Professional Development & Office of Career Strategy Staff
Kristin L. Archibald, Esq.
Director of Career Strategy and Recruitment
Kristin L. Archibald, Esq. '01 joined the Career Strategy Office after practicing law for five years in the Philadelphia region. As director of recruitment, Kristin has primary responsibility for the Law School's year-round recruitment programs. She works closely with our employer community to expand and maintain high-quality student recruiting programs and job fairs, as well as markets Villanova Law to the legal community. Kristin counsels students in individual sessions and group education programs on the whole spectrum of career planning concerns. Kristin brings a wealth of recruiting, marketing, and mentoring experience to her role as director of recruitment. While in private law practice, Kristin was active in client development and mentoring junior attorneys and staff. She has also gained valuable experience outside of the traditional practice of law through her management and recruitment positions. Through her previous positions, she has honed her skills in marketing, managing and preparing candidates in their career strategies.
Sharon Buckingham, Esq.
Associate Director of Career Strategy (Public Interest)
Sharon Buckingham, Esq. ’85 joined the Office of Career Strategy after a career that included a wide range of experience in the legal profession. Sharon practiced as a litigation attorney for six years with Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz, where she chaired the Summer Associates Committee and was very involved in the firm’s recruiting efforts. Her interaction with law students led her to leave practice to teach Legal Writing at Villanova Law and later to return to Pepper Hamilton to assume a unique leadership role in the firm’s talent management program, first as the firm-wide director of recruitment and professional programs and later as the firm’s first director of associate development. She has deep experience in attorney and law student counseling and mentoring and in developing legal training programs. Sharon also has consulted with law firms as a private legal writing instructor, and she has been a guest presenter on various topics, including interviewing and succeeding in legal employment, at the NALP Conference and at other law schools.
Amelia E. Curotto, Esq.
Associate Director of Employer Outreach
Amelia E. Curotto, Esq. ’17 serves as the liaison between employers and Villanova Law, managing employer relationships and marketing students and alumni to new employment opportunities. After graduating from Villanova Law, Amelia clerked for the Honorable Richard F. Wells in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden Vicinage. Following her clerkship, she practiced as a healthcare litigation attorney for over four years at Burns White. While in private practice, she was a mentor for incoming associates and law clerks and was active in developing training programs. Amelia’s interest in being an ambassador for the Villanova Law experience began while she was a student, serving as editor-in-chief of Volume XXIV of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal and a member of the 3L Legacy Committee in 2016-2017. She earned her BA in history with a minor in Italian from Providence College.
Becky Fitzsimmons, Esq.
Associate Director of Career Strategy (Professional Development)
Becky Fitzsimmons, Esq. counsels students and alumni in all aspects of career exploration and professional development. Becky practiced commercial finance in the Cincinnati office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, first as an associate, and later as a partner. She also served as general counsel for Chavez Properties/Parking Company of America. Prior to joining Villanova, Becky was the director of communications for Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law. Before accepting that position, she was Chase’s career development coordinator, where she counseled students and alumni, oversaw Chase’s mandatory pro bono program, and managed a variety of professional development initiatives. Becky is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) for which she has served on the Regional Leadership Council, and as co-vice chair of the First-Generation Law Student work group. Becky earned her JD from The University of Maryland Carey School of Law, and her BA from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College).
Career Program Assistant
Taylor Gray is the career program assistant in the Office of Career Strategy and Advancement. Taylor assists the law school counselors and students with professional opportunities and handles the office’s administrative tasks. Prior to joining Villanova Law, she worked for Eastern University in the Career Development Office. Taylor also earned her bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Eastern and now is studying at Villanova to earn her master’s in political science with a concentration in gender studies.
Jennifer A. Henfey, Esq.
Associate Dean for Professional Development and Leadership
Jennifer A. Henfey, Esq. '99 joined the Office of Career Strategy and Advancement after practicing law for twelve years at Blank Rome LLP, an international law firm in Philadelphia. Following graduation from Villanova Law, she joined Blank Rome as an associate in the financial services practice group and was elevated to partner in 2008. Jennifer has extensive experience in hiring and recruiting. While in private practice, she chaired the firm's recruiting and retention committee and served as the firm's hiring partner. In addition, she was a member of the firm's Philadelphia recruiting and retention committee from 2001 to 2011 and served as a co-chair of the firm's summer program from 2003 through 2005. Jennifer is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement, having served as the vice president for finance and on the Board of Directors, Nominating Committee, Conference Planning team, and Regional Resource Council.
Janine Dunlap Kiah
Director for Public Service and Pro Bono Initiatives
Janine is the director for public service and pro bono initiatives at Villanova Law, where she also serves as adjunct faculty. In this new role, she is excited to cultivate external partnerships to create opportunities for student exposure and involvement in public interest and pro bono work. Before returning to her beloved alma mater in this role, Janine served as the director for Pursuing Justice for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Pennsylvania Project at SeniorLAW Center, a 40+ year legal aid organization based in Philadelphia. In this role, she managed a statewide initiative poised to increase access to legal representation, education, and resources to grandparents who become primary caretakers of minors due to parental absenteeism. She was responsible for the oversight and execution of a project budget in excess of $1M, which was primarily federally funded. Janine also practiced family law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey beginning in 1997, the year she earned her JD from Villanova. She earned her BA in vocal music at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and continues to enjoy a professional singing career as well.
Julia C. Moscato Besselman, MEd
Director of Professional Development and Leadership
Julia Moscato Besselman joins us from the University of Delaware, where she was the assistant director of student success and employer relations. At UD, she developed and implemented a professional development and leadership program for over 500+ student-athletes. During her time at Delaware, Julia also launched the department’s first alumni mentoring program, oversaw all employer relations efforts, and advised student organizations, including the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. While earning her master's in higher education administration from Penn State University in 2019, she served as the programming graduate assistant in career services. She received her BS from Penn State University.
Nicole J. Netkin-Collins, JD
Assistant Dean for Career Strategy and Advancement
Nicole joined the Office of Career Strategy and Advancement as assistant dean in the summer of 2022 after serving as the director for law firms at the University of Colorado Law School since 2017. Prior to working and living in Boulder, Nicole was a career counselor at the University of Connecticut School of Law. A 2011 graduate, Nicole began her legal career at a nonprofit that provided free legal services to individuals with a chronic disease and worked at two small law firms before realizing her passion for mentoring students and transitioning into career development. Nicole is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) where she recently chaired the Task Force on Supporting Gender Non-Binary Individuals in the Legal Progression, served on the Regional Leadership Council, and now serves on the organization’s new Diversity Standing Committee. She has written and presented extensively on diversity, equity and inclusion matters, such as dismantling racism in the legal profession. Nicole has a JD, with human rights certificate, from the University of Connecticut School of Law; an LLM, masters in comparative law, from the University of Mannheim and University of Adelaide; and a BA from the University of Connecticut.