March 03, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
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
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
“Her lessons can make my college experience better,” said
Chislom. “She’s giving me a blueprint of what I’m getting
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
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,
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