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Kiran Somaya

KIRAN SOMAYA

Director

Center for Career Development

ksomaya@norwalk.edu

(203) 857-7032

As Director of the Career Center at Norwalk Community College, Kiran provides individual career coaching and advising to students and alumni. She assists with resume and cover letter reviews, job and internship search, mock interviews, major exploration, academic advising and professional networking. Kiran has expertise in hosting signature on-campus events including career expos, career strategy days, guest speaker series, career prep workshops and presentations. Prior to joining NCC in January 2015, Kiran spent four years at University of Bridgeport’s Center for Career Development building strategic partnerships with regional employers, cultivating internship and job opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as alumni. In addition, she managed the CPT (Curricular Practical Training)/ internship process for international student population and all employer related programs, including all on-campus recruiting, employer events, recruiting strategies and outreach. She has also worked for seven years in the international financial services industry. Kiran graduated with Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from University of Bridgeport and also holds a Masters in Management Studies, Finance degree from Mumbai University. Besides career development and corporate outreach, Kiran is dedicated to another full time job as the mother of two little boys. She is also passionate about paper art and would love to travel the world!

Donna Brooks

DONNA BROOKS

Associate Director Center for  Career Development

dbrooks@norwalk.edu

(203) 857-7071

Donna Brooks is a Counselor in the Department of Career Services. She advises and assists in development of Career Services programs, manages alumni relations, advises students on appropriate career paths, and academic advising to first year students. She received her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management and Counseling at the University of Bridgeport and has worked in the field of Human Resources both within the State of CT and in the private sector and has managed Faculty and Staff Recruitment for 15+ years. She has sat on various Search Committees and is well versed on resume writing and interview techniques and she now holds the position of Associate Director of Career Services. Prior to joining Career Services, Donna worked as an Interim HR Specialist and prior to that she worked as an Assistant to the Director of Human Resources at NCC. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Administration, two Associates Degrees, one in Paralegal Studies and the other in General Studies from Sacred Heart University. Outside of work, she enjoys relaxing in a hammock with a good book, horseback riding on a nature trail and gardening with her son in the backyard.

Helen Boyke

HELEN BOYKE

Career & Technical Ed-Career Counselor

hboyke@norwalk.edu

(203) 857-7233

Helen Boyke is the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Counselor in the Center for Career Development at Norwalk Community College (NCC).  Helen joined the staff at NCC in Fall 2015 and is responsible for providing guidance to students with career exploration, improving their interview and job search skills to have the opportunities to participate in internships and workplace experiences to develop career readiness, engage students with professional social media networking, partner with students for resume review, and facilitate mock interviews.

Prior to joining NCC, Helen held various HR manager and recruiting positions in Fortune 500 companies. Her specialized HR experience has been in C-suite executive recruitment, talent and development, orientation and on-boarding, staff development, and vendor management.

Helen has been a board member of University of Bridgeport Alumni Association and Stamford Youth Foundation Cheer Division since 2011, and recently became a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).

Helen earned her Master of Science in Organizational Management and Human Resource Development from Manhattanville College and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Human Resource from University of Bridgeport.

Her enjoyment for experiencing different cultures and environments has led her to travel to several corners of the globe, but her greatest pleasure is being with her family with whom she resides in Fairfield County, CT.