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Valora Blackson, MA

Executive Director of Experiential Learning

Valora Blackson is the Executive Director of Experiential Learning and Career Services at Saint Elizabeth University. She joined the SEU team August 2021 and has strategic oversight for the Experiential Learning Center which includes the following areas: Academic Internships, Mentoring, Study Away, Volunteerism & Service Learning, Student Employment, and Career Services.

Valora is an equity-minded leader with a wealth of experience in designing experiential learning and career preparation strategies that position college students for success. Valora excels at developing employer partnerships and is committed to advancing workforce equity.

Previous leadership positions include: Director of the Center for Career Preparation and Partnerships at Guttman Community College in NYC; Director of Career and Professional Development at St. John’s University, Staten Island; Director of the Academic Internship Program at the University of California, San Diego; Associate Director of Employer Relations at California State University, Fullerton; and Manager of Corporate Relations and Recruiting at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Valora holds degrees from Medaille College (BS) and The Ohio State University (MA).

Mayelin Torres, M.P.A.

Director of Mentoring, Internships and Study Away

Mayelin Torres is currently the Director of Mentoring, Internships & Study Away at Saint Elizabeth University. She is responsible for collaboratively developing the vision, leadership, and strategic direction of the Mentoring Program, Academic Internships and Study Away, with a focus on community development, immersive learning, and equitable access and support.

In addition, she assists SEU students with career development. Mayelin also coordinates data collection and analysis of student learning outcomes gained through experiences outside of the classroom.

This position fosters the University’s commitment to enhance students’ post-graduation success through establishing and supporting professional mentor relationships and internships, and gathering significant student learning outcome data for experiences outside of the classroom.

Previously, she was the Director of Career Services and joined the ELC Team in 2017 as the Coordinator of Mentoring and Experiential Learning Center. Prior to working at SEU, she worked at Hudson County Community College in various roles.

Mayelin holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Economics and an M.P.A. from Seton Hall University.

Jayne Murphy-Morris

Director of Volunteerism and Service Learning

Jayne Murphy-Morris has been the Director of Volunteerism and Service Learning since 2016. In her current role, Jayne advises students on volunteer sites for both curricula required service as well as opportunities to enhance personal experiences and career development.

Prior to working at Saint Elizabeth University, Jayne spent 10+ years in the corporate sector working for Walt Disney World and Prudential Insurance and focused on training, development, and leadership.

Jayne spent five years as the Program Director for North Porch, a small non-profit with five locations in New Jersey, while at the same time working in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark as the Director of Youth Ministry for multiple congregations in Paterson, Denville, and Wharton, NJ. She has strong ties to the nonprofit sector in Northern New Jersey and values the relationships that both she and students have built with local community partners.

Jayne is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Theology program at Saint Elizabeth University.

Kathryn Marafioti, M.A.

Student Employment and SGA Accounts Coordinator

Kathryn has worked for Saint Elizabeth University for 15+ years coordinating the Student Employment Program and managing all Student Government Association accounts. She manages, develops, and evaluates the day-to-day student employment program’s policies and procedures. Kathryn also manages and processes all cash, checks, and deposits for the maintenance of records of the Student Government Association's budget accounts.

In 2014, Kathryn earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology with a minor in Victim Services from Saint Elizabeth University. In 2015, Kathryn earned her Master of Arts in Justice Administration and Public Service from SEU. Throughout her coursework, Kathryn received her mandatory 40 hour Domestic Abuse Training for the state of New Jersey and volunteered her time for the Jersey Battered Women’s Services in Crisis Response and Direct Service support.

Before joining the Experiential Learning Center at Saint Elizabeth University in 2005, Kathryn worked for 22 years in the private sector. She managed finances for an auto retail business. Kathryn also worked as a tuition coordinator for a private parochial grammar school.