Meet the Coaches

Fellow alums you can talk to for advice

It’s not always easy to discern the best next step in your career, but a professional career coach can help. A coach works with you to consider how your skills, knowledge, and experience might prepare you for opportunities you hadn’t considered on your own.

These alumni work as career coaches and offer special rates and services for fellow alums, just be sure to mention that you’re a UR grad too.

Please note: The counselors listed on this webpage are in no way affiliated with the Office of Alumni Relations. These professionals are independent contractors and are not being compensated or retained by the University. These are fee-based services, with rates given by each provider.

Jane Finkle ‘87
Career Visions

City: Philadelphia, PA

215-887-3023 | | LinkedIn

Areas served: Jane works virtually across the US, but is most familiar with East and West Coast markets.

Jane is co-founder of Career Visions, a career counseling and consulting firm. She has over 20 years of experience helping individuals at all job levels and ages with career assessment, planning, job search strategies, and workplace adjustment. Prior to founding Career Visions, Jane served as Associate Director of Career Services at the University of Pennsylvania, where she designed and administered career programs, developed resources, and provided career counseling and advice on employment trends for students and alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School. She also created and led the “Wharton Career Discovery” seminar, a program still presented today.

Qualification and Certifications: Master of Science degree in Counseling, Master Career Counselor (MCC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Jane served as a delegate for the National Career Development Association and People to People Ambassador Program in China. She is an accomplished writer, and her work has been published in the Huffington Post, Adirondack Life, and showcased in her weekly column, "Career Blueprints". Her new book, The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide, is scheduled for publication in fall 2018.

Abby Kohut ‘88
Absolutely Abby LLC

Red Bank, NJ

917-209-2973 | | LinkedIn

Areas served: Abby can work virtually across the United States.

Abby specializes in one hour consultations with topics such as interviewing, resumes, LinkedIn, or cover letters—but specifically based on the topic of your choice. It’s all up to you!

Qualifications and Certifications: has received many accolades and notes of recognition, including being selected by Forbes as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career,” mentioned on CNBC as a top website for career changers, and CEOWORLD Magazine rated @Absolutely_Abby as “1 of the Top 25 Women for your Job Search.”

Sandra Long ‘79
Post Road Consulting LLC

Westport, CT

888-854-3724 | | LinkedIn

Areas served: Sandra can work virtually across the United States.

Sandra is an experienced instructor, speaker, author, LinkedIn expert, and founder of Post Road Consulting LLC. She and her team focus primarily on LinkedIn expertise, personal and employer branding, social recruiting, and social selling. They provide comprehensive assistance and support related to online media and leveraging it more strategically.

Qualification and Certifications: Sandra is the author of the Amazon best-selling book, LinkedIn for Personal Branding: The Ultimate Guide and is an adjunct Instructor for Rutgers Business School Executive Education. She also serves as a board member for the Southern Connecticut chapter of the Association of Talent Development. 

Julie Reisler ‘97
Empowered Living, LLC

Columbia, MD

443-848-6973 | | LinkedIn

Areas served: Julie is willing to work virtually across the United States.

Author and Life Designer® Julie Reisler is the founder and CEO of Empowered Living, a Life Design and personal development company. Julie has a master's degree in Coaching and more than 12 certifications in health and well-being. Julie is a Life Design and leadership coach, author of Get a PhD in YOU, a national speaker, a facilitator for companies on mindset and leadership, and a faculty member at Georgetown University. Julie is also the host of the Podcast, 'The You-est You.' Julie is enamored with helping you to master your inner world so you can master your outer world.

Qualifications and Certifications: Julie has her master's degree in Health & Wellness Coaching and Nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health, her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Health & Society from the University of Rochester, her Graduate Certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University, and another Graduate Certificate in Health & Wellness Coaching from MUIH. She is a certified Meyers Briggs Assessment Practitioner, is a certified Workplace Excellence Master Trainer & Facilitator, a certified Mindful Eating Specialist, a certified Personal Trainer (NASM), Fitness Instructor, Barre Instructor, Peak Pilates Instructor and willPower & Grace instructor. Julie is also certified LEAF (Leading Experiential Appreciative Facilitation) with the Flourishing Leadership Institute.

