Our Staff

Joanna Patterson, Director


Joanna Patterson, Director of Career Education, 2012



  • 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.