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Friends for the future: Alumni mentor Mount’s pre-professionals

March 13, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Keynote speaker Sean Creighton ’92, CEO and founder of Boulevard One Marketing Consultation in New Rochelle, N.Y., advised Mount students to keep a positive attitude and remain committed to their success.

Keynote speaker Sean Creighton ’92, CEO and founder of Boulevard One Marketing Consultation in New Rochelle, N.Y., advised Mount students to keep a positive attitude and remain committed to their success.

 

Nearly 20 successful Mount Saint Mary College graduates headed back to their alma mater recently to mentor a new generation of pre-professionals.

The Ninth 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. 

Keynote speaker Sean Creighton ’92, CEO and founder of Boulevard One Marketing Consultation in New Rochelle, N.Y., encouraged students to take advantage of internship and experiential learning opportunities.

“Connect that which you love to do with what you want to do in your life,” he said. “Mount Saint Mary College was the absolute best place for me to be, because it allowed me to make connections between what I liked and was interested in, and what my opportunities were at this college.”

Some of Creighton’s favorite mentors from the Mount include Arts and Letters professors Emeritus James Beard, Sr. Catherine Walsh, OP, and Irene Nunneri. 

Andrew D. O’Grady ’88, CEO of Mental Health America for Dutchess County, told students that a little kindness can go a long way.

“My advice is to never burn a bridge,” he said. “Be kind to everybody, because you never know who might be your boss or who might help you get a foot in the door at a job. You want to make a good impression wherever you go and whatever you do.” 

 

Kiamesha Dolson-Ostrander ’15 (center), family intervention specialist at the Abbott House child care agency, mentors a group of Mount Saint Mary College students.

Kiamesha Dolson-Ostrander ’15 (center), family intervention specialist at the Abbott House child care agency, mentors a group of Mount Saint Mary College students.

 

Victoria Goldbach ’16, who studied nursing at the Mount, is now a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. She pointed out that for aspiring nurses, there’s more to worry about than just finishing college, such as passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). At the dinner, she gave advice to help students overcome such challenges.

“The field of nursing is so different from that senior year in several ways,” she explained. “It’s a big step to go into the post-grad world. I’m hoping to help current students prep for that.”

Senior Madison Herley, a Media Studies-Production major, said the dinner helped her to “find connections in different industries.” She added that even if a mentor isn’t in her field of study, the ins and outs of their path to success can be useful to any jobseeker. 

Other Mount alumni bringing their advice to the table were Debra Calvino ’81, director of Curriculum, Instruction and Testing at Valley Central High School, who was named New York State Teacher of the Year in 2010; Elaine-Marie Cannella ’85, senior consultant for health and benefits with Willis Towers Watson insurance company; Leanne L. Larson ’85, northeast patient access manager for rheumatology at Horizon Pharma; Nick Shannon ’03, executive director of the Chamber Foundation of the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce; Sean Glander ’06, an accountant at Big V Properties LLC; Crystal Johnson ’06, an account manager with Walden Savings Bank; Anthony J. Curti ’08, assistant district attorney at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office; Sean Barton ’13, a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual; and Kiamesha Dolson-Ostrander ’15, family intervention specialist at the Abbott House child care agency.