Meet the 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


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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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Katie McCarville

Associate Director, Career Coach
Undergraduate Business Career Services

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Katie McCarville comes to UF from Creighton University where she built the inaugural internship program from the ground up. Prior to her experience in higher education, she grew her professional HR portfolio to include compensation & benefits, 401k administration, employee & labor relations, corporate training, recruiting & hiring, compliance, educational assistance and operations at Union Pacific Railroad and First National Bank. Outside of HR, Katie has worked in the private sector with Enterprise Holdings in their Management Trainee Program and as a Student Outreach Coordinator for Aureus Medical specializing in assisting new graduates find their first positions. She is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach, NACE Career Coach and HR Professional (PHR). Katie is beyond thrilled to join the gator nation and help use her Fortune 500 level experiences and education to assist and guide students towards their future career paths. Check out Katie’s LinkedIn Profile for more details.


Diana Saiz
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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.

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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 Master of Science in Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM) and Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) programs. To find out more about her background, check out Carly’s LinkedIn profile or stop by Hough 350!


Kandace Keeling
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Kandace Keeling

Associate Director, Career Coach
Business Career Services

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Kandace joined the Business Career Services team in 2019 after completing both an MBA and MSRE at the University of Florida. During her time as a graduate student at UF she served as a CAP mentor, and through this experience, as well as success in her own recruiting process as a student, realized a passion for helping fellow graduate business students with their career searches. Prior to joining Career Services in 2019, Kandace’s private sector experience included roles within the commercial real estate, healthcare, and education industries. To find out more about her background, check out Kandace’s LinkedIn profile or stop by Hough 350!


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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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Brittany Tyree

Associate Director, Career Coach
Business Career Services

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Brittany leads the career advising and programming efforts for the Master of International Business (MIB) and Master of Science in Management (MSM) graduate programs. Before joining the Business Career Services team in 2019, Brittany spent 6+ years in higher education, advising, teaching, and counseling students at Elon University and Ohio University. Most recently, she served as the Associate Director of Career Advising, where she supported student-athletes with their career and professional development. She’s also held various roles within the sports, healthcare, and entertainment industries. Brittany holds an MBA, MSA (Master in Sports Administration), and Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Ohio University. To find out more about her background, check out Brittany’s LinkedIn profile or stop by Hough 350!

Operations


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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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Stephanie Fajre

Assistant Director, Employer Relations
Business Career Services

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Stephanie has a professional background in Student Affairs, focusing on areas of student engagement and transition. She joined the University of Florida in 2017 to advise, train, and assess new student organizations and student staff in the Department of Student Activities and Involvement. Originally from Miami, she earned her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. She is excited to work alongside the Business Career Services team to ensure a positive recruitment experience for companies and students alike. When she’s not at work, Stephanie enjoys going to the gym, being outdoors, and traveling with her husband. To learn more about her, you can visit Stephanie’s 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.