Full-Time MBA Program

Meet the MBA Career Center Staff

Experienced Professionals


 
 

Tom Kozicki
Executive Director, MBA Career Center

Tom Kozicki is the Executive Director of the MBA Career Center.  He joined the Merage School of Business in 2006.  Tom has 30 years experience in higher education administration and has held senior level management positions in career management, alumni relations and student affairs. From 1993–2003 he was the Executive Director of the MBA Career Resource Center at the USC Marshall School of Business and (2003–2006) was the Managing Director of the USC Alumni Association.  Tom began his career in sales and marketing in the computer industry.
 

Tom has been active in professional associations and on non-profit boards, and has served as a speaker, panelist, and moderator at numerous professional conferences. He served on the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (1999-2003) and served as President and member of the Board of Directors of the MBA Career Services Council (2007-2010.) Tom’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University and graduate business studies at the USC Marshall School of Business.

 
 
 
Lesli Ferrell
 
  Lesli Ferrell
Associate Director, MBA Career Center

Lesli Ferrell joined The Paul Merage School of Business in 2011. Her focus will be on accelerating relationships with companies who will ultimately hire our students. This kind of customer marketing is in her DNA. She has worked in a leadership role for the past 20 years creating strategic alliances and building brands in the CPG and foodservice arenas. Her career includes Marketing management roles with 20th Century Fox, Aramark Sports and Entertainment, PepsiCo and the Coca-Cola Company.

A former board member with the National Black MBA Association, Lesli is a graduate of UCLA and holds an MBA from Howard University in Washington DC.
 
 
 
Chris Kovitz
 
 

Chris Kovitz
Senior Associate Director, MBA Career Center

Chris Kovitz is an Associate Director of MBA Career Center and MBA Career Advisor.  Chris joined the Paul Merage School of Business in January of 2010.  Most recently, Chris was with the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, where he held the role of Associate Director of Experiential Learning within the MBA program. . Before pursuing his passion for training and coaching, Chris worked for over fifteen years for Fortune 500 companies, including Abbott Laboratories, Eaton Corporation and Deloitte Consulting and held several leadership and managerial positions within Engineering, Supply Chain, Marketing, Finance, and Project Management.  He also brings a wealth of international experience, having led projects in Europe, Africa and Asia.  Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.

 
 
 
Traci Diciaula
 
 

Traci Diciaula
Associate Director, MBA Career Center

Traci Diciaula is an Associate Director in the MBA Career Center and MBA Career Advisor. Traci joined The Paul Merage School of Business in July of 2012. Before pursuing her passion for training and advising, Traci worked in Human Resources for two Fortune 50 companies, Johnson & Johnson and GE Healthcare. While at GE Healthcare, she completed GE's HR Leadership Development Program (HRLP) in which she held various rotational positions of increasing complexity and responsibility. Prior to joining GE’s HRLP, Traci worked in Public Relations at a leading Marketing Services firm, Bader Rutter & Associates, Inc.

Traci holds a Bachelor's degree in Strategic Communications – Public Relations/Advertising from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management also from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While completing her studies, Traci studied abroad at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

 
 
 
Sharon Neill  

Sharon Neill
Associate Director, MBA Career Center

Sharon Neill joined the Merage Family in July 2013 as an Associate Director in the MBA Career Center and MBA Career Advisor. She previously worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, spending the last 5-years in charge of recruiting for the Pacific South Region. Her 18-year professional career spans many business functional areas including budgeting, compliance, financial planning, and human resources/diversity program management. Her educational credentials include a B.S. in Mathematics and Applied Science from UCLA and an MBA from Texas A&M. She has been an active member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting (ALPFA), and the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges & Employers (MPACE).