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LEADERSHIP TEAM

 

Safiya Edwards

President

Safiya Edwards is President/Principal of Sterling Consulting Group, which she founded in 1998. She delivers solutions directly to individuals and organizations (project management and coaching for career development / management) and via alliances that support clients such as Higbee Associates (international benefits & HR outsourcing / startup), Strategic Communications (global communications training), CCI Consulting, SamNova, and Latham Consulting Group.

As a Human Resources & Operations Leader with P&L experience at premier talent mobility & healthcare firms, she’s led multiple complex projects for internal & external business partners to optimize human capital ROI by collaborating across generations, functions, and diverse populations. Saifya is known for having exceptional networking skills and has helped professionals at all levels (CEO to high school) to manage their transition to a new job or career, into entrepreneurship (consulting, franchising, new business), or into active retirement.

Safiya eared an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management and an MPH from the School of Public Health / Environmental Health at the Medical School of Yale University.



Kim Neubauer

Immediate Past-President

Kim Neubauer, MS Organizational Development, is an award-winning Learning and Development Consultant who is highly valued for offering insights, strategies, and practical tools that have led to successful career transitions, as well as to leadership and service excellence. As a Senior Career Consultant with Lee Hecht Harrison, Kim has coached and delivered job search workshops to hundreds of Fortune 500 company employees. She is the beloved Resume Coach for MBA/MS students and alumni of Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. In addition, she serves as Counselor at US State Department career transition programs for diplomats and others leaving foreign service agencies.

Kim’s thriving learning and development practice includes museums and cultural organizations, community health centers, a hospital, and an international airport. Previously Kim served as the Training Director at The Franklin Institute, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Training Coordinator in Cameroun (Africa) and Micronesia.

Kim is a past President of DVAPT, the Delaware Valley chapter of the Association for Psychological Type International, and a former Outreach Chairperson on the PSPS Board. She holds a Master degree in Organizational Development from the American University NTL Program. Kim is certified to administer the MBTI® instrument.


Rachel Minard

VP Special Projects


Rachel Minard has been a high school counselor for 19 years and she is a firm believer that the role of the professional school counselor is to help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development in order to help students be prepared for life beyond high school. Her passion for career development led her to earning her GCDF in 2011. She has co-authored the school district’s Chapter 339 Plan, which outlines how the district is implementing the PA Career Education and Work Standards. She has presented career related workshops at the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association and PDE’s Integrated Learning:  School to Career annual conferences.

She has her Advanced Certification in School Counseling from St. Bonaventure University, M.S.Ed in Community Counseling from St. Bonaventure University and a B.A in Criminal Justice from Edinboro University. Mrs. Minard currently resides in Bradford with her husband Rick and son Quentin.

 

Craig Toedtman

Treasurer

Craig Toedtman co-founded Resource Development Company, Inc. in 1981, and has been active in the human resource management consulting arena throughout his business career. He has served on the Board of the Institute of Career Certification International (ICCI) and is actively engaged in providing career services. A recent focus has been assisting clients seeking new opportunities through RDC Hiring Edge Job Search Services, creating an online presence for a job seeker using social media techniques.

He received his BA in Economics from Allegheny College, MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and is a US Army Vietnam Veteran Bronze Star recipient for meritorious service.

 

Beth Ann Wilson

Officer At Large

Beth Wilson, M.Ed., CMF, specializes in career planning, transition and management, advising people of all ages from diverse fields and backgrounds. She brings a lifetime’s worth of expertise to her independent career coaching practice that has been built mainly on recommendations from satisfied clients. Her experience includes designing and conducting training programs and workshops for corporate, government and non-profit organizations. Many professional and community groups have heard her speak on career and job search topics.

Achieving professional recognition as a Board certified Career Management Fellow from the Institute of Career Certification International, Beth served two terms on ICCI’s Board of Governors. A current board member of ACP-GPN, Beth is pleased to serve on the PACDA organizing committee. Beth also is on the Steering Committee of the Joseph’s People – Central Delaware County job search forum. These global and local roles contribute to her strong reputation and extensive network of professional colleagues.

