ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING
As the Dean of the Center for Career Education, Kavita holds overall responsibility for the work of CCE! She works closely with the entire staff at the Center to provide career programs and services that are tailored to the needs of Columbia students, alumni, and employers interested in hiring them. Born in London, England, Kavita moved to New York in 2002 for a couple of years, and years later, is still here. Educated at Southampton University and the London School of Economics and Political Science, Kavita began her career working for Voluntary Service Overseas, an international development agency. She moved to the US after working for the University of London Careers Service for seven years advising students at Goldsmith’s College, University College London, and King’s College London. She also established and ran the Graduate Careers Shop, a service designed to help graduates develop or change their career paths.
Kavita lives in Brooklyn and, when not at Columbia, can be found keeping up with her two children enjoying the cafes, restaurants, and movie theatres of her Carroll Gardens neighborhood. She is also only too happy to talk football (soccer) and her recent trip to the World Cup Finals in South Africa with just about anyone who will listen.
As Executive Director, Al leads a team of seven who coordinate the Center’s financial management, budgetary planning and reporting, human resources, data management and information technology; marketing, and facilities and operations. Al has worked at Columbia since 1997; prior to joining CCE in 2007, he served as Senior Associate Director in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Al holds an M.A. from the University of Michigan in Higher Education Administration with a focus on student development and academic affairs, and a B.A. in Political Science and History from Rutgers College.
Katie Taflan is the Associate Director of Marketing at CCE where she oversees marketing and communications for the seven schools served by CCE. Prior to coming to Columbia, she worked at Duke University recruiting patients for clinical trials in nicotine and smoking cessation research. In her spare time, she continues to design logotypes and collateral materials for freelance clients. She is also an avid independent movie goer (recommends “Tell No One” if you haven’t seen it) and has an uncanny ability to remember pop trivia. Katie graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Psychology. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Art Direction from the Portfolio Center in Atlanta.
David joined CCE in the summer of 2010 as the Assistant Director of Research and Technology. As the Associate Director of Research and Technology, he leverages IT processes, applications, and data to support and enhance the mission of CCE. Prior to this role at CCE, David spent over nine years managing web marketing and IT at New York University. He also has a Master's Degree in Urban Planning & Policy, and can hold forth for quite some time on the subject.
As the Assistant Director of Research and Technology, Frankie is actively engaged in developing and supporting CCE’s IT initiatives with a strong focus on user management, systems administration, and web and multimedia design. Prior to working at CCE, he worked at the Columbia University Medical Center where he coordinated various research programs including molecular, clinical, and cancer genetics. In addition to photography, painting, and woodworking, he can be seen playing soccer around New York CIty. He also holds a B.A in Forensic Psychology.
Elizabeth is on the administration and planning team at CCE, where she has worked since 2007. She works with finance, human resources, and operations. She also manages the Work Exemption Program, which provides grants to Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science students to pursue unpaid semester and summer internships, volunteer and research opportunities. Elizabeth loves living in New York City and biking, walking, and exploring Central Park.
Bernadette, along with her colleagues on the Administration and Planning Team, shares responsibility for the financial and operational management of the Columbia Student Enterprises for the Center for Career Education. She provides overall support and maintenance of the student enterprises and their work environment, which includes the processing and distribution of the payroll for those students. Bernadette particularly enjoys student discussions regarding the issues and new projects that arise within the businesses.
Lauren joined CCE in March 2013 as the Assistant Director of Event Management and Social Media. In her role, she plans and executes Center events and helps shape the social media strategy for the Center’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. With a background in non-profit event management and student support, Lauren is committed to creating opportunities for student and alumni development. Lauren completed her BS in human services, education, and public policy at the University of Delaware, and recently received her MSEd in higher education administration from Baruch College.
Thomas is the Assistant Director of Administration and Planning where he supports the financial, administrative, and operational needs of the CCE. He also manages the Alumni & Parent Internship Fund (APIF) and the Columbia Engineering Internship Fund (CEIF). Thomas received his M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University in Higher Education, concentrating in academic and developmental analysis in student affairs. He is currently pursuing his Ed.M. in the same field. Prior to joining the CCE, he worked in administration at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and at Cornell's NYC Tech campus. When not at Columbia he can be found skiing in the Adirondack Mountains or listening to opera from the Bel Canto repertoire.
