The Starr Career Development Center advances the mission and goals of Baruch College by providing leadership on, and delivery of, diverse and inclusive career and professional development programs and services for undergraduate students. The Starr Career Development Center supports student career readiness by providing opportunities to define career goals, engage in experiential learning, and gain professional experience. The Center also develops mutually beneficial partnerships with Baruch faculty and staff, alumni, employers, and community partners, which facilitates the growth and success of a diverse talent pipeline. As a result, students can acquire the tools and the confidence to independently engage in lifelong professional development and career management in a diverse and global workforce.
Ellen Stein – Director
Dr. Ellen Adelman Stein is the Director of the Starr Career Development Center, where she has worked for the last 20+ years. While at the SCDC, she founded the Peers for Careers Program, initiated the Starr Subs Program and served as the coordinator of the Center’s Career Development and Counseling initiatives. Previously, she has worked in college counseling, hospital, and corporate settings. Dr. Stein earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester, her M.A. and Ed.M. in psychological counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Fordham University. Dr. Stein is a licensed Mental Health Counselor with a special interest in multicultural career counseling.
Ingrid Tineo – Deputy Director/Employer Relations/Diversity Initiatives
Ingrid joined the SCDC in August 1998. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Fordham University and holds a Masters degree in Counseling from New York University. She is a licensed Mental Health Counselor. In addition to career services, she has also worked in student activities. Ingrid has years of experience in the corporate sector and has held positions in Human Resources and Telecommunication Sales.
Michael Kalish – Internship Coordinator/OCR Manager
Michael joined the staff of the SCDC in May 2013 and manages the Internship Program. His student career counseling experience includes work with Teachers College, Columbia University and Long Island University. Michael has worked with diverse populations in various settings throughout his career including college students, middle/high school students, autistic children and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. His educational background includes an M.S. in School Counseling from NYIT and a B.A. in Psychology from Plattsburgh State University (SUNY).
Sandra Kupprat – Associate Director
Sandra (Sandy) Kupprat, Ph.D., M.S., M.A. Prior to become a psychologist and career counselor, Dr. Kupprat worked in human resources at a global financial institution. Sandy has worked in numerous settings including: Corporate, non-profit, higher education, and government. She has conducted resume reviews, mock interviews, career assessments with students and graduates of all levels. Sandy has counseled people with disabilities on subjects like disclosure and requesting accommodations.
Gerald Tang – Marketing and Communications Manager
Gerald joined SCDC in January 2015. Prior to Baruch, Gerald worked in the career services offices at Columbia University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and SUNY Binghamton. In addition to higher education, he also worked in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. As a Hong Kong native, Gerald received a BA in Human Development at SUNY Binghamton and a MA in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is also active member of EACE and NACE
Alena Grunberg– Career Counselor
Alena joined the SCDC in July of 2014 as a member of the counseling team. Alena’s previous experience includes personal counseling with college students, and a background in the finance industry. Her approach to career counseling is optimistic and holistic, considering each student’s unique situation, strengths, and interests in order to help them make thoughtful decisions and achieve their highest potential. Alena is a licensed social worker and completed her MSW at New York University. She also holds a BS from Rutgers University.
Adia Tucker, LMHC – Assistant Director
Adia joined SCDC full-time in February 2013 as an Assistant Director/Career Counselor and has managed the Peers for Careers Program since January 2014. Prior to assuming her current role, she began her work with Baruch students during her graduate internship at SCDC in 2011-2012, providing career counseling, assessment, workshops, and supervision of Peer counselors . Before transitioning to counseling and higher education, Adia held positions in finance and publishing. Adia possesses a B.A. in Literature and an M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling.
Ricki Weitzen – Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Career Programming
Ricki is a member of the Employer Relations Team and joined Starr in January 2014 and started in her current capacity in September 2015. In Ricki’s role, she manages various high-profile career programs including career fairs, industry panels and expos, serves as the liaison to the student clubs & organizations and works closely with employer recruiting partners. Prior to Baruch, Ricki worked as an Account Manager in the advertising industry where she created advertising campaigns for top brands. Ricki is a New York City native and received her MSEd from Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, and her BA in Communication from the University of Delaware.
