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The Professionals In Residence series is an initiative of the John Jay College Center for Career & Professional Development to provide opportunities for career exploration, networking, and mentorship to students and alumni. Since debuting in 2012, the Center has brought senior industry leaders to John Jay College to offer advice and guidance as students develop the “soft skills” of networking and interviewing and make informed, thoughtful career decisions.

Professionals In Residence events are followed by an opportunity for students and professionals to engage in one-on-one mentoring and networking. All students and alumni should RSVP on John Jay Careers Online to attend!

Upcoming Professionals In Residence Events:

Ana EscrogimaANA ESCROGIMA, Diplomat in Residence The US Department of State 


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014, 1:45 PM TO 3:00 PM, L72.00 New Building 

Ana Escrogima is a Foreign Service Officer currently serving as the Diplomat in Residence at the City College of New York. Prior to this assignment, she was the Deputy Director for Syria in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, where she advised senior State Department leadership and managed an experienced team of Foreign Service and Civil Service Officers responsible for implementing U.S. policy on Syria. Her earlier domestic assignments include a tour as a Special Assistant to Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, advising on Middle East issues and serving as a member of the U.S delegation to nuclear talks with Iran. Ana was a Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University, where she developed and taught a course on U.S. diplomatic engagement in the 21st century, guest-lectured on U.S. public diplomacy in the Arab world, and facilitated student-led simulations of diplomatic negotiations.

BILL PRIESTAP, Special Agent, Counter Intelligence Division, The Federal Bureau of Investigation


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014, 9:30 AM TO 10:30 AM, The Moot Courtroom, New Building

Bill Priestap has been the Special Agent in Charge of the Counterintelligence Division in the FBI’s New York Office since September 2013. Bill began his FBI career in 1998 working organized crime and drug matters in the Chicago Field Office. After the events of 9/11/2001, Bill focused on counterterrorism investigations in Chicago. He was then promoted to the position of Supervisory Special Agent in the Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA) at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) in Washington, D.C. While in OCA, Bill was detailed to the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he assisted with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. Following his time in OCA, Bill was the Special Assistant to the Assistant Director of the Directorate of Intelligence at FBIHQ. In 2006, Bill was assigned to the New York Office, where over the next few years he held a variety of counterterrorism and intelligence supervisory positions. Bill later served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the New York Office’s Intelligence and Counterintelligence Divisions. He returned to FBIHQ in 2012 as a Section Chief in the Counterintelligence Division.

DENORA GETACHEW, Campaign Manager and Legislative Counsel


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014, 9:30 AM TO 10:30 AM, L72.00 New Building 

DeNora Getachew is the Campaign Manager and Legislative Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU. In particular, she manages a portfolio of advocacy initiatives aimed at improving our nation’s democracy and ensuring that voting is free, fair and accessible for all Americans. She provides strategic leadership and support for legislative and policy campaigns related to modernizing voter registration processes and reducing the influence of money in politics, among other issues. In addition, DeNora is a member of Manhattan Community Board 7, where she is Co-Secretary of the Board and a member of its Youth, Education and Libraries Committee and Land Use Committee. She is a volunteer with the New York Junior League where she works to shape and implement the organization’s state and local policy agenda. She also serves on the board of Union Settlement Association, a nonprofit that provides multi-faceted social services to residents of East Harlem, and is the co-chair of its Benefit Committee.



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014, 9:30 AM TO 10:30 AM, L72.00 New Building

Dr. Butts is currently Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy and Community Affairs for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In these roles, Dr. Butts is responsible for oversight, management and integration of all aspects of diversity programs and policies for the Mount Sinai Health System to ensure diversity and inclusion as an integral core institutional value and resource across the health system, including the medical and graduate schools, graduate medical education and the Mount Sinai Hospitals Group. Dr. Butts holds joint appointments as Professor with tenure in the Departments of Pediatrics, Medical Education, and Preventive Medicine and has been an integral member of the senior leadership team at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1998.



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014, 1:45 PM TO 3:00 PM, L72.00 New Building

Bryan B. Kagan, DPM is a podiatrist who has written and lectured nationally on forensic podiatry and his research in footprint and gait analysis. Dr. Kagan, a graduate of Yeshiva University, received his degree in podiatric medicine with honors from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency training in podiatric medicine and surgery at Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, NY. Board certified in podiatric medicine, Dr. Kagan maintains his private podiatric practice in White Plains, NY and is on staff at White Plains Hospital Medical Center. A member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, he is on the executive board of the American Society of Forensic Podiatry and was elected its Secretary-Treasurer in 2013. He is also a member of the International Association for Identification and serves on the Science and Practice Subcommittee in Forensic Podiatry.



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014, 1:45 PM TO 3:00 PM, L2.80 New Building 

Justice Guzman received a Bachelors of Science degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, while simultaneously raising two daughters and working full time. After graduation, she took a leave from education and worked as a police officer in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office assigned to the Sex Crimes Unit, where she investigated sex crime cases and major offenses cases. In 1982, Justice Guzman decided to further her education and attend law school. She was accepted into St. John’s University School of Law evening program. Justice Guzman continued to work full time while attending law school at night. She received her Juris Doctorate in 1986. She was admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York in 1986 and the State of New Jersey in 1987. Upon graduation from law school, she began her legal career in civil litigation. Justice Guzman was a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an association of trial attorneys throughout the United States who have achieved a verdict of one Million Dollars or more.  

Past Professionals In Residence Include:


  • Hank Sheinkopf, President of Sheinkopf Ltd.. “Career in public Relations”
  • Patricia Guy, Diplomat in Residence. “Practicing Public Diplomacy.”
  • Kira Cordoba-Brown, Vice President and Consumer Banking Program Manager of Citibank. “Career in Banking and Finance.”
  • Paula Howell Anderson, Criminal Lawyer, Shearman & Sterling LLP. “A Career in Criminal Law and Advocacy.”
  • Sylvia Hamer, Chief Diversity Officer of the New York Power Authority. “A Career in Labor Relations.”


FALL 2013

  • Patricia Scroggs, Program Manager at the Rangel International Affairs Program. “Practicing Public Diplomacy.”
  • Cid Wilson, Managing Director at Princeton Securities Group. “A Career In Financial Analysis.”
  • Norma Poll-Hunter, Director of Human Capital Portfolio at the Association of American Medical Colleges. “Careers in Psychology and Medicine.”
  • John Lenoir, Managing Director at Key Point Government Solutions. “A Career in Security Management and Law.”
  • Jesse Hartness, Acting Director of Emergency Health and Nutrition at Save the Children USA. “A Career in International Affairs.”
  • Rossana Rosado, Publisher and CEO of El Diario La Prensa. “A Career in Journalism.”
  • Clinton Lacey, Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Department of Probation. “A Career in Social Services.”




  • Johnny Marines, Manager, Romeo Santos. “A Career in Entertainment Management.”
  • Alan Blass, Director, Fuoco Fraud and Forensics. “A Career in Forensic Accounting.”
  • Rossana Rosado, Publisher and CEO, El Diario La Prensa. “El Liderazgo De Latinas: A Career in Journalism and Public Service.”
  • Ron Moelis, Chief Executive Officer of L+M Development Partners Inc. “A Career In Law, Real Estate, & Public Service.”

For more information about the Professionals In Residence series, please contact Chantelle Wright, Associate Director at the Center for Career & Professional Development, at (212) 237-8754.