Employer Advisory

The Employer Advisory Board is a non-fiduciary volunteer board which advises the Career Development Center at Alfred University.


Mission

To provide a forum for employers and the Alfred University Career Development staff to engage in relevant discussion regarding a wide variety of career and employment issues from outside the University. Information gathered from these discussions will contribute to the quality and impact of career programs and services for Alfred University students.


Employer Advisory Board 2017-2020

Kim AllenKim Allen

Chief Executive Officer, Dixon Schwabl

As the recently named CEO of Dixon Schwabl, Kim is responsible for carrying on the legacy of the agency’s founders, Lauren Dixon and Mike Schwabl who now serve as officers of the firm’s board of directors. She oversees the overall growth and strategic direction of the agency. Kim ensures the 100 team members of Dixon Schwabl are growing along with the agency. She works alongside them to maintain the renowned employee-centric culture built over the agency’s 33-year history.

A graduate of Ithaca College with a BS in communications, Kim began her career in public relations in 1996 as an administrative assistant at Eric Mower & Associates. She joined Dixon Schwabl in 2001, taking on the role of managing partner in 2012. Kim has participated at the board level of many organizations throughout her career and currently serves on the board of directors for the American Heart Association and Mercy Flight Central. She is also a United Way of Greater Rochester 2021 Cabinet Member and serves on the board of advisors for RIT’s School of Communications, Advertising and PR.

Kim is a mom to two children, her daughter Norynn, 12, and son Simon, 11. She resides in Victor her kids and her husband, Josh (not the Buffalo Bills QB...).


Vince Pascarella

Vince Pascarella

Business Rental Sales Executive, Enterprise Holdings

Vince Pascarella received his Bachelor of Science degree from Alfred University in Criminal Justice and Political Science.  During his time at AU, Vince was a devoted distance swimmer for the Saxon Men’s Swimming & Diving Team and was involved with the AU Political Science Club. After graduating from AU in 2012, Vince joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Hamburg, NY.

Since joining Enterprise, Vince has managed offices in Orchard Park, Cheektowaga, and Niagara Falls, NY. Vince’s passion for training and developing employees, coupled with his ability to manage sales operations, resulted in award winning customer service scores, increased profitability, and several promotions. In 2018, Vince was promoted to his current role as Business Rental Sales Executive.  In this role, Vince is identifying and partnering with local companies which rent or reimburse mileage to their employees.  After identifying the needs of local companies, Vince builds out a customized travel program with Enterprise and National Car Rental that specifically is tailored to each company’s ground transportation needs.

Vince is a dedicated AU alum, he is a member of the Saxon Circle and regularly participates in Saxon Nation events.  He is currently engaged to be married in 2020.  He and his fiancé Elizabeth reside in Lancaster, NY.


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Chris Tournour

Senior Glass Process Engineer, Corning Inc.

Chris, Class of 1997, 1998, 2004 received his Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate from Alfred University in Materials Science & Ceramic Engineering. His areas of expertise are in Project and functional management, Gas exchange behavior and Defects and characterization, process response, and source understanding.

Key Projects 2013 - Present: Display Development – Defects Reduction Program Lead, 2013: Thin Glass Development – Defects Reduction Program Lead, 2010 - 2013: Display Development – Blisters Reduction Program Lead


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Bruce Kulp

Expert-In-Residence, McComsey Career Development Center at Alfred University

Bruce Kulp is currently an Expert in Residence at the Career Development Center of Alfred University since 1998, where he has provided volunteer support in student career counseling, as well as lecturing on networking and interview preparation for the CDC. He also has supported the CDC staff through strategic direction discussions on projects, such as the development of LinkedIn for student use at AU. Mr. Kulp has been an Honorary Alumnus of Alfred University since 2000.

He has also been an Executive in Residence at the Alfred University College of Business since 1997, lecturing on new innovations in e-commerce, ERP systems, security and global data communications, technology, networking and voice communications to undergraduate and graduate business students.

Mr. Kulp spent over 30 years pursuing a variety of executive and management positions in Data and Voice/VoIP communications at a regional, national and global level including Doyle Security, Excel Computers, Frontier Communications/Global Crossing, One Communications and Globalinx and VoIP Logic. He has worked on the development of a variety of innovative Networking and Internet based telephony technologies including: Managed Access, Managed Services, Managed Security, IP-VPN and Voice/VoIP services. He has recently retired from full-time employment and is currently a Consultant for VoIP Logic of Massachusetts. Bruce graduated with a BS from the University of Rochester in 1976.


