2022 to 2023 CEIA Elected Board Bios

2022-23 CEIA Elected Board Members

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / PRESIDENT-ELECT

Molly Thompson, University of Colorado, Boulder

Molly Thompson is the Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development for the University of Colorado Boulder. Ms. Thompson has over 15 years of experience in career counseling and industry relations and designed and launched workforce development programs in both higher education and welfare-to-work environments. Ms. Thompson specializes in building experiential educational programs in STEM disciplines and has expertise in program management, curriculum development, fundraising, and conflict negotiation.

Ms. Thompson sits on a variety of academic committees and boards and has been an active member of CEIA since 2011. She served as the CEIA Conference Chair in 2017 and provided leadership for the Denver conference. She has served as the CEIA Vice President Internship Network from 2018-2022. She has contributed time and expertise on multiple CEIA committees.

In addition to workforce development, Ms. Thompson has many years of experience as an English professor. She holds two master’s degrees, in History and English, respectively, and has begun coursework for a PhD in Public Policy. Ms. Thompson is a published author, an avid gardener, and a news junkie. 

 

VICE PRESIDENT FINANCE

Dan Cayse, CPA

Dan Cayse retired as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Entrepreneurial Development at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College. Since joining Cincinnati State in 1974, he provided leadership in cooperative education for 36 years. He twice served as Dean of Business Technologies. During his combined 20 years of service as Dean, he made major contributions to his division and the college enhancing and expanding the cooperative education program. As Dean, he was responsible for the academic affairs and co-op program for 24 Associate Degree Programs and 14 Certificates for the Business Technologies Division. Under his leadership, the Business Technologies Division developed a nationally recognized academic and cooperative model that led to strategic partnerships with companies such as Walt Disney World, Procter & Gamble and The Kroger Company.

Dan has also played a significant role on state, region and national levels. He served as the Cooperative Education and Internship Association President in 1989-1990, as well as two terms as the Vice President of Finance. He rejoined the Cooperative Education and Internship Association Board and served as the 2010-2011 President. Dan is currently the Vice President of Finance.  In 2005, CEIA honored Dan as the recipient of the Dean Herman Schneider Educator of the Year Award. On the regional level, Cayse developed the financial reporting system for the Midwest Cooperative Education Association and as a Certified Public Accountant, provided financial audits and non-profit consultation services. He was recognized as MCEIA’s Educator of the Year is 2004. The Ohio Cooperative Education Association elected Dan Cayse to the position of President in 1986 where he expanded state membership and fostered the expansion of an endowment for scholarships and research to maintain itself as one of the largest state co-op associations in the country. OCEA honored Dan Cayse as its Educator of the Year in 1990.

In other professional contributions to cooperative education, Dan has been a consultant for numerous colleges and corporations as well as having made over 200 presentations throughout the United States. Other involvement includes representing the United States in Canadian co-op initiatives, testifying before Congress during the Title VIII funding era and being instrumental with the efforts to bring about the co-op national ad campaign.

 

VICE PRESIDENT RESEARCH                                              

Cherie Lynch, Endicott College

Cherie Lynch is Assistant Professor of Experiential Learning in the School of Social Sciences, Communication & Humanities at Endicott College. Her interests include experiential learning pedagogy, standards and assessment for academic internship, and special topics related to college outcomes and work and college accessibility. Cherie has an Ed.M. in Higher Education/Policy, Planning, & Administration from Boston University and certifications through the Institute for Experiential Learning- founded and led by Kay Peterson and David Kolb, NSEE Academy, and NCDA. Cherie has served on numerous academic committees and has been a presenter and leader with regional, national, and international conferences and associations including CEIA, NSEE, NEACEFE, and WACE.

Previously at Endicott, Cherie served as the first Director of Internship, reporting to the VP of Academic Affairs. With the internship faculty, she spearheaded the launch and integration of an innovative required pre-internship curriculum in the freshmen and sophomore year, brand new technological systems to manage internship data and opportunities, as well as outcomes and assessment tools for the courses and program.

