Local area activities give CCDA members a chance to to build a network of contacts and become better acquainted with CCDA. They also offer opportunities for personal and professional growth and to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or National Board for Certified Counselors Continuing Education Credit. Local chapters provide visibility for the state organization as a whole and attract prospective members.

Members are welcome to participate in and plan all chapter activities. Chapter participation is not restricted by location. Members can reactivate a chapter by contacting the CCDA Regional Coordinator.

Starting a Chapter or Planning Events

Use this form to fill out the event:

FORM-Activity Event.docx

The Regional Coordinator is your point person for all chapter activity, event planning, calendaring, funding and publicizing.

Chapter Chairs are your contacts for chapter activities and events nearest you. Our deepest thanks to all of our dedicated members who have served and are serving in leadership roles throughout CCDA's network of Local Chapters.

Regional Coordinator, Interim

Kegan Barroso

Regional Coordinator

Elif Balin



Melissa Perez

Vice President

Rebecca Martinez-Areas


Natalia Zafferano


Adriana Lopez


Silicon Valley Chapter

Chapter Chair

Susan Monahan


Michele Burns

As the former CCDA Secretary for the Silicon Valley Chapter, Michele was instrumental in planning the Northern CA conferences and regional events. She is also an adjunct lecturer for the SJSU College of Education teaching the Career Exploration and Community-Based Organizations Serving Children/Youth courses for the Counselor Education and Child/Adolescent Development departments, respectively. Michele was also the Principal Investigator and Director of the In-custody Educational Services grant having coordinated college credit-bearing courses and provided the Student Success: Education and Career Planning workshops. Her expertise has also been shared with colleagues at education and career development conferences including: CALPCC, CCDA, CASC, CCCSAA, CEA, HECT, and WACAC. Michele is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) and holds a Master’s in Education/Counseling and Student Personnel, PPS Credential, and CTE Credential for Education/Child Development/Family Services; with certification for College Counseling (UCLA), QPR - Save a Life Suicide Prevention, and ASCA bullying Prevention Training. 

Treasurer / Chapter Contact

Carrie McKnight 

East Bay Chapter

Chapter Co-Chair

Deborah Sanchez 

Chapter Co-Chair

Anne Chan

Anne has worked as a career counselor in a variety of settings, including community agencies and higher education. She is currently in private practice in Union City, CA. Her passions include helping people make career changes during major life transitions (e.g., after a baby or job loss), identify their strengths, find a niche for themselves in the work world and get unstuck from emotional blocks. She loves guiding clients in resume construction and job interview preparation. She also loves working with people who are seeking creative and artistic jobs and are looking to incorporate meaning into their lives. She holds a masters degree in counseling psychology from CSU East Bay and a PhD in counseling psychology from Stanford.

Vacant Chapters
Please contact the Regional Coordinator to help activate this chapter.

  • San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
  • Sacramento Chapter
  • Fresno Chapter
  • Inland Empire


Orange County Area Chapter

Chapter Chair

Vanessa Rubinfeld

Vanessa currently serves as a co-chair for CCDA OC Chapter. She is an Adjunct Career Counselor and teaches  Career Development courses at Cypress College. Vanessa has also previously worked as a Career Counselor for several years at Soka University of America, Santa Monica College, and in different capacities within higher education. Vanessa received her Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in College Counseling and Student Services from California State University Northridge (CSUN) in 2012 and is currently finishing up her Post-Master's Certificate in Career Counseling from CSUN as well.  

Chapter Co-Chair

Sarah Coburn

Sarah is Certified Career Counselor through the National Career Development Association and holds a Masters Degree in Career Counseling from CSU, Northridge. Prior to going through her own career transition to become a career counselor she worked in public relations and marketing in the Entertainment Industry. Sarah currently works as a career counselor at a community college and teaches online courses such as Career and Life Planning and Job Readiness and Career Management. When not working, she loves spending time with her husband and 2 year old son!

West Los Angeles Area Chapter

Chapter Chair

Jessica Meshkani


Jessica Meshkani is an adjunct career counselor and faculty at Santa Monica College (SMC). She is currently pursuing the Career Education and Counseling Certificate Program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She holds an M.S. in Counseling, specializing in College Counseling and Student Services from CSUN, a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA, and an A.A. in Liberal Arts in Social and Behavioral Science from SMC.

San Diego Chapter

Chapter Co-Chair

Karl Cameron

Karl is a community college counselor/career development professional with 10+ years of experience in higher education (outreach/counseling/advising). His focus has been and continues to be helping students navigate through career and academic pathways--Expertise in general, transfer, career counseling, college event programming, student development, and career assessments--Diversified experience in a broad range of educational settings.

Chapter Co-Chair

Jake Dodderidge

Jake Dodderidge is a recent graduate (M.S. Educational Counseling) with experience in different capacities at Palomar College. Jake served as a counseling intern in the Department of Athletics along with the Disability Resource Center.  He also coached student athletes and assisted as the Recruiting Coordinator. Jake is also MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory Certified and has great interest in becoming a career counselor in the near future.  After discovering his true passion in the field of counseling, he is excited to help individuals navigate the career development process in pursuit of employment which sparks joy and fulfillment.

Chapter Co-Chair

Juanita Ledesma

Juanita Ledesma works for San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) providing educational, academic, and career counseling services to students. She’s been a member of the NCDA for over 10 years. She has been in private practice and has taught career counseling courses. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of San Diego

Vacant Chapters
Please contact the Regional Coordinator to help activate this chapter.

  • San Gabriel Valley Chapter
  • Ventura/Santa Barbara Chapter
  • San Fernando Valley Chapter
  • Inland Empire Chapter
  • Pasadena-Foothills Chapter

Vacant Positions

  • Pasadena-Foothill Chapter Chair
  • San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Chair
  • Fresno Chapter Chair
  • Sacramento Chapter Chair
  • San Fernando Valley Chapter Chair
  • Ventura/Santa Barbara Chapter Chair
For information on upcoming chapter activities and events, visit our events calendar.

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