About Career Design / Staff

What is Career Design?

In May 2021 we shifted from career development (Department of Career Development) to career design (Career Design Center) to build the foundation for an equity-minded approach to career. In traditional career development models, students evaluate their options based on how they understand and feel about their past experiences. This approach can be especially limiting for first-generation students and historically marginalized populations, who may not have the same level of access to connections and experiences. It is our hope that the shift to career design will inspire all students to create, explore, and activate new versions of themselves throughout time, as they build their way forward.

Career design emphasizes the student being at the center of their own experience, meeting them where they are. A strength of this approach is the ability to teach students to engage their curiosities and prototype personal and professional ideas that could lead to a meaningful career, even when they might not be able to imagine their future career goals.

In this new model there is an emphasis on action. Design encourages students to be active participants in their future by trying things out, making adjustments, and embracing change. Career design is not about students figuring out what they want to do for the rest of their lives; it is about whatever they want to do next.

YOU ARE HERE… so let’s begin!

Mission Statement

The Career Design Center inspires all students and alumni to explore, discover, and achieve their meaningful future.


To be an innovative leader in career education, building intentional and strategic relationships with internal and external partners to create equitable opportunities for all students and alumni.

Career Belief Statements
  • Students will explore, define, and craft a personalized career plan which includes a clear understanding of career opportunities related to their area of study.
  • Students will have an integrative and applied learning experience connected to their career aspirations.
  • Student will have multiple opportunities to interact with employers and alumni about their career aspirations.
  • Students will develop career competencies related to their future aspirations.
  • Students will be able to articulate their skills, experiences, and achievements to employers and graduate schools.
2023 - 2024 Departmental Goals
  1. Continued expansion of career education integration into the core academic student experience.
  2. Operationalize programs and resources to address critical equity gaps in high impact career mobility practices.
  3. Outcomes Transparency and Data Sharing with Internal and External Partners 
Nondiscrimination Statement

SUNY Geneseo’s Career Design Center does not discriminate in its programs or activities on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, physical or mental ability, genetics, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law, nor will the office knowingly cooperate with employers who do. To learn more about Affirmative Action for Applicants, Students, Employees, visit the Office of Diversity and Equity.


Career Design Center Staff

Jessie Stack Lombardo

Jessie Stack Lombardo
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Director of the Career Design Center


Jessie completed her MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Buffalo State College and a BA in Psychology from the University at Buffalo. Jessie’s roots are as a career counselor, where she has many years of experience coaching a diverse student, alumni, and community population. She enjoys mentoring and training new practitioners, partnering with employers to teach students about the world-of-work, and teaching and presenting on a wide variety of career-related topics. Jessie is committed to connecting students to the incredible network of SUNY Geneseo alumni and the employment community. In her time away from work, Jessie enjoys adventures with her two children.

Rob DiCarlo

Rob DiCarlo
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Associate Director for Internship Opportunities


Rob was hired in 2013 after working at SUNY Brockport as the Assistant Director for Career Services.  Rob has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Public Administration.  He is a past-president of the SUNY Career Development Organization and Chair of the Rochester Area Administrators of Volunteer Services. His role is to connect students with internships, develop programs, and support academic departments in the field of applied learning. 

Heather Morens

Heather Morens
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Career Coach & Liaison to the School of Education


Heather began as a career coach at SUNY Geneseo in January 2019. Before coming to SUNY Geneseo, she worked for the University of Rochester as an academic advisor for many multidisciplinary programs. She also spent several years on staff at Binghamton University Libraries. Heather earned her MS in Educational Administration with a focus in Student Affairs Administration and Academic and Career Advising from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester and her BS in Business Administration with a second major in Spanish from SUNY Geneseo. Heather enjoys helping students build strategies for effective career planning throughout their time at Geneseo and beyond.


Student Staff


Jordan Alfano
Career Peer Mentor

Jordan is a sophomore Data Analytics major. She plans on getting her Master's and working at PwC in NYC. She runs the SUNY Geneseo Business Instagram and is part of the Women in Business Cub. During her time as a Career Peer Mentor, she hopes to open up many doors for students in order for them to succeed and inevitably follow their dreams just as she wishes for herself.

Fun Fact: Jordan has taken a helicopter ride all over NYC despite her fear of aircrafts!


Makayla Garrison
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Career Peer Mentor

Makayla is a junior Psychology major with an English minor. She is an active member of Sisters Making A Change, also known as SMAC on campus. She takes great pride in building friendships and making people feel welcome. In the future, she would like to pursue a career in counseling. 

Fun Fact: Makayla has met the “Karate Kid”, Ralph Macchio!!


Serena Mulloy
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Marketing Intern

Serena is a senior Communications major with a focus in interpersonal and professional communication. Serena is an active member of the national sorority Alpha Sigma Tau. After graduating Serena hopes to go into event coordination. 

Fun Fact: Serena hopes to travel a lot in the future and her dream destination is Bali.


Email: careers@geneseo.edu
Phone: (585) 245-5721

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