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About Us

Mission: We prepare students to make educated decisions as they explore the ever-changing landscape of careers. We achieve this through innovation and strategic connections with the University community and beyond.

Vision: Empowering and connecting 'Canes to achieve a lifetime of career fulfillment.

Guiding Framework: The Toppel Career Center utilizes the Chaos Theory of Careers (CTC) by Pryor and Bright to guide the career education of University of Miami students and alumni. CTC assumes that there are many influences in our lives that make it difficult to predict the outcome. Therefore, nothing is certain and everything is possible. In order to deal with inevitable change and uncertainty, we work with students and alumni to understand their limitations, identify opportunities, recover from obstacles, find meaningful work, take advantage of chance, and develop the necessary skills to handle a life that fluctuates between stability and change.

Associate Dean and Executive Director

Christian Garcia • (305) 284-5451 • 
Christian is a higher education professional with nearly 20 years of experience in a variety of areas within student and academic affairs. He currently serves as the Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Toppel Career Center, where he is responsible for the management and strategic direction of one of the country's most innovative and dynamic career centers. Previously, Christian served as Associate Director of Employer Relations, responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with employers representing a wide range of industries. Christian currently sits on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and is very active on the local, national, and international career services stage. Christian earned his Master of Science degree in Higher Education from Florida State University and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Florida International University. Prior to the UM, he worked at the University of Michigan and Millersville University of Pennsylvania.


Operations & Strategic Initiatives

Brian Reece
Associate Director, Assessment & Communication
(305) 284-1816 –
Brian oversees development and implementation of the Toppel Career Center’s assessment and research agenda and communications plan. He joined the staff in September 2014. Brian has experience in higher education administration, research, and teaching. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Delaware. He also earned a post-master’s certificate in Nonprofit Management and a Master of Education in Counseling, Family, and Human Services with a graduate specialization in Prevention Science from the University of Oregon. Brian is currently a Vice Chair of the American College Personnel Association’s Commission for Social Justice Educators and a reviewer for the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs.

Sarah Kasiske
Graduate Assistant, Communications Specialist
(305) 284-8117 –
As a communications specialist, Sarah works to strengthen Toppel’s communications, assisting with the coordination and implementation of marketing, planning, advertising and promotion of Toppel's programs and events. She gained experience in advertising, marketing and communications working with the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts as well as Switchboard of Miami. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami and is currently pursuing her MFA in Interactive Media.

Miguel Ramirez
Office Manager
(305) 284-2469 - 
Miguel provides supervision and administration in the areas of budget, purchasing, scheduling of personnel activities, and regalia distribution. He also serves as the primary Human Resource liaison for the Toppel Career Center. Miguel is currently completing his degree at the University of Miami with plans to pursue a Master’s of Science in Leadership. Prior to joining Toppel, he was the primary Fiscal and Building Operations Administrator for the departments of Geography & Regional Studies, Political Science, and International Studies under the Social Science Administration team. Miguel also has over 5 years of experience in the field of insurance claims and analytics.

Joselyn Garcia
Senior Administrative Assistant 
(305) 284-9841 - 
Joselyn provides administrative support for the department, assists with scheduling internal and external meetings for the Associate Dean and Executive Director, prepares financial reports, reconciles accounts, and supervises front office operations including student staff. Her professional experience includes work in the fields of event management, logistics, online advertising, qualitative research, financial reporting, purchasing management, and general organizational operations. She has been with the University of Miami since 2011 and has worked for the Center for Latin American Studies. Joselyn attended Florida International University for her Bachelor of Arts in International Business and plans to pursue a Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies at the University of Miami. Joselyn is bicultural, bilingual in Spanish, and has over 13 years of customer service and administrative experience.

Employer Engagement

Alicia Rodriguez
(305) 284-1819 -
Ali oversees the Toppel Career Center's efforts to build a strong recruiting program which provides students, alumni, and employers with opportunities to connect.  In this role, she supervises the Employer Engagement team. Ali coordinates employer company site visits and manages Handshake, the online career management system. In addition, she oversees the Toppel Advisory Board and the Employer Partner Program. Ali earned a Master of Education in College Student Personnel and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. She joined the staff in July 2000 and led Toppel's Career Development team for 13 years, overseeing career and walk-in advising, programs and workshops, and assessment testing.  In addition to career services, she has worked in Academic Advising and Residence Life.

