Lauren Easom, Director
Lauren Easom, M. Ed., GCDF currently serves as the Career Center's Director. She comes in with over 5 years of Career Development experience. She recently relocated from Colorado where she worked at the Wyoming Department of Education. There, her main responsibilities included overseeing the state’s Career Development and Guidance initiatives, Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs), and Wyoming’s Career and Technical Demonstration Project Grant. She has also worked as an Upward Bound Director, and Career Development Specialist for The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the New Mexico Works Program.
She received her B.B.A. in Economics from Valdosta State University in December of 2011, and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Master of Education in December of 2014. While attending Valdosta State she helped charter the institution’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter and later became the organization’s first President. She was also an active member of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Lauren is passionate about Career Development and its role in higher education because of the opportunities and experiences it provides students and is excited to start her journey with Georgia College.
Jackie Stamper, Assistant Director, Pre-Professional & Graduate School Planning
Jackie has been with the Career Center since 2018 and now serves in a new position dedicated to helping students planning and preparing for graduate and professional school admissions. Jackie and her team assist students with developing a four-year plan to make them competitive for graduate schools as well as professional school programs such as medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, optometry, and more. This assistance includes but is not limited to reviewing related career information, assisting with searching programs, conducting mock interviews, and advising on application materials (resumes/CVs, personal statements, essays, general testing information, etc.).
Jackie began in the Career Center as a Career Specialist. She received her master's in Student Affairs at the University of West Georgia and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Georgia State University. Prior to coming to GC, Jackie worked in academic advising and residence life as well as within the insurance and hospitality industries.
Melissa A. Bennett, Career Specialist, Pre-Professional & Graduate School Planning
Melissa works to help serve students by assisting in their planning and preparing for the graduate and professional school admissions process. Students will receive help in developing a four-year plan for all post-secondary education including medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, optometry, and more; as well as programs in education and the humanities. As part of a comprehensive approach to career planning, students can gain assistance with finding programs, learning about career outcomes, getting help with interviews, and learning how to complete the appropriate application materials, such as CVs, personal statements, and resumes.
Melissa received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s from the University of Alabama. Her master’s degree is in American Studies where she focused on new and emerging media. Prior to returning to school, she spent over 10 years in the not-for-profit sector where she specialized in marketing and communications.
Lizz Giordano, Career Development Coordinator
Lizz serves as a Career Development Coordinator on the Career Development Team at Georgia College. She earned a Master of Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from UNC Greensboro where she served as a Graduate Assistant for Career Development. She also gained experience in first-year experience, student activities, fraternity and sorority life, and leadership programs throughout her time in graduate school. Prior to attending graduate school, Lizz worked as a Scribe, Internship Preceptor, and Quality Metrics Analyst at a Pediatric Doctor’s Office after earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Science (Public Health) degree from the University of North Florida.
Nhu Nguyen, Career Development Coordinator
Nhu Nguyen joined the Career Center in 2019 as part of the Career Development Team. She has a Master degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Nhu is most fulfilled when helping people to grow professionally. Her international background and focus on community collaboration have led her to a number of leadership roles in strategic recruitment, adult education, and alumni relations. Previous to Georgia College, Nhu was a graduate teaching assistant at UCF Experiential Learning. Additionally, she helped design the Career Development & Financial Planning course at UCF College of Business and assisted the Dean’s external relations team. Prior to her career in higher education, Nhu has worked in the publishing industry as an account manager and columnist.
In her current role, Nhu manages and leads the marketing and promotion of the Career Center.
Daniella Thomas, Internship Coordinator
Daniella is a recent graduate of the Liberal Studies program at Georgia College. Previously, Daniella served for two years as a Career Peer Advisor and Employer Relations Assistant in the Career Center. This fall she joined the Career Center team in a full-time capacity to assist the Employer Relations and Internship team.
Rachel Linder, Administrative Assistant
Rachel has worked at Georgia College since graduating with her degree in Public Health. Prior to serving in the Career Center, Rachel was the Transfer Admissions Specialist in the Office of Admissions. In the Career Center, Rachel works with all of our visitors and campus partners, which include students, alumni, employers, faculty, and staff, to ensure that they have a great experience with the Career Center. Currently, Rachel is a student in the M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration program at Georgia Southern University.