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About OCDA

The Oregon Career Development Association (OCDA) is a division of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and part of the Oregon Counseling Association.

Our members includes career development practitioners from business industry, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public and private agencies, and private practices. 

Each year, we promote career development through our Professional Development Institute, awards, scholarships, networking events, newsletters, writing articles and continuing education trainings.

Our mission is to create a partnership among career development practitioners from business/industry, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, public and private agencies, and private practices. We aim to establish and improve the standards of professional service in the field of career development in Oregon.

In addition, OCDA will endeavor to:

    • Promote a greater understanding of the meaning of work and career.
    • Foster career development over individuals' life span.
    • Encourage innovative and responsive career development and career counseling services in Oregon communities.
    • Gather and disseminate information regarding career development, guidance, and occupational information.
    • Stimulate the improvement of career services, including assessment, guidance, and dissemination of occupational information and job search resources.
    • Promote high standards and principles of career development / career counseling.
    • Foster educational exchange and professional growth among those interested in career development / career counseling.
    • Carry on activities for the promotion and advancement of career development / career counseling.
You can read the current version of our bylaws by clicking here


    Rick E Maas, President

    Academic Advisor/College Success Coach

    Portland Community College


    Tina Harney, President-Elect

    Career Counselor

    Washington State University - Vancouver


    Shannon Aniciete, Past - President

    Assistant Director of Employer/Alumni Engagement

    University of Oregon


    Chelsea Chase, Treasurer

    Career Counselor

    University of Portland


    Cassandra Shearholdt, Secretary

    Careers & Jobs Specialist, Career Services  

    Portland Community College – Rock Creek   


    Melissa Vieira, Communication Coordinator  

    Internship Coordinator 

    Pacific University   


    Aubrie De Clerck, Membership Coordinator

    Career Coach  

    Coaching for Clarity  


    Jen Poinar, Member At Large

    Coordinator, Career Exploration Center  

    Portland Community College – Southeast Campus  


    Caitlin Sweeney, Member At Large

    Career Counselor  

    Portland State University 


    Vacant, Member At Large



    Greg Flores, Historian 

    Associate Director of Career Services  

    Portland State University 

    The Oregon Career Development Association is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable and educational entity.

    Contact us via email:
    board.ocda@gmail.com
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