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Chris Robinson

Director of Global Sales, Unifrax

Christopher B. Robinson is a 1986 Cum Laude graduate of The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University with a BS in Ceramic Engineering, and a 1998 graduate of The State University of New York at Buffalo where he received his MBA. Chris also studied at the Houldsworth School of Applied Science at the University of Leeds in the U.K. Chris joined Unifrax I LLC (formerly The Carborundum Company) as a co-op student in 1983 and has spent his entire career at Unifrax in technical Sales and Marketing. Chris received U.S. Patent No. 5,989,736 for the invention of “Carbon Fiber and Ceramic Fiber Paper Composites and Uses Therefore” and the British Petroleum Award for Innovation. Both of these awards were for Chris’ work in the development of automotive airbags.

Chris is most proud of his wife Cindy for pursuing an education after raising their three children. Cindy obtained both BS and MS degrees in Education (the latter with a GPA of 4.0) from The State University of New York College at Buffalo and is currently a Special Education teacher in the same Grand Island School District Chris attended as a child. Two of Cindy & Chris’ three children (Zachary & Emma) graduated from Alfred University. Chris met Cindy coaching New Jersey Special Olympics. The couple reside in East Amherst, New York.


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Josh Dahlman

General Manager, Silicon Carbide Products

Josh Dahlman is a 1997 graduate of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and is the General Manager at Silicon Carbide Products. He is a 20 year leader with worldwide technology, operations and management experience in the ceramic and glass world. With multiple domestic and international positions (Asia, Europe, US) he has a broad background in technology delivery, setting and executing corporate strategy, multi-million dollar project leadership and billion dollar startup asset/operations management. He is focused on driving bottom-line results directly aimed at realizing net income and business growth. Whether it be increasing profits, reducing losses, growth opportunities, retention, or streamlining, he is passionate about doing these both strategically and tactically through the development and inclusion of a high-performing team.

Josh volunteers as both an executive coach and youth coach and enjoys spending free time with his amazing wife, Bernadette, and children, Morgan and Brody.


Brian Aiello

Brian Aiello

Industrial Engineering Manager, SEKO Logistics

Alfred University Industrial Engineering alumnus, Bachelor of Science '92. Over 25 years experience in industrial engineering, operations management, logistics, and supply chain management residing in the Syracuse, NY, area.


Tim Dobmeier

Tim Dobmeier

Superintendent - Operations, Kohler Company

Tim Dobmeier is the Superintendent of Vitreous Operations for Kohler Co., located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This facility is part of the Kitchen and Bath Americas division and supports the company in the manufacturing of over seventy-five different products consisting mainly of toilets and lavatories. He is originally from Angelica, New York not too far from Alfred.

He received his BS in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University in 2008. He also received his MBA from Tarleton State, located in Stephenville Texas, in 2015.

He started working for Kohler Co. in Brownwood, Texas in 2010. He spent six years at the Texas Vitreous Operations division and held the following positions: Ceramic Engineer, Project Engineer, Supervisor, and General Supervisor-Prefire Processing. He helped in several cost reduction initiatives related to yield and scrap, and has been heavily involved with automation efforts. He moved to Spartanburg, SC in December 2015 and is currently their Superintendent of Operations. In this role he is leading the continuous improvement activities of the operational facility as well as helping to drive the strategic focus for the future state.


Tim O'Neil

Tim O'Neil

Executive Vice President, Toshiba Business Solutions

Tim's professional career has been dedicated to serving businesses and the Western New York community at large. He spent summers during college working at Business Methods in warehouse/shipping, then moved to selling used equipment after graduation. His career path continued upward eventually moving Tim into the corner office as President, and taking on a co-owner role in 2001. After merging with Toshiba in 2004, Tim remained as Executive Vice President. Today, he leads a 10-person document management sales staff, a 4-person MPS team, and a 4-person professional solutions group – with employee turnover of less than 5%. His sales team has one of the highest market shares across the country for Toshiba.


Kathy Sherman

Kathy Sherman

Director, Alfred Montessori School

Since Kathy was old enough to babysit, she has worked with kids of all ages. Currently, she is the Director of the Alfred Montessori School, but she previously taught middle school in Seattle for 27 years. Most of her career, she taught 7th grade Language Arts and Social Studies in the Seattle Public Schools. She loved working with this age group and seeing the world through their unique and creative perspectives. Her bachelor degree is from Boston College (BA in History) and her teaching certificate is from the University of Washington. She and her husband moved to Alfred in June of 2018 as they were ready to leave city life behind and be closer to family. Her passions are traveling, books, writing, and spending time with her family and friends.