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Center for Career Engagement and Internships

Meet with a career educator for guidance, coaching and preparation!

Review the Career Center team bios below and schedule an appointment with your career liaison.

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Zavi Gunn 
Zavi Gunn
Zavi has over 20 years experience in teaching, developing innovative programs and career coaching/counseling. She is very passionate about educating, engaging and empowering Queens College students towards career success and social mobility. Zavi enjoys going to Bounce U and bowling with her two children. 

Elizabeth O'Connell 
Elizabeth O'Connell
Associate Director of Career Education
Liz has over 25 years of experience in education, business, and human resources. She enjoys connecting with students and guiding them through their career education experience at Queens College. Seeing the success of her students and building valuable relationships with employers and alumni are also an important part of her role. In her spare time she enjoys running, boating, and traveling with her friends and family.

Diane Shults 
Diane Shults
Associate Director of Alumni & Employer Engagement
Diane has over 30 years experience having spent 25+ years working in Human Resources for various financial service organizations-- in her most recent venture, she ran Campus Recruiting for Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Bank of America. Diane joined QC five years ago as a Career Coach in Economics, Finance and Business. Diane is an alum of QC (undergrad) and Baruch (Grad). Diane loves to read, travel to different countries and go to the beach. Diane also teaches one of the World of Work classes offered here by the center.

Lisa Louis-Marijanski 
Lisa Louis-Marijanski
Associate Director of Career Education and Internships​
Lisa Louis-Marijanski has over 15 years of professional work experience including leadership development, teaching, coaching, team building, analyzing data and evaluating programs. As a Queens College alumna, she is eager to deftly apply her savoir-faire to provide assistance to students. Lisa speaks Haitian-Creole and French conversationally. She adheres to the QC motto "we learn so that we may serve" and volunteers with The Bowery Mission which educates and rehabilitates those experiencing homelessness, hunger and crises in New York City. Lisa also enjoys karaoke, cooking, and playing Scrabble.

Karen Johnson
Career Educator and Specialist
Karen has over 10 years of experience in creating and facilitating leadership development and career engagement programs. She has a passion for working in an advising, counseling, and mentoring capacity with diverse populations. She lives a life of use to others.  She is happy to bring to Queens College her significant understanding of the many facets of student development and its impact on student success.

Kristina Aranbayeva 
Kristina Aranbayeva
CUNY LEADS Support Specialist
Kristina has over 13 years of experience in Mental Health Counseling and Career Counseling. She is also a Disabilities Rights Advocate. Kristina is also a published author. She published her first book of poetry, “Words As Weapons”, in November 2017. Her favorite book and movie is ‘Gone With the Wind’. In her spare time she enjoys writing, reading and listening to music.

David Engel 
David Engel
Alumni and Employer Engagement Specialist
David has a strong interest in relationship building and personal and professional development cultivated through undergraduate studies in industrial and organizational psychology, reading human development books and experiences in sales, human resources, real estate and counseling. He has worked for NASA, Keller Williams NYC, and Nature Publishing Group, and has also completed an Olympic Triathlon. His favorite movie is Mission Impossible. David’s hobbies include reading personal and professional development books, exercising and attending networking events.

Eleanor Mavashev 
Eleanor Mavashev
Alumni and Employer Internship Specialist
Eleanor has 20 years of experience in education, teaching and business. She enjoys helping students succeed in the business field by connecting them with specific internships and recruiters. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her kids and travel to other countries. 

Caterina (Cathy) Alessio 
Caterina Cathy Alessio
Office Assistant & Customer Service Engagement
Cathy enjoys taking long walks and reading novels in her spare time. Cathy also speaks fluent Italian and lived in Italy for many years. She loves to try different cuisines from different cultures all over the world. Cathy’s favorite movie is My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Tithung (Dan) Ma 
Tithung Dan Ma
Tech Assistant & Customer Service Engagement
Dan is originally from Hong Kong, China. He enjoys his trips back to China to visit his family and friends and have some good authentic Chinese cuisine. Dan’s favorite movie is Casablanca. His hobbies are listening to music, watching movies and reading literature.

Taihong (Tai) Kim 
Taihong Tai Kim
Career Peer
Tai was born in South Korea and raised in Flushing for most of his life. He is pursuing his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling here at Queens College. Tai enjoys running, watching Hulu and hanging out with his friends on the weekends. His favorite movie is District 9.

Sophia Matuszewicz

Career Peer for Communication and Customer Engagement

Sophia was raised in Denver and is currently pursuing her master's degree in Media Studies at Queens College, focusing on intersections of communication and social change. In her free time she enjoys immersing herself in pop culture and podcasts, and expanding her gastronomic horizons.

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    Phone: 718-997-4465
    Fax: 718-997-4463

    Office Hours:
    Mondays,Thursdays & Fridays 9am - 5pm
    Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9am - 7pm
    When classes are in session.

    Career Walk-in Hours:
    Monday 12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Tuesday 3:00 - 4:00 pm
    Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 am

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