Cherie was also an early employee at an award-winning tech company, Virtual Access Networks, developing all initiatives related to talent, HR, and organizational strategy before it was sold to Symantec. She began her career as the manager for classroom academic technology at Boston University, responsible for all classroom technology on campus, and has served in other professional, consultative, and volunteer roles related to employer recruitment, federal workforce development, and college admissions. Cherie lives in the seaside community of Beverly, located on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

VICE PRESIDENT REGION 1

(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont)

Vanecia Harrison-Sanders, Northeastern University                                                                   

Vanecia Harrison-Sanders is the Associate Director of Graduate Co-op in the College of Science at Northeastern University where she manages the Co-op Process for Graduate Programs and serves as the Faculty Experience Coordinator for PhD students. She has a diverse career background with over 15 years of experience in Cooperative Education and Career Development along with 10 years of experience in the private sector, state, and local government.

Prior to working at Northeastern, Vanecia worked at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA as the Associate Director of the Career Development Office and Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA where she held positions in the Career Development Office as a Co-op Coordinator, Career Planning Coordinator and as the Assistant Director. She has worked with Engineering, Science, Technology, Design/Build and Liberal Arts students.

Vanecia has a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Emmanuel College and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Framingham State University. Vanecia understands the importance of “work experience” as she has held various positions that ranged from manufacturing to customer service, which she believes served as the building blocks, leading her to where she currently stands in her career.

Vanecia greatly enjoys supporting students while they discover their passion, through experiential opportunities and helping students find their niche’. Vanecia has served on various committees with CEIA, the Professional Development Committee, the Internship Award Committee and she has presented at CEIA’s Annual Conferences.

 

VICE PRESIDENT REGION 3

(Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee)

Elery Rojas, WIX.com

Elery Rojas is an Academic Partnerships Manager at Wix.com where she helps students become career ready with a professional online presence and the necessary digital skills to build their portfolio, personal brand or online business.  Before joining Wix, Elery spent over ten years in Higher Education, assisting students with their academic and career development. She has worked as the Assistant Director of Internships for Employer Engagement, in the Career and Talent Development Department at Florida International University and as an Admissions Counselor and Recruiter for Albizu University.

Elery has been a member of CEIA since 2018, having served as the Tampa Conference 2021 volunteer local arrangements committee member and Chair for the Local Arrangements Committee for the Alexandria Conference 2022.

VICE PRESIDENT REGION 5

(Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas)

Tiffany Johnson, Arkansas State University

Ms. Tiffany D. Johnson serves as the Director of Career Services at Arkansas State University (AState) and leads a team of multigenerational employees who provide employability skills training for students and cultivate relationships with industry leaders. While at A-State, she has increased employer engagement and student participation while also implementing a Corporate Sponsorship Program.

Before joining A-State, Tiffany worked at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) in the following departments between 2007 – 2015: Career Services, Minority Student Services, Upward Bound, and Leadership Studies. She is also an alumnus of UCA; she has a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Services and Bachelor of Art degrees in Journalism and Public Relations.

Tiffany has 15 years of higher education experience, including leadership experience in state, regional, and national associations. She is the Past President for the Arkansas Association for Colleges and Employers (after serving two terms), Administration Knowledge Group Past Chair and Current Co-Chair for Breakout Sessions and Roundtables on the Conference Committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers, State Director for Arkansas and Diversity and Inclusion committee member for the Cooperative Education and Internship Association, 2021 – 2022 SoACE LEAD Fellow, a member of the 2013 Management Leadership Institute cohort and 2012 Career Coaching Intensive cohort through the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Tiffany is also a proud, active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

 

VICE PRESIDENT REGION 7

(Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington)

Dr. Ralph Brigham, Southwestern Advantage

Dr. Brigham serves as the Global Director of Campus Relations for the Southwestern Advantage company. It’s a position he’s held for the past 19 years. He is responsible for training corporate recruiters as well as cultivating and maintaining positive relationships with career offices at approximately 250 universities in 20 countries across North America, Europe and into Asia.

