Meet Our Staff.


Meet Our Staff

Yasmin Acosta, Administrative Assistant

Yasmin coordinates and markets all Career Center programs and events and participates in professional development workshops. She counsels students on career, job, and internship-seeking strategies and critiques resumes and cover letters.  Yasmin also maintains and updates the Career Center website. Prior to this position Yasmin was the Program Coordinator for Drew University’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from Rutgers University, a Master’s degree in Arts & Letters (Literary Studies) from Drew University and is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in History & Culture also at Drew.

Jenn Islam, Career Counselor

Jenn counsels and advises Drew students and alumni on their career, job, and internship plans and critiques resumes, personal statements, and cover letters. Additionally, she prepares and delivers workshop presentations with staff members in the office. Jenn graduated with a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology with a minor in International Studies from Stony Brook University, as well as an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University of Ohio.


Lisa Layne, D.M.H., Coordinator of Pre-Professional Advisement

Lisa has been the Coordinator of Pre-Professional Advisement since November 2010. She counsels undergraduates and alumni on the pre-medical, pre-health and pre-law tracks, guiding them through the medical school, law school, and graduate school preparation and admission processes. Prior to Drew, Lisa served 14 years as a U.S. diplomat with the U.S. Foreign Service overseas, in Washington, D.C., and in New York at the United Nations. She also served as a cultural resource for the US Information Service, touring Spain as a singer/guitarist. In health care, Lisa worked 14 years as a patient advocate, having started the patient advocacy program at East Orange General Hospital, East Orange, New Jersey. In addition to working at Drew, she is an adjunct professor with Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Core Program, teaching two courses, “The American Experience” and “Global Issues.” Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Arcadia University, Glenside, PA, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, New York City, NY, a Master of the Medical Humanities from Drew, and earned her Doctor of the Medical Humanities degree from Drew in 2010.

William Hinman, Assistant Director of Internships

Bill coordinates the internship program, including initial consults with potential interns, recording of all internship requirements, and updating the Internships page on the Center for Internships and Career Development website. He also manages the documentation and time-sheets of work-study students employed through the Federal Community Service Program (FCSP). Bill has a B.A. in Communications from Houghton College. Before Drew he worked in the development office of a private Christian school.

Carolyn Parelli, Assistant Director Student Employment

Carolyn coordinates the on-campus student employment program. Carolyn serves as liaison to both academic departments and student service units for the expansion and development student employment opportunities. Carolyn develops and implements professional development programming for students and staff.  Carolyn assists in the marketing and communications efforts for the Center and oversees the Center’s marketing internship program and the Center’s student assistants. Prior to this position Carolyn was in the Center for Civic Engagement. Her diverse background includes experience in marketing and financial management in both the corporate and non-profit environments. She has a B.A. in Business Administration from Muhlenberg College and a Master of Business Administration from Seton Hall University.

Richard White, Ph.D., Interim Director, Employer Relations Coordinator

Richard’s focus is to develop full-time job opportunities for graduating seniors and alumni. It’s his second stint at Drew. He served as Director of Corporate and Foundation relations prior to joining the Center. Before coming to Drew Richard worked on both sides of the recruiting spectrum. He managed college relations programs for International Paper, Nabisco Brands, and Brown Brothers Harriman and directed the Career Services office at Rutgers-New Brunswick. He has three degrees in English: a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.A. from the University of Kent (England), and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.