Alumni mentor Mount pre-professionals

March 03, 2017

Meet a Mentor Dinner 2017

Crystal Johnson ’06, account manager at Walden Savings Bank (center), discusses the trials and triumphs of her career with eager Mount students.


Nearly a dozen successful Mount Saint Mary College graduates headed back to their alma mater on March 2 to mentor the next generation of pre-professionals.

The 8th Annual Meet a Mentor Dinner, organized by the Office of Alumni Affairs, provided the college’s forward-thinking students valuable insight into the work world while breaking bread with a variety of Mount alumni.

Tips included “how they got started, job responsibilities, and any recommendations they may have for the student,” noted Michelle Iacuessa ’94, director of Alumni Affairs at the Mount.

Mayde Pokorny MBA ’16 of Cuddebackville, N.Y., assistant director of digital communications at the Mount, told students to take advantage of the information that, thanks to technology, is always at their fingertips.

“Arming yourself with knowledge will help you get ahead,” she explained. “Make sure that you’re prepared for each situation before going in. Don’t lose out on an opportunity because you didn’t take a few minutes to look up what you need ahead of time.”

Margaret Treacy ’13 of Monroe, N.Y., a marketing associate at Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, said that she enjoyed offering her job and networking tips.

Raina Chislom of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., a sophomore, is considering changing her major to nursing. She said that her time with Karen Neary ’15, registered nurse with oncology at Westchester Medical Center, helped her to see what a future in the healthcare field would entail.

“Her lessons can make my college experience better,” said Chislom. “She’s giving me a blueprint of what I’m getting into.”

Meet a Mentor Dinner 2017

Keynote speaker Michael Quinn, president and CEO of Rhinebeck Bank, advised Mount students to keep a positive attitude and remain committed to their success. 


Keynote speaker Michael Quinn, president and CEO of Rhinebeck Bank, offered simple, poignant advice to the Mount students.

“As you prepare to leave the Mount and go out in to the job market, remember there are many opportunities for intelligent, hardworking, and open-minded people,” said Quinn. “These opportunities may not be self-evident. You may have to work to find your place and fit. But the opportunities are there to be found.”

Other Mount alumni bringing their advice to the table were: Sean Barton ‘13, financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual; Debra Calvino ’81, director of curriculum, instruction, and testing at Valley Central High School as well as the 2010 New York State Teacher of the Year; Megan Doyle ’16, autism behaviorist at Vital Behavior Services; Sean Glander ’06, senior accountant at Vanacore, Debenedictus, Digovanni and Weddell, LLP; Victoria Goldbach ’16, RN NICU at NYU Medical Center Langone; Kim Grey '99, a forensic scientist at Mid-Hudson Crime Lab; Torrance Harvey MSEd '03, a history teacher at Newburgh Free Academy; Crystal Johnson ’06, account manager at Walden Savings Bank; and Kara Miller ’06 of Newburgh, N.Y., care manager at Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc.

Meet a Mentor Dinner 2017

Sean Glander ’06, senior accountant at Vanacore, Debenedictus, Digovanni and Weddell, LLP (right), has become a mainstay of the Mount’s annual Meet a Mentor Dinner, helping to guide many future accountants along the path to success.