Employer Advisory Board
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 at email@example.com.
2019 - 2020 Board
Faby Argandona works in Talent Acquisition at Dominion Energy as a Campus Recruiter. She coordinates recruitment efforts for a 250+ student summer intern program and entry level positions. She has been at the company for 3 years, previously working in IT in a Business Systems Analyst role.
Upon graduation, Faby founded the Information Systems Alumni Association (ISAA) at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is still involved with the School of Business being a mentor to several students and recent grads. She is currently on the Marketing and Membership committee for VACE (Virginia Association of College and Employers). She is on the William & Mary Employee Advisory Board. Faby is on the HOLA – Latino Employee Resource group Leadership Board at Dominion Energy as the Employee Lead. Faby is big animal lover and volunteers at the Richmond SPCA.
Jimez Ashby Jr. is a Partner & Consultant with DiversifyEd Consulting, LLC - a consulting firm that provides Human Capital (HR), Organizational Strategy & Development, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consulting and training services. Although a young professional, has 6 years of highly-progressive Human Resource and Diversity experience across multiple industries, in the private and federal sector, and covering everything from Full-Cycle Recruitment to Talent Development and Workforce Strategy & Development.
In addition to his Entrepreneurial aspect of life, Jimez still works corporately, serving as the Program Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion for the US Dept. of Defense – National Guard Bureau. He completed his studies of Learning & Development at George Mason University in May 2017 and shorty after relocated to Richmond.
Christina 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 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.
Sumi Lanneau is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with an undergraduate degree in Information Systems and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Human Resource Management. After several years in the professional roles she pursued her Master in Human Resource Management from the University of Richmond.
As her career moved forward, Sumi earned the Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) designation from Human Capital Institute, Strategic HR Business Partner (sHRBP) from Human Capital Institute and the SHRM Certified Professional designation (SHRM-CP) through SHRM. She has progressed through her career in a variety of roles marrying her IT and HR knowledge together.
Sumi's current role is with the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Workforce Planning Consultant, leading the strategy statewide for workforce planning. She has worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia (VDOT, DHR, SCHEV, DEQ), Dominion, Federal Reserve Bank in a variety of roles ranging from analyst to director levels. Sumi married her college sweetheart and is the proud mother of two sons. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Kelsey is currently the Process and Performance Manager for Global Early Professional Hiring at IBM, helping to bring improvements and standardization to IBM’s Intern and Early Professional hiring programs and strategies worldwide. Kelsey has been at IBM for about 4 years and has worn several different “Talent Acquisition” hats, including both Operations Manager for Early Professional Hiring in North America and University Relations Program Manager responsible for identifying and recruiting College/University talent into IBM.
Prior to her start at IBM, Kelsey began her career as a Federal Strategy and Operations Consultant at Deloitte and segued into Talent Acquisition as a University Recruiter at Grant Thornton. Kelsey is an active member of the National Association of College and Employers (NACE), having served on several committees and presented at two national conferences.
Kelsey graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in Marketing and Art/Art History. When not at work, Kelsey enjoys relaxing with a good book or exploring the Richmond, VA food scene.
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).
Christopher is the Senior Manager, University Recruiting and Relations, for Northrop Grumman. Before working with Northrop Grumman, Chris worked with the Tenneessee Valley Authority since 2015. Prior to his work at 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 is active with the National Association of Colleges and Employers serving as the President, 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.
Will 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).
Liz is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Cary Wellness/Glasshouse. Before her work with Cary Wellness, Liz worked at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond since 2013. She was the Facilities Manager and 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.
Amanda is the Adult Programs and Tours Manager at The Valentine.