Meet our Staff
As Director of the Career Development and Experiential Learning 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!
As a counselor in the Career Development and Experiential Learning Center Kelly provides advice and support to students and alumni with all aspects of career development including career exploration, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing and networking skills, job search strategies, and internship and job placement.
Prior to joining the Career Development team, Kelly worked in the Counseling Department providing students with academic, personal, and career counseling. She also worked as a Retention Specialist at Middlesex Community College. In this role, Kelly created and implemented programs to improve student success and retention rates.
In addition, Kelly has held several instructional roles. She has taught Public Speaking at Norwalk Community College, Freshman Seminar at Middlesex Community College, and was a Student Development instructor at Manchester Community College.
Kelly earned her Masters of Science degree in Counseling, with a concentration on Student Development in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University. While there, she earned the Connecticut Counseling Association Outstanding Graduate Student Award. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Eastern Connecticut State University. She is a member of the National Association of College Employers (NACE) and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
Kelly looks forward to assisting students throughout their career exploration journey and providing them with career tools that will help move their lives forward in a meaningful and successful way.
In the role of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Development Specialist, Maria has three goals.
- Create the awareness that ALL students are on a career path—whether that student is getting certified and heading straight into the work world or is completing a 2-year Associate degree or hoping to transfer into a 4-year college experience.
- Develop deeper relationships with local and regional employers by bringing them onto campus more often (virtually as well as in real life), listening to the hiring needs of the employers and connecting students and employers in small group settings to foster strong and reciprocal relationships.
- Assist students with job search strategies—resume writing, interview prep, networking skills— so that they are prepared for all opportunities for meaningful employment.
In her previous position as Job Developer at Norwalk Community College for the Thrive by 25 Career Connections program, she advised students one-on-one on career readiness and workplace skills as well as built new and direct relationships with over 100 Fairfield County businesses.
As a small business owner at Maria Turkel Wardrobe Styling (founded 2007), she has developed deep ties to local clients, community organizations and vendors and works privately with approximately 30 clients per year. Previously, Maria built a successful career in the film and television industry in Los Angeles. She is a former Wardrobe Supervisor on numerous shows including the iconic series, Friends. As a personal stylist, she has a vibrant email newsletter subscriber base and an engaged social media community.
As a volunteer Steering Committee member at Woman Owned Greenwich, a network for female entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders who live or have a business in Greenwich CT, she has initiated small-group growth + development networks with local women business owners, run the yearly Speed Networking event and liaised with SBA’s Fairfield County SCORE chapter.
Maria lives in Riverside CT with her husband, also a small business owner, and her three children. She loves her family, libraries, cooking, and Italy!
Courtney Anstett has been at Norwalk Community College (NCC) as the Service-Learning Coordinator since February 2007. Courtney received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Quinnipiac College (University) and a Masters in Science degree in Counseling: College Student Personnel Services from the University of Bridgeport.
Courtney developed the Service-Learning program at NCC. Service-Learning at NCC is the method of integrating classroom lessons with community action. Students complete community service hours for college credit based on their course goals and objectives. To date, over 4,800 students have provided approximately 96,000 hours of service to the local community.
In July 2019, Courtney joined the Career Development and Experiential Learning Center to enhance and expand hands-on experiences in real world settings leading to greater personal satisfaction and professional/career success.
In addition to maintaining the Service-Learning program, Courtney’s role at the College has evolved as society, the community, the college, and the needs of the students have changed to include co-curricular activities, events, and initiatives. These initiatives include Alternative Spring Break, starting and overseeing the NCC Food Pantry and the Interfaith Center and coordinating the Disney College Program. These co-curricular opportunities enhance the Service-Learning program in helping create engaged, well-rounded citizens and students.