Washington Career Development Association
* Image Above: 2015 WCDA Founding Leadership Board
Hayley has been an active member of the WCDA since 2015 and is passionate about promoting the field of Career Development within Washington State. In her role as Internship and Career Services Manager at the University of Washington, she supports students in their academic and career journeys. She is particularly interested in developing equitable career opportunities for other first-generation students, as well as non-traditional and historically underserved student communities. She holds a master's degree in Counseling from San Francisco State University and a bachelor's from UC Berkeley.
Dawn is a founding Board member of the WCDA and has held several Board roles since it was established. She is passionate about the work being done at the state level and sits on NCDA’s State Leadership Council to help support the state CDAs in their work. Dawn holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Saint Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. She has been the Assistant Director of Career Development & Education at the University of Washington Tacoma since 2015 and recently launched a private coaching practice as a Certified Strengths Coach (through Gallup).
Stan Pichinevskiy has a BA in Psychology & MA in English from Eastern Washington University. Stan has worked as a career development professional for nearly five years. His experience comes from the time in his previous role as College of STEM Career Advisor at Eastern Washington University (EWU), and his current position as the Career Development Manager at Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS), where he and his team provide financial and professional development support to nearly 4,400 Washington scholars.
Dan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State who has been working the last ten years in Career Development. He holds a Master of Arts in Education degree in Community Counseling from Seattle University, where he completed over 700 hours of clinical internship in the Career Services office at Seattle U. During this time in the field, he has piloted and co-instructed a Career Development for Psychology Majors course at the undergraduate level and teaches counseling courses, including Career Counseling and Development, in the counseling masters program at Seattle University. Dan holds the National Certified Counselor credential from the National Board of Certified Counselors as well as the Certified Career Counselor credential from the National Career Development Association. Dan maintains a full-time private practice where he supports individual clients as well as offers supervision to associate level practitioners working towards full licensure in the state of Washington.
Josefina Magana, Member-at-large
I am a passionate leader who motivates and empowers people to find their true talents and become effective agents of positive change. I impact peoples’ lives through purpose, empowerment, and connection. Washington’s State workforce is under some unprecedented times and will need career professionals who can build a roadmap for Washingtonians. Thus, I am privileged to be part of the Washington Career Development Association, and drive positive change along other like- minded career development professionals. Read more...
Prior to managing safety and health projects at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, I obtained a Master’s Degree in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies where I expanded my international policy knowledge. I received my BA from Western Washington University in 2007 majoring in Spanish and Sociology. Upon graduation from Western, I pioneered bilingual programs in Spain that allowed students to learn English as a second language. I am currently the vice chair of the Washington Interagency Committee of State Employed Women. This organization’s mission is to better the lives of state employees through advocacy, outreach, opportunity, and by advising the governor on policies that affect state-employed women. Prior to being the vice chair, I planned and launched a six-month mentorship pilot with over 40 participants from different stage agencies. This pilot will manage risks and validate benefits to recommend a full-scale statewide mentorship program.
Patrick Willis is serving his second term (4th year) on the WCDA board as an at-large member. He works full-time at Clark College in Vancouver as a career advisor and moonlights as an adjunct instructor. He has served as the leader of the WCDA SW Chapter since its establishment in 2018, and as chair of the WCDA Regional Chapters Committee for two years. Patrick has worked in postsecondary education for 10 years and in career development for 9 years. He also serves his community as a church board member and volunteer soccer coach for his children. Patrick and his wife, Carley, celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary in 2020 and have three children (Addy, Clive, and Bree) and a dog (Chloe).
The seed for my interest in career counseling was planted when I experienced the pain of a misfitting occupation and bloomed when required to teach a high school career exploration class. My interest in career development has not waivered since, over the past three decades. I have been happily employed as a career counselor at Central Washington University since 2012 and serve students in the College of the Sciences. I was part of the team that founded the new WCDA and am committed to seeing it continue to grow, flourish, and be a significant, unifying influence and resource for Washington’s career development professionals and the people they serve.
Samara Reich Thomas
Samara Reich Thomas currently serves as a Training Consultant for King County’s Department of Community and Human Services, overseeing the department’s Foundational Equity training program. During 2014-2019, she staffed the Seattle-King County WorkSource Operator Team, supporting the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Integrated Service Delivery. Prior to joining the WorkSource team, Samara worked in public education in Colorado, where her focus was working with English Language Learners. She has a Masters’ Degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado.
Rebecca Biddick is a National Board Certified, veteran educator who has devoted her career to promoting equitable access to quality education. For over a decade, she has been a community organizer and education advocate in her capacity as the Legislative Chair on the board of the Edmonds Education Association. She also works to impact state and federal education policy in her second term as a Board Director for the Washington Education Association. Advancing social, political and economic power for students and families encountering barriers and adversities is at the core of her involvement in public service and her desire to serve.
Member-At-Large, Central Chapter Coordinator
Shianne Lowe is a licensed Mental Health Counselor with 6 years of experience in Career Development. After completing her Community Counseling program, she was presented with an opportunity in workforce development in Central Washington and saw the impact a marketable career can have on a person’s self-sufficiency and mental health. Since then she has served community members with significant barriers to employment as well as high-skilled dislocated workers through federally-funded employment and training programs. With a unique perspective of the Career Development Field, she brings an understanding of the needs of job seekers across the lifespan as well as a targeted approach to preparing and connecting clients to high-demand occupations.
Dorian Varga is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has nearly twenty years of experience working with clients of various ages. For the past decade, Dorian has served as a career coach and academic advisor, primarily for adult learners, at the University of Washington (UW). Her first UW advising and coaching position was in the Department of Bioengineering working with graduate students as well as undergraduate students transitioning into graduate school. Currently, she is the Lead Career Coach and Academic Advisor for Juris Doctor and graduate students at the School of Law. She also serves in this role for School of Law alumni seeking career services. As a career coach, Dorian strives to help her clients find their desired employer fit and fulfilling careers. Dorian is also a proud Double-Dawg, earning her undergraduate and her graduate degrees from UW.
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