Joseph Catrino, Executive Director of Career & Life Design

Joseph (Joe) leads a team of highly dedicated professionals within the Center for Student Success and Career Development, who represent the offices of Career Development, International Students and Scholars, and Student Success. Joe’s expertise includes his focus on life design and design thinking work, in which he encourages individuals to be innovative in their ability to problem-solve, especially as it relates to planning and executing personal and professional life goals. Through his teaching and knowledge of the “design thinking” framework, Joe has been instrumental in transforming the way students think and problem-solve their career goals. 

Joe has over 18 years of experience in higher education, in various capacities including admissions, enrollment, marketing, and career development, at institutions such as Quinnipiac University, Yale University, and the University of Hartford. Since Joe joined Trinity in 2015, he has strategically collaborated with colleagues across campus to identify and implement creative and forward-thinking programs and initiatives that address evolving employment and education trends, such as connecting the liberal arts to real-world success, and fully supporting the College’s mission. Joe serves as an agent of change and continues to represent Trinity in a progressive way by sharing his passion for design thinking, personal branding, and preparing students for the future of work, through both his presenting at various conferences across the U.S. as well as teaching first-year seminar courses. 

Joe holds an MBA from Quinnipiac University, an M.A. in communication from the University of Hartford, and a B.A. in history and communications/public relations from Marist College. 

Anita Deeg-Carlin, Assistant Director, Career & Life Design
Career Community: Business, Finance, Consulting

Anita joined the career coaching team in December 2020 and is pleased to bring her diverse and interdisciplinary professional background to Trinity’s Business, Finance, Consulting Career Community. Anita has a background in international development and worked in Europe, Africa and Latin America for over a decade before beginning her career in higher education here in the USA. She completed service with the Peace Corps in Madagascar while acquiring her Master’s of Science in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University, and then entered the education field as an instructor, an academic and career advisor, a life coach, and an international programs developer. Anita has served students at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, and Fairfield University in global education, talent development, career readiness, and personal preparation. She looks forward to bringing her international perspective and global connections to the Business, Finance, Consulting Career Community while encouraging students to always keep an eye on the big picture: the sustainability of our planet and the healthy diversity of our communities!

Katharine ClairInternational Student Advisor
Katie earned a BA at Elon University in International Studies and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration along with a certificate in International Higher Education from Kent State University. Katie has worked at Trinity since August 2013. In 2016, she was selected to participate in the Fulbright International Education Administrator’s Seminar in Japan. She has spent time living abroad in Sicily, London, and Bulgaria. She currently lives in South Windsor with her husband (Nick), son (Nate), daughter (Josie), and dog (Tiny). She loves traveling around the world, film, all genres of music, trivia, food, and learning more about your culture and home!
Olivia Corso, Senior Assistant Director of Operations & Marketing

Olivia’s career has included roles within both academic and corporate spheres, along with an entrepreneurial turn, as well! Olivia’s greatest impacts most often are centralized around her passion for mentoring and dedication to continuous improvement. As Assistant Director of Operations and Marketing, Olivia serves in a holistic, multi-functional role within the Center for Student Success and Career Development, orchestrating smooth and successful large-scale event logistics along with creative development of the Center’s brand. Olivia enjoys the opportunity to build relationships with Trinity students, both as coordinator of the Center’s Service Ambassador program and also through her accessibility to students in support of the Center’s mission.

Olivia received both her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Western New England University.

Olivia’s desire to continue meaningful work in higher education, especially in Student Success, continues to grow, and she is grateful for the chance to be part of an industrious team at Trinity College.

Janeè Folston, Assistant Director, Career & Life Design; Pre-Law Advisor
Career Community: Law, Policy, Social Good

Janeè joined the Center for Student Success and Career Development in January 2021 after spending the last few years as the Director of Programs and Career Coach for YWCA Hartford Region. This position provided the opportunity for Janeè to work directly within the Capital and Manchester Community College’s community. Janeè worked with undergraduate students of all ages in the Nursing, Human Service, Counseling, Criminal Justice/Legal Studies, and Information Technology programs of study. Janeè supervised College and Career Coaches and created programs that had an emphasis on Personal Preparation and Career Development. In this role, Janeè also created strong community and employer relationships, building a portfolio of internship and career opportunities. At Trinity, Janeè is the lead career coach for Policy, Social Good and Pre-Law Career Community.

Janeè holds a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Saint Joseph, a Bachelor’s degree from Charter Oak State College in Individualized Studies in Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, and an Associate’s Degree in Social Work and Law Enforcement from Capital Community College. Outside of work, Janeè enjoys volunteering in her community, mountain climbing, and spending time with family and close friends.

Katie FranklinAdministrative & Marketing Assistant

Katie joined the Center for Student Success and Career Development in spring 2020 to support the team, administratively and operationally, with facilitation of programs and services that help our students complete and graduate college. Katie adds depth to the team by participating in the implementation of programs and logistical support. She helps to further the team’s capacity to continuously improve services by being data-informed. As lead administrator, Katie will connect students and families with the most appropriate campus resource to meet their needs.

