Marvin Adams

Marvin Adams, MA– Counseling Psychology, GCDF-I, CCM, JCTC, is president of CareerTransitionSuccess, a coaching and training company that serves the needs of those seeking employment or those that are looking for a career change. Over 20 years’ experience in career development and training for private, non-profit, corporate, educational, and government (local, state and Federal) clients. He also teaches career development classes at a local college and Career Counseling at the graduate level for a local university. His innovative and creative ways of problem solving are much in demand. He may be reached through

Marty Apodaca

Marty Apodaca, MA, LPCC, CCC, NCC, is a Senior Counselor at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Student Health and Counseling and former Career Development Facilitator at UNM Career Services. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Counseling at UNM. Marty is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New Mexico and caries the certifications of Certified Career Counselor, attained from the National Career Development Association (NCDA), and National Certified Counselor, obtained from the National Board of Certified Counselors. He is a past president and current board member of the New Mexico Career Development Association. 
Marty’s introduction to the Career Construction Interview (CCI) was in 2010 while working at UNM Career Services. He was instantly drawn to the tool and while studying the CCI he discovered his passion was in assisting people with their life stories. Marty then made the decision to enroll in UNM’s Counseling program and begin his new career journey. Marty attended the first Career Construction Institute in Boulder, CO and has served as faculty in two other Career Construction Institutes.
Marty is an alumnus of the NCDA Leadership Academy  and is a current Trustee-at-Large for NCDA. Marty carries a passion for exploring the intersections of career and mental health issues and his devotion is in helping clients share, connect with, and develop authorship over their life narratives.

Cyndi Briggs

Dr. Cyndi Briggs, LCMHC(NC), NCC has been a professional counselor since 1998. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Guilford College (NC), her masters in community counseling from Wake Forest University (NC), and her doctoral degree in counseling from Oregon State University where she served as a counseling intern in the Career Services office. She completed her dissertation research on mentorship and presented at national conferences on the topic. Her research on mentorship resulted in publications in the Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision and the Journal of Women in Educational Leadership. She is a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) in the state of North Carolina and is a national certified counselor (NCC). 
Dr. Briggs teaches in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Walden University (online). In addition to mentorship, her research agenda includes veterans’ issues, women’s issues, addiction, and professional development. She has taught at Winona State University (MN), Oregon State University, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Wake Forest University, and Guilford College. She was awarded the Bernard L. Turner award for her dissertation committee work at Walden University in 2020, and the Faculty Excellence Award for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Walden University in 2021. She was also awarded Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Professional Award (UNCC) and the Delta Delta Delta Sorority Apple Pie Professor Award (Wake Forest University) in 2014. Dr. Briggs will complete her Masters in Instructional Design and Technology at Walden in May 2022 and serves as a Subject Matter Expert in course design in the School of Counseling at Walden.

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Karen Chopra

Karen James Chopra, LPC, MCC, NCC, CCC is the founder of Chopra Consulting for Consultants (, which helps therapists, counselors, coaches and other consultants create thriving businesses.  She also has a well-established career counseling private practice in Washington, D.C. (, and has helped hundreds of clients with career exploration, job search and career management.  A former U.S. Government trade negotiator, she is the author of Coaching Career Clients on Salary and Other Workplace Negotiations and numerous other articles on the business and practice of career counseling. MCDA has honored her with both their Outstanding Career Practitioner and Lifetime Achievement awards. She received her M.A. in Community Counseling from the George Washington University, and her B.A. from the University of Virginia.   She also has a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Malka Edelman

Malka Edelman, NCC, MCC, CRC, LMHC, CCSP  has worked in higher education for over 27 years in both the fields of career development and disability services at the State University of New York at Farmingdale. She has been a frequent guest speaker to educators and parent groups on Long Island and NYC. She teaches Career Counseling in the Graduate Program at New York Institute of Technology and taught for 10 years at Hofstra University. She has served on the Advisory Council for the CDF curriculum for NCDA as member, chairperson and co-chair. Malka is president of Comprehensive Career Planning, Inc, an organization that provides a full range of career services to individuals as well as organizations. Contact her at

Kathy Evans

Kathy M. Evans, Past President of the National Career Development Association, was an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at the University of South Carolina. She received her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. Before receiving her doctorate Dr. Evans held career counseling positions in high schools, community and four-year colleges and universities as well as in a non-profit organization. She has been a counselor educator for over 25 years and has taught the career counseling course for 20 of those years. In addition she teaches doctoral courses in multicultural counseling/advocacy, supervision and pedagogy. Five years ago, she developed a graduate certificate program for Career Development Facilitators.
Dr. Evans has published extensively and decided to write “Gaining Cultural Competence in Career Counseling” because there were no available texts that helped students understand the synthesis of culture and career. For some of the same reasons, she also co-authored “Experiential Approach for developing Multicultural Counseling Competence” with Dr. Mary Fawcett of Winona State University.

