FCD Instructors and Brief Biographies
Below is an alphabetical listing of the FCD course instructors. You may use the brief bios below to help you decide which FCD course and instructor matches your needs. If you have any questions, you can review the FAQ page, or email an instructor, or contact the FCD Program Director, Mary Ann Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFORMATION, CREDENTIALS, AREAS OF EXPERTISE, and BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES
Ph: (919) 843-4758
Credentials: PhD, LPC, LPCS, School Counselor/Teacher Licensure, former NCC
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Education, K-12
Dr. Akos' professional experiences as a teacher, school and college counselor inform his work as a Professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has contributed over 100 publications primarily on navigating transitions across the lifespan. Dr. Akos has taught career counseling and development, along with ethics, leadership and research and more across undergraduate and graduate programs over his 20 years as a counselor educator. In 2004, Dr. Akos was recognized as the American School Counselor Association's Counselor Educator of the Year. He has engaged in large-scale funded research projects on career development (e.g., CareerStart), and contributed through state level career development keynotes, his role as NCDA Board Member, and a variety of university, state and national career development efforts. Most recently he has been engaged in curricular and research efforts with University Career Services. He has been fortunate to have both Spencer Niles and Duane Brown as models in his formative years. He believes counseling is empowerment - and career professionals help clients thrive when they elicit and expand on client strengths, talents, capacities, and opportunities.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, MA Ed., ICF, PCC
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, Military/Veterans, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Gavan Ambrosini is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and principal and founder of Ambrosini Consulting Group dedicated to helping organizations develop a high-performance innovative culture built on trust and transparency. She partners with the U.C. Davis Graduate School of Management Career Development Team, U.C. Davis Continuing and Professional Education and Better UP Coaching as a career management coach, instructor, trainer, and consultant. She is a Gallup-certified StrengthsFinder trainer and coach and an EQ assessment practitioner. She helps individuals and teams discover their talents and strengths, maximize potential and realize goals and a vision with clarity and confidence. Gavan has her MA of Education in Organizational Learning and Development and her BA in Psychology. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the Association of Talent Development (ATD) in Sacramento. When not working, she loves to spend time with her husband, two teenaged-daughters and their dog camping, biking or hiking in the great California outdoors.
Areas of Expertise: Higher Education, Human Resources, Workforce Development
Dalia Awad has more than 30 years of experience in the educational and advising fields in the areas of management, training, career education, coaching, advising and evaluation. She joined the Career Center at the American University in Cairo (AUC) in summer 2001 as a career advisor. In the span of 19 years, she has been promoted and is now the executive director of the AUC Career Center. Awad is qualified to administer and interpret several self-assessment tools including the MBTI and SII psychometric assessments. She has designed and delivered career development workshops, met individually with students and alum to address their career needs and and delivered career modules in classrooms. She was involved in the establishment of two Employability and Career Development Centers in 2 public universities and is currently involved as a technical advisor in another project which undertakes opening 21 Career Centers in 14 public universities.
Credentials: GCDF, CCSP, MBTI, Certified Career & Education Advising, MA, BA-HRM, LPC
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Educators, Higher Education, Human Resources, International Students, Military/Veterans, Workforce Development
Jessica Ayub works for the Minnesota State College System, currently teaching the GCDF certificate program at Normandale Community College. Also, for Minnesota State, she was the Career and Transfer Resource Center Director at Dakota County Technical College from 2015-2020. Previously she held career roles in numerous other institutions of higher education, government workforce programs and in the private sector. Jessica is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and is a State of Minnesota Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Presently, she is pursuing a Licensed Clinical Counseling credential. She has held numerous leadership positions with NCDA and other national career organizations and remains very involved in career development initiatives.
Credentials: CCSP, CMCS
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education, K12, Workforce Development
Shannon Baker is an education consultant and Business and Marketing Education instructor in the state of North Carolina. She is a partner of KB Consulting Group, LLC, which specializes in educational and corporate professional development, with a focus on equitable leadership practices. Shannon attained her Bachelors’ and Masters’ Degrees from North Carolina State University in Business and Marketing Education. She is an NCDA Facilitating Career Development Instructor, 2019 completer of the NCDA Facilitating Career Development Master Trainer Program and a True Colors® Facilitator. Her professional affiliations include: Association of Career and Technical Educators (ACTE); Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) Alumni; National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE); NCLA CTE Administrators Association. KB Consulting Group LLC delivers the Facilitating Career Development Course in a hybrid format (face-to-face and online instruction).
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, CWDP, MOL
Areas of Expertise: Workforce Development
Kerri Barnes has been involved in workforce development since 2006. Currently, she is an Assistant Court Administrator for the Phoenix Municipal Court and manages the operations of the Customer Service Division. In her prior position, she managed the Quality Assurance team for the ARIZONA@WORK City of Phoenix Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Program. Prior to her work at the City, she was a Program Director for a local non-profit focused on assisting specialized populations such as formerly incarcerated individuals and youth with securing gainful employment. Kerri has been a speaker and a panelist on various workforce development topics over the last fifteen years. She is also a Department of Labor and Department of Justice peer grant reviewer. In her free time, Kerri spends time with her family and enjoys traveling abroad.
Area of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselor Educators, General, Higher Education
As a passionate and engaging educator for 20 years. I have advised and taught a variety of students in both academic and experiential settings. Connecting with others to help them gain self-awareness of how their strengths, interests, skills, and values can fuel their professional and personal goals inspires me. Coaching others to hone their job-search and communication skills in order to achieve their goals is incredibly rewarding. In addition to guiding individuals through career transitions, I get energized when facilitating trainings on CliftonStrengths, MBTI, career exploration and transition, communication skills and NCDA's Facilitating Career Development curriculum to teams of all sizes! Currently I work as a Career Development Advisor at the University of Colorado, Boulder where I also teach the Facilitating Career Development Course to staff and faculty on campus.
Areas of Expertise: Business and Industry, Counselors, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, International Students, Private Practitioners
Felicity Brown has 30 years' experience working in corporations, government and higher education. As an expat Australian, Felicity has lived and worked in Asia for nearly 20 years including Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong and now in Vietnam. In 2011, Felicity took the bold step of leaving a 20 year government and diplomatic career to realise a long-held ambition to become a career coach and facilitator. In Vietnam since 2014, Felicity juggles a portfolio career managing Career Consulting and Development team at RMIT University while delivering career transition coaching and intercultural training in her private practice. Felicity's coaching style is warm, positive, future-focused and supportive. Her clients experience higher levels of self-awareness and develop increased confidence to get out of their comfort zones drive their careers and live authentically.
Credentials: GCDF, Career Coaching
Areas of Expertise: General, Higher Education, Human Resources, K-12, Workforce Development
Linda Bryant is Vice President of Workforce and Training with Emerge Community Development located in Minneapolis, MN. Linda has over twenty-five years of experience in workforce, career and training development for adults and teens. She has spent many years developing, designing and implementing employment programs and services to a broad and diverse group of individuals. Other roles held within the organization include Human Resources Liaison and Affirmative Action/EEO Compliance Officer. Currently she provides indirect supervision of 20 workforce and training coach's while providing direct supervision to 6 Workforce and Trainin gDirectors and Managers. Linda has had her GCDF certification since February 2010. Linda currently holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Non-profit Management and Leadership. She is currently working towards het Doctorate in Human Services with a specialty in leadership and organizational management.
Credentials: GCDF, GCDF-I, M.Ed., MA, MICAN Postsecondary Education Planning & College Advising endorsement, ASCA Cultural Competency Specialist, ASCA Anxiety and Stress Management Specialist
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, K-12
Robbyn is a Michigan-certified School Counselor with extensive Career & Technical Education experience. A large component of her position is outreach into school districts to assist staff and students with career development. She was previously a project manager for UAW/General Motors/American Axle Quality Training Program, and also served as a Skill Center Coordinator. She has taught community college and university courses in business communication, English, and psychology.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, DipEd, MA, EdD, ACounS, FHKPCA
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education
Dr. Ella Chan is the Director of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her Diploma of Education, Master of Education degree and Doctor of Education degree from the The Chinese University of Hong Kong and continued her counselling training in Gestalt Therapy at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto while serving at the North York Board of Education in Canada. Her field of expertise and research interest includes psychological counselling, career education and counselling, and teacher education. She has traversed a variety of roles as teacher, teacher trainer, counseling psychologist, and education-administrator. Besides her successive directorships with two major providers for continuing education in Hong Kong, Dr. Chan is a Fellow, an Approved Supervisor and Certified Counsellor of the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association. She also serves as Board Chair and member of secondary schools and seminary.
(65) 9650 5054
Credentials: CCSCC, GCDF
Area of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Ed, K-12, Workforce Development
Jeffrey Chan is the Assistant Director, Guidance & Research and a Master Specialist at the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore. Jeffrey holds professional qualifications in Education and Counseling, having worked in both for 33 years. He has professional experience working with undergraduate students, to help them discover their strengths and interests, equip them with employability skills, and prepare them for future readiness and lifelong learning. He has also worked with post-graduate adults and mature learners. From Aug 2020, Jeffrey will serve in the Public Service Career Coach Network, providing career development coaching to individuals in the government agencies and sectors. Jeffrey first introduced NCDA’s Facilitating Career Development (FCD) curriculum to his colleagues, with the first 10 being trained in 2012. He started to teach the FCD curriculum since 2015. Jeffrey was an Adjunct Lecturer and incorporated the FCD for credit for 2 masters-level modules - “Career Development and Counseling” and “Vocational Assessment and Career Counseling”. Jeffrey was awarded the 2015 inaugural Asia Pacific Career Development Association Emerging Leader Scholarship.Jeffrey enjoys exploring mountain peaks because "Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt."- John Muir. If you have a story to tell about your career journey, you will find a good listening ear in Jeffrey and caring support from him.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, MA, MBA
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, General, Higher Education
Mabel Chan is a psychological/career counselor and trainer. She received her Master in Business Administration degree from Boston University, USA and Master of Arts in Counseling degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her earlier career has traversed a diversity of Product-Sales roles with Fortune 500 banking and high tech corporations in Hong Kong, Taipei and New York City. In recent years, she has been actively involved in providing career facilitation and counseling to high school teachers and students, university students and mid-career professionals. She has also earned her reputation as an effective trainer through teaching key modules in the Hong Kong GCDF Program and FCD Instructor Program. In addition, she has also conducted career workshops as well as workshops on communication skills and advanced customer service skills.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, CCC, NCC, LPC (MS)
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Educations, International Students, Private Practitioners
Vera V. Chapman, Ph.D. is a GCDF Instructor, Certified Career Counselors, and Licensed Professional Counselor, who empowers clients of all life phases to design, prepare form, and launch meaningful careers. Her 10-year career as educator and career facilitator on diverse college campuses (including her current role as Career Advisor at Colgate University) has focused on helping students strategically navigate global career paths. Originally from South Africa, Dr. Chapman's research focuses on the psychosocial and career development of students who pursue international education, along with best practices for colleges to foster such development. In her private career counseling practice Vera is known as "The Career Happiness Counselor." She is passionate about helping mid-career professional women across the world to be less frustrated in their work lives so they can be happier in their home lives. Dr. Chapman also teaches as Instructional Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi where she received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling. in addition she holds Bachelor's degrees from Stellenbosch University and the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of International Students, Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Career Development, Copy Editor for the Asia Pacific Career Development Journal, and President-elect for the New York State Career Development Association. When she is not busy making things happen, Vera can be found adventuring in upstate New York with her rugby-obsessed husband and two young children.
