Mentorship Program

Reconnect to your past experiences by sharing wisdom and encouraging the development of a mentee. Enter your field with confidence and momentum, knowing you have the support of an experienced mentor. Build a positive professional relationship, and explore networking opportunities together.

The SOE Alumni-Student Mentorship Program has been open to SOE’s current students and recent graduates since Fall 2013. Alumni mentors are available for monthly contact over the course of a 12-24 month commitment. Apply now, and see what mentorship can do for you.

The program specializes in forging relationships in the following areas:

  • Administration and Supervision
  • Counseling
  • Doctoral
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Public Safety Leadership
  • Special Education
  • Teaching and Learning

Mary Somers, Program Chair
Counseling, ’94


Mary Somers is 1994 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Education program. She earned an Master of Science in Applied Community Counseling (now called MS in Clinical Community Counseling). She is a nationally certified counselor and board certified coach with more than 30 years’ experience in career coaching, academic advising, student services and graduate business admissions. As an associate director of coaching and education at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, she works closely with students and alumni to help them clarify their career goals so that they might find work that is challenging and rewarding. She especially enjoys helping her clients identify their unique value propositions.

In addition to career coaching, Mary co-leads the Health Care Management Network and is the program lead for the Leading a Diverse Society Mentoring Program for underrepresented minority business students. Prior to joining Carey, Mary managed career services at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She also worked at Georgetown and Tufts University in student services roles. Mary has also taught graduate career development courses at the JHU School of Education.

She is a co-founder of Suited to Succeed, a Baltimore nonprofit that provides clothing and associated resources to women transitioning from training programs to employment. Currently, she chairs the JHU School of Education Mentoring Program, leads the Carey neighborhood partnership with City Springs Elementary/Middle School, and volunteers at Gilchrist Hospice in Baltimore, MD.


The SOE Mentorship Program is operated by the School of Education Department of Development & Alumni Relations. For more information, contact:

Debbie Kennison