New Students: Meet your Career Coach!
Last Names A-B: Maddie Tympanick
Last Names C-Ha: Lisandra Jimenez
Last Names He-R: Alcedos Vanterpool
Last Names S-Z: Ciara Suarez
Associate Director, Employer Relations and Work-Based Learning
Maddie joined New College of Florida in September 2018 as an Assistant Director and Career Coach and was promoted into her role as the Associate Director of Employer Relations and Work-Based Learning in June 2022.
Maddie is a nationally recognized educator with experience at multiple higher education institutions and non-profit organizations with focus areas including career education and employer relations, global education, leadership development, common reading experience, and service-learning and community engagement. She specializes in partnering with faculty to integrate work-based learning and internships into academic programs. She serves as the campus point of contact and a consultant to community partners and employers developing internship programs/positions and recruiting from New College’s campus. A skilled career coach, Maddie has a passion for helping students become active agents in their own career planning.
Maddie holds a B.A. in Communication with minors in Theater and Gender Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University, and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida. She is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the Florida Association of Colleges and Employers (FloridaACE), and the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA), and recently presented at all three 2021 annual conferences about innovative internship and career education models.
Assistant Director, Scholarships, Fellowships, and Pre-Health Advising
Dr. Duane H. Smith joined the New College CEO team in February 2020. Duane serves as the advisor for students considering or pursuing competitive scholarships and fellowships as well as those pursuing health-related professional programs, including medicine, veterinary medicine, and dentistry. He also oversees the Student Research and Travel Grant (SRTG) program, which provides funding for students’ undergraduate research pursuits.
Duane earned a PhD in English from Auburn University, specializing in 18th-century British literature. He has been a faculty member at Ithaca College and Saint Louis University. He served as the Director of University Honors at Saint Louis University where he was also the faculty advisor for scholarships and fellowships; as Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at Temple University, where he oversaw undergraduate research, pre-law programs, and pre-professional health studies advising; and as Director of Honors and McNair Scholars at Mercy College. Most recently, he worked in the International Programs Office at Saint Martin’s University in Washington state, contributing to the development of international partnerships in China and India, tutoring students in the ESL program, and teaching English in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China. Duane is an active member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA) and the National Association of Advisors of Health Professions (NAAHP).
Assistant Director and Career Coach
Lisandra joined New College CEO team in August 2018 as an Assistant Director and Career Coach. She currently holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Florida Atlantic University, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership Studies from Northeastern University.
Lisandra enjoys working with students to figure out their career goals and guide them in their college journey. As a first-generation Latina, she brings a unique perspective and diverse higher education experience. Lisandra leads the CEO’s leadership and DEI initiatives, supports the recruiting efforts of graduate and professional programs, supervises Student Career Assistants, and is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the Florida Association of Colleges and Employers (FloridaACE).
Assistant Director and Career Coach
Ciara joined the New College CEO team in October 2019. She currently holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Florida and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University. She is committed to life-long learning and is passionate about helping others. She has years of experience supporting and empowering individuals from diverse backgrounds as they worked toward their goals. A career-changer, she uses her unique perspective and transferrable skills to coach and encourage New College students throughout their career and professional development journey. Ciara leads the CEO’s mentorship and career education programs, chairs the mentoring committee for REACH Manatee, and is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the Florida Association of Colleges and Employers (FL-ACE).
Alcedos joined the New College CEO team in June 2022. He is an alumnus of Kent State University from which he holds a B.S. in Educational Studies and a Ed.M. in College Student Affairs from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Alcedos has a passion for service and helping others. He has worked with students from diverse backgrounds and is a huge proponent for self-advocacy. He brings professional experience from a number of areas in higher education including career exploration and success, residence life, and the Equal Opportunity Fund.
As a career coach, he hopes to be an opportunity connector for students at New College helping them leverage their experiences and identities to be the best versions of themselves in their career development journey. Alcedos is an active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and the Florida Association of Colleges and Employers (FloridaACE).
Recruitment Services & Office Coordinator
Naomi joined the New College CEO team in June 2019. She has years of experience working for nonprofits, colleges, corporations, and healthcare organizations in executive assistant and office manager roles. Naomi values service and is an active member of the community. She founded and currently serving as the Founding Chair of the New College Staff Council. Among other projects, Naomi is also the President of Southwest Florida Honor Flight and an active member of Sarasota Junior League and the Florida Association of Colleges and Employers (FloridaACE). She and her husband, Brian, have two sons who serve in the U.S. Navy, and she has a deep passion for veterans’ issues.
Naomi leads the management of daily operations in the CEO and coordinates recruitment services for employers and graduate programs recruiting talent from New College. She leads customer service initiatives and serves as a fiscal liaison. Naomi is excited to engage with students and recruiters serving as the welcoming face of the CEO.
Maya joined the New College CEO team in April 2022 and serves as the Receptionist. She has over three years of sales, management, and office assistance experience, most recently with TeBella Tea Company and PaperSource. She is currently pursuing her degree from State College of Florida. Maya greets and assists students, recruiters, faculty, and other CEO guests.