Kelly Lapetino, Director
Hello fellow Saints! My name is Kelly Lapetino and I am honored to serve as the Director of the Career Success Center at USF. My role provides strategic direction to all facets of student/alumni career development, employer engagement, and career-related events. In this capacity, the Career Success Team collaborates with every academic college and student club/organization on campus to ensure students, alumni, and employers are receiving holistic service and future success. My background includes 10+ years in the corporate and education industries. In these industries I have had the opportunity to lead dynamic teams in recruiting, managing, and the training and development of both students and employees.
I am a first-generation college graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University and Master of Science in Training and Development from the University of St. Francis (Go Saints!). I enjoy seeing our students and alumni achieve career success and earning a degree from USF is an important first step.
Spending quality time with my family and being active and involved in the community is important to me. I enjoy serving as a board member on several professional organizations such as the Joliet Chamber’s Council for Working Women and the Professional Women’s Network.
The thing I love most about USF is: that we are a small enough school to make a big difference and have a large impact on students.
If I weren’t in my current job, I would be: a party planner….. David Tutera better look out!
To me, the USF Family is: compassionate, caring, respectful and fun!
My favorite spot on the USC campus is: the Motherhouse balcony overlooking the quad. It’s great to see everyone gathering in a common area on nice days.
One of my favorite books is: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper because of the message on the importance to be determined, persevere, and never stop trying. This book adds to the list of favorites that I read to my children.
My First Job: I was a babysitter and delivered the Star newspaper.
Funniest Interview Question: If you were a McDonald’s cheeseburger, what part of the burger would you be? I said the hamburger buns because they hold everything together.
Danielle Benedict, Employment and Internship Coordinator
Welcome to the USF Career Success Center! I am a very proud alumni of the University of St. Francis, 2003. I was very active on campus, being RA in Marian Hall and Tower Hall, played on the Women’s Golf Team, was in Duns Scotus, designed the Encounter for two years, and worked on campus as an ambassador, admission student worker (when admissions was in the house across the St.) and worked in the graphic design lab on the 4th floor Tower! I am born and raised in Joliet, lived in downtown Chicago for 7 years and in Florida for 3.5 years.
I have my undergraduate from USF in Graphic Design, my M.Ed. from Illinois State University in Higher Education – College Student Personnel, and am currently writing my dissertation in Organizational Leadership at Argosy University. I have worked in Career Services for ten years in many different roles! My role here at USF is to be the liaison between employers and our services and students, as well as help students get connected with Internship opportunities and develop new employer relationships for future job leads and internship sites. Please visit me if you need information about an internship, it’s never too early to get started!
The thing I love most about USF is: the small private Catholic university environment, there is a unique family like feeling here and it changed my life as a student and I try to find students now that I can impact in the same way.
If I weren’t in my current job, I would be: a chef….or a DJ
To me, the USF Family is: cozy, inviting, familiar, passionate, intelligent, and comfortable.
My favorite spot on the USC campus is: the top of the main staircase in Tower Hall, it has so much history and was an amazing place to walk down before graduation in our gowns.
One of my favorite books is: All of the Roald Dahl books. I can still read them and enjoy them just as I did as a child!
My First Job: I had a paper route with the Herald News when I was 12 years old.
Funniest Interview Question: If you were a pizza, what toppings would you have on it? I think I said veggie, because that would make me diverse?
Betty Kohl, Administrative Assistant
The Career Success Center is a very welcoming office. As you come in, I will be your first contact. I will help to make your visit here a great experience. I can set up with an appointment for you to receive help with resumes, internships & possible career opportunities along with a few other services we provide. If you already have an appointment, I will point you in the right direction to the person you are meeting with.
A little bit about myself. I have been here at St. Francis for 16 years. Before that I was a stay at home mom and enjoyed being able to stay home and raise my kids. Having said that, it made St. Francis a perfect place for me to start back to work because of all the students I would be working with. Ironically all my children are boys and I now have 4 young granddaughters who I love to shop for. I am very family oriented and I think I show that here at work with the students. I also love to travel to tropical places. I think the warm weather and sunshine just makes everyone feel good. My one confession is that I am addicted to the game Bejeweled on my Ipad!
So come in and see me and I would be glad to help you out. Even if you don’t need help, just pop your head in to say hello when you walk by the office! See you soon!
The thing I love most about USF is: the feeling of belonging. People have a lot of respect for each other and treat each other as their family.
If I weren’t in my current job I would be: a hotel or resort reviewer.
To me, the USF Family is: warm, welcoming, caring and filled with vision about the future of the students.
My favorite spot on the USF campus is: the main entrance to Tower Hall. When you stand back at look at the building it is just an awesome sight. The tower where the bell is, the grandeur of the entrance, it is a monumental sight!
One of my favorite books is: the children’s book, Love You Forever. I read that to my children when they were small and now it is one of their favorite books to read to their children so it has a warm spot in my heart.
My First Job: I worked as a sales person in a bakery and made 90 cents an hour.
Funniest Interview Question: Did I really want the job? Really, how do they expect someone to answer anything but yes to that question!
Allison Moss, Student Worker