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Career Resource Center

Meet the Career Resource Center Team

Mark McFadden

Mark McFadden began his time at SUNY New Paltz in the Spring of 2016. Prior to starting at New Paltz he worked at Alfred University for over fifteen years where he served as the director of the Career Development Center for twelve years. 

In his current role, he over sees the day-to-day operations of the office. This includes overseeing the budget, making sure our resources are up-to-date, developing new programs through cross-campus collaborations, expanding networking opportunities for students and alumni, and fundraising.  A few new initiatives that are in the works include new partnerships with the Office of Veteran Services and the Disability Resource Center (DRC). The CRC and DRC are working together to develop career focused services for students and alumni on the Autistic spectrum and we are collaborating with the Workforce Recruitment Program to connect students with a diagnosed disability with federal employers.

Outside of work, Mark enjoys hiking and mountain biking in the Catskills, Adirondacks, and Mohonk Preserve. Now that he lives so close to the Gunks, he plans on taking up climbing next. 

Dawn McCaw
Assistant Director 
Specialist for Fine and Performing Arts

Dawn assists students in figuring out what to major in and how majors link to careers. In her role she enjoys learning about students as an individual and piecing together their interests, skills, and values with the help of assessments to facilitate the process. Identifying possible career paths and possible major choices for students to further explore is what we will do in our work together. Dawn is also the instructor for the Career Exploration Living Learning Community where first-year students participate in meaningful projects with faculty/staff members on campus to gain experience and build their professional competencies.

In addition, Dawn acts as the Career Specialist for Fine & Performing Arts and enjoys working with our creative students in pursuit of their career interests and integrating the arts into their careers and lives. 

Outside of work, Dawn enjoys practicing yoga and traveling abroad. She feels fortunate to be able to live in a beautiful area that many people come to on vacation. Come visit her in the CRC and ask about her personality type! (She is Myers-Briggs Certified and a bit of a geek about it!)

Christine Daly
Senior Career specialist for Business and Computer Science and Engineering

As the Career Specialist for Business and Computer Science & Engineering, Chris meets with students in these majors to discuss internship and career options. She also assists students in these majors to prepare to apply for job and internship opportunities. Chris collaborates with faculty, student groups and colleagues to create career exploration programs, workshops and events for SUNY New Paltz students.

In addition, Chris teaches two sections of Internship & Career Practicum, a course designed to focus student attention on their career plan and to prepare students for successful entry into the professional business environment. Each Fall and Spring semester SUNY New Paltz hosts the Networking Fair for Jobs & Internships. Chris plans and organizes these fairs with Beth King, the center's Internship Coordinator. This event gives all students an opportunity to network with employers who come to campus specifically to meet students and discuss the company’s internship and job opportunities.

Chris's other focus is employer relations as it relates to connecting students with professionals in their area of study or career direction. She organizes site visits to companies and on-campus employer information and networking sessions so that students can make informed decisions about how to go from college to career.

Chris' Office Hour Locations:
Monday and Wednesday  Career Resource Center, Humanities 105
TuesdayThursday and Friday Van den Berg Hall, Room 212

Beth King
Internship Coordinator

As a proud alumna of SUNY New Paltz, Beth was fortunate enough to come back home to her Alma mater to work and has been a career professional in experiential learning for over 18 years.

Beth co-plans all aspects of the Career Fair and Resumania! each semester with Christine Daly. In addition, she plans campus visits for internship programs and also career exploration trips for students to visit employers such as to Lincoln Performing Arts Center and the American Museum of Natural History.  Beth creates and sends the CRC's weekly newsletter, as well as manages the Wednesday Workshop series each semester. She oversees the CAS Internship Stipend scholarships for spring, summer and fall, as well as coordinates the Teaching English Abroad event and the Annual Internship Recognition Ceremony each spring. As a aluma of SUNY New Paltz Beth, co-facilitates the First-Year Internship Program with Erica Wagner, Service Learning Coordinator, and hosts an amazing intern each spring.

