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 an Assistant Dean of Civic Engagement and Director of Career Development at Bard College. Jovanny also oversees the Engaged Liberal Arts & Sciences (ELAS) Program that supports faculty and community-based learning for students at Bard. Jovanny has earned his Masters of Education and Masters of Arts in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Binghamton University (SUNY).
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.
Elena Sniezek, Career Advisor
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Elena Sniezek is a Career Advisor in the Career Development office at Bard College. Elena assists students with identifying a career path and preparing and applying to job opportunities. She enjoys learning about students as individuals, including their interests, skills, and values, to help identify possible career fields. The process of meeting with students to identify career pathways to reach their career goals is particularly meaningful.
Jeszack Gammon, Career Advisor
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Jeszack Gammon, 19’ is a Career Advisor in the Career Development Office (CDO) at Bard College. Jeszack has contributed to the development of the Bard community for the last seven years. For the first four years, he was a student leading different events and initiatives on campus while he majored in American Studies and concentrated in Africana Studies. In the past three years, Jeszack served as a Program Coordinator for “[email protected],” a non-profit where he created comprehensive programming dedicated to the development and mentorship of young men of color in higher education and secondary educational institutions in New York State. He is currently finishing his master’s degree in Social Justice at Suny New Paltz. Jeszack is eager to give back to the community that helped support him in his new role at Bard’s CDO.
Rachel Cavell, Bard Faculty and CDO Pre-Law Advisor
Rachel Cavell is a practicing attorney and a faculty member at Bard College. She teaches Essay and Revision and FYSEM at Bard, and she also teaches writing and civics at the Bard Prison Initiative. She also has a Certificate in Restorative Justice. Rachel received her B.A. in English Literature from Harvard University. She is very excited to be working with anyone interested in pursuing a career in law!
Dalaina Yamawaki, Communications Coordinator
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Dalaina Yamawaki is the Communications Coordinator of the Career Development Office at Bard College. Dalaina has a background in graphic design, social media marketing, and literary publishing. In this role, she will manage the Career Development Office’s social media accounts and content while creating additional publications for students, such as the Weekly Round-Up.