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About the Career Development Center

The Career Development Center is located on the main floor of the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center at 100 East 8th Street.

100 East 8th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Phone (616) 395-7950
Fax (616) 395-7103

For a map to get to Holland and Hope College, click here.

Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - noon, 1:00-5:00 pm

Academic Year: 09/01/15 to 05/06/16

Summer and Breaks (Office is open)
Christmas Break 12/18/15 to 01/11/16
Spring Break 3/18/16 to 3/28/16

The office is closed for most national holidays.

Staff in the Career Development Center

Dale Austin

Dale Austin, Director
Dale has been at Hope College for 34 years and enjoys each new year more. Dale provides individual advising and workshops addressing:

  • job search issues
  • resumes and cover letters
  • interview preparation
  • mock interviews
  • graduate school planning issues

He also works with employers, coordinating the on-campus recruiting programs. He serves as the primary liaison with several collaborative ventures, including the Liberal Arts Career NetWORK and West Michigan Collegiate Career Services. His email address is

StrengthsQuest Top 5:
Relator * Learner * Maximizer * Connectedness * Achiever

Jena Szatkowski

Jena Szatkowski, Assistant Director
This year will be Jena's fourth year at Hope College. She assists students with:

  • internship research and planning
  • internship development for employers
  • registering for an internship course
  • off campus semester internship programs, like the Philadelphia Center
  • resume and cover letter review
  • mock interviews

Jena earned her Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University where she worked in career services. Jena can be reached at

StrengthsQuest Top 5:
Harmony* Discipline * Consistency * Positivity * Relator

Sarah McCoy

Sarah McCoy, Program Director
Sarah is in her fifth year in the Career Development Center. She assists the office with:

  • employer relations and engagement
  • coordinating discipline specific programs that integrate curricular and co-curricular activities

Sarah received her Masters in Education with a concentration in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Previous to her position with Hope she spent time in the recruiting field. Sarah can be reached at

StrengthsQuest Top 5:
Harmony* Responsibility * Connectedness * Empathy * Discipline

Megan Fisher, Career Counselor - Networking
This is Megan's first year at Hope College, where she assists students with:

  • developing a networking strategy to explore careers
  • identifying Hope alumni or other professionals to connect with for informational interviews and job shadowing
  • preparing for a career fair or networking event such as Job Pursuit
  • resume and cover letter review
  • utilizing social media in the job search
Originally from Maryland, Megan joins the Career Development staff from Lourdes University where she earned her Masterís degree in Organizational Leadership while helping start the schoolís first womenís lacrosse program. She also attended Saint Vincent College where she earned a B.A. in Sociology and played lacrosse. Megan is passionate about working with students and looks forward to helping them identify their skills, interests, and values, encourage them to dream, and land a job by networking. Megan can be reached at

StrengthsQuest Top 5:

Amy Freehafer Amy Freehafer, Career Counselor
This is Amy's fourth year in the Career Development Center. Her responsibilities include:
  • Administering and interpreting career/personality assessment tools
  • Provide outreach material and program support to faculty, students and staff, addressing career exploration, assessment, decision making, and planning
  • Resume and cover letter review
  • Oversee StrengthsQuest programming on campus
  • Supervises the Career Advisor Program
  • Facilitating career modules for First Year Seminar classes

Amy is a Hope College alumna and received her MSW from Grand Valley State University. She comes with experience in the areas of career and personal counseling in higher education. In addition, she spent 20 years in the non-profit human services sector in the areas of mental health, senior housing and substance abuse. She can be reached at

StrengthsQuest Top 5:
Empathy * Learner* Woo * Communication * Includer


Shannon Schans, Career Counselor
This is Shannon's first year at Hope, her responsibilities include:

  • Administering and interpreting career/personality assessment tools
  • Evaluating and assisting in the development of student resume and cover letters
  • Cooperatively supporting StrengthsQuest programming on campus
Shannon, originally from Minnesota, received her undergraduate degree from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. She went on to complete her Masters in Higher Education from Geneva College in Pennsylvania and has worked to serve students within Higher Education since. Shannon can be reached at

StrengthsQuest Top 5:
Arranger * Strategic * Learner * Communication * Input

Elizabeth Bocks
Elizabeth is the office manager for the Career Development Center. Her responsibilities include:

  • maintaining the office's web pages
  • assisting with on-campus recruiting and career fairs
  • supervising student workers
  • other office-related activities

Elizabeth is a graduate of Hope College and started her work in the Career Development Center in December of 1994.

StrengthsQuest Top 5:
Learner * Harmony * Achiever * Input * Consistency


Student Staff
Students play a critical role in the office as receptionists and Career Advisors.