In Beth's spare time she is the President of local club devoted to civic involvement and community service, serves on board of her town's library, is the Vice President of her son's Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and is the Technology Director on a professional organization's board (NYSCEEA). 

Samantha Lopes
Senior Career Specialist for Education and Science

Since starting at New Paltz, Samantha's passion for providing comprehensive career programming and consulting has only grown. She strives to develop positive relationships within the New Patlz community, with the hopes to increase students' career readiness. It is her primary goal as a Career Specialist to empower students to be active in their career decisions and preparation.

As the Senior Career Specialist for Education and Science, Samantha creates programs, workshops and events to the enhance the career exploration and competencies of these two student populations.  For the past two years Samantha has held the Exploring Alternatives to Medical School Panel Discussion, to provide science majors who are interested in working in the health sector and in helping professions with an overview of careers that encompass both of these traits. In addition, every spring SUNY New Paltz hosts the Mid-Hudson Regional Teacher Recruitment Day, which Samantha coordinates. This event gives teacher candidates an opportunity to be pre-selected for on-campus interviews for full-time teaching positions.

In addition, Samantha oversees the offices social media accounts and works with an intern to create marketing campaigns for the offices events.  Samantha is also an instructor for the Internship & Career Practicum, a course designed to focus student attention on their career plan and to prepare students for successful entry into the professional business environment. 

Erica Wagner
Service Learning Coordinator

As the Service Learning Coordinator, Erica has the opportunity to work with New Paltz students who want to be involved in their community and gain valuable experience through volunteer work. Since 2008, she has created and implemented many new programs at SUNY New Paltz including the annual Volunteer Fair, Alternative Spring Break, and Saturdays of Service.  As an alumna of SUNY New Paltz, Erica oversees the First-Year Internship Program with fellow alumna Beth King.  She is also a co-chair of the Make a Difference Day committee, and assists in the planning of New Paltz Clean Sweep.  Currently, Erica is the Vice President of the Board with UlsterCorps, Inc and advises the SUNY New Paltz chapter of Alpha Phi Omega National Co-Ed Service Fraternity.

Ericas passion for volunteering has been life-long, but became a focus as an undergraduate student at SUNY Oneonta where she majored in Music Industry and became highly involved in their chapter of Alpha Phi Omega. After graduation, she spent a few years as a custom drum builder and then decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Humanistic/Multicultural Education here at New Paltz. Erica likes to say that she is a great example of “your major does not equal your career” and advocates for getting involved in co-curricular experiences related to your passions!

Erica's position here at the college also allows her to assist students in any major to apply for post-graduate or gap year service opportunities such as AmeriCorps and Peace Corps, as well as to provide resume/cover letter reviews and mock interviews.

If you come to visit, be sure to ask about her cats!

Emily Zurner
Senior Career Specilist, Liberal Arts and Sciences

As the Senior Career Specialist for Liberal Arts & Sciences, Emily meets with students and conducts workshops to discuss a wide variety of career related topics to help develop their career goals and professionalism. From creating effective resumes, cover letters, and interview skills, to having a general conversation about what’s next, Emily will works with students to make the steps in their career planning achievable! In addition to advising responsibilities, her major initiatives include coordinating the Indeed.com NYC site visit, the annual alumni panel Classroom to Career: The Value of a Liberal Arts degree, the Sophomore Shadow Program, Camp Day, Indeed.com Career Fair Kick-off, and the weeklong Public Service Series.  

After graduating from SUNY Albany Emily marketed the skills gained from her Communication major, Australian study abroad experience, and full-time public relations internship to participate in a work abroad program in London, UK. With a year of international finance experience and enhanced cross-cultural communications skills under her belt, Emily then became an international wholesale client manager in New York City. After a few years she realized she wanted to work with students and help them achieve their own personal success. Six years after graduating undergrad, Emily enrolled at SUNY Buffalo State in their Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration graduate program, where she was heavily involved in research and assessment, internships, and student leadership.  Emily is so happy to be working in such a vibrant, passionate community like New Paltz and in the SUNY system that provides a quality, accessible education for our students.