CLARK — The Guidance Department and Development Office at Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark, sponsored a career panel for members of the junior class. The panel consisted of five accomplished alumnae who shared their career paths with the students. Marybeth Ream, development director at Mother Seton introduced the panel members.
Christine Telleri Buro, Class of 1969, assistant vice president of consumer affairs for L’Oreal, USA Products, shared her professional preparation and career advancements since graduating from Mother Seton. Initially Buro’s focus was in medical records. She then became administrative director for medical education at Overlook Hospital. In this position for twelve years, she then decided to go back to school and obtain a degree in hospital administration and public administration. Following this, Buro began working for L’Oreal in the consumer affairs department, which brought her to where she is today – assistant vice president of consumer affairs.
Ann Zwiebel Revaitis, Class of 1983, graduated from Douglass College and Villanova Law School. In 1992 she was appointed as a compliance officer at Rahway Savings Institution, the second female to be appointed to this position. Then in 2009, she advanced to executive vice-president of RSI Bank in the capacity of chief counsel. Revaitis is a Board of Trustee member for the Union County Economic Development Corporation. She also serves as president of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Eastern Union County. Revaitis offered this advice to the juniors: “Don’t ever say that’s not in my job description especially if you want to advance your career.”
Dr. Kuljit Chima, Class of 1989, decided early on to go to medical school. Chima graduated from Boston University and UMDNJ Medical School. Aside from her interest in medicine, she was also interested in art. She decided to specialize in general and cosmetic dermatology. Upon completion of medical school, internship and residency, Chima worked for four years and then opened her own private practice in Wayne. She encouraged the students to volunteer their talents and to give back to their Mother Seton community.
Krystal R. Canady, Class of 1981, was grateful for the education that she received at Mother Seton. She stated: “Mother Seton gave me the foundation to do what I needed to do to succeed. I am a proud alumna and a proud athlete.” At Douglass College, Canady was a student athlete. She said: “I was a student first, then an athlete.” She graduated with a degree in physical education with an eye on sports management. Today, she is chief executive officer of the YMCA of Eastern Union County.
Michelle Luc, Class of 1995, at first did not know which career path she would follow. While at The College of Saint Elizabeth, a counselor suggested an internship at Ciba-Geigy, which is now Novartis. Luc found that she loved science and decided to major in chemistry. She combined her interest in art as well. Based on this, she decided to become a chemist. She received an internship at L’Oreal USA Products and volunteered there. She landed a job at L’Oreal in retail for five years. While there she was also involved in several other departments such as toxicology, patents and marketing. She went back to school, received a marketing degree and also a master’s degree in management. Presently, Luc is senior chemist in the Matrix Hair Color Department at L’Oreal USA products. Luc shared this with the juniors “In school, all the answers are in your book, but when you are out of school, you create your own book.”
All five presenters enjoyed sharing their career paths with the members of the junior class at Mother Seton. Each of these accomplished Mother Seton alumnae expressed their gratitude for the excellent education and experience they received at Mother Seton Regional High School. The program ended with a question and answer session.
Standing left to right: Tracey Blauvelt, guidance counselor at Mother Seton. Kelly Hunter, Elizabeth; Christine Telleri Buro, assistant vice-president of consumer affairs for L’Oreal USA Products; Dr. Kuljit Chima, specialist in general and cosmetic dermatology; Ana Enriquez, Clark; Emily Lubas, Linden; Marybeth Ream, development director; Jon Semcer, director of guidance; Sitting left to right: Michelle Luc, senior chemist at L’Oreal USA Products; Krystal Canady, chief executive officer-YMCA of Eastern Union County; Ann Zwiebel Revaitis, executive vice-president of RSI Bank; Sheryl Matthew, Colonia (Photo by Joan Barron/Mother Seton)
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