Office Staff

Nathan Elton

Nathan Elton

I oversees all facets of the Center for Career Development at Davidson College, including strategic planning, program development, employer and external relations, budget management, career advising, and leading a talented team of professionals. Leveraging the Davidson alumni, parent and employer network, I work with senior leadership, faculty and staff to empower students to assess and achieve their post-graduate career goals. Before coming to Davidson, I served in career and student development roles at Oberlin College and Conservatory, Villanova University, Pennsylvania State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I hold degrees from the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University (M.Ed., counselor education) and the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University (B.S., accounting and marketing). Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Molly, and our children, Olivia and James. 


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. Upon graduation I traveled to Scotland to work in a summer church camp and explore Europe with a group of friends. 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 my masters of counseling from California State University, Northridge, and am a nationally certified counselor (NCC), master career counselor (MCC), and 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 Myers-Briggs personality type indicator.


Jeff Kniple
Associate Director for Employer Relations

My previous positions in admissions, orientation, leadership, and academic affairs, mostly in other liberal arts colleges, helped prepare me for the professional challenges of my current role, and marrying into a family with three Davidson graduates helps me feel at home in the community. I hold a B.A. in sociology from Cornell University, and a M.A. in educational policy and leadership from the University of Maryland. Outside of work, I spend much of my time keeping up with my two boys and their various sports and activities. I like to practice photography, attend a variety of sporting events, and cook - especially Carolina barbeque.

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 my 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. While I ended up graduating with a B.A. in communication studies, 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 Davidson students as you begin to navigate your internship and career paths. Be prepared to see numerous photos and hear funny stories of my daughter, Emmalynn, when you visit my office!

Kelly Weaver

Kelly Weaver
Recruiting Coordinator

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., but raised in Florida, I am happy to now call North Carolina home. I earned my B.A. in education and my M. Ed. in higher education, with a focus on educational leadership, both from the University of Florida. My 11-year career in higher education began as a student orientation leader and continued as a fundraiser for UF. For six years I served as associate director of the MBA program at UF. As associate director I interviewed MBA candidates, executed marketing initiatives, and traveled to China and Turkey with students on global immersion trips. When not at work, my husband and I enjoy attending college football games and sampling local restaurants. 


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.

Employer Relations Ambassadors

Amani Carter

Amani Carter '16

I am a junior History and Sociology double major born in Chester, Pa. and raised in Bear, Del. I have just returned from a summer studying abroad at Cambridge, University in the United Kingdom. The summer before that I completed a mentorship with the partner of a major law firm in Philadelphia, in service to my larger career goal: to be an attorney. On campus, I have been a member of various organizations ranging from the Student Government Association, Mock Trial, Virtuous Praise Gospel Choir, and serving on the Executive Board of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I love to sing and to eat, but never at the same time.

Stella Dadson

Stella Dadson '15

I am a senior Economics major born and raised in Ghana. I plan to pursue a career in the finance industry and/or consulting. In the summer of 2014, I worked as an intern with an investment management firm in Conshohocken, PA and in the year before that, participated in Vanderbilt University's Accelerator Program. On campus, I have played a number of different roles, ranging from serving as the Freshman Class President, an Eco-rep, a Resident Advisor and Building Manager and as a conduct council representative for Warner Hall Eating House. I love to dance and have choreographed a dance for Dance Ensemble.

Katie Layendecker

Katie Layendecker '15

I am a Gender and Sexuality Studies major and Economics minor from Palo Alto, CA and Portland, OR. I am the Treasurer of the Davidson Women's Action Committee, a group on campus whose goal is to facilitate meaningful conversations between Davidson's women and men that are important to the community. I am also a member of the Warner Hall Eating House. In past years, I have served on the Executive Board of the Davidson College Club Crew Team. I also volunteer at Young Elites, a leadership program for high school girls in the area. In my free time, I love to watch sports, enjoy the outdoors, and play with my dogs.

