Who We Are

Managing Director

Carlynn has been assisting attorneys and other legal professionals with their career goals since 2004.  She has worked with individuals at all levels and in all specializations. Her personal knowledge of law firm and corporate life allows her to understand each candidate’s unique situation and goals.  She brings a combination of real world experience, practical knowledge about successful job seeking, and commitment to assisting her clients with achieving their professional goals to each counseling relationship.

Before joining Preferred Transition Resources, Carlynn was the Associate Director of Alumni Career Services at Fordham Law School.  Here, she counseled students and alumni on their professional development, job searches, and career transitions.  She also conducted workshops on topics including resume and cover letter writing, business plan development, job search techniques, communication skills, and networking.

Carlynn has also held the role of legal recruiter where she successfully placed individuals into a wide variety of organizations, including banks, non-profit organizations, pharmaceutical companies, publishing houses, consumer products companies, and law and consulting firms.

Carlynn began her career as an attorney at two major law firms. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Northeastern Law School. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Career Advancement and Management, the Holy Cross Lawyers Association, and the Westchester Women’s Bar Association.

Carlynn is a frequent presenter on the topic of professional development and career transitions for lawyers, and has written numerous articles on the topic of career transition counseling.   Carlynn and her husband, also a lawyer, live in New Rochelle with their three children.

Senior Consultant

Howard advises and consults with individuals and organizations in the areas of talent management, training, career development, executive coaching, change management, counseling, human resources, outplacement and time management.  He is a skilled and passionate adviser and coach specializing in helping organizations and individuals work through their professional growth issues.

Howard has held the role of Chief People Officer and President of Human Resource Consulting Practice at Vault.com. Here, Howard offered advice and consulting services on recruiting, interviewing, and HR strategy. He counseled individuals on their resumes and provided information and coaching on determining one’s career direction.

Prior to his work at Vault, Howard was the National Director for Strategic Staffing and Recruiting for William M. Mercer, Inc., where he directed all US recruiting for the 12,000 person Global HR consulting firm. Before joining Mercer, Howard was a Senior Consultant in the recruiting and training and development areas of Towers Perrin, and the Director of Special Services at New York University’s Stern Graduate School of Business.

Additionally, Howard is an adjunct Professor at New York University. He has taught Human Behavior, Aviation Safety, Organizational Behavior and Labor Relations and works with student affairs on alumni relations.

Howard is qualified to interpret Myers Briggs, Strong Campbell, NBI, LEA 360, DISC, Hogan, Becks Depression Inventory, 16PF and The Birkman assessment tests.

Howard has a Bachelors degree from Syracuse University, a Masters in Communications Management also from Syracuse University, a Masters in Social Work from New York University and a Ph.D. from New York University.  His dissertation is entitled  “Family of Origin Roles and Adult Work Roles in Relation to Employee Adjustment, Satisfaction, and Success.”

Howard is a member of the Conference Board, Society for Human Resource Management, National Association of Social Workers and on the board of a number of charitable organizations.  He has guest lectured at Harvard, MIT, NYU, CUNY, Stamford and the College of Aeronautics.  He has worked and lived internationally.

Director of Coaching

Kathleen brings her 25 years of experience as a certified career/life management coach, author, and educator to Preferred Transition Resources. Kathleen helps lawyers identify and integrate their personal and professional goals.

She launched her career in 1985 as a counselor in Columbia Law School’s placement office, then transitioned to assistant dean of career services at Fordham University School of Law. Later, she was responsible for recruitment and professional development on the employer side.

Kathleen is a past president of the National Association for Law Placement and a founding member of the NALP Foundation for Research and Education. For the past 15 years, Kathleen has brought this experience to her private coaching and consulting practice.

In addition to her work as a career counselor, Kathleen is an accomplished author and has published four books about career/life transitions including, GET A JOB! 10 Steps to Career Success (Motivational Press, 2015). She is a frequent speaker at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Pace Law School’s New Directions Program and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Kathleen has also shared her expertise with Fox News, CNN, NPR, This Week in America, and First Business Report.

She is a Certified Professional Coach, a Master Practitioner of the Energy Leadership Index, a Certified Provider of the Highlands Ability Battery and a member of the International Coach Federation. She is a graduate of Fordham University. Kathleen is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Theology at Georgian Court University, where she also serves as an adjunct instructor. Kathleen and her husband live on the Jersey Shore.

