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
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.
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
Areas of Expertise: Workforce Development
Kerri Barnes has been involved in workforce development since 2006. She currently oversees 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.
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.
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Credentials: CCSCC, GCDF, NCDA FCD Instructor
Area of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Ed, K-12
Jeffrey Chan is Assistant Director, Guidance & Research and a Master Specialists at Guidance Branch, Education & Career Guidance Unit, Ministry of Education, Singapore. Professionally, Jeffrey received his masters degree in Counselor Education from The Pennsylvania State University, USA, which is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The curriculum is consistent with standards and guidelines established by the American Counseling Association. Jeffrey has 14 years of experience working in the areas of Career Development, Guidance & Counseling, and Social-Emotional Learning. He has conducted workshops in Education & Career Guidance for career practitioners in school setting such as teachers, counselors, and middle managers. Jeffrey also provides monthly supervision of career counselors who helps children and adolescents with their education and career planning. Jeffrey first introduced NCDA’s Facilitating Career Development (FCD) curriculum to his work colleagues, with the first 10 being trained in 2012. He started to teach the FCD curriculum since 2015 and is currently a Teaching Consultant for the Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education, responsible for 2 masters-level modules, MAC813 Career Development and Counseling, and MCP817 Vocational Assessment and Career Counseling. Jeffrey also conducts the FCD training program via eLearning/Hybrid format as a NCDA FCD instructor. He is working towards his doctorate, with a research interest in career development, student motivation and quality learning.
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
Ms. Nedrea Clayton has over twenty years of experience providing Human Resources, Organizational Development and Career Consulting for organizations in Healthcare, Computer and the Semi-Conductor industries. Ms. Clayton holds certifications as a PHR, SHRM-CP, BCC, GCDF, and CCSP. She is also certified in numerous communication style assessments, including DISC, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and MBTI. Ms. Clayton received her Master's degree in Human Services from St. Edwards University and her Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Arizona.
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: GCDF, CWDP
Areas of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, K-12, Military/Veterans, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Mrs. Tamika Condé is a Professional Trainer that specializes in Career and Life Coaching. She offers over 15 years of Professional Experience both Corporate and Non-Profit to include: conducting over 200 workshops that provided job training and life coaching to thousands of people, a Bachelor of Business in Marketing from Georgia State University, Global Career Development Facilitator – Instructor Certification, Certified Workforce Development Professional, Career & Life Coach Training, and CEO of GUIDING ANCHOR.
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.
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Education
Dr. Jenna Crabb is the Director of Career Services and an adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico (UMN). She has over 16 years of experience in the career counseling/advising field and over 23 years in higher education. Jenna has been teaching the Facilitating Career Development Curriculum since 2004. Working in higher education, teaching and helping others is her true pass. Jenna is active in the community through the NM Career Development Association, the NM Counseling Association and has been President for the past 3 years of the NM Consortium of Career Educators and Employers.
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, NCDA Instructor, 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 15 years of progressive experience in career and employment
development, human resources, workforce initiatives, education, and administration. Carolyn also serves as a consultant for institutions 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. She holds a GCDF from the Center for Credentialing and Education; has been trained as an NCDA Instructor of the Facilitating Career Development training program by the National Career Development Association; and a Certified Career Advisor through the International Credentialing Association. 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 industry, businesses, individuals with limited abilities, veterans, and people with legal barriers.
Credentials: CCSP, CCCE, GCDF, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Education, International Students, K-12
I focus my career facilitator services and classes as I work with educators, who in turn coach and guide students in career development. Completers of my courses use certifications to enhance their career knowledge and work in education and workforce settings, in Society for Human Resource Managers, in university career centers, in National Transportation Authority, community colleges and Universities and private practice. Promoting community, business, workforce and education partnerships has been my focus in a variety of settings across the United States, throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in three Universities in Ghana, West Africa. Providing coaching and counseling services to organizations that include Fulbright scholars, government, and businesses, serves to widen career interests for many citizens. I advocate for parental involvement and developed a "Parent's Career Planner" to promote meaningful conversations between parents and children, and co-developed a "Strengths Journal for Children and Parents" to work together to recognize and enhance youth's career development. I have presented these concepts throughout the U.S., in Korea, China, Guam, Australia, and Ghana. My local FCD courses are face-to-face, self-paced, interactive, and Socratic. Participant's final projects have included program development at the Pentagon, focus on career needs of military families, workshops for youth with special needs, programs to implement in faith-based populations, and infusion of career concepts into 4-H, youth, and other summer camps. My philosophy is that everyone can benefit from career development and enhancement...at ever age and ever stage!
