Pace Athletics Hosts First “Career Super Panel”

PLEASANTVILLE, NY- Both current and former student-athletes gathered for the inaugural  Career Super Panel on Tuesday, March 11 in the VIP Room of the Goldstein Health and Fitness Center on the Pleasantville campus. The event, sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, brought back to campus a group of distinguished athletics alumni that specialize in the fields of business, criminal justice/public service and education.

The event kicked off with a half-hour of introductions where each alumnus briefly spoke about what they do for a living, how they got to their current position and what they learned as a student-athlete while at Pace. During the second half hour, student-athletes were placed in different rooms based on their career concentration. Each group engaged in open dialog and discussed topics regarding what industries look for in each hire, resume and interview tips, how to get the most out of their student-athlete status, as well as other industry specific information.  By the end of each of these sessions, Pace student-athletes gained valuable insight on how to further develop their networking and leadership skills to become effective leaders in the future. The night concluded with a 30 minute networking session accompanied by refreshments.

Current student-athletes felt that the event was a very positive experience. “My teammates and I learned a lot, including how to leverage experiences we have as student-athletes in the working world. It’s really encouraging to see successful people who were in our shoes once” said Margo Hackett, current member of the women’s basketball team and SACC President. Below is a complete list of athletics alumni who attended the event.

The “Career Super Panel” will be organized routinely throughout each semester moving forward. If you are a former student-athlete at Pace who would like to get involved in a future event please contact Zach Dayton, Assistant Athletics Director/External Operations at (914) 773-327 or zdayton@pace.edu.


Mike Buonassisi ‘77, Football, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Pepsi Bottling Company of New York

Jackie Burd ‘06, Softball, Accountant, Sands Point Golf Club

Patti Hurley ‘09, Softball, Human Resources at Community Living Corporation

Mike Mattone ‘07, Football, AVP, Public Relations/Corp. Communications, Municipal Credit Union

Andy Wasik ‘02, Lacrosse, Account Executive, WB Mason

Criminal Justice/ Public Service:

Katie Holden ‘01, Softball, DOJ

Christina Pane ‘09, Softball, NYPD

Paula Santos ‘95, Softball, DHS

Joe Vuotto ‘02, Lacrosse, Lieutenant FDNY


Trish Allutto ‘09, Softball, Teacher

Lauren Bell ‘12, Softball, Teacher

Barb Retta ‘13, Cheerleading, Teacher


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