A State Chapter of the
National Career Development Association (NCDA)
2018-2019 GCDA Board

President: Kali DeWald, MS, NCC, BCC

Kali DeWald serves as the Director of Alumni Career Services and works in the University of Georgia's Career Center in Athens, GA. She holds an M.S. in Career Counseling and a B.A. in Anthropology from San Francisco State University. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Board Certified Career Coach (BCC) is also certified in the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Currently, she serves as a member of the Career Center’s Diversity Committee and is President of the Georgia Career Development Association.

Past President: Bethany Bagley-Mills, MS, LPC

  • With almost 8 years of serving at the University of Georgia, Bethany was recently named Director of Career Development and Programs at the UGA Career Center. As a licensed professional counselor with over 10 years of experience in career services, Bethany has served both alumni and students at UGA and finds joy in helping others find meaningful careers. She strives to incorporate inclusivity in all aspects of career development and believes that differences help to create more creativity and fresh ideas in the workplace. Her additional skills include career counseling, teaching/presentations, employer and alumni engagement, supervising, and training new staff members and student interns. Bethany's career development perspective is that experiential activities and "happening" upon opportunities is often how we find our way in the world of work. She also believes that finding a meaningful career often begins by assessing interests, abilities, values and personality type to begin the exploration process. She is a certified practitioner for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory and enjoys using assessments to help UGA students and alumni make sense of their career development.

President-elect: Danielle Rubenstein, MS, NCC

Danielle Rubenstein is a Nationally Certified Counselor who has been providing coaching, support and resources to young professionals and executives regarding career development and transitions for 15 years. She currently manages the Alumni Career Services office at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and offers career counseling, resume reviews, networking assistance, job search strategy advice and interview preparation to all alumni. She also performs career consulting for private clients on an ad hoc basis.

Prior to her role at Emory, Danielle worked at The Coca-Cola Company in the Leadership Consortium building interview guides for the senior management team. On a part-time basis, she also trained new employees at Rich’s Department Stores. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Counseling (specializing in career development) from Georgia State University.

With a proven record of successfully creating marketing documents (i.e. resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, etc.), she finds great reward in helping each job seeker articulate and promote his/her unique strengths and competencies. Her passion is around helping individuals find a job they are truly excited about and will bring them satisfaction.

Secretary: Vacant

Treasurer: David Harris, MTS, MS 

David is the co-founder and Executive Director of Rock Springs Positive Coaching, Caring, and Counseling, Inc. As a professional coach, he helps clients develop new insights, enhance motivation, and create new personal opportunities. He has been in practice as a coach for over 25 years, first in the management of technology projects for large non-profit and now as a personal career coach for the past ten years.

He has served as  the President of the Georgia Career Development Association and is a former Director of Information Technology for the National Home Office of the American Cancer Society. David holds two Masters degrees: one in Theological Studies with a concentration in philosophy and the second in Counseling with a focus in career counseling. He did post-graduate training under the direction and supervision of T. Albert Davis, MD and also holds a university certificate as a Career Development Specialist.

He can be reached via LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/davidharris411 or email - David.Harris@RockSprings.us.

Co-Chair, Marketing & Communications: Kendra Strickland, MS 

Kendra Strickland coordinates professional development initiatives and events designed to increase the engagement of alumnae and non-alumnae in the career development of current Agnes Scott students. A passion for professional development has led to almost a decade of experience motivating and coaching students, athletes, and young alumni in preparation for the ever-evolving global marketplace. With experiences gained from large public research institutions as well as small private liberal arts colleges, Kendra has a diverse professional development programming background. Kendra holds a BS from Missouri Science and Technology University, an MS in Sports Management/Higher Education from Missouri State University and is currently pursuing her EdD in Organizational Leadership/Higher Education from Grand Canyon University.


Co-Chair, Marketing & Communications: Marshall Tucker

Marshall completed a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from the University of Georgia, with a concentration in Economics. He has 10 years of experience spanning the banking and IT sectors, serving in such roles as personal banker, project manager, operational analyst, IT Trainer. and chief technology officer. In 2013, he embraced the new role of professional coach. Marshall completed his coach training through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), a program accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). He currently holds the Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) credential, and has achieved Associate Certified Coach (ACC) status through the ICF.

