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* Image Above: 2015 WCDA Founding Leadership Board

WCDA Current BOARD Members

Chuck Zimchek
WCDA President & WCDA Central Washington Chapter Leader

The seed for my interest in career counseling was planted when I experienced the pain of a misfitting occupation and bloomed when I was required to teach a high school career exploration class. My interest in career development has not waivered over the last three decades. I was part of the team that founded the new WCDA and am very committed to seeing it continue to grow, flourish, and be a significant unifying influence and resource for those serving Washington’s career development professionals.

Dan Kelley-Peterson
WCDA President-Elect

A Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State who has been working in Career Development for seven years. 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 and has become the primary instructor in the Psychology Department 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

Kyoko Cleveland, LMS, LMHC 
WCDA Treasurer

A licensed mental health counselor in Washington State and a career counselor at Central Washington University Career Services for 3 years. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at CWU and worked in a community mental health agency before coming to Central. She enjoys exploring career directions with students, and feels very rewarded when she can see them start connecting dots to create their own path. Her job at Career Services also includes overseeing the peer advisor program, where she has the privilege of training peer advisors and watching them grow as professionals. She has been serving as the Treasurer for WCDA for the past two years, and hopes to continue her contribution to WCDA

Carissa Bane
WCDA  Secretary

My passion for career counseling developed through my own personal career journey. Careers play an important role in our everyday lives and I am committed to helping students find the career path that suits them best. I am a Coordinator at Western Washington University in Academic and Career Development Services while also serving as an adjunct instructor for the School and Mental Health Counseling Master’s program. I was part of the founding WCDA team and continue to believe in the important role this organization plays in supporting and connecting career professionals throughout Washington State.

WCDA Members-At-Large

Angela Engel
WCDA  Member-At-Large & WCDA Puget Sound Chapter Leader

Angie Engel has served as a member of the Puget Sound Career Development Association for 7 years. She especially enjoys organizing programs and events. Angie works as the Assistant Director of Career Services at Central Washington University’s campus in south Seattle, serving Accounting, Education, and Supply Chain Majors. She also teaches career boot camps and professional development courses for the College of Business.

Patrick Willis
WCDA Board Member & WCDA Vancouver Chapter Leader

Patrick Willis has been a member of WCDA since 2015 and serves as an at-large member of the WCDA Board. He began his two-year term in 2017. Patrick works at Clark College in Vancouver as a full-time career advisor, and moonlights as an adjunct instructor of career development and college essentials classes.

Dawn Williams
Member-At-Large & Former WCDA President

Dawn holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Saint Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. She has lived in Washington for 10+ years, has career development experience in both university and community college settings, and has been the Assistant Director of Career Development & Education at the University of Washington Tacoma since 2015. Dawn is passionate about helping students successfully transition from college to career. She is currently the WCDA past-president and is excited to continue to serve on the WCDA board.

Brad McGuire

A dynamic and effective leader with a proven track record delivering consistent results through visionary and analytical thinking, solid planning and execution, personal and fiscal discipline.  In his recent capacities as a workforce development leader in the Puget Sound region and his current work as WorkSource Integration Manager for Seattle-King County, Brad enjoys program and service innovations that address gaps in service, developing and supporting partnerships to improve service delivery and meet increases in demand. Brad also serves as President-Elect for Puget Sound Career Development Association and enjoys family day trips, horticulture, fishing and golf.

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Hayley Leventhal

Hayley works as a career services manager at UW and has 7 years experience providing career services at the university and community college level. She has served as an at-large board member for the WCDA for two years and has continued contributing to this great organization.

Interested in Leadership Opportunities?

We're always looking for members to take on leadership roles within the organization and would be happy to speak with you about how you might serve WCDA. Board leadership elections happen annually in the spring. Please email us at info@mywcda.org to express interest.

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