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.
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: FCD Instructor, 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 32 years. For much of this time, she has trained others to enthusiastically embrace our field. 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. Since 1998, she has trained numerous Career Development Facilitator Instructors (CDFIs). Included in those career development professionals she certified as an CDF-Instructor, are members of the United States Army Reserves in Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, Florida State University, Hofstra University, State Department of Education of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor, Farmingdale Public Schools, State Department of Labor of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Development, Shreveport, Louisiana. Malka's learners come from near and far. CDF students include Human Resource professionals, corporate trainers, directors of guidance, librarians, guidance counselors, teachers, and independent career development professionals and career coaches and counselors in universities and colleges. They work in a university in Salt Lake City, Utah, CUNY and SUNY higher education systems in New York, the Department of Education and District 75 of NYC, New York Jets, and Nassau Board of Cooperative Education. With hybrid instruction we meet weekly via skype/facetime. FCD learners are all over the world. Malka has trained some wonderful people in Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, China, and Central America.
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, 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 has 15 years of experience in Student Affairs and Career Development and an extensive background in planning and implementing career development related projects and workshops. She is an FCD Instructor, A Career Certified Life & Career Coach, and a Certified Resume Writer. She is also certified in use of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory, USA and a Bachelor Degree in Business Finance and Economics from the Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon. El-Mir holds a Master of Business Administration from West Virginia University, USA and a Bachelor Degree in Business Finance and Economics from the Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon.
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.
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry
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.
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 Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ, and has been an NCDA FCD Trainer since 2011. She has over 17 years’ experience working in 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. 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 and Arizona 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, GCDF-I
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, FCD Master Trainer
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.
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.
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Workforce Development
Instructor for four Career Development Provider Courses. Experience as Training and Development Manager for non-profit of 1,000 employees. Grants and contracts management experience in higher education, career technology center and non-profits in career development and training for disadvantaged populations including homeless, ex-offenders, veterans and job seekers with severe disabilities. Experienced in volunteer recruitment management and training.
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Credentials: GCDF, Ed.D., CDFI, JCTC
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, International Students, Private Practice, Workforce Development
Timothy 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. Timothy 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.
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, GCDF-I
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, NCDA FCD Master Trainer, 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, GCDF, GCDFI
Areas of Expertise: Educators, General, International Students
Since 2005, Tony has worked as a College & Career Navigator with Horry County Adult Education in Myrtle Beach, SC. He is a student-focused, results-oriented professional with more than 30 years of varied experiences and a verifiable track record of success committed to supporting students in achieving their personal, professional and/or academic goals. He was honored with the National Career Development Association's first-ever National Outstanding Career Development Facilitator award in 2009 and has thrice received the SC Association of Adult & Continuing Education’s Transition Specialist of the Year recognition. He previously served as Executive Director of a community-based nonprofit adult and family literacy program in Washington, DC (1991-1997) and Assistant Transition Coordinator with Arlington (VA) Public Schools (1997-2005). Tony completed the GCDF Certification in 2007 and GCDF Instructor training in 2013. Previous studies have included “Career Pathways Grades K-20” at George Mason University, plus courses in adult literacy, family literacy and special education at George Washington University, Howard University and Georgetown University. He has presented trainings on adult, family and workplace literacy across the nation since 1992; served as a consultant to New Readers Press, Laubach Literacy Action and Literacy Volunteers of America; and provided state-wide and regional Transition–related trainings since 2006.
Credentials: CCSP, CMCS, GCDF, GCDF Instructor, 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, Instructor
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: MCVP, CCRC
Area of Expertise: Educators, Higher Ed, International Students
Kon LI has over 25 years experience as an employment counsellor, rehabilitation consultant, program coordinator, and director. He has developed and delivered employment programs for immigrant professionals, pre-employment individuals and target groups of people affected by mental health, head injury, and physical disabilities. As a career consultant, he has provided programs for organizations such as Simon Fraser University, the Ministry of Social Development, the Vancouver Board of Education, and the Surrey School District. In 2002, Kon became an NCDA Facilitating Career Development Instructor. In 2003, he developed and implemented the Career Development Practitioner Certificate program, which has trained over 500 career practitioners to date. In 2010, the program won the Program Excellence Award from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education. Currently, Kon is responsible for various career development programs at SFU such as Career Development Practitioner Certificate, Certificate in Professional Coaching, Diploma in Rehabilitation and Disability Management, Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, Career Assessment Services, and Career Management programs. Kon holds a Master degree in Social Work and a Provincial Instructor Diploma, and is also a Registered Rehabilitation Professional, and a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor.
