Michelle Kriegel and Jessica Zuniga – both members of the professional staff at Farmingdale State College and alumnae – have been named by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce as among Long Island’s top “30 Young Professionals Under 30” for 2015.
The 7th annual awards – which will be presented by the Chamber on May 6 at Crest Hollow Country Club – honor those who make a notable impact in their business, industry, and community. Honorees are from the private and public sectors, government, and not-for-profits.
Ms. Kriegel coordinates all aspects of the credit-bearing internship program in Farmingdale’s business management department. Formerly an intern herself, she has been on staff at Farmingdale for nearly four years. Ms. Kriegel holds a BS in Business Management from Farmingdale.
“I am thrilled to receive this award,” she says. “Juggling work and school has been challenging, but through it all I’ve learned how important it is to follow your dreams.”
And the best part of her job? “It is a wonderful feeling to mentor students, and help prepare them for the business world.”
Jessica Zuniga is the study-abroad advisor and international program coordinator in Farmingdale’s office of international education and programs, and she was recently named Latin American student organization advisor. She has worked at the college for nearly two years, and during that time she has helped double the number of Farmingdale students studying abroad. She was a study-abroad student herself, spending semesters in Florence, Italy and Barcelona, Spain. She holds a BS in Business Management from Farmingdale.
Ms. Zuniga is a member of the college’s Alumni Association Board, and founding chair of the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) alumni group. She is also a member of the Moxxie Network, a women's business community comprised of senior-level business and professional women.
“To win this award at such an early stage of my career is an honor,” Ms. Zuniga says. “This gives me a sense of affirmation in my role here.”