Mary Ghilani

Mary E. Ghilani, M.S., NCC, has 28 years of experience in higher education. She retired from Luzerne County Community College in Pennsylvania as director of career services. Her areas of expertise include career assessment, career counseling, job search strategies, and retirement counseling. She is the author of How To Choose Your MajorWorking in Your MajorSecond Chance10 Strategies for Reentering the Workforce, Web-Based Career Counseling and numerous career-related articles.  She can be reached at

Ann Hull

Anne Hull, M.Ed., Career Counseling, is President of Hull Strategies, LLC, a consulting and training company that helps organizations develop and retain talent. Anne is past president of the Association of Career Professionals International DC Chapter. She established and managed a federally-funded career resource center in a top-ranked college and was affiliated with a national outplacement firm for 12 years.
She co-managed NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Career Center for 5 years. Federal, non-profit and private sector clients from many industries request her motivating speaking and workshop for staff development and for national conferences on leadership, career management and job search. Anne actively researches work issues for “over 50” clients and holds a certificate in Online Job Search and Reputation Management (Career Directors International). Contact Anne at

Brian Hutchison

Brian Hutchison, Ph.D., LPC, CCCE is a member of the core faculty in counselor education at Walden University. Dr. Hutchison received his doctorate degree in Counselor Education & Supervision from Pennsylvania State University and has worked as a career, school, and mental health counselor and clinical supervisor.
Dr. Hutchison is the Past-President of the Asia Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA), Editor of the Asia Pacific Career Development Journal, and past Treasurer of the National Career Development Association (NCDA).
Brian’s scholarship is infused into three primary scholarship areas: international issues in career/ school counseling, career theory and practice integration, and counselor training/ education broadly defined. He has more than four dozen journal publications pertaining to school and career counseling theory, international career development, social justice and cross-cultural communication, and specific counseling interventions. Dr. Hutchison is a Contributing Editor for the book International Practices of Career Services, Credentialing and Training.
Brian’s career consultation and education work operates within the brand of Global Career Guy where he specializes in developing career education products and programs, on-line career coaching and mentorship, and web-based education and networking tools for global career professionals.

Keley Smith-Keller

Keley Smith-Keller, Ed.D., LPC, CCC is an adjunct professor at both Mount Marty University and the University of South Dakota, where she teaches research methods and career advising.  She also works as a licensed professional counselor, a career counselor and a career coach. She is a former director of college/university career centers in three states. Dr. Smith-Keller received her doctorate degree in Adult & Higher Education and her master’s degree in counseling, both from the University of South Dakota.
Dr. Smith-Keller is the former co-chair of the Ethics Committee of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), as well as the former editor of the Ethics Committee’s regular column, Ethics in a Nutshell, published in NCDA’s professional magazine, Career Developments. Dr. Smith-Keller is active in South Dakota’s state organization for career professionals in higher education, where she chairs the organization’s annual Teacher Career Fair.
Dr. Smith-Keller’s research interests have focused on career maturity and effective academic/career advising in higher education.

Nancy J. Miller

Nancy J. Miller, MS Counseling (Career), Certified ACF21, Certified Life Coach/Trauma Informed Coach, and Certified NLP Practitioner is the founder of Creative LifeWork Design ( She provides career and life coaching services to professionals and entrepreneurs for successful personal growth, career transitions, and career related trauma. She developed and managed a career center program that became a CSUS Counselor Education designated field study site where she trained and supervised graduate students to work with clients in crisis.
Nancy has been a Field Editor for the National Career Development Association while writing articles for Career Convergence web magazine and Career Developments print magazine. She has presented career related workshops and presentations for grants, California Career Development Association and National Career Development conferences, universities, government organizations, non-profits, and schools. Nancy authored several books including the career book, Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success revised 2016.

Sarah Minnis

Sarah E. Minnis, PhD is the CEO and Principal Consultant at Anthology Consulting LLC. She has over 20 years of career and organization development experience with 8 years working specifically with veterans and the organizations educating and employing them. As a recognized expert in veterans’ career development, Sarah has published and presented nationally and internationally on her experiences and research with veterans. Through her ongoing work in veterans’ career development she has developed a program of support and education to help college and employment communities understand the value of the veterans they serve.
Sarah currently serves as the research and publication representative for the Veterans Knowledge Community within the NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and as a member of the steering committee for the Scholar Practitioner group within the Academy of Human Resource Development.  Sarah’s work has been published by both organizations as well as with the University Forum for Human Resource Development and the National Career Development Association. Her work on providing veteran-centric learning environments was featured in Called to Serve: A Handbook on Student Veterans and Higher Education.
Sarah E. Minnis holds a PhD in human resource development from Texas A&M University, a master of arts degree in education and student affairs from Western Kentucky University, and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Central Washington University.

Leann Morgan

Leann Wyrick Morgan, PhD, LPC, CCCE, BC-TMH (Board Certified Telemental Health Provider) is a member of the Core Faculty in the School of Counseling at Walden University. She is a former Associate Professor of Counseling in the Counseling and Human Services Department at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and served as the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Counseling and Leadership Program Coordinator. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Purdue University, M.A. in Human Services and Counseling from DePaul University, and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of Northern Colorado. Her primary counseling experience is with adolescents and their families, both in the community and school settings. She is a former School-to-Career Coordinator and School Counselor at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, CO. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and Certified Career Counselor Educator (CCCE).

