Marvin AdamsMA– 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

Diana Bailey_Correctional EdDiana M. Bailey has been an educator and administrator for over 30 years. She has worked with a broad range of special populations in education, occupational training, and employment. Several her roles were related to educational equity as well as community organizations with a mission of gender equity. Ms. Bailey has worked with correctional education for over 10 years with an emphasis on program development and implementation of services in career and workforce development. 

She holds numerous degrees and certifications related to career and workforce development such as Global Career Development Facilitator/instructor certified by National Career Development Association. She also holds several National Institute of Corrections certifications including the Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS-I) and Master Trainer/OWDS.  Ms. Bailey was selected for a national award for leadership and policy changes supporting Offender Workforce Development.

Currently Ms. Bailey is a consultant working and coaching for several nationally recognized consulting firms.  In that role, she provides technical assistance, coaching and training services to US Dept. of Labor federal grantees. She serves on the Board of the Asian Pacific Career Development Association.  Locally, nationally and internationally, Ms. Bailey’s passion is to support individuals and staff working to maximize a person’s workforce potential. 

Malka Edelman, NCC, MCC, CRC, LMHC  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

Mary E. Ghilani, M.S., NCC, is the director of career services at Luzerne County Community College in Pennsylvania where she provides career counseling and job search services to college students and community adults, including pre- and post-retirees.  She is the author of Working in Your Major, Second Chance, 10 Strategies for Reentering the Workforce, Web-Based Career Counseling and numerous career-related articles.  She can be reached at


Anne Hull, M.Ed., Career Counseling, is President of Hull Strategies, LLC, a consulting and training company that helps organizations develop and retain talent. She facilitates successful organizational change and conducts workshops in a variety of leadership development skills including career management strategies. Federal, non-profit and private sector clients from many industries request her motivating speaking and workshops for in-house staff development to PhDs in transition for over 15 years.

Anne established and managed a federally funded career resource center in a top-ranked college. She is past president of the Association of Career Professionals International DC Chapter. She was affiliated with a national outplacement firm for 12 years and is a speaker at national conferences on leadership, change, career management and job search. She is currently contracted with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a career coach and actively researches work issues for “over 50” clients. Contact Anne at

Sarah Minnis PhotoSarah 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.

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 an active member of the board of the Asia Pacific Career Development Association. President of Life Strategies Ltd. and Associate Dean, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, at Yorkville University, Roberta is a counsellor-educator, career practitioner, and corporate consultant who brings a holistic perspective to individual and organizational career development challenges.

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 has 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 (CPRW), Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), Emotional Intelligence (EQ-i 2.0), and Myers-Briggs Master Practitioner (MBTI-MP).  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  

Shirly Rowe

Shirley Rowe, M.Ed., GCDF-I,  has been a higher education career advisor for more than 20 years. Shirley is now turning her expertise to expand Front Rowe Consulting, a consulting firm offering career management, instructional design, speaking and training services. A coach, educator, writer, and designer, she brings a wealth of knowledge and insight into her role as a career development practitioner.  Shirley is passionate about incorporating new ways of using technology in the delivery of services and is a strong proponent of online learning.  She has taught an undergraduate Personal Career Planning course and is certified as an instructor for the Career Development Facilitator (CDF) certification sponsored by the NCDA. 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 a wide range of topics including LinkedIn, survey development, the Power of Social Media and the use of technology. Shirley has recently been selected to serve on the NCDA’s CDF Advisory Council and also serves on the NCDA Technology Committee. She is a founding member and serves on the Board of Directors of CORE 4 Women, a non-profit organization committed to assisting women seeking education via distance learning. Additional professional affiliations include the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Texas Distance Learning Association (TXDLA), American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). You can connect with Shirley through LinkedIn at or email her at

elizabth sanders park photoElisabeth Sanders-Park is a nationally recognized ‘tough career transitions’ expert. Perhaps best known for coauthoring the ground-breaking, L.A. Times’ Top 10 Career Book “No One Is Unemployable,” she also co-wrote “The 6 Reasons You’ll Get the Job,” and authored “The Workplace Excellence Series: What Employers Really Want Today.” Over the past 20+ years, she has trained more than 20,000 employment/career practitioners to bring the hope, practicality and lasting impact of career development to every client, especially those facing barriers. She has helped establish more than 150 programs worldwide and impacted the lives of more than 1 million job seekers across the U.S., Canada, and Australia. As President of WorkNet Solutions, her work is to equip and inspire organizations to increase immediate and long-term outcomes with job seekers and career changers at all levels.

Melissa A. VenablePhD is an experienced instructor, career services practitioner, and instructional designer in higher education. As the Education Editor and Writer for the Inside Online Learning blog and she covers current trends in online education and career development, and moderates a weekly live chat via Twitter. Melissa also promotes the use of social media in academia and career services through her continued research, writing, presentations, and professional experience. For more information about Melissa, visit: Connect with Melissa via Twitter (@Melissa_Venable and LinkedIn (

Wall, Janet_500x500Janet E. Wall, EdD,  MCDP, NCDA Career Development Facilitator Instructor, is the 2011 recipient of the National Career Development Association’s Merit Award and the 2012 recipient of the American Counseling Association’s Carl Perkins Government Relations Award, 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 Professional Development and Professional Standards Committees.

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. Her latest e-book focuses on free technology tools for educators, trainers, and entrepreneurs.  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 and ACT’s DISCOVER.

She is the Founder of, a site that provides NBCC approved online courses for career development professionals.

At the current time Janet is President of Sage Solutions, her consulting firm with clients having needs in career development and assessment. She can be reached at Visit her website at and her LinkedIn page at