Career Coach Bios

Alumni Career Services offers UCLA Anderson alumni discounted rates with over a dozen career coaches with a variety of specialties.

Karie Davis
Karie DavisSpecialties: Chicago Market; Career Strategies; Interview PreparationIn addition to serving as an Alumni

Career Coach for Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, Karie maintains a private coaching practice with a specialty in providing telephone coaching to alumni of top tier MBA programs nationwide. With more than 10 years' experience in career and job search strategy consulting across a wide range of industries, Karie provides coaching on all aspects of career development and job search management, including strategy creation for job search and career transition, reentering the workforce, networking, resume review and refinement, interview preparation, and negotiating job offers and promotions. She served as an Associate Director for Kellogg's Career Management Center from 2002 - 2007, where she worked with students, alumni, and companies recruiting at the school.

Prior to joining Kellogg, Karie was a Vice President in the Chicago offices of Lee Hecht Harrison, a global career development and leadership consulting firm, where she worked with senior executives, managers, and associates from a broad array of industries and functions, including marketing, finance, technology and healthcare. Her work with Lee Hecht Harrison also included presenting numerous seminars and workshops, executive coaching, and managing training and certification initiatives for all local professional staff.

With additional background as an educator, corporate trainer, professional editor, instructional designer, and writing consultant, Karie holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA from the University of Chicago.

Ron Elsdon
Ron ElsdonSpecialties: Bringing "work to life" and "life to work"

Ron brings a wealth of experience to workforce development, organizational consulting and individual career counseling and coaching. Ron's organizational consulting practice, Elsdon Organizational Renewal (EOR), integrates organizational assessment processes with workforce and leadership development approaches to strengthen and revitalize organizations in both non-profit and public sector settings. His career counseling and coaching practice, New Beginnings Career and College Guidance, provides caring and personalized support to individuals in creating a meaningful path forward. Ron provides career counseling and coaching for students and alumni of the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business and delivers many workshops on career related topics to these groups.

Ron has more than 20 years of leadership experience working with U.S. and international organizations in a broad range of sectors (e.g. biotechnology, semiconductors, chemicals, healthcare, energy and textiles). His responsibilities have included workforce and leadership development, general management for portfolios of growing businesses and management of business development, research and development, marketing, sales and operations. Ron founded or led practices for DBM, a human resource consulting firm, supporting organizations in improving workforce and leadership effectiveness and senior executives in transition. He was also a general manager in the electronics division of Air Liquide America Corporation, and was with Amoco Chemical Company for 18 years, most recently as Director of Research and Development.

Ron is an adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University, has been on the adjunct faculty of Santa Clara University and is affiliated with Vanderbilt University. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, a Master's degree in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University, and a first class honors degree in Chemical Engineering from Leeds University.

Andrew Johnson
Andrew JohnsonSpecialty: All aspects of the job search

Andrew's expertise focuses on career transition coaching with a special emphasis on communication strategies, particularly the development of targeted career objectives, results-oriented resumes and effective presentation skills. Andrew's experience in the career transition field began in 1980 as an executive recruiter. In 1992, he joined Lee Hecht Harrison, an international career management firm; he left the firm in 2012 as an SVP, Career Coach to focus on his own Career Coaching practice.

His career reaffirms that people can reassess their professional and life goals, then find more satisfying and rewarding employment.  Andrew's career journey began as a professional musician, playing with two influential groups ¾ Dick Dale and the Del Tones and the Righteous Brothers. His musical career ended abruptly when he was drafted. He entered Officer Candidate School and served eight years in a variety of command and staff positions, including tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam. As a U.S. Army officer, Andrew gained rich experiences in leadership and team building.  He was selected to lead the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team that accompanied President Nixon during his meetings in Paris with then French President Charles de Gaulle. Following his military service, Andrew worked in public accounting with Kenneth Leventhal & Co. (now Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group).

After reassessing his life and business goals, Andrew made his own rewarding transition into the career management field, first as an executive recruiter, and later as a career coach. He is a certified Career Management Practitioner and former President of the Association of Career Professionals International (ACPI), Orange County Chapter.

Andrew frequently serves as a guest lecturer and panelist on career transition issues. He is also active with local colleges and universities.  A cum laude graduate of California State University, Fullerton's College of Business and Economics, Andrew also received the Arthur Young Award for academic excellence.  

