ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING
UNDERGRADUATE CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Rebecca has a passion for helping people find their professional fit. In her current role, she provides counseling and creates innovative programs to foster the career success of undergraduate students. Rebecca enjoys building relationships with students that provide support for growth and independence in making career decisions, creating personalized internship/job search strategies, and interviewing.
After obtaining a B.A. in Art History and Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University and working in PR/Communications at The Museum of the City of New York and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (now SIRIUS XM), Rebecca completed an M.A. in Mental Health and Wellness at New York University. From there, she worked at Pace University, career counseling undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni, and instructed on career-related topics at schools including NYU. Rebecca is a member of professional organizations, including the National Career Development Association, and a volunteer with one of her favorite non-profits, City Harvest.
Gerald is a passionate career counselor with a strong interest in working with students to develop strategic career plans. His goal is to help students to identify their interests and values and gain essential skills in managing their careers throughout their lifetimes. Prior to joining CCE, Gerald worked with undergraduate engineering and design students at Wentworth Institute of Technology as a cooperative education advisor and with graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College School of Public Policy and Management as a career counselor. Gerald received his master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in Human Development at SUNY Binghamton. He is an active member of the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE). He is also certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator assessment tool.
Gerald is a Hong Kong native and worked at a government agency before transitioning to the US. He speaks fluent Cantonese and can write Chinese. He also grew up in a restaurant environment where he developed his passion for food and cooking.
Alicia joined the undergraduate counseling team in March of 2012, and is committed to helping students prepare for and develop their career plans through one-on-one counseling and group programming. She previously was a member of the Center’s employer relations team, working to connect students and employers through the on-campus recruiting program, LionSHARE job database and large-scale events.
Alicia began her career in public relations at a mid-sized New York PR firm. It was during this time that she led her company’s internship program, sparking her desire to work with students to help them pursue their career goals. She holds a Masters in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and a Bachelors in Communications from Marist College, and likes to spend time crafting, cooking and enjoying the city.
GRADUATE STUDENT CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Richard joined the Center for Career Education in 2004 after working for several years with SIPA’s Office of Career Services. Prior to joining Columbia, Richard worked for over twenty years on Wall Street; initially in international banking with Chemical Bank in New York, Hong Kong, and Mumbai and, subsequently, with The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse) in Debt Capital Markets. At First Boston he worked globally with corporate and sovereign clients and was involved in new product development and transaction execution. Between Wall Street and Columbia, Richard studied at the London School of Economics and taught Masters students, also at LSE. Currently, he provides career advising and programming services for Ph.D. and Masters students from three schools (GSAS, SEAS, SOA), and assists employers looking to connect with graduate students at Columbia.
Richard received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, his master’s degree from Columbia’s SIPA, and his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College. In addition to finance and higher education, Richard has also worked as a golf caddy, lifeguard, theatre director, consultant, freelance writer, and bartender. But, in his free time, he can usually be found fly-fishing - or deep in a bookstore.
Don joined the Center for Career Education team in January, 2011 as the Assistant Director of Alumni Career Development. As a lifelong consultant, he brings a wide variety of personal job experience in almost every sector of the economy and this naturally led him into Career Counseling. As a Career Counselor, Don has worked previously in the academic sector in the Career Centers of Brooklyn College and the College of Staten Island; in the not for profit world in the Career Services Department of the Metropolitan Council; and in the private sector as a Career Consultant and Education Advisor for JPMorgan Chase.
Don holds a B.A. in Economics from Brooklyn College and an M.A. in Sociology from York University in Toronto. He also has a Certificate in Adult Career Planning and Development from NYU. Don grew up and still lives in Brooklyn, so he has plenty of time on the long Subway commute to read at least a book a week and catch up on all his favorite teams in the sports section - the Mets, Giants, Rangers, Knicks and West Ham United.
EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION AND STUDENT ENTERPRISES
Heather joined the Center for Career Education in 2007, making her own career change from the corporate sector. Her background includes spending the previous six years at a bulge-bracket investment bank, specializing in Campus Recruiting, Training and Development, and Talent Management specifically for junior populations at the firm (interns, analysts and associates). Realizing her passion for working with students, she made the decision to pursue her Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Development at Teachers College, Columbia University. Since she has made the transition to CCE, she spends her time working closely with students, employers, and alumni building dynamic international and domestic experiential opportunities for the Columbia community.
In her free time, Heather dreams about scuba diving the globe after getting certified in 2007 and pretending to be an expert foodie, eating her way around the newest and most diverse restaurants in NYC and specifically Brooklyn, her new home. Her allegiances will always be to Queens, the borough where she grew up and, most specifically to the New York Mets, her home team and her first employer (working their events and games when she was 15!)
EMPLOYER AND ALUMNI RELATIONS
Courtney joined the Employer and Alumni Relations team in the fall of 2009. Along with her colleagues, Courtney’s primary responsibilities are focused on building and maintaining relationships with employers and alumni interested in recruiting Columbia students and alumni. Courtney provides guidance for the On-Campus Recruiting program and new employer outreach to ensure effective, meaningful connections can be made between students, alumni, and potential employers.
Courtney’s previous experience includes management of the Global Markets campus recruiting program at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Director of Student Activities and Orientation at Fordham University.
Patrick, along with the Employer & Alumni Relations team, works to develop and maintain relationships with employer partners. He seeks to bring new employers to campus, primarily focusing on those firms and industries in which students have expressed a special interest. With the many services available to employers through CCE, Patrick works with these new partners to create a tailored approach to recruiting at Columbia.
Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering in 2002. Following two years in finance as an analyst at BlackRock, he joined the Employer and Alumni Relations team. During his time working at CCE he has completed a master’s degree in Public Administration at the School of International and Public Affairs. Additionally, Patrick has experience working with start-up non-profits through his role as a board member with the Flip Flop Foundation.
Emily joined the Employer Relations team at Columbia University Center for Career Education in October 2009 and is now the Interim Associate Director. Emily partners with employers across all industry groups to assist them in recruiting Columbia students. Along with the EAR team, Emily manages the on-campus recruiting program and several recruiting events. Prior to Columbia, Emily worked in campus recruiting in the financial services industry for several years. Emily graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in English and Spanish Literature and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in Organizational Psychology.
Vernon Gibbs joined the Center for Career Education in April 2010, but he is no stranger to Columbia University. As an alumnus of the College, Class of 2000, he has always maintained ties to the school through classmates and his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. He is excited to be back at his alma mater helping both students and alums in their careers. As the Outreach Specialist, Vernon focuses on a variety of industries including Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, and Government, finding companies in these fields and helping them use CCE as a tool for their various recruiting needs. Prior to working at Columbia, Vernon spent nearly 10 years in both marketing and sales. After two years as an Account Executive for Paychex Payroll Services and three years in Product Education at In Demand Pay-Per-View, he spent four and a half years at the National Basketball Association as Coordinator and then a Manager for NBA TV and NBA League Pass. In his free time, Vernon enjoys playing video games, reading comics, and making custom action figures for toy enthusiasts.