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Office of Career Planning Staff

Heather Day DiFranco (h.d.difranco@csuohio.edu)

Director, Career Planning
(216) 687-2540

Heather joined the Office of Career Planning in July 2013, after more than five years in the Career Development Office at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. While at CWRU, Heather was involved in all aspects of career planning including student advising, employer outreach, interview programs, programming, marketing and more. A 2001 graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Heather practiced domestic relations and school law in Columbus and worked as an attorney editor for Thomson/West (now Thomson Reuters) before becoming a legal career advisor. Heather earned her B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1998.

Sarah Dylag Beznoska (s.beznoska@csuohio.edu)

Assistant Director, Career Planning

(216) 687-2260

Sarah joined the Office of Career Planning in November 2013, after more than six years at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where her experience included student programming and counseling, externship program administration, and employer outreach. After her graduation from Duke University School of Law in 2002, Sarah practiced law at a private firm in Washington, D.C., and also worked as a staff attorney for the Washington State House of Representatives in Olympia, Washington. She earned her B.A. in American Studies and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame. Sarah is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals.

Renee Pienta (r.pienta@csuohio.edu)

Assistant Director, Career Planning
(216) 687-2264

Renee joined the Office of Career Planning in November 2012.  She was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio in 2001, and remains an active member of the Ohio bar.  Prior to joining C|M|LAW, Renee practiced law as an associate attorney in the private sector of the legal profession for approximately nine years, focusing principally in civil litigation involving a diverse range of corporate and individual disputes.  Most recently, Renee spent nearly seven years at a Cleveland area law firm, where she represented clients in matters involving business and commercial disputes, contract disputes, real property disputes, employment discrimination and related claims, personal injury claims, and professional malpractice claims.  During her practice, Renee was involved in all aspects of the prosecution and defense of civil claims before state and federal courts, both at the trial and appellate level.  Renee graduated cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2001 and earned her B.S. in Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1998.  While in law school, she was an extern for the Honorable John M. Manos, former Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.  Renee is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the National Association for Law Placement.

Nancy Erhardt (n.erhardt@csuohio.edu)

Coordinator, Career Planning
(216) 687-6871                                                                                                           

Prior to joining the Office of Career Planning in July 2013, Nancy worked five years in the University’s Bursar’s Office (now Treasury Services) and ten years at the CSU West Center.  Throughout her time at the West Center, she devoted herself to making certain that students’ and faculty’s questions or concerns were resolved after one visit to her office -- the true definition of customer service.  Nancy’s knowledge of the University and dedication to CSU is an asset to the Office of Career Planning and a bonus for all of our law students.