Alumni Spotlight: Christina Keavaney
Christina Keavaney has always had a passion for science, but she credits the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Regional Program for Excellence with enhancing her desire and goal to obtain a career in the field.
“The Regional Program for Excellence was a foundational career program for me as a high school student with no work experience,” said Keavaney. “It provided professional structure and reinforced my desire to continue my studies and pursue a career in the field of science.”
A 2007 graduate of the Little Falls Central School District, Keavaney continued her education, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Marist College in 2011, becoming a New York State Licensed Cytogenetic Technologist and currently working toward a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire University.
After completing her bachelor’s degree and moving to New York City, Keavaney worked in a clinical laboratory setting at Lab Corp and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University, and since December 2016, she has worked as a sales representative for the oldest Biotechnology company in the world, MilliporeSigma. Her company has been a significant partner in many endeavors relating to COVID-19 research, supply chain management and preparations for vaccine development.
In her current role as Academic Research Account Manager with MilliporeSigma, Keavaney serves as the liaison for research labs at Columbia University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University.
“The Regional Program for Excellence was my first experience working in a professional setting and it taught me timeliness, professionalism, dependability and how to be accountable.”