Prior to joining Trinity College, Katie held administrative leadership roles within both the retail and private sectors. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Central Connecticut State University and a Master of Science in Forensic Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Katie is excited to have been welcomed into such a pivotal role in the Center for Student Success and Career Development at Trinity and is eager to deepen her expertise in higher education.

Heather HodgeAssistant Director, Career & Life Design; Pre-Health Advisor
Career Community: Science, Engineering, Technology

Heather arrived at Trinity in 2010 from the Office of Career Development and Placement at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.  While there, she worked with both undergraduates and a number of graduate programs, including Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Education and Athletic Training.  At Trinity, she is the lead career coach for the Engineering, Physical Science, IT Career Community and for the Health Care, Life Science Career Community. In this role, she serves as the liaison for pre-health advising as well as the main adviser for the college’s Independent Degree Program (IDP) students.

Heather holds an MBA in strategic management from the Jack Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University and a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Sacred Heart University.  Outside of Trinity, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and traveling.

Emily MerrittAssociate Director of Career & Life Design
Career Community: Exploratory; All Communities

Emily joined the Center for Student Success and Career Development in 2018 as an Assistant Director, Career & Personal Preparation. In her current role as Senior Assistant Director, Emily oversees Trinity’s career coaching initiatives, designs and implements the team’s career community strategy, supervises professional and student staff, manages the Career Studio and Career Development Intern program, and co-leads the Connect Mentoring program. As a career coach, she supports the career growth and development of students and alumni through program implementation, resource development, and one-on-one career coaching. In her coaching sessions, Emily aims to provide an inclusive, strengths-based, individualized environment, to encourage reflection, goal setting, and the active pursuit of meaningful experiences.

Emily has presented regionally and nationally on topics including Design Thinking, career coaching activities, and personalized career plans. Recent conference presentations include SCCA, EACE, NACE, NCDA. Emily and her colleagues were the recipients of the 2016 National Association of Colleges and Employers Member’s Choice Award. Prior to arriving at Trinity, Emily was a Career Consultant for the College of Arts & Sciences at UConn. She holds an M.A. in higher education from Boston College and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Vermont.

Roberta Rogers, Director, Retention Strategy & Transition Programs

Roberta’s career centers on identifying and interceding on behalf of observed trends and helping constituents effectively navigate transitions. Roberta has developed and implemented robust orientation and transition, student leadership, and peer mentor training programs and implemented a strategic plan for Student Success. She mentors and supervises both professional and student staff and though she supports all students and families at Trinity, Roberta is steeped in experience with transfer, first-generation, post-traditional, student-athletes, and high-achieving students. As Trinity College’s Director of Student Success, Roberta is the architect of Trinity’s retention strategy, collaborating with key divisions to continue the cultivation of a data-informed retention eco-system.

Roberta is deeply connected to the mission and power of higher education and is not only a Trinity alum (Bachelor’s and Master’s), but she is also a ‘legacy’ (Roberta’s mother graduated among the first class of women at Trinity ’73) and is the parent of a student-athlete from the class of ’18. #ProudBantFam

Severn Sandt, Senior Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships & Outreach

Sev came to Trinity in 2014 with over 20 years of experience in journalism and television production. After college, she joined ABC News as a production assistant, advancing to coordinating producer on such programs as PrimeTime LiveThe 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.

At Trinity, Sev serves as the principal liaison between Career Development and employers outside of Connecticut 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

Sev holds a B.S. in mass communications with a concentration in marketing management from Boston University.  Outside of Trinity, she’s 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.

Meet Our Student Staff

Career Development Interns

Career Development Interns (CDIs) lead the Career Studio, career workshops, and support our team in organizing and implementing events and programs. Each intern has a project area such as campus engagement, employer relations, and career communities. Meet this year’s team:

  • Anahit Avagyan
  • Marios Bourtzonis
  • Natalie Diaz
  • Emily Grady
  • Amelia Huba
  • Brandon Hudson
  • Garrett Kirk
  • Sierra Little-Gill
  • Jay Park
  • Carolann Sarfaty
  • Anna Tangiyan

Service Ambassadors

Service Ambassadors (SAs) are central to the creation of a friendly, welcoming environment in the Center. Ambassadors serve as the ‘first impression’ of the Center and provide exceptional customer service to constituents both on and off campus, contributing to the Center’s recognition as the premier locale on campus for responsiveness, satisfaction, engagement, and quality of guest experience. Meet this year’s team:

  • Sydney Cross-Watts
  • Lucia Leone
  • Xavier Mercado
  • Sandy Ofori
  • Nahdyn Reyes
  • Citlalli Rojas
  • Daniel Santos Ramirez
  • Joli Smith
  • Nelly Walker
  • Lisa Watson

Meet this year’s team:

  • Catherine Doyle
  • Natalie Sukhman
  • Kylie Taylor
  • Hannah Young

Meet this year’s team:

  • Kevin Lyskawa
  • Enock Niyonkuru
  • Olivia Robinson
  • August Theoharides