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Catherine Wiacek, Marist '12, '13

Majored in Accounting with a Minor in Hudson River Valley Studies, then completed her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)

What has your career path been to this point?

I am currently an Audit Manager at Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP in NYC. I started my career in the Big Four at EY, which led to my current position in the field.

Can you share an experience from your time at HRVI that stands out as meaningful?

I enjoyed my entire experience at HRVI. As an accounting major, it was refreshing to intern with an organization so different from the rest of my course load. My area of focus during the internship was (Living History) Reenactors of the Hudson River Valley and as part of conducting the research I was able to interview several individuals who participate in re-enactments. This was an experience I never would have had if not for the internship.

How has your experience at HRVI helped you advance your education and/or professional pursuits since graduating from Marist?

At the time, the internship was one of my first experiences in an office setting, which helped shape my expectations for a job/career. The rapport in the office and the support from Colonel Johnson, Chris, Andy and Jason was invaluable as I began my career in the corporate world. It is also a reminder to me of the importance of dedicating time to my interests outside my main career field.

As HRVI celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022, do you have any advice for future HRVI interns based on your time at HRVI and your experience in your professional field?

My advice to future HRVI interns is to appreciate the relationships you make in your life, both personal and professional. The people you allow into your network can have a tremendous impact on the path your life takes.