Marist Graduate Student Profiles

Attention All Marist Graduate Students and Alumni!

Are you a current student or alumnus of one of Marist’s graduate programs? Is so, the Office of Graduate Admission wants to hear from you! The office is currently soliciting interview profiles to feature on the College’s website as well as for use in marketing materials for prospective students. By providing information about your current career, program experiences, and professional goals, you’ll help to communicate the value of a Marist education and ensure the high-quality of our graduate programs for years to come. It’s easy to get involved, simply send an email to with your name, program, and year of graduation and we’ll provide you with interview questions.

Here’s what a few Marist graduate students and alumni had to say when asked the question, “How has a degree from Marist enhanced your career?” 

Pari Forood, MPA 2015, Executive Director, Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation
“My knowledge of my field has increased tenfold: I am a better strategic thinker; I have a better overall appreciation for the process of creating, implementing and evaluating programming; I understand nonprofit organizations, public organizations, bureaucracies their history and how to make them more efficient; I now know and appreciate how to motivate and reward staff; I am a better writer; and I have a great appreciation for the budgeting process.”

Christopher Kelly, MPA 2014, New York State Bridge Authority, Deputy Chief of Staff
“When I started my career, I was dealing mostly in projects and finding ways to make an impact on my organization. Since I started and finished my degree, I have been promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff with a much wider organizational responsibility and impact. The professors and teachers at Marist allowed me to constantly apply my real-life experience and work to my course work, which in turn made me grow rapidly as a manager and as a confident administrator.” 

Judy K. Roy, MBA 2015, Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration, Indiana Institute of Technology
Getting an MBA is a personal goal. I always said that I’d go back to college when my children did. I now have two daughters through college and a son who is a junior in high school. It’s a good time in my life to finish my MBA. I think my son enjoys it when we are working on our homework together. There are many aspects of the coursework that heighten my thinking and help me see my job through a new lens.”

Brianna Rendine, MA in Integrated Marketing Communication 2015, Learning Systems Technologies Analyst for Konica Minolta Business Solutions
Being able to apply knowledge immediately without waiting for the program completion.  That type of education is invaluable when it can be used right away. The social media course helped me further my education and knowledge on how to use tools that we use on our personal lives and leverage them on a corporate level.  I was able to apply theories right away at my current position and grow exponentially over the 8 week class.

Jaime Bonventre ’10, MA in Educational Psychology 2014, News 12 Social Media Producer
This degree from Marist as well as the course work it entailed certainly enhanced my career both at the time and currently. I am currently not in a teaching position but working for News 12 as a social media producer. I have held workshops for clients on topics such as understanding how adolescents think and why, the mindset of mom, and so on. My social strategic thinking combined with the educational psychological knowledge I gained from this program allowed me to intertwine my careers. Many of our competitors were not on this level and so it allowed me to put my team a step ahead of the competition.”

Micaela Ethier, MA in Educational Psychology 2015, Saratoga Central Catholic HS, Mathematics teacher
“This program has helped me to understand the whole child and apply this knowledge to my classroom daily.  Each course I take at Marist has been directly applicable to what I am doing everyday in the classroom, whether it be understanding assessment in a new way or viewing adolescents with a new light. Furthering my knowledge in Educational Psychology has helped me to also understand how to motivate my students further and help them to reach their full potential.”

Taraneh Naghizadeh-Kerley, Master of Education 2012, Director of International Studies, Immersion, and Partnerships for Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
“Not one day goes by that I do not use a method I learned in a Marist class or refer to a study I read as a Marist student or check my work against the professional standards Marist ensured we knew inside and out. When I am asked where I learned to do what I do I proudly respond ‘Marist College.’” 

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