Meet the CRC Staff

Gwen S. Appelbaum
Assistant Dean and Director
Gwen leads the Career Resource Center both strategically and operationally. She oversees planning related to graduate and undergraduate programming and services. She also uses her extensive corporate experience in building and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders, including students, employers, alumni, faculty and staff. 

Her team includes:

Contact Us

Frank L. Ciminelli Family
Career Resource Center

School of Management
University at Buffalo
308 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4000

Tel: 716-645-3232
Fax: 716-645-3231

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Meet our Staff

Undergraduate Services

Michael A. Paolini
Senior Associate Director
Mike oversees the undergraduate career services team. He also serves as the lead instructor for Part II of our undergraduate Career Connections course, which helps students learn how to take a more thoughtful and proactive approach to career planning, leverage effective career correspondence, interviewing communication, online image branding, networking skills and job/internship search techniques to be successful in achieving their career goals. He works with students, employers and alumni in the areas of Accounting and Internal Audit.

Christopher Salem
Undergraduate Advisement Associate
Chris works with undergraduate students and employers in the areas of finance, management information systems, human resources, marketing and operations and supply chain management. Chris also assists undecided School of Management undergraduates with concentration decisions. In addition, he is the School of Management student club liaison and works closely with all the student leaders.

Caitlin Rush
Associate Director

Caitlin contributes to both the internship and undergraduate services teams. She serves as lead instructor for Part I of our undergraduate Career Connections course, which is designed to assist students in developing a career plan that aligns with their strengths and career interests. In addition, she coordinates experiential learning opportunities focused on career exploration and professional development for our undergraduate students. These opportunities are available through our Career Passport program, which includes our career courses, as well as myriad networking events, conferences, workshops and case competitions. Caitlin also founded our highly successful Management Volunteer Program, which connects students to service learning opportunities throughout Western New York.

Graduate Services

Melissa Ruggiero
Senior Associate Director
Melissa oversees the CRC's career services for graduate students and coordinates a diverse range of events to address the career and hiring needs of our various stakeholders. She also works closely with students, employers and alumni in the areas of management information systems, information assurance and operations and supply chain management.

Pamela Krakowiak
Associate Director
Pam leads marketing communications for the office including the website. She also develops and delivers workshops and programming for graduate students. She works most closely with students, employers and alumni in the areas of marketing, health care management and human resources, along with undecided and collaborative degree MBA students.

Katie Rusek
Assistant Director
Katie provides career advisement to finance students in both the MBA and MS programs. She is also the lead on international student career services, providing specialized resources, career programming and education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Employer Relations and Operations

Amy Johnson
Employer Relations Manager
Amy leads employer engagement by developing and strengthening recruiting relationships to maximize full-time job, internship and professional development opportunities for all School of Management graduate and undergraduate students. She fosters long-term partnerships connecting the school and its students with the business community.  

Kristina Martin
Recruitment Coordinator
Kristina manages the logistics associated with on-campus interviewing, résumé collections and job posting activities for the School of Management. In addition, she coordinates the daily operations of the Career Resource Center, manages the student staff and practice interview program, as well as serves as the primary point of contact for students, employers and faculty.

Andrew Swanson
Assistant Director of Technology and Assessment
Andrew leads assessment for the office, which includes measuring, analyzing, and reporting key performance indicators related to graduate employment outcomes, engagement in experiential learning, customer satisfaction, career readiness and relationship management. He manages student and employer databases and technology platforms to foster innovation and streamlined service for the CRC and the school.

Internships and Experiential Learning

Carrie Gardner

Carrie guides the development and delivery of student and employer services for Internships and Experiential Learning within the School of Management. She assists employers across industries in creating and promoting internships, and is available for on-site training regarding effective supervision and mentoring of interns. Carrie reviews all internships posted in the BizLink recruiting system, advises graduate students on internships, and determines final grades for all students earning academic credit for internship participation. She is a member of the School of Management’s MBA/MS Committee; is co-facilitator of the Social Impact Fellowship and the Nonprofit Board Fellowship; and collaborates with colleagues as part of UB's Experiential Learning Consortium. She has built a personal brand as a highly dedicated knowledge expert and problem solver. Carrie's prior experience includes serving as director of internships at a big ten university as well as serving as a senior consultant with a global organizational development and outplacement firm.

Annie Hayes
Assistant Director
Annie’s role on the Internship and Experiential Learning team focuses on the undergraduate student population. She assists students with the internship search, application process, and is available to answer questions regarding BizLink, academic registrations and the work authorization process (for international students). Annie works with employers to develop substantial and meaningful internship opportunities for undergraduate students. Annie also works with the undergraduate programming team to plan and implement events related to experiential learning. Additionally, Annie serves on UB’s Say Yes Committee, and coordinates the application and review process for the School of Management scholarship awards regarding internship funding for students.