• Each member of the Center for Calling & Career staff possesses great individual devotion to Lee University and our students.

    Dr. Sheila Cornea, Director

    As the Director of the Center for Calling and Career, Dr. Cornea's primary focus is to encourage students to discover their calling, embrace their strengths, and engage their gifts to fulfill God's plan for their lives in service to others. She especially enjoys helping Lee University students, alumni, faculty and staff advance to their "next step" in their calling and career, whether through community connections with recruiters, publishing a professional portfolio, enhancing resume and interview skills, or building a strong social media presence.

    Her broad experience in both sacred and secular settings includes school administration, non-profit management, and church leadership. She is also a leadership coach, author and speaker passionate about equipping emerging leaders to live and lead intentionally and influentially.

    Dr. Cornea holds an EdD in Organizational Development and Leadership, MS in Educational Leadership, and BA in Secondary English Education. Her signature strengths are Strategic, Relator, Belief, Arranger, and Connectedness.

    Cathy Thompson, Assistant Director

    Mrs. Thompson joined the Lee Family as an undergrad student in 1975, and then again as a psychology masters student in 1998 (at which time career counseling was her favored course).  She became a Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider in 2005, which she keeps active. Her husband, Dr. Dewayne Thompson, has served in academic and administrative leadership roles since 1981, and their two daughters also earned undergrad degrees from Lee.  Lee is ingrained in their family history.
    She delights in sharing individual and classroom career guidance and resources for Lee students and alums.  Having “tried” several majors before finding the best-fit for herself as an undergrad, you will find Mrs. Thompson enthusiastically talking with students about choosing a major or life work that fits who they are – their personality, skills, interests, values, and strengths.  In addition, she mentors students to craft personal résumés and cover letters, as well as how to job search and network on LinkedIn.  Mock interviews are just fun! Another focus is building strong employer connections in order to link students and recruiters. Her overarching goal is student and alum career success.  Mrs. Thompson’s Top 5 Clifton Strengths Themes are Achiever, Learner, Maximizer, Connectedness, and Input.
    Her previous 13-year experience as Lee University Registrar beautifully supports her current role by providing a registration framework and understanding that supports student academic program advising. Previous counseling roles also provide valuable skills for the career counseling she joyfully provides in the Center for Calling and Career.

    Strengths Vocational Advisors (SVAs)

    The Center approaches career advising from a strengths-based philosophy, with SVAs guiding you to focus on who you are. Through the Center for Calling and Career, you may schedule an individual advising session with faculty who are prepared to listen, question, encourage and guide you in a discovery of your strengths and calling. These advisors are especially helpful if you are undecided about a major, or would like to make a change in your major or minor. We have 30 trained SVAs across each academic department on campus.