By Ira Hysi ’20
On Tuesday, Jan. 15 the Math Club, Fashion Club, Business Club, STEAM Club, and Student Alumnae Association (SAA) hosted a career panel. We had decided to do this because, although there are career panels organized for members of SAA, there are very few offered for the whole community. We wanted to give students access to these kinds of opportunities since high school is where much of our future’s foundation is built, so it is important to receive these kinds of connections early on.

To organize this panel, every club’s student leader had to contact several speakers who were involved in their club’s main focus. Among these speakers were a civil engineer, two lawyers, a published writer, two professors in the biology department at UMass Amherst, a veterinarian, a psychologist, and an internet strategist. These men and women from within the SBS community and outside of it came together to speak about the work that they have involved themselves in.

The first 30 minutes of the event was for club leaders to ask questions to the group of panelists; the last 30 minutes were left to students to ask their own questions. After the event, many students remained to speak with the panelists on their own. One student was even able to receive an internship through this experience. Overall, the event was successful in providing students with the insight they needed to realize what they may want to do in the future.

Thank you to all of our panelists:

Laura Blazer

  • Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at UMass-Amherst
  • Her work focuses on using math and statistics to separate correlations from cause-and-effect. Her main applications are in HIV prevention and treatment in East Africa and how dogs positively impact our health and well-being.
  • BS, University of Vermont, 2008; MPhil, University of Cambridge, UK, 2009; PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2015; Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health, 2015-17

Josh Carnes

  • Civil Engineer Tech in the town of Brattleboro, VT
  • BS in Civil Engineering from UMASS Amherst

Laura Danai

  • Lecturer in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at UMass Amherst
  • Teaches undergraduate students who want to major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; teaches an upper level Biochemistry course, an introductory lab course that give students hands-on experience to common lab techniques used in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology labs; and a scientific writing course
  • PhD: University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Postdoctoral Training: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Darcy Gebert

  • Registered Nurse

Siri Goldberg

  • Lawyer
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Western New England University of Law

Natasha Lowe

  • Author of the Power of Poppy Pendle series and Lucy Castor Finds Her Sparkle

Michael Phillips

  • Internet Strategist

Libby Sanderson

  • Worked as a doctoral level school psychologist in Newton MA, as well as NYC and several other Massachusetts communities.
  • PhD in educational psychology and an advanced degree in school psychology from Fordham University.
  • Her work involved cognitive and emotional assessments, group and individual counseling, special education assessments, crisis intervention, and running parent groups.

Jacqueline Strittmatter ’76

  • Graduated from Simmons College, then New England School of Law Evening Division
  • Handled all kinds of civil matters including business law, family law, and employment law in her own law practice.
  • Worked with another attorney in New Haven and handled civil police misconduct litigation in both state and federal courts there.
  • Now retired, she still handles Equine Law matters on behalf of professional horse trainers, mainly at the administrative level.
  • Involved in handling Safe Sport defense cases as well as horse doping cases and other cases alleging misconduct on the part of horse professionals throughout the US, and prepares contracts, etc., for equestrian clients.

Lisa Underwood

  • Veterinarian
  • Pioneer Valley Veterinary Hospital
  • UMass for freshman year and Ohio State University for rest of undergrad and graduate school