Alumni Career Night 2016

Six graduates of the Communication program at UMass Amherst returned to campus on October 27, 2016, to offer career guidance to current students. These alumni, representing Comm graduates from four different decades, convened in the Communication Hub on the third floor of the ILC and shared their career paths and journeys with a packed room of Comm majors. We invite you to learn more about these terrific alums who so generously provided career counseling and support to our students:


Fadjanie CadetFadjanie Cadet '14

After graduating from UMass in 2014, Fadjanie began an accelerated MBA program at Providence College with a Concentration in Management. Shortly thereafter she started as a Recruiter at Skyword in downtown Boston. Skyword is a leading content marketing technology and services company partnering with several global brands including IBM, United Way, New Balance, Autotrader, and Entertainment Weekly. She realized that her passion lied not only in finding the right people and providing them opportunities to join a market leader, but more so in building a brand, strategically solving employee concerns and increasing engagement. In her current role, as the HR Specialist, Fadjanie is responsible for talent acquisition and recruitment marketing and frequently partners with management to address employee concerns and implement effective solutions.  

Bob CargillBob Cargill '81

Bob, who was named the New England Direct Marketing Association's "Direct Marketer of the Year" for 2009, has worked with hundreds of clients in the promotion and sales of their products and services. In addition to his role as a hands-on creative professional, he takes pride in his ability to bring out the best in others and effect positive organizational change as both a manager and mentor. His work has been recognized with more than 40 awards from the New England Direct Marketing Association, including Gold for his blog, "A New Marketing Commentator," Gold for Best Tweets and Silver for Best Copywriting. 

Bob likes to keep his finger on the pulse of what's what and who's who in his field. Not only has he presented and spoken in public many times about social media, copywriting and direct marketing, he has been published or quoted in his areas of expertise in numerous media outlets. In fact, he is currently a columnist for ClickZ on the subject of social media. He is also a member of the American Marketing Association Boston’s social media team, a Co-Director of Social Media for the Greater Framingham Running Club and Director of Social Media for the New England Direct Marketing Association. Finally, he is a member of the Alumni Advisory Board for the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

A past president of the New England Direct Marketing Association and a graduate of Leadership MetroWest's Leadership Academy, Bob is always happy to contribute in any way possible to the advancement of the industry in which he earns his livelihood.

Karen ChaseKaren Chase '91

Karen Chase, a 1991 UMASS graduate, is currently an ABC News Radio Network Anchor in New York, anchoring weekday morning-drive newscasts for the Entertainment Network. Newscasts include breaking news, technology, health, finance and lifestyle information. During her 19 years with the network she co-anchored ABC-Radio’s Peabody Award-winning live 9-11 Radio coverage, anchored ABC’s Digital coverage of the northeast blackout, and served as a correspondent for ABC’s TV distribution unit, NewsOne.

Previously she worked as a newscast anchor for the AP Radio Network in Washington, DC, and prior to that served as an anchor and correspondent for the Unistar Radio Networks in DC where she spent 4 years as a White House and Capitol Hill Correspondent, and 4 years anchoring.  

She currently resides in New York City with her husband, Lawrence Leighton, an investment banker.

Debra KosznerDebra Kroszner '07

Debra Kroszner '07 is the Deputy Director of Communications; Director of Media Relations for Yale Law School. In this role, she is responsible for creating and executing strategic, forward-looking communications using digital and traditional media in order to enhance the reputation of Yale Law School and showcase the variety of achievements and scholarly work taking place. Prior to coming to Yale, she worked as the Associate Director for Communications for Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camps, helping to lead a comprehensive rebranding initiative for the global network of camps for children with serious illnesses. She began her career as a journalist covering the police and legal beat at newspapers in New Jersey and Connecticut with an emphasis on investigative reporting.

Karyn MartinKaryn Martin '01

The politest pit bull you'll ever meet; I persevere where others fold. I cut my teeth in agency PR at a boutique firm in Portland, Maine where I worked with top outdoor brands. I returned to my Boston roots to build up the "Martin Farm" (currently 2 dogs, 6 chickens and a turtle) and expand my PR experience into technology, luxury goods, travel, and healthcare. My retention rate for both clients and employees is above 85%. Why? Because I create environments where people do their best work, generating award-winning campaigns to help clients exceed their goals. 

In 2010, I seized the opportunity to be a part of the future of communication, joining 451 to create integrated campaigns that defy the old adage that PR doesn't translate to dollars. Although I prefer pink, I thrive in the grey... where traditional PR practices are combined with new digital media tactics to amplify messaging and cement measurable results.

I'm former President of the Publicity Club of New England, Founder of Press Previews, a UMass Legacy, and a Sagittarius with the gift of gab. You need a problem solved? I'm your girl.

Stacy SmithStacy Smith '00

Stacy Smith is a Social Studies Teacher at Longmeadow High School and the Enrichment Coordinator for Longmeadow Public Schools in Longmeadow, MA.  She received her undergraduate degree from UMass in May of 2000 and was then hired to supervise the Peer Advising staff in Commonwealth College.  While working at the Commonwealth College Stacy earned her M.Ed. from the UMass Department of Education and went on to teach history and media studies at Longmeadow High School.  In addition, for the past eight years she has served as the Enrichment Coordinator for Longmeadow Public Schools where she works to bring engaging after school and summer opportunities to district students and the surrounding community.




Previous Alumni Career Nights

Alumni Career Night 2015

Alumni Career Night 2014

Alumni Career Night 2013