CEEL

Meet the Staff

To make an appointment please call (201) 761-6400.


  • Enzo Fonzo

    Enzo Fonzo

    Director
    Phone: (201) 761-6402
    Email: cfonzo@saintpeters.edu

    Enzo Fonzo, CPRW, serves as Director of Senior Career Engagement and Success, supporting the senior class in their career planning and programming. He previously served as Director, Office of Career Services since September 1999. Prior to coming to Saint Peter’s, he worked at Seton Hall University in the Office of University Affairs and the President’s Office. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Music and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University.

    More about Enzo…

    Along with his work in the Center for Career Engagement and Experiential Learning, Enzo is a church organist and composer. He is Minister of Music and Organist at Saint Gerard Majella Church, Paterson and has served church communities for more than 30 years.

    Enzo is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), New Jersey Career Center Consortium (NJC3), Jersey City Kiwanis Board of Directors, the American Conference on Diversity Higher Education Planning Board, and the American Guild of Organists.

    Enzo’s vision of service is to support fully support our students in their career endeavors: to help them make the most of their Jesuit education and talents, and achieve their fullest potential in their career transitions.

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    Laura Pakhmanov

    Executive Director
    Phone: (201) 761-6412
    Email: lpakhmanov@saintpeters.edu

    Laura Pakhmanov has over 20 years of experience in Career Services. Laura has been with Saint Peter’s University as an Executive Director of CEEL (Career Engagement and Experiential Learning) since 2015. She provides strategic vision and leadership in the development of career preparedness programming and resources that contribute to students successful outcomes. She develops policies that support strategic change and innovation while leading a team that supports career advising, career education, employer relations/outreach and alumni engagement.

    More about Laura…

    She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Brooklyn College and a Masters in Human Resources Management from Keller Graduate School. Prior to joining Saint Peters, Laura worked as a Director of Career Services at DeVry University where she was responsible for overseeing three New Jersey locations. Laura is an active member of several national and regional professional associations including the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

    As a first generation college student, Laura is committed to developing and identifying exciting opportunities that contribute to the professional development process of students and alumni.

  • Sondra Edwards Buesing Riley

    Sondra Edwards Buesing Riley

    Director for Internships & Coop Edu
    Phone: (201) 761-6413
    Email: sriley@saintpeters.edu

    Sondra Edwards Buesing Riley, CPRW, a lifelong Jersey City resident, is a product of the Jersey City public school system, Cornell University, the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell, the American Management Association and the New School for Social Research.

    More about Sondra…

    A former Social Worker, Sondra entered the field of experiential education in 1986 as Assistant Director of the then Cooperative Education Program. Prior to that she served the University in several capacities, beginning in 1984 as a Spanish and Academic Tutor for the Men’s Basketball Team, later assisting in the Minority Affairs and Admissions Departments. Currently Director for Internships & Cooperative Education at CEEL, Sondra oversees the unique academic credit process through which students link workplace learning with an academic discipline.

    Sondra has served as President of the New Jersey Cooperative Education & Internship Association, President and Treasurer of the Jersey City Free Public Library, and is presently Vice President of the Jubilation Education Scholarship Fund, Secretary of Rev. Stef and Jubilation, Board Member of the Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School and the Raymond A Brown Center for Education and Public Policy.

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    An avid singer, Sondra has a passion for all music genres, having sung with Rock [Soni & the Bravados], R&B [The Ratchettes, and Filet of Soul] and Jazz [After Hours] bands during her college years. She currently sings with Rev. Stef and Jubilation, a Grammy Award winning choir whose focus is African American sacred music with an emphasis on Gospel music.

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    Daryl Levy

    Manager of Employer Relations
    Phone: (201) 761-6410
    Email: dlevy1@saintpeters.edu

    Daryl Delgaizo Levy ‘83 is the Manager of Employer Relations at CEEL. She fosters and oversees employer partnerships and is responsible for enhancing employer visibility and corporate branding at the university through Career Fairs, on-campus recruiting, information sessions and employer showcases.