Before starting her independent practice 18 years ago, Beth worked for OPTIONS Career and Human Resource Consulting. She conducted career transition workshops for Right Management on an adjunct basis. Prior employment includes counseling in vocational rehabilitation, managing training for a federal employment program and coordinating projects in college career centers and vocational research. Earning a M.Ed. in Counseling from Penn State University, Beth also has a B.A. in Psychology from Dickinson College.


Debra Franke

VP Volunteer Engagement &

Special Projects

Debra Franke, MA Counseling, is a career professional committed to developing and providing the programs and resources that will enable those she works with to conduct a successful job search, plan and execute a career change, and/or manage their careers for personal and professional satisfaction. At La Salle University, Debra supports alumni career development, transition, and job search through programs and services that engage and connect alumni to one another and La Salle University.

She has over twenty years’ experience helping individuals assess their strengths and make career and life choices. Her broad-ranging career began with the DuPont Company as an environmental engineer. She made her first career transition five years later when she joined DuPont’s team of internal organizational development consultants. She found a passion for helping individuals through career transition while working for two different management consulting firms and focused on helping others through career change in her career counseling business, Career Transitions.

Her strong commitment to professional development is demonstrated by her leadership in the local, state and national professional associations, her passion for helping others progress as career professionals, and ongoing learning in her field. The thread that runs through her own career is that of making an impact and facilitating lasting change.

 

Colleen Paulson

Communications Chair

Colleen Paulson is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) who specializes in helping clients to make successful career changes. Colleen started her career with Fortune 50 leaders Procter & Gamble and FedEx in engineering, production management, analyst, and marketing roles.

After almost 10 years in Corporate America, Colleen pivoted and launched her writing business, using her own career changes as a basis for counseling clients. She stays on-trend for career development best practices through her additional consulting work, previously serving as Board Connection Director for CEO Connection and as an External Reader/Interviewer for Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business. She also served as Board President for the Brook Park Swim Club for 3 years.

Colleen earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University, double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, and earned her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.


Helene Mancuso

Programming Chair

Helene Mancuso is Director of Workforce Development at the Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance. Focused on results, Helene is a driven leader with a demonstrated history of workforce development. In addition to having professional working proficiency in American Sign Language, she is a National Mentor to Department of Labor grantees, a Certified Career Coach with the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, and a Certified Workforce Development Professional with the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.

Helen earned a Masters of Public Administration focused in Non-Profit/Public Human Resource Management from The Pennsylvania State University.


Peter Ostrander

Technology Chair


Peter Ostrander is an Austism Support Specialist working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum to increase their access to higher education and the workforce. Specializing in workforce and career development, Peter works at Mercyhurst University both career coaching and academically supporting neurodiverse individuals. His aims in his work to see the conversation on ability brought to higher conscious levels into the workforce, academia, and greater society. 

Peter earned his degrees in Counseling and Educational Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and is both a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Certified Career Counselor. 

David Novick

Membership Co-chair

David Novick is an Executive Coach and Career Management Consultant with Right Management located in the Greater Philadelphia area. Following an extensive career in human resources management, David focuses his consulting expertise on career management, assessment, executive coaching and career transition planning. He is recognized as a passionate and skilled coach committed to helping individuals identify their ideal next step and successfully land their next great opportunity.

David began his career in human resources management with Frito-Lay and moved into leadership roles with Pepsi Cola and Nestle USA. In addition to food and beverage manufacturing, his industry experience includes banking and financial services, retailing and hospitality. More recently, he was Chief People Officer for a large restaurant chain and previously served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for a major apparel retailer. David has been a board member of a non-profit foundation and a consultant on leadership and human resources to another non-profit organization focused on children’s nutrition. He also has taught courses in industrial psychology at Towson University and the core human resources management course in the MBA program at Johns Hopkins University.

David graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and completed a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at New York University. He is an active member of the Pennsylvania Career Development Association.


Jessica Visek

Membership Co-chair

Jessica Visek is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, a Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert, and National Resume Writers' Association Ask the Experts Contributor with a successful record in writing achievement-based and ATS-driven resumes and elevating and fully optimizing her clients' LinkedIn profiles. Her background in HR, client management, business development, and sales allows her to know what recruiters and hiring managers are looking for.

Jessica earned a BA in Political Science and Government from The Catholic University of America.

Vacant

Partnerships Chair




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