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NCCDA 2020-2021 Executive Board


Katie Peterssen, MEd Counselor Education, NCC, LCMHCA

Katie Peterssen

Assistant Director, Career Development, Meredith College

Katie Peterssen is an experienced strengths-based counselor and currently serves as Assistant Director, Career Development in Meredith’s Office of Career Planning.  She has more than 10 years of experience in higher education working with students to identify their natural talents, values and interests, and developing plans to achieve academic and career goals. Prior to joining Meredith, Peterssen worked at NC State University and UNC Chapel Hill supporting student career development. Additionally, she has worked in student recruitment at NC State University, The University of Alabama and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  She has a BS in Information Design and Corporate Communication from Bentley University, M.Ed. from NC State University, is a nationally certified counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA).


Deanna Knighton, Master of Education | Master of Agribusiness | GCDF

Assistant Director, Career Development, Duke University - Nicholas School of the EnvironmentDeanna Knighton

Deanna has been a member of NCCDA since 2013 and credits the organization as a great influence in her own career journey. In addition to the presidential sequence, she has served as Secretary and Membership Co-Chair. Her career development work experience spans the nonprofit (in partnership with K-12 and workforce development), community college, and university sectors. Deanna enjoys working with students to identify and achieve their professional goals and to empower them to navigate their career journey. She is a native Floridian, who holds two degrees from the University of Florida, as well as an M.Ed. from North Carolina State University.

President-Elect & Conference Chair

Amy Willard, MA Counseling, NCC, MBTI, ATD Master Trainer

Amy Willard

Associate Director, Wake Forest University

Amy Willard has 9 years of higher education career development experience. She is an associate director of career and professional development in the Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) at Wake Forest University. Prior to joining the OPCD staff, she was the manager of promotions and activities at Graylyn International Conference Center marketing the center and facilitating team building events. She started her career as a Spanish teacher teaching grades 3 through 12.

She is creatively strategic and versatile with a strong work ethic dedicated to preparing liberal arts and sciences students to be career- and life-ready through innovative practices. Amy employs solutions-focused, and cognitive-behavioral therapies coupled with a client-centered, strengths-based approach. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and an Association of Talent Development (ATD) Master Trainer. In addition, she is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Amy received her B.A. in Spanish Literature and Language from North Carolina State University, and a M.A. in Counseling from Wake Forest University.


Beth Hwang, M.Ed., NCC, Gallup Strengths Certified CoachBeth Hwang

Assistant Director, StrongPoints, Meredith College

Beth Hwang is a higher education enthusiast and currently serves as the Assistant Director of StrongPoints. StrongPoints is a unique coaching model utilizing the CliftonStrengths assessment to assist students in using their natural talents to be successful in their academics, careers, experiences, and finances. She has professional experience in corporate human resources, association management, and career counseling in higher education working with individuals to identify strengths, interests, and values to successfully complete their education and find fulfilling and satisfying careers. Additionally, she volunteers with Hire Heroes USA to assist Veterans in their transitions back to civilian life.


Quenaisha Moody, MA Career Counseling & Placement, BS Human Services Management, Certified Professional Career Coach

Quenaisha Moody

Career Coach, Miller-Motte College, Raleigh Campus 

I am originally from New York where I spent the majority of my life. I now reside in Raleigh with my family. I love what I do and my goal is to help others to feel the same! I believe myself to be an "ikigai finder" and I enjoy using various assessments, discussions, and activities to find that ikigai (reason for being or purpose). I have experience working with a diverse population such as individuals with barriers to employment, traditional & non-traditional students, and military veterans.

Communications (Newsletter & Social Media Chair)

Flannery Clair, MA Counseling, NCC

Career Development Coordinator, Meredith CollegeFlannery Clair

Helping people find their path inspires and energizes me! I joined Meredith College in 2019 as Career Development Coordinator where I serve as a career counselor and part of our employer relations team. I received a master’s degree in counseling, with a concentration in clinical mental health counseling, from Wake Forest University and hold a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!).

I’m especially passionate about helping people build meaningful lives – and career development is a uniquely important part of that process. I believe that through focusing on strengths, we’re empowered to be our best selves. I use this strengths-based approach in the work I do. I also bring my love for jigsaw puzzles and brain games into my relationships with students, clients, alumni, and colleagues! I love finding ways to make pieces fit together in creative and strategic ways.