Credentials: CMCS, GCDF, PCC (ICF)
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Educators, General, Human Resources, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Winston is a professional and experienced executive coach and life-longer learning advocate with over a decade of experience - in coaching, consultancy, training and program development on employment and employability for professionals, executives, skilled and less skilled adults. He has more than a decade of working experience in the space of career development and coaching; in both the government and the country's largest union.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, Board Certified Coach
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry and Human Resources
Broad HR and specialized OD experience drive my strategic and tactical problem-solving approaches. I ask probing questions to see what a successful outcome looks like on the front-end before designing and implementing solutions that balance human capability and business objectives. Whether leading my team or coaching my peers, the focus is on building relationships by "doing the right thing" and addressing difficult issues. My colleagues trust me with their concerns and rely on my good judgment to guide them through challenging situations. Although multiple points of view are considered to understand organizational development opportunities, my HR and OD lenses bring clarity to address them.
Credentials: GCDF, MBTI, True Colors
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Educators, Higher Education, Military/Vets
LeeDel Cohenour is the Director of Advising at the Community College of Aurora. LeeDel received her master's degree in Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has taught Career Development Coaching courses for the Department of Labor for over 23 years. Most recently, she was the Director of Career Services and now oversees Academic Advising and Career Services at the Community College. LeeDel has a passion for helping individuals identify and achieve their career goals. She is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors, National Association of Student Affairs Professionals, and is a GCDF, True Colors and MBTI certified.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDFI, FCLP
Areas of Expertise: Higher Education, International Students
Dr. Eleftherios M. Colocassides is an Education is owner of L.M.C. Educational Services in Nicosia, Cyprus. He is also the Dean of Ballsbridge Cyprus Centre of Ballsbridge University. He graduated with a PhD in Business Administration (Leadership & Management - with Distinction), and a DBA degree in Human Resources (Cum Laude). He holds an MBA degree, and a masters degrees in Marketing Communications & Human Resource Management and Development. He also holds a bachelor's degree in Media Production (TV and Radio), and a Diploma (with Merit) in Communications. He successfully completed the "Professional Development programme in Promoting UK Education & Training" (EducationUK) offered by the British Council which makes him fully recognised to offer education services, and the ICEF awards (IATC, IEAC, CCEA), and a list of practical, professional training courses for agency-based student counsellors. He holds the GCDFI, CCSP, and a Fellow Certified Leadership Practitioner (FCLP-AGSL).
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF
Areas of Expertise: Higher Education
Jonathan is committed to developing and delivering programs and services that support the unique career development needs of students at U.S. colleges and universities. He is equally committed to empowering other student affairs professionals and higher education practitioners to do the same. Jonathan's knowledge of post-secondary career services is informed by his experience as a university-level instructor, career advisor, and employer relations manager. It is also influenced by his experience as an Educational Leadership and Policy doctoral student at the University of New Hampshire, where he studies career education and career services at U.S. colleges and universities. Jonathan holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education from Northeastern University. He is a CCSP, GCDF Instructor and Social Justice Educator.
Credentials: GCDF, Career Coach
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Educators, General, Higher Education, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Tracy Corrigan has 7+ years experience coaching students and professionals in career and life design in two-year and four-year academic settings. She excels in areas of program, workshop, and career curriculum development and execution; training and development of career coaches, graduate students, and student-peer coaches; and development meaningful relationships with students, faculty, and various stakeholders interested in developing talent pipelines. She has worked with students from a wide-array or programs and majors. She also brings with her 10+ years professional, entrepreneurial experience gained in the small business development, communications and marketing, and web design and consulting sectors.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF
Kim Coulthurst is a founding partner of Pathways Consultants, located in Oakland, CA. Formed in 2005, Pathways Consultants is dedicated to helping organizations become high performing, responsive to change, and rooted in a commitment to continuous improvement. We are in service to and partner with communities who have historically been excluded from or are on the periphery of the most fundamental economic opportunities. Our team is fueled by a vision in which all people have full access to and participation in the institutions and centers of power that drive the economy and which feed our families, communities and hearts. Our work is asset-based and grounded in Youth Development theory and practice. Pathways Consultants works at the intersection of organizational, human and program development; recognizing that all are essential for a high performing organization. Our team has a demonstrated track record of working with service providers to launch and expand programs, increase enrollments, heighten efficiency and greatly increase outcome measures. Ultimately our efforts are measured by the impact that the agencies we serve have on their communities: moving more people out of poverty; engaging more youth in higher education; and increasing youth engagement and action in their community. Over the last 27 years, Kim Coulthurst has run a wide range of Youth Workforce Development programs: a city-wide environmental education and beautification program; a federally-funded, subsidized employment program; a youth-run employment screening and referral program; two AmeriCorps programs; and a Youth Enterprise Incubator where youth started and ran their own enterprises including a youth nightclub, licensed preschool, recording studio, mural projects, multimedia arts studio, and more! Kim’s passion for training and coaching adults is fueled by her commitment to fostering communities in which all young people have access to the same opportunities and resources.
Credentials: CCSP, CSCDA, GCDF, LPC, BCC, JCTC, JCDC
Areas of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, K-12, Workforce Development, Private Practitioners
Have you been hoping to improve your career knowledge and skills?? Are you afraid of stepping out your comfort zone? Is time precious and you can’t travel and spend full days of face-to-face training to get your certificate in career development? Do you want to take the FCD course with someone who has been in the Career Development Field for 20+ years at all levels from high school and college to running his own career coaching business and is involved in the National Career Development Association? Are you looking to make that next career move and need professional training and skills to help you in the process? If you answer “YES” to any of these questions, I’m the one to help you to enhance or start your new career life. I was President of the National Career Development Association in 2014-2015 and I am an NCDA Master Trainer and Instructor. I am the creator of the online version of the FCD course for NCDA. I have taught hundreds of people from a variety of different backgrounds including K-12, higher education, human resources, workforce development, corporate trainers, and private practice to name a few settings. My goal is to make sure that your time in the FCD course is worthwhile that you can build your toolbox with a variety of exercises, insights, and tools to use in your specific population and beyond. If you have any questions, please call me to ease your fears! My goal is your career development success!
Credentials: GCDF, Certified Career Advisor
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Educators, General, K12, Higher Education, Workforce Development, Human Resources, International Students, Military/Vets, Private Practitioners
Dr. Carolyn Davis has over 25 years of progressive experience in career and employment
development, human resources, social work, workforce initiatives, education, and administration. Carolyn also serves as a consultant for institutes seeking to integrate career advising with academic advising. As a published author, Carolyn holds a doctorate degree in Higher Education Leadership and Administration, master's degree in Public Administration, and bachelor's in Sociology. Carolyn's top five strengths are: Strategic, Achiever, Developer, Ideation, and Belief. As a practitioner of Career Development and Planning, Carolyn brings a myriad of experiences in career services that spans across government, private sector, K-12, higher education, workforce, and non-profit structures. As such, she is able to ignite the curriculum across all ares of expertise. Carolyn has traveled extensively within the United States and abroad. She has lived and worked in several U.S. cities that afforded additional experiences working with diverse groups, industries, businesses, individuals with limited abilities, veterans, and people with legal barriers.
Credentials: CSCDA, CCCE, LPC
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, International Students, K-12
Having been in the field of counseling and career development, working with educators and youth, and preparing youth and young adults for transitions throughout the adolescent and youth life stages, Rebecca's work in career services was strengthened when she completed an early Facilitating Career Development course. Adding the Instructor qualification prepared her to work with individuals and with groups in education, the World Bank, workforce development, and private practice. Classes and one-to-one instruction has been in China, Japan, Guam, Ghana in West Africa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and throughout the United States. A small group, personalized format that takes clients where they are, then builds on strengths and expertise is the preferred format, in either group or one to one sessions. In addition, she engages completers of the FCD to share and review, as appropriate, current student work, thus building a network of facilitators. Building on these experiences, Rebecca is able to build meaningful networks of participants for maximum benefit and learning in today's global workplace. Final projects are meaningfully constructed and have the potential to launch new jobs for Rebecca's students. She welcomes a discussion of individual and/or group aspirations and how these can best be met.
Credentials: CCSP, CMCS, GCDF, SHRM-SCP, NACE Career Coaching Intensive
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Human Resources, Military/Vets, Workforce Development
Melanie Diffey is the Career Counselor for Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Point Loma Nazarene University, her Master of Arts in Higher Education from Ashford University, and is currently ABD toward her Doctor of Education in Human Resource and Workforce Development Education with University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Melanie has served the career development field as an educator and practitioner for more than 10 years, beginning as a resume writer for a legal recruiting agency and transitioning into higher education as an advisor before combining her skills into career development for college students and adult lifelong learners. Having lived on the West Coast and in the South and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Melanie specializes in assisting clients in transition, including military separation, lay-offs, and other career changes by focusing on the client's innate strengths and values.
ph: (916) 899-0038
Credentials: CCPS, GCDF, Certified Business Services Consultant (CBSC)
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, General, Workforce Development
Tressa Dorsey has 20 years of comprehensive experience working with a multitude of workforce organizations, their boards and practitioners. She specializes in providing professional development training, grant writing and technical assistance to non-profit, tribal, local and federal organizations. She holds multiple certifications in workforce and career development positioning her to provide innovative training solutions at multiple organizational levels. In addition, Dorsey's commitment to the recognition and improvement of the Workforce System is demonstrated through her service as the Region 9 Director on the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Board. Dorsey started TAD Grants in 2008 and has gone on to the develop a team of professional consultants across the country to improve Workforce Development Programs and Systems as well as the quality and quantity of participant services offered across the U.S.
Credentials: GCDF, AFC, LSS Black Belt
Area of Expertise: Military/Veterans
Mrs. Alicia Kramer Durham is an Advisor in the Personal & Professional Development Program at MCAS Cherry Point NC. She holds a Master of Education in Adult Education from Park University and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from East Carolina University. Her credentials include Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) Instructor, Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP), Certified Federal Career Coach, Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC), and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Before joining the P&PD team five years ago, she served as adjunct faculty for 13 years.
206-923-8810 (voice mailbox)
Credentials: MBTI, SII, Master Trainer in DSAP, Doctor of Education in Anthropology
Areas of Expertise: Educators, General, Higher Ed, Private Practitioners
I want to show participants the incredible variety of career theories, concepts, techniques and resources that can be used in actual practice. My course is informed by my own earlier, mixed career experiences (see Chaos Theory) and my later reflections on the field (see Dependable Strengths and Constructivism). I want to give participant a load of information and resources to apply to their own careers, and to let them share experiences/reflections with fellow participants to better prepare them for current realities. My own varied work experiences continued after my D.Ed. in anthropology (1978) and a year of assistant professoring, book-ended by contract archaeology and sheep farming. I cobbled together a series of “slash” careers (Thanks, Marci Alboher), largely based on my native strengths, but I didn’t discover that until I met Bernard Haldane and his Dependable Strengths Articulation Program (DSAP) in 1996. Simultaneously, I took a 1-year Professional Career Services Program (later GCDF) at the University of Washington (UW). Then I began 10+-years in Career Services at UW, helping others discover what had eluded me for so long. Since 1996, I’ve taken every career-based training I could find/afford - GCDFI, SII, MBTI, DSAP Master Trainer, Dick Bolles’ 2-week Parachute, many career conferences/PDIs, etc. After “retiring” from UW, I continued my education with coaching and positive psychology courses. My private practice with “recovering academics” now focuses on writing, teaching and online course development. Leading the FCD is a return on the many benefits I’ve gained from a fascinating and meaningful career.
Credentials: CCC, NCC, CRC, LMHC
Area of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Human Resources, International Students
Malka Edelman - President of Comprehensive Career Planning, Inc., has had a tremendous and positive impact on Career Development for over 34 years. For much of this time, she has trained others to enthusiastically embrace our field. She nurtures each of her students to develop their own careers while providing this training. Malka was selected by the National Career Development Association (NCDA) to be one of the first in the country to be trained as an instructor. In 1998, she was one of 19 individuals to be selected nationally and trained by NCDA to become a Master Trainer, qualified to train new instructors. She has trained Career Service Providers throughout the US from all professions. Her concentration has been the higher education and K-12 environments both here in the US and throughout the world. Additionally, Malka has trained instructors for the US Army Reserves, US Department of Labor, LA Workforce Development, to high a few. She has 34 plus years in higher education both in Career Services and Disability Services. She taught graduate school for 23 years. Her roots, however, are grounded in the elementary school experience - second grade. Malka served and chaired for 2 terms for the NCDA Training and Education Council, overseeing all training programs. Most recently she chaired the master trainer training recently completed in September 2019.