    More about Daryl…

    Daryl has over 25 years of experience in finance and marketing working for firms such as Goldman Sachs and Royce & Associates. In 2013 she brought her talents and expertise to Saint Peter’s University by accepting a position in the Office of Advancement and External Affairs before joining the CEEL team in 2016. Daryl volunteers her time as a member of Project Home of Cranford and is also a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and a faculty Brother in the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. Daryl graduated from Saint Peter’s College with a BS in Marketing Management. She is an avid tennis player and loves to travel, see Broadway shows and soak up the sun on the Jersey Shore with her husband and two children.

  • Janice Hurley

    Janice Hurley

    Recruitment Coordinator
    Phone: (201) 761-6400
    Email: jhurley@saintpeters.edu

    Janice joined the Career Services team as Recruitment Coordinator in January 2012. Janice previously worked at Holy Family Academy for past ten years as the Assistant to the Guidance Director. At Holy Family, she thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the students, specifically the seniors, as she guided and encouraged them through the college application process and ultimately into the college of their dreams.

    More about Janice…

    Prior to working at HFA, Janice worked in New York City as an Administrative Assistant for various large brokerage firms and eventually for General Electric and Company. The combination and experience of working in both the corporate world and in education field allows Janice to have a better understanding of the needs of today’s workforce and guiding students in their career paths. Outside of her work, Janice’s other passions in life are being a mom, spending time at home cooking and baking and traveling around the country to visit her family. She is a parishioner of Saint Andrew’s Church in Bayonne and enjoys helping people.

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    Taina Cutler ’14

    Senior Career Coach
    Phone: (201) 761-6405
    Email: tcutler@saintpeters.edu

    Taina joined Career Services in August 2014 and is enjoying the opportunity to assist students in achieving their career goals. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in May 2014 and is currently enrolled in the MBA Health Administration program at Saint Peter’s University.

    More about Taina…

    Taina has over 20 years combined experience working in the private, civic, and non-profit sectors. Since 1997 she has trained in Buddhist meditation and has also led workshops in stress management and conflict resolution. She is an active member of several student organizations on campus including the Social Justice Club, Cool Cats for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and Researchers of Latino Education. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in California, Taina is fluent in Spanish and now resides in Jersey City with her husband Mitchell and son Cody.

  • Tatiana-Gaona

    Tatiana (Taty) Gaona

    STEM Internship Coordinator
    Phone: (201) 761-6319
    Email: tgaona@saintpeters.edu
    Location: Pope Hall, Room 305

    Taty graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) and received a Master of Divinity in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary (Glenside, PA) and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ). Her previous experience include working as the Career Center’s Program Assistant at Ramapo College of New Jersey and as the Internship Coordinator at The New School in New York City. These roles prepared her to be a resource to Saint Peter’s University students in STEM majors, helping them find and succeed in their internship.

    More about Tatiana…

    Taty joined Saint Peter’s University in September 2019 as the STEM Internship Coordinator. She works under CEEL but is housed by the STEM Engagement Center, located in Pope Hall. Under the TREX grant, she works in creating partnerships with employers in the STEM field and in identifying internship opportunities for STEM students. She also assesses each student internship’s applicant to determine a proper match for internship placement. Her passion is to see students succeed and grow in their career development as a result of participating in internships.

  • Jessica Kennedy

    Jessica Kennedy

    STEM Career Coach
    Phone: (201) 761-6338
    Email: jkennedy@saintpeters.edu
    Location: Pope Hall, Room 305

    Jessica has 10 years of experience in higher education stemming from her time as an undergraduate student leader within student affairs at Rutgers University. She joined Saint Peter’s University in 2014 managing the daily operations of two STEM departments. Throughout her tenure at SPU, she’s interacted with STEM students and faculty on a daily basis on the academic side of things. Now, as the STEM Career Coach she is excited to guide students, of all class years, as they transition to career professionals. She completed her Master of Public Administration in May of 2018 from Saint Peter’s University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Spanish from Rutgers University. In 2018 she also completed a course in Urban Sustainability which exposed her to professionals, activities, and the practice of the natural sciences.

    More about Jessica…

    Jessica is an active member of her community. She is a Project Coordinator for Jersey Cares supporting the TRUE Mentors clubs program in Hoboken, NJ. She was an active member of the New Journal Square Community Association spearheading projects for improvements to the Jersey City neighborhood. She was born in Brazil and raised in the United States and is fluent in the Portuguese language. Jessica is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys running, working with kettlebells, and attending hot yoga classes.