Work with the VCU Talent Strategy Team


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Tanya Giscombe
Senior manager, talent strategy

Tanya Giscombe serves as a talent acquisition consultant for the VCU Executive Search Team. Tanya has 18+ years of diverse Human Resources experience with particular emphasis in Talent Management and Recruitment. Tanya’s background is rich in finding exceptional talent and implementing strategic talent management solutions for esteemed national/global corporate manufacturing organizations as well as state government.

Prior to joining VCU, Tanya served as HR Business Partner with Virginia Department of Emergency Management. While there, she successfully managed the Talent Management program and implemented a comprehensive talent strategy that aligned with the agency’s business objectives and encouraged a highly engaged and valued workforce.

Tanya-Lee holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a minor in Human Resources Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BS in Political Science from Virginia State University. She is SHRM-CP certified and an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as well as College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA).

Talent acquisition consultant and recruiter

Celia O'Hallahan
Talent strategy associate

Celia O’Hallahan serves as the talent strategy associate for the VCU Executive Search Team. Celia provides high-touch support for VCU and candidates through the full-cycle recruitment process. Celia’s passion is providing a superior customer service experience to candidates while accompanying them throughout their campus visits. She enjoys providing candidates with an opportunity to get to know VCU’s campus culture and to experience the RAM pride that gives VCU it’s unique charm.

Prior to joining the Executive Search Team, Celia worked in the human services field as a counselor. Celia also previously served as an Account Manager, where she played an integral role in developing a new company’s clientele from the ground up, establishing the company’s presence in the Richmond, Virginia area.

Celia received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in August of 2017.

Talent strategy associate

Lauren Guthrie
Talent acquisition coordinator

Lauren Guthrie serves as the talent acquisition coordinator for the VCU Executive Search Team. Lauren is passionate about ensuring that anyone who works with the Executive Search Team has a first-rate experience, and she elevates and enriches the candidate’s experience as they move through the hiring process. In HR, Lauren has been granted the opportunity to share VCU’s staff, students and culture with prospective candidates.

Lauren began her career in VCU Human Resources Operations. Prior to working at VCU, Lauren worked for Henrico County Public Schools, where she assisted with the progression of children’s social and educational development.

Lauren is currently earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Talent acquisition coordinator

Beverly Walker
Project manager

Beverly is the program manager for Career Development with VCU Division of Human Resources. Beverly specializes in the post-hire stage of the talent spectrum, ensuring that once employees are hired they have opportunities for engagement and career growth. She has been with the university since 2001, serving in various leadership roles across the university, spending her years of service in the Division of Student Affairs and Human Resources. In her current role, she is responsible for leading the efforts of developing a career development program at the university, promoting the importance of employee development and growth.

Beverly is a graduate of VCU’s Grace E. Harris’ Higher Ground program and a certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). She received a B.S. degree from Virginia State University and an M.Ed. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Project manager

Julie Nguyen
Career development assistant

Julie Nguyen serves as the Career Development Assistant for VCU’s Talent Strategy Team. Julie contributes to the successes of VCU employees as a system administrator to the online mentoring program, working closely with VCU’s Career Communities in all aspects of program development including communications, data collection, and overall support.

Julie’s passion is in student life and engagement, where she advocates for the mental wellbeing and personal and professional development of students. Prior to joining VCU, Julie worked for UVA’s First Generation Mentoring Network where she served as a Peer Advocate for first-year, first generation students.

Julie received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Cognitive Science with a Concentration in Linguistics from the University of Virginia in 2021. She is currently earning her Master’s degree in Counselor Education with a Concentration in College Counseling and Student Affairs from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Career development assistant