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The Alva Cooper Awards
The Alva Cooper Awards Committee establishes guidelines for judging criteria, makes recommendations regarding award categories and eligibility and selects the recipient(s) for this prestigious award. More info can be found here.

Any questions to the Alva Cooper Awards Committee should be directed to:

Committee Chair:
Kristina Simonsen, Career Resources Counselor, John Jay College of Criminal

Committee Members: 
Katherine Corsillo, Career & Internship Coordinator, Sarah Lawrence College,
Laurie Joseph, Job Placement Counselor/Professor, Student Personnel Services
Justin Krass, Assistant Director, Seton Hall Career Center, 
Laura Smith, Career Counselor/Instructor, Nassau Community College, Laura.E.
Urzula Zalewski, Assistant Director of Experiential Programs, Stony Brook University,


Members of the Communications Committee are responsible for connecting the MNYCCPOA community 

through social media, member emails, and the MNYCCPOA website.  Committee members assist with the publicity of future events and program and help members share messages about job postings, events and other notices. 

Any questions to the Communications Committee should be directed to:


Diane Safer, Assistant Director, Yeshiva University,

Committee Members: 
Wanda Chen, Career Advisor, Lehman College, 
Kimberly Porter, Associate Director, Graduate Outcomes & Career Advising,
Stefano Verdesoto, Assistant Director of External Relations, Hofstra University Career Center
Ricki Weitzen, Assistant Director, Employer Relations/Career Programming Coordinator, Baruch
Barbara Young, Career Counselor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice,

Events/Professional Development Committee


Laurie Hollister, Associate Director, Career Services, New York Institute of Technology,

Committee Members:

Nancy McDonald, Assistant Director - Lubin Programs and Services, Pace University,

Andrea Tider, Career Counselor, Pace University,


The Membership Committee develops the membership brochure, solicits new members and supports the treasurer in the renewal of memberships each year.

For questions email


Tracy McGarry, Career Counselor, Undergraduate Career Development

Columbia University, Center for Career Education,

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