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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

Denise Harris, Director of Career and Professional Engagement

Denise Harris
Denise Harris
Phone: 716-829-7874

Denise M. Harris has over 16 years of higher education experience and is currently the Director of Career and Professional Engagement Services at D’Youville College. She oversees the comprehensive career development program for both the undergraduate and graduate student population. Denise is a certified career counselor, qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and an ATIXA trained Title IX Investigator. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communication from SUNY Fredonia, and her Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. Denise has presented at both regional and national conferences on topics which include, creating a career oriented culture and finding work life balance. Denise has a passion for continuous education and life-long learning and is member of WNYACCC, the Western New York Association of College Career Centers, NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers and NACADA, the National Academic Advising Association.

Career Coach Specialty
Denise is the liaison with the School of Pharmacy. She can assist with all career coaching appointments. She specializes in Interviewing Skills, Professional Networking and Business Etiquette.

Elizabeth (Libby) Gorkiewicz, Career Coach/Student Outreach Manager

Elizabeth Gorkiewicz
Libby Gorkiewicz
Phone: 716-829-8366

Libby completed a Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Buffalo State College and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Canisius College. She has worked in the field of Career Services since 2015. In her current role she provides training to Career Navigators, the student assistants who review resumes in the office. She also facilitates career development workshops to various student groups. Libby meets with students and alumni for a variety of career coaching appointments, all listed on Genbook.

Career Coach Specialty
 Libby is the liaison with the School of Health Professions. She can assist with all career coaching appointments. She specializes in LinkedIn, Resume, Cover Letter, & Interviewing Skills.

Daniel Liberg, Student Employment Coordinator

Dan Liberg
Dan Liberg
Phone: 716-829-7766

Daniel graduated from Penn State University in 2007 and has worked in higher education since then. In his current role as Student Employment Coordinator, he provides students and staff with support regarding the Student Employment Program as well as the Federal Work Study program. He is available for appointments regarding assistance with either of these programs, or applying for open positions on Purple Briefcase. Appointments can be made through Genbook.

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.

Pamdora L. Drumgoole

Pamdora Drumgoole

Pamdora L. Drumgoole
Major: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Date: May 2020
Hometown: Rochester, NY
D’Youville Highlights: Member of lending a hand foundation through campus ministry and career navigator for the student success center. 
Career Aspirations: My career aspiration is to become an exceptional Occupational Therapist assisting individuals of all ages. I hope to be able to use my creativity and knowledge to help with important daily occupations and life tasks like participation in ADL’s, increasing independence, advocating for adaptive equipment, enhancing socialization skills and participating in meaningful activities.

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 Freshmen 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.

Jennifer Rickens

Jennifer Rickens

Jennifer Rickens
Major: Physician Assistant
Graduation Date: December 2021
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
D’Youville Highlights: Graduated from the Leadership Buffalo D’YouLead program in January and is currently an active member of the Student Physician Assistant Association (SPAA) and the International Students Club
Career Aspirations: I aspire to work as a PA in the emergency room of a level 1 trauma center and eventually work towards earning a PhD.


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.