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Joanna Patterson, Director

Joanna Patterson, Director of Career Education, 2012Education

M.S. Administrative Leadership (Adult Education emphasis), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

B.S. Education (Urban Education emphasis), Indiana University – Bloomington

Nominated and awarded placement in the Urban Semester Intensive Study Project

Professional Experience

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 the Alverno College Career Education Center in 1990 as the Career Programs Manager, was promoted to Assistant Director in 1995 and to Director in 2010.

Jessica May, Career Specialist & Communications Coordinator

Jessica May, Career Specialist, 2012


  • M.Ed., College Student Personnel Administration, Marquette University
  • B.A., Communication Studies, University of Minnesota

Professional Experience

Jessica joined the Alverno Career Education Center in 2010, after completing her graduate education. In her role, she advises students and alumnae on all aspects of their job search, as well as career and major exploration. Jessica also manages the functioning of Alverno Connects, Alverno’s online job and internship board, and teaches PPS 129, a career exploration and planning course for first-year students.

Prior to coming to Alverno, Jessica spent 5 years in Student Health Services at Marquette University, where she designed electronic and print communications to promote student health programs and services. During that time, she began working toward her master’s degree and spent a year as a Career Advisor in Marquette’s Career Services Center, meeting with students individually and leading career workshops.

Jeana Prudhomme, Peer Career Coach

Jeana PrudhommeGreetings! 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

Jacqueline BarkerHi! 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).

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