Hilary Kautter Allsopp
Associate Director, Employer Development
Washington, D.C.
Hilary is a proud alumna of the University of Miami, where she earned her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in College Student Life and Development. Hilary spent a year interning at the Toppel Career Center during graduate school and is thrilled to return to the Toppel team full time. Hilary is based in Washington, DC, where she oversees the UM in DC program and manages employer development. She has experience enhancing undergraduate students’ career development and collaborating with employer partners through previous career center roles at Duke University and The George Washington University School of Business. Prior to her work in higher education, she coordinated a high school alcohol prevention campaign and provided support to in-patient clients at a mental health center. Hilary holds a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech.

Betty Zambrano 
Assistant Director, Career Events
305-284-8593 -
Betty is responsible for coordinating a variety of events that benefit UM students and alumni, most notably the Spring and Fall Career Expos that occur every semester on campus. Through her role, Betty aspires to help others find meaningful and gainful employment experiences at the meet-ups, fairs and other networking events coordinated through Toppel. Prior to joining the staff in December of 2014, Betty served as a Peace Corps volunteer in northern rural Peru, where she worked with local youth promoting higher education and college preparedness. Betty has experience in event management, program coordination, grassroots campaigns and public relations. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Florida.

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Devin Rogan
Assistant Director, Recruiting Services
(305) 284-1989 -

Devin oversees all on-campus recruiting at Toppel, including company information sessions and on-campus interviews. He focuses on creating and planning interactive events between students and prospective employers. Prior to joining Toppel, Devin worked in corporate recruiting focusing mainly on Information Technology, Pharmaceutical, and Biomedical industries. He is originally from Central New Jersey and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Monmouth University. While attending Monmouth, he was also apart of Sigma Pi Fraternity. Devin plans to pursue a graduate degree from the University of Miami and is excited to be a part of the Hurricane family.

Richard Combs
Assistant Director, Business Consultant
(305) 284-1988 -
Richard is a higher education professional with over 10 years of experience in a variety of areas including career development, fundraising, alumni relations, and sports marketing. In his current role, he is responsible for building partnerships between the university and external stakeholders in order to expand both internship and full-time employment opportunities for business majors. Additionally, he provides career advising and coaching to business students and alumni. Richard earned his Master of Arts degree in Career Counseling & Placement from North Carolina Central University and Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Wake Forest University. He completed a graduate assistantship at the Duke University Career Center. A self-proclaimed ACC basketball aficionado, he is excited to follow the Hurricanes.

Kim Burr
Assistant Director, Business Consultant
(305) 284-1813 -
Kim provides career advising and programming for students in the School of Business Administration. In addition, she works with employers and stakeholders to create and maintain robust employment and internship opportunities for School of Business students. Kim joined Toppel in July 2015 and brings experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Brigham Young University- Idaho and a Master of Public Administration from American University. Prior to joining the University of Miami, Kim lived and worked in Washington, DC, where she developed a strong passion for public service.

Career Education

Edward Cruz
(305) 284-5023 –
Eddy oversees the Toppel Career Center's efforts in training and empowering UM students and alumni through various career exploration, experiential education, pre-health and pre-law initiatives. In this role, he supervises the Career Education team. Eddy earned a MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and had an assistantship in the Career Development Center. He received his BA in Speech Communications from Kutztown University. He joined the staff in June 2008 and served as the AD for Graduate Student & Alumni Programs. In addition to career services, he has worked in residential services.

Carly Smith
Associate Director, Career Readiness
(305) 284-1818 –
Carly has been a member of the Toppel staff since 2011 and is responsible for implementing programs and services that prepare University of Miami students to be successful in the workplace. In her role, Carly oversees both the Professional Development Academy as well as the UShadow program. Carly received a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and a Certificate in Enrollment Management at the University of Miami. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University.

Anna Kenney
Assistant Director, Internship
(305) 284-1809 - 
Anna earned a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the Florida State University. Prior to joining the Toppel Career Center, she worked for University Housing at the Florida State University. Anna oversees the Toppel Internship Program as well as advising students regarding internships and career plans after graduation.

