Employer Advisory Board

The Career Development Center (CDC) has partnered with a number of distinctive employers representing diverse sectors of the Boston employment market.

The Employer Advisory Board (EAB) represents an enhanced and mutually beneficial collaboration in which employers gain a better understanding of Suffolk students and their professional skill sets and development, and the University gains an in-depth perspective on companies' hiring goals, industry trend, and the economic outlook of the metropolitan area.

EAB members provide the CDC with expertise, experience, and candid feedback. They attend one meeting each semester and are encouraged to participate in other events and programs on campus.

EAB members serve minimum two-year terms in order to build community and consistency on campus. In return, members can attend on-campus career fairs sponsored by the CDC at no cost.

Employer Advisory Board Members

Juanita Allen is the Recruitment and Outreach Manager for the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity in the Human Resources Division for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has been with the Commonwealth for over 19 years, and has received many awards and accolades including the “Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service.” Juanita received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Howard University.

Mike Black is the Boston-area Regional Recruiter for the Peace Corps, a governmental organization which has sent nearly a quarter million Americans to serve communities in the developing world since its founding by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. Mike served from 2017-2019 as a community economic development specialist in a rural town in Albania, strengthening public institutions and empowering underserved groups within the community. Prior to the Peace Corps, Mike worked for 7 years in sales and account management, primarily within the education sector. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Bentley University.

Julie is currently the VP of Human Resources at Making Opportunity Count, a non-profit whose mission is to promote the wellbeing of low-income people across the region by providing direct services that help to address the complex issues of poverty.

Julie has almost 20 years of Human Resources experience and has spent over 15 years of her career in the non-profit sector, previously working at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown and Vinfen in Cambridge.  Prior to entering HR, Julie spent almost 15 years within financial services working in loan departments and then as an internal auditor.

Julie holds an MBA from Fitchburg State University and a JD from Suffolk Law School.

Lisa George is the Human Resources Director for Edelstein & Company LLP, a CPA firm committed to building lasting relationships with its clients and team members. With over 20 years of experience in the professional services industry, Lisa is responsible for directing all facets of the firm's human resources function area. This includes developing talent brand initiatives; evaluating and participating in staff development; implementing strategic human resource policies, process, and technologies. Lisa received her bachelor's degree in Consumer and Family Studies with a minor in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. She also holds SHRM-CP and PHR certifications.

Jessi Marquart is a Talent Acquisition Specialist for Enterprise Holdings, where she’s been for 13 years. She joined Enterprise Holdings as a Management Trainee, and worked her way up through Assistant and Branch Manager positions. She started her career in public relations, but soon decided it wasn’t the right fit. Jessi received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations/Image Management from Central Missouri State.

Geronimo Martinez is a Manager of Internal Audit at Biogen Corporation, a biotechnology company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. Prior to joining Biogen in 2015, Geronimo spent three and a half years within the Internal Audit group at iRobot Corporation, a home robotics company. He also spent 5 years at PwC in their external audit practice focused on middle market clients. He holds undergraduate and MSA degrees from Suffolk University and is also a Certified Public Accountant in MA.

Nick Ruggiero is a Human Resources Communications Coordinator for the Office of the Massachusetts State Treasurer and Receiver General (aka Mass State Treasury) and graduated from Suffolk University in May 2020 with a Bachelor Degree in Marketing. During his undergraduate program, Nick served as a Business Writing Teachers Assistant (TA), was a member of the Honors Sawyer Business School and Honors Marketing Program, and interned with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s Child Support Enforcement Division and Mass State Treasury. As an intern with the Mass State Treasury, Nick showed interest in recruitment marketing and was giving the opportunity to spearhead several recruiting initiatives including creating/editing recruitment videos for the Treasury career website and social media. In his current role, Nick’s primary responsibilities include creating recruitment marketing content for the Treasury’s career page and Life at Treasury social media, internal communications (including managing the Treasury Intranet and Bi-weekly newsletter), and coordinating employee engagement events.

Heather Shea is a Senior Vice President at Ogilvy Cambridge. She has worked in the public relations agency setting for more than 14 years, supporting integrated communications programs for companies in the technology, consumer, science, healthcare and non-profit sectors. Heather helps clients strategize and execute high-technology launches, medical device commercialization and approval, life sciences and drug discovery advancement and awareness, women’s health social media platforms, mobiles consumer electronics influencer promotion, higher education message development and corporate executive visibility. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Boston University.

Seasoned Financial Services Leader with over 25 years of experience in strategic business development and radical revenue growth in the financial service industry. Extensive experience in building and leading top-performing sales teams, mentoring wealth management advisors and executing dynamic business development strategies.

Kate Clemente has been with MGH since 2013 were she recruits clinical, research and administrative staff for the Emergency and Psychiatry departments as well as the Development Office and Ambulatory Management. Prior to MGH, Kate spent nearly 10 years in Human Resources at State Street where she held roles in recruitment, employee relations and diversity outreach. She holds a bachelor’s in Sociology from Northeastern University and received her MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management.