Meet Our Staff.

 

Meet Our Staff

Yasmin Acosta C’17, Launch Catalyst, Manager of Peer Career Coach Program

yacosta1@drew.edu
973-408-3710

Yasmin coordinates the Arts, Entertainment & Communications Career Community and the First Generation and Visible/Invisible Disabilities Identity/Affinity Communities. She also manages the Peer Career Coaching Program, counsels students on career, job, and internship plans, critiques resumes, cover letters, CVs, and personal statements, and presents career development workshops. She maintains and updates the Career Center website, and assists in coordinating the Student Employment program. Her background includes experience in marketing and event planning. Prior to this position Yasmin was the Program Coordinator for Drew University’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from Rutgers University, a Master’s degree in Arts & Letters (Literary Studies) from Drew University, and is pursuing a Master of Education also at Drew.


Dunstanette Macauley-Dukuly, Launch Catalyst, Pre-Health Advisor

jislam@drew.edu
973-408-3593

Dunstanette coordinates both the Pre- Health and STEM & Sustainability Career Interest Communities. She manages the student mentorship program and the internal application process for students applying to graduate programs in the health professions. She counsels and advises Drew students and alumni on their career, job, and internship plans and critiques resumes/CVs, personal statements, and cover letters. Her background includes community building, marketing/communications, and event planning in the nonprofit and religious sectors. Dunstanette graduated with a B.S. in Public Health from Rutgers University- New Brunswick.

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Jenn Islam, Launch Catalyst, Internship Coordinator

jislam@drew.edu
973-408-3593

Jenn counsels and advises Drew students and alumni on their career, job, and internship plans and critiques resumes/CVs, personal statements, and cover letters. She coordinates internship registrations in conjunction with the Director. Additionally, she prepares and delivers workshop presentations both independently and collaboratively with colleagues, campus partners, and student leaders. Jenn graduated with a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology with a minor in International Studies from Stony Brook University, as well as an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University of Ohio.


Carolyn Parelli, Associate Director, Career Engagement and Education

cparelli@drew.edu
973-408-3777

Carolyn leads the  staff in developing and implementing shared strategic priorities and coordinates the on-campus student employment program. Carolyn serves as liaison to both academic departments and student service units for the expansion and development of career engagement opportunities.  Her diverse background includes experience in marketing and financial management in both the corporate and non-profit environments. She has a B.A. in Business Administration from Muhlenberg College and a Master of Business Administration from Seton Hall University.


Gregory Townsend C’05, Director

gtownsen@drew.edu
973-408-3654

Greg is responsible for the development of corporate, employer, and government partnerships which will provide internship, apprenticeship, co-op and career opportunities for Drew students and alumni. Prior to returning to Drew, Greg served as Chief of Staff to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development where he managed the day-to-day operations of the department and spearheaded initiatives linking higher education and workforce policy. He led the development and execution of the Many Paths, One Future Internship Grant, a $1.5 million state program designed to provide paid internship opportunities to students throughout New Jersey. He also served as Vice-Chair of the Career Pathways Task Force, a group of representatives from government, academia and industry charged with developing new, innovative approaches to workforce development practices at all stages of education and career. Greg graduated from Drew in 2005 with a double major in Political Science and French, and received a M.A. in International Relations from the Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy in 2007.