Caitlin joined the Center for Career Education’s Administration and Planning team in September 2013 as the Career Resource Center Coordinator. In her role she provides overall support and organization of the CRC's operations. She enjoys interacting with students and alumni and learning about their career choices and transitions. In addition, Caitlin assists with the logistics of the Work Exemption Program (WEP) and manages the Graduate Intern staff of the Student Educational & Experiential Development Program (SEED). Caitlin graduated from Mercyhurst University with a B.A. in Psychology and she holds an M.S. from Suffolk University in Mental Health Counseling. Prior to Columbia, she worked at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
Outside of CCE, Caitlin enjoys traveling, shopping, music, and all things related to West Highland Terriers!
UNDERGRADUATE CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Niamh is Assoc. Dean of Undergraduate Career Development at the Center for Career Education. Niamh thoroughly enjoys her work, her colleagues, and the students at Columbia, and directs her energy to enhancing the framework of support and access to opportunities for students of Columbia. Before coming to CCE, Niamh worked with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she served as Assistant Director of the Office of Career Services. Prior to that, she was the Program Coordinator of NYU’s National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, which exists to explore a broad range of legal issues affecting the nation's nonprofit sector. Niamh holds a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and an M.Sc. in Management from NYU. When Niamh is not working, she likes to dance, do crossword puzzles, and take advantage of the arts in NYC with her family.
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.
Lindsay joined CCE in September of 2013, and thoroughly enjoys helping students figure out the answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” A New Jersey native, Lindsay graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Comparative Ethnic Studies and Creative Writing, and later earned an M.Phil.Ed in Professional Counseling and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. After working as a high school counselor for the School District of Philadelphia, Lindsay started a doctoral program in Educational Leadership at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Her research is focused on the metacognitive skills and nonacademic experiences associated with college and career readiness for underrepresented student groups. Outside of academia, Lindsay likes to spend her time experimenting in the kitchen, crafting, going to museums for free, and rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tracy works in partnership with students to identify work congruent with their values, create effective resumes and cover letters, and develop professional contacts. She creates a welcoming environment to explore and build confidence. Her goal is for students to articulate skills and communicate their purpose clearly, in an authentic manner. Tracy previously worked in student services program design and development, homeless services, community mental health and arts programming at organizations including The New School, Sarah Lawrence College and The Partnership for the Homeless. She values cross-disciplinary alliances and social impact.
Tracy holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and an M.A. in Anthropology from University of California, San Diego; she earned her B.A. in Anthropology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She enjoys travel and history, and aspires to establishing a regular meditation practice.
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 five schools (GSAS, SEAS, SOA, GSAPP, and SCE), 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.
Vyju Manian is the Associate Director of Graduate Student Career Development at the Center for Career Education. A native of India, Vyju grew up in Bengaluru and Mumbai. She started her professional career as a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs at Holmdel, NJ. Following a move to West Lafayette, IN, she worked as an academic adviser to international freshman engineers at Purdue University and subsequently as the Chair of the Math department at Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, IN. Upon her return to New York City, she worked with undergraduates as an Advising Dean at Columbia University before joining Center for Career Education to serve the growing needs of the graduate student population. Vyju has an M.A. in Mathematical Statistics from University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. Her interests include traveling, cooking and reading.
Rachel is the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Development at the Center for Career Education. Before joining CCE, Rachel completed her Ph.D. in U.S. History at UC Berkeley, with focuses on twentieth-century African-American, education, and legal history. In addition to her graduate work, she also has experience in K-12 education and the non-profit sector. She enjoys helping graduate students find fulfilling careers, whether inside or beyond academe. When she's not at CCE, Rachel can be found on her bicycle, out for a stroll, or trying a new recipe.
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!)
Jennie joined the Center for Career Education in the summer of 2011 and is very happy to be a part of the Columbia community. In her current role, she works with developing and managing experiential learning programs for students and also serves as an undergraduate career counselor. Prior to Columbia, Jennie worked at an investment banking firm in the Campus Recruiting and Training area and then had her first experience in higher education at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. as Manager of Recruiting Programs. At Georgetown, Jennie worked to build meaningful connections between the campus, students, alumni and employers. She is delighted to have made her way into a field where she is able to help students explore the opportunities available to them and develop an understanding of how to build a fulfilling career. In her spare time, you will find Jennie with her nose buried in her Kindle, running in Central Park, and traveling as much as she can possibly afford with family and friends.
In the summer of 2011, Jill joined the Center for Career Education. Her role involves managing various international and domestic experiential education programs, as well as career counseling undergraduate students.