He is a certified Career Management Practioner and former President of the Association of Career Professionals International (ACPI), Orange County Chapter.  He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton's College of Business and Economics, where he was recognized with the Arthur Young Award for academic achievement.

Melissa Karz
Melissa KarzSpecialty: Career moms, the job search, career strategy, self-assessment, relationship-building, leadership coaching

Melissa Karz helps her clients be and stay at their best. She partners with them get clarity, define their direction, and create winning strategies to reach their next success by leveraging their strengths.

Melissa's currently specializes in career and executive coaching, management/leadership training, and organizational consulting. Melissa has provided one-on-one career coaching as well as delivered the Career Action Groups, a winning career transition program to dozens of Anderson Alumni. In addition, Melissa has coached and consulted to senior leaders at companies including Raytheon, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Agilent Technologies, Health Net Inc, and O'Neil Industries. Prior to founding her firm, she worked as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers' Human Capital Solutions practice.

Melissa earned an MBA from UCLA and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified executive coach with Lore International Institute as well as the Ken Blanchard Companies. She is also a graduate of The Coaches Training Institute.

Melissa recently published a book, Invisible Bridges; Building Professional Relationships for Results. She has been quoted by Fortune Magazine and was the focus of a front page feature article in the Career Section of the Los Angeles Times. Melissa serves on the Board of Professionals in Human Resources Association, is highly active in Women in Organization Development.

Moshe Ratson
Moshe RatsonSpecialty: Career & Executive Coaching in New York, Career Transition

Moshe is the Founder and President of spiral2Grow, a consulting organization that provides psychotherapy as well as life and executive coaching services. spiral2Grow works with high-level executives, managers and other individuals who want to enhance their career and improve their lives.

As a career coach, Moshe works with professionals in career transition, those who wish to explore new opportunities and career paths, and those who look to grow in their existing occupation. Moshe coaches all aspects of career development and job search. He provides innovative career coaching programs and services, including self-assessment, value clarification, goal setting, resume development, networking strategies, interviewing and presentation skills, and salary negotiations.

Moshe is an innovative and successful coach and has a proven record of enhancing the performance of leaders and organizations. He has more than 13 years experience as a high level business executive with success in hiring and training as well as managing sales, marketing and business development. Some of Moshe's business accomplishments include: VP of Sales at a Fortune 500 Company with sales of 4 billion dollars; promoted $100 million agreements and equity investment with industry leaders; increased sales by 500% and turned companies from loss to profit.

Moshe holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree as well as an MS degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). He is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Moshe has been a professional basketball player, a basketball coach, a military officer and a secret service expert.

Sarah Stamboulie
Sarah StamboulieSpecialty: New York Career Coaching and Assessment


Sarah Stamboulie heads Stamboulie Career Consulting, a career consulting business specializing in providing MBA alumni with comprehensive career services. Industry and functional specialties include investment banking, hedge fund management, private equity, media, consulting, technology, marketing and human resources. Services include:

  • Career assessment - help with selecting your next job target. Customized tools may include written exercises, testing (including Myers-Briggs assessments), analysis, and/or exploratory networking meetings.
  • Individual job search consulting - to help speed your job search. Services include job targeting, resumes, research, exploratory meetings, interviews, and negotiation.
  • MBA alumni job search groups - provide weekly assistance in an executive group setting. Topics are similar to individual coaching and groups feature periodic guest speakers.
  • Executive coaching - help with career satisfaction and progression issues at your current organization.

Sarah's prior roles include leading Alumni Career Services at Columbia Business School and heading human resources organizations at Morgan Stanley, Cantor Fitzgerald, and Nortel Networks. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Vassar College.

Patti Wilson
Patti WilsonSpecialties: Webinars,Career Management & Search Strategy, Online Networking, Personal Branding, Social Media

Patti Wilson is a well known career consultant and managing principal of She has coached literally thousands of executives and professionals to build their careers, perfect their personal brands, leverage and optimize their business networks and successfully move to new opportunities.

She has an in-the-trenches understanding of the hiring process as a former Employment Manager for SUN Microsystems and as a Recruiter for Apple. Patti was Assistant Director of Career Services for Santa Clara University's School of Business and School of Engineering.

