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Roni Badrian
Assistant Director of Career Development
roni.badrian@liu.edu

Roni counsels students majoring in the health professions, health care and public administration, and biology. As a counselor in the Cooperative Education Program, she also builds strategic relationships with employers, identifies employers for internships, markets the co-op program, and maintains positive rapport with students. 

Roni's life experiences and knowledge of LIU Post allow her to be of great assistance to her students. She is a LIU Post alumnus with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Science in School Counseling, and a certificate in Human Resources Management.

In the past, Roni has worked with children and teens as a counselor and teacher, specializing in at-risk interventions.

Rachel Biderman
Senior Assistant Director of Academic & Career Planning
rachel.biderman@liu.edu

Rachel has been working at LIU Post for the past seven and a half years. Rachel advises students in the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Rachel also teaches the Freshman Seminar, College 101, every semester. She truly enjoys working with freshmen and helping them transition from high school to college.

Rachel attended Syracuse University for her undergraduate education and completed her graduate degree at New York University. 

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys playing Scrabble, solving crossword puzzles, traveling, and cooking. She loves her career and looks forward to each day being at LIU Post.

Jason Cascone
Director of Career Development
jason.cascone@liu.edu

Jason has worked in LIU Post Career Services since 1998. He is a career counselor who has worked with clients of all ages, from high school to retirement. He also manages the recruitment programs and presents career education workshops to the campus community.  Jason has presented on regional career information panels and at conferences, and has worked with campus departments to develop specialized career education programs.

Jason's own diverse work history gives him a unique perspective on the value of collecting skill sets and applying them to reach one's career goals. His approach to career counseling is combined with professional work in mental health counseling to provide a holistic, counselor/client collaborative approach to constructing a balance between diverse work and life roles.

Jason earned his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida, and has a special membership in the National Career Development Association as a Master Career Development Professional. Jason has worked as an instructor for the LIU Post School of Continuing Education and is currently an adjunct professor for the Department of Counseling and Development, where he teaches a graduate level career development course. December 2010 saw the publication of his first collaborative journal article in the Career Development Quarterly, "The Constructivist Resume: Promoting the Career Adaptability of Graduate Students in Counseling Programs."

Heather Delano
Academic and Career Counselor
heather.delano@liu.edu

Heather has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from St. Joseph's College and a Master's degree in School Counseling from LIU Brentwood. She holds the National Career Development Association Facilitator Certification, which includes over 120 hours of in-depth training in career development competencies and 40 hours of fieldwork at the Connecticut Works One-Stop Center.  

Heather's experience includes five years as a high school guidance counselor in Connecticut and two years as a counselor at Valley Regional Adult Education. She has extensive experience in college and career counseling, developmental guidance and crisis intervention.

Heather also served as a case manager for Transitional Services of New York for Long Island, Inc., providing support to mentally ill adults in an independent living facility.

Kelly Haller
Senior Academic and Career Counselor
kelly.haller@liu.edu

Kelly's interest in academic advising began in college. After earning a dual Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from Stony Brook University, Kelly went on to earn a Master of Science degree in School Counseling from the New York Institute of Technology.

Prior to serving as an academic and counselor at LIU Post, Kelly has worked as an academic advisor in the Psychology Department at Stony Brook University and as a manager of student accounts at New York Institute of Technology's Manhattan campus, assisting students in a wide array of capacities.  Through her experience in junior and senior high school guidance, Kelly has also gained significant practice in career development, post-secondary admissions and transitioning processes. 

Kelly has always had a passion for education and is thrilled to be working with undergraduate students at LIU Post.

Kaitlin Jensen
Senior Academic and Career Counselor
kaitlin.jensen@liu.edu

Kaitlin received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from SUNY Oneonta and went on to complete her Master of Science in School Counseling at LIU Post in 2007.

Kaitlin has internship experience in career development, high school guidance and working with students gaining vocational skills. Upon graduation, she went on to work as a youth counselor. Kaitlin developed an interest in working with the college-aged population and returned to LIU Post as an academic and career counselor.

Alissa Karcz
Senior Academic and Career Counselor
alissa.karcz@liu.edu

Alissa has been a member of the Academic & Career Planning staff since 2010, serving students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is passionate about working with the college student population and is very excited to be part of the LIU Post community.

Alissa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Studio Art from SUNY Oneonta in 2004. She was a member of SUNY Oneonta's Women's Soccer NCAA Division III National Championship team in 2003 and was a two time All-American. Alissa went on to complete her Master's degree in School Counseling at the New York Institute of Technology in 2008.

While pursuing her Master's degree, Alissa was a substitute teacher and coached soccer and lacrosse in the South Huntington School District. After completing her graduate studies, Alissa worked as a disability counseling specialist at Farmingdale State College. She provided college planning, organization and study skills, and career planning services for students diagnosed with learning disabilities, students with Autism, and Attention Deficit Disorders.

Alissa obtained certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) in 2010, which improved her ability to assist students in developing successful individualized career and academic plans.

Daniel Lauterman
Academic and Career Counselor
daniel.lauterman@liu.edu

Dan's travels have taken him back home to LIU Post, and he could not be happier. After receiving his Master's degree in School Counseling from LIU Post in 2005, Dan went on to work with adolescents in a group home setting. After working there for three years, Dan was given the opportunity to work for two and a half years as the Assistant Director of Student Activities and Director of Alumni Affairs at Five Towns College. He quickly realized that higher education was where he belonged.

Dan is looking forward to the opportunity to work with LIU Post students. His goal is to offer a wide array of experiences and expertise that will assist in providing each student with the tools needed in order to have a successful college career.

Aside from his passion for education, Dan likes to keep himself busy with many interests and hobbies. Dan is a singer/songwriter/musician and is also an avid sports fan.

