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CEO Staff

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Mel Brennan Executive Director of the CEO

As the Executive Director, Mel provides leadership to the Center for Experience and Opportunity and oversees the implementation of McDaniel Commitment programs.

Mel works closely with campus constituents, alumni and community members to support and expand the College's experiential learning and career success initiative.


  • BA in History and Political Science , McDaniel College
  • PhD (ABD), Sport and Human Rights, University of Stirling (UK)

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Joan Liptrot

Joan Liptrot Director of International & Off Campus Programs

As the Director of International & Off Campus Programs, Joan encourages students to identify opportunities, advises international and off-campus study experiences and supports international students. 

You'll work with Joan if you're interested in global experiences and are seeking long-term or short-term study abroad programs . 


  • BA in Education, East Stroudsburg University

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Daniel DeHollander

Daniel DeHollander Associate Director of Career Development

As the Associate Director of Career Development, Daniel supports students and alumni through all phases of their internship and job searches. Daniel also works with employers to develop relations and promote opportunities at McDaniel.

You’ll work with Daniel if you are assessing your strengths, exploring career interests, preparing applications, or applying for roles.


  • BA in History, State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo

  • MA in Higher Education, University of Arizona 

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Joanna Hamburg Assistant Director for Student Development

As the Assistant Director of Student Development, Joanna supports the operations of CEO and OSE events and programming, supports publicity initiatives, and manages office workflow. 

You'll work with Joanna for if you need help navigating Handshake or if you have questions about work study opportunities. 


  • BA in English, McDaniel College

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