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Dawn Ross, Director -

Dawn Ross

Dawn was promoted to director in May 2014, after serving as acting director in 2012 and 2013. She has provided 12 years of exceptional services to the Framingham State community in a variety of roles. Her career services philosophy is that the office is at the epicenter of the university's mission to cultivate thoughtful and responsible citizens, to prepare students for a career, and to position students for successful lives.

Dawn has over 15 years’ experience in working in a variety of higher education roles and prior to joining the University, she proudly served in the U.S. Navy as an Ocean System Technician for 8 years and held several corporate management positions. Dawn graduated with her Master of Arts in Human Resources and Bachelor of Arts degrees from FSU.

A career services highlight from this past year included the management of the CHOICE internship initiative and turning this program into a successful and highly-rated campus and community-wide phenomena.  She looks forward to assisting all with their career service needs.

Nikki Curley, Operations Facilitator -

Nikki Curley

Nikki joined the Career Services Team in July 2013. She graduated from Framingham State in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. During her time at FSU she was very active in the campus community. She held positions in various offices on campus as well as served as the Student Union Activities Board President for two years. Additionally, Nikki was an intern with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Nikki is very excited to continue her time at FSU as the Operations Facilitator at Career Services. In this role, she supervises student workers, serves as an initial point of contact for various constituents, and implements events.

Part-time Contracted Career Counselors

Ellen Price, Career Counselor


Ellen Price has 10 years experience in Career Services and has been at Framingham State University since 2008. Her varied background includes several years in both government and human resources, before she discovered her passion for helping students answer the question “What do I want to do with my life?” Ellen also enjoys helping students focus their job search using the tools of research, networking, resumes, and interviewing skills to land their dream job. Ellen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from Washington and Lee University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University.

Sarah Falber, Career Counselor  -


Sarah Falber has been with Framingham State University since 2010. Having worked as an attorney for several years, she successfully underwent her own career self evaluation process and made the professional change to Career Counseling. She spends much of her time creating new relationships with employers and preparing for the numerous career events taking place throughout the academic school year. Her favorite part of her job is helping students with their resumes, cover letters, interview skills, networking opportunities and advising them with their general job search strategies. Sarah received her Law Degree from Boston College and her Bachelor's Degree from Amherst College.

Norma Herzlinger, Career Counselor  -


Norma Herzlinger has over fifteen years experience in career services at the college level. Prior to joining Framingham State in January 2014, she held positions as Assistant Director and Cooperative Education Coordinator at Merrimack College. Norma is  especially enthusiastic about helping students with all aspects of the job search, including resumes, cover letters, networking, and interviewing techniques. Her background also includes work as a product manager in the high technology industry,  She received an MBA from Boston University and a B.A. from Simmons College.

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220