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CDO Vision

Inspire and prepare all students to pursue high impact environmental careers aligned with their individual abilities, experiences and interests.

CDO Mission

  • Proactively educate students to maximize their entire F&ES experience for impactful careers and lives.  
  • Cultivate strong relationships with leading domestic and international environmental employers.  
  • Support career related initiatives across F&ES.

Meet Our Student Staff!

Rebecca Lehman

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Rebecca Lehman is a second year MEM student interested in connecting science to management in the marine environment. She is currently interning at the NASA Ames Research Center, and assisting CDO remotely until she returns to F&ES in the Fall.  Before coming to F&ES, Rebecca was living in Colorado working in small non-profits and researching the affect of warming on alpine ecosystems. She is looking forward to helping her fellow students find the job and internship resources they need to be successful.

Sharada Vadlamani

Sharada Vadlamani is a second year MEM interested in agriculture, food security, sustainable farmland management and farmer livelihood issues. She is currently conducting an internship with Blue Apron in Brooklyn, NY, and is assisting CDO over the summer with social media campaigns.  Before coming to F&ES, Sharada worked on the establishment of standards and protocols for Non Pesticide Management (NPM) farming certification in India. She also worked with several farmer producer organizations to enable the development and dissemination of NPM farming practices in their farms. Sharada works closely with Kathy Douglas on strategic planning and programming of CDO initiatives.

Katie Panek

Katie Panek
Katie Panek is a second-year MEM candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is interested in land conservation and sustainable development in the American west, especially as pertaining to working lands. She is currently completing an internship with Quivira Coalition in Santa Fe this summer. Before coming to F&ES, Katie worked in ecotourism, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and most recently on the development of private reserves in Chilean Patagonia.
Kroon Hall
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203 436-8920
Fax: 203-432-7297
Ladd Flock, Director
(203) 432-8920

Kathy Douglas
Senior Associate Director
(203) 436-4830

Mariann Adams
Administrative Assistant
(203) 432-5126

Contact us Early and Often!

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CDO Team and F&ES Registrar Rosanne Stoddard welcoming incoming students during Orientation!
Mariann Adams, Administrative Assistant
Mariann Adams has been providing administrative support for CDO for fifteen years and has been at F&ES since 1996. She is very interested in environmentalism and the work of F&ES. Mariann is a native of Connecticut, and lives in East Haven with her husband Brian Seaman.
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Ladd Flock, Director

Ladd has been directing career services offices for over 20 years.   He oversees the operations at the CDO and is responsible for employer development, encouraging alumni to post internships & job opportunities, and equips faculty with career related tools and resources to use in advising.  Prior to his work at F&ES, he oversaw the College-to-Career Community at Wake Forest University and spent 9 years as Director of Career Services for University of Virginia’s College of Arts and Sciences.  Ladd has a Masters Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from St. Lawrence University.  He enjoys fresh and saltwater fly-fishing, ultra light camping, building wooden boats and sharing a cup of coffee over discussion with students and colleagues. 
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Kathy Douglas, Senior Associate Director

Kathy has fifteen years of experience in career development and student services at Yale.  She has expertise in a broad range of environment-related careers, and is committed to supporting the career development of F&ES graduate students interested in high-impact, solution-based environmental careers, advanced research and thought leadership. She is a blogger for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and a certified MBTI assessment administrator. 

Kathy leads CDO in these key areas: Counseling; Marketing/Communications; Resource Development; Programming.

As marketing/communications lead she maintains: Kathy holds an M.F.A. in Museum Studies from Syracuse University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College, and a B.A. in Studio Art from SUNY Potsdam. She is a 24+ year New Haven resident and Yale University affiliate, and is a founding neighbor of the Nash Street Community Park, an Urban Resources Initiative urban restoration project.
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