Esther Lamarre
Assistant Director, Graduate Student & Alumni Career Programs
(305) 284-1820 - 
Esther is a Miami native. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies & Political Science from the University of Miami and a Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia. Prior to returning to her alma mater, Esther worked to advance leadership education and development at the Illinois Leadership Center on the University of Illinois campus.

Student Staff and Interns

Alexis Musick

Alexis Musick
Peer Advisor
Alexis is majoring in Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Political Science while minoring in Chemistry and Modern Languages. Outside of class, Alexis is the President of Art of Healing and a co-founder for a new student organization, Nourish International. She is also the Dining and Auxiliary Services liaison for Student Government's Campus Liaison Council and is involved with Camp Kesem, UMAB, and Dance Marathon. Upon graduating, Alexis hopes to attend a medical school that offers a dual degree MD/MPH program and work her way through it to become a pediatric surgeon or interventional radiologist.

Madison Bowden

Madison Bowden
Peer Advisor
Madison is majoring in Marketing in the School of Business Administration. She is originally from Jupiter, Florida. Her passions are running, paddle boarding, and any activity on the water. She is pursuing a career in marketing and completed an internship this past summer with Pantelides PR and Consulting. At UM, Madison is a teaching assistant for the School of Business where she counsels and facilitates ten Freshman business students in an introductory business course.

Monique Beaupre

Monique Beaupre
Peer Advisor

Monique is majoring in advertising management with a minor in marketing. She grew up in Los Angeles, CA. On campus she's involved in Delta Phi Epsilon, Ad Group, and the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) team. She studied abroad for a semester in Granada, Spain. She's had several internships in digital departments in the advertising and film industries. She likes dogs, movies, and Trader Joe's.

Beverly Asante

Beverly Asante
Peer Advisor

Beverly is form Brooklyn, NY, where she did dual enrollment while in High school. She was able to obtain an Associate’s degree in Biology before she obtained her high school diploma. Both of Beverly’s parents were born and raised in Ghana. As a result, Beverly appreciates people of all cultures and hopes to someday travel the world. Beverly is majoring in business with a minor in theater and has a strong passion for music and the performing arts. Upon graduation, Beverly aspires both to go to law school and to pursue a career in music.

Lindsey Shanck

Lindsey Shanck
Peer Advisor

Lindsey is a Psychology major, minoring in Spanish and Business Law. She is originally from the Boston area, and while it will always be home, she loves being in Florida, escaping New England’s harsh winters. Lindsey is a sister of Chi Omega sorority and enjoys traveling, photography, and writing. After graduation, she hopes to get her PhD in Psychology and work with adults with special needs.

Vinessa Burnett

Vinessa Burnett
Peer Advisor

Vinessa is majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Mathematics and Management. She was born in Miami but grew up just down the road in Miramar, FL. Vinessa is actively involved on campus as a President’s 100, Lead Global Ambassador, Brother of Alpha Kappa Psi, and currently serves as the Public Relations Chair for Canes Outdoor Recreation Programs. In her free time, she can be found playing the piano and guitar or reading a good book. Vinessa has a passion for working with people and hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in the field of human resources.

Melissa Wyatt

Melissa Wyatt
Peer Advisor

Melissa is majoring in Political Science and Art History. She is originally from Cleveland but now lives in St. Petersburg, FL. On campus, Melissa is currently a member of Student Government Senate, Student Government ECO Agency, Greek Week Executive Board, and is a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha. Melissa is passionate about traveling, conservation, and conceptual art. This past summer, she interned at a non-profit organization in Perú. Upon graduation, Melissa hopes to move to Washington, DC, and work in policymaking.

Agnes Archibong PhotoAgnes Archibong
Graphic Design Intern

Agnes is from Sugar Land, TX, which is near Houston. Her parents are originally from coastal Nigeria. She is majoring in Studio Arts, Graphic Design and Creative Advertising, through which she hopes to her live out her passion for design and animation. She is a member of COISO and is also involved with the African Students Union and Miami Mindfulness. In her free time she enjoys yoga and works on a new brand, which she hopes will bring designs that inspire, invoke and inform. After college, she looks forward to joining the workforce in a position that allows her to be creative and make a difference.