I’ve been a member of NCCDA for 3 years and am excited to get more involved as part of the board. I’m excited to expand my own professional skillset and am eager to share the NCCDA story as Newsletter & Social Media Chair!

Communications (Website & Email Chair)

Catherine Allen, BA in Psychology, MA in Community Counseling with School Licensure, GCDF, Licensed School Counselor (NM & NC)

Catherine Allen

Assistant Director, Duke University

Catherine Allen currently serves as an Assistant Director at the Duke University Career Center where she supports undergraduate students across all programs with a focus on Computer Science and Pre-Health. Prior to Duke, Catherine worked in career services at UNC Chapel Hill and as a District Resource Counselor and Middle School Counselor in the K-12 sector. She holds an MA in Community Counseling with School Licensure from Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, NC) and a BS in Psychology from Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC). 

Best Practices Grant Chair

Emily Gomez, MA Anthropology, MS Career CounselingEmily Gomez

Manager, Federal Sector Program, Hire Heroes USA

I'm excited to have joined the Hire Heroes USA team as the Manager, Federal Sector Program. In this role, I'll be supporting our Veteran Transition Specialists by providing on-going professional development and consultation for our clients interested in federal employment. Additionally, I'll be developing resources to empower our clients who wish to continue their service in the federal sector. If you're not familiar with our organization, please visit our site: Our services are available to transitioning military, veterans, and their spouses.

I'm also interested in counseling theory, personal brand management, program development, and serving diverse student populations. Please connect--I'd love to collaborate!

Community Outreach Liasion

Katherine Buehler, Masters in Career Counseling and Placement, Certified Life Coach, MBTI Step I & II, Strong Interest Inventory Certified

Katherine Buehler

Talent Development Specialist, Ten Minas Consulting

Howard Thurman said: "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." After working internationally in administration and personnel for a decade or more, I decided to return to school for a Masters in Career Counseling so that I can help people to come alive in their careers.

Member-at-Large/Membership Co-Chair

Linda Whited, MS in Counseling, CCC, NCCLinda Whited

Career Coach, Wake Forest University

Linda is a Certified Career Counselor and works with graduate students and adults as a career coach. She supports Wake Forest University but also leads Time to Be Career Savvy, a private coaching practice. She has an MS in Counseling and has been on the executive board with NCCDA for several years. She is a former recipient of the NCCDA New Professional Award.

Member-at-Large/Membership Co-Chair

Glenda Darrell, MA in Counselor Education, Career Counseling Concentration, NCC

Glenda Darrell

Career Counselor, North Carolina State University

Glenda Darrell is a career counselor with the Career Development Center at NC State University. She serves as the Career Development Center’s main liaison / career counselor for the College of Engineering. Glenda received a Bachelor’s degree from Meredith College and a Master’s degree from North Carolina Central University. Prior to NC State University, Glenda worked in the Career and Professional Development Office at Campbell University School of Law.

Member-at-Large/Government & PR

Amy Policastro Schroeder, MEd, GCDFI, FCDI, SCDAI, CCSP, MBTI, TC

Amy Policastro Schroeder

Education Consultant - Career Development, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
NCDA Government Relations Committee Member

Amy has over 15 years of education experience, and over 10 years in the Business Sector with Human Resources, Publishing, and Corporate Education and Development. She has a background teaching Graphic Communication Industrial Technology in the 6-12 (NJ), Community College of Morris (NJ), and Illinois State University (ISU).

Amy currently serves as the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Development Consultant for the NC Department of Public Instruction where she provides leadership, professional development, curriculum development, consultation, and advocacy to the NC Career Development Coordinators (CDC), CTE Directors, and other stakeholders to ensure NC students are career and college ready. She is certified NCDPI National Career Development Association's "Facilitating Career Development" (FCD) licensure course instructor for new NC CDCs.


Cindy Haeck, MEd, NCC, LCMHC, CCC

Cindy Haeck

Career Counselor/Coach, Cape Fear Community College (Part-Time)

Currently, I'm serving as part-time Career Counselor at Cape Fear Community College - GO SEA DEVILS - after retiring from there in 2017. I've had the honor of working at high schools in Iowa and North Carolina, as well as Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Over the past 20 years, my roles have included counselor, CDC, career coach, academic advisor...and still I get to do what I love.

Staying engaged with students in their career decisions, working with area employers, and supporting a vibrant, professional team of Academic Advisors and faculty, is where my professional energy is directed. Outside of that, travel, yoga, beach-time, coffee with friends and crafting are my guilty pleasures.

