Elizabeth Mandeville '04

Liz is the Director of Fellowship Programs at Wellesley. She works with students as they consider, apply, and prepare for prestigious fellowship opportunities and manages the on-campus nomination process for these awards. She also manages the application and selection process for campus-endowed fellowships that support international travel and graduate study.

Liz graduated from Wellesley in 2004 with a degree in international relations and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy studying the United Nations, sovereignty, and humanitarian aid. She was a Luce Scholar in Cambodia, where she worked for a public interest law organization, and has worked for the United Nations Development Programme, the Feinstein International Center, and Mount Holyoke College.

MaryBeth Callery

Mary Beth is the Assistant to the Director of Fellowship Programs. She manages the campus application process for major fellowships, oversees the logistics for many college fellowship awardees here and abroad, and coordinates the work of numerous campus nomination committees. She is a resource for individuals as they navigate the application process.

Before working at Wellesley, Mary Beth spent many years as a Buyer for several retail and wholesale companies. She received her BS in Social Work from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.

On-Campus Recruiting

Kristy Liu '08

Kristy, Assistant Director of Recruiting and Technology, majored in economics while at Wellesley. Kristy has over seven years of experience working with the Center for Work and Service, both as a student and as a full-time member of staff.  Kristy focuses on technology applications for CWS and is instrumental to the on-campus recruiting program. Kristy serves as the CWS liaison to the Davis Scholars and Asian/Asian-American students.



Katie Koski

Katie has an extensive background in the public and nonprofit sectors. She brings her expertise into the classroom and communities in her role as Service Program Director at the Center for Work and Service. Her professional and personal pursuit has been helping young people hone their passion for service while connecting them with a career path that enables them to be active citizens. Katie received her Ed.M. with a Higher Education concentration from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in Interpersonal and Public Communication with a minor in Public Affairs.

Prior to coming to Wellesley College, Katie was the Internship Coordinator for the Public Policy & Urban Affairs and the Human Service programs at Northeastern University and the Assistant Director of Harvard University’s Center for Public Interest Careers and Public Service Network. In these roles she was responsible for directing internship and fellowship programs, provided support and guidance to individuals and student groups while collaborating with campus and external stakeholders. Katie has also worked at nonprofits that have focused on providing college-age individuals with opportunities to impact their communities and skills and experiences to prepare them for the workplace such as Teach for America, City Year, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and the Coro Fellows Program in Pubic Affairs.

Sara Sargent

Sara Sargent is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Center for Work and Service. She is serving at Wellesley for one year through the AmeriCorps*VISTA program Massachusetts Campus Compact. She will be coordinating service opportunities and transportation for student volunteers, as well as facilitating Wellesley’s community partnership with the non-profit St. Stephen’s Youth Programs in Boston. Involved in community service since high school, Sara hopes to inspire and empower Wellesley students to give back and learn through service.

Sara grew up in Waterford, Connecticut and graduated from Smith College in 2012 with a major in Education and a minor in Art History. While attending Smith, she volunteered in elementary schools and tutored students in Springfield and Holyoke, MA. After graduating, she has worked at the Boston Children’s Museum, taught English in Huaycán, Peru, and helped to coordinate a summer arts program for high school students in Vermont. She is excited to work at a Seven Sisters college and get to know the Wellesley community this year.


Rocío Garza Tisdell '07

Rocío is the Assistant Director of U.S. Internships and also manages Spanish-speaking international sites. In addition to general career advising for students, she will be maintaining and building partnerships with internship sites. Working closely with the recruiting team, her efforts also include developing programs to better reach the many unique populations at Wellesley, with a particular interest in promoting STEM careers. Rocío brings over seven years of experience working in healthcare, public health, and higher education, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, University of Texas Prevention Research Center, and University of California San Diego. Prior to joining the CWS, she played a key role in launching community outreach and diversity and inclusion programs for the newly accredited Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Rocío graduated from Wellesley in 2007 with a degree in neuroscience and received an M.S. in global leadership from the University of San Diego, School of Business Administration in 2014.

General Advising

Sarah Isham

Sarah Isham is the Director for Career Advising and Programming. She is part of the CWS team who provides direct student service to all undergraduates. Prior to Wellesley, she worked for many years in career services at the University of Virginia (McIntire School of Commerce and the U.Va. Career Center) and has an extensive background in advising liberal arts students, program development, and employer relations. Sarah has an undergraduate background in Speech Communication from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, and a Master's degree in Education from the University of Virginia in Counselor Education and Student Affairs/Higher Education.

Dana Keep

Dana is a career counselor at the Center for Work and Service. Before joining the CWS, Dana worked at Harvard University counseling undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni on all aspects of career development and transition. She has also served as a consultant at Harvard Business School, helping students during resume/cover letter preparation workshops and interview training sessions.

Dana graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont and has a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University.

Wendy Friend

Wendy is a career advisor at the Center for Work and Service and brings an extensive background in career management, talent acquisition and workshop design, delivery and facilitation. Prior to joining the CWS, Wendy worked for Babson and Simmons Colleges coaching undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni on resume/cover letters, interview preparation and successful job search strategies. She has also served as a career consultant for a leading career management firm.  During this time she advised executives on all aspects of career development and transition from a wide range of industries and fields.

Wendy graduated from the University of Vermont and has a Master’s Degree in Education from Northeastern University.

Ellie Perkins

Ellie Perkins serves as the prelaw advisor for students and alumnae at the Center for Work and Service. In addition to this role, she offers general alumnae advising. An accomplished career advisor, Ellie has been a part of CWS for a number of years and brings to the Center an expertise in law school, graduate school, and fellowship advising.

Syma Mirza '00

The CWS is excited to announce that Syma Mirza '00 has joined the CWS team for the remainder of the spring 2016 semester. Syma will be available for appointments one day a week, beginning Friday, March 11, to advise on international affairs, government, and legal careers.  

Syma has over ten years of experience in program management, grantmaking, and law in a variety of settings. She has worked as a Program Director at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative managing a U.S. Department of State-funded program in Pakistan related to human rights and national security, served as Program Officer for South and Southeast Asia at the Fund for Global Human Rights managing a grants and capacity-building portfolio of over $1 million, and practiced law for three years at DLA Piper US LLP in Washington, D.C. Syma sits on the Board of Advisors of a progressive human rights funder in India and is a volunteer with the paid family and medical leave campaign in Massachusetts. She currently works as an independent consultant with expertise in strategy, research, advocacy, and grantmaking. 

She holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, a master’s degree in human rights and conflict resolution from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree in international relations from Wellesley College. While at Wellesley, she served as President of the Wellesley Association for South Asian Cultures, among other things, and she is delighted to be back on campus to support students in navigating their career and life goals.

Alumnae & Service Programming

Colleen Calcagni

Colleen joined Wellesley College as the Center for Work and Service’s Alumnae Career and Service Program Assistant in 2011. Colleen has over 16 years experience supporting higher education programs at Clark University and UMass Medical School including admissions, program development, advising, events management, desktop publishing and website development. Her focus at Wellesley includes helping alumnae navigate MyCWS and other CWS resources, coordinating student and alumnae events as well as supporting the community service programs that are a hallmark of the CWS mission. Colleen graduated with high honors from Becker College and majored in Business Administration & Management concentrating in marketing and communications.  She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Education focusing on Higher Education / Student Affairs at Salem State Univeristy and expects to complete her degree in 2017.