Meet the Staff

 Jett McAlister: Associate Director

“A career development program emphasizing process, lifelong learning, and honest self-reflection enhances the liberal arts experience, empowering students to cultivate competencies they will use throughout their personal and professional lives,” says Associate Director Jett McAlister.

 Before coming to Trinity, Jett served as an Assistant Director for Academic Preparation in the Career Advancement office at the University of Chicago.  During his tenure at Chicago, Jett designed innovative programs integrating the liberal arts with professional skills valued in the marketplace.  He has also worked closely with alumni and employers across a range of industries to develop internship and externship positions, and has led students on site visits to employers in the for-profit, not-for-profit, and government sectors.  Before working in career development, Jett taught a variety of courses in writing and literature, both at Chicago and at the University of Virginia.

Jett earned his bachelor's degree in English literature from Rice University, a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Virginia, and a master of arts in English language and literature from the University of Chicago.  Outside of professional life, Jett has a wide array of interests—he is an avid fan of the arts, an amateur pianist, and an eight-time marathoner.


Severn Sandt: Assistant Director, Strategic Partnerships and Outreach

Severn Sandt, Assistant Director for Strategic Partnerships and Outreach, serves as the principal liaison between the Career Development Center and employers from a variety of industries and sectors.  In concert with companies and organizations across the nation, she generates internship and full-time opportunities for Trinity students, enabling them to lay strong foundations for their professional lives.

Severn comes to Trinity with over 20 years of experience in journalism and television production. A graduate of Boston University, she joined ABC News as a Production Assistant, advancing to Coordinating Producer on such programs as PrimeTime Live, The Century with Peter Jennings, and Hopkins 24/7. At ESPN/ABC Sports, she moved into finance and operational roles, overseeing teams covering the PGA Tour, the X Games, Thoroughbred horse racing events including the Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup, national and international figure skating championships, and two NFL Super Bowls. She is the winner of two Emmy Awards.

Outside of Trinity, Severn is an outdoor adventure seeker, with rafting the Grand Canyon, kayaking and snorkeling Belize’s Blue Hole, and hiking the Canadian Rockies among her favorite trips to date. Beyond these, listening to the BSO on the lawn at Tanglewood, getting lost in the galleries of the Met , and wandering the paths of Elizabeth Park are some more placid endeavors that bring her great joy.

Heather Hodge: Assistant Director, Career and Personal Preparation

With a primary focus on undergraduate advising, Heather Hodge develops, implements, and evaluates programs, advises and assists students in securing internships, summer and full-time job opportunities, and coordinates and markets programs such as the annual Internship Fair.

Beginning her Trinity career in August 2010, Heather previously spent 5 years in Career Development and Placement at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.  Prior to her time at Sacred Heart, Heather worked for A.C. Nielsen as an Associate Analyst and Hanover Insurance as an Insurance Service Professional.

Heather holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. in business administration from Sacred Heart University. Outside of Trinity, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, shopping and traveling.



Kevin Finefrock: Assistant Director, Career and Personal Preparation

Kevin comes to Trinity with extensive experience in non-profit educational institutions.  He has developed innovative, interactive programs at a variety of regional museums, including the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire, Mystic Seaport, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.  In addition, he has taught and mentored in both public and private schools from the elementary to the college level, including as an undergraduate career fellow in Connecticut College's Career-Enhancing Life Skills department.  Prior to arriving at Trinity, Kevin also worked on issues related to social justice, from refugee resettlement in Northern New England to educational equity through the Breakthrough Collaborative.

Kevin earned his B.A. in history and government from Connecticut College, as well as a certificate from the college's Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy.  He holds an M.A. in history from the University of Connecticut and is currently working on his doctoral dissertation there.  He is also the co-founder of the digital history website Virtual Hartford.

Outside of his professional life, Kevin is an avid genealogist and enjoys singing, playing a number of musical instruments, and watching science fiction and political dramas.  He is excited to help students connect their learning in the liberal arts with the world outside of the college.



Victoria Sandoval, Relationship Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Outreach

Victoria Sandoval, Relationship Manager for Strategic Partnerships and Outreach, works closely with the Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships and Outreach to build partnerships with employers from a multitude of industries. Together with these companies, she helps generate internship and full-time opportunities for Trinity students, preparing them for their professional endeavors. Victoria also coordinates the Center’s social media feeds and on-campus marketing efforts.

Before joining the Career Development Center, Victoria worked in human resources at Accion International, based in Washington, DC. She focused primarily on recruiting and staffing, and managed internship and entry level openings within the company. In her free time, Victoria enjoys exploring new restaurants, being outdoors and salsa dancing. She travels internationally whenever she has the chance and relishes whipping up new recipes from cookbooks and food blogs (or sometimes, creating her own).

Victoria received her B.A. in journalism with a minor in human services from Northeastern University.