Meet the Staff Meet the Staff



Christine Kelly, Director

I received my PhD in Communication from Purdue University.  I taught communication for 16 years at state universities, a community college and small private liberal arts colleges.  I made a career transition in 2008 when I became the Career Consultant for Graduate Students at the University of California, Irvine. In December 2015 I became the Director of Career Development at Claremont Graduate University where my vision is to integrate career and professional development into the fabric of graduate education. I'm Past-President of the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC), the professional association for practitioners who work in career and professional development for PhDs and Postdoctoral scholars.  I write articles on career and professional development for several publications and am a contributing author to the Carpe Careers column in Inside Higher Ed.


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Michelle Alexandrowicz, Lead Career Counselor

Michelle has an MA in Positive Organizational Psychology and Evaluation as well as an MS in Counseling Psychology. She has been a practicing clinician for about 10 years and is excited to combine these degrees to serve the students at Claremont Graduate University.  Before CGU, Michelle worked in mental health agencies such as foster care, private practice, and non-profit. Her work experience includes non-profit management, organizational development, program development, and counseling.  Michelle also works extensively with the American Psychological Association combining her clinical and organizational psychology training. Michelle started at the CDO the summer of 2016. 

Racquel Rainwater, Employer Outreach/Internship Coordinator

Racquel has earned a B.A in Pan African studies and an MBA with a concentration in International Business.  Prior to CGU, she spent the last five years working in the tech industry sourcing, recruiting and onboarding a diverse group of talent. Racquel brings a solid understanding of industry hiring practices and market insight to her role as Employer Outreach/Internship Coordinator. On her free time, she enjoys traveling and has visited countries like China, Taiwan, South Africa, Italy, France and others! She is excited to partner with CGU students and employers with an ultimate goal of aligning long term career goals with employment opportunities.


Peer Career Consultants

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Malcolm Oliver II

Malcolm is a PhD student in English focusing on American literature and Rhetoric. He currently serves as a member of the GSC, enjoys the challenge of ghost writing, and looks forward to a career within Higher Ed. Administration.



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Ivy Carrete

Ivy is a PhD student in Applied Social Psychology, focusing on issues of intersectionality. Her program of research examines the intersections of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, and how these intersections are differently expressed through cultural values, gender norms, and gender-role adherence. In addition to her research pursuits, Ivy has extensive project management and program development experience within the non-profit sector, working closely with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, young adults, and persons with developmental disabilities.



Sarah Jane-Pedersen

Sarah Jane has a B.A. in Psychology, B.S. in Sociology and an M.Ed. with emphasis in cultural studies. She is a current student at Claremont Graduate University in Cultural Studies. Her research focus in the socio-historical construction of mental illness, power/oppression and resistance communities. She is interested in agency, identify formation and community building. 

Sarah Jane has extensive experience creating digital learning communities, and inclusion of trans-literacy learning styles. Sarah Jane values non-traditional and experimental work styles and career opportunities. 

She is a first generation student and knows the difficulties of navigating an academic system. Sarah Jane prides herself on her patience and witnessing skills as she understands that not all students have professional experience or feel 'at home' in an academic/professional setting. 

On her free time she loves to read and cook. The ocean is her favorite place and she moved from Colorado to be closer to the ocean. She is great at re-locating and building a new life in new places, having lived in more than 5 different states in her professional life.


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