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We celebrated PACDA’s 2021 achievements, member benefits, and 2022 plans at our December 2021 event. Allow me to share a few highlights.

Intro to PACDAWe used the story telling approach of answering What, Who, Why, When, Where, and How questions to describe PACDA:

  • What: A state Division of the premier professional organization for career coaches: National Career Development Association (NCDA).
  • Who: Career Practitioners in outplacement, talent development, higher ed, K-12, workforce development, private practice, public/private agencies, and NFP settings.
  • Why: Offer high quality, accessible, affordable professional development and networking opportunities to career services practitioners.
  • When: Monthly programming.
  • Where: Virtual for now (regional onsite programming post COVID-19).
  • How: Committees and project teams governed by monthly Leadership Collaboration meetings (open to all volunteers).

Overview of PACDA Member BenefitsWe offer our members an array of opportunities to develop, lead, and grow professionally. See a great infographic here: Why Join.

Future and Past Event Summary

  • 2022 Plans: at least five events already posted to our website (see box to the right).
  • Offered 11 PACDA programs in 2021: across four key categories (Labor Market Issues, Resources for Career Coaches, Support for Targeted Client Populations, and Job Search Best Practices) – Visit our Store.
  • Discounted access to 40 partner events in 2021.

Ways to engage with PACDA: Regardless of your areas of interest or skill set, there are myriad ways that you can engage with PACDA. Learn more by completing the Volunteer Interest Survey or email volunteer@thepacda.org.

  • Committees (Programming, Communications, Finance, Membership, Partnerships, Technology)
  • Special Projects (Career Coach Directory, Volunteer Engagement, Fundraising & Sponsorships, Member Survey)

Recognition of PACDA and Partner VolunteersLike many professional organizations, volunteer participation drives PACDA’s success and we recognized the 35 volunteers who contributed to our 2021 achievements as well as those who contribute to our 10 partner organizations’ operations.

Plans for 2022PACDA’s strategic focus in 2022 is on member value enhancement (membership growth, exceptional programming, and expanded resources). We remain committed to:

  • Diversity in membership/presenters along every dimension: geography, age, gender, orientation, ethnicity, religion, etc.
  • Delivering positive value to career practitioners throughout PA, border communities, and, for virtual offerings, nationwide.
  • Responding to constituent needs – if you haven’t yet responded to our survey, please do let your voice be heard!

By enabling robust interactions, deepened relationships, and impactful programs, PACDA continues to magnify the significant positive impact its members have on career services delivery to individuals and their families, communities, colleagues, and employers.

Wishing you a happy, prosperous, and healthy 2022.

Choose to make a difference!

Safiya Edwards

President, PACDA


It is the policy of the Pennsylvania Career Development Association (PACDA) to maintain a safe, comfortable environment by prohibiting the solicitation of funds or business, the distribution or posting of materials, and/or the promotion of products or services not specifically approved by or belonging to PACDA, as outlined below:

  • Individuals, organizations, and companies are prohibited from soliciting funds, distributing literature or gifts, pitching merchandise or services, or engaging in any other solicitation, distribution, marketing, or similar activity except when approved in writing by PACDA.
  • Use of PACDA email addresses, meetings, or social media for marketing purposes, e.g. posting or distributing materials or announcements, is permitted only when authorized by the Executive Board of PACDA.

Questions may be submitted to info@thepacda.org.


Insights for Coaching LGBTQIA+ Clients

Monday, 1/24/22: 12– 2 PM


While all career coaches strive to empower their clients to advance their careers, the LGBTQIA+ community faces unique challenges in pursuing their professional goals. This workshop will give us tips to keep in mind to assure that we deliver services in an inclusive and respectful way to all clients so that they (and we) can navigate the heteronormative barriers that may prevent them from pursuing their vocational dreams.

Click the link below to register

Alternative Employment Options in Pennsylvania:

Relaunch, Internships, Apprenticeships, Externships, & Transitional Jobs

2/24/22: 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Social Media 101: Leveraging LinkedIn

3/28/22: 12 – 2 PM

Alternative Theories of Career Development

4/26/22: 4 – 6 PM

Networking & PACDA Jeopardy

6/21/22: 4 – 6 PM

If you have someone to recommend as a speaker/presenter/panel member for future events, please email programming@thepacda.org


What does the Great Resignation Mean for You and Your Clients?

