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.
Christopher Thunberg, Director
Christopher Thunberg joined the Center for Career Development in Spring 2019. He brings over 15 years of career services experience and leadership, having previously worked as the Director of Counseling and Programming for the Career Center at Yeshiva University, and as an Associate Director of Career Development at New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development. Prior to his work in higher education, he worked as a recruiter for Accenture, the global consulting firm, and as a human resources manager for Sectorbase.com, a technology start-up in the Bay Area. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University. Outside of work, Christopher enjoys biking around New York City and exploring the rail trails of the Hudson Valley.
Driada Rivas, Associate Director of Career Services
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.
Jay Robert Francisco, Senior Career Advisor
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.
Katherine Bedoya, Senior Career Advisor
Katherine Bedoya joined the Center for Career Development in August 2015. As the Employer Relations Assistant and then in October 2016, as the Employer Relations Coordinator, she brings several years experience in employer relations, advising, and event coordinating. Katherine has recently accepted a new role within the Center for Career Development as a Senior Career Advisor. She received her Masters of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University and a 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.
Sanjida Afrin Meem, Career Advisor
Sanjida Afrin Meem joined the Center for Career Development as a Career Advisor in June 2019. In her previous role, she worked as a College Access Counselor with the Upward Bound Program in Washington, D.C., where she assisted students in identifying areas of training and education, potential areas of career interests and supported each student’s unique and individual goals. Sanjida received both her Master’s and Bachelor’s of Arts Degrees in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Sanjida enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and listening to music.
Thierry Thesatus, Associate Director of Career Services and Employer Relations
Thierry Thesatus joined the Center for Career Development in January 2015 as a Senior Career Advisor. Prior to BMCC, Thierry 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. Having earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, New York State Initial Teaching Certification, and Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in History at Stony Brook University, he is now currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Supervision at The School of Education- St. John’s University. Thierry is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He is also an avid sports fan and enjoys listening to music, as well as hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Elaine Janae Flowers, Employer Relations Coordinator
Elaine Janae Flowers joined the Center for Career Development in February 2020. She previously worked at SUNY Buffalo State as a Career Counselor. She began her journey in the field of career services as an intern at Canisius College. Elaine earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from SUNY Oswego, along with a Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from SUNY Buffalo State. With one of her goals being to encourage students to maximize their highest potential, Elaine is excited and enthusiastic to continue working in Career Services. In her spare time, Elaine enjoys traveling, reading, watching old TV sitcoms, and planning community events in Brooklyn, NY.
Anna Victoria Rondon, Employer Relations Assistant
Anna Victoria Rondon joined the Center for Career Development as an Employer Relations Assistant in March 2020. Prior to joining the Center for Career Development, she worked as a Student Advocate at Harlem Children’s Zone and at Georgetown University as a Resident Counselor. She holds a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs Administration from Georgetown University; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Equity and Urban Development from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program and an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Borough of Manhattan Community College. Anna is a proud alumna of the College Discovery Program at Borough of Manhattan Community College and SEEK Program at Lehman College.
Elizabeth Yan, Information Technology Coordinator
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 and is expected to receive her Masters of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University in 2020. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, traveling, and trying new cuisines with her family.
Marcus King, Career Development Assistant
Marcus King joined the Center for Career Development in November 2018 as a Career Development Assistant. Marcus graduated from The Borough of Manhattan Community College in Fall 2018, where he obtained an Associate in Science Degree as a Financial Management Major and is now currently pursuing a Bachelors of Business Administration in Economics, minoring in Law at Baruch College. He has previously worked in the Athletics department and ASAP office at BMCC. Marcus enjoys live music, and competitive sports.
Michelle Kismatali, Career Development Assistant
Michelle Kismatali is a Career Development 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.
Muhammad Fareed Choudhary, Career Development Assistant
Fareed joined the Center for Career Development in November 2018 as a Work-Study Student. Fareed was then promoted to a Career Development Assistant in September 2019. He is currently pursing his Associates in Applied Science Degree in Computer Information Systems at BMCC. He has plans to continue to pursue his Bachelors degree at a four year school. He enjoys cinematography and loves coding.
Make an appointment today!
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.