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Educators, Higher Education, Human Resources, K-12, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Cindy is a small business owner, coach, trainer, and speaker. She has provided coaching and training services for over 15 years to over 10,000 people locally, nationally, and internationally. Cindy aims to provide optimism, inspiring ideas, motivation through accountability, structured planning, and expert solutions to individuals and groups, helping them 'get unstuck' and find their fit in work and life. Cindy holds a masters degree in Human Resource Development and Change Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. Her numerous certifications include: NLI Brain - Results Based Certified Coach, ADDCA Associate Certified Coach (AAC), International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach (ACTP), MBTI and MBTI Step II Certified Coach, EQI 2.0 Certified Coach and 360 Reach Personal Branding Coach. Cindy is a member of the National Association of Talent Development, Association of Talent Development - Greater Twin Cities Chapter, MN Career Development Association, NCDA, International Coaches Association, ADD Coach Academy, Attention Deficit Disorder Association and Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
Areas of Expertise: Educators, Higher Ed
Dr. Pamela Ehlers is the Director of Career Services at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. She completed both her bachelors and masters degrees from Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater, a counseling specialist degree from Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and a doctorate degree in higher educational leadership from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Pam has a worked in the field of career development, counseling, and career services for over 27 years. She began her journey as a career counselor at Cottey College in Missouri, and then served as a job developer for two years before becoming the director for 13 years at Pittsburg State University (Kansas). Pam moved back to her alma mater (OSU) as the director of a large centralized career services organization in 2006. She has been an FCD instructor since 2011. Her 124 hour FCD courses are a hybrid of online and face-to-face hours.
Credentials: GCDF, CBT
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Educators, Higher Education, Human Resources, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Aya ElDighady has built an extensive experience in the career development field by studying and practicing for more than nine years since she got her GCDF in 2012. Aya has always believed in the importance of career development in improving the quality of people's lives not only their careers, and this is what drove her to work on spreading the awareness of this field all over Egypt and the Middle East. She has provided more than 4000 hours of career services to individuals in Egypt and the Middle East. In addition she has worked with many regional and international organizations on career development projects such as UNICEF, Save the Children, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Tahrir Lounge and GIZ. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Department, from Alexandria University along with certifications in Assessment for Learning, Instructional Design, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Credentials: GCDF, Career Development/Transition Coach
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Higher Education, Human Resources, Workforce Development
Aliaa is immensely passionate towards optimizing the careers of individuals and corporates. Since 2011, through her professional accreditation as a GCDF, Job & Career Development Coach (JCDC from the Network & Career Research & Testing Inc., USA), she has spent more than a thousand hours coaching and training adults through, and currently she is training Career Development Facilitators to expand the ripple effect. Her business expertise as a holder of Master in International Business Administration, Management and Leadership Lecturer, a Strategic Planning Manager, and Training & Development Consultant has augmented her coaching and counseling skills in business-related decisions of business professionals and different-size companies. Aliaa is dedicated to spreading the professional Career Development practices throughout her training and counseling sessions, assisting individuals to reach a career of success and satisfaction.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, K-12
Aya is the Director of Student Services at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. She is trilingual (English, Arabic, and French), has 16 years of extensive experience in Student Affairs and Career Development Services, and has an extensive background in planning and implementing career development related projects and workshops. Aya is an FCD Instructor, a Career Certified Life & Career Coach, a Certified Resume Writer, and is certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory. El-Mir is currently a Doctoral student (Dissertation topic: Leadership and Gender Equality) at Grenoble Ecole Management, France, holds a Master of Business Administration from West Virginia University, USA and a Bachelor Degree in Business Finance from the Lebanese American University, Lebanon.
Areas of Expertise: Higher Education
Helping Millennials and GenZ's become the best version of their professional selves, is Maha El Moslemany's purposeful passion. Maha's current scope of work focuses on building strategic employer relations and corporate partnerships, planning and executing university-wide employer branding campaigns and developing tailored recruitment solutions along with guiding alumni and recent grads in their job search process. He graduated from The American University in Cairo in Journalism and Mass Communication and a double minor in Psychology and business Administration. She has consciously decided to to shift her career path from advertising to career education since 2006 and is highly passionate about coaching, training and enhancing Millennial and GenZ's career preparation tool-kit.
Credentials: GCDF, CCSP
Areas of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, K-12, Military/Veterans, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Dr. Judy Ettinger has worked at the University of Wisconsin. She completed both her Ph.D. and M.S. in Counseling at UW-Madison. Her particular area of interest is career development and career counseling. Judy has been teaching this course since the mid-1990's and has taught the course through the Counseling Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin. She has also taught at the University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Normandale Community College in Minnesota, Johnson County Community College in Kansas, and has provided extensive training on career decision-making for workforce development staff in SE Minnesota, Veterans in Wisconsin, and educators in Vermont.
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Credentials: GCDF, NCC
Areas of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, K-12, Private Practice
Dr. Flora received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from UVA in 2008 and has returned there as an Assistant Professor. She has taught Masters-level career courses at traditional and online universities and has created additional career and professional development courses. With a background in community counseling and experience working with opportunity youth, she transferred her passions to career counseling as a doctoral student realizing how career impacts every individual and career goals foster hope and motivation. In addition to teaching, Dr. Flora has worked as a career development consultant with business students, individual clients, and local schools and agencies.
Area of Expertise: Educators, Higher Ed, K-12, Workforce Development
I have facilitated the Career Development Facilitator training course for the National Career Development Association for many years. I am also known for practical approaches to career development working with workforce development clients, business partners, educators and K-16 students. I have discovered many ways to help all clients understand the career-development process and the employer’s perspective. My projects have included extensive development of career resources and materials for clients at Capital Area Michigan Works!, and a UAW/General Motors Partnership. Working to understand how to teach the process of self and option awareness linked with decision making and setting goals, I have developed career resources with educational clients at the Genesee Intermediate School District, the Ingham Intermediate School District, Michigan Occupational Information System (MOIS), and Michigan Virtual University. I currently am a career-readiness coordinator for the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency and an instructor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College teaching Career Decisions, First Year Experience and College Success Strategies courses. I hold a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction.
Areas of Expertise: Private Practice, Higher Education, Career Advising, Academic Advising and College Counseling
Credentials: Masters Degree, CCSP, GCDF
Meg is a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP), a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), a Certified College Counselor, and an Academic Advisor (master’s degree in Academic & Career Advising from K-State). Meg currently manages a private practice located in Kennebunk, Maine, Academic & Career Advising Services, LLC, she is the co-host of a national podcast called All Things College and Career. Meg is an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Maryland Global Campus where she instructs courses (remotely) in Career Planning Management and Program and Career Exploration. Meg is also a keynote speaker and has been featured on highly ranked podcasts such as Mac Prichard’s Find Your Dream Job where she spoke on “Narrowing Your Career Choices” or clarifying career goals.
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Credentials: MA, Counseling and Career Development, Certified Transformational Life Coach
Area of Expertise: Counselor, Educators, Higher Ed, K12, Workforce Development
Jackie Gill is currently Counseling Faculty at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL, and has been an NCDA FCD Trainer since 2011.She has over 18 years’ experience working in student services and career development, including working in high schools in Michigan, and in higher education at Pima Community College, University of Arizona and in the Maricopa Community College District in Arizona. She has her M.A. in Counseling with a post-graduate certification in Career Development. Jackie has taught career exploration courses to middle school students through adults, and has worked with dislocated workers in the One-Stop Centers throughout the Greater Phoenix area. Her professional association memberships include the National, Arizona and Florida Career Development Associations. Jackie has dedicated her professional career to helping people achieve their career goals through career exploration, job searching, networking, resume enhancement and career transition. She believes the skills required for successful job searching are the most important skills one can learn because they are utilized continuously throughout a person's lifetime.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, LPC LPCS NCC DCC BCC HS-BCP
Area of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Human Resources, K-12, Military/Veterans, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Dr. Sharon Givens is a researcher, a licensed psychotherapist, career counselor, professional trainer and academician. She is the CEO and Director of Visions Counseling and Career Center LLC., (VCCC). VCCC is a premier private practice offering career counseling and coaching, mental health counseling and psychological testing with locations in Charlotte, NC, Columbia SC, and Fort Mill, SC. Sharon is also the sole proprietor of Training Visions, an international training firm, dedicated to providing customized training in the areas of career development, diversity and mentoring. Sharon is a Master Trainer with the National Career Development Association. She is known for global and domestic projects. Sharon has developed training curriculum and facilitated programs for fortune 500 companies, government agencies, school districts and higher education institutions in West Africa and across the United States. Sharon is currently a member of the NCDA board of Directors. She serves as the Trustee for Private Practice, Business/Industry & Agencies constituency. Sharon was a former member of NCDA's CDF/CCSP Advisory Council where she served as the chairperson. Since her tenure on the council, she led, participated in and developed various ingenuities to promote the success of the Career Development Facilitator program as well as the National Career Development Association. More specifically, she has played a major role in the revision process of the career development facilitator curriculum and led the Career Development Facilitator program assessment task force.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, International Students, Military/Vets, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Sara is a communicator, leader, creator, and trainer with 5+ years of experience in higher education, training and development, and career services. She currently is a Senior Assistant Director at the University of Florida's nationally ranked Career Connections Center where she also teaches the NCDA Facilitating Career Development course to faculty and staff on campus. She co-owns a private career consulting business, Career Productions, and is a certified Career Services Provider who focuses on helping individuals identify their strengths, value-add, and interests. She is energized and motivated by working with individuals to articulate their potential and confidently achieve their career goals. Sara's FCD training is customized to each individual/group learners needs.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, MBTI and SII Facilitator
Areas of Expertise: Higher Education, Workforce Development
Maha is the founding director of the American University in Cairo's (AUC) Career Center, where she has led the development and implementation of comprehensive career guidance programs since the early 90's that include career advising, experiential learning, recruitment and employer engagement. She currently serves as the associate vide president for advancement and employability at AUC and the principal investigator from the USAID funded university centers for career development (UCCD) project that aims at establishing career development centers at Egyptian public universities.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, Workforce Development
Karen Gutman served as the Director of Business and Career Services at JVS Human Services, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people realize their life's potential. She joined JVS in 2009 as an Employment Specialist, following a mid-life career change as a result of the career counseling she received as a client of JVS. Karen obtained her GCDF credential from Oakland University and obtained her Business Solutions Professional credential from Michigan State University, School of Labor and Industrial Relations. She is recognized by the State of Michigan as one of only 300 certified BSP consultants. Karen has a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and completed graduate courses in Business Management from the University of Michigan as well. She served as a teaching fellow in the College of Literature, Science and Arts. She has owned and operated two successful businesses, and also served as Vice President of Client Services and New Product implementation for a Michigan based life insurance company. Her love of working with job seekers and businesses to help both achieve their talent goals led her to become a Facilitating Career Development Instructor. She continues to teach FCD classes for JVS Human Services and other organizations as contracted.
Credentials: CCSP, CMCS, GCDF, CWDP
Area of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Human Resources, International Students, K-12, Military/Veterans, Private Practice, Workforce Development
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Melyssa Harrison is one of two course instructors for Harrison & Associates East, LLC offering hands-on real-life applications needed for career success. She is enthusiastic about collaborating with others in their career advancement. Utilizing over 25 years of effective efficient career development experience, our students are fully equipped with the necessary tools to facilitate their customers’ career pathway. She established the only Youth Services Career Center in the state becoming the pilot for successful engaging youth career services. Her team became one of the state’s most productive in increasing job placements and earning credentials within its first year of operation. During her tenure the youth training program met and/or exceeded its annual performance each year. You will enjoy your learning experience with Harrison & Associates East. Experience the difference at Harrison & Associates East and earn your certifications with real world experiences, techniques, networking, and results proven strategies.
