Meet the Staff

Nicole FeldhuesNicole Feldhues


Nicole Feldhues joined Duquesne University as Director of Center for Career Development in July of 2008. Serving in this role, Nicole oversees the coordination of career development, programs, job search events, and employer relations for the students, faculty, and alumni of Duquesne University. She has more than 22 years of experience working in career services and student development in a higher education setting. She spent the majority of those years at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she held various positions in the Career Center, including Assistant Director and Business Fellows Project Manager. Prior to Ball State, Nicole served as an Educational Leadership Consultant for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.

Ms. Feldhues is an experienced speaker on topics related to career development, job-search planning, and workplace professionalism and makes educational presentations to both university classes and professional organizations.

She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Western Pennsylvania Career Services Association and the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers. She is a member of NACE - the National Association of College and Employers and EACE - the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers. Nicole also actively participates on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce where she serves as Education and Workforce Development Chairperson.

Nicole earned a Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education from Washington University in St. Louis. A native of Pittsburgh, Nicole has enjoyed living and working in her hometown again. She resides in Moon Township with her husband, Bill, and their three children, Hannah, Sophie, and Will.

Favorite quote: "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire!" -St. Catherine of Sienna

Kim PierceKim Pierce

Coordinator for Recruiting, Data and Systems

Kim has been a member of the Center for Career Development team at Duquesne University for over 25 years. She manages the On Campus Interview Program and develops and maintains relationships with our employer partners. Kim also oversees and administers the Post Graduate Outcomes Survey.

Favorite quote: "Integrity is doing the right thing. Even when no one is watching."

Linda LoewerLinda Loewer

Assistant Director for Internships and Experiential Education


Linda assists students in finding internships in the field of their interests and preparing them for their internship search. She also oversees the Internship Program, ensuring that internships are credit worthy. In addition, Linda works with employers to develop their internship programs that benefit both the student and the company. She is also the liaison to the Office of International Programs, Freshman Development, and Disability Services. Linda is a member of the National Society of Experiential Education.

Linda has worked in the Center for Career Development at Duquesne University since 2000.

Favorite quote: "Have a heart that never hardens, And a temper that never tires, And a touch that never hurts." - Charles Dickens

Coralyn McCauleyCoralyn McCauley

Assistant Director/ Career Consultant for Liberal Arts and Education

Coralyn provides career consulting by appointment on Handshake. She coordinates programs and services for students, alumni, and faculty in the College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts and the School of Education. She serves as liaison to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Honors College, and Office of Community Engagement.

Coralyn has worked at Duquesne University since 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Western Australia.

Favorite quote: "Look around and see what moment you are in. The past cannot be changed; the future does not exist. Stay in the moment." - Matt Murray


Deb SafferDebra Saffer

Assistant Director/ Career Consultant for Science, Engineering and Health Care

Debra coordinates programs and services for students, alumni, and faculty in the Sciences, Health Care, and Engineering. She serves as liaison with Commuter Affairs and the Office of Residence Life. Debra presents educational programs and meets individually with students and alumni.

Debra is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (LPC), and is a designated Master Career Counselor by the National Career Development Association. Having joined the staff in 2008, she has over 15 years' experience in the career counseling field.

Debra earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and a Master of Education in College Counseling from the University of Delaware. She is a member of the National Career Development Association and has served on NCDA's Professional Standards Committee.

Favorite quote: "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing." - Abraham Lincoln

Julie BrandJulie Brand

Assistant Director/ Career Consultant for Business

Julie serves as a liaison to the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, providing resources and coordinating relevant career-related programs and events for faculty, staff and students. She counsels undergraduate, graduate students and alumni relevant to their selection of a career and all aspects of the job-search process. In addition, she establishes and maintains effective working relationships with potential and current employers and supports recruiting activities of the department.

Julie joined the Center for Career Development in August of 2017. She came to Duquesne after spending 12 years with Marriott International. Julie has also worked for The Disney Store and in Pharmaceutical Sales for Eli Lilly and Company.

Julie earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State University. She is a member of NACE - the National Association of College and Employers and has completed the NACE 30-hour Career Coaching Institute.

Favorite Quote: "You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone." Roy T. Bennet

Martin BlackMartin Black

Associate Director, Alumni Career Networks

Martin joined Duquesne University in February of 2019. He serves as a liaison between the Career Development Center and the Office of Alumni Engagement. In his role he seeks to expand the number of alumni assisting students with job and internship placements, mentoring, networking and advising. He attends regional and national events, networks with Duquesne alumni and friends of the University and works to develop key priorities and strategic partnerships with University directors and School deans.

Martin has previously served in career development and leadership roles at New York University, Carnegie Mellon, Brandeis University and Thiel College. He has directed international work-abroad programs, and served as an editor, translator, teacher and nonprofit administrator.

Martin holds a BA in English Literature and German Studies from SUNY Albany and an MPhil equivalent (ABD) in German Language & Literature from NYU. His passions include peace and conflict studies, community engagement and attacking Pittsburgh's daunting verticals on his bike. He lives with his wife and two sons in Oakmont, PA.

Favorite quote: "Wann, wenn nicht jetzt?" (When, if not now?) -Christa Wolf

Lynn Schwartzmiller's HeadshotLynn Schwartzmiller

Administrative Assistant

Lynn is the Administrative Assistant for the Center of Career Development at Duquesne University. Lynn joined the team in February of 2020. She provides administrative support for the department by managing the front office and students aides. Lynn coordinates reception, budgeting, purchasing, scheduling and job approvals. She enjoys engaging and interacting with the students while helping them navigate through the next steps toward their future!

Favorite quote: "I've found that if I pray for God to move a mountain, I must be prepared to wake up next to a shovel"