Director of Career Engaged Learning
Brigid hails from the East Side of Michigan but fell in love with Grand Rapids while attending Aquinas College. A psychology major and studio art minor, Brigid completed internships with the Aquinas Admissions Office and participated in the Chicago Semester, teaching art classes at St. Agatha and shadowing an art therapist at a group home for boys. After graduating, she worked in Admissions, recruiting future Saints from Detroit and Grand Rapids public schools. The lifelong learning bug, a dislike of Michigan winters, and love of a fellow AQ alum and Marine led her to pursue a Masters Degree in Higher Education Leadership at the University of San Diego. She finished her time in sunny southern California as the Development Officer for the High Tech High Foundation, supporting a group of revolutionary charter schools that served a diverse student population. The Pure Michigan commercials worked, however, and she and husband Jeremy Chesla ’01 came back home to Michigan, and Aquinas, when she accepted the position of Alumni Director. After serving for 9 years, Brigid transitioned to the student side of the “house” and now serves as the Associate Director of Career Services and Internship Director. She lives across the street from Aquinas (she can see inside Albertus from her front porch) with her two boys, Emmett and Leo, and firefighting husband.
Linda Keway is a faculty member at AQ and Co-Curricular Coordinator for the Career Services team. She teaches CD 100: Career Exploration and Self-Awareness for first and second-year students every semester. She also teaches CD 200, a Career Development Course designed for continuing education students and Masters in Counseling Class at AQ on Career Development Theories. Linda provides career counseling along with training and support for staff and faculty.
Linda earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University, and completed a Master’s program in Guidance and Counseling from Michigan State University. In addition, she earned a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. Prior to coming to Aquinas, Linda worked for the public schools as a teacher, counselor, and curriculum consultant and in higher education (admissions/affirmative action). She also worked for the education association as a professional development/human rights consultant and UniServ Director.
In her free time, she is an avid dancer!
Alex grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2014 to attend Calvin University, where she obtained degrees in Biology and Philosophy. Afterwards, she continued on to get a Master’s Degree in Early Human Prehistory at the University of York, and she completed her dissertation work on early canid domestication. Alex has a passion for animals (and she is more than happy to talk about her cats anytime!) and an overall passion for learning. In her spare time, you can find her volunteering at a local cat shelter, training her cats, or spending time with her husband.