Senior Consultant

Gabrielle brings a unique set of skills gained from her extensive time as a practicing attorney, a career counselor, and an adjunct professor to law students.

Gabrielle began her legal career as a litigator at the law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. There for nearly a decade, Gabrielle appreciates and understands the inner workings and politics of private practice. It was in her litigation practice that Gabrielle ultimately found her passion: to provide mentorship and professional development guidance to others. In pursuit of this passion, Gabrielle left practice to join Fordham Law School’s Career Planning Center as an Associate Director.  From there, Gabrielle served as an adjunct law professor at Rutgers School of Law, where, in addition to teaching a course designed to hone legal analysis and writing skills, she provided academic support and counseling to second year law students. Currently, when not consulting, Gabrielle is an adjunct professor of legal writing at Brooklyn Law School.

As a consultant, Gabrielle encourages taking a breath. It is all too easy to find comfort in the daily grind. For most lawyers, the career path until now has been predictable and linear and a call for change, whether by choice or not, can be daunting. Often just a reminder to slow down opens up the ability to truly figure out the best next step. Gabrielle can help you take the necessary pauses so that where you go next is not the result of a plan laid out for you but one chosen by you.

A New Jersey native, Gabrielle earned her law degree from Rutgers School of Law Newark, where she was a member of Rutgers Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif upon graduation. Gabrielle moved to Brooklyn, NY at the start of her legal career. Still in Brooklyn, her household expanded over the years to include her husband and their two children.

When not consulting, Gabrielle enjoys teaching, photography, and watching her children forge their own path.

Senior Advisor - Emeritus

Andrea is a thoughtful, practical career services leader with 20+ years of experience working with individuals and organizations in transition. She has coached and counseled associates and partners in their continued legal careers, as well as lawyers moving to a career outside of the law. Andrea has developed customized services for women in transitioning careers, partners and senior counsel seeking an active retirement, or portfolio career.

Andrea has worked closely with large and small law firms and law departments in a variety of industries, to help them manage career transition situations and organizational consulting initiatives. Projects included off-site facilitation’s, executive coaching assignments, assessment of competencies and cultures, managing sensitive downsizing’s and providing management training for new groups of partners.

At Right Management, a large international career management firm, Andrea held the title of Regional Managing Principal. There, her responsibility was to grow, nurture and maintain key client relationships, many of them law firms and legal departments. She also lead a team of team of career management professionals, which included 50+ career consultants and 40+ administrative and para-professional staff. As Managing Director of Career Services with Partners International, Andrea focused her work on designing new career transition services to meet the needs of her key clients.

During her career, Andrea has provided training and programs to a wide variety of legal organizations, including the ABA, ALA, ACC. She has been asked to participate in the New York City Bar Career Counselor Referral program and provides career counseling services to Fordham Law Alumni, working closely with the school’s Career Planning Center. Andrea serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee for Suffolk University Law School, where she is a charter member and is a member of the school’s Career Services Strategy Committee. Andrea has been the designated career consultant for Suffolk University alumni in New York City for the past ten years. She has been active with the National Council for Research on Women, National Association of Women Lawyers and has served on two non-profit boards, including the Arthritis Foundation’s Northeast Region; she is active in LGBT networks, including the Empire State Pride Agenda. Andrea has been a panelist and speaker at legal industry seminars on topics such as: Effective Networking, Evaluating Performance and Giving Feedback, Managing Difficult Situations, Managing Sensitive Terminations, and Managing Large-Scale Reductions in Force.

Andrea has her B.A., cum laude, from Boston University and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. She is a member of the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania bars and is an active member of the legal community.

Senior Consultant

Barbara counsels and coaches attorneys who seek new opportunities. She has a direct and honest approach and offers intuitive, empathetic feedback that encourages clients to share their challenges and aspirations. Barbara’s record of success results from the trust she works hard to inspire as a career coach.

Before joining Preferred Transition Resources, Barbara worked for 23 years with a large international law firm. There she held a number of professional development positions, ultimately as Legal Director for several departments. She worked closely with department chairs and partners on hiring, performance evaluations, messaging, training, headcounts and promotion decisions. Barbara used active listening and tailored messaging to manage difficult and sensitive conversations about career development. Her passion became mentoring and advising lawyers as they advance in their careers.

Barbara also worked at a boutique real estate law firm and in the legal department of a national apparel company. She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts with a major in Education from American University in Washington, D.C.