Role: Director, producer, strategic thinker, planner, developer, coach, mentor, teacher, advisor, counselor, manager, fundraiser, writer, presenter, connector, relationship builder, Marianna leads an outstanding team of professionals who strive for excellence, routinely going above and beyond to help students achieve successful outcomes, and help employers connect with our talented and diverse student body.
Personal/Professional Background: With a background in development/alumni relations, Marianna came to Stony Brook in 1997 and has held the director post since 2000. She is an experienced speaker, has held leadership roles in several career development organizations, consults for university career centers domestically and internationally, and has been recognized with several awards for excellence, including a Fulbright Award for Administrators in International Education, the NSEE Rising Leader Award, and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Marianna earned a BS from SUNY Binghamton, an MS from Indiana University, and her PhD in Higher Education from Colorado State University.
Favorite part about working at the Career Center: Hands down, I love my team! That’s why I call them “Career Center Superstars.” It’s also a very exciting time to work in career services; we are uniquely positioned to know what’s happening in the world of work, to develop employer relationships, and to help students discover and prepare for great experiences that can confirm their career ideas or change their lives. We are career developers – such gratifying work!