Meet the Career Services Team

April Kennedy, Team Leader

April Kennedy, a Certified Career Coach, serves as the Job Shadowing Coordinator by interacting and building relationships with students and businesses to coordinate shadowing and experiential opportunities for personal and professional development.

April is a graduate of Notre Dame College with her Bachelor of Arts focusing in Psychology, Philosophy and Business Administration. She furthered her studies at NDC in the area of MMIS in the Master of Education program and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Ministry at South University of Savannah, Georgia.

A former awardee of the NDC President’s STAR Award, April serves as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Cleveland Clinic School of Cytotechnology.

Contact April at or 216-373-5216.

Franceska Jones, Certified Career Coach

Franceska Jones is a dedicated higher education administrator, with over seven years of experience. as well as a small business owner. She is a Certified Career Coach and Global Career Development Facilitator and manages employer training and career support services for students with disabilities at Notre Dame College

Franceska received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and John Carroll University awarded her a master’s degree in Non-Profit Administration in 2013. Currently, Franceska is a doctoral student at Morgan State University studying Higher Education Leadership with a focus on Community Colleges. 

A native of Cleveland Heights. Franceska is the wife of Rudolph Jones, III and the proud mother of Phoenix Jones.

Contact Franceska at or 216-373-5305.

William L. Leamon, Internship Coordinator

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Citadel, Bill Leamon spent 16 years working for large corporations, including Black & Decker (DeWalt), The Stanley Works, and Akzo Nobel (Glidden Paint), where he held various leadership roles in sales/marketing, manufacturing/operations, and organizational design/development, before deciding to pursue a career in higher education, non-profit, and business consulting.

Helping students successfully transition from college to career is both his passion and profession, originally launching as a result of his participation in the Sisters of Charity Foundation’s Innovation Mission Fellowship program. Leamon also secured a large, multi-year grant from the Cleveland Foundation’s Fenn Educational Fund to create the Nonprofit Internship Program, providing paid internship opportunities for Notre Dame College students at area nonprofit organizations.

Leamon holds the following graduate degrees: Master of Business Administration (Case Western Reserve University), Master of Positive Organizational Development (Case Western Reserve University), and Master of Human Resources & Labor.

Contact Bill at or 440-503-3126.