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.

Local Chapter Policies, Guidelines, and Expectations

Starting a Chapter or Planning Events:

Use this google form to fill out information about your event therefore we can promote, track registration, provide CEUs, email membership, and push content on all CCDA Social Media platforms:

Event and Social Media Request Form 

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.

Southern California Regional Coordinator, Interim

Kegan Barroso

Northern California Regional Coordinator

Elif Balin


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.

Please contact the Regional Coordinator to help activate Chapters in your area


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.  

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 counselor providing career and academic counseling services to personnel in the United States Military. His focus involves helping service members in the career development process achieve their academic and career goals. Additionally, Jake specializes in assisting military services members looking to translate their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) into certifications valued by employers in a civilian work environment.  His expertise is in active duty and veteran counseling, career counseling, personal and professional development, transfer, DSPS, and Athletic counseling services. Prior to serving military personnel, Jake was a counseling intern at Palomar College and served as a coach and recruiting coordinator. His educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling and certifications in the MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory.

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



Melissa Perez

Vice President

Rebecca Martinez-Areas


Natalia Zafferano


Adriana Lopez

Please contact the Regional Coordinator to help activate Chapters in your area

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

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