Please join Loyola's Career Development Center for an open house celebrating the opening of our new Water Tower Campus location. Meet our staff and learn about our expanded offerings under a new liaison model. Whether you graduated from the School of Communication, School of Education, School of Social Work, or School of Continuing and Professional Studies, you now have an advisor who specializes in your profession.
The Career Development Center can help you through a career transition, a portfolio review, interviewing and other services and programs to help you determine and articulate your strengths, values and interests. While you enjoy wine and cheese at the open house, make sure to enter our drawing for two $50 Lettuce Entertain You gift cards.
Meet the Water Tower Campus Staff
Stephanie Stewart is the director of the CDC. She has a background working with students on career development and job readiness, with her last role as assistant director of the career center at Southern Methodist University. Stephanie also serves as faculty director of ACE, a federal TRIO program sponsored by the Office of the Provost. Previously at Loyola, Dr. Stewart served as assessment coordinator and clinical assistant professor in the School of Education. She earned a PhD in higher education in 2007.
Cam Helkowski is the Associate Director of the Career Development Center. She has been involved in higher education for more than 30 years and at Loyola University Chicago since 1991. Her roles here have included counselor, instructor, and administrator. Cam is the co-author of several articles and books about college students, including: Connect College to Career: A Student’s Guide to Work and Life Transitions with Paul Hettich and The College Student Counseling Treatment Planner with Chris Stout and Art Jongma. She is also a highly evaluated speaker who has presented at conferences and throughout the US and Canada. Her life outside of Loyola includes sharing as much time as possible with her very large family. Cam earned an MEd in counseling psychology in and a BA in psychology and sociology from DePaul University.
Marty Gahbauer, as the assistant director of Employer Relations & Recruiting, Marty works to establish rapport with the corporate and not for profit community and encourage the recruitment of Loyola University students. He is also responsible for managing the eight university career fairs. In addition, he conducts workshops on career specific topics. Prior to the CDC, Marty spent more than twenty years in the advertising and marketing industries with the majority of his career at Leo Burnett in account management. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time chasing after his twins. Marty holds a BS in advertising from the University of Illinois/Champaign-Urbana as well as an MEd in higher education from Loyola University Chicago.
Brigette Petersen is a career advisor based at the CDC's Water Tower Campus. She primarily assists Loyola's School of Communication and School of Continuing and Professional Studies students and alumni with career development and professional preparation. Brigette also partners with staff, faculty and employers to enhance the career exploration experience for students. Prior to joining Loyola, she worked as a senior account manager in the public relations industry. Having worked in Manhattan, San Francisco, and Chicago for international firms, she has expansive business/communications knowledge and experience. Brigette holds an MEd in counseling psychology from Springfield College and a BA in psychology and sociology from the University of Notre Dame. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors and weekend travel with her family.
Erica Rumpel, MA LPC is a Career Advisor for students and alumni from the schools of Social Work, Education, and Pastoral Studies. She also collaborates with faculty, staff and employers to provide students with access to exciting professional opportunities. Her experience in higher education includes roles in student services, counseling, advising, teaching and experiential learning. Erica holds a MA in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a BS in Social Sciences from Portland State University. She has taught graduate courses in Health Psychology, Professional Development and International Study Abroad (Nepal). When not in the office, you can find Erica on a bike, on a sailboat, on a yoga mat or running with her dog Oscar.