• Career Center

  • Staff

    Marc Goldman: Executive Director - marcgoldman@yu.edu (Bio)

    Susan Bauer: 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)

    Diane Safer: Assistant Director - diane.safer@yu.edu (Bio)

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

    Dana Simpson: Career Advisor / Recruitment Coordinator - dana.simpson@yu.edu (Bio)

    Barbara MaxeyAdministrative Assistant - maxey@yu.edu

    Jessica RiveraAdministrative Assistant - jrivera@yu.edu


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


    Staff Bios

    Marc Goldman

    Marc has been the Executive Director of the Yeshiva University Career Center since 2007.  Prior to his position at YU, he was an Associate Director at New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, where he worked for 13 years.  Marc has also been an adjunct instructor at NYU in career, education, and life planning.  For the National Association of Colleges and Employers, he has chaired or served on a number of committees.  Marc has presented and moderated at numerous NACE Annual Conferences and events and won the NACE Excellence Award in 2007 and the NACE Volunteer Meritorious Service Award in 2014.  Marc completed his undergraduate work in Psychology at Cornell University and received a Master’s in Counseling and Personnel Services and an Advanced Graduate Specialist Certificate in Community and Career Counseling from the University of Maryland at College Park.  In addition to his career in higher education, he has been involved in theatre for years in assorted roles including box office manager, assistant stage manager, publicity coordinator, and writer.  Marc enjoys all things pop culture, musicals, cooking, Las Vegas, Summer and Winter Olympics, and spending time with his family and friends.

    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." 

    Diane Safer

    Prior to YU, Diane worked in the Career Development office at The College of New Rochelle, where she was also an adjunct professor teaching psychology. Before engaging in career counseling, Diane spent more than 20 years occupied as a Research and Information Consultant for healthcare public relations firms, including 10 years running her own small consulting business.  Diane completed her undergraduate work in Psychology at University of Wisconsin – Madison (Go, Big Red!) and earned her Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology (working with pigeons and monkeys!) and her PhD in Experimental Social Psychology (working with humans) at Columbia University.  She enjoys reading, hiking, and trying new restaurants, and she is slowly making her way through all the recent Dr. Who seasons on Amazon Video.

    Dana Simpson

    Dana joined the Career Center after working in multiple marketing roles at Unilever. She graduated from Brandeis University with a dual major in Education and Business and even spent a semester home-schooling a second grader! Dana is passionate about helping students to jumpstart their careers as well as building relationships with companies. She enjoys singing, exercising, and hosting friends.

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