Ralph W. Beeson University Center, Room 205
800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35229
Phone (205)726-2980, Fax (205)firstname.lastname@example.org
- Heather Mitchell, M.A., M.Ed.
Director of Career Counseling
Since joining Samford in 1995, Heather has worked with a variety of students as a career counselor, as one of the academic advisors for Undeclared Majors, and as Director of the Success Mentoring Program. Her current focus in career counseling is working with freshman students and undeclared majors with their major decisions and career planning. She also coordinates the Career Development Center's annual majors fair. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Birmingham- Southern College, a Master of Arts in History from the University of Montevallo, and a Master of Education degree with a concentration in Counseling and Guidance also from the University of Montevallo. Prior to coming to Samford, she worked in career services at the University of Montevallo, as well as in the private sector in the retail and publishing industries. A member of both the Alabama Counseling Association and the Alabama Career Development Association, she has held leadership positions in both, including having served as Secretary of the state association and as President of the Jefferson/Shelby County Chapter.
- Brent Latta, M.Ed.
Brent is a career and job search counselor working with students who are looking to change their major as well as students/alumni job searching in Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Education. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Furman University and a Master's in Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. Her cognate was College Guidance and Counseling. She has worked in Freshman Programming and Residence Life at Columbia College as well as Samford University. In addition, she was the Internship Program Coordinator and Student Employment Coordinator at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. She is a member of the National Career Development Association and the Alabama Counseling Association. She has also served on various leadership positions with the Alabama Career Development Association.
- Mary Beth Barnes, M.A.
Director of Experiential Education
Mary Beth joined the Career Development Center in August 2011 as the Director of Experiential Education and Career Coordinator. She counsels and advises students seeking internships and part-time jobs and works with academic departments on internship guidelines and opportunities. In addition, she also works with employers to cultivate new internships and establish guidelines. Mary Beth conducts workshops and speaks to classes and groups on topics such as internships,resumes, interview preparation, and social media. She also coordinates activities for Samford's Pre-Law Society and counsels students interested in graduate and professional school. Prior to Samford, Mary Beth was the Registrar and Associate Director of Campus for Alliant International University in Fresno, CA. Her prior experience also includes working in Admissions as the Assistant Director for Special Recruitment Programs at Georgia Tech and Coordinator of Campus Visit Programs and Regional Admissions Counselor at the University of Mississippi.
Mary Beth graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Personnel from the University of Mississippi. She is a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers, Junior League of Birmingham, and a Junior Board member for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Mary Beth and her husband, Coleman, reside in Hoover and have two children, Caroline and William.
- Heather Averett
Director of Employer Relations
Heather joined the Career Development Center in April 2013 as the Director of Employer Relations. She serves as the primary liaison between employers, students, and academic departments for employment after graduation. She counsels and advises students and alumni to match them with the opportunities best suited for their vocational plans.
In addition, Heather conducts workshops and speaks to classes and campus groups on topics such as resume writing, interviewing, networking, job search tactics, and social media. She is responsible for developing business and community contacts and facilitates campus events such as our Career Networking Expos and the Employer Speakers Series.
Heather is a Samford graduate and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. Previously, Heather was Senior Editor at OxmoorHouse / Time Home Entertainment Inc, the book publishing division of Time Inc.
- Laura Logan
Laura is the Program Assistant for the Career Development Center and Disability Resources at Samford University. She assists with coordinating events, financial management, upkeep and maintenance of student files and documentation, and provides other general support to the CDC staff. Laura joined Samford University in June 2011.
Laura is graduate of Troy University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Print Journalism with a contract in Public Relations. Prior to coming to Samford, Laura worked at Aldridge Insurance in Troy, Alabama.
Laura and her husband, Daniel, live in Vestavia Hills. Daniel is a student at Beeson Divinity School.
- Ben Siple
Ben is the Administrative Assistant for Career Development and Disability Resources. He schedules student appointments, maintains student files, and directs students to the appropriate counselor to best serve their needs. Ben joined the CDC staff in April of 2012.
Prior to working in the Career Development Center, Ben was a student at Samford in Beeson Divinity School. Ben received his Master of Divinity in December of 2011. During his time at Beeson he worked with college students at Christ the King Anglican Church.
Ben and his wife, Whittney, are currently living in Homewood. Whittney is a student at Beeson Divinity School.
Office Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday
Special arrangements may be made outside these hours.
Equip students and alumni with tools for effective decision making, goal setting, and personal development.
Direct individuals to resources for vocational exploration and professional development.
Connect the Samford community with employers and career opportunities.
"During my time at the Career Development Center I learned of resources and skills that are vital for success in the business place. The CDC introduced me to sites such as LinkedIn which allows you to network and socialize with others about possible job opportunities. Also, the correct way to build and format a resume was reviewed in my time there. It was a great experience and because of the knowledge I gained while there I was able to attain a position in the police academy shortly after graduation."
May 2012 Graduate
"I'm an art major and went to the career fair because I had two business majors for roommates. They made me dress up and print off my resume. At the career fair I dropped my resume at a few booths, one was Budget Rent-a-Car. They called me and now I have a job!"
May 2012 Graduate
"Landing that dream job comes down to who you know and if you can get a foot in the door. The Career Development Center was that "foot in the door" for me. They have gotten me on track with my career goals, and have helped me land interviews that would have been nearly impossible to have gotten on my own. Utilizing the CDC was the smartest decision I've made in my four years at Samford!"
May 2012 Graduate
"The Career Development Center does a great job caring about students and making the visit personable and unique to fit students' needs. They helped me enhance my resume. Find a job, gain interview experience, and think about future career goals. Every student should come though this office at least once before graduation."
Senior, Majoring in Family Studies