Prior to his years with Southwestern Advantage, Ralph was the Director of Career Services at Montana State University. In that position he was very active on campus concerning strategic planning initiatives within Student Affairs and the university as a whole and he also taught doctoral courses in leadership. He was also quite involved in the community by serving as president of the Chamber of Commerce.

Career highlights include: President, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE); Employer Director, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE); President, Rocky Mountain Association of Colleges and Employers (RMACE); Academy of Fellows, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE); Charles F. Kettering Award, Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA); Professional Vice President, National Council, Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE), the collegiate sales fraternity.

Ralph is a certified Life Coach and mentors students and young professionals on such topics as finances, career, wellness, and relationships. He is also a frequent speaker across the globe on such topics as success habits, first impressions, dreams as related to career, etc.

 

VICE PRESIDENT EMPLOYER NETWORK

Scott Maynard, St. Johns County FL Chamber of Commerce

Scott Maynard is the Director of Economic Development for the St. Johns County FL Chamber of Commerce.  He is the former Program Director for Employer Relations at Florida State University and has over 32 years of experience in Career Services, Experiential Learning, and Economic Development.

Prior to his role at Florida State University, Maynard was the CEO/President of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership in Starkville, Mississippi.  The Partnership is an umbrella organization that houses the Chamber of Commerce, Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority, Starkville Visitors and Convention Council and the Starkville Main Street Association.

Maynard was named Director Emeritus of the Career Center and Cooperative Education Program at Mississippi State University (MSU) where he retired after 29 years.  While at MSU he was actively involved in local government and economic development and served on the City Council of Starkville, Mississippi.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Mississippi State University.  Maynard taught a wide variety of classes in the College of Business at MSU and served as an instructor at the CEIA Academy in Vail, Colorado.

VICE PRESIDENT INTERNSHIP NETWORK

Mark Isenberg, University of Denver

Mark Isenburg is the Assistant Director of Employer Connections at the University of Denver for STEM fields. He works to connect employers and students to facilitate job and internship opportunities. Mark spent eight years at Metropolitan State University of Denver, primarily as an Internship Coordinator for communication-related majors, working to educate students on the value of experiential learning and guiding them through the process of finding, obtaining, and making the most of internship experiences. He loves helping students find their success.

Mark also helped develop a new on-campus student employment plan for MSU Denver meant to help students get more out of their jobs by increasing the development of transferrable career skills through purposeful training and projects.

Throughout his time on campus, Mark has explored ways to expand his knowledge of DEI issues and implement them in his work. Examples includes special career training sessions for veterans and international students, as well as key elements of the student employment plan which include DEI training and awareness for student workers. Mark also pushed to add resources for employers looking to improve equity and inclusion.

Prior to joining academia, Mark spent more than 20 years in broadcast journalism and video production. During most of those years, he supervised and mentored interns as an employer helping students learn and grow in their careers.

Mark brings years of experience as a manager and supervisor in private industry and local government. He enjoys cooking, gardening and dancing and coached a youth water polo club for 14 years.


Ex-Officio Appointments:

Associate, Membership Development & Retention             

Patricia Bazrod, Georgia Institute of Technology, retired

Patricia Bazrod retired in May 2018 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has over thirty-four years of experience in career services and cooperative education and internships. In 2019 she was honored to be the recipient of the American Society for Engineering Educations’ Clement J. Freund Award for profound influence and accomplishments that furthered the field of cooperative education programs in engineering or engineering technology programs. She was also nominated and chosen as Fellow to the American Society for Engineering Education in 2015. She began her co-op career as an engineering co-op coordinator in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Arizona State University.

In Cooperative Education, Patricia has a long history of presentations and workshops at the state, regional, national, and international levels. Since 1990, Ms. Bazrod, has been a member of the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) and has served as President, President-Elect, Vice-President of the Cooperative Education Network, Past President and is currently serving as the Associate for Member Development and Retention for the organization.

