Staff Directory

Director of Career Development

Katrina Denny, Esq., Assistant Dean of Career Development
Katrina Denny leads the Career Development Office in supporting Loyola law students and graduates with their career goals. In addition to counseling students and alumni, she collaborates with leaders both at Loyola and at other law schools and engages with various legal professionals. Previously, Katrina was the Director of Career Services at Southwestern Law School where she spent over a decade advising students and graduates regarding career planning, job search strategies, interview preparation, and judicial clerkship applications. She received her J.D. from California Western School of Law in 2003 and earned her B.A. in Political Science from San Diego State University in 2000.

Jolene Horn, Esq., Associate Director
Jolene Horn graduated in 2006 from Loyola Law School’s evening division while working full time as the school's Recruitment Coordinator in the Career Development Office. After law school, Jolene practiced litigation at a large, international law firm, Jones Day, for six years, and at a mid-sized trial-practice firm, Yukevich Cavanaugh, before starting her own solo practice. As an Associate Director, Jolene utilizes her legal and career services experience to counsel students and graduates on identifying career goals, drafting and revising resumes and cover letters, polishing interview and networking skills and formulating job search strategies. She is also the dedicated counselor for our JD students in the evening program. 

Marla Najbergier, Associate Director
Marla Najbergier has worked with the Career Development Office since 1999.  She is responsible for counseling students and recent graduates. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and worked as a recruiter for seven years prior to her time at Loyola. She uses her extensive knowledge and experience working with students, graduates and employers to help increase employment prospects. 

Ariana Allen

Ariana Allen, Assistant Director
Ariana received her B.A. in Women’s Studies from LMU in 2008, and her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the university in 2022. In addition to counseling students in career planning and job search strategies, she is the office's DEI specialist. Prior to joining the CDO in February 2023, Ariana was a hiring manager on customer engagement teams at tech startups and has extensive experience evaluating application materials. 

Rebecca Ruschell

Rebecca Ruschell, Esq., Assistant Director
Rebecca is a DRPA certified mediator and coach and welcomes the opportunity to use her wide range of legal experience, including years of public interest work with nonprofit organizations, to support LLS students' career and professional development. In her role, she counsels students and recent graduates on career goals and strategies and oversees public sector-focused programs, workshops, and events. Rebecca holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and a JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law where she was Senior Articles Editor for the Human Right Quarterly with the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights.

Recruiting Coordinator

Felicia Rodriguez, Recruitment Coordinator
As the CDO's Recruitment Coordinator, Felicia oversees the law school's On-Campus Interview (OCI) programs. In this role, she provides guidance to students and employers regarding their OCI registration and participation, job listings, and information sessions. Before joining Loyola, she spent 4 years at the University of La Verne College of Law as the Coordinator of Career Development & Externships. 

Imani Knights, Career Development and Data Management Coordinator
Imani serves as the lead for career-related events and communications, provides data management support, and posts positions on the office's online job board. Imani is a graduate of Fisk University where she served as a Student Ambassador and was an active member of several student organizations. Prior to coming to Loyola, Imani was a Program Leader providing after school support and enrichment activities to local high school students.

Linda Whitfield, Esq., Associate Dean for Student Services and Dean of Students
Linda Whitfield received her J.D., Order of the Coif, from Loyola Law School in 1992. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1987. Linda practiced law at Perkins Coie and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and worked as a volunteer at Legal Aid in Atlanta. In addition to being a member of the Career Development team, Dean Whitfield oversees the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of the Registrar.