Our Staff

‌Joanna Patterson, Director

 Joanna Patterson, Director of Career Education, 2012

Joanna Patterson has spent over three decades of her professional life in diverse roles in the field of education. The last two (decades) have been focused on Career Education (counseling, teaching and program design), an area she finds significantly satisfying. In addition to individual counseling appointments with students and alumnae, she teaches career planning courses designed to meet the developmental needs of first year (PPS-129) through upper level (PS/PCM 411) students. Joanna presents on career topics throughout the curriculum, as well as to prospective students and their families. She has facilitated training on diverse professional development topics for academic and professional audiences in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Joanna was the recipient of the Flame of Excellence recognition awarded by the Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) for her work with MMAC scholars.

Joanna joined Career Education in 1990 as the Career Programs Manager, was promoted to Assistant Director in 1995 and to Director in 2010.


Jessica May, Assistant Director

 Jessica May, Career Specialist, 2012

Jessica has spent over 16 years working in higher education, with the last 7 focused on career services. In her current role, she provides individual career counseling to students and alumnae to discuss: career and major exploration, job search, and graduate school planning. Jessica also teaches PPS 129/229, a career and internship planning course for first and second year students; facilitates workshops and presentations on career topics; and manages the functioning of Alverno Connects, Alverno’s online job and internship board.

Jessica joined Career Education in 2010 as the Career Specialist & Communications Coordinator, and was promoted to Assistant Director in 2016.


Jeana Prudhomme, Peer Career Coach

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Greetings! I am a Communication major here at Alverno College with minors in English and Media Design. I serve multiple roles on campus, including being a Peer Career Coach, an Academic Asssistant in the Communication Resource Center, and a student with an anticipated graduation date of December 2017. I began working in the Career and Professional Development Center as a Student Office Assistant and worked my way up to a position that benefits the growth of other students at the college. I have the honor of working with current undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumnae who are in search of internships and careers after graduation. I am also here to assist with the development of resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and interview questions. Marketing yourself in a way that leads you to your dream job can be very difficult, which is why I am happy to be part of a department where I can aid others in becoming more confident with their skills. My goal is to be an advocate for the professional progress of women at Alverno. You can contact me at, or in FO 101 during my walk-in hours (Mondays 3-5pm, Wednesdays 12-3pm).


Jacqueline Barker, Peer Career Coach

Peer Career Coach, 2016 FALL

Hi! My name is Jackie and I am a sophomore majoring in Kinesiology (Sports Management Track). I am also a transfer student from Milwaukee Area Technical College. On campus, I fill various roles as an Orientation Leader in the Student Affairs Department and Peer Career Coach here in the Career & Professional Development Center. This is my first year working in the CPDC and I'm super excited about it. I wanted to become a Peer Career Caoch so that I could not only build my professional skills but also help other students with their career development. One piece of advice I would give my peers is that it is never too early to begin your career development and to use the Career Education services offered at Alverno because they are an invaluable tool. I am looking forward to not only helping you land that next internship or job, but to also help you discover your own path and follow your passion. You can contact me at, or in FO 101 during my walk-in hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-6pm, Fridays 1-5pm).