Jill completed a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication at Miami University and a Masters of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. As a student, Jill completed an internship at Ming Chuan University in Taoyuan, Taiwan where she worked directly with study abroad students in the International Education and Exchange Division. In addition, she interned at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India, where she supported local students who participated in Duke University’s Talented Identification Program. Prior to joining CCE, she spent time working in the international education field as the Graduate Assistant in the University of South Carolina Study Abroad Office as well traveling to Asia extensively on behalf of the Georgia Institute of Technology Work Abroad Program to meet with employers interested in hiring interns. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Society of Experiential Education (NSEE) and is also involved in NAFSA (Association for International Educators). In her free time, you can find Jill running through Central Park, enjoying the many sights and sounds of NYC, or trying out new recipes in her kitchen.
Since joining CCE in 2010, Emily has enjoyed working closely with the Columbia student community to provide career counseling support, coordinate educational programs, and collaborate with student groups. In addition to advising students on career opportunities and interests, Emily manages several CCE internship programs, including CEO London, CEO Beijing, the Columbia Exploration Externship (CEE), and the Virtual Internship Program (VIP) and serves on the Student Enterprises Advisory Board. Prior to joining the Experiential Education & Student Enterprises team, Emily worked on the Administration & Planning team where her responsibilities ranged from supporting and strategizing center operations to coordinating the Graduate Assistant program.
Laura joined the Center for Career Education in December of 2012 and is excited to be part of such a dynamic community. As a member of the Experiential Education team, Laura manages several domestic and international internship programs including programs which focus on civic engagement and the not-for-profit sector. Additionally, Laura serves as a career counselor for the undergraduate student body and sits on the advisory board for Columbia’s three student-run enterprises.
Before coming to Columbia, Laura worked as program manager and director at several non-profit organizations including New York Cares and StreetWise Partners managing broad portfolios of adult education and job-readiness volunteer programming. She also completed an internship at Barnard’s Office of Career Development and volunteered at NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development. Laura completed a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Binghamton University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Higher and Post-Secondary Education at Teacher’s College. In her free time, Laura can be found playing her guitar, putting ridiculous sweaters on her dog, George, and seriously considering going for a jog.
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.
Mike joined the Center for Career Education’s Employer Outreach team in June 2012. As an Outreach Specialist, he works with employers who are interested in expanding their presence at Columbia by helping to create a made-to-order recruiting plan for their needs. Mike also assists in uncovering new employers for programs such as Columbia Experience Overseas and Career Fairs. He is responsible for working with employers across all industries, but primarily focused in Consulting, Financial Services and General Business.
Mike graduated from Villanova University in May 2006 with a B.A. in Marketing. He spent five years as a third party recruiter, staffing both IT positions in Finance as well as Scientific roles in the Biotech sector.
Jeanine joined the Employer Relations team in May of 2012. She helps to connect students and employers through the on-campus recruiting program, employer events and information sessions, and the LionSHARE job database. As a member of the On-Campus Recruiting team, she conducts trainings at new orientations and student group meetings to teach students how to participate in the on-campus recruiting program. She is currently earning a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, Jeanine graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and worked in non-profit PR for several years before making the switch to higher education.
Jeanine enjoys traveling and reading.
ALUMNI CAREER SERVICES
Rose Sterling is the Director of Alumni Career Services where she oversees career counseling and programming for alumni of the seven schools served by the Center for Career Education. Prior to joining CCE, Rose served as the Associate Director of Employer Relations at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering where she led strategic employer outreach and recruiting initiatives for the NYU engineering student population. She also led innovative workshops with a focus on professional branding and connecting one’s culture and identity to his/her career decision-making process.
Rose holds a Master of Education degree in Human Services and Counseling from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Education from the University of Florida. She is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP). She enjoys playing chess, organizing spontaneous road trips, and convincing colleagues and friends to join her for a fun evening of bad karaoke.
Rose is very excited to join the CCE team, and looks forward to working with Columbia University students and alumni.
Leigh is the Associate Director of Alumni Career Services where she advises and counsels Columbia alumni in areas of career development and management. Leigh possesses a passion for assisting others with their career journeys and generating successful self-promotion strategies to get to their final destinations. Leigh began her professional career in the world of advertising and marketing, but soon decided to pursue her passion for counseling and supporting others with their self-discovery. Prior to joining CCE, she dove into higher education career services at Loyola University Chicago and was more recently the Assistant Director of Career Services at New York Institute of Technology.
Leigh holds an M.Ed. in Human Services and Counseling from DePaul University and a B.A. in Advertising/Public Relations from Pennsylvania State University. She has certifications in SHRM Essentials of HR Management and Mentoring Program Management (MPM). Leigh also serves as the Secretary for the executive board of the Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officer’s Association (MNYCCPOA).In her free time, Leigh enjoys jogging around NYC, Bikram yoga, any excuse for a traveling excursion, live music, and pretending to be a film critic.