Anne Concepcion – Assistant Director, Recruiting and Employer Development
Anne (she/her/hers) joined the Starr team in February 2019 as part of the Employer Relations team, where she engages with employers to host corporate presentations and on-campus recruiting. Anne received an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Hofstra University and B.A. in Psychology from SUNY New Paltz. Anne is a National Certified Counselor and prior to her role at Baruch, she provided counseling services at an LGBTQ+ Youth Agency where she worked closely with adolescent members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Anne has always loved working with college students and is excited to bring her unique background of work experiences to Baruch.
Naeema Hernandez – CUNY EDGE Program Director
Naeema brings a variety of experiences to the role from policy, government and community advocacy perspectives, and a passion for educational equity. For more than five years, Naeema held leadership roles in higher education in student support services and professional development at Northeastern University School of Law and Yeshiva University. Previously, Naeema analyzed policy initiatives that adversely impact English language learners and students with disabilities in immigrant communities of color. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Naeema earned her B.A. in Politics at Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. at Boston University School of Law.
Kara Becker – Career Counselor
Kara is an adjunct career counselor at Baruch College and enjoys helping students of all majors towards meaningful careers. She has experience as a career counselor and career development course instructor at other universities in the NYC area as well as in human resources and media marketing. She holds an MA in Organizational Psychology with extensive coursework in Counseling from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
Marion Viray – Career Counselor
Marion’s passion in working with students has led him to a successful career in higher education for over two decades. He enjoys helping individuals fulfill their career aspirations and goals. He has worked for Starr for over 7 years as an adjunct career counselor where he mainly managed alumni career programming. He also worked at various private and public colleges and universities in New York City. Most recently, he will be managing Starr’s new technology leadership development program for students interested in a career in technology. In addition to his higher education experience, he also worked in human resources as a technical recruiter for Bloomberg LP and as a diversity manager for Moody’s Corporation.
Marion holds a Masters in counseling psychology from New York University and Bachelors in psychology from San Diego State University.
Marietta Bottero – Financial Leadership Program Manager
Marietta spent over 20 years on Wall Street as VP/Sr. Human Resources Business Partner supporting Investment Banking/Equity Products globally at BMO Capital Markets. She worked closely in the deployment of human resources strategies to meet business objectives and the development of sound and progressive organizational initiatives focused on optimizing human capital. During this time she was also a champion and facilitator to the Starr Career Development Center Financial Leadership Program and served on various panels at Baruch College Graduate Center. Marietta attended Sacred Heart College and completed the HR program with the University of Toronto
Tina Coco – Pre-law Advisor
Tina joined the staff in November 2011. She is a cum laude graduate of St. John’s University and St. John’s School of Law. After working for several years as a Staff Attorney for both the NYC Bar and CT Corporation System, she earned a certificate in Adult Career Planning & Development from New York University. Tina served as the Assistant Director of the Career Development Office at Pace University School of Law for over 6 years. She works part-time during the semester counseling students interested in attending law school.
Jennifer Rodgers – Alumni Coordinator
Jennifer is a part-time Career Counselor and the Alumni Coordinator with Baruch College’s Starr Career Development Center (SCDC). Her career counseling experience includes work with the SCDC, The Career Center at Seton Hall University and the Zicklin School of Business’ Graduate Career Management Center. Prior to counseling, Jennifer worked in the human resources profession with various organizations. Jennifer possesses an M.S.Ed. from Fordham University and B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany
Eileen Graciano – Budget Analyst
Since January 2014 Eileen has been working part time monitoring the SCDC budget and handling the day to day accounting functions. She joined us after retiring from a career in accounting within the travel industry. She holds a B.A. in Accounting from Lehman College.