Nyla Jolly Dalferes, M.Ed., NCC, has been an educator dedicated to helping students achieve their academic and career aspirations for almost 30 years. Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, Nyla began her career teaching high school science later becoming a retention counselor in higher education. Her growing interests in student success, and empowering students to achieve career goals, led her to pursue positions within career development.
Nyla joined the CSUN community in 2003 and has held staff and faculty positions on campus. In her role, she oversees a dynamic student-centered career program which addresses the current and emerging career development needs of all CSUN students.
Janice Potzmann is an experienced career counselor providing individual and group counseling for diverse populations. Jan earned a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in career counseling from California State University, Northridge and has more than 16 years of experience in career counseling. As assistant director, Jan supervises professional and student staff including CSUN counseling graduate students and teaches counseling and development. Experiential learning is at the core of her work, helping students transition to professionals.
Jan oversees technology for the Career Center and provides vision and expertise to advancing career education through multimedia by using innovative methods for engaging students in learning. She has led the charge on addressing students through technology. She has been an integral part of the conceptualization and development of the CSUN CareerLink program and the CSUN Career Center Multimedia team.
Brian has been with the CSUN Career Center since the Fall semester of 1998. He received his MS in Counseling (Career Counseling specialization) from CSUN, his BA in Political Science from UCLA, and is also a proud alum of Los Angeles Valley College. His specialty areas are the first and second year college student experience and the use of career assessments in counseling. Interests and hobbies include abstract and macro photography, 20th century world history and politics, social justice, old cars, and animals of all types.
Genesis Lozano, M.Ed., earned her bachelor’s of science in agricultural and environmental education from UC Davis. During her undergraduate experience, she held many student jobs and was heavily involved with student affairs. She found her passion in higher education while working as a student employment peer advisor at UC Davis’s Internship and Career Center. After her time at UC Davis, she decided to explore other careers in education. She worked as a partner teacher in an underserved middle school in Sacramento with a non-profit called City Year.
After her time with City Year, she moved to Florida to participate in Disney World’s professional internship program. She was a conservation education presenter on Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s animal science and environment team. She helped create and deliver conservation education material to guests who participated in the Wilderness Explorer educational program. After her time at Walt Disney World, she moved back to California to be closer to family. She then earned her Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership from CSUN. Genesis was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and joined the CSUN community in 2020. She has held different staff positions on campus.
Currently, as Student Employment Advisor, she assists with the From Here to Career Program, a career readiness program for CSUN student employees. She provides general outreach to and supports campus employers and participants. Genesis finds passion in helping students realize the value of an on-campus job and how this experience can help them develop their career goals. As a first-generation student of color, she understands the importance of empowering students with the right resources to achieve their career goals. When Genesis is not at the Career Center, she enjoys hanging out with her pug and visiting national parks.
A professional Career Counselor with a background in Employment Development.
After graduating from CSUN in 2004, Daniel went on to receive his Master of Science in Educational Counseling and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. He was the Program Manager of a Los Angeles County WorkSource Center and worked with the College of the Canyons Career Center, before becoming a Career Counselor for California State University, Northridge.
He has hosted seminars on Developing Your Online Presence, Interview Skills, The Hidden Job Market, and more, all in an effort to better prepare students for their life’s journey.