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.


Chris Kovitz
Senior Associate Director, MBA Career Center


Chris Kovitz joined The Paul Merage School of Business in January of 2010 as an Associate Director. In June 2013 he was promoted to Senior Associate Director and now oversees Training & Advising for the FTMBA population. Prior to coming to the Merage School, Chris was the Associate Director of Experiential Learning with the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. 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 supply chain projects in Europe, Africa and Asia. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in 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.





Stephanie Nelson
Associate Director, MBA Career Center

Stephanie Nelson is an Associate Director in the MBA Career Center and MBA Career Advisor.  She joined the MBA Career Center in 2015.  Prior to joining the Merage School, Stephanie held leadership roles in Human Resource Management at Nestle – Jenny Craig, Medtronic and Target Corporation.  While at Target she also held positions in Operations and Merchandising.  Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University and her MBA from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota.