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 specializes in the field of comprehensive career education to inspire students and recent graduates to create and pursue their purpose and dreams.


The Career Design Center will:

  • provide individualized assistance with the identification of skills, values, and interests of each student, and the relationship of those skills to various majors and careers
  • assist with employment or graduate school search and application process
  • actively reach out to the campus community to provide career services and serve as a resource to the greater college community about career-related and workforce issues
  • utilize the expertise and experience of faculty, employers, community members, and Geneseo alumni in departmental programming
  • evaluate and adopt new technologies to enhance services
  • promote staff development through relevant training, participation in conferences, and affiliation with appropriate professional organizations

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

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
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
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
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.




Natalie Braun
Administrative Assistant Trainee 1


Natalie welcomes students as the first point of contact when they visit the Career Design Center. Natalie graduated from Dansville High School in 2015. She enjoys baking, painting, and spending time with her two kids. Natalie’s dream job would be a chemist.


Student Staff


Makayla Garrison
Career Peer Mentor

Makayla is a sophomore 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!!


Shannon Samsonik
Career Peer Mentor

Shannon is a junior Sociomedical Sciences major. She participates in club soccer and the Partners in Health Engage chapter at Geneseo. She hopes to pursue a career in healthcare after she graduates. She is excited to guide others to find what they are passionate about and help them pursue those aspirations. 

Fun Fact: Shannon's favorite food is frickles (fried pickles)!


Serena Cehonski 
Marketing Intern

Serena is a junior Communications major with a track in Journalism and Media. Serena is an active member of Alpha Sigma Tau on campus and holds the current position of the chapter’s Historian. 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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