Local area activities give CCDA members a chance 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 CCDA. (email below)

Local Chapter Policies, Guidelines, and Expectations

Starting a Chapter or Planning Events:

Email CCDA at ccdaconnect@gmail.com about your event therefore we can promote, track registration, provide CEUs, email membership, and push content on all CCDA Social Media platforms.

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.

Questions or changes please email ccdaconnect@gmail.com


Silicon Valley Chapter

Chapter Chair

Susan Monahan 


Michele Burns

Treasurer / Chapter Contact

Carrie McKnight 

East Bay Chapter


Chapter Co-Chair

Deborah Sanchez 

Chapter Co-Chair

Anne Chan

Sacramento Chapter

Chapter Chair

Dawn Leverett

Dawn Leverett is a Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Qualified Rehabilitation Professional with the Department of Rehabilitation in the Chico branch office. She has over fourteen years of professional experience working with individuals of all disabilities. She holds a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification. She currently is serving the role of Chapter Chair for the Greater Sacramento Regional Chapter of the CCDA. She is the Chair of the Butte-Glenn Community College District Disabled Students Programs and Services Advisory Committee. She was appointed to the California State Independent Living Council as a Council Member by Governor Brown in 2014 in which she served until 2017.

She has been a lecturer at California State University, Chico and a guest lecturer at California State University, Sacramento. She has been an Associate faculty at Butte Community College teaching career planning courses. And she has designed and facilitated numerous career exploration and educational workshops for the Department of Rehabilitation, Yuba Community College, and American River College. 

Chapter Secretary 

Alina Quintana

Alina Quintana (she/her/ella) is the daughter of immigrants and a product of public education systems in the Sacramento Valley. Her experiences as a first-generation, low income, Latinx, TRiO scholar inspired her to pursue a career in the field of education. Alina earned her Master’s degree in Career Counseling from Sacramento State and also has Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology as well as Chicanx/Latinx Studies from the University of California, Davis. Alina's dedication to the service of low income and first generation students has led her to support programs such as the CA Community College Chancellor’s Office, Sacramento State Career Center, TRiO Upward Bound, EOP&S, CalWORKs, College Track and Folsom Lake College's Probation and Dismissal Program. She is a professional passionate about deconstructing barriers, advocating for access, equity, and inclusion in spaces of higher education. Ms. Quintana is committed to uplifting the academic and career experiences of BIPOC students and professionals. Her work was recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors where she was selected as a Minority Fellowship Program. Through this program, Alina developed invaluable knowledge that assists her to serve students and professionals. Through her work and her career consulting service AQ Career Consulting, Alina aims to empower emerging adults and professionals to reach their fullest potentials by translating their dreams into actionable goals and ultimately their reality.

Please contact the CCDA: ccdaconnect@gmail.com to help activate Chapters in your area.

For information on upcoming chapter activities and events, visit our events calendar.

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