Staff

Susan Bauer: Interim Executive Director / Director, Employer and Alumni Relations - susan.bauer@yu.edu (Bio)

Christopher Thunberg: Director, Counseling & Programming - thunberg@yu.edu (Bio)

Christina Jacques: Associate Director - christina.jacques@yu.edu (Bio)

Naomi Kapp: Associate Director - kapp@yu.edu (Bio)

Tina Lin: Assistant Director - tina.lin@yu.edu (Bio)

Cara Smith: Assistant Director - clsmith@yu.edu (Bio)

Barbara Maxey: Administrative Assistant - maxey@yu.edu

Jessica Rivera: Administrative Assistant - jrivera@yu.edu

 

The Career Center reports to Interim Dean Michael Strauss,
Assistant to the Provost - mstraus1@yu.edu

 

Staff Bios

Susan Bauer

Susan began her career working in print media as a Fashion Editor and at Donna Karan International producing advertising campaigns and runway shows. Susan segued into television as MTV Network’s Fashion Director working with executive producers and recording artists on the overall programming image for the channel. Susan’s transition into higher education was originally as adjunct faculty at the Fashion Institute of Technology and LIM College, teaching career development courses at both institutions. Most recently she was the Senior Director of Experiential Education & Career Management at LIM College before coming to YU; a move predicated on wanting a greater student facing role. Susan earned her AAS in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology, her BS in Clothing and Textile Merchandising from University of Delaware, and her MSEd in Mental Health Counseling at Fordham. She enjoys coaching soccer, cooking, Mad Men, and doing anything close to the ocean. 

Christopher Thunberg

Christopher joined the YU Career Center in Fall 2011; prior to this he served as an Associate Director at New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, overseeing their technology initiatives, mentorship program, and graduate student career programs. He began his career in higher education as a Career Counselor at SUNY Purchase.  He has worked in the Bay Area startup sector as a recruiter and human resources manager, and with the consulting firm Accenture in their Communications and Technology practice. A native New Yorker, he enjoys biking around NYC and the rail-trails of the Hudson Valley. He holds a BA in Psychology from New York University, and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Christina Jacques

Christina received a Master’s in School Counseling, and after spending some time as a guidance counselor transitioned into Higher Education. Before joining the YU team she has was at Fordham University for almost 5 years focusing on career counseling, employer relations, student engagement and programming. Christina is excited to continue helping students “figure it out” and position themselves for success. She enjoys traveling, skiing, and concerts, and is a music, film, and television fanatic.   

Naomi Kapp

Naomi has worked most of her professional career at Yeshiva University in the various incarnations of the YU Career Center. Prior to YU, she worked at Touro College, founding their first Career Center, and then moved to FEGS and the YMCA, coaching professionals interested in career change or professional advancement.  Naomi completed her BA at NYU double majoring in Political Science and Sociology and earning a NYS Teaching License in Social Studies. Afterwards she attended Brooklyn College’s MSEd in Guidance and Counseling program and earned an Advanced Certificate in Counseling to work as a Guidance Counselor in NYS.  In her free time she hosts Shabbat meals, loves all types of music (except opera), and is an avid movie goer. 

Cara Smith

Cara Smith has worked at Yeshiva University in the Career Center for over 10 years and has thoroughly enjoyed working with YU students on both the Beren and Wilf campuses.  She primarily works on the Beren campus and loves building relationships with students to help them discover, develop, and achieve their career goals.  Prior to coming to YU, Cara ran Barnard College’s Internship Program for 5 years.  She also has previous experience working in public interest law as a non-lawyer and for a job training program for underprivileged women.  She has a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University.  In her spare time, Cara enjoys walking all over NYC and exploring its parks and outdoor spaces with her two children.    

Tina Lin

Before engaging in career counseling at YU, Tina held various roles over the past decade in both finance and non-profit. Most recently, she was on the Investor Relations team at a private equity fund of funds group based in New York.  Tina holds a BA from Colgate University and MA from St. John’s University. As a born-and-bred New Yorker, Tina loves the diversity and multi-culturalism that defines her hometown. Tina is passionate about service, volunteerism and civic engagement in the personal, professional and leadership development of the next generation and honored to be a part of Yeshiva University's mission in "bringing wisdom to life."