Professional Development

Anne BaylessAnne Bayless

BA, St. Mary’s College, Government and Sociology
MBA, Temple University

A proud and enthusiastic Temple alum, Anne is thrilled to bring her years of experience and passion for the liberal arts to the professional development team. With over 25 years devoted to the nonprofit, business and higher education sectors, working in a wide range of capacities, Anne is well equipped to help lead student professional development initiatives in College of Liberal Arts.

Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree in Government and Sociology from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, she spent several years working on local policy initiatives in Washington, D.C. and New York City, and managing an employment program for homeless youth in her hometown of Chicago.  Eager to get back to the east coast and interested in pursuing additional training and education in management and organizational practices, Anne pursued her MBA at Temple while overseeing training programs for entrepreneurs in the Temple Small Business Development Center. Post MBA and three children later, Anne joined the Fox Management Consulting team to help develop and grow their innovative experiential education model linking MBA students with nonprofit boards and other opportunities helping them apply their academics to real world business problems and people. Excited to reconnect with her liberal arts roots and help undergraduate students in their career development journey, Anne feels privileged to be part of the CLA professional development team. When not at Temple Anne stays busy with her husband and children and their 2.5 year old Golden Retriever, Sully. She serves as board chair on the Greene Street Friends School’s board of trustees, and is very slowly working on a second master’s degree in Temple’s College of Education. 

Favorite Books (most recent): The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd and Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Professional Development Advising Interests: Career exploration, networking and translating the liberal arts experience to new opportunities

Elizabeth AnselmoElizabeth Anselmo

BS, Utah Valley University, Psychology
MS, Utah State University, Psychology—Specializing in School Counseling

Elizabeth was born and raised in Scranton, PA. She moved to Utah shortly after high school to learn and grow in an unfamiliar culture and pursue her post-secondary education. She studied Psychology in her undergraduate studies and Professional School Counseling in her graduate studies. Soon after graduation, Elizabeth moved back to Pennsylvania to work at William Tennent High School in Warminster as a school counseling intern. Once she realized that the college and career component of high school counseling was what she was most passionate about, she soon became an Admission Counselor at Manor College located in Jenkintown, PA. She particularly enjoyed helping first-generation college students through the college process. She is now excited to be a part of Temple University’s team in the College of Liberal Arts where her husband is also a student in the School of Podiatric Medicine. She is overjoyed to play a role in helping students reach their academic and career dreams. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and French Bulldog, running, watching movies, and eating Italian food.

Favorite Books: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Advising Interests: Professional Development, Major and Career Exploration, Graduate School Planning, First Generation College Students

Patrick GordonPatrick Gordon

BA, Temple University, Journalism
MJ, Temple University, Journalism

A journalist by trade, Patrick spent time working in the sports departments of the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Bulletin before launching his own successful baseball publication. Along with his work as a baseball writer, Patrick has spent the better part of the past eight years at Temple managing services related to student professional development. Prior to joining the College of Liberal Arts, he assisted in the creation and managed a successful student professional development center across campus. In addition to working with undergraduates on resumes, cover letters, interview skills and job search strategies, Patrick also manages employer relations and connects CLA students with internship and job opportunities. He also assists students interested in learning more about graduate school. His main area of academic research is the analysis of the role of sport and media in times of national crisis. He is currently is in the final stages of publishing a book that examines the symbiotic relationship between nationalism, baseball and the media following the terror attacks of 9/11. He also works as an adjunct in the history and journalism departments.

Favorite Books: What It Takes To Be #1: Vince Lombardi on Leadership by Vince Lombardi Jr. and To Every Thing a Season: Shibe Park and Urban Philadelphia by Bruce Kuklick

Darvin MartinDarvin L. Martin

B.A., California University of Pennsylvania, Secondary Education
Graduate Certificate, Temple University, Diversity Leadership
National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Certification, Career Development Facilitation

Darvin was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University (Allegheny Campus) where he studied English Liberal Arts for two years before enrolling in the teacher education program at the California University of Pennsylvania. After graduating in 1998, Darvin taught high school for several years before his professional experiences led him into Human Services, where he met his wife of 11 years. Darvin relocated to Philadelphia in 2003 where he worked as a career developer for the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation. It was in this field that Darvin discovered his talents for helping people clarify their career goals, create opportunities for success, connect to the networks that would help them move to the next level, and develop healthy coping strategies for dealing with the inevitable stress of professional development. With over a decade of experience in the design and delivery of adaptive career services to a wide range of diverse populations, Darvin is excited to be the newest member of the professional development advising team. As a career counselor, Darvin passionately believes that career is about more than just finding the right job, right salary, and right team to join – it’s about discovering what you want to do in the world, finding your "soul work," and having the skill, courage, and vision to follow it. In his free time, Darvin enjoys lifting weights, reading speculative fiction, and playing video games with his wife.

Favorite Books: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel H. Pink; Women Who Run with the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes; The Power of Flow: Practical Ways to Transform Your Life with Meaningful Coincidence, by Charlene Belitz; The Great and Secret Show, by Clive Barker