Director, Career Development Center
Kim Lewis-Collins directly advises students who envision careers in marketing, media and communications, and general management. The students she serves are pursuing the MBA with a concentration in either marketing or management, the MS in Marketing Intelligence, the MS in Media Management, the MS in Investor Relations, or the MS in Business Analytics. Earlier in her career, she was a marketer and a business leader in various industries, including wireless communications, consumer products, travel, and financial services. Kim has an MBA in marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BFA in advertising from Syracuse University.
Director of Career Advising
Ken Cavanagh advises students who aspire to careers in information systems, business analytics, data science, and business intelligence. His advisees include students pursuing the MBA with a concentration in information systems, the MS in Information Technology, the MS in Business Analytics, or the MS in Applied Statistics and Decision-Making. Before joining the CDC, Mr. Cavanagh was a Fortune 500 IT executive in multiple industries. He is a Certified Information Security Manager and a Fordham alumnus, holding a BA from Fordham College at Rose Hill and an MSIT from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Associate Director of Career Advising
Ellen Herman directly advises graduate students who seek careers in finance, valuation, and real estate. This puts her in close contact with students who are pursuing the MBA with a concentration in finance, the MS in Quantitative Finance, and the MS in Global Finance. Before she joined the CDC team, she was an investment banker on Wall Street. She holds an MBA in finance and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) as well as a member of the CFA Society New York and the CFA Institute.
Laura S. Bassin directly advises graduate students and serves MBAs with a concentration in Public Accountancy or Accounting; MS in Accounting, MS in Tax, MS in Media Management, MS in Marketing Intelligence; Online MS programs in Management, Strategic Communications and Global Finance; and all Gabelli School of Business MBA/MS Alumni. A member of the CDC team for the past 20 years (15 years full-time senior administrator, 5 years virtual career advisor) with prior experience at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. As a career changer and alumna of Fordham University, Laura has an MS in Education specializing in counseling from the Graduate School of Education. Additionally, she holds a BA in Drama from Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont.
Linda Chang Reals advises international MBA and MS students across all concentrations. She brings to Fordham, 15+ years of career counseling experience. Linda started her career in investment banking and private banking. She holds a BA in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Director of Corporate Partnerships & Recruiting
Maricel Piriz develops and maintains the connections with employers who hire Gabelli School students. She provides a wide range of creative ways for companies, alumni, and industry leaders to connect with Fordham and get to know our students. The impact of her work is felt in a great deal of the Gabelli School’s career-development programming. Before coming to Fordham, Ms. Piriz was assistant director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School. She holds a BS in business administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and an MPA in public and nonprofit management and policy from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Sandra Guerra-Kim is the Recruiting manager at the Gabelli School of Business, Career Development Center. She manages the recruiting experience at the Gabelli School on behalf of employers, from posting jobs to recruiting on campus, virtually and in-person. She works closely with the Director of Corporate Partnerships & Recruiting to maximize the recruiter and student experience.
Sandra has worked in the nonprofit sector in numerous capacities and has worked in academia for the past 9 years. She continues to volunteer and is a resource in her community.
Sandra holds an Executive MBA from the Gabelli School of Business in Transnational management. As well as a graduate of the Fordham Forum on Leadership and Growth.
She also has a Master of Social Work degree, specializing in Global Service from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. In addition to her MSW, she is licensed in New York State and is a certified field instructor in social work (SIFI).
Frank Graziano implements and manages the technological platforms and systems used by the CDC.
Analytics and Business Intelligence Manager
Nathalie Quiroz is the CDC’s in-house data analytics and intelligence expert. She gathers, analyzes, and provides reports on key metrics such as recruiting activity and student career outcomes.