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education, International Students, K-12, Private Practitioners
M.A. in International Education Management, University of Education Ludwigsburg, Germany and Helwan University, Egypt. Emad has excellent expertise in education-to-employment transition services; Career guidance and counseling/career development; TVET & Labour Market and Curriculum development. Emad is known by his excellent interpersonal skills and the interdisciplinary thinking. His facilitating skills are amazing in addition to the fact that he is an excellent trainer. He has worked in multicultural settings, his services are provided not only in Egypt, but in Jordan, Palestine, Yemen and also in Kosovo and Servia. His working language is Arabic and English. His services can be provided in a face-to-face setting or online or hybrid.
Credentials: CCSP, CCC, GCDF, MS, NCC, NCCC, LPC (CT) and LMHC (NY)
Areas of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Marjorie Hendrickson, a career counselor for 25 years, has used the NCDA curriculum to train career service providers for more than 18 years. She brings to the classes her background of broad career development experience working with diverse populations in a One-Stop Career Center setting, adult education programs, and two-and four-year colleges. She also has experience with program development and training related to career counseling. Selected to be on the inaugural Career Development Facilitator Advisory Council, she served as co-chair for two years. She completed her Master’s degree in Career Development at the College of New Rochelle in New York.
Credentials: CCSP, CMCS, GCDF
Areas of Expertise: Educators, Higher Education, K-12, Workforce Development
Tonya has over a decade of experience in career development, specifically with designing and implementing comprehensive career development programming in P-16 public education settings. Her current passion is to help others learn and develop techniques and best practices that are on the leading edge of innovation in the career development field. She serves as the Career Pathways & Advising Director at a small community college in Nebraska, and works closely with her colleagues, community stakeholders and business/industry partners to create a comprehensive menu of career services for all and to support economic development efforts in the region. She has a very special place in her heart for Career & Technical Education, and has a particularly strong interest in building career pathways in STEM. When not enjoying her work, Tonya spends her time on the family farm with her husband and three children.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, MBTI Certified Administrator
Areas of Expertise: Educators, General, Higher Ed, Private Practice, Workforce Development
The instructor is an experienced community college education and career counselor and professor. She has worked for community colleges and public and private universities for over 15 years. She also is also a private practice consultant, and has volunteer experience supporting the unemployed through conducting workshops in a local workforce development career one-stop center and leading a support group for the unemployed in a faith-based community. Specifically, she has experience working with: College students (basic-skills students to those possessing advanced degrees), adults in transition (all ages), the unemployed, diverse populations (demographic, veterans, disabled, education attained, work experience, career goals, and academic preparedness), individuals who have struggled with poor fit between person and environment, higher education (Community college, state universities and private, faith-based liberal arts, Faith-based individuals and communities, teaching and counseling on the self-awareness process, job search services/coaching, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and other career assessments. Through her over 15 years of experience, she has developed a wealth of knowledge and created over 100 written resources designed to facilitate individual’s education and career development journey. In addition to the standard Facilitating Career Development program curriculum, students of her FCD program will be introduced, and have access to, those resources.
Phone: (65) 8127 5678
Credentials: CCSP, CMCS, GCDF, JCTC, JCDC
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, International Students, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Frangky Hong is a certified career coach and instructor with over 16 years of experience of job and career counselling. He empowers clients from various diverse groups who come with different set of challenges in their career. With extensive exposure to many industries and job functions, Frangky provides advice in Career Transition, Career Development, Job Search Strategies, and Employability Skills. He always ensures that his clients successfully transit to a more meaningful career. While still actively involved in career development for workforce. Frangky is on his mission to empower and train more people to be career coaches.
Areas of Expertise: Counselors
Basma Hosny has 20 plus years of professional experience in the field of education, working in areas of management, training, human resources and career advising. She represented ASIS (Anglo Schools International Services) in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East promoting all ASIS products and services from university placement, BUSSATs assessments and student consultations 2018-2019. She graduated from the American University in Cairo in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in psychology. In 2001, Hosny earned her master's degree in education management from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
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Credentials: GCDF, Ed.D., JCTC
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, International Students, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Dr. Hsi has been a psychotherapist for over 2 decades, coupled with over 12 years of training experience for adults and youths. He is the Founder and Principal of Abundanz Consulting Pte Ltd in Singapore and is the Master Instructor for Knowdell’s Job and Career Transition Coach certification workshops. He is also a NCDA Instructor for the Facilitating Career Development programme. Currently he teaches counselling courses at diploma to master levels at the Australian College for Applied Psychology and James Cook University; and various career development programmes in Singapore. Dr. Hsi was recently awarded the Outstanding Career Educator Award at the 2018 Asia Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA) conference and the Emerging Leader Award the year before. In addition, he has certifications as: EMDR Practitioner (EMDR Institute, USA); Registered Counselling Supervisor (Singapore Association for Counselling); Level 4 member (Australian Counselling Association); ACTA certified Adult Educator (Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore); Neuro-Linguistics Programming Practitioner (Australasian Institute of NLP); Certified Behavioural Consultant (Institute of Motivational Living Inc, USA).
Credentials: CCC, GCDF, Master Career Counselor
Areas of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Human Resources, International Students, Military/Veterans, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Carla Hunter, President of Career Span, Inc. has been an instructor for the NCDA since 2004. As an active career counselor with a thriving private practice she understands the urgency of preparing career professionals for a constantly changing workplace. Carla created a career interest inventory "Finding Your Place in the World of Work" and "The Interview Box" a strategic methodology for interview success.
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Education, Human Resources
Ronda Isaacs has always enjoyed helping others discover their why! She enjoys helping people explore their natural talents and incorporating them into a career as that results in a fulfillment money can't buy. She has worked in Higher Ed since 2008 and insists that working with students keeps her young. She enjoys Hallmark movies and True Crime, spending time with her family and is a dog-mom to two adorable Shih Tzu's.
Credentials: GCDF, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Community Partner Work Incentives Counselor (CPWIC)
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Human Resources, Military/Veterans, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Lisa holds an M.S. degree in Rehabilitation Psychology and has been passionate about providing workforce development and disability-related services to government, community-based organizations, and businesses for 15+ years. With expertise in curriculum design, project development and oversight, and public speaking, Lisa uses her knowledge to develop and deliver innovative training programs customized to the needs of her clients. Lisa is the Board Chair of the National Employment Network Association (NENA) and proudly served in the United States Navy during Operation Desert Storm.
Credentials: CCC, NCCC, NCCC
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, International Students, Military/Veterans, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Natalie Kauffman, M.S., CCC, NCC, NCCC, GCDF-I, was a member of the first Maryland class for FCD Instructors and was the first graduate to provider FCD training in the state. Additionally, Natalie has been providing both on-site and virtual comprehensive career and transition solutions and Career Counseling/Coaching support to individuals and groups across the U.S. and around the world. Her 30+ years of experience has traversed business, government, Education and NPO settings. She is a proud recipient of the NCDA's Outstanding Career Practitioner award for exceptional performance providing career development services. Her M.S. in Applied Behavior Counseling with a Career Counseling concentration is from The Johns Hopkins University.
Credentials: CCSP, CMCS, GCDF, Certified Career Developer for People with Barriers (USA), Certified Professional Retirement Coach
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Educators, Higher Education, Human Resources, Military/Vets, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Han Kok Kwang is Founder of Personal Mastery Resources, a successful niche career training business based in Singapore. With over 25 years' successful experience as a senior manager & career entrepreneur, Han is the first NCDA Master Trainer in Asia for the NCDA Facilitating Career Development training program. Han is also a 3x national award winner. Though without a Bachelors' degree, he earned an MBA (with Distinction) from the University of Hull and a Ph.D. accredited by Varna Free University (Bulgaria). A firm believer in results, Han's passion in helping others is reflected in his many contributions. -empowered 60,000 people from 21 countries in their career development through his bestselling career books, seminars and workshops; -trained 100+ allied educators and staff from the Ministry of Education; -trained 350+ educators from a Polytechnic on career guidance; -certified Career Advisors in virtually all the local Autonomous Universities in Singapore; -empowered 1,000+ Officers in career transition from the Military & Police since 2005; -trained over 70% of the GCDFs in Singapore.
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education, International Students, K-12
Ambiga has been in the Ministry of Education, Education & Career Guidance Unit, Singapore for the past 4 years. She has been an ECG Counsellor where she provides higher education & career guidance counseling and conducts workshops for students (K-12). She trains lecturers on Basic Career Advising and designs programmes/curriculum alongside them. Currently she is providing career supervision for the ECG Counselors and managing the Career Centre. Ambiga holds a bachelors in Counselling and and was counselling ex offenders previously. Ambiga has successfully reintegrated many ex-offenders and one of their predominant indicators for their positive rehabilitation was their career. She has seen how informed career decisions have actualized the ex-offenders and makes them find a new meaning in their lives. In her free time, Ambiga fulfills her passion in performing arts & theater.
Credentials: CCSP, CMCS, GCDF, Master of Career Services, Professional Coaching Certification
Areas of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Human Resources, International Students, K-12, Military/Veterans, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Jodee L. Ledford, M.Ed., B.S. HR, is passionate, experienced, and educated in delivering a wholistic approach to individuals in career coaching and career certification courses. Jodee has over 15 years of experience making a difference with her clients using evidence-based strategies in diverse markets, cultures, and industries including; Federal and State Government, global private fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and education. She is also an experienced advocate for diversity, veterans, opportunity youth, international and college students, the disabled, refugees, and the justice involved clients. Jodee actively serves these organizations; Government, Michigan STEM Partnership, Michigan HR, and trueCareerHelp®. Jodee founded trueCareerHelp® as a way to help individuals advance their career goals to the next level and beyond by using simple yet proven career strategies. She also includes a scholarship program for single parents. Jodee is a Certified Master of Career Services. She also holds a Masters with high honors in Education and Bachelors of Science in Human Resource Management with several other career and coaching certifications. To learn more Jodee invites you to read the numerous written testimonials from her clients on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodeeledford/. Thank you for making a difference.
Areas of Expertise: Higher Education, K-12
In her current role as the Associate Director of Gonzaga University's Career and Professional Development office, Brittany Leland identifies the training needs of her professional staff and coordinates workshops and programs to address those needs. She also supports and coaches, students and graduates as they prepare for their future endeavors. This involves leading classes and workshops for students, as well as meeting with them once-on-one to define their professional goals and develop strategies for success. With the knowledge and skills gained from her undergraduate degree in Applied Communications and master's degree in School Counseling, she also specializes in career assessment, facilitation and educating professional career coaches on industry best practices.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, CWDP
Area of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, Higher Ed, K-12, Military/Veterans, Workforce Development
Beth Lengel has more than forty-five (45+) years of experience in career and workforce development spending her early career working in Vocational Rehabilitation services in North Carolina, Alabama, and South Carolina. Since 1989, she has been a chief partner in Lengel Vocational Services, Inc. providing career and workforce development services, training, and consultation for local areas in JTPA, WtW, WIA and WIOA. She is an Adjunct Instructor at Midlands Technical College, Columbia, SC and at The College of Charleston, Charleston, SC where she offers the FCD course. Beth and her partners offer the FCD course all over the United States and has had many international students through the online forum.