As an NCSU grad....I follow the PACK, but admit some Michigan loyalties - Fire Up Chips! Proud to call Wilmington home, where we can remain closer to our children in Raleigh.

Professional Recognition Awards Committee Member

Courtney Gauthier, MA in College Student DevelopmentCourtney Gauthier

Associate Director of Career Integrated Learning, Western Carolina University

I have been a member of NCCDA for nine years, and have served in some capacity on the board for seven. This organization is a great connection point to the field and to my colleagues across the state. I appreciate that we are member focused and always do our best to serve the current needs of professionals across the state.

I am a career development nerd, with a love for the chaos theory of career development and the power of a liberal arts education. I see career development as social justice work. My goal is to empower individuals to seek out meaningful career paths and to help them identify and communicate their unique skills and value. Through conversations, programs, and activities, I work to equip students and alumni with the tools and confidence necessary to achieve their goals. I enjoy working with college students to help them answer questions big and small, and to provide a space for students to realize that not knowing is okay, too.

Professional Recognition Awards Committee Member

Stacey Huffman, MA College Student Development & Student Affairs; Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths Coach

Stacey Huffman

Assistant Director for Career Exploration, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

At UNCW, I encourage our students to reflect on their unique interests, values, strengths, and personality traits to find academic majors and career paths that will set them up for success and personal fulfillment. I currently serve as the liaison to our deciding students, transfer students, and early college high school students & graduates. When I'm not working directly with students, you will most often find me over in University College collaborating with our awesome academic advisors to plan fun, interactive events for our first year students & sophomores that connect them with alumni and members of the local community.

I love the community of support and encouragement that NCCDA offers. I have been an active member for six years and am currently in my fourth year of serving on the board. This organization helped me to establish my identity as a career development practitioner back when I was in graduate school and continues to foster growth in me, both personally and professionally. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to give back to the organization that has meant so much to be throughout the years, and I look forward to serving on the Professional Recognition Committee this year.

Professional Recognition Awards Committee Member

Christy Walker, Ed.D. Higher Ed Administration, M.S.Ed Higher Education Administration, B.S. Chemical Engineering

Director of Career Services/QEP, Durham Technical Community CollegeChristy Walker

I currently work as the Director of Career Services at Durham Technical Community College (Durham Tech) . As Director of Career Services, I am charged with organizing and managing career services for nearly 20,000 students enrolled in curriculum and continuing education programs.

Prior to Durham Tech, I was Assistant Director at University Career Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I assisted undergraduate and graduate students in navigating their career paths. I’ve also worked as an Academic Advisor at UNC-Chapel Hill and as an Academic and Career Advisor at James Madison University.

My bachelor’s degree is in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. I’m a career changer – I worked as a chemist and an engineer after undergrad. I have a master’s degree in Higher Ed Administration from Old Dominion University and a doctorate in Higher Ed Administration from Northeastern University.

National Career Development Month Co-Chair

Morgan Ray, BS Psychology, MA Career Counseling, CDF, MHFA

Morgan Ray

Accreditation and Research Specialist, Wake Technical Community College

I have had the pleasure of working in higher education for the past nine years in very diverse roles. I have worked in admissions and student and administrative services at Virginia College (Greensboro), Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill. Most recently, I have worked both behind the scenes and directly with students in institutional research and accreditation at Wake Technical Community College, and as a Career Counselor – Intern at Durham Technical Community College. I recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Career Counseling from North Carolina Central University in December 2019. I have a passion for helping clients and students, life-long learning, career and professional development and most of all counseling. I am an ambitious counselor dedicated to those I serve. I am looking forward to what the future holds in workforce and career development counseling.

National Career Development Month Co-Chair

Kelsey Hines, BS Elementary Education, MA Career CounselingKelsey Hines

EC/Intervention Teacher, The Expedition School

Hello! My name is Kelsey and I am very excited to serve as the National Career Development Month Co-Chair. I have a little over four years of experience working in education as an elementary school teacher. Wanting to further my education experience, I completed my Master’s Degree in Career Counseling this past December. I am currently working as an EC/Intervention teacher, where I am able to provide students with the necessary tools and skills to help them succeed. I enjoy interacting with others and using their skills and interests to find careers they are passionate about. I hope that by being part of this team, I can continue to grow in both my professional and personal career journey.

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