Contact the CEC

View the range of CEC services and resources available to Simmons students and alums. 

Make an Appointment

Appointments can be scheduled online via Handshake. Once logged into Handshake, from your home page select “Appointments” from the “Career Center” drop-down menu. You will need to specify your student type (undergraduate, graduate student, alum, etc.) and the type of appointment you would like (resume/cover letter review, career exploration, internship search, etc.). You then can choose from the available times for our career coaches, and specify the method of your appointment (in-person, over the phone, video chat). Once scheduled and approved, you will receive an email confirming your appointment.

Please note that you are not able to schedule an appointment online with less than 24-hours-notice (those who need an appointment with less notice are recommended to attend our drop-in hours, Monday – Thursday, 2 PM – 3:30 PM, first come, first served).

You can also make an appointment with the Career Education Center by calling 617-521-2488 or stopping by the CEC in the Center for Student Success on the ground floor of the Lefavour Building.

Appointment options

  • 1 hour appointments include self-assessment or mock interviews.
  • 30 minute appointments include support on choosing your major/program, resume and cover letter review, or career and graduate school planning.
  • 15 minute drop-in appointments address the career-related issues you are encountering, depending on where you are in the career development process.
  • Please note that alums can choose a full hour appointment for any type of career coaching.

Appointment Policies

Current undergraduate and graduate students: The CEC provides 30 minute appointments as needed. 

[email protected] Students: Please see the Guide to Career Services for [email protected] Students for information on career services provided by your programs. 

Alumnae/i: The CEC provides up to four free appointments per year. Appointments may be for 30 or 60 minutes.

Career Education Center Hours

Semester Hours

From September—mid-December (Fall semester) and mid-January—mid-May (Spring semester):

Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM

Evening appointments available with advance notice only: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Drop-in Hours

Have a brief question? Need your resume or cover letter reviewed? Stop by for a 15-minute drop-in session with a career counselor — no appointment necessary!

Monday - Thursday: 2:00 PM — 3:30 PM

Offered during the academic year only

Summer & Winter Break Hours

From mid-May-August (Summer Break) and mid-December—mid-January (Winter Break):
Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Maps & Directions

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Our Address

Simmons Career Education Center
Center for Student Success
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Campus Location

The CEC offices are located on the Simmons University academic campus (300 The Fenway) in the Center for Student Success on the ground floor of the Lefavour Building.


We strongly encourage all visitors to the Simmons University campus to consider taking public transportation before driving to campus. Limited on-campus parking is available at a discounted rate to visitors of the CEC. Parking may be obtained by employers, alumnae/i, and certain other guests. Current Simmons students and Simmons staff and faculty cannot request parking through the CEC. 

To request visitor parking, please contact us.

Some important parking notes:

  • The on-campus garage is located under the academic campus quadrangle and can be accessed from Avenue Louis Pasteur (access road is between the Park Science Building and Boston Latin School).
  • The best GPS address for the garage is: 88 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115
  • Parking in the on-campus garage is limited; permission to park only guarantees a discounted parking pass, not a parking spot in the garage. If the Simmons University garage is full, a sign will be posted outside the gate and you will need to park at a parking meter on a nearby street or at a local off-campus parking lot/garage. 
  • When entering the garage, you will receive a white ticket at the entrance gate. This ticket, combined with the discounted ticket you receive in our office, is necessary to exit the garage at the discounted rate. If the white ticket is lost, you will need to go to the Parking Office on the top level of the garage or pay the unvalidated rate to exit the garage.
  • The unvalidated parking rate is a maximum of $30 per day — anyone who enters the garage without getting approval at least 24 hours in advance will be required to pay the unvalidated rate.
  • For full parking details, including discounted parking rates, please see the Simmons Visitor Parking.
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Office: L-029
Phone: 617-521-2476
Send Barbara Zerillo an email

Dr. Barbara Zerillo joined the CEC in January 2020 after serving as the Assistant Dean of Academic Services at Fisher College, where she began as the Director of Career Services in 2014. She has presented both internationally and nationally on topics including career coaching, internship programs, employer relation strategies, and LGBTQ-specific career advising. She holds a B.A. in Psychology & Spanish and an M.P.A. from Clark University and an Ed.D. with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University. Dr. Zerillo’s dissertation research was on “LGBTQ College Student Experiences Choosing to Disclose or Not Disclose Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity to College Faculty, Staff, and Peers."

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Office: L-031
Phone: 617-521-2493
Send Clare Feiner an email

Clare joined the CEC in October, 2014. In her role she provides undergraduates, graduate students and alumnae/i with individualized career coaching and career programming. Clare brings experience to the CEC from the career services offices at Lesley University, Emerson College, and Brandeis University as well as corporate recruiting experience from TripAdvisor. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Ithaca College and an M.S. in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University and is an MBTI Certified Practitioner as well as a Certified AAUW Salary Negotiation Facilitator.

Lindsay Laguna

Office: L-032
Phone: 617-521-2599
Send Lindsay Laguna an email

Lindsay joined the Career Education Center in 2019. She supports the professional development of undergraduates, graduate students, and alumnae/i through career coaching, workshops, and other programming. Prior to Simmons, she worked in Career Education at Wellesley College; Laspau, a nonprofit affiliate of Harvard University; JobNet Career Center; and the Metropolitan College at Boston University. Lindsay received her B.A. in International Studies with minors in sociology and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she studied abroad at El Instituto San Joaquín de Flores in Costa Rica. She earned her Ed.M. in Higher Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Office: L-030
Phone: 617-521-3806
Send Kate Rettstadt an email

Kate joined the Career Education Center at Simmons in 2019. As the Employer Relations Specialist she engages in employer outreach, partnership development, and campus recruitment activities. Previously, Kate served as Institutional Relations Manager at CAPA, a provider of study abroad programs to colleges and universities. Kate also worked at Laspau, a Harvard University affiliate, coaching international students through the graduate application process. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Ursinus College and an A.L.M. in Museum Studies from the Harvard University Extension School. 

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Office: L-024D
Phone: 617-521-2486
Send Lyndsey Nowlan an email

Lyndsey joined Simmons in 2019 as the Office Coordinator for the Career Education Center. In this role she provides support to the entire CEC staff across all areas of operation, including employer recruiting and events, career coaching and programming, technology, data collection and analysis, as well as daily oversight of the student Peer Career Assistants. Prior to Simmons, Lyndsey worked in professional and educational theatre programs, where she designed and Technical Directed over 50 productions and events at Tufts University, Framingham Public Schools and throughout the Greater Boston Area. She holds a B.A. in Design and Theatre Technology from the University of New Hampshire and is a proud Disney College program alumna.

Peer Career Assistants

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Ismah Ahmed '22, Data Science & Analytics

Phone: 617-521-2488
Send Ismah Ahmed an email


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Liz Biondo '23, Nursing

Phone: 617-521-2488
Send Liz Biondo an email


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Kirsten Clark '20, Nursing

Phone: 617-521-2488
Send Kirsten Clark an email


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Julianna Fernandez '21, Political Science & International Relations

Phone: 617-521-2488
Send Julianna Fernandez an email


Headshot of Shelley Kaleita

Shelley Kaleita '21, Political Science

Phone: 617-521-2488
Send Shelley Kaleita an email


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Sarah Kim '23, Nursing

Phone: 617-521-2488
Send Sarah Kim an email

Marketing Assistant

Headhshot of Krystianna Pietrzak

Krystianna Pietrzak '20, Communications

Phone: 617-521-2488
Send Krystianna Pietrzak an email