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Life After Graduation

Navigating the ups and downs of entering the professional workforce after graduation can be rewarding and sometimes challenging.  Students and alumni are invited to hear from the alumni panel sharing their transition from CSUSM student to career professional.

Thursday, November 5, 2020
Noon - 1:00pm
Virtual (Zoom link to be sent to registrants)

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The Panelists:

Louis Adamsel Headshot

Louis Adamsel is a first generation college student that graduated from California State University San Marcos majoring in Communication and minoring in Ethnic Studies. During his time in school he served in the Army with the California National Guard and spent time volunteering around the North County San Diego area with his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. In the year of 2017-18, Louis Adamsel was elected by students and served as the student government president for Associated Students Inc. 

Currently Louis Adamsel is employed by CSUSM and he works in the Emergency Management Department as a Business Continuity Analyst. This role deals with helping the university respond to emergencies and assist departments in making important resiliency plans to keep business operations running. Alongside of work, Louis Adamsel also sits on the Alumni Association board and is a graduate student at San Diego State University pursuing a Master’s of Science in Homeland Security.

Alex Caratti Headshot

Alex Caratti graduated from CSUSM in 2017 with a BS in Applied Physics and minors in Math and Spanish. While pursuing his studies, he also found time to be involved in campus: volunteering on O-Team, co-founding the Sustainability Club, serving as ASI Representative for Sustainability, officer of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, SPC member and chair, and Outdoor Adventure Coordinator at Campus REC. He says this involvement did the most to enrich his time at CSUSM.

Since graduating, Alex has been working for the last three years at the cutting edge of the semiconductor industry; literally upgrading the machines that are driving forward Moore’s Law. In this role as Senior Plasma Quality Upgrades Engineer at ASML, he's been able to travel the world, pursue mastery over this incredible machine, and interact with co-workers from all different backgrounds. He looks forward to the easier futures that new technologies can create for us!

Neacy Contreras


Neacy Contreras is currently Senior Business Systems Analyst for Greenwich Biosciences, a pharmaceutical company located in Carlsbad, CA. As part of this role, Neacy plays a critical role to ensure that the portfolio of global Commercial applications continue to receive excellent operational support. 

Most recently, Neacy worked at Illumina, inc, a biotechnology company leading the genomics space. Her role was under the Commercial Operations function, where she assisted in managing several systems. Because her role was global, she collaborated with all regions and different departments to streamline processes. She supported teams such as: Inside Sales, Global Information Services, Master Data Governance, Identity & Access Management, Service & Support, Sales Enablement, Sales Operations, etc. Her responsibilities include account management, user management, and system implementation.

Neacy graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a B.S. in Business Administration - Management in Spring 2020. 

Liliane Lendvai Headshot
Liliane Lendvai ('16, '17) graduated as a double alumna from CSUSM with a BA in Literature and Writing Studies and an MBA specializing in International Business. She works as a Director for Blair Search Partners, an executive search firm specializing in nonprofit and public-sector clients. She's helped place leaders at numerous organizations including Rady Children's Hospital Foundation, The San Diego Foundation, Girl Scouts San Diego, and Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos. Liliane is also an Executive Board Member of the CSUSM Alumni Association, and she founded its Virtual Book Club.
Francisco Solis headshot
After working a few years in neurological research, Francisco Solis decided to make a life-changing, career move; he followed his passion and pursued a future in education. Upon earning his multiple subjects teaching credential (‘05) from CSUSM, he had the opportunity to serve as a bilingual teacher in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. In developing his teaching craft, he was heavily influenced by CSUSM professors who provided opportunities to engage with the Border Pedagogy Initiative at CSUSM. This led him to continue his studies towards a master’s degree (‘12) in education which aided his work as an elementary school instructional coach, and subsequently school administrator at Bayfront Charter High School. Understanding the importance of effective teacher preparation and cultural proficiency, Solis became involved as an adjunct lecturer at CSUSM’s School of Education, helping both single and multiple subject credential students. Currently, Solis is the coordinator for the Migrant Education Program at San Diego County Office of Education and is a doctoral candidate (‘21) in UCSD/CSUSM’s Joint Doctoral Program focused on Latinx teacher preparation research. “CSUSM has provided me with the supports that ensures social justice and equity for our students, families, and community.”