About Us

Mission Statement

The Center for Career & Professional Development provides resources and connections for students to achieve life-long success.

Center for Career & Professional Development
Global Heritage Hall - First Floor
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI  02809
(401) 254-3224
fax: (401) 254-3497



Katie Hughes, M.S., CAGS | Associate Director of Student Relations

image of katie hugheskahughes@rwu.edu
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, Northeastern University
Master of Science in School Psychology, Northeastern University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Providence College

Advising Areas:
School of Engineering, Computing & Construction Management
All Majors
School of Social and Natural Sciences
All Majors
School of Justice Studies
All Majors

Brien Duff, M.Ed | Senior Career Advisor

Brien Duffbduff@rwu.edu
Master of Education in Counseling, Providence College
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and English Literature, University of Rhode Island

Advising Areas:
Gabelli School of Business
All Majors
School of Architecture & Historic Preservation
All Majors
School of Humanities, Arts, and Education
All Majors

Clifton Strengths: Strategic | Learner | Intellection | Connectedness | Ideation

Rena Piller-Thurston | Assistant Director, Experiential Learning

Rena Piller-Thurstonrpiller-thurston@rwu.edu
Bachelor of Arts in History, Roger Williams University

Focus Areas: Internships, Practicums

Clifton Strengths: Context | Input | Learner | Restorative | Developer

Sierra Zschirnt | Associate Director, External Relations

Sierra Zschirntszschirnt@rwu.edu
Bachelors in Administration of Justice, Salve Regina University

Focus Areas:
Employer Relations and Alumni Engagement

Clifton Strengths: Consistency | Discipline | Restorative | Achiever | Focus

Mary Santoro | Career Specialist

Mary Santoro


Candidate, Master of Science in Leadership, Roger Williams University

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Roger Williams University 

Focus Areas: Instructor, Internship & Career Planning Seminar and Resume, Cover letter and LinkedIn Development

Clifton Strengths: Achiever | Futuristic| Discipline | Strategic | Restorative


To make an appointment with your Career Advisor, please log into Handshake and request an appointment.

Career Peer Assistants   

Career Peer Assistants work directly with students to develop resumes and cover letters. They also promote CCPD services and help encourage their peers to take advantage of CCPD resources and other internship search engines. Career Peer Assistants conduct presentations on various topics at the request of RA’s, student groups, and faculty. 

Please email your resume to resumes@g.rwu.edu to be critiqued by a CPA.

If you have work study, and want to become a Career Peer Assistant please contact the CCPD at CCPD@rwu.edu for details on how to apply.