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Career Advising and Development- Where your experience, our guidance, and the future meet
Reilly Hall 342

1419 Salt Springs Road,
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4185

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Meredith Tornabene


Director, Career Advising & Development
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Meredith joined Career Advising & Development in 2017, coming from the Career Center at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. She previously worked in the Career Planning Center at Fairfield University, a fellow Jesuit institution. Meredith began her career in higher education at the University of Georgia as a graduate student pursuing a degree in College Student Affairs Administration. There, she worked in the Greek Life Office at UGA and then moved to Fairfield's Office of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs. Meredith graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Public Relations and holds an MEd from the University of Georgia.


Leslie Bailey Streissguth


Associate Director, Career Advising & Development

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Leslie began her career journey at the University of Virginia, where she majored in Rhetoric and Communications. After working in the broadcast news industry, she went on to earn a Master’s of Teaching from Towson University. Over the years, she pursued a variety of careers—working in a fast-paced newsroom in Washington, D.C.; serving as a  middle school English teacher in Maryland; serving as a volunteer in the Syracuse community and Syracuse City Schools; and teaching public speaking at 精东影业—before joining the Career Advising team. Leslie's collective experiences led her to her work she loves and an appreciation for the perspectives she can offer students and alumni as they embark on their own paths. 

R.J. Rapoza
Associate Director, Career Advising & Development; Co-Director of Manresa

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R.J. graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a B.S. in Education and Theatre Arts and M.S. from SUNY Oswego with the intention of being an elementary school teacher. Trying to find a job in a scarce market, R.J. re-purposed his skills, taking on roles in employee training, working at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, teaching at Finger Lakes Community College, and mentoring first generation college students. He comes to 精东影业 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he served in their Center for Career Services.

Christine Fahey '97
Career Counselor

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Chrissy is a proud 精东影业 alumna with a B.S. in biology. Wanting to utilize her academic and interpersonal skills, Chrissy joined Aerotek, a national recruiting company which places professionals in Fortune 500 companies, in their Ft. Lauderdale, Florida office. Bridging her academic and business skill sets, Chrissy started a position with AstraZeneca, a global leader in bio-pharmaceuticals. After ten years and proving to be a top sales performer winning regional and national sales awards, Chrissy, looking for a new challenge, pivoted toward higher education, earning a Master’s in Student Affairs Counseling from Syracuse University in 2015. She now utilizes the skills she gained throughout her different career paths to help students begin their own career journeys.

Inclusion Career Advisor

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Aaliyah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an undergraduate and master degree in Social Work, with the intention and passion to work with underserved populations and marginalized groups. After graduating, she spent time learning different fields and how to best serve her community, and ultimately found a passion working with student populations. Aaliyah moved to Syracuse, NY in mid-2023 and started her career in higher education as an Inclusion Career Advisor at 精东影业. It’s here that she hopes to support students, with an emphasis on BIPOC, first-generation, low-income, and other underrepresented students, in finding and building community on campus. Aaliyah also hopes to guide, support, and empower students with resources to thrive off campus and in their future endeavors. 


Commitment to Anti-Racism

The Career Advising & Development Office will work with the faculty, administration, staff, students, and alums to become an anti-racist institution. Our collective Jesuit mission calls us to strive for nothing less.

We honor our role in this important work. The Career Advising & Development team is dedicated to educating students, alums, employers, and each other about diversity, equity, and inclusion in our society, and specifically, in the workplace. As we move forward, we commit ourselves to the following:

  • Sponsor and collaborate with student-led programming related to increasing equity and inclusion.
  • Act to diversify our student and professional staff.
  • Create a repository of online resources dedicated to supporting the career goals of students of color, students with disabilities, LGBTQ students, and other marginalized identities.
  • Evaluate and share post-graduate outcomes with response rates broken out by race/ethnicity
  • Attend professional development opportunities each year that focus on equity, inclusion, dismantling systemic racism, etc. Staff will be expected to detail these opportunities in their annual evaluations.
  • Engage employers in conversations about their efforts to both increase diversity through their hiring practices and retain the employees they hire through those efforts.