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Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, M. Div, Certified Coach
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, K-12, Military/Vets, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Information without implementation leads to frustration. Patrick has been a trainer/speaker for over 20 years and honed the skills needed to help you find the transformation you desire by coaching you through the implementation of the information - while adding some inspiration. He started his workforce experience in the mid 90s during the JTPA days. Since then he has worked within the system helping counselors and case managers become more proficient. He has also worked within the education system to implement work-bsed learning programs and with the Army National Guard assisting soldiers and their families during career transitions. Today, Patrick focuses on coaching and helping those around him become better. His Life Mission Statement is: "I want to make those around me better, so they can radically IMPACT the world around them." If you are looking for a face-to-face and online instructor who will not only give you some of the best, and most current information, but coach you through any implementation issues - while providing the inspiration needed to keep you motivated and loving the work you do...then you have found your instructor.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, M.A.S
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Education, Workforce Development
Sharadora Sisco is the Founder of Living Your Purpose Visionary LLC. (LVP Visionary) a career development resource designed to guide you on the path to your purpose. She is the Founder of Sharadora Scholarship Foundation and Living Your Purpose Pageant. Sharadora is a founding member and vice president of the Local Economic and Technology Strategies to Advance our Communities Together (LETSACT American Foundation). She is also a GCDF, CCSP and instructor of the NCDA FCD training program and adjunct instructor for Rowan College. She received her undergraduate degree in Business in Technology and Master's degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is the Adult Basic Education Program Coordinator and Administrator for the College and Career Readiness Program at District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund. She works in collaboration within the DOL and Workforce Development for the State of New Jersey Workforce 55+ initiative conduct programming to benefit financial literacy, career path development and barrier identification. She has helped thousands of students' become aware of the broad range of available careers that meet the evolving needs of the workplace. She has worked with several organizations and nonprofits that create a system that would promote ongoing client self-sufficiency by identifying applicable resources. She serves as a specialist in business, professional, and youth development.
Credentials: JCTC, ACCDF, ACTA
Areas of Expertise: Educators, General, Higher Ed, Human Resources, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Yue-Wen has almost three decades of senior management corporate experiences in multi-country and multi-cultural environments across a variety of industries. Apart from coaching mid-career switchers and senior management, Yue-Wen is also one of the primary instructors under the Workforce Agency (WSG) in Singapore for Career Coaching Certification programmes such as the Advanced Certificate in Career Development Facilitation and the Career Advisory Programme. He has also trained others in gaining competencies in the Knowdell Cart Sorts and the Knowdell Career Transition framework. To date, he has certified almost 150 individuals attain proficiency in career coaching and advisory competencies, and has also conducted numerous workshops and seminars for various groups such as tertiary students and staff, university alumni, corporate clients and local government agencies, in fine tuning their career management techniques.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF
Area of Expertise: Business/Industry, General, Workforce Development
With over 25 years of experience in Workforce Development and over 10 years as an NCDA Master Trainer and Facilitating Career Development Instructor Walt has delivered presentations and instructions all over the United States. He has specialized in creating customized training options in a variety of workforce development, business and labor settings. He has also served as a consultant to numerous groups and organizations on matters of training and workforce development. He holds degrees from Grand Rapids Community College and Spring Arbor University, and several other training certifications including the Certified Business Solutions Professional (CBSP) from Michigan State University. He resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his family.
Credentials: CCSP, NCC
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Educators, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, K-12, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Sheri Mahaney founded New Insights Consulting in 2018 to provide professional development for staff who work on the front line every day assisting students and clients to improve their lives. Sheri has been a career counselor, supervisor, mentor, gorup facilitator, and consultant in career services within higher education for the past 24 years. Prior to that time, she worked as a social worker in a variet of human services roles. Throughout her career, she has counseled and taught thousands of students, alumni, staff, employees and colleagues on the career exploration and job search process. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a certified interpreter of the Myers-Briggs and Strong Interest Inventory assessments, and she is a certified instructor of the Strengths-Based Education. Sheri holds a B.S. degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and a Masters in Social Work, occupational social work concentration, from Syracuse University.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, MA, PhD
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education
Dr. Vaughan Mak is the Assistant Director of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his Master of Arts in Christian Counselling degree from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA and Doctor of Philosophy (Education) degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Mak's career has traversed a variety of roles as teacher, trainer, counselor, and educator-administrator. He is an experienced facilitator in conducting workshops on various fields such as Dynamic Leadership, Teamwork, Communication, etc. He also serves as mentor from Hong Kong Christian Short Term Mission Training Centre.
Credentials: BCC, CCSP, CMCS, GCDF
Area of Expertise: Higher Ed, Educators, General, Business/Industry, Private Practice, Counselors, Human REsources, K-12, Workforce Development
Dr. Heather N. Maietta is an award-winning educator, author, speaker, coach, and consultant that has helped thousands of career and academic advising professionals rethink how they deliver career and professional development support. Dr. Maietta is founder and CEO of Career In Progress, a consulting and coaching firm dedicated to advancing the field of career development and literacy. She is an Associate Professor in the Doctorate of Higher Education Leadership Program at Regis College. Career Highlights include: numerous credentials, NCDA Leadership Academy Graduate and NCDA's Outstanding Career Practitioner award. Dr. Maietta is currently working on research examining the social, academic, and career impact of transfer due to college closure (forced transfer); career development needs of first generational doctoral students; and a monograph on career coaching. Dr. Maietta is a Board Certified Coach, and a National Association of Colleges and Employers Coaching Faculty member.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, LPC, CRC, CCFC
Areas of Expertise:Higher Education, K-12, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Lorna holds a Master in Business Administration and Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. She holds licensures and certifications as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Clinical Forensic Counselor, Masters Addiction Counselor, CCSP, GCDF. She previously worked in higher education as a program manager for state scholarships and grants promoting higher education initiatives through South Carolina. She decided to focus on working with individuals with varying career paths. As a counselor, she worked in workforce development assisting individuals with disabilities obtain employment by forging partnerships with business industries and preparing clients for the job market. She was then hired by the school district to continue and expand working with high school students with disabilities as the high school career specialist exposing students to various careers in the workforce and preparing them to enter into the workforce or higher education. Working as a private practitioner at True Heart Counseling, she works with the justice served clients from federal and state probation, pre-trial intervention, juvenile justice, social services and the local court system assisting clients with their counseling needs and career development. As a doctoral student, she is preparing to defend her dissertation focusing on foster care students' barriers to college and employment outcomes. Her presentations on college and career readiness include CollegeBoard, SC Counselor Association, NCDA Professional Development Institute, SC Association for Student Financial Aid, the Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars, and SC Statewide Independent Living Council.
Areas of Expertise: Educators, Higher Education, International Students
Dr. Amber Manning-Ouellette joined Oklahoma State University as an Assistant Professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2018. She holds the Anderson, Farris, and Halligan Endowed Professor of College Student Development. She also serves as the master's program coordinator responsible for recruitment, selection, advising, and curriculum development for both the Master's in College Student Development programs. Her research folds into three broad lines of inquiry including: 1) socially just leadership education, 2) international and domestic college student learning and cognitive development, and 3) first-year student development and transition. Dr. Manning-Ouellette examines these research areas through various contexts including international education, STEM education, and gender perspectives. More specifically, her research has included women's leadership, studey abroad and sense-making, student learning outcomes in college, student learning and cognitive development, first-year student transition and retentional assessment.
LinkedIn: Cindy Mason
Area of Expertise: Educators, General, Higher Ed, K-12
Cindy Mason, CCSP, is a dedicated life-long professional career educator that continually strives to influence students and adults to dream, explore and become happy productive people. She holds an MSE in Education Leadership from Harding University and recently retired after thirty-one years as a public school educator. For eighteen years, she served as a Head Girls Basketball and Track Coach which included the Seventh Grade, Junior High and Senior High programs. Cindy is in her seventh year as Co-Owner/Co-Instructor of Knowledge Works where she is a Facilitating Career Development Instructor and also a Certified Career Services Provider. Knowledge Works has trained approximately 300 Career Development Facilitators from Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri and Hawaii. Cindy is a member of the National Career Development Association, Arkansas Career Development Association and the NCDA Instructor Registry. She has worked in Career Development for the last fifteen years and has served as the Career Action Plan Coordinator, Career Development/Career Ready 101 Online Teacher and Distance Learning Facilitator at her school. She is now working as an Adjunct Health and Wellness instructor for UA Cossatot. She received the Arkansas Career Guidance Teacher of the Year in 2011 and 2012. She also has 13 years of experience as a mentor for teachers in Arkansas seeking career education endorsements.
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Educators, Higher Ed, Private Practice
Dirk Matthews is an educator, career specialist, filmmaker and photographer. He currently works as the Associate Director of Portfolio and Career Integration at Columbia College Chicago’s Career Center. He has 18 years of higher education career development experience, specializing in portfolio and career development. He teaches part-time at the college in the Cinema and Television Arts Department. With 22 years of freelance work in film and photography, he applies this experience to the career development process. Dirk is currently working on his master’s degree in Organizational Psychology, works with professionals to support their career development, and is a certified Career Development Facilitation trainer.
Areas of Expertise: Educators, General
Credentials: GCDF, LPC, DCC, NCCC, MCC
Areas of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, HigherEd, Military/Veterans, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Betty McWillie has over 30 years' experience as a career counselor, career center director, career development facilitator trainer, business owner, and university professor, working with client populations ranging in age from high school students to retirees. She is the owner of McWillie Career Directions, a private practice in Memphis, Tennessee, offering career counseling, coaching, and employee outplacement services. She is the retired Director of the Career Center at Christian Brothers University and has more recently served as an online Career Coach with the University of Phoenix/Apollo Education Group, as well as a distance Career Counselor for Zeiders Enterprises serving military spouses. Additionally, Betty taught career development and human resources classes to traditional and nontraditional college students as an adjunct faculty member at Webster University, Dowling College, and Southwest Tennessee Community College. Betty is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Tennessee and a Distance Certified Counselor. She has been a Certified Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor for many years and would welcome the opportunity to assist you in obtaining the GCDF or Career Services Provider credential.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, LCSW
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Military/Vets, Private Practitioners
Danielle Menditch Roessle has more than eight years of experience in career development. As founder of Inner Compass Coach, she uses a unique blend of career development and psychology to help her clients get unstuck and guide them towards a fulfilling and financially rewarding career. Danielle has presenteed her one-of-a-kind approach to career transition in articles in NCDA's Career Convegence Magazine, SkillScan, Sharpheels, the Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle, and the Coloradoan. She earned a Master of Social Work at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. She is a prior events and outreach chair for the Colorado Career Development Association.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, LPC, CVE, LSW
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Education, K-12
Gail Michalski is a National Certified Vocational Evaluator, A GCDF-Instructor and CCSP. She is also a State of Ohio Licensed Counselor, Social Worker, Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. She has over 25 years experience in providing a variety of counseling services, but as of late her focus has been in the areas of career development and transition. Ms. Michalski's current practice is focued on working with the injured worker population in the process of re-creating themselves in the workforce. This process often combines career and mental health concepts in the transition process. She has instructed FCD hybrid courses since 2015 and was the former Coordinator of the Career Resource Department at Auburn Career Center serving the career needs of general and special education students as well as providing career development consulting work to business and industry. Ms. Michalski has also served as president and secretary of the Ohio Career Development Association and former professional development committee chair. She has presented at numerous conferences throughout the national on the topics of career development and transition.
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Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, SHRM-CP
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Educators, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, Private Practitioners
Jillian has a background in higher education and industry. As an educator, she designed, taught, and facilitated university courses and career development programs in the field of management, human resources, entrepreneurship, and organizational development. She also has experience with recruitment, selection, training, and development in a corporate setting. Jillian values community involvement and serves as a volunteer leader and general member of professional organizations, including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and NCDA. Jillian lives in Huntsville, Alabama and loves to travel to new places. Her love for new experiences drives her professional work as she seeks to help others find passion and personal growth. Jillian is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources Management and a Master's Degree in Business Administration.
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Credentials: CCSP, GCDF
Areas of Expertise: Educators, Higher Education, Workforce Development
With over 25 years of experience in career management, industry relations, and capacity building, Maha, is the co-founder and a catalyst for new initiatives and programs throughout the initiation and maturity stages of the career center at the American University in Cairo. Her vision and drive are instrumental in the conceptualization and start-up phases of new programs. Since 2012, Maha has been establishing USAID funded career centers at Egyptian universities and empowering them to integrate labor-market needs and enhance private-sector engagement. Currently, the chief of party the University Centers for Career Development (UCCD), she leads a $20M USAID funded project overseeing the establishment and sustainability of 21 career centers in 14 Egyptian public universities within 12 governorates serving 1M Egyptian youth. Maha earned her bachelor and master degrees from AUC. She also holds a Master of International Business from Paris and a certificate of competence in psychometric and occupational testing from the UK. Maha is licensed to administer and interpret a professional range of self-assessment and leadership development tools.
