Staff Directory

Katrina Denny, Esq., Director 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 solo-practice liaison.

Jill Myers, Esq., Associate Director
Jill Myers received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1994 and earned her B.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University. A Los Angeles native, Jill began her law practice as a litigation associate at Loeb & Loeb. After several years as an attorney with large firms, she transitioned to the field of legal recruiting and career counseling. At Loyola, Jill applies more than two decades of experience to assist students and alumni in articulating career goals, crafting search materials and mastering interviewing and networking skills.

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. 

Rebecca Ruschell, Esq., Assistant Director
Rebecca Ruschell received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati School of Law where she was a Senior Articles Editor for the Human Rights Quarterly with the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights and holds a certificate from the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. She has a B.A. in Political Science and French minor. She is a DRPA certified mediator and trainer and a member of the Southern California Mediation Association. In counseling students and graduates on their career goals and strategies, Rebecca brings a varied legal and J.D. Advantage career background from small firm, entrepreneurship, legal consulting, and years of service in the public interest with nonprofit organizations.

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, Linda oversees the Career Development Office, Student Affairs, and the Registrar.