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.

Nicholas Assad is a Senior Recruiter for Grubhub, the country's leading web commerce platform for ordering and delivering take-out food, currently controlling half of the U.S. food-delivery market. His focus is in the product and technology space. Previously, he helped build large-scale teams for Wayfair, where he helped grow the company to more than 10,000 employees in just one year. Nick brings 9+ years of sales and recruiting experience, both in the agency and corporate settings. Nick received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Lesley 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 DeLillo is the Director of Human Resources for the Town of Swampscott. Julie started her career in the financial world first as a manager of a loan department and then as an internal auditor. During her time at Filene’s as an internal auditor, she was approached to take on the role of Benefits Manager. Since then Julie has advanced her role within HR to her current level of Director where she heads up the Department. Julie has worked in both the for profit and not-for-profit world. Julie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a Juris Doctorate 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.

Bianca Lonergan is the Controller for Fairbanks Energy Services, a full-service design/build energy conservation firm that provides energy conservation services for commercial and industrial clients throughout the country. Bianca started her career at Fidelity Investments, in their Corporate Accounting team. She continued within the Finance and Accounting fields at Boston based companies and start-ups such as EXOS and Zipcar. Bianca graduated from Suffolk University with a BSBA in Accounting, and an MBA in International Business.

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.

Anat Shaked is a human resources professional who has worked both as a recruiter and a human resources business partner in the healthcare and higher education sectors. She started her career at Massachusetts General Hospital as a Human Business Partner supporting Patient Care Services. She also worked in recruitment at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2015, she returned to MGH as a recruiter. Anat has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Masters in Human Resources from Northeastern University.

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.

Cheryl Vozzella is a Managing Director and Associate Market Executive with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Boston, Ma. Prior to her current leadership role, she was the Market Sales Executive for U.S. Trust, Bank of America’s private wealth management covering MA, ME & NH, the International Credit & Banking Sales Performance Director for Merrill Lynch International, the National Sales Performance Director for Premier Banking & Investments and began her retail career as a registered private banker before joining senior leadership. Cheryl joined Bank of America via Colonial Asset Management (now Columbia Threadneedle) in 1996 as a mutual fund analyst. She is very involved in mentoring future female leaders and colleagues through LEAD and is a proactive community volunteer and active supporter of (MSAG) Military Support and Assistance Group, HOLA and a proud ally of the (LGBTQ) employee network.