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Starting the Pace

Professional and Career Development Program

Starting the Pace is an exciting new program focused on professional and career development program for non-managerial staff.

The program provides participants with career awareness, personal and professional development, and career decision-making skills. This intensive program spans a nine month period. Participation requires support from direct management.

Program participants partake in:

  • Professional skills programs
  • Individual strengths assessment
  • Individualized career coaching
  • Independent career planning project
  • Mentor relationships

Participation in Starting the Pace is by application, with required references from a Pace colleague or direct supervisor. Successful candidates are non-managerial professional staff, with at least twelve months at Pace, who have exhibited exceptional performance and potential for development.

Questions? Please contact Talent Development.


The 2018 Starting the Pace cohort was selected in April 2018 and had its kickoff meeting in May 2018.

2018 Cohort

Sarah Carton
Transfer Admissions Counselor
UG Admissions PLV

Sungi Clark
Administrative Manager
Office of Student Assistance

Nicole Gilman
Assistant Director, Advising, NYC
Dyson College of Arts & Science

Severino Randazzo
Assistant Director, Orientation and Campus Activities
Student Dev/Campus Activities NY

Michelle Rivas
Dir, Grad Academic Advisement
Lubin School of Business

Jonah Safris
Production Coordinator
Mail Services/Fulfillment

Rebecca Sciame
Asst Director, Grants/Faculty Resources
Center of Excellence - ALPS

Nicole Spring
Senior Financial Aid Counselor
Financial Aid/Law School

Shawanna Wannamaker
Senior Staff Associate
Facilities & Capital Projects


2016 Cohort

Danielle Catalano-Taylor
Asst Director, Capital Budget Planning
Finance and Administration & Capital Budget Management

Joanne Costanza
Manager, Cash Acctng/Budget
Finance Departments

Katy Luk
Acad Scheduling Analyst/Technical Coordinator
Office of Student Assistance

Katie Olsen
Associate Director, Advising
Dyson College NY

Kathi Reczek
Senior Staff Associate
University Health Care PLV

Ivy Riddick
Assoc Dir, Budget/Admin Ops
University Relations

Debbie Sassano
Coord, Sched/Admn-Dean's Office
College of Health Professions