Area of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Ed, K-12, Workforce Development
Jennifer Murdock Bishop is an associate professor of Counselor Education and Supervision and a doctoral program coordinator at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education. Her research interests include community engaged scholarship with graduate students, counselor professional identity and orientation, career transitions and college students specifically student athletes, online learning, and the use of creative and experiential instructional strategies and formats in counselor training. She is a member of the University of Northern Colorado Leadership Team for Community and Civic Engagement, a Faculty in Residence at Career Services, and co-chair of the University College Faculty Advisory Committee on University 101. In the state of Colorado, Dr. Murdock is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Special Services Provider-School Counselor and nationally she is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Career Services Provider (NCDA), and a Career Development Facilitator Instructor (NCDA).
Credentials: LPCC-s, LICDC, LSW
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Human Resources, Private Practitioners
Dr. Rhonda L. Norman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has been a counselor educator for the past 15 years, has been a career development practitioner for over 20 years, and maintains a career counseling and coaching practice in the Cincinnati area. Rhonda has experience in employee assistance/human resources, college counseling and community mentoring programs. She has been teaching career counseling and development for School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling students at Xavier University for the past 7 years. For the past five years she has been an Executive Coach working with executive physicians and other "C" suite individuals. Dr. Norman's experience has a broad range, she has experience intervening with the service industry and upper level executives. Dr. Norman's passion is working and teaching from a strengths-based holistic framework. Career development practice is inherently strengths-based and holistic, and if you would like to honor this framework with the clients/students that you serve, I would like to assist you with advocating from this perspective.
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, K-12, Private Practitioners
Dr. Claire Ouyang is the founder of the Macao Career Development Association. As a private practitioner, she provides career development services, teaches at the tertiary level, and actively conducts academic research.
Ph: (920) 498-6833
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Educators, Higher Education, Human Resources, K-12, Workforce Development
Jennifer has 15+ years’ experience providing career coaching and career-related services to a wide array of individuals—from those who were laid off, to the underemployed, to those just starting their career journey, and beyond. Jennifer holds a Masters’ Degree in Social Work and has worked with many social programs helping families and individuals work towards self-sufficiency. Higher education, career planning, and job searching were always pivotal to her work as a social worker. Jennifer serves as the manager of the career services department at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI where they employ a fully embedded coaching framework and are guided by CDF principles to support the growth and development of students and community members alike.
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Education, International Students, Military/Veterans, Workforce Development
Condoa received her doctorate from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Her doctorate is in Higher Education Administration with a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from UNT. Her doctorate focused on student levels' of resilience. Condoa has over 25 years of higher education experience, working in admissions, career services, financial aid, testing, counseling, advising, housing, athletics, food service, and student accessibility resources. She has also taught as an adjunct faculty member for Purdue University Global for 10 years - teaching Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education. Online Student Services, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and Research Methods in Higher Education. She has also taught General Education Capstone and Information Literacy at Ashford University of 2 1/2 years. Condoa enjoys helping individuals discover their talents, passions, and values. It is a joy to assist individuals in finding that career where they fit and enjoy the work they do.
Dr. Renee' Patchin has been in the career counseling and services field for well over 20 years. With career counseling and career center management experience in four-year and two-year institutions, Renee' has build counseling programs to meet students' developmental phases. Grounded in developmental theory, Renee' draws on modern career theory to help clients navigate the ever-changing world of work to identify fit and passion. Currently pursuing a PhD in Education (Higher Education Learning Analytics), Renee' holds an MA in Counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a BA in History from the College of Charleston (SC).
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF
Area of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, K-12, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Jim is the Principal of Peak-Careers Consulting offering the FCD class since 2001, online seminars, and F2F workshops for career professionals. For over 11 years he was Director of the Advising & Career Center at a community college, over a decade as a high school counselor, and since February 2012 has been full time with Peak-Careers. He is a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP and NCDA FCD Instructor. A two-time President of Maine Career Development Association. In 2007 he received the Outstanding Career Practitioner Award from NCDA. Jim has a Masters Degree in Education, College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University. He is the author of A Field Guide for Career Practitioners: Helping Your Clients Create Their Next Move and the recipient of the 2020 Kenneth C. Hoyt Award from National Career Development Association.
Ph: (682) 582-4482
Areas of Expertise: General, Higher Education, K-12
Angela brings so much energy and innovation to her course and her students have fun while learning about career development. her expertise is higher education, community outreach and event management. Angela has worked for 4-year and 2-year colleges and also an educational non-profit. She has used career development for different diverse populations and truly enjoys helping people find their career pathway through career development training. She has a passion for presenting and engaging her audience and has spoken at many educational conferences. Angela graduated from Texas Tech University and received her master's degree in educational leadership from University of North Texas. In her spare time she loves having family moving nights, reading self-help books, and watching movies on Netflix.
Areas of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, K-12, Military/Veterans, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Joanna has over fifteen years of experience leading a career development center within a 7-12th-grade public school. She has taught career exploration to junior high students through adult. She earned in M.A. in Counseling and is passionate about helping others and enabling them to be prepared for a quickly changing workforce. She volunteers for Boards and Committees around the state of Colorado with a personal and professional commitment to innovation and positive change in our state and nation. As a member of NCDA, guest presenter and board member of CCDA, guest presenter and committee member of CCHS/CR (Colorado Council for High School/College Relations), State Council member of SACPIE (State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education), and an active member of the CCE GCDF Registry and NCDA Instructor Registry, she continually strives to share resources, knowledge, and skills in a variety of settings.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, K-12, Workforce Development
Amy Pierce-Danders is a dynamic member of the West Michigan community, someone who thrives in chaos and sees every challenge as an opportunity. Amy's desired legacy is to leave an imprint of impact on the corner of the world she touches. Her calling is to help organizations and individuals understand the career development process and how being on the right seat on the bus can raise our happiness quotient - individually and as a community. Amy has an extensive training and development background in the field of career development and workforce readiness delivering programs to the K-12 and higher education communities, human resources professionals, non-profit associations, and the business community as a whole. Programming has been delivered through her affiliations with Associated Builders & Contracts - West Michigan (Director of Workforce Development) , Kent Intermediate School District (Career Exploration Coordinator), Davenport University (Regional Employment & Internship Manager), and Express Employment Professionals (Director of Training & Development). As a believer in education, she has an MBA; Strategic Management (Davenport University), BA; Organizational Development (Spring Arbor University), AA; Business (Grand Rapids Community College).
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, International Students, K-12, Military/Vets, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Rosaria Pipitone is the Associate Director of Career Readiness at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ where she oversees the staff and conducts career development training. Having worked with a variety of populations and industries, she brings over 10 years of career development experience specializing in creative careers. Being hired immediately upon graduation by the University of South Florida as a career counselor from their Counselor Education program, Rosaria began developing her arts and music specialty. Her move to St. Petersburg College allowed her to obtain the NCDA FCD Instructor training. Rosaria trained college-wide student affairs staff as career services professionals. She has conducted college-wide training sessions for student service professionals in St. Petersburg College, helping career professionals have the opportunity to become CCSPs. Rosaria launched her career counseling career after interviewing almost a hundred friends, family members and acquaintances on career decision-making. Unbeknownst to her at the start, this qualitative research led her to make a career transition from law school to career counseling.
Ph: (952) 457-8987
Credentials: GCDF, EdD, SMS
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Educators, General, Higher Education, Human Resources
Jennifer Pollard, EdD, SMS, is an industrial and organizational psychologist who has worked with organizations and individuals to develop a quality workforce and bridge expectations to results. As a career developmental strategist, Dr. Pollard's professional work includes individual coaching and guidance for career progression and transition as well as instructing various customized and corporate trainings. Jenn is focused on providing technical, adaptive, and engaging training experiences using her communication, psychology, and business knowledge and experience. Dr. Pollard is also an experienced educator teaching numerous higher education courses in the Minneapolis/St. Paul communities. Her passions are in creating awareness and dialogue for a diverse workforce and developing employees for career progression by leading with authentic, transparent, and positive influence.
Credentials: CCSP, CCCE, GCDF
Area of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Ed, K-12
Tim is a professor of Counseling & School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has experience as: a school counselor for students in grades 6-12; a vocational counselor in a summer program for at-risk high school students; an academic advisor at a large state university, and is an Army veteran.
http://pritchard.crhosts.com/ ; http://pritchardgroup.com
Credentials: CCSP, CMCS, GCDF, NCDA Fellow
Area of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Human Resources, International Students, K-12, Military/Veterans, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Dr. Pritchard has worked with healthcare, education, manufacturing, law enforcement, banking, and government, presenting seminars and workshops on coaching, career development, workforce development, and business topics. Dr. Pritchard has delivered career training internationally (Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Peru, Micro Asia, China, Russia, Uganda, Israel, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Japan) and nearly every state in the US. Previously, she directed a university career center. Dr. Pritchard is currently chair of NCDA's Master Trainer Workshop Committee, NCDA's Credentialing Commission and the Commission's International Taskforce. The Credentialing Commission has developed and launched 5 new credentials in 2017. She is Previously, she was the Contributing Editor for NCDA's Career Developments magazine and served for 6 years on NCDA's Facilitating Career Development (CSP) Advisory Council. Recently, she authored the chapter on career assessment in business for the 7th edition of NCDA's Guide to Career Assessment. Dr. Pritchard's NCDA Facilitating Career Development training is focused on each learner and the learner's needs. Her online course includes extra resources for every topic and additional topics for learner use. The site contains 100s of additional resources, and all are available for a client's use, both during and after completing the course. Individuals set their own timeline for completion thus providing flexibility for each learner. Credit cards and checks are accepted for payment. Courses are customized for organizations and learners. Current Leadership Roles Chair, NCDA Credentialing Committee NCDA Master Trainer, Instructor, Fellow Treasurer, Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association Committee Chair, Asia Pacific Career Development Association.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF
Area of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Ed, K12, Workforce Development
Shantele Raper, CCSP, has been passionate about Career and Technical Education since she started teaching Business Education in 2002. Her path led her to Career Guidance where she has served in various leadership positions including, Arkansas Career Guidance Association and Arkansas Career Development Association. She currently works as Director of Federal Programs and Special Projects, including Career and Technical Education Director, at Osceola School District. She serves as a CCSP Instructor with Knowledge Wokrs. She has a MSE in Business Technology and an EdS in Leadership and Administration, along with a certification in Curriculum and Instruction. She received Arkansas Career Orientation Teacher of the Year in 2009 and is a National Board Certified Teacher.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, CPRW
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Educators, Higher Education
LaChish J. Reber is the owner of LJR Training & Coaching, a private practice based in South Florida offering career and academic coaching services along with training for career practitioners and educators. LaChish has over 15 years of experience in higher education, including experience providing career and academic advising services to diverse populations. She also has experience as a college instructor and workshop presenter. She teaches college and career readiness courses and has presented workshops on resume writing, networking, interview skills, and job fair professionalism. She served as President of the New Jersey Career Development Association, Sub-committee co-chair of the New Jersey Association for Multicultural Counseling and Member-at-large for the Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association. Her educational background includes graduates studies in counseling, education, and business.
Credentials: CCSP, LPC
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Higher Education, International Students, Military/Veterans, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Stephanie is an innovative and strategic higher education professional transforming the impact of student services on college campuses while increasing student engagement. She is a dynamic leader of diverse work teams with a keen ability to identify strengths and maximize organizational operations. As a leader on high-impact teams across the district, Stephanie has been involved in targeted projects aimed to create a one-college culture, establish a student-ready ethos, and engage more intentionally with the community. She is a creative thinker and pro-active doer who excels at creating new connections and identifying opportunities to accomplish mutually advantageous relationships. Her counseling background and strength-focused leadership style allow Stephanie to genuinely connect with others to achieve common organizational goals. Stephanie strives to ensure beneficial and sustainable outcomes through mission-driven collaboration and creating robust economic eco-systems, leader to high levels of satisfaction and success.
