Stetson University

Career Development Staff

The Career Development team at Stetson Law empowers students and alumni to be competitive, market-ready candidates through our employer engagement activities and student preparedness services. Through our involvement in the legal, business, nonprofit, and government communities in our career markets, we gather valuable insight from the employer community, identify job opportunities, and compile job market intelligence.

In addition to employer outreach, we provide our signature Career Toolkit curriculum. This curriculum forms the basis of our student preparedness services, which aim to help students and alumni master career competencies via programming as well as individual coaching and feedback throughout the academic year. We also produce and lead the Stetson Solo Practice Network, which offers education, network building, and mentoring opportunities for our entrepreneurially minded alumni, regardless of practice setting.

As you will see below, we have a robust team of dedicated professionals with a diverse mix of backgrounds, skills, and experience to help serve our clients.


Catherine MartinCatherine B. Martin
Director for Career Development

Catherine Martin has held professional, senior executive, and consulting positions in human resources, organizational development, performance management, and strategic planning in a range of enterprises, including small entrepreneurial firms as well as global organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and joint venture initiatives. Active in Florida’s statewide community, Martin has also held voluntary leadership or board roles with Workforce Florida where she served on the executive committee as First Jobs/First Wages chair, Florida Craftsmen, the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Conference of Community and Justice, Leadership Florida (Class XVIII), the Salvador Dali Museum, and other organizations.

Since 2009, she has published The Job Whisperer, a career development blog, and her articles on nonprofit strategy, including social enterprise, are published in West’s Legal Forms, 4th ed., Vol. 29.

Martin earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Business Administration from Stetson University. She lives in St. Petersburg with her husband Jim, an attorney and Stetson adjunct professor.


media/casey.jpgBeth Casey
Assistant Director for Career Development

Prior to joining the Stetson team, Beth Casey practiced marital and family law and served as a guardian ad litem in family court. She received her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law after graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism.

Casey is a St. Petersburg native and stays active in her community. She is very involved in the Young Lawyers Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, serving on various committees and chairing “Holidays In July” – a bowling event for foster children and their families. She puts her journalism degree to work too, sitting on the Journeys in Journalism Advisory Board for Pinellas County Schools. She is also a member of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals group. Casey lives in St. Petersburg with her husband Mike.


Jay DelaneyJay Delaney
Advisor

Jay Delaney has a diverse background in community/economic development, filmmaking, trade associations, and nonprofits. He brings this experience to his current role with Stetson where he provides assistance with various special projects, including the development of digital and print learning tools to deliver the CDO’s Toolkit Curriculum and assistance and support with employment data collection. Delaney has a particular interest in the topics of marketing, crafting one’s narrative, network building, and using tools like LinkedIn.

Prior to working for the Office of Career Development at Stetson, Delaney lived in Chicago and served as the president and CEO of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. In that role, he provided executive and operational leadership for the organization, including budgetary, financial, management, marketing, and staff oversight. He also served as an Advisory Board member for Loyola Limited, an undergraduate student-run business enterprise through Loyola University Chicago. In addition to his economic development work, Delaney produced a feature-length documentary that premiered at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival and screened at numerous other festivals. He also has political campaign experience, having worked on staff for a Congressional campaign (Christine Jennings for Congress) in Sarasota.

Delaney graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He is a member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).


media/elizondo.jpgStacy Elizondo
Career Development Coordinator

Stacy Elizondo manages and administers the Symplicity platform for the Career Development Office, students, alumni and employers, works with employers on postings, and assists students and graduates with reciprocity needs. Elizondo also maintains the office calendars and helps students, alumni, and employers with appointments. She oversees Career Development student assistants.

In 2013, Elizondo was one of three employees named Employee of Year. Elizondo graduated from Charles Stewart Mott Community College with an Associate of Arts degree. She has also attended the University of Michigan and University of South Florida. In her spare time she likes to run, volunteer for youth athletics and coach Little League soccer. She lives in the Tampa Bay area with her husband and two children.


media/grages.jpgJoann Grages Burnett
Assistant Director for Career Development

Joann Grages Burnett specializes in employer engagement and readiness for students and alumni and oversees postgraduate Judicial Clerkship initiatives within the Career Development Office. Prior to entering career services, Burnett practiced law as an assistant public defender for the 6th Judicial Circuit where she handled misdemeanor, juvenile, and felony cases.

Burnett received her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law after graduating with honors from the University of Florida. While at Stetson, Burnett served as the chief ambassador, a judicial intern, and a certified legal intern for the Public Defender’s Office. In her spare time, she moonlights as an amateur baker.

Burnett is presently a Florida delegate to the ABA Young Lawyers Division and has been appointed to the Credentials Board. She is a member of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, where she is the Membership Committee’s law school captain, chapter representative of the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and a member of the Stetson Lawyers Advisory Council.


media/korey.jpgKorey Henson
Assistant Director - Outreach

Korey Henson specializes in law firm employer relations activities for the Career Development Office, where he administers the On Campus Recruiting (OCR) program and coaches students and alumni interested in private law firm practice. In addition, Henson spearheads alumni professional development initiatives, including the Stetson Solo Practice Network.

Henson received his Juris Doctor with a Certificate of Concentration in Elder Law from Stetson University College of Law after graduating from Allegheny College. While at Stetson, he served as managing editor of the Journal of International Aging Law & Policy, a research assistant to Professor Rebecca C. Morgan, and received the Matthew Bender Elder Law Book Award, and the Cecil C. and August M. Bailey Scholarship. After graduating from Stetson Law, he practiced with a law firm in South Carolina, focusing his practice on elder law, estate planning, and business law, before returning to the Tampa Bay area.

Henson is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Tampa Bay Legal Recruiters (TBLR), the Central Florida Association for Law Placement (CFALP), the Florida Bar, the St. Petersburg Bar, and the Hillsborough County Bar. Henson, an avid runner, lives with his wife Victoria, their sons, and two basset hounds near Indian Rocks Beach.


Jamila LittleJamila Little
Assistant Director for Career Development

Jamila Little earned her undergraduate degree in economics at Spelman College. After graduating from Spelman, she began her career as a banker for a Fortune 500 company and later completed an MBA in finance.

Little attended Florida International University College of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor. While at FIU, she participated in the Board of Advocates as an active member of the school’s negotiation team. She was also a member of the Christian Legal Society and served as the vice president for two years. Prior to joining the Stetson team, Little worked at a commercial litigation firm in South Florida. Little also has experience in immigration law, and she dedicates some of her free time to handling pro bono cases involving dependency and immigration matters.

 

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