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About Us / Staff

The Career Design Center is located in Erwin Hall room 116 and is part of the Division of Academic Affairs. The office is committed to offering a comprehensive array of programs and services that support and facilitate career development for our students and alumni. We invite you to call, email, or visit the office for help with career exploration needs.

We welcome all students and alumni to embrace opportunities to collaborate with employers, graduate and professional schools, faculty and staff, student organizations, parents, and alumni.  We look forward to helping you move toward your path to success!

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 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. Her BS in Business Administration with a second major in Spanish from SUNY Geneseo.

Heather is excited to return to her alma mater to help students build strategies for effective career planning throughout their time at Geneseo and beyond.

Mary Cannon

Mary Cannon
Career Coach for the School of Business

Mary brings years of experience supporting business students and administration in her previous roles as a teacher, Director of Admissions, and Human Resource Manager. She holds an MS in Business Education (Nazareth College) and an undergraduate degree in Economics (John Carroll University). Mary thoroughly enjoys connecting with students and is interested in the study of business, the changing economy, and connections to career development training and programs. In her spare time, she enjoys running, biking, and cheering on college sports teams. Join me at our Quick Chats/Virtual Drop-Ins (see events link for dates and times) or stop in South 110 in the afternoons. 


Angela Briggs
Office Assistant 1

Angela is excited to be part of the Career Design Center team! She serves not only as of the receptionist but also has much interaction with assisting the students. Her Associate's Degree in Human Services has contributed to her holding a wide variety of career choices from homeschooling three of her five children for thirteen years, to running a daycare for ten years, as well as working in several secretarial positions. Angela loves to spend time with her family, serve at her church, and performs liturgical dance.

Student Staff


Shannon Samsonik
Career Peer Mentor

Shannon is a sophomore Sociomedical Sciences major. She participates in both soccer and yoga club. She is passionate about health and wellness and hopes to work as a clinical dietitian after she graduates. She is excited to guide others to find what they are passionate about and help them pursue those dreams.

Fun Fact: My favorite food is frickles (fried pickles)!


Serena Cehonski 
Marketing Intern

Serena is a sophomore 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.



Phone: (585) 245-5721

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Mailing Address

SUNY Geneseo
116 Erwin Hall, 1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454