Meet Our Team
The Career Services team assists students with all phases of career development. We offer career guidance, job search training, résumé advice, interview skills, and professional networking. We support the mission of Saint Leo University by offering a practical and effective model for life and leadership in a challenging world.
The Career Services team can be found in Kirk Hall, first floor (hallway to the right of the lobby elevators) on the University Campus in St. Leo, FL. Our phone number is (352) 588-8346 and our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Mickey joined Saint Leo University in 2019 as executive director of Career Services. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Social Work degree from Tulane University, she established herself as a professional with considerable experience and depth in career services. Having served students at Tulane University for more than a decade in a variety of majors, from first-year students to alumni, Mickey has a unique understanding of how to build programs to promote student career readiness. With a diverse background in the corporate sector, as well as small business development, Mickey draws on 35 years of successful networking practice to help connect students with top employers.
Nancy Cheek has worked in higher education since 2000, as an instructor and advisor to in-classroom and online students in a variety of programs—including liberal arts and design. Understanding these programs can be challenging as they relate to career planning, she went on to learn more about the relationship between academia and the workplace, earning an MA in career and technical education from the University of South Florida. In addition, Cheek has extensive experience providing and organizing remote events and offering assistance to a virtual community of adult learners. “No matter where you are geographically or professionally, I will help you develop an individual career path,” she said.
Cheek is from Queens, NY, and attended New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury for her undergraduate degree. She also is a graduate of St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, NY, the largest Catholic high school in the United States
Amanda Ferguson joined the Saint Leo team in August 2019. She has been a Student Affairs professional since 2015, where her areas of expertise included: student activities, event planning, career readiness, and student advising. Ferguson completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and her Bachelor of Arts in communication sciences and disorders at the University of South Florida, and received her Master of Education degree from the University of Florida.
Prior to Saint Leo, she worked at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC. Ferguson values volunteering, especially through her involvement in Greek Life and professional associations. She loves getting to know the students, staff, and faculty at the institution where she is working and places a high value on relationships.
Kara Buchholz joined Saint Leo University in March 2020. She graduated from Purdue University in 2014 with her BA in elementary education with an endorsement in special education and a minor in recreational sports management. During her undergraduate studies, she played on the women’s tennis team where she was awarded the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CAAC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) scholar-athlete awards.
Buchholz continued her education at Western Governors University where she received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 2018. She is excited to be at Saint Leo and continue her love for education and helping students.
Janet VanGuilder joined Saint Leo University in the Fall of 2007 as a student and graduated with her BA in business management with a minor in accounting in 2011. In the summer of 2011, following her graduation, VanGuilder became an employee of the university, working as the senior coordinator for Student Services. Since the fall of 2018, she has served as the senior coordinator for the Office of Accessibility Services and Career Services.
VanGuilder has been an advisor for the Leo for St. Jude fundraiser on campus since 2012. While working for Saint Leo, she has been awarded the Beth G. Evans Outstanding Staff Member Award 2012-2013 and Outstanding Club Advisor 2013-2014.
Jake Gilmour is the graduate assistant for Career Services at Saint Leo University. He is set to graduate in May 2020 with a Master of Business Administration. He was born and raised outside of Toronto, Canada. Gilmour spent four years at Saint Leo playing for the men’s lacrosse team while earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in business management. “Being part of the Saint Leo career team has been an amazing opportunity as I have met so many great people along the way!” Gilmour said.