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If you choose to actively manage your career by working directly with a career coach, check out our selection of coaches. You will find summary information on each - including background and areas of expertise, links, and contact information.

*These are fee-based services, with rates given by each provider. Special discounts may be available for Fairfield alumni with certain providers; please be sure to mention you are a Fairfield graduate when you call.

Alumni who want to be considered to be listed on the Career Coach page may contact


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Vivian M. Ciampi

'92, MBA, PCC

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Principal and Professional Certified Coach, Professional Coaching, LLC
Coaching offered in New York City and Connecticut
Coaching sessions held in person or virtually
Website / Email / (203) 910-3305

Background / Areas of Specialty

Vivian M. Ciampi is a Principal at Professional Coaching, LLC, a business navigation firm in Connecticut. She has been providing leadership/ strategic coaching and workshops to professionals in large corporations, small businesses and universities for over a decade. Her work centers around helping professionals leverage their strengths and ultimately have a more strategic and influential impact in the workplace and overall bottom line. The central theme of her coaching is around Strategic Leadership and Effective Communication, but she touches on a wide variety of leadership challenges in her coaching practice.

Vivian is also a coach and facilitator in the Executive Education department at the Harvard Business School and a professor in the Business Department at Quinnipiac University. Prior to starting her own business, she spent sixteen years as a Vice President at Travelers Property Casualty where she built a successful coaching program and coached many to leadership positions. She is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation; holds a Masters in Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Fairfield University.

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Noelle Gross

Founder, NG Career Strategy

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Founder, NG Career Strategy
Website / Email / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube

Noelle Gross is an award-winning career strategy expert, speaker, thought-leader and founder of, a one-stop shop for professionals in need of job search and career support. Noelle’s mission is to help people experience a short, pain-free, hope-filled job search. She does this by applying a common-sense, executive recruiter-born approach that takes the pain out of the job search and produces quick results. Her most popular programs include:

  • Job Search Accelerator — A membership community for job seekers looking to experience immediate traction on their job search. Access best-in-class job search resources and expert guidance.
  • Resume & LinkedIn Writing Support — ATS, keyword, and visually optimized resumes with the hiring manager/recruiter eye-scan in mind.
  • Career Coaching Programs — Partner with a career coach to achieve your career and job search goals. Coaching programs include: Career changes or pivots, interview prep, job search strategy, MBTI, Strengths, and more!

For guidance on the best program for you, contact Noelle at or visit for free career advice and job search tips!

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Kathy Caprino


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Kathy Caprino, LLC
Stamford, CT
Website / Podcast / X (Twitter) / Facebook / LinkedIn / Instagram

Background / Areas of Specialty

Kathy Caprino, M.A.'05 is an internationally-recognized women's career, executive and leadership coach, writer and speaker dedicated to the advancement of women in business.  Author of Breakdown, Breakthrough, and her new book The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths to Career Bliss, Kathy is Founder and President of Kathy Caprino, a leading career and success coaching and training firm helping professional women build successful, rewarding careers of significance. A former corporate marketing VP, trained marriage and family therapist, and seasoned coach, Kathy is Senior Contributor on Forbes, a leading voice on Thrive Global and LinkedIn, and host of the popular Finding Brave podcast (ranking in the Top 100 Apple Career Podcasts). She is also a top national media source on career issues and trends. Kathy has appeared in over 200 leading newspapers and magazines and on national radio and television. Kathy's most popular career programs and services include:

  • Career Breakthrough Coaching Programs — 3- and 6-session private coaching programs designed to help you make the impact and the difference you long to, in a successful and rewarding career you love
  • The Amazing Career Project — A powerful career transformation 16-week online course designed to help professional women build exciting, rewarding and successful careers of impact
  • The Most Powerful You speaking programs and workshops helping professional women close the 7 most damaging power gaps that 98% of women face today that prevent them from reaching their highest potential

For more information, visit, Kathy's Forbes blog "Career Bliss" and her new book The Most Powerful You (July 2020).

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Sandra Long

LinkedIn Expert, Author, and Speaker

Post Road Consulting LLC

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LinkedIn Expert, Author, and Speaker
Post Road Consulting LLC
Website / LinkedIn / Email / (888) 854-3724

Background / Areas of Specialty

Sandra Long is an independent LinkedIn expert, consultant, author, and speaker. She is internationally known from her book, speaking, and TEDx talk. Her best-selling book is LinkedIn for Personal Branding; The Ultimate Guide. Sandra presented the first-ever TEDx talk about LinkedIn in 2019. The 11-minute speech is called LinkedIn Community: A Super Power Hiding in Plain Sight and is available on YouTube.

Sandra and her company Post Road Consulting focus 100% on LinkedIn education and thought leadership. Their clients include sales teams, corporate C-Level executives, HR teams, universities, job seekers, and recruiters.

Contact Sandra for more information about upgrading your personal or company brand on LinkedIn.

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Julie Jansen

Julie Jansen LLC

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Julie Jansen LLC
Website / Email / X (Twitter) / LinkedIn / (203) 918-1703

Background / Areas of Specialty

Julie is a career and executive coach, resume and LinkedIn profile writer, and professional speaker who works with individuals in every industry, functional area, and stage of their career to develop the competencies, skills, and techniques needed to successfully change careers, find a new job, or start a business.

Her bestselling book, I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work (Penguin Books) was published in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Austria, Romania, and Indonesia. Julie also wrote You Want Me to Work With Who? Eleven Keys to a Stress-Free, Satisfyingand Successful Work Life - No Matter Who You Work With.

