Office Staff

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Jeanne-Marie Ryan
Executive Director

I serve as executive director for the Center for Career Development, leading strategic development. I joined Davidson from State Street Corporation, where I served as a vice president and director of talent innovation. My previous experience includes corporate leadership and talent management positions in investment banking and technology industries across Europe and the U.S., as well as experience in nonprofit education and the wine industry.

I was awarded a joint B.A. with honors in French and history by the School of Arts and Humanities at University College Dublin and an M.A in American Studies by the Clinton Institute at UCD.

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Jeff Kniple
Associate Director for Employer Relations

I serve as the point of contact for many of Davidson's recruiting partners in business, education, nonprofit and healthcare organizations, and I coordinate the Davidson Impact Fellows program. My prior experience includes positions in admissions, orientation, leadership and academic affairs, most of them at liberal arts institutions, and all of which helped prepare me for the professional challenges of my current role. Marrying into a family with four Davidson graduates helps me feel at home in the community.

I hold a B.A. in sociology from Cornell University, and an M.A. in educational policy and leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

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Jamie Johnson
Associate Director for Career Development

At age 17, I left my Kentucky home to attend a small, Christian, liberal arts college in Southern California, where I received a B.A. in speech communications. After working at a variety of jobs and reading Richard Bolles' now classic book, What Color is Your Parachute, I realized my life calling was career counseling. I received an M.A. in counseling from California State University, Northridge, and am a nationally certified counselor (NCC), master career counselor (MCC), and a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) master practitioner.

I have a wonderful husband, three dogs, three cats and a Straight Egyptian Arabian horse named Rami. And I love talking about the MBTI.

Tiffany Waddell

Tiffany Waddell
Assistant Director for Career Development

Prior to joining the Davidson family, I served as the assistant director of career education and counseling in the office of personal and career development at Wake Forest University. Among my many responsibilities, I assisted the college with the development of strategic programming initiatives to support multicultural students, first-generation college students, and students in the arts. In addition to strengthening departmental relationships with faculty, staff and students, I also served as a trained diversity educator and founded an affinity group for 200+ young faculty and staff, to provide a venue for networking and ongoing social and cultural programming to assist recruitment and retention efforts of top talent.

I received both a B.A. and M.A. from Wake Forest University. In my free time, I like to plan events, travel, write poetry and blog.  

Jamie Stamey

Jamie Stamey
Assistant Director for Internships

Originally from the rural community of Arkport, N.Y., I moved to Nashville, Tenn. to pursue a music degree at Belmont University. I ended up graduating with a B.A. in communication studies, though music has been a prevalent part of my life–I married a musician, and I worked with many entertainment industry partners through my positions in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

After nearly 14 years at Belmont (where I also completed my M.Ed. in organizational leadership and communication), I'm excited to work with students as they begin to navigate their internship and career paths. Be prepared to see numerous photos and hear funny stories of my daughter, Emmalynn, when you visit my office!

Sarah Satterwhite Williams

Sarah Satterwhite Williams '11
Assistant Director for Alumni & Parent Engagement

After graduating from Davidson in 2011 with a degree in Psychology, I went to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for graduate school and earned a master's degree in school counseling and college counseling. While in graduate school, I completed an internship in the Student Professional Development Center at Elon University and confirmed that I wanted to pursue a career in career services. Prior to joining Davidson's Center for Career Development team, I served as the assistant director for the job shadowing program and undeclared career adviser at UNC Charlotte's Career Center. Davidson has always been a big part of my life (in fact, I just married another Davidson alum!) and has a special place in my heart. I am excited to be back home working with Davidson alumni and parents in order to support and prepare current students for life after Davidson.

Outside of work, I enjoy exploring Charlotte with my husband, Dean, and our black lab, Tucker.

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Julie Lucas
Office Manager

I originally hail from northern Illinois, where I attended Rock Valley College and met my husband while working at a nuclear power plant. After relocating with my husband and two children to southwest Florida, I enjoyed a 14-year career as an assistant in an elementary school. After much research, my husband and I moved to Davidson in 2005, joining the ranks of the "half-backs."

When I am not directing traffic from the Career Development front desk, I like to garden, a hobby I have rediscovered since leaving the sands of Florida.