ECS Enhances Career Services with Hire of New Career Advisors

 The ECS Career Services Team

August 29, 2018

Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) is proud to welcome four new career advisors to our career services staff. This round of hiring more than doubles the number of full-time staff members committed to our students’ career outcomes.

The hires are part of a new augmented student advising model unveiled this fall to enhance the student experience in ECS. In addition to these four hires, ECS has added three new student success advisors. In the new advising model, every undergraduate student in the College is provided a team of advisors to support and mentor them throughout their undergraduate career. Returning students are assigned a faculty advisor and a career advisor, and first-year student are assigned a student success advisor, a career advisor, and a faculty advisor.

The ECS career advisors advise and train undergraduate students in developing their career skills, support special career events, and help students secure internships and jobs. They also serve as a liaison to faculty and employers on students’ behalf.

Christopher Maldonado joins the College after serving as an admissions advisor for the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental biology there in 2016.

When he can, Maldonado enjoys riding his bike to and from work. He has a passion for learning spoken, signed, and programmed languages. During his undergraduate career, he found himself fascinated by moss and proceeded to study bryology for a few semesters.

Mary Kay Montville ’86 began working in ECS Career Services in January in a temporary position and has been hired full-time as a senior career advisor. Montville  comes to us after spending 12 years at C&S Companies as a senior human resources generalist. She has a bachelor’s degree in business from Syracuse University.

Montville comes from a family of civil engineers—both of her brothers are successful professional engineers. Her favorite color is purple, she loves Italian food, and she has always been a recruiter and enjoys placing people into great jobs.

Anand Samuel holds a bachelor’s in psychology from LeMoyne College and previously worked as a management trainee for Enterprise Rent-A-Car and a customer service representative for AXA Equitable.

Samuel is a Syracuse native, born and raised. When he’s not spending time with his wife, Jessica, and their two young boys, Raphael (4) and Oliver (17 months), he enjoys getting to know people, illustration, and playing basketball.

LeAnne Shaler G’10 previously served as the associate director of admissions at SUNY Oneonta, associate director of alumni and parent relations at SUNY Oswego, and an academic counselor for the College of Arts and Sciences. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology from SUNY Oswego and a master’s in higher postsecondary education from Syracuse.

Shaler has been working on a college campus in some capacity ever since she graduated, so she likes to joke that she fell in love with college and never left. When she’s not at work you can usually find her outside—rain or shine—going on various adventures with her husband, Matt, and their 16-month-old son, Max. She also enjoys playing in several volleyball leagues across Central New York.

“With the addition of these talented and outgoing team members, we will have the ability to connect and build relationships with more students as well as increase the Career Service footprint within our community,” said Karen Davis, director of ECS career services.  “I look forward to the fresh new ideas and spirit this dynamic team will bring to our program.”