She freely shares to 5000+ subscribers, her breadth of expertise and insights on business and careers in her monthly online newsletter, She authored the job search guide for ResumeMaker 1.0 software. Currently, Patti is a partner of AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants) and is featured on their career page as the "Career Corner" columnist.

Patti's consulting is informed by a strong academic background including a Masters in Career Development, undergrad work at UCLA, and a BFA equivalent from the Academie Royal des Beaux-Arts in Belgium. She is a certified trainer in Behavioral Interviewing, licensed trainer of the Predictive Index personality assessment, and certified in the Myers-Briggs.

In addition, Patti has been quoted or interviewed by PBS Radio's California Report, National Public Radio's Marketplace, local affiliates of ABC, NBC, and CBS,,, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, CBS's Early Show, and USA Today.

Scott Wimer
Scott WimerSpecialties: Mid-Career Decision Making and Exploring Relationships at Work

Scott Wimer has been an organization development consultant and coach since 1982. He has been Principal of Wimer Associates, a Santa Monica-based consulting firm since 1990. Previously, he has held positions at General Dynamics, Kaiser Permanente, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Scott's experience spans many industries. His specialties include leadership and executive coaching, 360° feedback, team building, management development, and conflict management. He leads seminars and workshops on coaching, communication, conflict management, and consulting skills. He also designs customized offsites and retreats to address specific problems and opportunities.

As a coach, Scott has a talent for helping people build on their strengths, yet also deal with their problems head on. He confronts people directly and supportively, and he helps people identify and appreciate what they truly are good at. His coaching clients often achieve high measures of career success, and also develop the capacity to approach their work with greater passion and enthusiasm.

Among Scott's clients are Amgen, City of Pomona, City of Anaheim, CitySearch, Community Health Councils, Directors' Guild of America, Hughes Aircraft, The Lemelson Foundation, Loyola Marymount University, Medical Center of North Hollywood, Metropolitan Water District of Southern CA, Saatchi & Saatchi, Surprin, Mayersohn & Edelstone, Towers Perrin, TRW, and the U.S. Navy. Scott also teaches classes at Loyola Marymount University, UCLA, and other institutions.

Scott has published articles in Training and Development, Executive Excellence, The OD Practitioner, Consultation, and the Los Angeles Times. His work has been featured in the videos "Situational Coaching," "Learning from 360º Feedback," and "Continuous Team Development." He is a frequent presenter at conferences, and his work has been written up in various publications.

Scott has a Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA with a concentration in Organizational and Behavioral Science from the Anderson School. He has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester, and he also has studied at the University of London.

Michelle Wolf
Michelle WolfSpecialty: How to best market yourself

Michelle's career includes 15 years of global marketing experience. She has developed considerable expertise in multiple industries, from packaged goods at Mattel, Inc., the world's leading toy manufacturer, to advertising with Sagon-Phior Group, a division of Dailey and Associates, to entertainment with Disney Consumer Products Group and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Michelle successfully transitioned her career to the University of Southern California where she was an Associate Director at the Marshall School of Business - Career Resource Center. At Marshall, she directed the relationship marketing efforts and developed a marketing plan which enhanced campus recruitment efforts with existing partners such as Mattel, Inc., Nestle, Neutrogena, Johnson and Johnson and Del Monte. She also expanded their partners to include Con Agra, Black and Decker and L'Oreal, successfully bringing these companies to recruit from Marshall. In addition, she coached, trained and mentored for four programs within the community representing approximately 1,700 students. This was accomplished through one-on-one sessions and targeted workshops, providing practical education to students and alumni in the area of marketing within many industries.

Michelle consulted in the packaged goods arena for Disney Consumer Products Group, where she devised a plan to enter a billion-dollar industry, ultimately increasing market share internationally. At Mattel, she led brand management teams in successfully developing and launching several brands responsible for generating over $500 million dollars in worldwide sales, including Harry Potter, Winnie the Pooh and the company's staple brand, Barbie. Through her advertising background, Michelle has honed her extensive account management expertise, serving such clients as Nestle, Ford, Disney, Sony Corporation and Cablevision, which encompasses nine cable networks including American Movie Classics and the Independent Film Channel.

Michelle launched her career in worldwide marketing at Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. in both Home Video and Theatrical which is now a division of Warner Bros. There she oversaw the marketing campaigns, event planning and creative direction for all the elements in the marketing mix. She was promoted four times in five years.

Michelle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California.