Credentials: CCSP, MBTI, SII
Areas of Expertise: Higher Ed, Private Practitioners
Leidya is currently supporting students and alumni in various stages of career development as the Assistant Director, Career Services & Scholarship Engagement at American University in Cairo, Egypt. Leidya has contributed to the first of its kind training of Career Services Providers in Egypt in various public universities established by the AUC Career Center through a USAID funded grant. She is also a certified Holistic Narrative Career Professional. A disruptive career services generalist, Leidya invests in identifying and tackling clients' career gaps utilizing her malleable and diverse toolkit. Adopting a futuristic approach with lifelong learning at its foundation and building resilience and self-efficacy as its pillars, Leidya empowers people capital and equips them for the rapidly changing global realities. Leidya’s passion for helping people was the motivation behind the career shift from political science to career guidance. After acquiring a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cairo University, Leidya continued to obtain a master’s degree in international relations from the American University in Cairo and has completed a master's in counseling psychology through a distance program with Hope International University in California.
Credentials: GCDF, Licensed Master Social Workers, Certified Trainer SC Endeavors, T/TA Provider in Early Childhood
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Ed, Human Resources, K-12, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Bessie Sanders-Gordon is a retiree of the State of South Carolina, Sumter School District 17 and works part=time for Lee County First Steps as the Program Manager for Strengthening Families Program - Sumter County. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and FCD Instructor and active in her community. She has over 30 years of teaching and training experience. She is also a Certified Early Childhood Trainer and T/TA provider with South Carolina Endeavors. She is the owner/trainer for BSG Diversified Training and Consulting.
Credentials: LPC, State of WI, Board Certified Counselor, NBCC, Board Certified Coach, CCE
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education, Human Resources
Dr. Don Schutt, NCC, LPC, BCC is a public sector HR consultant at CPS HR and also in the Office of Human Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is also a Senior Director Emeritus. He most recently served as the Senior Director of Talent Management (and previously the Director of Human Resource Development) where he oversaw talent recruitment and engagement, services for English-language learning employees including interpretation and translation services, and learn and talent development for nearly 20,000 employees. Previously, Don worked as a career development specialist at the Center on Education and work in the School of Education at UW-Madison. In the last twenty-five years, he has presented keynotes, courses and workshops focusing on a variety of topics including leadership development, management strategies, program management, process improvement, employee relations, and professional and career development systems in organizations. His educational background includes a PhD and MA in Counselor Education and Sports Psychology from the University of Iowa, and a BA in Journalism and Economics from the UW-Madison. Don was recently recognized as an NCDA Fellow.
Rob has over two decades of experience in the teaching, training and staff development industry. He chaired the NCDA FCD Advisory Council for three years and was honored with the NCDA Presidential Recognition Award for Leadership. Rob has trained over 500 State of Oregon Employment staff as well as worked with nearly all 17 community colleges in Oregon. He also trained career counselors and advisors in higher education throughout the state and country. Rob is the author of the training book, "How to Teach Job Search Skills". In the last two years he has had over 3000 unemployed people participate in his Job Search Skills workshops through WorkSource Oregon.
Credentials: GCDF, PHR, SHRM-CP, CPRW
Areas of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Human Resources, K-12, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Taylor Simmons is a Career Coach and Consultant with experience in career development, human resources and workforce development. She has experience working with companies and communities interested in developing a diverse, thriving workforce. In addition, she has experience working one-on-one and in groups with individuals in transitions including high school students and their families, graduating college students, and individuals pursuing career changes. Taylor mission statement centers around her desire to help others. It reads: I will strive daily to present the best version of myself to clients, family, friends and others. I will work to empower others and help them in their journey to lead better lives. Taylor enjoys helping individuals discover their talents, passions and values. By doing this, she helps them grow in careers they love with organizations that are exactly the right fit. Taylor graduated from Athens State University, cum laude, with a bachelors degree in business management with a concentration in Human Resources. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), a Society of Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and Instructor and a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW). Taylor serves on the board of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Managers and is a member of the United Way Womens Leadership Council. Taylor enjoys being involved in her community and is committed to innovation and positive change. Taylor lives in Hartselle, AL with her husband, Chris and their two children, Lydia and Porter.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF
Areas of Expertise: Educators, Higher Ed, K-12, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Marie Smith is a business owner, trainer, and university instructor and advisor. She has over 20 years experience in the career development and professional development field. Marie Smith specializes in helping people gain clarity, explore options, leverage strengths, and set and implement goals with accountability. She is creative, intuitive, and incredibly resourceful. She will help you enhance your career development skills so you can customize your approach to meet the unique needs of your students and clients.
Credentials: GCDF, CMCS, Leadership Development Certification from the University of Denver
Areas of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Human Resources, K-12, Military/Veterans, Private Practice, Workforce Development
As President of Creating Purpose, LLC, a career coaching and consulting firm for the past 14 years in Golden, Colorado, Linda provides career development expertise to organizations and individuals, specifically focused on transition, change management, multiple generations in the workforce and Encore Careers. She held senior leadership positions with several Fortune 100 Companies and worked as Training Director for her local Workforce Center before transitioning full-time into her career consulting business. Linda has been a featured career development panelist on CBS, Channel 4 in Denver, Colorado and featured career development expert on ABC, Channel 9, Denver, Colorado. Her career development workshops and keynotes extend to government, non-profit and private business regionally and nationally. Linda holds two Master of Arts Degrees, one in Adult Development and one in Creative Writing and has been an Affiliate Professor at Regis University in Denver, Colorado for the past 11 years, instructing Psychology, Positive Psychology and Career Development courses. She also carries the Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor credential and the Certified Master of Career Services credential. She offers hybrid and online Facilitating Career Development (FCD) courses for private career practitioners, resume writers, workforce & employment professionals, college advisors and career center staff, Human Resource professionals, recruiting and outplacement professionals, non-profit professionals, other interested career development professionals. She is the recipient of the Rich Feller Award for outstanding career development practitioners in Colorado and has been selected to the national Leadership Academy for the National Career Development Association.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF
Area of Expertise: General, Higher Ed, Workforce Development
Alana Stimes is the Program Director and Lead FCD Instructor for Reading & Math, Inc. In her role, she supports 40 AmeriCorps members annually in their service year, as they work one-to-one and in group settings with underserved adults, helping them access training and ultimately become gainfully employed. She offers her FCD course twice per year; a closed course for only her AmeriCorps members each fall, and then an open course for community partners in the spring. Alana is an experienced AmeriCorps*VISTA alum. She served for two years with the Minnesota Literacy Council, helping un- or underemployed adults build work readiness skills at an ABE program. In her final service year, served as the inaugural VISTA Leader for The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota, helping them implement the first year of the Phillips Sectoral Employment Initiative (PSEI) VISTA Program. After VISTA, Alana worked as an Employment and Business Development Specialist with RESOURCE, Inc. Alana received her Bachelor of Arts in both International Studies and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), a Certified Career Services Practitioner (CCSP), and has been a certified instructor for the FCD curriculum since 2014.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, MEd, PgDE
Areas of Expertise: Educators, Higher Education
Ray Suen is Education Director working in the Education Centre. Ray has over twneyt years experience in workforce, career and training development for adults and teens. He has taught Liberal Studies in secondary school and as a supervisor of teaching practice program. Ray currently holds a Bachelor's degree in Counseling and Psychology and Master's Degree in Education. He also holds a post-graduate diploma in Education.
Credentials: GCDF, DBA, MBA, EdM,in SchCL, SpDipCL, GDipEd, BEd, MACA Level 4, HKPCA CertCLR, CMSAC, CICA CertLeadProf, EVGP
Area of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Human Resources, International Students, K-12, Workforce Development
Dr. Ricky Tang is Senior Lecturer at Republic Polytechnic, Singapore, where he heads the Specialist Diploma in Career Counseling program and facilitates its career counseling practicum. At RP, he also teaches the HRM with Psychology program. Before becoming a career educator in 2014, Ricky spent 9 years at the Singapore Management University's career centre as a Senior Associate Director. He was previously a general manager in the private section, and a high school teacher for many years. Ricky received his doctor from University of Newcastle, an MBA from University of Phoenix, master's in School Counseling from University at buffalo, and a diploma in Counselling. He completed his undergrad degrees in Australia and Hong Kong, and graduate diplomas in different educational specialties. other credentials include facilitation, training & assessment, and training management. Ricky is certified by CCE as an Approved Clinical Supervisor. He is a qualified administrator of MBTI, SII, Career Leader, and Workplace Big 5.
Credentials: CCC, GCDF, JCTC, CCMC, CBBSC, CONC
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Private Practitioners
With expertise in career consultation, community college career and academic counseling, workforce development training, and career professional volunteerism, Karol Taylor brings a broad array of career experience to the Facilitating Career Development Initiative. She also brings a deep understanding of the skills and abilities needed to work effectively in the Career Counseling/Advising Community. Karol has an MA in Counseling Psychology, and a BA in Social Work. Karol has many years of volunteering with NCDA and ACA-related professional organizations, so she understands the infrastructure of the national career development community and can readily help others to do the same. Karol received numerous career-related awards including NCDA Merit (2014), NCDA Outstanding Career Practitioner (2016), Mark L. Savickas Scholarship for Outreach and Achievement from the Career Construction Institute (2019), Maryland Counseling Association Lifetime Achievement (2019), and Maryland Career Development Association Lifetime Achievement (2017). Karol is known for her easy adaptation to career-related technology, so bring the attitude of curiosity and exploration to your training.
Credentials: GCDF, LSS Black Belt Certification, Level 1 Harrison Assessment Certification, CWDP, Certified Federal Job Search Trainer, Certified Federal Career Coach, Certified Coach, and CAEL
Area of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Human Resources, Military/Veterans, Workforce Development
Ranza Thurman is the Branch Head for the Personal and Professional Development Program aboard MCAS Cherry Point. He served 23 years in the United States Marines Corps. In between times in 2nd and 3rd Marine Division and MWSS 273, he served as a Career Planner and Marine Corps Recruiter gaining valuable knowledge on Service members' future goals in career and education. He often lectures on the importance of education, whether educating yourself in your occupational field or preparing yourself for a new career after military service. He has an Associate in Science Degree in Management, Bachelor in Science Degree in Human Resource Management and a Masters of Arts in Management & Leadership. Mr. Thurman holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, Level 1 Harrison Assessment Certification, and a Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor Credential. He is a Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP), Certified Federal Job Search Trainer, Certified Federal Career Coach, Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation and Coach Training Alliance, and a Certified Career and Education Advisor. Mr. Thurman studied management because he wanted to apply the excellent leadership he learned in the Marine Corps to civilian work environments. After military retirement he began working as an Education Technician, advising Marines and their family members on higher learning. From there, Mr. Thurman worked his way up to his current position as the Branch Head for MCAS Cherry Point's Personal and Professional Development Program.
