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The organization's all-volunteer leadership determines overall strategic direction and ensures programming that provides networking and professional development for all greater Philadelphia area career development professionals.

Kim Neubauer
Kim Neubauer, MS Organizational Development, is an award-winning Learning and Development Consultant who is highly valued for offering insights, strategies, and confidence 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 and other graduate business students and alumni of Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. 

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

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 of Science degree in Organizational Development from the American University NTL Program.

Betty Hirsch

Betty HirschMA, is founder and principal of Career Advisory Services. Her passion is helping others discover their passion and build a path to career success. With 20+ years’ experience in both corporate and private consulting, she now works exclusively with individuals. In that capacity, she counsels recent grads, returnees to the workforce, mid-career and encore career jobseekers. For fun, Betty studies art and share her knowledge with grade schoolers through the Art Goes to School Program.

Betty has a BA from Duke University and a MA from The University of Texas. A longtime member of ACP, she finds great value in the programs that foster professional development and the opportunity to maintain connection with her professional colleagues.

Jaci Tusman 

Jaci Tusman, MS Career Coach, is an experienced professional with a comprehensive background in career coaching, leadership coaching, training, organization development, and academic teaching.  Over the last twenty years, “Jaci” has served as a Coach, Manager, and Senior Learning Consultant in organizational development and training for Almac Clinical Services (a pharmaceutical company), Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals, and the University of Pennsylvania. 

Jaci is a graduate of the University of the Arts, has a Master’s Degree in Training and Organization Development from St. Joseph’s University, and holds both Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) and Life Orientations (LIFO®) certifications. 

In 2015, she launched her own career coaching practice – Career On The Move. Jaci is a member of the Association of Career Professionals and is on the steering committee of PRODN – Philadelphia Regional Organization Development Network.  

Debra Franke
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 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.

 Stephanie Welder
Stephanie Welder, MS, National Certified Counselor (NCC), is a college admission specialist and career development authority. As founder and principal consultant of Access College and Career Consultants, LLC, she shares expert knowledge, professional resources and caring support with those who are ready to access their future. Stephanie also leads workshops, Lunch & Learns at businesses, and conducts small group presentations in private homes and public settings. 

In addition to her involvement with ACP-GPN, she is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.  She has an MS is Counseling/Higher Education from West Chester University, where she examined higher education from the perspective of colleges and developed programs for teaching financial literacy to college students. 
Barbara Taylor

Barbara Taylor is Partner, Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant at JanBara & Associates. She brings 20+ years of creativity and innovation working with companies and individuals. Through coaching (executive and job search) plus leadership, individual, and organizational development programs, she has increased performance and helped establish concrete (and sometimes non-traditional) next action steps for successful business goals and strategies. She has won awards, written books, and pioneered proprietary large-scale learning/development initiatives, and is a seasoned keynote speaker and panelist.

Barbara is certified in various leadership and organizational development approaches including a number of 360° feedback instruments, MBTI, FIRO-B, DiSC and Situational Leadership. Barbara completed a Bachelor of Science in Communications (cum laude) at Ohio University and attended Indiana University for graduate school.

 Beth Wilson
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 ACP-GPN, she 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 17 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.


Our local group was founded in 1996 as the Philadelphia Chapter of the International Association of Career Management Professionals. IACMP had been formed in 1994 to address the need for professional skill development among career services professionals and to enhance the visibility and credibility of the career management profession. Philadelphia joined chapters in Chicago, New York City, Boston, DC, San Francisco, Dallas, Kansas City, Atlanta, London, Amsterdam and Australia. Members of our Philadelphia Chapter attended annual IACMP conferences held across North America and Europe, bringing best practices and program ideas back to the local Chapter.

A rebranding effort led to a name change in 2003 to Association of Career Professionals International. Over the next ten years, many ACPI chapters struggled to survive changing economic times. We are proud that our Philadelphia network remained strong and viable.

In 2019, the leadership initiated the formation of a state organizing committee to form the Pennsylvania Career Development Association, a continuation of our mission to provide cutting edge professional development programs and opportunities for connecting with colleagues.

We salute our past Presidents: Pat Coulter, Co-presidents Phyllis Mufson and Beth Wilson, Maribeth Renne, Gale Gibbons, Jane Finkle, Helen Richardson and Hudson Whitenight.

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