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The staff of Career and Professional Engagement help students and alumni build careers by exploring options and preparing them for success in the workforce. 

D'Youville Career and Professional Engagement
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Fax: 716-829-8156
Office Hours: 8:30 AM — 4:30 PM Monday through Friday
Location: Student Success Center, Bauer Family Academic Center (BFAC), 100

Meet the Staff

Anna Cooke-Smith, Career Coach/Employer Relations Coordinator

Anna Cooke-Smith
Anna Cooke-Smith
Phone: 716-829-8069

Anna completed her B.S. degree in Education and Human Development at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Buffalo and is currently a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration program at the same institution.  A passion for learning, student success, mental health, and career development is why Anna enjoys working with college students. She has over 2 years working in higher education and has an extensive background in collaborating with community and student organizations, as well as Student Affairs professionals.  Prior to her Student Affairs role, she has had five years of working experience in the medical field as a practice manager, event coordinator, medical assistant, and certified personal trainer.

In her spare time, Anna enjoys the company of her family which includes her parents, husband and children. Anna has learned to balance work, life, and school, with dedicated self-care.

Career Coach Specialty
Anna is the liaison for the school of arts, science, business and education. She specializes in interviewing preparation and portfolio development.

Jalen Wright, Career Coach/Student Outreach Coordinator

Jalen Wirght
Jalen Wright
Phone: 716-829-8366

Jalen completed his Bachelors of Arts degree in Visual Arts and New Media with a concentration in photography from SUNY Fredonia and is currently a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration program at SUNY Buffalo State. Jalen has a passion for photography and has used that passion and talent to address some of the issues that oppressed and marginalized communities on college campuses endure. The self-started projects that Jalen completed made him realize how much he loves supporting students and helping them through their problems. Jalen has over 3 years of experience in residence life, as he has worked as a Resident Assistant and a Residence Director. In his free time, Jalen enjoys playing basketball, boxing, street photography, and singing.

Career Specialty
Jalen is the career coach for the School of Health Professions. He specializes in resumes, cover letters, taking professional headshots and creating your professional brand.

Career Navigators

Career Navigators are student assistants who have taken on a leadership role in the Office of Career & Professional Engagement. They have been trained in office services, particularly resume writing. They will meet with D’Youville students for 15-minute resume reviews during drop-in hours.

Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy
Major: Nursing
Graduation Date: May 2022
Hometown: Wellsville, NY
D’Youville Highlights: D’YOU Lead Buffalo ‘19, Student Nurses Association, Student Government First-Year Senator, Residence Council Member
Career Aspirations: To be either an ER or Medsurg nurse, and eventually get my MSN and possibly my DNP in family practice nursing.


Jevon Whittington

Jevon Whittington
Major: Exercise Sport Studies
Graduation Date: May 2022
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
D’Youville Highlights: Performing the National Anthem at the Veterans Center Dedication and Celebration.
Redfest, Working at the Student Success Center, D’You Lead Buffalo 2019, Being a Freshman Senator on SGA, Cross Country
Career Aspirations: My long term goal is to have a career in physical therapy, but I am keeping my mind open to change as I am also interested in various fields pertaining to exercise and personal health such as athletic coaching, health coaching, and personal training. Also, as a musician, I plan to continue my pursuits as a singer/songwriter/producer with the goal of inspiring and positively impacting the world with my musical catalogue.