Professionals In Residence

Professionals In Residence

The Professionals In Residence series is an initiative of the John Jay College Center for Career & Professional Development to provide opportunities for career exploration, networking, and mentorship to students and alumni. Since debuting in 2012, the Center has brought senior industry leaders to John Jay College to offer advice and guidance as students develop the “soft skills” of networking and interviewing and make informed, thoughtful career decisions.

Professionals In Residence events are followed by an opportunity for students and professionals to engage in one-on-one mentoring and networking. All students and alumni should RSVP on John Jay Careers Online to attend!

Upcoming Professionals In Residence Events:     

Jennifer Varley, Licensed Mental Health CounselorJennifer Varley, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER  5, 2016, 1:45 PM TO 2:45 AM, L72.00 New Building 

Jennifer Varley received her M.A. in Forensic Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College in 2012. She is a licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). She maintains a private practice counseling adults in Astoria (Queens), NY. Jennifer is specialty  trained in both Harm Reduction Psychotherapy and attachment focused EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for processing trauma. Jennifer specializes in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, mood disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression and co-dependency among adults. She is an expert contributor to the relationship based website and runs a Meetup group in NYC for Licensed Mental Health professionals that promotes professional development, networking and peer support. Jennifer is a NYC Medical Reserve Corp volunteer and is passionate about addiction treatment, energy based psychology and social  justice.  

Liane Hajduch, University Partnerships ManagerLiane Hajduch, University Partnerships Manager

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER  19, 2016, 1:45 PM TO 2:45 AM, L72.00 New Building 

Liane Hajduch received her BA in Organizational Students & Communications from the University of Michigan in 2009. She went on to spend 5+ years as a campus recruiter in NYC. She worked at top financial services (RBC Capital Markets, Moelis & Company) and tech (Venmo) companies where she hired, trained, managed and mentored hundreds of interns and new grad hires. She's currently the Head of Human Resources, Recruitment and University Partnerships at WayUp, an NYC-based startup that helps connect students with awesome entry-level jobs and internships. At WayUp, she manages all things people (from hiring and onboarding to training and career development) and partners with career services professionals across the country to help students land meaningful jobs.  


Past Professionals In Residence Include: 

  SPRING 2016
  • Alden Foster. Policy Advisor to the Commissioner with the New York City Police Department. "A Career with the NYPD."

  • Brian Cairl. Managing Director and Director of Investigations with K2 Intelligence. "A Career in Security Management."

FALL 2015
  • Clement James. Assistant Director of Community Affairs, NYC Fire Department. “A Career in Public Service.”

  • Timyake Waithe. New York State Parole Officer, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. “Life as a New York State Parole Officer.”

  • Arelis Hernandez-Cruz. Chief of Staff, Community Affairs Unit in the Mayor’s Office. “A Career in Public Policy.”

  • Charles Williams. President and CEO, HDI Investigation. “A Career in Federal Law Enforcement.” 

SPRING 2015 
  • Eric Sandseth. Lieutenant, New York City Police Department. “A Career in The NYPD.”

  • Jenifer Rajkumar. Civil Rights Lawyer, Sanford Heisler Kimpel LLP. “Life As a Civil Rights Lawyer.”

  • Maria Otero. Designated Executive Officer, the New York City Police Department. “Rising Through the Ranks.”

  • Ted Lotti. Deputy Director for Corporate Security, Hearst Corporation. “A Career in Security Management.”


FALL 2014 
  • Ana Escrogima. Diplomat in Residence, the United States Department of States. “A Career in Public Diplomacy.”

  • Bill Priestap. Special Agent in Charge, the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “A Career in Federal Law Enforcement.”

  • Denora Getachew. Campaign Manager and Legislative Counsel, Brennan Justice Center at NYU. “A Career in Law.”

  • Gary Butts, MD. Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Mount Sinai Health System. “A Career In Medicine.”

  • Brian Kagan, DPM. Podiatric Consultant, Private Practice. “A Career in Forensic Podiatry.” 

For more information about the Professionals In Residence series, please contact Chantelle Wright, Associate Director at the Center for Career & Professional Development, at (212) 237-8754.