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Alisa M. Johnson (alisa.johnson@colby.edu), Director

Alisa joined the Career Center in July 2013.  She previously held several positions at Unity College in Unity, Maine, including dean of enrollment management, strategic projects coordinator, and assistant dean/director of teacher education. Alisa also has experience as a high school science teacher and laboratory technician. She earned her B.A. at Wheaton College (MA) in biology,and was a member of Tri Beta Kappa biological honor society. She earned an M.A.T. in education at the University of Maine Orono and an M.S. in education, focusing on enrollment management, from Capella University. Alisa is also a summer fellow of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College for Higher Education Management and a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF).

Lisa Noble (lisa.noble@colby.edu), Senior Associate Director of Employer Engagement

Lisa, the newest member of our team, comes to the Career Center with several years of corporate experience as a strategic marketing leader for Fortune 500 companies (Prudential Financial, IBM, Bayer Healthcare) aLisand as a head of quantitative insights and business development for leading brand strategy consultancies (Millward Brown, GfK Custom and Added Value) based in New York. In 2012, Lisa launched her own career consultancy aimed at liberal arts and performing arts majors and created onboarding and sales training programs for mature startups in New York City. Colby is the perfect place for Lisa to combine her passion for helping young people launch great careers with her desire to help companies build their talent pipelines and brand presence with exceptional students.

A UVa graduate and daughter of University faculty, Lisa is thrilled to be back on a beautiful college campus with endless opportunities for great conversation and nearby outdoor recreation. When she’s not exploring the treasures of Maine, she is coordinating visits with her two sons who attend other liberal arts colleges many hours away.

Cate Talbot Ashton ’80 (cate.talbot.ashton@colby.edu), Associate Director for Careers in Health Professions

Cate graduated from Colby in 1980, where she completed the “ever-versatile” English major. Following graduation, she spent time working for a law firm in Boston, a psychiatric hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland, as an admissions cCateounselor for Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont., and going to graduate school at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Upon completing her master’s in student affairs, Cate returned to Colby in the Career Center. Cate also earned a master’s in library science through a distance education program provided in Maine by the University of South Carolina. Cate has two sons who successfully navigated the post-college transition in 2012. In her spare time she indulges in her interests in knitting, sewing, and reading.


Sarah M. Whitfield ’09 (sarah.whitfield@colby.edu), Assistant Director for Careers in Law, Government, and Policy

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Sarah joined the Career Center in July 2014. She graduated from Colby in 2009 with a major in government. Following graduation, Sarah moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the nonprofit Equal Justice Works alongside two fellow Colby alums and started co-leading the Colby Club of Washington, D.C. While earning her master of public policy at American University, Sarah started working at the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. After more than three years at Brookings, she moved back to Maine, where she was born and raised. Sarah is thrilled to be back in Maine and working for her alma mater. In her free time, she enjoys spending lots of time outside, particularly golfing and skiing.



Mikki McFadden (mikki.mcfadden@colby.edu), Assistant Director for Employer Engagement

Mikki joined the Career Center team in March of 2017 after returning to her home state of Maine after a 16 year hiatus in Washington, DC.  While in DC, Mikki worked at Latham & Watkins as a Legal Recruiter and a professional commuter.  Sick of the hustle and bustle of the city, Mikki returned home to Maine and is absolutely delighted to put her skills to work for the students at Colby College.  Mikki has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine.  In her spare time, Mikki can be found at the ocean, hiking with friends and enjoying everything Maine has to offer.



Camille McGadney (camille.mcgadney@colby.edu), Career Counselor 

Camille began her career as a wilderness school instructor working with diverse populations.  Camille utilized experiential activities such as rock climbing, hiking and group processing to develop positive self-esteem and leadership skills among her clients.  In 1996 Camille switched career fields but not purpose, she became a career coach working for INROADS, an international career development organization.  In 1999 Camille became a Career Counselor at her AIMG_9409lma matter Wesleyan University, in Middletown CT.  There she provided comprehensive career counseling services to students, graduate students and alumni.

In 2009, with over 16 years of personal and career development experience working with students, Camille cofounded North Star Educational and Career Consultants, helping families navigate high school and the college admission process based on students’ strengths, interest and career goals.  In addition she provided career counseling and couching to students and veterans at Manchester Community College.

In 2013 Camille returned to Wesleyan University to become the Pre-Law advisor.  In the fall of 2014 she and her family moved to Waterville.  This fall she is excited to begin working with Colby Students and looks forward to being a member of the Colby Career Center team.



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(tammi.hamm@colby.edu), Administrative Assistant IIFF2_2540_3x5 (1)

Tammi joined the Career Center in August 2009. She received her associate in applied science degree in business administration with a concentration in legal at Kennebec Valley Community College in 2002 and is currently attending the University of Maine for her B.A.S. in Business Administration. Tammi has more than 20 years of administrative assistant/office management experience. Tammi enjoys spending time with her family.

Brooke Vertin (bmvertin@colby.edu), Recruitment Specialist

Brooke joined the Career Center in December 2016. Previously, she taught art at both the college and secondary levels. She has a BFA from the University of Kansas and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Notre Dame. Brooke is excited to be working in an academic setting and also enjoys the great outdoors and time in her art studio.




Shannon Roy (shannon.roy@colby.edu), Administrative Assistant
Shannon joined the Career Center in March 2016. She received her associate degree from Kennebec Valley Community College in Business Administration, Marketing/Management in 2012 and is currently attending the University of Maine at Augusta for her B.S. in Information and Library Services.



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