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Professional Education and Special Programs

Meet The Team Leaders

Shawn O'Riley, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President of Professional Education and Special Programs
Phone: (212) 346-1678
Dr. O’Riley has worked with nontraditional higher education students for nearly twenty years. This work includes adult, international, ESL, online, high school, veteran, senior citizens, and other special populations who are seeking to achieve educational and professional goals through lifelong learning. Previous to Pace Dr. O’Riley was the Dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies at Adelphi University, the Associate Director of Continuing Education at Hunter College, and a program manager at the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens. Dr. O’Riley holds an EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Education from NYU, a Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance from the University of Melbourne, an MSEd in Higher Education from Baruch College, an MA in Teaching from Pacific University, and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Iowa.

Jaime Pober
Executive Director of Pace Online
Phone: (212) 346-1063
Jaime Pober began her career at Pace University in 2019 as the Executive Director of Pace Online and Adult Programs. Prior to Pace she worked in various roles at Adelphi University since 2007 and most recently served as the Assistant Dean of Online Programs and Student Support Services at The College of Professional and Continuing Studies. Jaime holds a B.S in Psychology and an M.S in School Counseling. She is looking forward to finding ways to better accommodate busy, working adults with continuing their education.

James Stakenburg Executive Director of the English Language Institute

James Stakenburg
Executive Director of the English Language Institute
Phone: (212) 346-1140
James has over 20 years of experience in English language education and education management. He originally worked as an accountant, before leaving his native Australia to embark on his world travels. He has since visited almost 80 countries and began his teaching career in Japan, where he lived and taught English for 3 years. He has also worked as an Assistant Director of Studies, a Teacher Trainer, a Trainer of Trainers and Head of Teacher Training. He has presented at TESOL International, English USA, NYS TESOL, and IATEFL conferences. James has a B. Commerce degree from the University of Queensland and an MA TESOL from the University of New South Wales in Australia. In addition to traveling, he enjoys running, swimming, reading, cooking and eating food from around the world.

Nicole Vitale
Director of Summer & Winter Sessions
Phone: (212) 346-1038

Nancy Hale
Executive Director of Pace Online
Phone: (914) 923-2833

Nicholas Rudzwick
Director of Information Systems
Phone: (212) 346-1157
Nicholas Rudzwick has over 10 years experience in Higher Ed IT. Nicholas holds a BS in Computer Science and a M.S in Software Engineering and Development. He is always looking to find new ways to enhance the student's online experience.

Janet Kirtman
Administrative Director
Phone: (212) 346-1770
Janet has been with working with adult students during her 38 years at Pace University. Her career at Pace has covered office manager, academic advisor, advisor and systems trainer, and Director of the Midtown Center. She presently runs our Midtown Center and handles all administrative tasks for our division.

Elizabeth Monroe
Director of Finance & Operations
Phone: (914) 923-2529