About

The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) provides career management education. We inspire, support, and educate students and alumni to develop their full personal and professional potential to participate in the creative economy. Career staff work with students and alumni to know their strengths, choose career paths that utilize their strengths that align with their values, and develop strategies for connection, engagement and commitment.

Career Staff

Rhonda Schaller

Director 

Rhonda is a Fine Artist and Visiting Associate Professor, chairs the Mindfulness Initiatives in Student Affairs committee, and is the founder of the 10-week Meditation Incubator.

Rhonda helps students, alumni, faculty and staff develop a holistic approach to life and career through contemplative practices, inquiry and pedagogy.

Alex Fisher 
Career Development and Industry Relations Coordinator 

Alex helps students and employers connect on campus through curated site visits and on campus recruiting, job and internship postings and Behance portfolios. 

Carl Fengler 
Associate Director of Career Counseling and Professional Development 

Carl works with students and alumni on mock interviews, matching personal strengths to professional strategies, and heads the Ignition Lab, our experiential learning program for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Deborah Yanagisawa 
Associate Director of Career Development and Engagement

Deborah is a Certified Life Coach and works with students and alumni on industry networking strategies and life and career plans, with a global perspective.  She is also the Fulbright Program Adviser, and works with students and alumni on Fulbright grants, fellowships and residencies . She specializes in CPT/OPT and international student alumni job search and engagement strategies.

Hera Marashian 
Associate Director of Career Development and Industry Relations

Hera works with students and alumni to refine their career goals and portfolio development, and specializes in helping all present their personal brand to the right employers. 

Hera specializes in Industry trends and recruitment.

Ian Flinn 
Student Affairs Coordinator at Pratt Manhattan

Ian works with students on the Pratt Manhattan Campus, helping with resumes, cover letters and career plans. 

In addition to his career development role, Ian is the go to person for clubs and events at Pratt Manhattan.

Mackenzie Adriance 
Assistant Director of Career Counseling and Experiential Learning

Kenzie works with students on finding and choosing internships, jobs on campus, and developing career plans from first year through graduation. 

Sam Harvey 
Professional Development Specialist 

Sam works with students on basic career skills and career plans. She works with all students and alumni in preparing graduate school applications, assists with Fulbright applications, fellowships and residencies.

Vanessa Chew 
Assessment and Information Systems Manager

Vanessa oversees all things data, including our assessment and information systems, survey design, tracking and reporting, and visualizing our student and alumni outcomes.