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Jake Livengood, Director  -


Jake started as director in April 2013. He has worked in collegiate career services since 2005 as a coordinator, assistant director, and instructor of career classes and supervisor of practicum experiences. He was previously assistant director of undergraduate career services with the Boston University School of Management, career coordinator with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Harrah Hotel College, and an assistant director at the Loyola University Chicago Career Development Center. Jake has also taught career planning and counseling classes at the BU School of Management, Loyola University Chicago, Argosy University, and Nevada State College. Prior to working in career services, Jake supervised a crisis services hotline for three years where he was a trainer and recruiter in the non-profit and healthcare sector. Jake completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in December 2012. His dissertation research was, "The Leadership Orientations and Effectiveness of College and University Career Services Directors." He also received his Associate of Arts from Parkland College in Champaign, IL, a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jake is an avid sports fan of both Chicago and New England teams.

Dawn Ross, Internship Coordinator -

Dawn Ross

Dawn works to develop internship opportunities with local businesses and organizations and will support students, faculty, and administration in arranging internship experiences. She has over 10 years experience in higher education and has been at Framingham State University since November 2002. Prior to joining the University, she proudly served in the U.S. Navy. Dawn graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from FSU and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Human Resources at FSU.

Nikki Curley, Operations Facilitator -

Nikki Curley

Nikki joined the Career Services Team in July 2013. She graduated from Framingham State in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. During her time at FSU she was very active in the campus community. She held positions in various offices on campus as well as served as the Student Union Activities Board President for two years. Additionally, Nikki was an intern with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Nikki is very excited to continue her time at FSU as the Operations Facilitator at Career Services. In this role, she supervises student workers, serves as an initial point of contact for various constituents, and implements events.

Part-time Contracted Career Counselors

Ellen Price, Career Counselor


Ellen Price has 10 years experience in Career Services and has been at Framingham State University since 2008. Her varied background includes several years in both government and human resources, before she discovered her passion for helping students answer the question “What do I want to do with my life?” Ellen also enjoys helping students focus their job search using the tools of research, networking, resumes, and interviewing skills to land their dream job. Ellen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from Washington and Lee University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University.

Sarah Falber, Career Counselor  -


Sarah Falber has been with Framingham State University since 2010. Having worked as an attorney for several years, she successfully underwent her own career self evaluation process and made the professional change to Career Counseling. She spends much of her time creating new relationships with employers and preparing for the numerous career events taking place throughout the academic school year. Her favorite part of her job is helping students with their resumes, cover letters, interview skills, networking opportunities and advising them with their general job search strategies. Sarah received her Law Degree from Boston College and her Bachelor's Degree from Amherst College.

Deborah Federico, Career Counselor  -

Deb Federico

Deb has an MBA from Boston College and over nine years of career counseling experience in higher education, having most recently spent five years providing career services to business students in the School of Management at Boston University.  She is also the owner of CareerWorks Coaching and the author of the “From College to Career” blog. Prior to working in higher ed, Deb held marketing and market research positions at Randstad (formerly Office Specialists) staffing and recruiting agency, The Gillette Company and boutique market research agencies. She is in the process of becoming certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator through the National Career Development Association.

Norma Herzlinger, Career Counselor  -


Norma Herzlinger has over fifteen years experience in career services at the college level. Prior to joining Framingham State in January 2014, she held positions as Assistant Director and Cooperative Education Coordinator at Merrimack College. Norma is  especially enthusiastic about helping students with all aspects of the job search, including resumes, cover letters, networking, and interviewing techniques. Her background also includes work as a product manager in the high technology industry,  She received an MBA from Boston University and a B.A. from Simmons College.

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220