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, NCDA Master Trainer
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: 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.
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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.
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: GCDF, CWDP
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Workforce Development
Kimberly has over 15 years of experience in Workforce Development. This experience includes WIA/WIOA Career Advisor, Project Manager, Rapid Response Coordinator and Out of School Youth. In addition, Kimberly has worked in Adult Education as a GED and ESL Instructor, and has been a teacher at a Technical Education Charter High School. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Kimberly has spent her career empowering others through workforce activities. She has worked in several capacities in Workforce Development and has a wide range of personal and professional experiences to share in her FCD Course!
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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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.
Area of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, K-12, Military/Veterans, Workforce Development
Dr. Mitch Parker received his doctorate from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. His doctorate is in Higher Education Leadership and his dissertation focused on student levels' of stress, burnout, and resilience. He attained both his bachelor's degree in Psychology and his master's degree in Counseling from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Dr. Mitch has worked in the field of Career Services his entire professional career. His first position was that of Career Counselor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he assisted students with resumes, cover letters, the interview process, hosting campus career fairs, and helping students identify their life's goals and calling. He was then Assistant Director of Career Services at Texas A&M University - Kingsville where he worked to build relationships with stakeholders throughout the campus. He was then Marketing and Event Coordinator at Sam Houston State University. There he increased employer participation of campus career fairs 280% and he also increased the number of career fairs from five to nine. He also coordinated all of the career-related events, managed the web and social media presence. As the Amarillo College Director of Career and Employment Services, Mitch is striving to help educate and empower the students to enhance existing relationships with area employers and to find new employers that will benefit from hiring Amarillo College students. In his spare time, Mitch enjoys being outside whether he is golfing, fishing, camping, hunting, or simply enjoying the serenity of nature.
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.
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.
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.
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Credentials: CCSP, CMCS, GCDF, NCDA Master Trainer, NCDA Fellow, NCDA Credentialing Commission
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: MBTI, SII
Areas of Expertise: Higher Ed, Private Practitioners
Currently supporting students and alumni in various stage of career development at the American University in Cairo’s Career Center, Leidya’s passion for helping people was the motivation behind the career shift from political science to career coaching. Prior to her current role, Leidya was managing experiential learning programs at AUC’s Career Center which – coupled with her current role - has provided her with experience across the spectrum of career development. After acquiring a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University, Leidya continued on 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. Leidya’s professional experience includes two years as a diplomatic attaché in the Egyptian foreign service and two years in the cultural section of the American Embassy in Cairo working on public diplomacy programs. Leidya is professionally licensed to run and interpret the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) and is a certified instructor of the Career Development Facilitator Curriculum. She is also a member of the National Career Development Association.
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.
Credentials: GCDF, SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources)
Areas of Expertise: Educators, Human Resources, Private Practitioners, Workforce Development
Ebony Tara Scurry, SPHR, GCDF-I is The Career Architect™ at Eidolon Career Solutions, her Washington D.C. based private practice. She is a career facilitator expert, mentor, and educator to career practitioners and human resource professionals who serve the most challenging and vulnerable job seekers. As an experienced facilitator awarded as one of the top 10 out of 49 full and part-time faculty to receive the highest Faculty Evaluation scores by students for her Business Ethics course, she has taught college and graduate level courses in career management, sociology, human resources, and business. She’s the only FCD Instructor in the DC Metro Area offering the Facilitating Career Development curriculum in a distinctive traditional face-to-face format for a deeply enriching, powerful, and unique experience. A celebrated motivational and career speaker, she has delivered presentations and keynotes at conventions, conferences, agencies, and schools such as Otakon, AnimeUSA, Katsucon, Maryland Career Development Association Conference, Capital College, Westwood College, Sweet Briar College, the United States Government Publishing Office, The Maryland Workforce Association's Raising the Bar Conference, and the National Career Development Association’s Global Career Development Conference. Her continuing education participants experience clear, tangible, and immediate value for a motivational and lasting impact. Ebony currently serves as the President of the Maryland Career Development Association.