Marshall is passionate about working with individuals looking to find more meaning from their life. Whether business or personal, it’s all personal, and professional coaching offers a safe, trusted environment where people can ask tough questions, explore options and seek positive change. Marshall strives to help a full spectrum of clients understand how to see life’s circumstances in the present and help them move beyond the obstacles holding them back.

Marshall credits his very nurturing single mom for his higher sense of emotional awareness, an awareness that helped him immediately connect to his wife Jamie. After arranging a date through OK Cupid, the pair visited Atlanta’s Waikiki Barbecue for their first date. Jaime and Marshall sat on the patio and talked for hours. So long, the owner of the restaurant offered them another drink at closing, then told them to keep the glasses since the staff was going home for the night. Their conversation continued late into the night. Jaime and Marshall later married and now have a three-year-old son named Alexander. His hobbies include gaming, martial arts, reading, Zen, and meditation. He and his family currently live in Brookhaven, Georgia. 

Membership Chair: Kyle Poe, M.Ed.

Kyle joined the UGA Career Center in June of 2017 as a Career Consultant for the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences: Humanities and The School of Public and International Affairs. Kyle is a Valdosta State University graduate, with Bachelor's degrees in psychology and African American Studies, and a Master's degree in Higher Education Leadership; Student Affairs program. During his time as a student at Valdosta State, Kyle was the graduate assistant for The Office of Career Opportunities, where he facilitated many 1-on-1 student appointments and coordinated career related events such as Groundhog Shadow Day, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., as well as Student Government Association executive board. He is enthused to be able to work with all UGA students and seeks to find ways to improve their overall collegiate experience.

Director of Membership Database: Kim Meredith, LPC, NCC

Kim is a Licensed and Nationally Certified Professional Counselor, a Distance Credentialed Counselor and a Certified Federal Career Coach. She is in her twenty-second year of work in higher education with appointments spanning across Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. She is currently working as the Assistant Director in Mercer University’s Center for Career and Professional Development. Kim has a Bachelor of Science in Service Learning and a Master of Science in Community Counseling (CACREP).

Empowering people to find gratifying careers and live confidently and authentically is Kim’s calling. Her specialty is working with adult learners in higher education helping them to explore and discover their next career step and inspiring them to align that step with their personality, values, skills and interests.  She is an advocate for U.S. Veterans, Mothers and professional career development counseling.

Kim has been an active member of the GCDA since 2006. She has served on the Board of Directors for multiple terms and is currently the Database Manager for GCDA.  She has been a member of NCDA since 2006, has attended three recent conferences, and is currently an active member of the NCDA Veteran’s Committee. 

Kim is also a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Licensed Professional Counselor’s Association of Georgia (LPCAGa), the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers (GACE), the Georgia Careers Consortium (GCC) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Director at large: Kristina Griffin Armstrong, CCSP, GCDF, JCTC

Kristina believes providing her clients with life empowering and life changing information encourages lifelong learning.  This belief directly reflects her skills, abilities and training in the areas of – Career services management, job readiness preparation, higher education/student services, public health education, and language learning.

She is certified as a career services provider, job/career transition & career development coach, global career development facilitator, global TESOL (Teaching English to students of other Languages) instructor and medical Spanish interpreter. She has a BA in Spanish from the University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB) and has completed courses in Spanish interpretation and translation at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA).

Kristina currently serves as Director of Career Services and Training with Covenant Community, Inc. a therapeutic life stabilization program for men living in recovery from substance use disorders. Located on the campus of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in midtown, Atlanta. She helps job seekers reimagine their lives in active recovery by supporting them in finding employment and/or training. In her previous position with Goodwill of North Georgia for eleven years (11) years, Kristina managed a bilingual career center and assisted in opening other centers designed to help job seekers find employment and/or develop small businesses.

Since 2013 she has been a member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and has attended several national conferences. Kristina volunteers with the AARP Georgia State office and has received several volunteer recognition awards for her work as a facilitator and trainer. She served several years on the Adult Education Program - Advisory Council with Catholic Charities Atlanta.

