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Mission of Center for Career Development

The Center for Career Development strives to inspire and prepare all BMCC students and alumni to make informed decisions about their careers through counseling, teaching, and connection to networking opportunities.


Afeisha Baptiste, College Assistant
Baptiste Afeisha Baptiste joined the team in January 2017 as a College Assistant in the BMCC Center for Career Development. She graduated from the Borough of Manhattan Community College in Fall 2016 with an Associates in Applied Science Degree majoring in Accounting and currently pursuing a Bachelors in Applied Science Degree; Major: Accounting; Minor: Business Law. She has a passion for communicating with students and the ability to utilize her work, school, knowledge, experience, and skills to help contribute to the growth of the workplace.

Katherine Bedoya, Employer Relations Coordinator
Bedoya Katherine Bedoya joined the Center for Career Development in August 2015 as the Employer Relations Assistant. She transitioned into her new role as the Employer Relations Coordinator in October 2016. She brings her experience of three years in Employer Relations from her previous position at the Starr Career Development Center at Baruch College. Katherine received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate and Communications from Baruch College. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, art, and binge watching TV shows.

Jay Robert Francisco, Senior Career Advisor
Francisco Jay Robert Francisco joined the Center for Career Development in January 2018 as a Senior Career Advisor. Jay brings 15 years of career services experience from his previous position at TCI College. He earned his Masters of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Business Management from Drew University. Jay has a passion for helping students achieve their career and educational goals. He draws from his experience in career coaching, internships, employer relations, and teaching workshops to help the students of BMCC. He has also worked in the industries of human resources, sales and marketing, and retail. Jay enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music, and watching and playing sports.

Rehana Hoque, Employer Relations Assistant
Hoque Rehana Hoque joined the Center for Career Development as the Employer Relations Assistant on July 2018. She worked at Queens Community House and the Department of Education at a transfer high school for five years under the Learning to Work program. During her time with LTW, she helped students with their resumes, cover letters, and interviews. She also assisted to place students in internships in their perspective field. She has built relationships with employers in Queens and has developed skills to help students be successful in their career development. Rehana recently earned her Master’s in Social Work from Adelphi University and has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from CUNY City College. She likes to eat, read, go on adventures, and watch movies on the big screen in theaters.

Michelle Kismatali, College Assistant
Kismatali Michelle Kismatali is a College Assistant at BMCC Center for Career Development. Prior to BMCC, she worked three years in Rockefeller Center as a Receptionist and later as an Administrative Assistant. She is in pursuit of her Business Administration degree at BMCC and will continue with her bachelors in Business. Michelle enjoys working with youths at her local church, is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa and loves adventure and outdoor activities. She enjoys watching movies, reading new books, and spending time with her friends and family.

Stavroula Koinis, Career Advisor
Koinis Stavroula Koinis joined the Center for Career Development in December 2017 as a Career Advisor. Previously, she worked at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes tutoring students with learning disabilities, training new clinicians, and conducting evaluations. She also has experience with foster care and the criminal justice system. Stavroula earned a Masters of Social Work at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University. She enjoys learning about cultures and is a big proponent of diversity. She enjoys spending time with loved ones and dogs, listening to music, and checking out good places to eat.

Sarah Lynch, Senior Career Advisor
Lynch Sarah Lynch joined the Center for Career Development in February, 2015. Her previous position was at LIM College where she taught experiential education courses, managed abroad internships and had a caseload of students and employers. She earned a Masters of Social Work at Stony Brook University and has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing sports, cooking and traveling.

Driada Rivas, Interim Director
Rivas Driada has worked at City University of New York since 1999. She joined the BMCC Center for Career Development in 2007. She previously worked at Bronx Community College (BCC) as the Cooperative Work Experience/Internship Coordinator and was promoted to Coordinator of Career Planning and Placement. She holds a Master’s degree in Science with a dual concentration in Counseling and Personnel Services and a Bachelor’s degree in Science with a concentration in Sociology from Fordham University. Driada was the Job Placement Coordinator at the Career Planning and Placement Office at her alma mater from 1996-1999. Driada has 22 years of experience in the career development field. Driada is looking forward to starting her doctoral studies in the near future.

Thierry Thesatus, Associate Director of Career Services & Employer Relations
Thesatus Thierry Thesatus joined the Center for Career Development in January 2015. Prior to BMCC, Mr. Thesatus worked as a Career Counselor and Enrollment Coach at LIU Brooklyn. He has also previously worked as a Career Facilitator and teacher at the Young Adult Borough Center at Monroe High School for Good Shepherd Services. Mr. Thesatus earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, New York State Initial Teaching Certification, and Masters of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in History at Stony Brook University. Mr. Thesatus is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He is also an avid sports fan and enjoys listening to music, watching shows including Game of Thrones, Gotham and Walking Dead, as well as hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends. 

Vladlena Varshavskaya, Office Assistant
Varshavskaya Vladlena Varshavskaya began working at Borough of Manhattan Community College in March of 2010 as a College Assistant for the Testing Office and Registrar’s Office. Vladlena later joined the Center for Career Development as a full time CUNY Office Assistant in October 2013. Prior to BMCC, Vladlena worked at an insurance company that specialized in coverage for the taxi and limousine industry. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York, Empire State College. Vladlena is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Management and Leadership at the City University of New York School of Professional Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Angie Vazquez, College Assistant
Vazquez Angie Vazquez is a College Assistant who joined the Center for Career Development in February 2018. Prior to joining The Center for Career Development, Angie worked for the Office of Experiential Learning. Angie is currently a student at BMCC majoring in Business Administration. After completing her Associates in Arts in Business Administration from Borough of Manhattan Community College, she plans on continuing her studies at Rutgers University. In her spare time, Angie enjoys spending time with her daughter and family, binge watching Grey’s Anatomy and finding new shows to watch. She also enjoys listening to music, doing her nails, and trying new recipes for her family to enjoy.

Elizabeth Yan, Information Technology Coordinator
Yan Elizabeth Yan joined the Center for Career Development in October of 2016. She previously worked at the City University of New York at the College of Staten Island as a Social Media Assistant for the Center for Career and Professional Development. She earned her Bachelor of Science in International Trade and Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, traveling, and trying new cuisines.


Visit Us
The Center for Career Development is located in room S-342 in the 199 Chambers Street building. Here are directions to BMCC including several transportation options.

You can stop by during Walk-In hours without an appointment and speak with one of our Career Development Assistants. They can provide an overview of the different resources we offer and review your resume. They can also assist you in scheduling an appointment with one of the advisors above. Walk-In and office hours are listed below.

In addition to our website, you can connect with us virtually through our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages.

Center for Career Development

199 Chambers Street, Room S-342
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8170
Email: career@bmcc.cuny.edu

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 9AM-6PM
Fridays: 9AM-5PM
Alternative Saturdays: 10AM-4PM (09/08, 09/22, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/8)
Walk-in Hours: 9AM-5PM