The Career Development Center is staffed by a student-focused team that is here to help you achieve your short and long term career goals!
Matt Caporale, Executive Director
Matt Caporale is the Executive Director of Career Development at the University of New Haven, where he brings extensive experience in the field of career development with a strong track record of building and improving programs at colleges and universities. His major areas of focus within higher education and career development lie in strategic planning, internship program development, creating partnerships with faculty, alumni, and senior administration, team building and management, and in creating a collaborative, engaging, and fun learning and self-discovery environment for students. One of Matt’s unique career trends has been his involvement in, and leadership over, the building of university career centers from the ground up, including the Career Development Center at the University of New Haven. He has served in higher education roles such as Director of Career Services at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina; and as the Assistant Director of Internships & Career Programs at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. Previously held positions also include Staffing Manager with Robert Half International, Inc and Resume Writer/Career Consultant with CP Resumes, Inc in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Matt is a family man (wife Laura, daughter Elise, and son Nicholas), a student of history, a sports fan (Yankees!), and enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, writing, and cooking. He grew up in Schenectady, NY, lived in Charlotte, NC, and now resides in Guilford, CT.
Dina Wulinsky, Associate Director
Dina Wulinsky is the Associate Director at UNH where she helps students and alumni through all phases of the career development process. Dina provides assistance with exploring majors and careers, resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and job search strategies. She coordinates pre-professional and graduate school programming. Dina also instructs a Foundations for Success course for first year students, UNIV 1150: Discovering Majors and Careers and co-manages the Peer Career Advising program with the Executive Director.
In addition to her student-focused work, Dina takes a lead role in working with the Executive Director on establishing and evaluating assessment metrics and strategic planning.
Dina graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Relations and obtained a Master of Science degree in Counseling with a concentration in College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University in PA.
Prior to coming to UNH, Dina was a Career Counselor and Academic Advisor for Penn State University, York campus. She has also held several positions in the non-profit industry.
Brian Rodden, Assistant Director, Employer Relations
Brian Rodden is the Assistant Director of Employer Relations for the University of New Haven. He builds strategic relationships with regional employers for the purpose of locating internship and job opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as alumni. In addition, he coordinates all aspects of the on-campus recruiting program and leads the recruiting efforts for the career fairs that are held on campus throughout the school year.
Prior to joining UNH, Brian owned an executive recruiting firm focused on the financial services industry and worked for Sony Electronics and Pitney Bowes in various senior sales and management roles.
Brian graduated from Bryant University and obtained his MBA from Sacred Heart University. He is an avid sports fan (NY Mets – help!/ NY Giants), enjoys golfing, investing, reading and gardening. He grew up in West Islip, NY. He and his wife Lisa have resided in Sandy Hook, CT since 1983 and have three children (all college grads and have moved out!)
Kathy Forkin, Assistant Director, Career Preparation
As Assistant Director, Career Preparation Programs for the University of New Haven, Kathy provides individual assistance with students and alumni on their resumes, cover letters, job searches and mock interviews. She conducts workshops on resumes, interviewing skills, networking techniques, and workshops for specific degree programs. Kathy promotes the Career Development Center by making presentations to clubs, classes, student residence halls, and other organizations. She also assists in the collection, tabulation, and analysis of outcome information. Kathy supervises and trains graduate assistants and other student staff.
Kathy taught two semester sessions of Freshmen Experience class that met weekly to help freshmen adapt to college life. Kathy was a presenter for NSEE at their conference held at Disney, September 2008 on the UNH Mentor Match program and presented at the Educational Policy Conference on Retention in Chicago, IL, on the UNH Coaching Program, June 2010.
Kathy’s previous employment included being the Office Manager for Cheney & Company, a public relations and marketing firm in New Haven. While there, she supported the president and her staff in all administrative functions, including arranging travel plans, organizing exhibits, and coordinating conference participation and promotional mailings. Kathy also worked for the American Cancer Society in the past, where she was responsible for team registration, documentation, and other related duties for three Relay events. While at ACS, Kathy created and maintained a highly effective volunteer workforce of over 30 people. She provided leadership in the development of an information support staff system, which resulted in the application of improved income development.
Kathy has a Bachelor of Arts, History degree from the University of New Haven.
Amanda Kehoe, Marketing & Technology Coordinator
Amanda Kehoe is the Marketing & Technology Coordinator for the Career Development Center at the University of New Haven. She works to maintain digital platforms including unhcareercenter.com and Nace CSM Symplicity, that the Career Center uses for students, employers, faculty, and everyday office data collection. Amanda helps students on creating captivating LinkedIn profiles and often assists with everyday technical difficulties. She works diligently with the Employer Relations Director to plan off-campus excursions for students to visit and network with employers at prominent organizations such as, NBC Universal, Barnum Financial Group, and Mohegan Sun. Miss Kehoe enjoys her role at the Career Center, because her tasks change week to week. Amanda attended her first software conference in June 2015, where she networked with others from around the country, all connected by using the same career software.
Before her role in Career Development, Amanda was a student at the University of New Haven, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Through her courses, she gained strong skills in writing, public relations, web design, social media, graphic design, and marketing. She worked doing marketing for the Beckerman Recreation Center on the UNH campus, and was a talented member of the 5,6,7,8 Dance Team. She has previous customer service experience from her five years with Old Navy, and she has also been a dance teacher for young children. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys going to the beach with her friends, practicing her lifelong passion of dance, and visiting her family in Massachusetts. She is well versed in all types of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical. You can currently find her teaching Zumba at the Beckerman Recreation Center during the week.
Katie George, Office Coordinator
Katie George is our Office Coordinator in the CDC. She helps make sure the everyday operations of the office run smoothly. She sets up appointments and diffuses the daily foot traffic to help the staff accommodate all who stop in the Career Development Center. Katie also supervises the student staff in the office and works with them to complete large scale projects, as well as other tasks that benefit the center. Katie oversees the event planning of the fall and spring career fairs as well as the spring engineering and science career fair.
Katie graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a BS in Communications. She has been active in the field of marketing and communications, and is working towards earning a Graduate Marketing Certificate here at University of New Haven. During her undergraduate career Katie had the opportunity to do a semester abroad in England. This sparked her passion for traveling and since then she has been able to travel to many states and other countries. She is also a passionate yogi and is currently in the process of obtaining her RYT 200- Yoga Teacher Certification. Katie currently resides in Danbury, CT with her significant other, and their cat Vivian.