Nyla Jolly Dalferes, Interim Director
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, Assistant Director
Junior and Transfer Career Program
Experiential Learning Program
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.
Patricia Gaynor, Assistant Director
Director, Matty’s Closet
Patricia Gaynor's previous years in business provided her with the practical experience and knowledge necessary to be an effective assistant director of Career Readiness for Students in Transition. She holds a master’s degree in educational counseling and has been in higher education career services for more than 18 years. Through counseling, workshops, events, panels, and training, she teaches professionalism and the importance of always staying current and aware of the trends in business. She is dedicated to assisting and guiding students along their path of college-to-career. Patricia takes much pride in the program she created and now directs Matty’s Closet, which opened in September 2018. It is a college closet of professional clothing free to CSUN students of all majors and grade levels and is based on donated clothing. This program has been a successful addition to the Career Center and to the ‘Career Readiness’ of our CSUN students.