Keely has been involved in higher education for more than 10 years, and currently serves as a lecturer in the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, focusing on coursework related to professional skill development and internships. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in music from DePauw University, and a Master's Degree in higher education from the University of Connecticut, She has held previous positions in college admission, internship development, and career services, and is serving her first term as President for CDPI.
Outside of work, Keely enjoys spending time with her husband and their new baby boy, running on the Monon Trail, and playing French horn in ensembles throughout the Indianapolis area.
Taiylor (she/her/hers) currently serves as a Customer Success Manager at Yello. Prior to this role, she served students, employers, and staff in career services capacities at Ivy Tech Indy and IUPUI. Taiylor has a M.S.Ed. from IU Bloomington and a B.A. in English from IUPUI. She has been involved with CDPI since 2019, primarily through the Conference Planning Committee and Professional Development Committee. This is her first term on the board.
Outside of professional endeavors, Taiylor enjoys hiking at Fort Harrison State Park with her husband and newborn son, playing fetch with her two rescue pups, and trying new restaurants.
Sam serves as the Assistant Director for Career Curriculum at Ball State University Career Center. She began her role at the career center in 2016 working as a career coach for students communication, media, fine arts, and design as well as a faculty resource for career curriculum development and integration. Her current role includes working on strategy and collaboration projects between the employer relations and career development team within the career center.
She earned both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Communication and her doctorate in Adult, Community, and Higher Education, all from Ball State University. Sam loves finding creative ways to create interactive presentations and experiences for both faculty and students. When not working, you will often find her going on adventures with her daughter Maddie and dogs Jack (yorkipoo) and Ollie (border collie mix).
Director of Member Services
David Cross has served in Career Services functions for the past 11 years specializing in career placement and job development for healthcare and skilled trades programs, and currently serves as the Director of Career Services for Fortis College. He earned a Masters of Science in Higher Education from Purdue Global and has a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Hanover College. He currently resides in central Indiana with his wife and is a Savate kickboxer outside of the office. He has a strong passion for helping students and graduates pursue employment and tries to bring an air of enthusiasm to the roles he is in.
Karley (she, her, & hers) works as the Assistant Program Director, Career Services at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing-Indianapolis. Through this role, she assists college students in discovering who they are, understanding where they are going, and co-designing paths they may take to get there.
In her free time, you can find her walking the Monon trail or planning her next travel adventure.
Internship Program Coordinator
Lea (she/her) currently serves as the Associate Director for Career Education and Student Employment at Earlham College in Richmond, IN. In her role, she manages the student employment program and helps supervisors as well as students understand the value of on-campus employment and the skills they are gaining from it. Her passion for student employment comes from her own experience as a student employee in undergrad, which significantly shaped her interest in a career in higher education. She is looking forward to supervising interns in her role as the Internship Coordinator for CDPI.
Outside of work, Lea enjoys spending time with her two cats, reading on the porch, hiking, and exploring new places around the world.
Director of Professional
Development and Education
Jeffry (they, them, their) is currently a Doctoral Assistant for the Department of Educational Leadership at Ball State University, where they are working on an Ed.D. in Higher Education researching career education, professional identity development, and career development curriculum. Before deciding to work on their doctorate full-time, Jeffry served at Earlham College for almost 5 years as a career coach and Assistant Director of Career Education (during which Jeffry has been active in CDPI), specializing in developing and teaching career development curriculum. Jeffry started their higher education career as a historian before transitioning into student affairs to focus on experiential education and international experiences of students before finding their their into career development work (where they are able to continue identifying as an experiential educator).
As the Director of Professional Development and Education for CDPI, Jeffry is excited to work with the board and members to build professional development goals, collaborate on planning effective programming, and to support the growth of career development professionals around the state of Indiana. This work is exciting because of the immediate impact on students through improved coaching and instruction.
Bryson currently serves as a Career Coach within the Career Coaching and Employer Connections program at Ivy Tech Community College in Hamilton County. Prior to Ivy Tech, he served for two years as the Career Advisor at Indiana Wesleyan University. Bryson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership at Oakland University.
In his free time, you will most likely find Bryson planning new adventures with his wife, playing with his two cats, or discussing topics like Star Wars, Marvel, or movies in general with his friends.
Kristine is the Director of Career and Professional Development for the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. She started working in career advising in 2014 and joined IUPUI in 2016 as part of the career advising team at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Kristine enjoyed getting to know the CDPI community during her term as President and is excited to continue contributing to the organization as Historian.
She hopes all members know that the strength of the organization is in the creativity and collaboration of members and thanks all of you for making her term as President so rewarding.