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, K-12, Military/Veterans, Workforce Development
Amy has held various management roles within the career services industry, including Director of Career Services, Regional Director of Career Services, and Career Navigator Manager. Amy is experienced in development, evaluating and implementing career programming into K-12 and higher education. Amy has a strong background in Organizational and Training Development and has worked with many non-profit and educational organizations to train staff in career coaching to better assist displaced workers, high schools students, and veterans. Amy's passion is about helping others find their life passion connecting them with networking opportunities, job transition resources, and helping them make fresh new stars to another chapter of their lives. Amy received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a focus in Communication from Alverno College located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Credentials: CCSP, CMCS, GCDF
Areas of Expertise: Workforce Development, K-12, General
Coyatitta, goes by Titta, passionately serves as a Career Development Professional in helping others explore career options and job opportunities that best meet their passions, skills, and talents into the workforce. Titta's ultimate goal is to help others explore their natural given talents to find a career with a sense of fulfillment and purpose. Titta calls her mission, "Butterlfy Faith" by helping others to learn, grow, transform, and fly; just as she has in her own career transition and life. Titta's area of focus has been in Workforce and Training & Development for the past 10 years. She reaches out to various community organizations and schools in the area conducting workshops about career planning and job readiness for employment; tailoring each session for specific target audiences such as at-risk youth, transitioning youth, unemployed or dislocated workers, veterans, and returning citizens.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education, K-12, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Cindy currently serves as the Vice President of Workforce Development for Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. She provides executive oversight of all education and workforce development programs administered by Goodwill statewide. She led the implementation of The Excel Center, Arkansas' First adult high school, in the Fall of 2017. She also oversees the Academy at Goodwill, a state-licensed trade school; 24 career centers; disabilities program services; mission services; and reentry employment programs. Cindy also served the State of Arkansas for 19 years, administering more than 24 federally-funded employment and training programs and providing strategic direction for the State's workforce development system; labor market information; dislocated worker services; employer tax credits; veterans employment services, migrant and seasonal farm worker services; and discretionary grant programs. Most notable is implementing the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in Arkansas, which better engaged employers with the workforce development system, and focused on regional planning, industry sector strategies, and career pathways for Arkansas.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, JCTC, JCDC
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Educators, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, International Students, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Sabira Vohra is the Founder and Sr. Career Consultant at Career Infusion, providing career coaching, training, and consultancy services. Through her 20+ years of experience within career development and in her private practice she meets clients where they are and coaches, clients to transition, manage and navigate their careers. Sabira also consults with higher education organizations and businesses to help provide career facilitation, career services and workshops. She serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching career development courses and offers FCD training. Sabira is guided by strong intuition and a global perspective having worked and lived overseas. Sabira loves to work with diverse populations and industries and career paths. Her past experience includes directing career services within higher education, the non-profit sector, and work-force development. Sabira currently serves as Past President of MCDA and serves on the Global Connections Committee of NCDA.
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, K-12
Elizabeth Voss has over fifteen years experience as a school counselor in South Carolina. In 2019, she began her first year as an NCDA Facilitating Career Development Instructor for Greenville County Schools. Elizabeth earned a BA in Psychology from Clemson University and an M.Ed in Counselor Education from Clemson University.
Credentials: CCSP, Certificate in Distance Education, Social Media
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Education, K-12, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Dr. Wall has taught the FCD course multiple times using a blended format. She is the developer of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program, author of several career development related books and blogs, co-author of the Ability Profiler, and is Founder and Director of Professional Development of CEUonestop.com, a National Board Certified Counselors approved continuing education provider. She has taught students from middle school through the graduate level and has worked in the public and private sectors. Janet is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences and has won many awards, including the American Counseling Association's Government Relations Award, The President's Lifetime Service Award (President Obama), Career Directors International Innovator Award, Award for Excellent and Innovation from the American Association for Career Education, Mid-Atlantic Career Counseling Association Professional Contribution Award, and was named an NCDA Fellow in 2015. Her special interests include technology, assessment, program evaluation, writing, career and occupational resources, labor market information and professional development.
Credentials: GCDF, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Areas of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Human Resources, K-12, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Mary Ila Ward founded Horizon Point Consulting in 2011 with a drive to move the workplace forward through innovative people practices. With a background in corporate recruiting, economic and workforce development, talent management and leadership coaching and training, Mary Ila helps employers and communities focus on growth by challenging leaders to push the limits through forward thinking cultures and practices that are grounded in sound research and science. A huge believer in work-life integration, she helps organizations realize how they can hire for fit while improving diversity, engage employees by supporting them holistically, and drive home the importance of career development to communities and organizations. She's a mom and wife, a runner and reader. She lives in Decatur, Alabama, with her crew - husband Drew, son Andrew, and daughter Paige. And in case credentials are important for you, she graduated from The University of Alabama, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and rounded out a formal education with a Master's in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, where her thesis focused on leadership emergence. Mary Ila is SHRM-SCP certified, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and Career Development Facilitator (CDF) Instructor. She was named one of Business Alabama's Movers & Shapers in August 2015 As a lifelong learner, she engages in speaking and writing on topics that are important to moving human resources and talent management forward.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF
Areas of Expertise: Higher Education, K-12, Workforce Development
Credentials: CCSP, CCC, GCDF, MA, CAGS, NCDA Fellow, NCDA award recipient, Board member 2014-2017, NCC
Area of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Private Practice
Ellen Weaver Paquette, NCC, CSSP, NCDA Fellow and FCD Master Trainer has taught career development to graduate students in counseling for 34 years while teaching the FCD credential to those in agencies, government, business and education in the United States and abroad. She has taught in Turkey, Qatar and most recently in the UAE establishing a fluidity of teaching and cross cultural sensitivity. She has been recognized for her contributions to NCDA in two prestigious awards, has served on the NCDA FCD original Advisory Council and on the NCDA Board of Directors. Ellen is known for her depth of knowledge and practice, her humor, mentoring of students and perspective within the career development field. She holds two advanced degrees in counseling psychology from Rhode Island College and has lengthy experience in higher education administration. Ellen has presented at state, regional, national conferences in the United States and Canada on topics such as career genograms, using supervision in career counseling and social media.
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Credentials: CSCDA, CMCS, GCDF, M.Ed, LBSW, MBTI Steps 1 & 2, Microburst Employability Skills Instructor
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Educators, General, K-12, Workforce Development
Sherry has provided targeted direct services to students and adults for more than 35 years working in state government, the private sector, K-12 education, and higher education. Jobs within her career have included abuse investigator for vulnerable adults, Director of Social Work for a state agency, community relations, career counselor, career specialist supervisor, and an instructor of the CCE GCDF curriculum and the NCDA FCD and SCDA curriculums. She is a subject matter expert of the Education and Economic Development Act of 2005 which propelled career development in the state of South Carolina, placing career specialists in all public middle and high schools. She currently serves as the Coordinator for Leadership Curriculum and Partnerships for a school district of 27,000 students and supervises the career specialists who ensure all students receive career awareness, exploration, and guidance services and are career and college ready. She was the 2019 President of the SC Career Development Association who won the NCDA 2018 Emerging CDA of the Year.
Credentials: CCSP, LPC
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education
Tracy Williams is the Coordinator of Career Services at the NW Campus of Tarrant Count College in Fort Worth, Texas. She holds a Master of Psychology with a minor in Mental Health Counseling from Texas Wesleyan University. She has also been an Academic Advisor and Counselor at Tarrant County College. She specializes in helping students make an informed career decision.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, Certified DISC Practitioner and DISCstyles(tm) Communication Consultant
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, General, Higher Education, Human Resources, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Charise is grateful to have served as a job search strategist in higher education for nearly two decades. Fittingly, she now owns a boutique employment solutions firm located in Northern RI. She is a charismatic motivational speaker, GCDF, CCSP, and certified resume writer known for leading individuals on self-discovering paths that unlock and open doors to their career success. She elevates professional brands, creates compelling career campaigns, and designs plans for overcoming adversity through easy-to-implement solutions. Her mastery in these areas and targeted approach is world-class. Charise holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management. Her professional story includes experience as an experiential learning subject matter expect, adjunct instructor, and work as a certified DISC practitioner. She is profoundly committed to volunteerism, helping entrepreneurs grow their business and local community activism.
Credentials: CCC, GCDF
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Higher Education, International Students, K-12, Workforce Development
Elvis is Senior Education and Career Guidance Counsellor in Ministry of Education, Singapore. As its pioneer batch of Education and Career Guidance (ECG) Counsellor, he has vast working experience helping K12 and tertiary students with their education and career planning. Elvis is in-charge of a group of ECG counsellors and mentors them as part of their professional development. He conducted workshops in ECG in school setting for targeted students, teachers and parents. Elvis was also appointed as Section Head and a Lead ECG Counsellor in a polytechnic institute managing it’s career centre. In addition, he has obtained his Master in Professional Counselling with Advanced Training in Systemic Family Therapy at Swinburne University of Technology. During his stint with National Trade Union Congress, Elvis was a Principal Employability Coach and a Specialist that dealt with workforce and industry development. He won 4 awards in 3 consecutive years for his excellence services in organizational development, programme management and workforce training, job re-design and re-creation. On top of that, Elvis rendered his service in employee assistance programme to help displacement workers during their career transitions and underemployed workers who seek career enhancement or alternate pathways. Elvis was previously trained as an engineer and was a special needs educator in an autism school. During his off days, Elvis can be found doing pro bono for at-risk students and family mental wellness.
Credentials: GCDF, CWDP, CPRW, CPP
Area of Expertise: Business/Industry, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Military/Veterans, Private Practice, Workforce Development
As the president of the LDW Group LLC, Dr. Woodard considers her company an outlet to do passion work. Since 2005, she and her associates focus on providing workforce and career development services for agencies and organizations that serve dislocated workers, youth aging out of foster care, re-entry youth and adults, displaced homemakers, individuals that have limited work experience that are seeking skills to enter or re-enter the workforce. The LDW Group LLC offers the Facilitating Career Development training for career and workforce development practitioners seeking the GCDF and the CCSP credentials. Although stationed in Jacksonville, FL, Dr. Woodard will travel to groups of 6 or more to conduct the F2F sessions for the FCD training. Her group also specializes in developing resumes and career portfolios for mid-level professionals. Dr. Woodard was awarded the 2012 Career Services Award from the Ohio Career Development Association for her work in career development. Dr. Woodard holds the following certifications: John Maxwell Team Certified Coach and Trainer; Certified Career Services Provider, Certified Workforce Development Professional, Certified Professional Resume Writer, Global Career Development Facilitator, LERN Certified Program Planner; and SkillScan Certified for Career Driver and Express.
Area of Expertise: Business/Industry, Human Resources, Workforce Development
Hyung Joon Yoon, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Workforce Education and Development at the Pennsylvania State University. He started to teach the FCD curriculum since 2010 at Penn State in the Workforce Education as well as Counselor Education programs (CNED/WFED 424 Facilitating Career Development). He has developed and offered a number of training programs including the Career Leadership Camp, the Hope-Action Inventory certification program. He is one of master trainers of the FCD curriculum, and he is certified as the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He plans to offer an FCD course specialized in the B/I setting. He served as B/I Rep for the CSP Advisory Council and is currently serving the NCDA Board of Trustees as Trustee-at-Large (2013-2016; 2016-2019). Dr. Yoon has experience in leadership development, career development, strategic organization development, needs assessment, and evaluation of HRD interventions. He worked for organizations, such as LG Display, Korea Leadership Center, the Korean Army, Penn State Management Development Programs and Services, and Penn State Career Services. While he held these positions, he served as an HRD practitioner, a career coach, and/or an OD consultant. He also facilitated Franklin Covey's time management program, named Focus in South Korea, China, Japan, and the U.S., achieving the Individual Greatness Award from Franklin Covey for the program's measurable effectiveness. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences in the field of career development. His research interest is facilitating human agency and hope.
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When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a teacher; I went to college with the dream of being a Spanish teacher. Today, while I don't teach Spanish, I do serve as a translator: as the Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development at Kalamazoo College. I help students translate their skills and strengths into meaningful jobs and careers that align with their life goals. Their professional wins are my wins, too. Being an educator is a talent that brings me joy. In every role I've held in higher education, whether it's been in residential life, recreational sports, students affairs, or in academic affairs, I have made decisions and designed learning experiences that are grounded in the best interests of students. My dissertation research focused on second-year college student retention and transition program efficacy, so I know a thing or two about assessment for student success! I am a thought leader and content generator when it comes to career exploration and discernment, student development, financial education, and leadership. Outside of work, I love watching college football, snuggling with my dog Brutus, and spending quality time with my family.