His B.A. from John Brown University focused on academic research and writing, history and theological studies. You can contact him at Ethan.Jones@wheaton.edu

Deborah joined the CVC in November of 2005. In her role as Employer Relations Manager, she works with employers and alumni to facilitate recruitment efforts on campus and cultivate relationships that lead to career opportunities for Wheaton students and alumni. Deborah brings to the team extensive corporate experience with DuPont that includes roles as Corporate Designer, B2B Marketing Director, Marketing Communications and Brand Manager. While working with students, she shares her wealth of experience and strong connections as they explore careers and prepare for the workplace.

Deborah has a B.F.A. in Design from Northern Illinois University. You can contact her at Deborah.Carlson@wheaton.edu

Alley began her time with the CVC in June 2019 after completing her master's at Wheaton and working in residence life. Before the completion of her master's, Alley spent time working in the automotive industry in digital marketing and account management. 

In her role, Alley manages the planning, marketing, and execution of all major CVC programs and events. She has a passion for space, hospitality, and creating welcoming environments for students. Alley is thrilled to combine her creative marketing energy with her skills in crisis and care response, team facilitation, and task management as she tackles the 50+ events the CVC runs each year. 

Alley holds a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication and a M.A. in Student Development from Wheaton College. You can contact her at Alley.Kammer@wheaton.edu

Tori joined the CVC team in May of 2018. Before coming to Wheaton, she served as the Program Coordinator of Student Leadership Development and New Student Orientation at Trinity International University.

As Office Coordinator, Tori supports the Director in office operations and initiatives while facilitating a welcoming environment to all students. Tori continually establishes procedures that make CVC resources more accessible to students, alumni, faculty, staff, and employers. Whether it's how to schedule a coaching appointment or post a job to Handshake, she thrives on serving others' well with accuracy and efficiency. Tori also manages the CVC's team of student Office Assistants, equipping them to complete many behind-the-scenes tasks that keep the office running smoothly. 

Tori earned her B.A. in Christian Ministries with an emphasis in Counseling and Social Services with minors in Biblical Studies and Practical Leadership from Trinity International University. She can be contacted at tori.minger@wheaton.edu