Shelby McIntyre is a Career & Academic Counselor at Glendale Community College and Cypress College, and NCDA Certified Career Counselor. She earned her M.S. Counseling, College Counseling & Student Services from California State University, Northridge, and a B.A. in Cinema Studies, minors in Creative Writing & Music, from the University of Oregon. After experiencing her own career change from the film industry to the counseling profession, she is passionate about helping others navigate their career development process to find meaningful work. Her professional passions and interests include social justice, civic engagement, bystander intervention, and student leadership.
Dr. Cheryl Love
Cheryl Love, Ph.D. serves as a Career Counselor and Liaison to the College of Education and Integrative Studies and the Bronco Dreamers Resource Center at Cal Poly Pomona. She is the Coordinator of the Clothes Closet Service for the Career Center and is Adjunct Faculty for the Educational Leadership Department at Cal Poly Pomona. Cheryl has 35+ years of experience as a Counselor and Teacher in all four Higher Education systems in California (UC, CSU, Private and Community) as well as the Public School and Non-Profit sector. This breadth of experience has provided her with the knowledge and skills to work with diverse student populations to assist them with identifying their career goals. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Service Credential from California State University, Fullerton and a Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling. She serves as the Co-Chair of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Committee on Diversity Initiatives and Cultural Inclusion, and is a member of the Higher Education Constituency Advisory Board for NCDA. She is also a board member for the California Career Development Association (CCDA).
Dr. Andrew Stenhouse is a Professor of Organizational Psychology at Vanguard University where he teaches Behavior and Psychology in Organizations, Psychology of Leadership Motivation, Organizational Systems, Development and Change. The graduate courses he teaches in Vanguard University's Organizational Psychology program include Behavior and Psychology in Organizations, Psychology of Leadership and Motivation, Organizational Systems, Development and Change. Occasionally Dr. Stenhouse teaches Team Leadership and Conflict Management for the Leadership Studies program. Prior to returning to Vanguard University, he founded and directed the Organizational Psychology program for Concordia University Irvine, California’s first Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Psychology designed specifically for working professionals. Additionally Dr. Stenhouse occasionally teaches Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Career Development Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine University.
Kegan Barroso is a Career Counselor for Ben Hudnell Memorial Trust that works with Kaiser Permanente Union represented employees within Riverside County. Kegan received her Bachelor of Art Degree from Humboldt State University in photography and film and her Master of Art Degree from University of Redlands with a Master of Art in Education: Counseling, K-12 and Higher Education. Kegan helps her clients to develop career pathways in order to be successful in whatever industry they pursue.
Markell R. Morris is the CEO of Futures In Motion, Inc., helping people reclaim their careers after loss and personal challenges. She is a national certified counselor, and adjunct career/academic counselor at Santa Monica College and Cypress College. Markell has a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Carrie McKnight is a Career Counselor at San Jose State University Career Center. She is a Past-President of CCDA and has served on the Board for several years in various roles. Carrie has assisted with planning CCDA’s regional conferences and organizes local chapter events in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
Programming Committee Member
Edna is an experienced leader in higher education with over 15 years experience in career development and career education. Having served many roles both as counselor and leader in several colleges and universities, she has discovered her passion is to help young adults find their own passion and career path. Edna has a Bachelors in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and a Masters in Counseling and Guidance from California Lutheran University.
SCAL Regional Coordinator
Jillian Furiga, M.S. (she/her) is the Coordinator of Career Services and Outreach at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. As a student affairs educator, Jillian is committed to supporting students holistically through the knowledgeable use of strengths-based counseling practices. She believes her role in higher education is to support students in developing themselves as they work towards becoming change-makers in their communities.
Jillian received her Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University, her Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic and Women’s Studies from Cal Poly Pomona and is a proud transfer student from Citrus Community College.
NCAL Regional Coordinator
Robyn Kurland (she/her) is an Advisor for the School of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco. In that role, she counsels doctoral students on their academic, professional, and personal development and growth. She earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a specialization in Career Counseling, from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Sociology from Union College. She approaches advising holistically and integrates her social justice advocacy and strengths-based approach in her work to help students build their self-efficacy.
Assessments & Data Chair
Kristen Roberts is a Career Specialist at the University of California, Riverside Career Center. She earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University and B.A. in Chemistry from Illinois Wesleyan University. She is passionate about supporting students holistically in order to help them make intentional and informed career decisions.
Member Services Chair
A common thread throughout Larissa's career is helping others achieve success. She previously worked in tech manufacturing as a program manager supporting startups and also has served as a program coordinator in higher education assisting students with navigating prerequisites. Larissa holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCSC and an M.A. in Education, Concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel from SJSU. Larissa has been with the SJSU Career Center for the past three and a half years, working her way up from Grad Intern to Generalist, and is currently the Career Counselor for Business, Financial Services, and Logistics. Additionally she serves on the CCDA - California Career Development Association General Board as a part of the Membership team.
Community Partnerships &
Lea Beth Lewis
Lea Beth Lewis has been a member of CCDA since 1984. She spent 16 years with EUREKA, the California Career Information System and participated in the planning of the first (and many other California Career Conferences. After earning her doctorate in Educational Leadership from USC, she taught Career and Life Planning at CSULB, where she had received her Master’s in Career Counseling. She teaches the same course at Cal State Fullerton. Part of the original CA certification process, she is an NCDA Certified Career Counselor.
