Bios
Julia Cosel - Vice President

Julia started her market research career at Focus Suites as a Project Manager after graduating from Villanova University with a degree in Marketing. During her 15 year tenure she has held roles in Operations, supervised Focus Suites National call center and as the Director of Focus Suites of Philadelphia. Julia is a member of the MRA and attended Riva Moderator training. Currently Julia serves as Vice President of Focus Suites and is committed to upholding Focus Suites' reputation as one of the World's Best Facilities.

Sara Haim- Director of Project Management

Sara has been working at Focus Suites since 2000, where she began her professional career in Market Research. She attended LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts (the "Fame" school), graduating as a Vocal/Singing major. Sara also has a Bachelor's degree in English-Creative writing and a Master's degree in Psychoanalysis. Sara has had experience with all aspects of the business and excels in her current role as the Director of the project management department, ensuring quality control at the highest standards for every study FSNY takes on. Sara is a true New Yorker, raised in Gramercy Park, which provides an abundant knowledge of the NY metro area and its limitless possibilities.

Julissa Scopino - Director of Operations

Julissa joined Focus Suites of New York in January 2000, where she began as the "happy-go-lucky," receptionist. Her career trajectory has taken her into various positions from client assisting, accounting/ finance, project managing rentals to Operations Manager. As Operations Manage Julissa was able to expand her palette of skills. A true people person at heart, clients are always welcomed to our facility with open arms. With the commitment to excellence and a mindset that every new day brings something exciting, each project is handled uniquely with special care.

In her spare time, Julissa loves spending time with her husband Rob. She is a seeker of creativity and enjoys filmmaking and writing. Her newest venture is art and learning to create with acrylic paint.

Janette Tam- Senior Project Manager

Janette graduated from Temple University in December 2015 with a major in Marketing and a minor in Management Information Systems. After graduation Janette travelled including a stop at her hometown in Australia. Janette has extensive work experience in the fashion industry including fashion houses in Philadelphia and NYC. Janette is starting her career in market research and bringing her creativity to Focus Suites! Her hobbies include makeup artistry, baking, cooking, ice skating, traveling, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Joanna Albanese - Project Manager

Joanna graduated Concordia College of New York with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a specialization in Marketing and Accounting. While attending Concordia, she had the opportunity to expand her knowledge of Market Research by participating in a 3 month National Student Marketing Competition in St. Louis, Missouri. She is now using the skills she developed throughout the years by managing projects at Focus Suites, while continuously learning along the way. Joanna is the newest member of the Focus Suites team and has been enjoying the fast-paced environment in a Focus Group Facility!

Cristina Camara-Mandy - Project Manager

Cristina has been a part of the Focus Suites team since 2015. She is Brazilian by birth and New Yorker by heart. She has a Journalism degree and started in the Marketing Research business as a Brazilian Recruiter and very quickly was promoted to Project Manager. She has vast experience with multicultural projects and loves learning about new research methodologies. Mrs. Camara-Mandy resides in Brooklyn with her husband Damion and her adorable little Italian Greyhound, Nola. She is passionate about all things Greyhound and she and her husband often volunteers at a local dog rescue.

Carla Campbell- Project Manager

Carla joined the Focus Suites team in 2016, coming with 12 years' experience in the market research industry. Previously Carla held various roles including Recruiter, Quality Control Supervisor, Phone Room Manager, and eventually Project Manager, which she excels in, as her current position. Carla graduated from Monroe College with a Marketing major, so she is well versed in what it takes to ensure a successful project, from start to finish. In her free time, Carla is a huge Baseball fan. Let's go Yankees! Born & raised in Jamaica, but loves NY and all it has to offer.

Amy Leader- Project Manager

Amy is a new addition to the Focus Suites team having recently relocated from Los Angeles. Amy has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in English Literature and Japanese Studies and completed several year of graduate work in modern Japanese literature at UCLA. Amy is new to Philadelphia and enjoys typical Californian things such as yoga, vegetarian cooking and vaguely pretentious coffee.

Jennifer Mendoza - Project Manager

Jennifer began her career in market research in 2015 when she joined Focus Suites as a client assistant. After presenting an exemplary performance she was quickly promoted to Project Manager and enjoys being involved with many different types of qualitative projects, such as; multicultural, pharmaceutical and working with niche b2b decision makers (just to name a few). Jennifer attended the City College of New York where she studied Business Management. Jennifer is a New Yorker, fluent in Spanish, and is proud to live in the city that never sleeps.

Elizabeth Mulaski - Project Manager

Elizabeth graduated from Suffolk University with a major in Media and Film. Elizabeth joined Focus Suites as a client assistant and despite having previous work experience in the entertainment industry, she has flourished in the market research industry. Elizabeth is now a Project Manager and loves the Philadelphia music scene, horror movies, and traveling.


Alan Resnick-Project Manager

Alan started his market research career at Focus Suites as a project assistant and was quickly promoted to a project manager. Using a bachelor's degree in mass communications as well as a minor in marketing, Alan found Focus Suites to culminate all he has learned over the years in the marketing field while refining his skills along the way in management, market research and client communications. Alan currently resides in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia and is an avid sports and movie enthusiast.

Angelica Vega- Receptionist

Angelica joined Focus Suites as a Client Assistant in 2012 and now commands the front desk as our receptionist. Angelica's passions and hobbies include; raising her son, filmmaking, collecting vintage toys and vinyl records and photography. Though Angelica studied human genetics and film making, her appetite for constant learning and knowledge paved the way for interest in market research. Focus Suites has provided the opportunity to gain industry knowledge and she cannot wait to experience new facets of the business!