The University of San Francisco: Career Services Center
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Meet the Staff

Alex Hochman
Senior Director

ahochman@usfca.edu
Ellen Kelly Daley
Director of Career Success

kellye@usfca.edu

Alicia Montesa
Director of Employer Relations

amontesa@usfca.edu

University of Michigan
BA Communication  
John F. Kennedy University
MA Career Development

Favorite Places in the City:

Roxie Food Center in the Mission Terrace neighborhood (best sandwich in town!), AT&T Park

Hobbies and Interests:

Overly obsessive fan of University of Michigan football and basketball and the San Francisco Giants. Part-time restaurant critic. Traveling near and far with my wife and two daughters.

First internship/job:

In high school, I worked at Lombardi’s Sports which was then on Clement Street. I sold sneakers and learned how to deal with a truly diverse group of customers. I once sold Robin Williams a pair of Nikes!

Best piece of career advice I received:

“Just because you’re good at doing something doesn’t mean that you like to do it.”

University of Missouri - Columbia
BA in Business Administration
Major: Logistics Minor: Marketing
San Francisco State University
M.S. Counseling, Emphasis in College and Career Counseling
Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
M.A. Theological Studies, Concentration: Christian Spirituality

Favorite Places in the City:

Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, Twin Peaks, Crissy Field, AT&T Park, anywhere I'm with friends

Hobbies and Interests:

Baseball, Reading, Visiting the Sierras, KC BBQ, Family, Symphony, Living life by my motto: Carpe Diem

First internship/job:

My first internship was at Deluxe Check Printers (yes people used to write a lot of checks!) as a logistics intern. I was offered a management trainee position and worked there for 3 years before deciding I didn't want to focus on shipping checks all over the country for my career.

Best piece of career advice I received:

As cliche as it sounds, when I experienced my first career crossroads at 24, someone told me to read "What Color is Your Parachute." Not only did I read it, but I did every darn exercise in the book, conducted a plethora of informational interviews, and finally had the courage to quit my job, travel to Europe for 4+ months, and then apply for and go to the Peace Corps. That road less traveled has made all the difference.

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
BA in Organizational Communication
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Masters in Human Resources & Labor Relations
Presidio Graduate School
Professional Certificate in Sustainable Marketing 

Favorite Places in the City:

Golden Gate Park and the Presidio

Hobbies and Interests:

Going green, learning french, hiking in Marin, adding to my collection of vinyl records.

First internship/job:

Dairy Queen

Best piece of career advice I received:

1. Never stop developing and nurturing your network. Who you meet today may be the person you work with 5, 10, or 20 years from now.

2. Always come to the table with at least 3 solutions to a problem you are facing. Demonstrate your critical thinking skills whenever you're offered the opportunity

3. Never get too comfortable... get acquainted with becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable.

James Catiggay
Director of Planning with an Emphasis on First Generation and Historically Underrepresented Students

catiggay@usfca.edu

Julia Hing
Associate Director for
Employer Relations


jahing@usfca.edu

Juli-Anne Brockway
Career Counselor

jbrockway@usfca.edu

UC Santa Cruz
BA in Psychology
San Francisco State University
M.S. Counseling, Emphasis in College and Career Counseling

Favorite Places in the City:

Promenade at Crissey Field, Presidio

Hobbies and Interests:

Being outdoors in warm weather, lots of sunshine, hiking

First internship/job:

Peer Advisor at UCSC

Best piece of career advice I received:

Relationships are important; treat them well.

University of Michigan
B.B.A. with an emphasis in Marketing
University of San Francisco
M.S. in Project Management

Favorite Places in the City:

Walking through the Ferry Building, grabbing a lunch at one of the food stands, and sitting on a bench by the water.

Hobbies and Interests:

I enjoy cooking and love to learn new, easy recipes and pairing appropriate wines. I got into tennis about 10 years ago and play actively on various tennis leagues.

First internship/job:

My family owned a small business, a Chinese take-out, and I learned food preparation and customer service techniques there.

Best piece of career advice I received:

Early in my career, I was laid off from a company, and my manager suggested that I use the time to look into jobs I felt more suitable for. After a couple months, I got my first job in marketing/merchandising for an entertainment retailer. It definitely was a better fit.

Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY
AA Liberal Arts
Baruch College/CUNY
BA Psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University
MA Higher & Postsecondary Education

Favorite Places in the City:

Golden Gate Park

Hobbies and Interests:

Hiking, amateur photography, road trips, visiting national parks

First internship/job:

Working as a cashier at the Hampton Classic in the summer while in high school.

Best piece of career advice I received:

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door,"

Rosie Ceja
Program Assistant

rceja@usfca.edu
Francesca Mauricio
Career Counseling Intern

fmauricio@usfca.edu
Simone Medley
Marketing and Branding Intern

smmedley@dons.usfca.edu

University of San Francisco
BA in Psychology

Favorite Places in the City:

The Mission

Hobbies and Interests:

Hanging out with friends and family, going on adventures, and singing.

First internship/job:

After hours receptionist at my church during high-school

Best piece of career advice I received:

Planned happenstance (luck won't happen if you don't get out there and make it happen!) Always send a 'Thank You' note after the interview. ALWAYS.

San Francisco State University
B.A. in Communication Studies
M.S. Counseling, Emphasis in College and Career Counseling (Currently Enrolled)

Favorite Places in the City:

Golden Gate Park -- so many things to see and do. I love grabbing a sandwich from any number of shops and having a little picnic with a friend or two

Hobbies and Interests:

I love trying new restaurants the Bay Area and singing in my down time to relieve stress

First internship/job:

Peer Mentor at City College of San Francisco's Students Supporting Students

Best piece of career advice I received:

"If you really want to be happy in your career, get a job that doesn't feel like a job at all."

LIU Post
BA in Psychology
University of San Francisco
MA Higher Education & Student Affairs (Currently Enrolled)

Favorite Places in the City:

The Mission & The Castro

Hobbies and Interests:

Dining out, cooking, exploring and master dance classes

First internship/job:

In the 4th grade, I went to school an hour early twice a week to file papers for an administrator, I earned $11 per week.

Best piece of career advice I received:

“It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.”