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Linda Van Valkenburgh


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Owner and Certified Executive Career Coach, My Executive Career Coach, LLC, Stamford, Connecticut
Coaching sessions held virtually
Website / Email / LinkedIn

Background / Areas of Specialty

Linda Van Valkenburgh is the owner and certified executive career coach of My Executive Career Coach, LLC.

Linda partners with clients to plan, manage, and organize individualized career campaigns. She helps clients define career goals and identify career options utilizing proven and comprehensive career planning techniques and systems; provides opportunities to improve decision making skills; teaches job search and research strategies; and provides support for clients experiencing the stress of job loss or career transition.

She assists clients to discover their skills and strengths; develop their value proposition and strategic plan; target opportunities that advance their careers to the next level; and supports them through a skillful negotiation process.

Recognized by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Linda's credentials include: Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS), and Certified Social Media Career Strategist (CSMCS). She has also been trained in multiple social media platforms and holds a Twitter Certified Career Strategist credential.

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Claire Chandler

'93, SPHR

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Talent Boost
New Jersey
Website / Email / (973) 727-2156

Background / Areas of Specialty

Claire Chandler '93, SPHR, helps business leaders move the needle toward their mission by showing them an easier way to accelerate the performance of their people.

The President and Founder of Talent Boost, Claire leverages over 25 years of experience in business leadership, human resources, and communications to boost leadership alignment and effectiveness. She has extensive experience in organizational effectiveness, executive coaching, leadership development, communication strategy, employment branding, succession management, employee onboarding and engagement, talent infrastructure, and strategic planning. Her highly interactive and humorous facilitation style fosters the engagement and learning of diverse audiences, both small and large.

Claire holds a certificate in strategic HR leadership from Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, a master's degree from NJIT, and a bachelor's degree from Fairfield University. She is the author of The Whirlpool Effect: Inspire the FLOW that Boosts Company Performance.

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Annette Richmond


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Certified Master Resume Writer and Certified LinkedIn Profile Writer, career intelligence Resume Writing and Career Service
Website / Facebook / LinkedIn / X (Twitter) / Youtube

Background / Areas of Specialty

As a principal of career intelligence Resume Writing Career Services, Annette empowers people to make faster, smoother, less-stressful job transitions. She partners with her clients to create results-driven resumes and optimized LinkedIn profiles that generate results.

Annette has earned 5 certifications including Certified Master Resume Writer, a designation held by fewer than 50 resume writers worldwide. She has been featured in notable media outlets including Monster, Vault, Business Insider, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Medium, and The Wall Street Journal. Her work appears in Resumes for Dummies (2015 and 2019).

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sacred Heart University and a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology from Fairfield University. Annette serves on the Board of Directors for the National Resume Writers' Assocation and Certification Committee for Career Directors International.

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Christine Paul Tetreault

SPHR, MA '85, MEd

Learn More About Christine

LEAD Advisory Group, Boston, MA
LEAD Advisory Group / LinkedIn / Facebook

Background / Areas of Specialty

Christine Paul Tetreault, co-founder and partner of the LEAD Advisory Group, focuses on developing high potential individuals, emerging leaders, and maximizing team performance. Through a combination of individualized coaching, small group work, and consulting, LEAD's services are designed to accelerate and promote the advancement of high potential individuals. 

Christine is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has experience in corporate and higher-education management, human resources, executive coaching, and career management program development. In addition to the LEAD Advisory Group, Christine serves as a Learning Consultant within Global Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness at John Hancock/Manulife. She has also held career management positions at Harvard Business School, Bridgewater State University, Northeast­ern University, Simmons College, and Prudential Financial, Inc.

Christine holds certifications in EQi 2.0 and EQi 360 Feedback, FACET5 Personality Assessment, and Resilience Training. Christine has completed the Management Institute for Women in Higher Education, HERS, New England at Wellesley College, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrator (NASPA) Mid-Level Leadership Institute and the Prudential Management Development Training Program.

Christine is a frequent presenter to alumni groups, professional associations, and conferences presenting on a wide range of career topics such as leadership development, emotional intelligence, performance management and resilience.

For more information about LEAD Advisory Group, or to request a coaching conversation please complete our brief inquiry form or contact us at

Tom Dondero


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Mindful Career Solutions
Website / Email

Background / Areas of Specialty

Tom Dondero is an executive level media professional turned highly sought after consultant, providing sales and marketing strategy, matching companies with active and passive job seekers, and helping individuals maximize their professional and personal happiness. High profile organizations employ his expertise in revamping strategies and cultures to increase productivity. In addition, as a Certified Master Coach, Tom combines his 20+ years in media with Behavioral Science to create a multidimensional road map for career development and identifying/placing talent.

Services include: professional resume building, interviewing and networking coaching, career guidance, and guaranteed interviews in the media industry.

Before starting his consulting businesses, Tom ran the High School Sports Sales and Marketing division (HSS) at USA TODAY Sports Media Group (SMG). He was responsible for driving revenue on a national level across all HSS properties as well as aligning assets with the larger SMG platform. His experience and unique approach in this space led to an expanded advertiser base not seen before in this sector.

Prior to joining USA TODAY, Tom spent nearly 15 years at ESPN as an integrated marketing sales executive handling their top accounts while juggling territory responsibilities. His successes in the unprecedented growth of these accounts led to multiple individual and team awards & recognitions. In his final three years, Tom led the newly created division, ESPNHS, crafting strategy for both the sales and marketing teams while increasing revenue by over 30% each year.

Tom began his career at USA and Sci-Fi Networks. He graduated from Fairfield University in 1992 with a BA in Economics.

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