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ROSARIA PIPITONE

President

Rosaria Pipitone currently serves as the Associate Director of Career Readiness at Rowan University located in Glassboro, NJ.  Rosaria has been working in the career development profession for 10 years.  In 2009, Rosaria left NYC to pursue her Master’s in Counselor Education with a concentration in Career Development at the University of South Florida.  Upon graduation, Rosaria obtained a full-time position as a career counselor at her alma mater’s career center.  She served as the career counselor liaison for the College of the Arts, College of Music and the College of Humanities.  In addition, she worked as a career consultant for Veteran’s suffering from PTSD.  Her passion for her music students led to her next position at St. Petersburg College as the Career Outreach Specialist working alongside Workforce Development programs.  She worked closely with the Music Industry, IT and Human Services departments recruiting, retaining and placing students. In 2015, Rosaria was the first student service professional to receive a League of Innovation award for innovation of career services. 


During this time frame, Rosaria was the first cohort of trainers to implement the college-wide Career Service Provider (CSP) training to 120 academic advisors. Since then she has conducted over 500 hours of Career Service Provider training to higher education professionals. In 2019, Rosaria accepted her current role as Associate Director overseeing the career counseling staff at Rowan University.  She continues to facilitate NCDA’s Career Service Provider training to higher education professionals through her private consulting company, RP Career Consulting. Rosaria currently serves on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Career Counseling Association and President of the NJ Career Development Association.

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ROSA SANTANA

President Elect

Rosa Santana is an innovative design, career and technology connoisseur with experience in higher education administration and student affairs. Rosa has been the Assistant Director, Career Services at Berkeley College for over 7 years. She works with students and alumni in locating opportunities suited to their career needs. Rosa creates and executes programming centered around professional development, self-manifestation, and core competency skills building. She currently holds the President-Elect position with New Jersey Career Development Association and the Past-President position with New Jersey Career Center Consortium. Outside of the Career Services industry, Rosa is the Vice President of the Board of Trustees at Classical Academy Charter School of Clifton, NJ, where she supports the middle school community to their academic success. She is also an active member with NACE, NCDA, SHRM, EACE, and Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc.

She is continually looking for opportunities to provide a spectrum of tools, resources, and guides for students and alumni in career search. Rosa spearheads a gamut of projects that cultivate effective programming, sustainable business relationships, technology-efficiency and student-centric environments. At Berkeley College, she was recognized for her 7 years of service and received an award for the Culture for Caring Poster Contest. In 2020, she received the Polaris Award from Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. for being a trailblazer and providing new paths for the next generation of female leaders. Rosa Santana received the Teamwork Award and was featured in the Career Services Success Story. She is also known for her community services and was awarded the Community Leader Award by Councilman Julio Tavarez and the Civic Association.

Prior to working in the higher education industry, Rosa was an Art Director for a Graphic Design firm where she managed and designed various projects. She has a natural talent for computer design which is her passion. Rosa enjoys developing concepts that inspires viewers and causes a call to action. Though she has a talent for the fine arts, her love is in the computer arts design.

Rosa Santana holds a Master of Science degree from Full Sail University in Instructional Designing, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bloomfield College in Creative Arts and Technology and is currently furthering her education with a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Walden University in Adult Education Leadership.

As a proud Afro-Latina, Rosa Santana is a Puerto-Rican, Dominican, and American woman who aspires for greatness in all areas of her life. She was born and raised in New Jersey and lives to travel. She has a bucket list to visit all 50 states in the United States of America and travel all over the six other continents. She is a proud dog mom of two and embarks on adventures of exploration through the words written on pages. She can always be seen with a Starbucks cup or an Herbalife Nutritional shake. Conversations about business, technology, innovative gadgets, and self-development techniques are a few of her passions. She enjoys the beach outdoors, taking road trips and building networks and connections.

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ALTONIA BRYANT

President Elect Elect

Altonia Bryant is a Career Counselor at the Office of Career Advancement at Rowan University. She received a Master of Arts in Arts Administration in 2019 from Rowan University and a Masters of Science in College Student Affairs in 2011 from Nova Southeastern University. With over 10 years of experience in the areas of career development, Altonia utilizes various career and student development theories to generate initiatives targeting career readiness for students of diverse populations. At Rowan University, Altonia assists students with identifying career pathways for their selected major while also providing them with the resources and tools needed to engage with employers while in a productive internship and/or job search. In addition, Altonia works collaboratively with various academic departments on campus to plan and execute career-related programming such as in-class presentations, industry nights and career fairs. Furthermore, Altonia enjoys creating new and innovative programming that increases students’ skills, knowledge and awareness about their professional career. 

 

Altonia is currently spearheading a First Year Initiative Program/Research Study at Rowan University.  This study aims to assist Rowan University’s Rowan 101 Exploratory Studies students with becoming engaged in potential career choices. Utilizing the National Association of College and Employers (NACE) (2015) definition of career readiness, the study assists students with identifying potential areas of improvement regarding their present career competencies. This will allow students to analyze potential fields of study based on their current career competencies, as well as to identify present career barriers that are impacting their ability to develop a career action plan.

 

In addition, in 2018, Altonia  co-presented at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) annual conferences, regarding the importance of engaging the next generation of college students, (GEN Z) into the workforce. In 2015, Altonia presented at the National Council on Black American Affairs Conference on her program initiative “College Road Trip: A Journey from College to Career.” This session focused on generating innovative and creative methods for developing comprehensive programming that addressed the needs of underrepresented students within Florida State Colleges. 

 

Outside of career development, Altonia has previous Higher education experience in the areas of Academic Advising, Orientation, Institutional Effectiveness/Assessment, Recruitment, Student Life and Leadership, Testing and Campus Event Planning.

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ELVIS SANTOS

Treasurer

My name is Elvis Santos and I am a Career Services Counselor at Berkeley College. Over the past year or so, I've had the privilege to mentor, assist, and change students’ lives with the skills I've gained to become great and successful students. My expertise consist of Recruitment, Job Placement, Business Development, Sourcing, and Career Counseling. Prior to Berkeley College, I worked as an Human Resources Coordinator for an Executive Search Firm sourcing and coordinating various interviews for Fortune 50 world-class organizations. Outside of Berkeley I am a member of the NJ Professional Chapter of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated.

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VACANT

Secretary

Email your interest to presidentnjcda@gmail.com

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GENNAE HINSON

Membership Trustee

Gennae Hinson currently serves as the Director of Career Services for the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University (MSU). Before Gennae’s current role, she also served at MSU as an Academic Advisor, Graduate Coordinator, and Admissions Counselor. Collectively, with over 15 years of experience in higher education, Gennae is passionate about helping students’ achieve their personal goals. Gennae approaches career advisement and counseling to promote awareness, career development, and equitable opportunities for all students that align with their values and lifelong purpose. Gennae Hinson holds a B.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Counseling from MSU. Gennae presently serves as the Membership Trustee for the New Jersey Career Development Association.

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ARIELLE NEWMAN

Student/New Professional Trustee

Arielle Newman is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Higher Education program at Montclair State University (MSU) and will be graduating in May 2021. She currently works for the Center for Leadership and Engagement at MSU, where she supports the planning and execution of New Student Orientation as well as the development of a new financial wellness program. Arielle also has experience working in residence life and international student programming. Prior to joining the field of higher education, Arielle worked in the hospitality industry upon receiving a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Arielle is passionate about supporting others in their endeavors by helping them access the resources that they need to achieve their goals.