 Director at Large: Stephanie D. McKenzie, MBA 

Stephanie D. McKenzie’s job history reflects 15+ years’ experience in long-term strategic and operational human resources leadership roles across diverse, service-focused industries of higher education, healthcare, legal and business consulting.  

Stephanie is the founder of Graham-McKenzie Partners, LLC, an HR and organizational development consulting company, now expanding to delivering resume writing and career management services.

Before starting her consulting services, Stephanie was the Human Resources Manager for the Atlanta office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, an international law firm for 4 ½ years. She also devoted ten years at Emory in progressive human resources roles, starting with Emory University as a Senior Benefits Specialist then finishing the last 4 ½ years as the Manager of Human Resources for the Department of Anesthesiology at Emory Healthcare.

Throughout her career, she enjoyed the opportunity of working in the “people” parts of a business, and the most rewarding experience has been when using her creative problem-solving abilities and expertise to empower employees and students to learn and develop themselves professionally and personally. Stephanie thrives in environments of continuous learning and when serving the community around her. Her passion and purpose of supporting students have shifted her focus to a full-time career services sector role and pursuing a second master’s degree in Career Counseling.

Stephanie has been an active member and volunteer of the Atlanta Diversity Manager’s Affinity Group (ADMAG), SHRM-Atlanta’s WorkSource Atlanta STEP Forward Program Co-chair, and National Resume Writers’ Association (NRWA). She holds certifications as a “Senior Professional in Human Resources” (SPHR), “Project Management Professional” (PMP), and as a “Senior Certified Professional” (SHRM-SCP) by the Society of Human Resource Management. 

Director at Large: Jill F. Forest, MA

Jill F. Forest is currently a Case Manager and Career Coach for HomeStretch, an agency in Roswell that provides transitional housing for homeless families. Prior to that, she spent 10+ years in Higher Education as the Associate Director of Career Services at Southern Polytechnic State University and later Kennesaw State University. There she oversaw all on-campus recruiting including semi-annual career fairs and coached both domestic and international students on interviewing skills, job searching and resume writing.  

Five years ago, she was accepted into NAFSA’s year-long international education Academy.  Her learning focus was on education abroad and international student services. Through this training, she developed the necessary skills to effectively support international students, and domestic students seeking international internships.     

Another passion of hers is multi-cultural programming.  She facilitated a visit to the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, arranged for a Holocaust Survivor to speak at SPSU,  negotiated to have the first African-American female Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson to speak at SPSU. and she created a reading list for all age groups in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Jill attended The Ohio State University where she majored in Psychology and minored in History. She later attended Argosy University where she earned her Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialty in Counseling. Her first job after graduate school was as a Career Counselor at Georgia Highlands College. She resides in a suburb of Atlanta, GA with her husband Derek and their high-maintenance Yorkie-poo.  When she is not working, she loves to read non-fiction and historical fiction books, walk her dog and attend cultural events. 

Director at Large: Carolyn Coburn-Allen, GCDF, CPRW

Carolyn is a Career Coach and Job Placement Specialist at Jewish Family & Career Services. In this role she assists job seeker clients in staging an effective job search through a workshop series and coaching. In addition, Carolyn works with employers who have jobs to fill so that clients can be matched to posted positions. Carolyn found her love of careers services when she was did recruiting for the Georgia Aquarium and AmeriCold Logistics. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in Management with a concentration in Human Resources. She was certified as a Career Development Facilitator in 2013 and is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer.

Director at Large: Debra Ruddell, MS, DCC, GaPSC Certified

Debra Ruddell is a Career Counselor at the Georgia Tech Alumni Association in Atlanta, GA.  Prior to coming to GT, she spent one year in higher education at the Mercer University Office of Career Management (Atlanta Campus), advising undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni.  Debra is a certified school counselor and a distance trained counselor.  Debra received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, IN and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from Mercer University.  Debra currently serves on the board of the Georgia Career Development Association, and voluntarily assists with the Crossroads Career Network in Johns Creek, Georgia.  She is a member of the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers, the Alumni Career Services Network, plus the American Counseling Association.

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