Community Partnerships &
Usman Khan is passionate about career development, mental health advocacy, leadership mentoring, community service, higher education, and social justice. He graduated from Cal State Northridge in May 2020 with his M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in College Counseling and Student Services. With a focus on career development and academic life skills, Usman currently works as a Career Advisor at Pasadena City College. Usman also provides individualized career development services to support college students and recent grads in the community. He has previously held a variety of roles within the realm of counseling and student services, including college advising, career counseling, academic coaching, one-on-one leadership mentoring, and tutoring. He is currently a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, American Counseling Association, and InsightLA Meditation. As a career counselor and mental health advocate, Usman aspires to improve access to higher education for historically underrepresented students and underserved communities, and help raise awareness regarding the importance of mental health, help-seeking, and career development. Usman is a firm believer in the power of storytelling to honor multiple truths, and he sees the importance of community building with a focus on raising awareness around topics related to mental health, career development, and mindful self-compassion.
Legislative/Public Policy Co-Chair
Hello everyone! My name is Elizabeth Contreras and I am a first-generation Latina educator. I attended Los Angeles Mission College and transferred to California State University Northridge, where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences. I went on to earn my Masters in Educational Counseling at the University of Southern California. I have been working in higher education within different capacities for over seven years now, and hope to make educational and career education more accessible to everyone, especially to disproportionately impacted communities.
Legislative/Public Policy Co-Chair
Sharet Garcia has an MA in Guidance and Counseling, specializing in working with first-generation, undocumented, and students of color by providing safe spaces. She has more than three years of counseling experience, working with diverse students in career exploration while successfully empowering and inspiring individuals towards career research, clarifying goals, and job development. Sharet currently works at Palomar College and San Diego College of Continuing Education, helping students navigate their journey of finding their best career path. In addition, she is currently a doctoral student and mother of two children. She is also the UndocuProfessionals (UP) Network founder, a national community of undocumented professionals in many fields. Through the UP community, we can break down the barriers that so many faces when completing their education and entering the workforce while undocumented.
Ash Ayvar holds a Master’s of Science (M.S) degree in Counseling with special emphasis in College Counseling and Students Services from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She has a strong commitment to serving a diverse population and currently serves as a Career Counselor of Career & Professional Development at ArtCenter College of Design where she focuses on supporting individuals work towards thriving in their creative careers.
Paty Villegas is a Latinx career coach and the founder of PV Consulting. PV Consulting’s mission is to educate, equip, and empower Latinx millennials to pivot their mindset, find career fulfillment, and live a life with purpose and intention. Paty is an adjunct lecturer for Evergreen Valley Community College teaching Career Planning and College Success courses for the Counseling Department. Paty is also an educational consultant and helps youth and aspiring professionals identify their skills sets and natural talents to pursue their career endeavors so they gain knowledge on occupations that align with their personal attributes so they can find meaningful work that aligns with their purpose.
She holds advanced degrees from San Jose State University and the University of Southern California and has extensive postgraduate training in psychology, cultural competency, and human behavior. Paty has over 8 years of experience working with minority groups from racially, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in academia, government, and mental health settings. Patricia’s expertises is in college and career readiness, career development, personal and professional development workshops about self-discovery, the growth mindset, and networking skills for personal and business advancement.
Paty is sought after thought leader which is demonstrated in her leadership roles as a board member for Educare California Silicon Valley, an organization that seeks to narrow the achievement gap for underserved children and through her involvement as the Communications Co-Chair for the California Career Development Association (CCDA).
Tim has his Bachelors in Psychology from California State University Fullerton. He is looking to pursue graduate school in higher education and will be applying in Fall 2021. Working as a student ambassador for the Career Center at CSUF, Tim found that his passion lies within helping students navigate the process of finding the career of their choice. He currently works as the Career Services Coordinator at a trade school.
Dr. Greenwood is CEO of Greenwood Associates, Inc. a career counseling group and purveyors of the Greenwood System™ a holistic career counseling assessment, report, and counseling model. Dr. Greenwood has over 30 years experience as an educator and career counselor having received his doctorate in education from the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia. Dr. Greenwood conducts private career counseling for clients of all ages and abilities. Dr. Greenwood also trains counselors in the Greenwood System™ and supports career counselors in private practice and at educational institutions, special needs young adult programs, therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness programs, and residential treatment centers.
Business/Industry, Agencies and
Bonnie L. McCreary is a Sr. Career Development Consultant for Ben Hudnell Memorial Trust. Her clients are represented by Kaiser Permanente employees throughout the Northern California Region. Bonnie's background encompasses over two decades of private industry experience in corporate and private practice utilizing her talents in corporate recruitment consulting, talent acquisition, and leadership and talent management coaching. Bonnie holds complementary credentials and education, including certification as Leadership and Talent Management Coach, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Leadership Development, a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management, and post-graduate studies Industrial & Organizational Psychology. From being the first female in her family to earn a college degree to take on the challenges and opportunities to navigating corporate landscapes, as a woman of color; Bonnie is a passionate advocate for culturally- sensitive career management services and opportunities at every level of an organization and in private practices.
Higher Education & Specialist
Heather Zeng, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, NCC (C), CCC, BC-TMH, is a Core Faculty at Capella University. Dr. Zeng has experience in career development counseling, career education policy at the State level, and assessment training/implementation for the 4th largest school district in the U.S. She is an instructor and tireless student advocate in the area of counseling and career development. She has written on topics of international human resource development, ethical and legal issues in coaching, counseling and technology, online collaboration, workplace bullying, and job promotion. She has found in her work the vital question not of "What do you do?" rather "Who are you?" as central helping clients (and students) in their career development.
Counselor Educators & Supervisors
Dr. Elif Balin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University, where she teaches career counseling and counseling process courses. Elif is also the coordinator of the Career Counseling specialization program. In her research, service, and counseling practices, she strives to integrate transnational feminist, strengths-based, and social-justice-oriented approaches to support the critical connection between mental health and career development, especially for international college students, recent immigrants, and refugees.
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