Amber Lennon
Senior Career Development Counselor (Cooperative Education)
amber.lennon@liu.edu

Amber, a Long Island native, is a career development counselor working with students in the LIU Post College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Amber obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology in May 2010 from the State University of New York at Oswego and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in School Counseling at LIU Post. During her undergraduate career, Amber interned in SUNY Oswego's Career Services Department for two years where she assisted students in finding internships and volunteer placements, writing resumes, and improving interviewing skills.  

The most rewarding experience of Amber's undergraduate career was traveling to Jamaica for an alternative winter break trip where she taught elementary school children, helped renovate schools, and built a playground. She is looking forward to traveling to Africa next summer for a multi-cultural class as a part of her Master's program.

Amber enjoys helping students find internships and experiential opportunities.

Dayana Quinones
Academic and Career Counselor
dayana.quinones@liu.edu

Dayana came to the United States as an international student from the Republic of Colombia. She has a Bachelor's degree in English from Hunter College and a Master's degree in Bilingual School Counseling from LIU Brooklyn.

Prior to her position as an academic and career counselor, Dayana worked with ESL students and educators for four years at the Brooklyn/Queens Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center, a program through the LIU Brooklyn School of Education. Previously, she counseled ESL students attending LaGuardia Community College and spent a year as a guidance counseling intern at the Brooklyn High School of the Arts.

Dayana advises LIU Post undergraduate students majoring in nutrition and social work and serves as a liaison to international students.

Saadia Rafiq
Academic and Career Counselor
saadia.rafiq@liu.edu

Saadia is an academic and career counselor advising students in political science and Pre-Law and in majors within the College of Management.

After earning a dual Bachelor's degree in History and Journalism from SUNY New Paltz, Saadia earned a Master's degree in World History and a Master's degree in Political Science/ International Studies from LIU Post.

Prior to her current role as an academic and career counselor, Saadia worked on campus in the Dean's Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She has previously served as a graduate assistant/teacher's assistant in the Political Science and History departments at LIU Post, and as a tutor and student mentor.

Saadia is proficient and/or fluent in several languages, including Punjabi and Arabic. She serves as a liaison to international students.

Zakaria (Zak) Rhfiri
Senior Assistant Director of Academic & Career Planning
zakaria.rhfiri@liu.edu

Zak earned his Master's degree in Computer Science from the LIU Brooklyn School of Business, Public Administration and Information Science in 2001. He started his career as an adjunct faculty member in the Computer Science Department at LIU Brooklyn. In June 2004, Zak accepted a position at LIU Post as an academic and career counselor. He advises students majoring in computer science, information systems, information management and technology, and various degrees in the College of Management. 

In addition to his advising role, Zak is also involved in ERP and PeopleSoft projects and is the liaison to the Office of Information Technology and the Registrar's Office at LIU Post.

Zak is very passionate about working with college students, faculty members, administrators, and the entire LIU community.

Zak's favorite quote: "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."  - Pelé

Lisa Santoro
Assistant Director of Career Development (Cooperative Education)
lisa.santoro@liu.edu

Lisa started working at LIU Post in 2008, providing career services and counseling to students in the College of Management. With previous experience in human resources and recruiting, Lisa has knowledge about what employers look for during the hiring process. Her strengths include employer relations, internship placement, and resume writing as well as teaching effective internship search techniques, interviewing strategies, and professional communication skills.

Lisa earned a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from LIU Post. She enjoys assisting students in achieving their professional goals.

Staci Siegel
Associate Director of Academic & Career Planning
staci.siegel@liu.edu

Staci has worked in Academic & Career Planning since 2007, advising students in the School of Health Professions and Nursing. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Media Studies from Ithaca College and a Master's degree in School Counseling from LIU Post. Staci is a certified peer mediator in conflict resolution.

Nancy Urbonas
Senior Assistant Director of Academic & Career Planning
nancy.urbonas@liu.edu

Nancy arrived at LIU Post in 1999 with several years of employment background in human resources and health care. She is a LIU Post alumnus who earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Education and her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. 

Nancy has spent more than a decade advising LIU Post students. In addition to her responsibilities in Academic & Career Planning, Nancy has been an instructor in the Freshman Seminar (College 101) and teaches resume and cover letter writing and interview and job search skills in the classroom.

Nancy served for many years as co-chair of the Women's Committee for the LIU Post Employer Advisory Board, a committee that hosts the annual Women's Achievement Dinner in honor of Women's History month. Nancy received the Provost Award in 2007 for her dedication and hard work in designing this event.

Nancy is also a member of the LIU Post Freshman Orientation Team, providing information and programming to new freshmen and their families.

Karen Weingart
Associate Director of Academic & Career Planning
karen.weingart@liu.edu

Karen has worked in Academic & Career Planning for the past nine years. She assists in overseeing the daily operations of the advising center and in the hiring and training of new counselors.

Having previously worked the business field at AT&T and Federated Department Stores, Karen came into counseling through a change in career. She received her Master of Science in School Counseling from LIU Post and her Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University.

Karen is married and has two children. She enjoys travelling, antiquing, yoga and volunteer work. She is a member of the National Academic Advising Association, Nassau Counseling Association and the Knights of Columbus. 

Kimberly Whittaker
Career Development Counselor (Cooperative Education)
kimberly.brown@liu.edu

Kimberly is currently a career development counselor working with students from the College of Education and Information Sciences, marketing majors, and public relations majors. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing in 2008 from LIU Post and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling with a certification in School Counseling.

Prior to working at LIU Post, Kimberly worked at JP Morgan Chase as a banker for two years. This experience provided her with important information that she relays to her students who are interested in working for large corporate businesses.

Kimberly has a sincere passion for helping students find a career path that fits their goals, personality, and values. She is excited to be a part of the LIU Post community again.