Jennifer A. Henfey, Esq.
Assistant Dean of Career Strategy and Advancement
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 firms summer program from 2003 through 2005. Jennifer leads the Office of Career Strategy and Advancement.
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 at marketing, managing and preparing candidates in their career strategy.
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.
Becky Fitzsimmons, Esq.
Associate Director of Career Strategy (Professional Development)
Becky Fitzsimmons, Esq. is the Associate Director of Career Strategy. Becky coordinates the law school's robust, credit-bearing professional development course, and counsels students and alumni in all aspects of career exploration. Prior to joining Villanova, Becky served as the Director of Communications for Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law. At Chase, she also served as the Career Development Coordinator where she counseled students and alumni, coordinated Chase’s pro bono program and served as a member of the Chase Summer Public Interest Fellowship committee. While in law school, Becky worked as a law clerk and a summer associate in the Baltimore office of Ballard Spahr LLP. After law school, 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. Becky earned her JD from The University of Maryland School of Law, and her BA from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College).
Jennifer Franks Whitehurst, Esq.
Associate Director of Employer Outreach
Jennifer Whitehurst, Esq. is a 2015 graduate of Villanova Charles Widger University School of Law. As the Associate Director of Employer Outreach, Jennifer works with students, alumni and employers to expand opportunities for Villanova Law students and alumni. Prior to joining the Career Strategy Office, Jennifer was an associate at a civil litigation firm in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania specializing in insurance defense. During her tenure as an associate attorney, Jennifer had the opportunity to work with attorneys and legal professionals throughout the greater Philadelphia region and to participate in the firm’s hiring processes. She is an active member of the Montgomery Bar Association and serves as Vice Chair of the Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee.