The Center for Life Transitions has working partnerships with outstanding professionals who provide expertise and consultation on a variety of work transition issues. They are also available for coaching, workshops and retreats which the Center sponsors.

Dorothy Graham, M.S.

Dorothy GrahamDorothy Graham, founder and principal of, specializes in work psychology and career change. As a career coach and former licensed clinician, she approaches career evolution as a unique adult passage, one that calls us to honestly assess our lives, our talents and our desires – to say yes to fulfilling work, life balance, and personal and professional growth.

Integrating over 25 years of experience as a manager, business owner, career counselor and psychotherapist, Dorothy helps managers and teams navigate the complexities of life at work using proven counseling and facilitation strategies. She has provided consultation and coaching to individuals and teams across a wide variety of sectors including Healthcare, Education, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Non-Profit Organizations.

As an affiliate for two national Employee Assistance programs, a national trainer, and keynote presenter, Dorothy provides workshops on Career Resilience, Coaching For Managers, and
You Hold The Cards, a career empowerment seminar.

Dorothy received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her M.S. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Ian McLaughlin, M.S.

Ian McLaughlinIan McLaughlin is an Advisor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he partners with students to discover their desires and talents, discuss challenges, recognize their successes, and develop an academic and career plan. He has also been an Associate Instructor for courses in the UWM Educational Psychology Department including Successful Career Transitions and Making the Transition from Military to College and Career.

Ian began his career as an Advisor at Carthage College. Several years later he transitioned to the private sector where he gained over a dozen years of experience as a Recruiter and Human Resources Consultant at Corvirtus, CH2M HILL, and Northwestern Mutual. Through advising students in public and private college settings, and serving as a Human Resources professional, he offers a unique blend of knowledge and expertise.

Ian earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Psychology and Master’s Degree from Purdue University in 1995. He is a Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR) and a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

Laura Kestner-Ricketts, M.Ed.

Laura Kestner-Ricketts, M.Ed.Laura is the Director of Career Services at Marquette University and has been a career services professional since the fall of 1994. She has led college career centers in Maine, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, and at Marquette since January 2002.

Laura values involvement in professional associations and has the opportunity to develop professional relationships with employers and college career practitioners, increased knowledge of cutting-edge programming and resources, and leadership and communication skills that have contributed to her career success. She is an active member of the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers where she recently served as President.

Laura has a B.A. in French from Nebraska Wesleyan University and an
M.Ed. in Student Development in Higher Education at the University of Maine.

Nadya Fouad, Ph.D.

Nadya Fouad, Ph.D.Dr. Fouad is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and faculty member in the Counseling Psychology program. She is editor of The Counseling Psychologist.  She served as Associate Dean of the School of Education from 1995-1998, as Chair of the Task Force on the Climate for Women at UWM and as chair of the Graduate Faculty Council.  She was recipient in 2003 of the John Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Career and Personality Research, the 2009 APA Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award, the 2009 Janet Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship, and 2010 Paul Nelson Award by the Council of Chairs of Training Councils.  She was President of Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) from 2000-2001.

Dr. Fouad is 2011 chair of the APA Ethics Committee, and is a past chair of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (2003-2007).  She was a member and chair of the Board of Educational Affairs (2004-2006).  She is currently chair of the Competencies Workgroup (2006- present).  She serves on the editorial boards of the, Journal of Vocational Behavior and the Journal of Career Assessment.  She has published articles and chapters on cross-cultural vocational assessment, career development of women and racial/ethnic minorities, interest measurement, cross-cultural counseling and race and ethnicity.

She is currently working on studies to examine the persistence of women in engineering careers. She served as co-chair (with Patricia Arredondo) of the writing team for the Multicultural Guidelines on Education, Training, Practice, Research and Organizational Change, which were approved by the American Psychological Association in August, 2002 and published in the American Psychologist in May, 2003.

Angela Knight

Angela KnightAngela Knight joined GE Healthcare in 2007. She is currently the Strategic Staffing Leader for six of Healthcare’s businesses.  As the Staffing Leader her role is to provide strategic talent acquisition strategies and processes which will enhance her client’s ability to attract and recruit world class talent.  Recently she was recognized for her leadership in the development of the first Diversity Playbook for Mangers and Human Resource Professionals.

In her initial assignment at GE Healthcare, she was the Diversity Leader for Medical Diagnostics and Life Sciences.  In this role she focuses on three key areas: Leadership Engagement, Talent Acquisition and Retention. Accomplishments include, launching the first ever Diversity Open House initiative for both Life Sciences and Medical Diagnostics, developing both businesses U.S. based Talent Forums and developing a Diversity & Cultural competency webinar.

Prior to GE, Angela joined Merck in 1997 as the Manager of College Relations.  In this role she was responsible for reestablishing a coordinated focus for college and intern recruitment.  In January of 1999, Angela was promoted to Director of University Relations with the primary responsibility to provide leadership, vision and direction for Merck’s University Relations function. Angela has been quoted in Fortune Magazine’s Ranking of “Where MBAs Want to Work”, Black Collegian and other business periodicals. Prior to Merck, Angela worked for Chevron Corporation in San Francisco, California.  At Chevron she held various positions in the technical and human resources areas, including an analyst position in the Workforce Planning and Leadership Development group where she was responsible for managing the Human Resources Development Program.  In 1995-96, she served an Executive on loan to the National Society of Black Engineers where she was the Director of Development.

Angela received her Bachelor of Science from Southern University in Computer Science in 1985. Currently, Angela is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and is a founding member of the San Francisco Bay Area National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Most recently she held two board positions; New Jersey State Board for Junior Achievement and the New Jersey Central Board for Junior Achievement.

Monica Meagher, MDiv.

Monica MeagherMonica Meagher is currently serving as Spiritual Director in Residence at Marquette University at the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality. She is also co-director of Magis Milwaukee, a center for Ignatian Spirituality serving the greater Milwaukee area.

Monica Meagher graduated from Marquette with a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Secondary Education. She taught Theology at Pius XI high in Milwaukee for 10 years before returning to Marquette for graduate studies. She went on to pursue pastoral studies at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary where she obtained a Master’s of Divinity degree. Monica has served in parish and educational ministry in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for over 30 years. She has held many leadership positions and has engaged in a wide range of pastoral, spiritual and community ventures. In 2014 Monica completed a graduate certificate in Ignatian Spirituality at Loyola University in Chicago which prepared her to guide people in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

She is currently serving as Spiritual Director in Residence at Marquette University. Monica is also a frequent speaker throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and has an active ministry of spiritual direction, spiritual conversation and retreats. With partner Michael Hogan, Monica is currently co-director of Magis Milwaukee, a center for Ignatian Spiritualty offering spiritual direction, enrichment, discernment for those seeking a deeper and more meaningful spiritual life.

Rob Longwell-Grice, EdD

Rob Longwell-Grice, EdDRobert Longwell-Grice is currently a senior academic advisor for the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). He is responsible for graduate student recruitment for the School of Education. Rob also coordinates scholarships for the School of Education. Prior to this Rob was the Associate Dean of Students at UWM. He also served as the director of academic services for the School of Education at UWM for a number of years. Rob received his doctorate in educational and counseling psychology from the University of Louisville, and his masters in counseling from Penn State. He has held a variety of positions in higher education and student affairs during his thirty years in the field. Prior to his arrival at UWM, Rob worked for Penn State, the University of New Hampshire, New England College (in the U.S. and the U.K.), the University of Delaware, and the University of Louisville. Rob’s research interests include issues of social class, first generation college students and sustainability.