Employer Advisory Board

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VCU Career Services is seeking to enhance our partnerships through discussion and collaboration. Our goals are to enhance relationships among employers, Career Services and the University; to provide information to strengthen employer brand recognition efforts; and to solicit feedback for the effective delivery of career services to employers and students.

Topics may include:

  • Best practices regarding employer engagement and recruitment processes.
  • Guidance on the skill sets and employability factors students must possess to be successful in the workplace.
  • Current economic and business trends and how they relate to the recruitment process.
  • Experiential learning opportunities and programs.
  • Employer needs and perspectives and how a university can best meet these.
  • How to best prepare students to succeed during their internship and job search, plus expectations for success once they are hired.
  • Generate new ideas.

If you would like to learn more about advisory board struction and benefits, please read through the Employer Advisory Board Outline. For questions about advisory board participation, please contact our employer relations and experiential development team.

VCU Employer Advisory Board 2018 - 2019

Liz Borsetti, Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Liz Borsett is a member of the employer advisory boardLiz has worked at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond since 2013. She is the Facilities Manager and is an enameling teacher for the organization. Liz earned her BFA in Craft/Material Studies with a focus in metalsmithing along with an Art History minor, in 2012. In her spare time, she is a jeweler and resident artist at Mule Barn Craft Studio, located in the fan of Richmond. She is currently working towards becoming a gemologist through the Gemological Institute of America.

Christopher Carlson, Tennessee Valley Authority

Christopher Carlson is a member of the employer advisory board.Based in Chattanooga, Christopher is the Director of Talent Acquisition and Diversity for the Tennessee Valley Authority since May 2015. He leads a team of professionals focused on delivering best-in-class recruitment and diversity solutions. He has established a sustainable D&I infrastructure, transformed the talent acquisition program and processes, and led the launch of nine ERGs.

Prior to TVA, he was Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition for Booz Allen Hamilton where for over ten years he oversaw a variety of talent acquisition programs including university, diversity, military, employee referral programs. He led efforts in employment marketing and social recruiting. He obtained his Change Management Advanced Practitioner Certification through Georgetown University.

He serves as a Board Member of the Chattanooga Area Urban League. He is active with the National Association of Colleges and Employers serving as the President-Elect (2018-2019), Vice President, Employer (2016-2018), NACE Board of Directors (2012-2014), co-chairing committees including the Career Readiness committee in 2014-2015 and has presented at a variety of conference workshops on both university and diversity topics.

Christopher has held a number of recruiting and consulting roles within the consulting, entertainment, and non-for-profit industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from VCU.

Andy Christopher, Sherwin Williams

Andy Christopher is a member of the employer advisory boardAfter attending Purdue University, Andy began his career with Sherwin Williams June 5th, 1998 as a part-time sales associate. Since then he has held many roles with Sherwin Williams. Those roles include; Assistant Store Manager, Store Manager, Sales Representative, District City Manager and his current role as a District Sales Manager in Richmond, VA. Andy has worked in many different markets including Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and the D.C. suburbs of Maryland.

Andy currently resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his wife of twenty years Amy. Andy and Amy have three kids; Ashleigh age 19 who is a Junior at VCU, Andrew age 14 and Addison age 10. In his free time, he enjoys watching his kids compete on the soccer field and the softball field. He has also officiated high school and college football for the past 21 seasons.

Marisa Day, the Valentine

Marisa Day is a member of the employer advisory board.Marisa joined the Valentine as the Student Programs & Tours Manager in 2013. She has logged over 10 years working with educational and cultural institutions including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VCU Honors College, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Phillips Collection and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

She earned a B.A. in History from University of Mary Washington and a M.A. in Art History/Museum Studies from VCU. She has also served as an adjunct professor in the art museum studies program at University of Mary Washington. Marisa enjoys working with students to help them achieve their professional endeavors and currently volunteers with VCU’s National Scholarship Office as a Fulbright panelist and application writing advisor. When not at work Marisa enjoys exploring Richmond and traveling with her husband and daughter.

Will Flynn, Franklin Street

Will Flynn is a member of the employer advisory boardWill is a Consultant and Founder of Franklin Street Marketing with over 30 years of health care marketing experience. He built Franklin Street on the principle of helping clients who make a positive impact on their community. His clients have included health systems, hospitals, physician groups, health plans and professional service firms. Will is a member and distinguished award recipient of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Will received his B.F.A. in Communication Arts & Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and has taught healthcare marketing and public relations in the Mass Communications Department at VCU. As a transition towards retirement, Will recently sold his shares in the company to the employees and created an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

Christina Haase, PPD

Rhonda HallChristina has 20+ years in the Human Resources & Talent Acquisition field within STEM business. Having received a B.S. in Communications from Radford University, an MBA from the University of Richmond, Christina in currently pursuing a DBA where she is further exploring the HR concepts of loyalty, motivation, retention and engagement as a part of driving a successful business through people and culture. In addition, Christina is certified as an HR Staffing Professional (TSC/CSP) by the American Staffing Association, a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), and a SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional in HR) through the Society for Human Resource Management. She also enjoys spending time with family, surf and sand and listening to live music! With a focus and passion featuring people as the key to business success from attraction and hiring, to engagement and development, Christina serves on the HR Global Talent Acquisition team for PPD, a global CRO.

Cristi Jolly, CVS Health

Cristi Jolly is a member of the employer advisory boardCristi is a Senior Consultant, University Relations Manager with CVS Health. She has been with CVS Health for a total of 21 years and 6 years in her current role as a University Relations Manager. During this time, she has held many positions as her previous role was to support Training and Development of new Pharmacy Colleagues. She supports Campus Relations and Pharmacy Intern Hiring for Maryland, Washington D.C and Virginia.

Austin Kitchen, ChamberRVA

Austin Kitchen is a member of the employer advisory board.Austin is the Director of Leadership and Engagement at ChamberRVA focused on leadership programming while attracting and retaining young talent to our region. After running a “Top 10 Internship” program in her previous career, she has used her knowledge on millennial interests to help RVA organizations build better young professional culture through professional development, networking and community engagement initiatives.

Sean Powell, Engage the Foundation

Sean Powell is a member of the employer advisory board.Sean is a graduate of the VCU School of Business and founded Engage the Foundation in 2011.

Engage the foundation is a community-based organization that connects college students and encourages them to work with families and kids on campus and in the neighborhood. Two of its main goals are developing successive generations who understand their purpose and identity and reducing the costs of government assistance needed by unstable families.

Powell stresses the importance of Engage’s college-to-career pipeline, a workforce program that increases the rate at which college students find a job after graduating through industry training, certifications and direct work experience as interns.

Sara Sulla, VCU Health System

Sara Sulla is a member of the employer advisory board. Sara serves as a Senior Human Resources Generalist at VCU Health System, and works with a wide variety of groups such as Pharmacy, Pathology, Performance Improvement, and Rehabilitation. While she touches on all major areas of human resources, Sara is especially passionate about recruitment and retention of top talent, and has spent the majority of her career focused on working with non-profit organizations.

Sara received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, and her Master’s degree from the University of Scranton. She holds a SHRM-CP certification from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and a PHR certification from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).