Career Management Center Team


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Shannon Italia




Shannon is the founding Director of the Career Management Center, which opened in May 2007. Shannon leads the total effort and outreaches to the Jacksonville business community to engage members with Coggin faculty and  students in ways that ultimately lead to mutually beneficial relationships.




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Melinda Santos

Career Coordinator



Melinda assists students with identifying a rewarding career path and the tools they need to be successful.  She also collaborates with the Graduate Coordinator to provide résumé critiques, career counseling, and workshops for students.  In addition, Melinda supports the director with coordinating and promoting the center’s exemplary professional development programs: S.T.A.R. (Skills to Achieve Results), Coggin Ambassadors, and the Mentor Program.

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Taylor Gillespie 

Employer Relations Coordinator


Taylor manages employer on-campus recruiting activity, assisting with the scheduling and set up on on-campus interviews, employer information sessions and mock interviews. She also sets up student appointments with the Career Coordinator and serves as the primary point of contact for all incoming inquiries to the Career Management Center, including phone calls and walk-in traffic.