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Danielle Cohen
Graphic Design Intern
Danielle is originally from Jericho, NY, majoring in Visual Journalism in the School of Communication. She is also minoring in Marketing and Art. Danielle is a sister of Sigma Delta Tau sorority. She has completed summer internships for Hearst Publications, Nylon Magazine and Condé Nast, pursuing her dream of becoming a creative director.

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Andrea Barreiro
Social Media Intern
Andrea is in the School of Business and plans to major in Marketing with minors in Accounting and Business Law. At UM, she is on the Club Volleyball team and is involved with the Association of Commuter Students and the Canes Care for Canes ambassador program. Andrea was born and lives in Miami, and she never gets tired of the vibrant city. Her hobbies outside of UM include running, traveling and spending time with friends. After graduating, Andrea aspires to work in marketing for a major company.

Elle Beasley

Elle Beasley
Employer Relations Intern

Elle is originally from Charleston, SC. Currently she is majoring in Economics and Political Science and is an active member of the Economics Club, Golf Club, and Chi Omega Sorority. She is passionate about U.S. Education Reform at the K-12 level, and intends to pursue a degree in law after graduation. Her hobbies are cooking and her two dogs Molly and Aldous.

Samantha ChatkinSamantha Chatkin
Employer Relations Intern

Sam is in the School of Business double majoring in Marketing and Business Law. She is passionate about people and wellbeing and loves to promote exercise, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles. Sam also has an enthusiasm for travel and plans to explore the world. Sam devotes her time at UM to a wide variety of opportunities including Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, The School of Business Peer Counseling Team, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, and American Marketing Association.
Gustav Van RooyenGustav Van Rooyen
Employer Relations Intern

Gustav assists the Employer Relations team in communications and employer development, while taking an active role in planning and executing career events. He is also pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration as a Finance major and is proud to be part of the “U!”
Blythe CowardBlythe Coward
Toppel Assistant

Blythe is majoring in Economics and minoring in Latin American Studies. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Blythe is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at UM and traveled abroad to Argentina. In her free time, she likes to travel, cook, watch premier league soccer, and hang out with friends. After graduation, Blythe hopes to pursue a career in public policy focusing on poverty alleviation.
Bruna FernandesBruna Fernandes
Toppel Assistant

Bruna is majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Pre-Medical Studies. She is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but has also lived in the Dallas, TX. She enjoys outdoor activities and loves dogs. She has a passion for helping those who cannot speak for themselves and has a deep interest in medical ethics. After graduating, Bruna plans to go to medical school to become an immunologist.
Courtney HamiltonCourtney Hamilton
Toppel Assistant

Courtney is majoring in Business Marketing with a Music Business minor. She was born and raised in Dallas, TX, and is enjoying the opportunity to grow and learn in a new major city. Her passions cover various artistic mediums but are highlighted by music, art, dance, and traveling. After graduation she aspires to work abroad in the Peace Corps or through for-profit music industry companies, and she is very excited for what the future holds.
Caroline ScaglioneCaroline Scaglione
Toppel Assistant

Caroline is majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Marketing, Business Administration, and Chemistry. She is originally from Illinois but was raised in Weston, FL. At UM, she is a sister of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority as well as a member of the President’s 100 Student Ambassadors and Vice President of the Brazilian Student Association. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, doing yoga, and volunteering in her community. After graduating, Caroline aspires to work in marketing and consumer behavior.

Michael HaringMichael Haring
Toppel Assistant

Michael is originally from Columbus, OH, and plans to study Business and Marketing. He is excited to be in a new and vibrant city and loves going to concerts, traveling, participating in service for the community, and spending time with friends. After graduation he hopes to go to New York City to do business in the fashion industry. He is very excited to see what the next four years have in store for him here at the U!
Wycliffe GraftonWycliffe Grafton, Jr.
Toppel Assistant

Wycliffe is currently double majoring in Motion Pictures and International Studies with a minor in Modern Languages. He was raised in Cape Coral, FL. At UM he is a brother of the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also a member of the Frost Band of the Hour and Pep Band. After graduation, he aspires to travel the world.
Toppel Career Center
Physical Address:
5225 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-5451
Fax: 305-284-3668
Mailing Address:
PO Box 249175
Coral Gables, FL 33124-5610