CDO's dedicated staff bring with them unique professional backgrounds both within and outside of higher education. Our career advisers have several years of experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors, in addition to significant career advising expertise.
Jovanny Suriel, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Development
Jovanny Suriel is the assistant dean and director of career development at Bard College. Jovanny has strong partnerships with employers, organizations, and professionals that help expand opportunities for a wide range of students studying in a variety of fields at Bard. Jovanny has a master of education and a master of arts in psychological counseling from Columbia University, Teachers College and a bachelor of science from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Previously, Jovanny was the deputy director at the Center for Career and Professional Development at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY. He has served as an instructor in John Jay's Public Management Department, teaching the Professional Development Seminar and Internships in Public Administration course, where he worked with both undergraduate and graduate students.
Maureen Aurigemma, Associate Director
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Maureen Aurigemma is the Associate Director of the Career Development Office at Bard College. In this role, Maureen oversees on and off-campus recruiting, employer relations and student engagement efforts. As a project team manager and innovator, she has taken a leadership role in creating programming that aligns with student interests to include employer site visits in the NYC and the Mid-Hudson regions, employer spotlight sessions, alumni/ae talks and panels, Mock Interview Week, Bard Works panels, and NYC Interview Days.
Jacqui Rose, Career Advisor
Jacqui Rose has worked in a consulting capacity with Bard CDO for the past two years and now has joined the office as a Career Advisor. Her professional background includes teaching on the secondary and university level; career services in academic settings as varied as Upward Bound and university law and business schools, as well as recruitment/professional development in law, professional services, and trade association environments. Through these positions, she provided services to diverse populations and clients. Jacqui is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator professional and is committed to assisting Bard students and alumni to reach their professional goals.
Katie Reynolds, Office and Communication Coordinator
Katie Reynolds is a 2019 graduate of the State University of New York College at Oswego and majored in Public Relations. As a student, Katie had the opportunity to intern for two dynamic companies. She was selected to attend the Disney Internship program in Orlando her junior year and in her sophomore year she interned with Family Services in Poughkeepsie. While at Family Services, Katie helped organize the "Walk-a-Mile In Her Shoes" by collaborating with local colleges to promote awareness on sexual and domestic violence. While at SUNY Oswego, Katie was selected as Captain of the women's field hockey team and was selected as First Team All-Conference, Oswego State Athlete of the Week, and SUNYAC Athlete of the week. Katie returned to the Hudson Valley and is now the Office and Communication Coordinator for at Career Development Office at Bard College. Katie leads marketing efforts for CDO programming/events, handles employer communication, and manages technology platforms for job postings.
Lucas Ellison, Career Advisor
Lucas Ellison is a Career Advisor at Bard College. His role is to advise students on achieving their individual post-undergraduate education or career pursuits through exploration and preparation. Lucas previously worked at the Culinary Institute of America in both their admissions and career & academic advising offices. He graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego with his bachelor’s degree in broadcasting & mass communications and is a candidate for his master’s degree in higher education administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Lucas was involved in various student organizations during his undergraduate program and is passionate about all levels of professional development.