Timothy Diehl, Director
Timothy is responsible for strategic leadership and management of Bowdoin Career Planning. He supervises the Career Planning staff and resources and advocates for Career Planning to Trustees, Alumni and Parents. Timothy is the liaison to Bowdoin Faculty, Office of Student Affairs and Alumni Development Staff. He also advises students, particularly juniors and seniors, in the areas of Pre-MBA, consulting and finance
After completing his undergraduate degree, Timothy worked as Assistant Director of Admission for Carnegie Mellon University before enrolling in graduate school. After receiving his MBA, he went on to work with various consumer package goods companies in the New York City area as a brand manager and new products consultant including Georgia Pacific, Unilever, and The Dannon Company.
In Summer 2006, Timothy returned to his career roots by accepting a position in Career Planning at Bowdoin College. In July 2007, Timothy assumed his current role as Director of Career Planning with the goal of making Bowdoin Career Planning a point of distinction at the College.
Outside of the office, Timothy enjoys skiing and exploring New England. He has a passion for culture and travel, both domestic and foreign.
Dighton Spooner, Senior Associate Director
Dighton is responsible for overseeing the internship and practical experience programs and services of Career Planning. In addition, he supervises the advising staff of Career Planning and advises students in broadcasting and film, advertising, public relations, and the arts.
Dighton enjoyed a successful career in television production and broadcasting that took him from nonprofit WGBH-TV in Boston to the CBS Television Network in Los Angeles. He also lived in London and worked for ECM Productions Ltd., a company that put television programs on the air internationally with advertiser support.
During his career, he created children’s and public affairs programs and adapted two Pulitzer Prize winning books into television dramas. Before coming to Bowdoin, Dighton was Project Director for non-profit Craft in America, a multi-media project that included a three-part PBS television series, a nationally touring art exhibition and a book.
Dighton grew up in Cambridge, MA and holds a B.S. from Northeastern University in Boston. He moved to Brunswick from Los Angeles and his interests include films, cooking, politics, and biking.
Scheherazade Mason, Associate Director
Sherry plans events, programs, and activities designed to help students think about their career options. She also advises students with an interest in government work, law, or graduate study.
Sherry studied geology at Yale University, and was first in her class at the University of Maine School of Law. She practiced transactional law and bankruptcy for three years in Portland. A lifelong sailor, Sherry joined Bowdoin in 2005 to become the head coach of the sailing team, which she did for three years.
Sherry is curious about the world and the people in it, and loves to help Bowdoin students find jobs they enjoy. She is a storyteller, a sailor, a skier, a blogger, a swimmer, a reader, and a friend. She lives in Brunswick with her husband, their son and dog.
Todd Herrmann ’85, Associate Director of Employer Relations
Todd Herrmann is responsible for employer, alumni and parent outreach for The Career Planning Center, as well as advising students in the ‘Pursue’ phase of their career exploration. He will work extensively with the Bowdoin Career Advisory Network (BCAN) to create opportunities for Bowdoin students through on-campus recruiting events, job postings, Boston and New York interview days, networking, mentorship, and workshops.
During his professional career, Todd was a successful sales and marketing executive for Travelers Insurance Company, Bose Corporation and NYNEX/Bell Atlantic/Verizon. He is taking an active role in advising students interested in Insurance, Sales and Marketing and Financial Planning careers.
A 1985 graduate of Bowdoin College, Todd returns to his alma mater with extensive experience in relationship building and leadership development. He was an Economics and Government major, as was his father, Russ Herrmann, ’55. As a Career Coach and Employer Relations Director at Colby College, Todd was given the 2010 Colby Service Award voted by the senior class for his ‘exceptional positive influence and contribution to the lives of Colby students’. He looks forward to a being an active part of the Bowdoin community, which has been such a central part of his life.
Patrick Lavallee Delgado ’13, Assistant Director of Employer Relations
Patrick returns to Bowdoin after getting his start in event management for a nonprofit in Boston, organizing conferences and state receptions and dinners in Europe and Washington. Patrick then continued in business administration with a boutique marketing analytics firm in Portland, overseeing finances, human resources, and company performance.
All the while, Patrick has maintained his strong commitment to the College and fellow Polar Bears, and a passion for connecting students with their next endeavors. He hopes the diversity of his experiences goes towards supporting the recruiting program at the College, or at least demonstrate to students the varied path of a recent graduate.
Outside of work, Patrick is a fundraiser for the Democratic Party, a frequent traveler to Honduras and Europe, and enjoys running, training, and yoga.
Meg Springer, Assistant Director
Meg advises students in the areas of international, education/teaching and nonprofit careers. She guides students through the exploration, identification, search and application process in each of these areas.
A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Thailand ’89, Meg is a seasoned traveler and intercultural counselor and educator. She has been a public school ESL/bilingual teacher, an international student advisor, an educational program administrator and a nonprofit organizational manager. She holds a BA in journalism with a minor in Spanish from the University of Oregon, and an MA in Intercultural Management from the School for International Training in Vermont.
Meg’s interests include anything involving the outdoors, travel, eating spicy food and engaging in intercultural experiences.
Bethany Walsh, Assistant Director
Bethany works primarily with students interested in environmental, healthcare, and science careers. She assists with planning events, programs, and other activities aimed at helping students navigate their careers and explore their options.
Bethany earned her B.A. in psychology and her M.Ed. in counselor education from the University of Maine, and worked there for several years developing the Touchstone Project, a suicide prevention, student engagement, and social justice program. Bethany spent the last five years living in Boston and working with sophomores at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology enrolled in a professional development and internship program.
Bethany is a Maine native, and enjoys quilting, cooking, traveling, and all things creative. She is a tech enthusiast, learning to code in her free time and dabbling in graphic design. She has two spirited daughters that keep her on her toes, and a husband who encourages frequent culinary adventures.
Ivy Pelletier, Administrative Coordinator
Ivy works with the Employer Relations team planning and managing our on-campus recruiting program. She also plans many Career Planning Events, including the annual Graduate & Professional School Fair and the Maine Employers Career Fair. She works on marketing and publicity, and manages the Career Planning website.
Ivy grew up in small town Maine, just 30 minutes outside of Brunswick. After finishing her undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, Ivy lived in central California managing a bed and breakfast and overseeing design and marketing for the company. After her time on the west coast, she relocated back to her home state and continued her work as a freelance design and marketing consultant for a property management company before joining the Bowdoin Career Planning Staff.
Laurie Sweetman, Administrative Assistant
Laurie Sweetman is the administrative assistant in Career Planning. She will start you on your way to finding tipsheets, books, or the right Career Advisor. Laurie will also schedule your individual appointments. And if you’d like to talk about music, women’s barbershop singing is her personal passion!
Laurie has experience in a variety of professions. She received her BA and MS from New York State colleges, and has spent many years teaching in the public schools in NY and NH. The U.S. Post Office provided a part-time opportunity to learn all facets of the postal system in an island post office. Using another set of skills, Laurie and her husband established an award-winning marine engine business on Orr’s Island. She is now very excited to be part of the Bowdoin staff, and looks forward to meeting students as they plan their careers.
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