Christine Birnbaum is a professionally certified executive coach and Principal of Claremont Coaching. She retired from the New York Life Insurance Company where she was a Vice President of Human Resources. In this role, she was a Human Resources Business Partner responsible for supporting both the investments finance and technology functions.
Prior to this role, Christine was the Talent Management executive for Investments. In addition, she served as the Investments Diversity and Inclusion Officer. She was a co-head of The Women's Initiative at New York Life. Christine was also active in New York Life's Volunteer for Good program.
Previously Christine worked at JPMorgan Chase as a senior human resources executive and worked in a variety of businesses including credit card, middle marketing banking, international private banking, and consumer banking.
With the Financial Women's Association (FWA) she has served in a number of Board positions and currently is responsible for a leadership initiative called Pacesetters and mentors at Seton Hall University.
In addition, Christine is a member of Ellevate (formerly known as 85 Broads) and a volunteer at the Morris County Interfaith Food Pantry.
Christine graduated from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and has a B.A. in History and a M.Ed. in Education. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Anna Cepeda-Mays graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth in 2002 with a Bachelor's degree in Communications and a minor in Marketing. In 2003, she earned a Master's degree in Management with a Marketing concentration from CSE.
Anna has over fifteen years of marketing experience working for domestic and global companies in progressive marketing roles that have provided her the opportunity to impact major brands. Currently, she is a Senior Brand Manager at Bayer in the consumer health business.
Throughout her career, Anna has always been involved in diversity and mentoring efforts. She takes pride in ensuring the success of her team by having consistent development conversations to maximize strengths and address required growth areas. She believes in the power of 'paying it forward'.
Anna resides in Springfield, NJ with her husband and two children.
Karen Hunter is a licensed health care professional with a business degree and decades of award-winning sales experience. She is known for her personalized service, attention to detail, and commitment to deadlines.
Karen had been working for a Fortune 500 company when she was recruited into the printing, mailing and promotional products industry. She has her own business, Head of the Hunt, which she formed in 2009. She has also been a speaker at ASI shows in Florida, Texas and New York, as well as Rutgers University Business School. Karen also works with Kaeser & Blair a renowned promotional products distributor with whom she has achieved many benchmarks of success.
When asked what she does, Karen will say, "I am a Marketing Specialist, but my unofficial title is Chameleon;" meaning she provides whatever solutions her clients require.
In her free time, Karen is a wife, a mother of 3 boys, the happy owner of a rescue dog and a dedicated volunteer.
Samantha graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English and Managerial Communications and a minor in Women's Studies from CSE. She went on to obtain her Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University in 2014. Throughout her time at CSE and beyond, Samantha has dedicated her career to working in support of educational access opportunities and initiatives for minority students and students of color – regardless of where they fall in their academic trajectories.
Currently, she works as the Associate Dean of Scholars Programs at NJ SEEDS – an educational access organization that prepares and places high achieving students with limited resources in selective high schools and colleges across the nation.
Samantha's favorite thing about CSE was the friends she made through the EOF Program. The program provided her with the opportunity to intern at various public service organizations and connected her with a large network of like-minded people that positively impacted her college experience.
The advice Samantha has for current students is, "Claim your college experience. Lots of learning and professional development happens beyond the classroom and you can't be afraid to take advantage of those opportunities. You never know where they may lead!"