Zavi Gunn

Zavi Gunn

​Director

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.

Concentrations
Aaron Copland School of Music, American Studies, Art, Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Culture, Comparative Literature, Drama, Theatre and Dance, English, European Languages and Literatures, Film Studies, FYC (First Year College), Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Journalism, Labor, Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Media Studies, Pre-Law, Psychology*, QC in 4

Karen Johnson

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.

Concentrations
Computer Science, Mathematics, Sophomore Initiative Programs

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.

Concentrations
LEADS (Linking Employment Academic Disability Students, Any major or class year for LEADS, Veterans

Eleanor Mavashev

Eleanor Mavashev

Business & 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 traveling to other countries.

​Concentrations
Accounting and Information Systems, Business Administration (BBA), Business and Liberal Arts (BALA), Economics, Family, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences, Risk Management (M.S.)

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.

  • Email: caterina.alessio@qc.cuny.edu
 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.

  • Email: tithung.ma@qc.cuny.edu
Sophia Matuszewicz

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 o​​f communication and social change. In her free time she enjoys immersing herself in pop culture and podcasts, and expanding her gastronomic horizons.

Alyssa Bueno

Alyssa Bueno

Career Peer Coach

Alyssa is pursuing a Master’s degree in Biology at Queens College, focusing on Saltmarsh Sparrow conservation. She is an adjunct at Baruch College teaching Fundamentals of Ecology. Alyssa enjoys birdwatching.

Celida Guillermo

Celida Guillermo

Celida is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Queens College and double minoring in Urban Studies and Music Production. She is a musician and creates original songs with her own lyrics and instrumentation and is a member of the QC Pre-Law Association. She enjoys going to the studio, video gaming, and traveling around the world.

Sadia Joya

Sadia Joya

Sadia is pursuing a double Bachelor’s degree in Biology (with a Pre-Medicine track) and English and minoring in History at Queens College. She is a Student Ambassador and the Secretary of the English Club at Queens College. She works as a Bengali Interpreter at the Board of Elections NYC. In her free time, she translates TED talks into Bengali and writes for an online platform, Bengalis of New York. She has three dreams: wear that white coat that doctors wear, publish her bestsellers in both Bengali and English and perform music at a concert. She likes to introduce herself using this quote, “Don’t be busy; be productive.”

Joey Lau

Joey Lau

Joey Lau is a recent alumna of Queens College where she double-majored in Communication Sciences and Disorder and Psychology. She is an aspiring Speech-Language Pathologist and has a strong passion for the healthcare industry. She invigorates her adventurous soul by going on hikes and traveling to new places.

Becky Oduah

Becky Oduah

Becky is pursuing a Dual Master’s degree in childhood Education and Special Education at Queens College. She is a volunteer tutor at the Center For Immigration Education and Training(CIET). Becky enjoys reading novels about people in history and visiting art museums.

Yolanda Omigie

Yolanda Omigie

Yolanda is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Queens College. Outside of school, she runs a women’s community called ‘Sister Circle’ for young Black women living in NY and learning how to code. Yolanda enjoys watching Broadway shows, traveling and eating.

VISION

To educate, engage, and empower students and alumni for career opportunities within a transforming local and global workforce.

MISSION

Students’ career education is fully-integrated in their academic, personal, experiential, co-curricular and employment activities. Career Center staff are educators, connectors and collaborators through the engagement of students, alumni, faculty, staff, employers and the community. The Center will implement quality and innovative services.

Start Your Career Journey

FOCUS 2 is a self-guided career, major and education planning system designed to guide you through the steps of the career planning process. You can use FOCUS 2 at any stage of your education and career planning according to your personal needs. Start with any feature, repeat a feature if desired and use the system as an ongoing resource. All your results are saved and accessible in your FOCUS 2 Portfolio.