Meet the Team

Career Services Team

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Craig W. Petrus

Executive Director
Business Career Services

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Craig joined the Warrington College of Business in June of 2009. As Executive Director, Craig is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the College’s Business Career Services office and ensuring the delivery of quality career development programming and services to students representing the Heavener School of Business, Hough Graduate School of Business, and the Fisher School of Accounting. In this capacity, Craig leads his team towards continuous corporate development, along with working one-on-one with the business students to provide career counseling. Overall, Craig and his team are responsible for providing career services and programming to over 6,000 students within the Warrington College of Business at UF.

Prior to his career at UF, Craig was an Executive Recruiter with two of the world’s leading executive search firms: Korn/Ferry International and Spencer Stuart. In these roles, Craig was responsible for placing C-level and VP level executives at companies such as Assurant Group, Coca-Cola, DHL, Florida Power & Light, Hawaiian Airlines, Jabil, Microsoft, Winn-Dixie and Zipcar. Craig also brings with him an 11-year career within the Professional Sports industry, working in sales and marketing roles for both the Miami Heat and the Florida Panthers. If you would like to see more about his background, you can find that in Craig’s LinkedIn profile.

Undergraduate

Career Services Undergraduate Team

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Michelle Bloom-Lugo

Director
Undergraduate Business Career Services

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Michelle Bloom-Lugo is the Director for Undergraduate Career Services for Warrington College of Business, and brings more than two decades of experience in career counseling, executive search, and program management to the role. She leads a team of professionals obsessed with helping students connect with employers to leverage their strengths into great jobs lives. Prior to joining the University of Florida, Michelle’s career included corporate recruiting for finance, technology and human resources roles. She successfully executed searches for major Fortune 500 companies, including many investment banking firms headquartered in New York. Within the Business Career Services team, she has coached MBA Executive and Professional students as well as Specialty Master’s students. Michelle is active in both community and professional associations; she is currently a member of The Society for Human Resource Manager (SHRM) and a member of the National Association of Women MBAs. She also serves on the board of directors for Peaceful Paths, which provides services to survivors of domestic violence. You can find even more in Michelle’s LinkedIn profile.


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Diana Saiz

Associate Director, Career Coach
Undergraduate Business Career Services

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Diana Saiz is a fellow Gator graduate who recently moved back to Florida from New York City. Beginning a new chapter in higher education, Diana brings over fifteen years of career experiences in the luxury hospitality industry. She received her Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Management from the University of Florida with a specialization in Hospitality and Events Management. Soon after she completed her Master of Science in Hospitality Management from Florida International University based in Miami. After working for Marriott Vacation Club in Orlando, Diana began a new adventure in Human Resources with the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino before going to the iconic five-star property, The Peninsula New York. She spent the last six years as a learning, training, and development professional focusing on leadership development and employee engagement. Diana is ecstatic to return to Gainesville and provide guidance to students on their path to becoming tomorrow’s business leaders. Her passions outside of work include traveling, wellness, and raising her baby girl. Connect with Diana on her LinkedIn Profile.


Bernadine Thomas
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Bernadine Thomas

Associate Director, Career Coach
Undergraduate Business Career Services

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Bernadine Thomas, a Chicago native, joined the Undergraduate Business Career Services team in 2018. Before joining Career Services she was an Academic & Career Advisor for five years with the Heavener School of Business as a Finance and Information Systems advisor. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from Chicago State University and her Master’s degree in Adult Education from National Louis University. Bernadine has over 15 years of experience working in the private sector (recruitment and management) for Kelly Services before her career change to higher education where she worked at DePaul University in Chicago as Assistant Director for the School for New Learning graduate program and then in Student Affairs in the Office of Adult Student Affairs, a one-stop resource center for the adult, commuter, transfer and veteran student populations. In 2016, she earned her certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). Choosing a career path can be daunting since there are so many career options. Bernadine would like to make that process easier by assisting you with resources for finding internships and to help guide you to your desired career. You can find out more in Bernadine’s LinkedIn profile.

Graduate

Career Services Graduate Team

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Carly Escue

Director, Career Coach
Business Career Services

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Before joining the Business Career Services team in 2018, Carly’s private sector background included roles in Corporate HR (ExxonMobil, General Electric), international education (South Korea, Russia) and digital marketing. After graduating from the UF MBA program, she refined her ability to develop others by advising employees and senior executives on career development and recruiting strategy, especially within Real Estate and Commercial functions. Carly is passionate about guiding Warrington students as they prepare for their dream careers, and in her current role, she coaches students in the Full-time MBA program. To find out more about her background, check out Carly’s LinkedIn profile or stop by Hough 350!