Since 1984, Ms. Bazrod has been a member of the Cooperative Experiential Education Division (CEED) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), where she has served as Chairman, Program Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, Chair-Elect, and on the Executive Board as that national professional organization’s Archivist. She has served on the ASEE Board of Directors as the PIC V Chair and has had various leadership roles for the annual Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC) including General Conference Chair.

She is the recipient of the CED 2005 Borman Award for outstanding service to the field of cooperative education and has served as a trainer and program reviewer for the Accreditation council for Cooperative education. (ACCE).

Patty lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Larry and though he still works, she has taken up golf, leisure travel, Formula 1 racing (huge fan) and both she and her husband enjoy wine tasting and have become avid collectors of several types of wine.

 

Associate, DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

Andrew Harper, KingsleySurveys – Grace Hill

Andrew Harper has built and managed programs that have connected talent from colleges and universities with employers for more than 15 years.  Most recently at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Andrew designed and launched a paid, statewide internship program that provides employers with resources to recruit and hire Texas college students that qualify for financial aid.  Previously, Andrew was the Manager of Employer Relations and Internship Coordinator at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. During his tenure at St. Edward’s University, he co-advised the campus LGBTQIA+ PRIDE student organization, chaired the Student Success Center Professional Development Committee, and taught career development, history, research, and writing courses.

In 2022, he joined Grace Hill to provide business intelligence solutions for real estate operators and investors through KingsleySurveys as a project manager.

Through his involvement in several professional development associations, Andrew has advocated for expanding and enhancing work-integrated learning.  Since 2016, he has served on the CEIA Board of Directors as the Diversity & Inclusion Task Committee Chair, 2022 Conference Chair, and Region V Vice President.  In addition, he has been a member of several CEIA committees including Best Practices Award, Conference Programs (chair), Board Nominations and Elections, and Marketing and Communications.   Andrew is also a past president, vice president, and conference chair of the Texas Cooperative Education & Internship Association (TxCEIA) and the 2017 recipient of the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE) Champion of Diversity Award.

Andrew earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from St. Edward’s University.  He continues his involvement at the university by serving on the Alumni Board of Directors.

 

2023 Conference Chair

Elery Rojas, WIX.com 

Elery Rojas is an Academic Partnerships Manager at Wix.com where she helps students become career ready with a professional online presence and the necessary digital skills to build their portfolio, personal brand or online business.  Before joining Wix, Elery spent over ten years in Higher Education, assisting students with their academic and career development. She has worked as the Assistant Director of Internships for Employer Engagement, in the Career and Talent Development Department at Florida International University and as an Admissions Counselor and Recruiter for Albizu University.

Elery has been a member of CEIA since 2018, having served as the Tampa Conference 2021 volunteer local arrangements committee member and Chair for the Local Arrangements Committee for the Alexandria Conference 2022.

 

2024 CONFERENCE CHAIR

Tracey Lord, Florida State University

Tracey Lord serves as the Program Director of Experiential Learning at Florida State University’s Career Center. An experienced career coach, she delivered career advising and led programming efforts with Emory University’s Goizueta Business School MBA Career Management Center, the University of Georgia Career Center, and The University of Virginia – Semester at Sea program. She is both a proud Blazer, earning a BBA in Marketing from Valdosta State University, and a proud Seminole, earning a MS in Higher Education from The Florida State University. In 2019, she co-authored the text Making Your Internship Count available through Kendall Hunt.

Lord has served on the Board of Directors for the Cooperative Education & Internship Association (CEIA) since 2016, currently as the Vice President of Professional Development and formerly as the Vice President of the Cooperative Education Network.  Additionally, she has engaged her staff in active participation and contributions to CEIA, delivered conference presentations and webinars, served on multiple conference committees, the association’s audit committee and promoted CEIA membership to work-integrated learning colleagues and employers of students engaged in experiential learning around the world.  She believes that professional development is key to keeping abreast of trends, best practices and changing technologies.