Jaclyn Mazza ’08, Lead Consultant, Accenture DayNine & Stephen Mazza ’08, NYPD Officer
Joining the Merrimack community with the police academy on his mind, Stephen decided to pursue a degree in political science before starting his journey to become a police officer. In his freshman year chemistry class he met Jaclyn, who ultimately became his college sweetheart.
Jaclyn had originally majored in athletic training, but soon realized her knack for numbers. Graduating with a degree in mathematics, she returned to her hometown in Connecticut to pursue a master’s degree in business management at Sacred Heart University.
Stephen also returned home while he waited for the right opening on a force. When the time came, Stephen and Jaclyn moved to New York City to pursue Stephen’s dream of joining the New York City Police Department. He started off as a patrol officer assigned to Harlem, and after the attacks on September 11, the force created the Counterterrorism Bureau, of which Stephen is now a part. Responsible for patrolling neighborhoods for potential terrorism-related developments, Stephen protects critical infrastructure and is also first response to active shooter threats.
“Being a part of this unit, I feel as though I’m protecting the whole city, instead of just a small part of it.”
After completing her degree, Jaclyn became an operations manager at Aon Hewitt. She is now a lead consultant for Accenture DayNine, where she focuses on implementing human resource and financial management software.
Jaclyn and Stephen got married in 2013 and now have a five month old daughter.
What is the best advice you could give current Merrimack students?
Enjoy every moment of college because it’s going to go by so fast! Life after college is a huge change, so don’t take any moment for granted.
How did your experience at Merrimack help you as a professional?
Seeing all the growth and development Merrimack has made since we’ve graduated gives us a sense of pride to call it our alma mater. Merrimack continues to innovate and invest in its students and continue to show the dedication to providing an excellent education.