Center for Career Development Staff

Katherine Scannell, Associate Dean for Admissions and Placement.  She recieved her bachelor's degree from Washington University in Economics and her JD degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Practiced in law firms and in-house.



Kari Bellon, Outreach Coordinator, has worked for the Career Services Office since 2011 scheduling networking events, alumni speaker sessions and 1L professional conference attendees. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Business Administration from Fontbonne University in St. Louis.



Tanya Bishop, Administrative Assistant, handles the day to day flow of the CSO. Along with providing administrative support, she also coordinates video interviews with employers.



Jaime Danon, JD, Career Strategist
Practiced in CA at small and midsize law firms. She received her BA from UCLA and her JD from University of Miami.



Alison Esbeck, JD, Career Strategist, received her juris doctor from the University of Missouri Columbia in 2006 where she was a member of the Missouri Law Review. She then spent two years as a law clerk in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. After completing her clerkship, she spent five years practicing with a small boutique civil litigation firm in St. Louis where she focused her practice on defending legal and medical malpractice actions.



 Mollie Farrell, JD, Career Strategist, earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005. She then practiced as a litigation associate with Latham & Watkins in Washington, DC before transitioning to the federal government. She spent three years in the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Washington, DC. There she handled legal issues arising in criminal and immigration enforcement matters, such as undercover operations and financial crimes investigations. She then transferred to ICE's Office of the Chief Counsel in Chicago, spending four years litigating immigration cases on behalf of the federal government.  


Jim Guest, JD, Career Strategist
Practiced in law firms and 12 years public interest. He received is BS degree from Grinnell College and his JD degree from St. Louis University.



Laura McLaughlin, JD, Career Strategist, received her juris doctor law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1994, where she was an editor and published author for the Journal of Dispute Resolution, part of UMC's nationally ranked dispute resolution program. She spent the majority of her law practice with small firms in St. Louis focusing on domestic, juvenile and general civil litigation. Her practice included participation in all aspects of discovery, settlements and trials as well as legal research and writing in those areas. During this time, she also accepted multiple appointments from the St. Louis County Circuit and Associate Circuit judiciary to serve as Guardian ad Litem.


Laura Conlee Russell, Data Coordinator, has worked with the Career Services Office since 2011 and has been the Data Coordinator since 2012. She is responsible for real-time data collection and analysis of employment statistics. Laura earned her B.A. in English from the University of Iowa and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.


Susan B. Schoen, JD, Career Strategist, earned her law degree from St. Louis University School of Law in 1996. She practiced as a litigation associate at a mid-size St. Louis law firm for several years where she was primarily engaged in defending healthcare providers in medical malpractice actions. During this time, she participated in all phases of pretrial discovery matters, trials, mediations, settlements and appellate review. She has also represented Registered Nurses in licensure matters pending before the Missouri State Board of Nursing and represented healthcare institutions in premises liability actions. Prior to attending law school, she obtained a BSN and worked as a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Angela (Angie) Smith, Director, Operations, Diversity and Recruiting, joined the Center for Career Development in 1997. Angie facilitates all of our recruiting programs locally and nationally and is responsible for on and off campus interviews in the Spring and Fall. She coordinates all third party job fairs and Diversity programs.