Two new staff members – Lana Cao and Renee Nearpass – have joined the Salisbury Center for Career Services at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Cao has been named Assistant Director of Internships and Employment for Non-Profit and Government; Nearpass holds the position of Assistant Director of Health Professions Counseling and Fellowship Advising.
“These two accomplished individuals enhance offerings to our students in significant ways — both having backgrounds internationally and domestically,” said Robert Murphy, director of the Salisbury Center, announcing the new staff.
“Lana Cao’s expertise as researcher and her domestic and international background in business, as well as her ability to develop databases will provide assistance to students in new ways. Renee Nearpass, who pioneered the HWS collaborative internship program that started nearly a decade ago, returns to the Colleges after gaining vast knowledge in fellowships, health professions and counseling.
“We are excited about the opportunity they provide to educate and energize the whole community.”
Cao has already begun to seek out internships and job placement opportunities in the non-profit sector and in government, locally and throughout the country. Tapping into alums and parents in these fields, she will create a comprehensive database of internships and jobs and provide ongoing postings in these fields to students, and will organize an annual human services panel in New York City, starting later this spring. Domestically and internationally, Cao been a banker, consultant and trainer, and worked for more than a decade in the finance and personal investment industries. Most recently she served as a licensed financial adviser, and as an independent banking and finance consultant.
She holds a bachelor of arts in Russian and a bachelor of arts in English language, both from the National University in Vietnam; and a master’s in business administration from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Nearpass, who served as the internship coordinator and career advisor at the Colleges from 1998 to 2000, has since worked four years in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as an English teacher and executive director of professional development programs for American Business Group of Abu Dhabi.
For the past three years, she was an academic and health professions advisor at the University of Rochester, where she provided health professions, fellowship and general advising to students. In her new post, she will continue to develop health professions counseling, internships and externships locally and regionally for health professions students. She will also bring her vast knowledge to help educate and identify the wide potential of fellowships and other post-graduate study opportunities, working with students who apply to foundations for fellowships and other post-graduate study opportunities. She will counsel students interested in entering medical, dental and veterinary programs after graduation and coordinate the annual on-campus day for those considering the health care professions.
Her bachelor’s degree is in English and political science, from State University College at Potsdam; her master’s in education is from the University at Buffalo.
The Salisbury Center, dedicated in April 2004, brings together the offices concerned with career service, public service and global education. Housed in the refurbished Trinity Hall, the Salisbury Center also offers services for parents of students, alumni and alumnae and employers offering internships and looking to hire graduating seniors.