Annie graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She spent time at Sacred Heart as an intern in the Admissions department and upon graduating, she started her career at FactSet in Norwalk, CT as a Recruiting Coordinator. Annie spent just under eleven years recruiting college graduates into various entry level roles. She joined Sacred Heart University in January 2018 to take what she had learned in the corporate recruiting space to work with students to better their career and professional development. Annie works specifically with students in the Jack Welch College of Business and Technology and spearheads employer relations initiatives for the office.
Hometown: Fairfield, CT
Childhood Dream Job: Olympic Swimmer
Favorite Quote: “Good, better, Best. Never let it rest. Till your good is better, and your better is best”
Advice for SHU Pioneers: Try new things! Be open minded. Have fun. Challenge yourself.
Specialties and InterestsAccounting, Finance, Economics & AnalyticsHuman Resources, Sales & OperationsSTEM & Research
Amy Novak joined the Center for Career & Professional Development in 2021, after 15+ years of dedication to SHU, most recently as the Director of Student Activities. As a two time alum, graduating with both her bachelors and master’s degrees, Amy has extensive experience working in higher education promoting student mentorship, leadership, engagement and retention. Amy currently spearheads the revamped Discover YOU program, guiding students through the process of identifying a major and/or career that matches up with individual interests.
Hometown: Jamestown, RI
Childhood Dream Job: A choreographer and artist
Favorite Quote: Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
Advice for SHU Pioneers: “Find your balance. Step out of your comfort zone and take advantage of new beginnings, opportunities and the ability to grow.”
Specialties and InterestsArts, Media, Sports & EntertainmentMarketing, Public Relations & FashionGovernment, Public Administration & LawSTEM & ResearchExploratory Pioneers
Amanda completed her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science and French and Francophone Studies at William Smith College, part of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, NY. After graduating and working at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for two years, Amanda pursued her master’s degree in College Student Services Administration at The College of Saint Rose. After completing her master’s, Amanda served as the Assistant Director and then Associate Director of Career Planning at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY for just under 7 years. Amanda works with SHU students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions.
Hometown: Guilford, CT
Childhood Dream Job: Geologist
Favorite Quote: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”- Eleanor Roosevelt
Advice for SHU Pioneers: Take advantage of your time at Sacred Heart- before you know it, you’ll be crossing that commencement stage! Get involved, explore, take chances, and have fun!
Specialties and InterestsHealthcare & Public Health
A graduate of Villanova University, Sheila brings considerable experience and knowledge in the area of campus & corporate recruiting. She is the former Vice President of Equities Americas Campus Recruiting for Goldman, Sachs & Co. and the former Equities Americas Campus Recruiting and Training Head for Credit Suisse First Boston, New York as well as a Corporate & Campus Recruiter for Kidder, Peabody & Co., New York.
Hometown: Wilton, CT
Childhood Dream Job: Meteorologist
Favorite Quote: What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us – Maria Shriver
Advice for SHU Pioneers: Make the most of each day. The years will fly by!
Specialties and InterestsAccounting, Finance, Economics & AnalyticsHuman Resources, Sales & OperationsSTEM & Research, College of Business Graduate & Alumni
Cicely started her career as a Sales Administrator and then a Regional Sales Representative with a printing company based in New Hampshire. Eventually, she transitioned into a recruiter role across multiple industries before landing at Yale New Haven Health. Having worked in Human Resources for the majority of her career has provided a very unique skillset to prepare the current Students and Alumni of St. Vincent’s College at Sacred Heart University for their various careers in healthcare.
Hometown: Fairfield, CT
Childhood Dream Job: Ballerina & Fashion Designer
Favorite Quote: ”Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”- Michelle Obama
Advice for SHU Pioneers: Network with everyone that you come in contact with, since many careers start with a connection that you had during your time at Sacred Heart University.
Specialties and InterestsHealthcare & Public HealthSaint Vincent's College
Assistant Director (she/her)
Connie is a double Alumna of Sacred Heart, graduating with both her Bachelors degree in Health Science and Masters degree in Strategic Communications and Public Relations. Before transitioning over to the Center for Career & Professional Development, she was a graduate assistant for the office of Student Activities and then spent two and a half years as the Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Involvement here at SHU. Having advised and mentored students through the college transition and involvement outside of the classroom, Connie will provide support to students who are navigating their first couple years at SHU; helping them to make the connection between their major, interests, and career opportunities.
Hometown: Patchogue, New York
Childhood Dream Job: Teacher
Favorite Quote: “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it” Vincent Van Gogh
Advice for SHU Pioneers: Make the most of your four years at SHU and utilize all the campus resources SHU has to offer!
Specialties and InterestsExploratory PioneersEducation, Non-Profit & Human ServicesSTEM & Research
Assistant Director (he/him)
Justin attended Southern Connecticut State University for his undergraduate degree, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. During his time at SCSU, he also studied music theory and composition. Justin went on to attend SUNY Stony Brook, where he graduated with his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. While achieving his master’s degree, Justin focused on career counseling and academic advising and was accepted as a Graduate Intern here at the Center for Career & Professional Development. Shortly after graduation, Justin joined the team here at SHU as the Assistant Director of Career Education. Justin works with students interested in pursuing a future in business, finance, sports, arts, and their affiliates.
Hometown: Shelton, CT
Childhood Dream Job: Musician
Favorite Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky” – Michael Scott
Advice for SHU Pioneers: Try new things and never be afraid to take risks!