Wendy Silver ‘95
Beyond the Workplace LLC

Needham, MA

617-835-2820 | | LinkedIn

Areas served: Wendy is willing to work virtually across the United States.

Wendy provides career and workplace counseling, including working with people to identify their career goals to find professionally challenging work that aligns with their personal needs and desires. Wendy also coaches individuals through workplace issues such as approaching difficult conversations, requesting a flexible work arrangement, or negotiating and requesting a promotion or raise. She has experience coaching new managers as they step into leadership roles as well as working with senior leaders who are juggling a lot of responsibilities and are not sure how to best prioritize or delegate everything on their plates. Wendy supports small businesses and provides on-demand employee relations support. Her experience working as a Field Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board provided her with a true understanding of common employment pitfalls and set her on her path to spend the past 16 years working in Human Resources. Wendy has worked both for non-profit and for-profit organizations in a variety of industries, counseling managers and employees at all levels.

Qualifications and Certifications: Wendy holds her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. She also completed a program on negotiation at Harvard University and is a Coach for the Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program at Babson College.

Jodi Smith ‘90
Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting

Boston, MA

781-639-7700 | | LinkedIn

Areas served: Jodi can work virtually across the United States.

Jodi RR Smith, president and owner of Mannersmith, is an etiquette consultant specializing in social and professional conduct. Working with individuals, corporations, and other organizations, Jodi educates in a way that is both informative and entertaining, helping her clients increase their confidence levels and achieve success in today's world.

Qualifications and Certifications: Jodi has been promoting better behaviors since 1986. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester and her master's degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. Her extensive background in motivational psychology and human resources has served to reaffirm her belief that proper manners and etiquette are an essential part of functioning successfully in today's world.

She is also the author of the Barnes & Noble titles The Etiquette Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners, From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Man and From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman.

Daniel J. Troup ‘86S (MBA)
AdvantEdge Careers

Rochester, NY

(O) 585-267-7438 | (M) 585-490-1202 | | LinkedIn

Areas served: Dan works virtually and supports clients across the United States.

Finding your first (or next) job is the most important sales and marketing assignment of your career. As the Managing Director of AdvantEdge Careers, Dan offers personalized, 1:1 career coaching and consulting designed specifically for the needs of soon-to-be and recent college graduates seeking their first job. His clients "close the sale" and build competitive advantage utilizing a structured, three-phased job search program of Personal Branding, Personal Networking, and Personal Selling. Dan brings a personable and engaging communication style to career coaching for young adults. His focus is on practical coaching, skills development, action planning, and positioning his clients for success in an increasingly challenging job market.

Qualifications and Certifications: Dan earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Cornell University and his MBA in Finance from the University of Rochester. He is a Certified Professional Career Coach and a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches.

Joanne Yawitz ‘73
Living YOUR Dream Coaching

San Rafael, CA

415-342-3023 | | LinkedIn

Areas served: Joanne serves all 50 states, North America, EU, UK, and Central America

Joanne offers career development coaching to individuals and small groups seeking to reach the next level in their careers. She is an executive coach specializing in leadership, leading mentor groups, and delivering workshops and presentations. Additionally, Joanne can help design action plans and help you present yourself in the most positive light. From resume review, to networking, to interviewing and negotiating an offer, she can help every step of the way.

Qualification and Certifications: Joanne is a graduate of the Coaching Training Institute, has her MBA from Simmons College, a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and French from the University of Rochester. Joanne has been a successful business owner and entrepreneur since 1990 and has been an executive recruiter in the life sciences, IT, financial, and manufacturing industries for 29 years.

Join our Career Coaches Network

If you are a Rochester alum that is an experienced and professionally trained career coach who is interested in working with fellow Rochester alumni, you may apply to be a part of our career coaching network.