Career Development Ambassadors

Braden Beaudreau

Braden Beaudreau '15

I am majoring in political science and I plan to pursue a career in law, government, or public policy. Last summer, I interned at Akerman LLP, a law firm located in Washington, DC, for a public policy adviser working on issues concerning higher education policy. Previously, I worked in the Davidson College Center for Career Development as a work study student, where I managed internship databases. I spent a semester abroad my junior year traveling across the breathtaking landscape of Australia and studying business and economics at the University of Melbourne. I also write for the Davidsonian and perform spoken word poetry with FreeWord. My hobbies and interests include intramural basketball, supporting the Red Sox, and going on adventures with my friends.

Emily Burke

Emily Burke '15

I am majoring in economics and will be working in investment banking after graduation. During summers off from Davidson I have pursued internships in a variety of fields including investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the leveraged finance group and a boutique investment bank in Boston, management consulting at a firm in Washington DC, and foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington DC. On campus I play the oboe in the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, volunteer with the Office of Admission as a tour guide, and have served as the social chair of my eating house, Warner Hall. In my free time I enjoy playing golf, reading, and traveling.

James Cobb

James Cobb '15

I am a Political Science major from Middlebury, Vermont. Next year, I will be working as an investment banking analyst with Morgan Stanley in New York City. Prior to an internship with Morgan Stanley this past summer, I worked with Gridley & Co, a boutique, M&A technology bank in New York City; as an equity research analyst with WEDGE Capital Management in Charlotte; as a summer analyst with the Davidson College Endowment; and as a consultant with the Atlantic Leadership Group in New York City. Through Davidson, I have been able to study abroad for two semesters in Ireland and India and the Middle East. On campus, I am the Vice President of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, a Chidsey Fellow, Terry scholar, and play saxophone with the jazz ensemble. My hobbies include reading, weight lifting, and challenging travel.

Catherine Lowenthal

Catherine Lowenthal '15

I am majoring in psychology with a concentration in medical humanities. I plan to eventually work with individuals with mental illness and/or HIV/AIDS or other physical disease. In my summers, I have served as a research assistant at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and interned at Broughton Hospital, a North Carolina state psychiatric hospital. I have also worked in an orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and volunteered at several programs for children with HIV/AIDS in New York City. On campus, I work as a research assistant for a psychology professor and am the Vice President of Queers and Allies, Secretary of the College Democrats and a member of the Common Ground Council. My hobbies include traveling and trying new foods. My favorite quote is from Booker T. Washington: "Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company."

Colin Mackay

Colin MacKay '16

I am majoring in economics and plan to pursue a career in banking, consulting, or financial accounting. I have served as the corporate social responsibility intern at Bank of America where I researched competitive trends in the CSR space. I am a member of the Davidson College varsity swim team and serve as a representative in the Student Athlete Advisory Council and the Davidson Athletic Fund Student Athlete Engagement Program. I am a member of the Symphony Orchestra string bass section, a fraternity brother in Sigma Phi Epsilon, and a member of Campus Outreach. My hobbies include camping, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and playing cards.

Leigh Miller

Leigh Miller '15

I am majoring in psychology with a minor in French. I plan to work in Human Resources (hopefully doing recruiting), eventually pursuing a career in coaching for businesses. I have served as a Human Resources intern at the corporate headquarters for Chico's and for Vans, working with the Recruiting, Learning & Development, and Payroll departments. I am a co-president of the Pep Band, and president of the Knitting Society. My hobbies include swimming, cycling, reading, and knitting.

Daniel Reitten '15

I am originally from Tel Aviv, Israel. I am majoring in economics and planning to be in finance after graduation. I spent my previous summer at the summer internship program at UBS in Sales & Trading where I worked on the FX spot trading desk in the New York office. Prior to attending Davidson College, I served 3 years in the Israeli Air Force. I played Tennis for Davidson during my first two years, and I got the chance to attend 3 different abroad programs. I am also a member of Hillel, and this is my seventh semester that I teach Hebrew here at Davidson. I enjoy music, traveling, crossfit and philosophy.