Meet Our Experts

Your access to expert career advice is an important part of your JWU education. On campus, you’ll meet leading employers looking specifically to hire JWU students for internships and jobs at career fairs, presentations and on-campus interviews.

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In the classroom, your instructors are industry experts with decades of experience in your field. They weave their valuable insight right into our career-focused curriculum, giving you an insider’s understanding of the career you want to pursue.

And our career experts help you connect with JWU’s wide range of opportunities to realize your career goals.

Use our resources. Take advantage of our targeted career workshops to build your skills. Connect with top companies at our career fairs. And meet with us for individual advising to perfect your resume and interview skills, find a rewarding internship, and pursue opportunities that put you on the path to your career.

To work one-on-one with a career expert, make an appointment with us.

Darlene Cantor, director, Experiential Education & Career Services, 305-892-7066
Darlene joined JWU in 1994; before that, she served director of placement for a local travel school. She has a Master’s in Education from Regent University.

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Mary Buckley, director, 305-892-7618
Mary began her career at JWU as a teaching assistant, Fellow and MDP. She then chose to go into the food service industry after receiving her Master’s in Hospitality administration.

Debra Bartkowski, coordinator, 305-892-7074
Debra brings 22 years of experience from the Fashion/Retail Industry. She joined the JWU in Admissions to help students transition into the industry, and this brought her at EE&CS. Debra is completing her Master’s in Organizational Learning and Leadership specializing in Higher Education Administration at Barry University.

Jennifer Coisson, coordinator, 305-892-5394
Jennifer has experience working with non-traditional, international, and post-graduate students. She has also worked in Health and Wellness, Leadership and Ethics, and Substance Abuse services. Jennifer has a Master of Education in Student Affairs and College Counseling, and is working on her PhD in Higher Education Leadership.

James Sturgeon, coordinator, 305-892-7047
Jim has 25 years of experience from the Hotel, Food & Beverage industry.

Tabitha Smith, coordinator, 305-892-5380
Tabitha has worked in higher education advising students both academically and professionally, providing programming that facilitates the growth and development of college students. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University and her Master’s degree in Counselor Education, with a concentration in Student Affairs, from Clemson University.

Myrlande Thelusme, coordinator, 980-598-1203
Myrlande has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit and hospitality sectors. Myrlande has always had a passion for helping and working with students, which lead her to a career at JWU. With a a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University,  Myrlande became an Internship Coordinator at the Charlotte campus in 2008 before moving to the Miami campus in 2012.

Career Services

Thania Amaro, career advisor, 305-892-5377
Thania has 20 years experience as a social worker and employer consultant, matching employers with unemployed individuals, so she brings both an advising and employer perspective to her position.

Carol DeLucas administrative assistant 305-892-7029
Carol has 25 years of customer service experience and enjoys working with students and employers.

Danielle Sandi, event coordinator, 305-892-7595
Danielle began her JWU career as a student-athlete in Providence where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management and joined the North Miami Campus. Danielle demonstrates her passion through participating, creating and executing events.

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Visit Experiential Education and Career Services to start building your career! We're open Mon-Thu, 8:30am-5pm; Fri 8:30am-4:30pm, so make an appointment with one of our career experts or just walk in with quick questions. To find our office on campus, read more