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, NCC, NCCC, SHRM-CP, PHR
Area of Expertise: Educators, Higher Ed, Human Resources
Highly accomplished organizational and professional development & training leader with 30+ years diversified experience and successive promotions in higher education (human resources, academic affairs, and student affairs). Expertise includes: Staff & Program Development: training, teaching, and facilitating workshops Talent Management: recruiting, employee relations, rewards/recognition programs Management: hiring, directing, evaluating staff; preparing/managing budgets; writing/revising policies/procedures Event Planning: planning on and off-campus events, activities, ceremonies, and SACS visits Certifications include: PHR (Professional in Human Resources) SHRM-CP (SHRM Certified Professional) NCC (National Counselor Certification) and NCCC (National Career Counselor Certification) Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) through Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. Facilitating Career Development Instructor (FCDI) through National Career Development Association Appreciative Inquiry (Ai), Myers Briggs (MBTI) and True Colors for use with career coaching, strategic planning, and leadership/management training. Also taught Freshman Year Seminars, College Success Strategies, Career Planning, and Employability Skills at college level.
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: Counselors, Educators, Higher Ed, K-12, Private Practice, Workforce Development
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. Marie Smith’s work history includes: career development coordinator and instructor at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Manager of Career Programs at Alverno College, High School Special Education Teacher at Racine Unified School District, and Career Coach for Racine County Workforce Development Center and Kenosha County Job Center. Marie Smith has a Bachelor Degree and a Master Degree. She is currently completing her dissertation to earn her PhD.
Credentials: GCDF, CMCS, Leadership Development Certification from the University of Denver
Areas of Expertise: Business/Industry, Counselors, Educators, General, Higher Ed, Human Resources, International Students, 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. She also currently sits on the Pursuits Coaching Board of Directors.
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, FCD-I, GCDF-I
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, GCDFI, 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
Kim Watson is founder and executive director of Project Joy, Inc., a non-profit based in Palmdale, CA, that provides career development and life skills education to homeless shelters and transitional age foster youth (TAY).
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.
Credentials: CSCDA, CMCS, GCDF, M.Ed., GCDFI, LBSW
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Educators, K-12
Sherry has been a Licensed Social Worker for 30+ years beginning her career with Babcock Center as a social worker where she served for 8 years. The next 10 years she served as the abuse investigator and Director of Social Work Services and Community Relations for the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. After moving to Greenwood, SC in 2000, she began career counseling at Piedmont Technical College as the Non-traditional Student and Women's Grant Coordinator, and as a Career Transition Specialist. In 2006, Sherry began working in Lexington School District 2 and then joined the EEDA Team at the SC Department of Education. In 2014 she worked as the career specialist at Lexington High school and was promoted to Coordinator of Leadership Curriculum and Partnerships where she currently supervises Work-based Learning activities and the career specialists. She is a subject matter expert in the Education and Economic Development Act Legislation in SC. She received her M.Ed degree from Columbia College and is an Instructor of the NCDA FCD training program, MicroBurst Employability Skills instructor and MBTI Step 1 and 2 certified.
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: GCDF, MS, CPRW
Areas of Expertise: Business & Industry, Human Resources, Workforce Development
Charise Wilson is the owner of Workforce Ready Solutions, LLC. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, Employment Specialist, and Career Coach known for creating clear, concise, and workforce-ready resumes. She is passionate about unlocking and opening doors of opportunity that lead to career success. Her mastery in providing career solutions and her targeted client approach is world-class. Charise holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management and has nearly two decades of leadership experience in higher education, with an extensive career and workforce development background. She has an enthusiastic and interactive approach to teaching.
Credentials: CCSP, GCDF, Certified Career Advisor, GCDF-I
Areas of Expertise: Counselors, Educators, Higher Ed, K-12, Military/Vets, Workforce Development
Beth Wingert is the professional development instructor and career coach at Kuder, Inc. As the course instructor, she equips participants in the essential skills and knowledge needed to work with students and adult clients in career exploration, career decision making, job seeking, and job placement. Beth focuses on providing the best possible experience for all students attending courses through Kuder and is delighted to work with participants from all around the world. As a career advisor, Beth works directly with client organizations to develop and implement customized coaching programs. She also provides personalized career planning support and guidance to individual students and adults. She enjoys walking with her clients on their personal career journey to realize and achieve a more satisfying and complete life. She helps clients see more clearly who they are, realize where they want to be, and then creates action steps to make that goal a reality. Beth is a certified Career Advisor™, GCDF Instructor, CCSP, and certified Career Advisor™. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.
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.
Credentials: NCDA FCD Master Trainer, FCD Instructor, SPHR
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.