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Houston Bailey

Associate Director, Career Coach
Business Career Services

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Houston joined the Business Career Services team in April 2021. Prior to this role, Houston spent six years with USAA, with the first three years being in the MBA Career Development Program. Over these six years, he worked in Innovation, Competitive Intelligence, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Strategy, and IT Modernization. Houston also spent 16 years in the US Air Force, first as an enlisted member and later as a commissioned officer. The majority of those years were spent in the Intelligence community, which afforded Houston the ability to live in numerous locations across the world. Houston received his MBA in Competitive Strategy from UF in 2015 and is excited to be back on campus assisting Warrington students in achieving their career goals. Houston is the dedicated Career Coach for campus-based students enrolled in the Master of Science in Management, Master of Science in International Business, and Master of Science in Marketing programs. To find out more about Houston, visit his LinkedIn profile.


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Kim Beach

Associate Director, Career Coach
Business Career Services

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Before joining the Business Career Services team, Kim’s private sector experience included consulting and recruiting roles. At Deloitte, Kim consulted in the consumer business practice; she later opened the first Florida office for another division of Deloitte, where she recruited high-level project professionals and executives. Kim continued her consulting career working with small businesses and entrepreneurs from a variety of industries. She also started a human resource consulting practice at a regional firm. Kim is a double Gator with UF MBA and marketing undergraduate degrees. She currently works with Professional MBA (PMBA) students and is passionate about guiding them in their career search journey. To find out more about her background, check out Kim’s LinkedIn profile or stop by Hough 350.


Debra Marcum
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Debra Marcum

Associate Director, Career Coach
Business Career Services
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Prior to joining the Business Career Services team, Debra’s private sector background included experience in recruitment, career development and management. She successfully recruited for retail executive management (ALDI) and technology (ADP) roles. Debra mentored and drove career development by advising employees and managers on interviewing techniques, networking and professional branding. Debra is a graduate from the University of Florida with a Master of Science in Management (MSM). She is excited to bring her passion of coaching and mentoring to Warrington students. In her current role she coaches students in the Professional MBA (PMBA) and Masters of Science in Entrepreneurship (MSE) program. To find out more about her background, check out Debra’s LinkedIn profile.


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Linda Netherton

Career Coach
Business Career Services
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Linda joined the Business Career Services team in August 2021. She spent almost a decade in fintech as a marketing executive at both FIS and Finastra. Before that, she worked in management consulting and banking. Her roles have required her to work and travel to many countries to collaborate with global teams. Most recently, Linda worked as a career coach at Right Management, a corporate outplacement firm. Throughout her career, Linda has loved hiring, developing, and mentoring her team members. She has pursued her passion for career services as a volunteer for higher education, community, and faith-based organizations, where she has taught and coached job seekers about personal branding and job search skills. Linda has her MBA from Columbia Business School. She coaches the Master of Science in Information Systems & Operations Management (MS-ISOM) and Executive MBA programs. To find out more about her background, check out Linda’s LinkedIn profile.

Operations

Career Services Operations Team

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Robin Gregory

Associate Director, Operations & Events
Business Career Services

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Originally joining the Business Career Services team as the Events Manager, Robin transformed the way we think about and execute events, resulting in more efficient processes and impactful experiences for both our students and employers. She has made strides towards improving event operations, management, and go-to-market strategy of our major career events. As the Associate Director, Operations and Events, Robin is responsible for assisting in the management of the Career Services annual budget, improving efficiencies department-wide, and enabling the department to work smarter. Robin is a busy wife and mother who has been married for 20 years. Her calendar is filled with managing the schedules of her two very active teenagers, playing chauffer, and mastering new gluten-free recipes. To learn more about her, you can find that in Robin’s LinkedIn profile.


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Genaveve Henson

Before joining the Business Career Services team, Genaveve began her career with the University of Florida through fundraising with UF Advancement. In Advancement, Genaveve traveled, engaged, and maintained relationships with University of Florida alumni, friends, and associating corporations. As the Assistant Director, Employer Relations, Genaveve is responsible for collaborating with employers to develop successful recruiting strategies, create events and provide exceptional customer service. She is a proud graduate of the University of Florida and received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education and Communication with a specialization in Communication and Leadership Development. She is excited to share her passion of helping connect employers with some of the best and brightest students Warrington has to offer.


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Maggy Stansly

Maggy Stansly is the Fiscal Assistant II responsible for Fiscal and HR functions for Business Career Services. Prior to joining BCS, Maggy was the Administrative Manager for the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC), overseeing finances, the annual FOI summit and grants. Maggy studied political science at Ave Maria University in Naples, Fla., and taught high school Economics and Personal Finance. She is a member of the Inclusion, Diversity and Equity survey subcommittee for the University of Florida in the College of Journalism and Communications. A Mexican American, Maggy is bilingual and has traveled extensively in Spain, and Central and South America. To learn more about her background, check out her LinkedIn profile.


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Kristy Smith

Recruiting Coordinator
Business Career Services

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Kristy is the Recruiting Coordinator for the Business Career Services Office, with past experience in various University of Florida Administrative Offices including Career Services in the College of Law, Warrington College of Business, and IFAS Personnel. Kristy started her career in the Payable and Disbursements Department in 1987. After beginning her career on the financial side of UF, Kristy also wanted to gain knowledge assisting with student, staff and employer interaction, and recruiting. Kristy has worked in the College for 20 years and the University of Florida for 30 years.