This event began with a brief presentation about the impact of “The Great Resignation” on your students/clients. Following breakout discussions by PACDA subgroups (Workforce Development, Higher Ed, Private Practice, K-12) the event ended with closing comments on strategies and resources.




Kudos to our first organizational member, JEVS. Welcome to new and renewing members Peggy Truitt, Souleymane Fall, Samara Fritzsche, Gary Lachow, and Jacqueline Savoy.

If your organization is interested in organizational membership, learn more here.

Join the conversation on social media! Share your favorite resources and career milestones with us using #thePACDA.


The Pennsylvania Career Development Association (PACDA), a State Division of the National Career Development Association, is committed to offering high quality, accessible professional development and networking opportunities to career services practitioners throughout the state.

We welcome career services and career development professionals in corporate outplacement, talent development and mobility, higher education, K-12 schools, workforce development, public and private agencies, non-profit organizations, and private practices.

Thank you to PACDA Charter Members!

Leigh Aaron

Christine Allen

Fran Arvan

Helene Baer 

Lois Benishek

Emily Bennett

Jenifer Benson

Corey Bishop

Susan Bond

Marcella Blakney Collins

Katrina Brittingham

Maureen Brown

Sarah Brown

Kareem Calliste

Ruth Campbell

Lynn Carroll 

Julie Cerrito

Margie Cherry

Michael Clark

Saleem Clarke 

Michael Costantini

Sheila Cosgrove

Sue Crump

Terry Cummins

Angela Cutchineal

Nicole Dalberto

Steve Damweber

Gabriela Davie

Barry Davis

Krissie Deck

Marissa Deitch

Ken Diamond

Peter Doris

Carol Dougherty

Jessica Dow

Laura Dowling

Gerrie Dresser

Annmarie Driscoll

Safiya Edwards 

David Falbo

Jane Finkle

Charna Flanzer

Sharon Fleshman

Debra Franke 

Angeline Gordon

Lauren Granese

Dorothy Grill

Barbara Gronsky

Frank Grossman

Harris Gubin

Cheryl Hallman

Lisa Hansinger

Pamela Harris

Megan Haupt

Yuhong He

Elaine Herbert

Michael Herrera

Denise Hibshman

Karla Hill

Gary Hines

Betty Hirsch

Linda J. Hollenback

Christopher Hughes

Edward Hunter

Brian Hutchison 

Jennifer Jones

Karla Jones

Latara Jones

Lauren Karch

Dilyara Kashaeva

Lesley Katz

Natalie Kauffman

Laura Kline

Arnie Kohen

Pam Kokkalis

Christopher Landino

Karen Litzinger

Anastasia Lopez

Amanda Machonis

Kate Madden

Helene Mansuco

Chrystal McArthur

Melissa McKee

Jordon McRae

Rachel Minard

Carol-Anne Minski

Ruth Morganato

Ford Myers

Kaitlyn Myers-Brooks

Kim Neubauer

Tashawn Nichols

Jonathan Niles

David Novick

Heather Ordover

Peter Ostrander

Saul Pessin

Christopher Peterson 

Amber Pleasants

Louise Polis

Marissa Polselli

Diandra Prescod

MaryEllen Raposa.

Tori Reese

Stefania Revelli

Helen Richardson

Brady Riedel

Marcia F. Robinson

Jacqueline Savoy

Peggy Schils

Elisa Seeherman

Tanya Sheldon

Mary Sherwood Sevinsky

Amy Siler

Patricia Smith

Christopher Stancil

Marilyn Stika

Susan Sullum

Barbara Taylor

Mindy Thomas

Craig Toedtman

Andrea Tropeano

Peggy Truitt

Jaci Tusman

Ursula Uhrin

Karen Veres

Jessica Visek

Margaret Wahrman

Abbey Wascovich

Stephanie Welder

Beth Ann Wilson

Robin Wilson-Tolbert

Bonnie Yake 

Hyung Joon Yoon

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