Meet the Staff
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Enzo Fonzo, Director
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.
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.
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.
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, Director for Internships & Coop Edu
Director of Cooperative Education & Internships, has worked at Saint Peter’s University in various capacities since 1984. Sondra, a lifelong resident of Jersey City, (that’s pretty amazing), is a graduate of Cornell University, and holds a Management Certificate from the American Management Association. In her first career, Sondra was a Social Worker, Central Intake Director and Counselor which eased her transition into the experiential education field. A Past President and member of the New Jersey Cooperative Education and Internship Association, Sondra served on the organization’s Executive Council.Sondra feels privileged to be involved in the work of co-op and interships, which enables her to help students begin the process of articulating and often realizing their dreams. (How awesome is that!) Throughout her twenty seven years at SPC, she has found inspiration in a host of incredible and inspiring students. Much to her delight, Sondra’s son, Patrick Edwards Buesing, is a Saint Peter’s University graduate and former co-op student who took full advantage of the Program. interning at the Jersey Journal and NBA, while studying Communication.
A fan of libraries, Sondra is fortunate to have served as Treasurer and member of the Jersey City Free Public Library Board of Trustees for several years. In 2000, Sondra was recognized for her positive contributions to the community by the Our Towne Civic Association. For her work on behalf of the Adopt-A-School Program, a joint initiative of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce and the Hudson County 4 College Consortium, she was named a Woman of Action in 1996.
Sondra is passionate about choral music and currently advises and sings with the University’s Voices of Praise Gospel Choir which celebrated its 15th anniversary in April 2011. In addition, Sondra is a member and secretary of the internationally acclaimed Jubilation Choir, which won a Grammy , and received a Dove Award nomination in 2010.
Janice Hurley, Recruitment Coordinator
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. 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 travelling around the country to visit her family. She is a parishioner of Saint Andrew’s Church in Bayonne and enjoys helping people.
Taina Cutler ’14, Senior Career Coach
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. 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.
Ally Therese Ongsuco, STEM Career Coach
Ally Therese graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Science and a minor in Sociology from Seton Hall University in May 2014. She recently received her Master of Science in Education in Student Affairs and College Counseling degree from Monmouth University in May 2017. Her previous experiences such as internships and assistantships during her graduate program allowed her to gain exposure to Career Services at both Felician University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Being able to interact and work with such diverse student populations, especially in the area of STEM at NJIT has helped prepare Ally for her future success at Saint Peter’s University.
She recently joined the Saint Peter’s University community and CEEL team in June 2017, as the new STEM Career Coach. She is working under CEEL, but is housed within the STEM Engagement Center, located in Pope Hall in Room 316. Through the $3.8 million SURGE (STEM Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Empowerment) grant, the STEM Engagement Center was renovated to be used as a multipurpose space where Ally is able to assist STEM undergraduate students in various areas of professional development. In addition to improving students’ resume building, networking, and interview skills, a key component within her role is to create awareness and provide potential career paths for STEM students.
James Hall, Senior Year Experience Peer Advisor
James joined CEEL as the Senior Year Experience Peer Advisor in August 2017. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. James’ role is to support Mr. Enzo Fonzo , Director of Senior Career Engagement and Success, in the career advisement of students and serve as a peer resource and mentor, as well as plan/conduct innovative programming initiatives. He serves as a vital and visible CEEL representative to the Campus Student Community.
James’ other roles on campus include serving as the President of the Accounting Society and working as a “GEM” Peer Mentor Tutor in the Principles of Accounting Freshman Seminar. In his free time, James enjoys playing golf and spending time with family.