Meet the Coaches

Senior Career Coaches

Cathy Weisbrodt

Senior Career Coach for Engineering & Healthcare

Who I work with: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)

Why I love these students: The uniqueness and dynamic individuality represented by each student. I appreciate the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with students of a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

A fun fact: I love live music and enjoy spending my free time at music festivals across the country!

Grace Foy

Senior Career Coach for Humanities, Liberal Arts, Fine Arts

Who I work with: Communication, English Language and Literature, Foreign Languages, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

Why I love these students: It gives me life to hear our students talking about how they use their creative experiences to set themselves apart in interviews. The Humanities, Liberal Arts, and Fine Arts are so alive here at Vanderbilt; I feel honored to be a small part of these disciplines!

A fun fact: I grew up on a farm and love all animals, but I ADORE bunnies. My Husband & I have two named Birdie & Gill. They enjoy meeting new friends, watching Zootopia, and eating fruit.   

Career Advisors

Alex Rizzutto

Career Coach for First & Second Year and Undeclared Students

Who I work with: Undeclared students in their first and second year.

Why I love these students: I love the excitement that comes with working with these students. I get to speak to students from a variety of backgrounds and interest areas about their dreams, their hopes for the future, and what makes them happy; and then we sit down together to find out how we can make these dreams come true.

A fun fact: I read the first four Harry Potter books eight times each by the time I had reached fifth grade.

Amanda Moore

Career Coach for First & Second Year and Undeclared Students

Who I work with: Undeclared students in their first and second year.

Why I love these students: What I enjoy most about college students is their energy. I love fostering and facilitating growth and confidence in the students with whom I have the privilege to work. My role gives me opportunities to empower students, to explore possibilities and find a major that builds on individual strengths and interests. One of the most rewarding parts for me is helping students translate their personal passions and strengths into professional goals.

A fun fact: I named my dog after Indiana Jones and I’ve been to Disney World more times than I can count.

Bill Smith

Career Coach for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Who I work with: I work with most of the Engineering Disciplines (Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical), as well as Engineering Science, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

Why I love these students: I majored in a STEM degree myself (Physics) and I know firsthand the unique fun and challenges that are a part of these disciplines. In my first job after college, I advised high school students looking to go to college. I noticed a pattern where my favorite students to work with, by far, were those who were interested in going into a STEM field. In my experience, students in these fields have an incredible amount of creativity and drive, and approach problems with an extraordinary amount of ingenuity. I think these qualities are particularly exemplified by the Vanderbilt students with whom I work. I love seeing the hard work that my students put into their college experience pay off later on. Additionally, I love the challenge of the constant new learning that is a part of being in the STEM world.

A fun fact: In my early 20’s, I went on four national tours with a now defunct punk band.

Dorrie Presson

Career Coach for economics majors and students pursuing national scholarships and fellowships

Who I work with: Economics majors and students pursuing national scholarships and fellowships

Why I love these students: I thoroughly enjoy coaching bright, ambitious, and highly motivated students and helping them realize their big dreams and goals. Students I meet with most often are pursuing intensively competitive opportunities, and I affirm them for their dedication and discipline in the process. I find it meaningful to walk alongside students throughout their journey and celebrate their success as they tell me “it was worth it!”

A fun fact: I’ve always loved biking!  My husband and I recently got a tandem bike and we’ve had a lot of fun riding together. If there’s ever a  Tour de France Tandem Race, we’re all in!

Ethan Fesperman

Career Coach for Human and Organizational Development (HOD)

Who I work with: Human and Organizational Development

Why I love these students: I enjoy working with Vandy students because they are intellectually curious and natural problem solvers. I appreciate their emphasis on having a strong liberal arts foundation in concert with skills development and application.

A fun fact: I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, and adult gymnastics.

Steve Transou

Career Coach for Education and Social Sciences

Who I work with: Social Science and Education

Why I love these students: I am able to connect with these particular students because I received a social science degree from undergrad and an education degree from graduate school. My philosophy of student development is focused on “meeting the students where they are” and empowering them to advocate for themselves.  Being able to witness students work hard and achieve their life goal provide me with great joy.

A fun fact:  I absolutely hate traveling, however, I am always on the go.

Taylor Carnes

Career Coach for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Who I work with: STEM Students

Why I love these students: I love working with scientists and engineers because of my background in engineering, and my love for the creativity that accompanies technical innovation. Assisting in the development of the world’s future pioneers is such a high honor. It fills me with joy and pride to help STEM students use their technical skills to create meaningful lives for themselves and those around them.

A fun fact: I am horrified of heights, but I plan to skydive at least twice a year.

Undergraduate Managers

Aidan Craft

Career Center Program Manager

Major: Public Policy

Who I work with: Student Organizations

Why I love these students: The opportunity to learn in an environment where everyone is excited to push boundaries and challenge themselves. Vanderbilt is a place where everyone can feel welcomed and is encouraged to share their personal narratives. 

A fun fact: Even though I am from Alabama, where there is no ice and snow, I love watching Olympic curling. 

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