Jake Allen ’18
Digital Media Coordinator, Butler/Till
As the Student Government Association’s 2015 Freshman of the Year, Jake Allen ’18 made an immediate impression on campus. And, over the course of his time at the College, he never slowed down.
A media and communication major and ethics minor, Jake served as a managing editor, reporter, photographer, and videographer for the Cardinal Courier, a student-produced monthly news magazine, and was active in The PRIMA Group, a student-run full-service advertising, marketing, and public relations agency.
He credits the supportive environment at the College with fostering his motivation to be involved on campus.
“The compassion of Fisher faculty and staff have helped me realize my true potential and molded me into the person I am today, and I think that’s what makes Fisher so incredible,” said Jake, who took full advantage of all the opportunities in front of him, including a study abroad semester in London.
Those experiences, paired with a passion for communication, technology, and social and digital media led Allen to pursue a career with Butler/Till, a Rochester-based communications agency. There, he traffics digital campaigns for online platforms, primarily serving clients in the pharmaceutics and health care fields. That means Jake has to stay sharp in understanding the ever-changing worlds of two industries.
“Part of my job entails staying up-to-date on the latest health care trends as well as digital media trends that will most likely impact the work that I present throughout my career,” he explained.
It’s a challenge he said he was well prepared for thanks to his Fisher education.
“I feel that I have not only been set up to be successful in any path that I choose but have also been prepared to challenge things that may seem wrong or even overcome obstacles destined to be in my way,” he said.
Erin Carey '15
High School English Teacher, James Monroe High School
Since graduating Fisher with an ambitious triple degree in English, French, and adolescent inclusive education, Erin Carey now finds herself as a high school English teacher at James Monroe High School in the Rochester Central School District. After being involved with experiential learning opportunities at Fisher, she is thankful for how well Fisher prepared her for the professional world.
Erin started working with both urban and suburban schools in just her third semester at Fisher. In one of her classes, she spent time at School #58 and brought in iPads and hosted an after-school literacy program. She also had a 14-week student teaching experience where she was able to form relationships with her co-workers and participate in overnight field trips to Camp Cory and Ohio. She was then hired by the school she student taught at for the remainder of the year, and was thrilled to be able to stay with her students through prom and graduation.
"Our Fisher family is one of openness, community, and collaboration. Everyone from professors, to the Lackman dining staff, facilities, and Safety and Security all go out of their way on a daily basis to put students first. They are accommodating and supportive, and go above and beyond the typical classroom experience."
Becca Davis ’18
Sponsorship Assistant, Boston Red Sox
Becca Davis ’18 took full advantage of the opportunity to work for her dream organization, the Boston Red Sox. Since January 2018, Becca has served as a sponsor services assistant, fulfilling sponsorship contracts, maintaining relationships with corporate clients, and providing support for the client services department. Today, she continues on with the Red Sox organization as a sponsorship assistant, maintaining sponsor relationships by providing personable service, tour and scoreboard messages, and processing and selling tickets.
Prior to landing the position, Becca completed internships with the Amsterdam Mohawks and the Rochester Red Wings. She said all of her internship experiences helped solidify her passion for the game of baseball.
“This has been a tremendous learning experience for me,” said Becca. “I work with a great group of people and I get to go to work at Fenway Park everyday.”
Brendan Hamilton '14
6th Grade Teacher, Tomlinson Middle School
Dover Plains, NY, native Brendan Hamilton's life drastically changed about one month after graduating from Fisher when he learned he landed a teaching job at Tomlinson Middle School in Fairfield, Connecticut. He had just unpacked his life from college, and had to gear up to pack for another move.
While at Fisher, he was a student teacher at two Rochester City Schools teaching 1st, 4th, and 5th grades, preparing him well for his job as a 6th grade teacher. He said his student teaching experiences were all very different, which allowed him to become a more versatile educator who was able to implement teaching strategies to suit his students' individual strengths and needs.
"Fisher sets its students up for success. The faculty and staff motivate and support their students to ensure that everyone can succeed in their courses as well as during their fieldwork placements. Students who study in Fisher's School of Education will not only receive top of the line instruction on campus, but will also be given various opportunities to go out in the Rochester community."
Anna Harmer ’18
Marketing Coordinator and Customer Service Specialist, Integrated Systems
Anna Harmer loves to be creative, so it’s not surprising that she gravitated towards a career that allows her to write blog posts, craft social media content, and design print and web materials. The marketing major, who landed a position with Integrated Systems upon graduation, was also drawn to the company because it reflected the same close-knit atmosphere found at the College.
“I loved the family feel at Fisher so I kept that in mind when it came to my job search,” Anna said.
Not only did she find a job where she can flex her marketing and customer service knowledge, but she’s also immersed in the company culture. As the “office environment manager,” she is charged with planning inner-office celebrations and staff recognition. “It’s one of my favorite parts of the job,” she said.
Anna credits the leadership skills honed through her time as an executive intern in the Office of Marketing and Communications, president of the Student Alumni Association, member of the Orientation Team, and work study with the Processing Center and Office of Campus Life with preparing her for life after Fisher.
“All of my leadership roles and connections with faculty and staff shaped what my life is like today,” she said. “Fisher gave me the platform I needed to development my leadership skills. It set me up for success by providing so many great opportunities.”
Kevin Kulawiec ’18
Inside Sales Representative, Paychex
Kevin Kulawiec, a finance and economics double major, stepped off the stage at Commencement and right into his first job with Paychex. As an inside sales representative, he draws on both his majors and the leadership and teamwork skills he honed as a member of the men’s tennis team to promote new products to current and potential customers.
“A lot of times, I’m the first interaction people have with Paychex, so I want to make sure it is a completely positive one,” Kevin said, noting that economics courses taught by Dr. Clair Smith, along with a study abroad experience in London, England, helped prepare him for life after Fisher.
And, he’s found that many Fisher graduates have also made their careers at Paychex, creating a strong network of alumni and a whole new chance for learning.
“A Fisher education is what set me apart when it came time for the job search. I found that Fisher was very well-known and respected throughout our community, and this is a great first job for me,” he said. “Every day I am developing my personal, professional, and customer service skills, and learning what it’s like to work on a team.”
Gwen Olton '12
Senior Consultant, Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
Gwendolyn Olton landed her first job before walking across the stage, thanks to her clinical rotation experiences at Rochester General Hospital, St. Mary's, and the New York State Department of Health. She was also able to show valuable global experience from her undergraduate education, as she traveled with her professors and peers to Kenya in 2012 where she worked in makeshift clinics for underserved communities.
She started as a nurse coordinator for Residential Treatment Facilities at Hillside Children's Center and also worked as a care coordinator for Bay Creek Medical Group before joining Coordinated Care Services, Inc. She said the Wegmans School of Nursing prepared her for the challenges of complex care management.
"I'm so happy I chose Fisher for a nursing degree. The professors are amazing educators with a passion for what they do. The clinical experiences were relevant and eye-opening, and the classes were engaging. It's an amazing program."