Roberta Borgen (Neault)

Roberta Neault, PhD, CCC, CCDP, GCDF-i, is an award-winning leader in the career development sector, in Canada and internationally, served on the board for the Career Counsellors Chapter of CCPA and is currently past president of the Counsellor Educators and Supervisors chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Her Masters degree was in Counselling Psychology and her PhD in Educational Psychology; her research in both degrees focussed on career development.
President of Life Strategies Ltd. and Project Director for the Canadian Career Development Foundation, Roberta is a counsellor-educator, career practitioner, researcher, author, keynote speaker, and corporate consultant who brings a holistic perspective to individual and organizational career development challenges. She has worked with diverse groups in more than 70 countries. Holder of certifications in counselling and career development, and with specific training in e-learning (e-course design, e-teaching, e-career coaching) and working with Indigenous populations, Roberta’s  leadership in career development has been heralded by international organizations who have honored her with many awards.

Deirdre Pickerell

Deirdre Pickerell, PhD, CHRP, GCDF-i has over 20 years’ experience in the fields of career development, adult education, and human resource management. She has made significant differences within the career development sector – locally, nationally, and internationally – through innovative program design and selfless leadership, consulting, and mentoring throughout the sector. Deirdre is the 2014 recipient of the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development and Career Counselling

Edythe Richards

Edythe Richards, CPRW, GCDF, MBTI-MP, EQ-ihas been an educator for 20+ years, specializing in career development for over 15 of those years.  She is a nationally-recognized expert on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and was one of the first 50 individuals worldwide to obtain the Master Practitioner credential. While Edythe has worked in private and public sectors, and in higher education for a number of years, her main interest in career development is helping midlife adults locate and sustain meaningful employment. 
Edythe has been a featured speaker at many events in the greater Washington, DC Metro area, particularly in Arlington County, where she leads workshops and seminars on resume writing, career transition, and job loss.  Edythe has a Master’s Degree in Counseling as well as several industry certifications, including Certified Professional Resume Writer, Global Career Development Facilitator, Emotional Intelligence, and Myers-Briggs Master Practitioner.  Currently, Edythe works with MWAA in leadership development, training and coaching to equip teams with the tools necessary to manage change and improve employee engagement. She also oversees the website A Top Career( where she regularly blogs and produces podcasts. You can reach Edythe at  

Shirley Rowe

Shirley Rowe, M.Ed., CCSP, GCDF-I, is the 2018 recipient of NCDA’s Outstanding Career Practitioner Award and has been a higher education career advisor for more than 20 years. Shirley has now turned her expertise to Front Rowe Consulting, firm offering training, career management, writing and speaking services. A coach, educator, writer, and instructional designer, she brings a wealth of knowledge into her role as a career development practitioner and about incorporating new ways of using technology in the delivery of career services. Shirley has served on the NCDA’s FCD Advisory Council, most recently as the chair. Shirley earned her Bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College and her M.Ed. in Educational Technology from The University of Texas at Brownsville. 
She has presented at both national and local conferences on topics including LinkedIn, survey development, the Power of Social Media and the use of technology. Connect with Shirley through LinkedIn at or email her at

Janet Wall

Janet E. Wall, EdD,  CCSP, JCTC, NCDA CDF-I, NCDA Fellow is the 2011 recipient of the National Career Development Association’Merit Award and the 2012 recipient of the American Counseling Association’s Carl Perkins Government Relations Award and many others, has worked at the federal, state, and school district levels in the areas of assessment, evaluation, and career development. Her work has spanned the public and private sectors from the Pre-K level through executive development.
She is Past President of the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE) and has been an officer in the Association for Counselors and Educators in Government and the Maryland Career Development Association. As the appointed representative of the American Counseling Association to the Joint Committee on Testing Practices (JCTP), she has been chair and a member of that group. She chaired or was a working member of several JCTP working groups to include those that produced the Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education, the ABC’s of School Testing  video and leaders guide, Rights and Responsibilities of Test Takers: Guidelines and Expectations, and a book on assessment of individuals with disabilities. She represented AACE and NCDA as co-chair of the committee that developed the Career Counselor Assessment and Evaluation Competencies, now endorsed by both associations. She is an active member of the NCDA Technology Committee and owns and moderates the NCDA LinkedIn group which has just under 20,000 members as of this writing.
Janet has co-edited a book on educational and career assessment, and is author of four McGraw-Hill test preparation books for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a book on vocational interests, and one on interactive web tools for the job seeker.  She is a trainer, distance educator, conference presenter, conference keynoter, and writer of articles, reports, and monographs. She has been instrumental in the development of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program, serving many millions of youth, and ACT’s DISCOVER.
She is the Founder of Career Planning Academy, a multiple award winning learning management system that provides professional development for career development professionals. She can be reached at Visit her LinkedIn page at