Friday, January 9, 2015

November 2014 Newsletter

Oregon Career Development Association

We are also working on some smaller networking events, and we will share the details as they become available.  We encourage your feedback, requests and suggestions which can be expressed through our website at – I hope to hear from you.  The Board and I wish you a meaningful and safe holiday season, and we hope to see all of you at our next event!
Thank You,
Carmen Ryan, MBA, MS
OCDA President

1. Meet Your 2014 OCDA BOARD

Carmen Ryan, President
Carmen Ryan is serving as OCDAPresident.  She has a business background earning a BS in International Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California and an MBA from Santa Clara University, California.  She began her career as a Marketing Manager in Silicon Valley for Maxim Integrated Products.  She decided to switch gears and earned an MS Education, School Counseling from Portland State University, Oregon.  Carmen is currently a school counselor for Cascades and Green Acres Elementary Schools in the Lebanon Community School District.  She specializes in trauma and career planning, using art therapy to help children express themselves.  Visit her website at 

Adry Clark, 
President Elect
I have been the director of Service Learning & Career Development at Western Oregon University since 2012.  Before that I was the Assistant Director of Career Services at Oregon State University.  I fell in love with the field of career development in the late 90’s when I lived in Southern California, and have a master’s degree focusing on career counseling.  I recently completed my doctorate degree in Counseling at OSU, where I researched the connection between social class and career development. 

Gregory Flores, 

I am the OCDA Past-President and Associate Director of Career Services at Portland State. I have worked in higher education for the past 15 years and have worked at the PSU for the last seven years.  I enjoy connecting members with educational and networking opportunities and promoting our profession. I look forward to meeting and working with more OCDAmembers

Angela Doty, 
I’m currently serving as Director of Academic Services & Career Development at Northwest Christian University, where I get to fulfill my passion for partnering with students in the discernment of calling and vocation. My primary responsibilities include providing leadership to the Office of Career Development, including the traditional undergraduate internship program, and oversight of the Offices of Academic Advising and the Registrar. This year marks my 10th consecutive year on the board, which enables me to be your Historian.

Christine LundeenCommittee Member
Christine Lundeen joined Oregon Health and Science University in September 2014 as their Career Development Specialist.  She provides individual career counseling and offers a variety of career development classes with the goal of promoting an environment of career satisfaction and growth at OHSU. Prior to OHSU, Christine was the sole career counselor at WSU Vancouver campus for 6 years.  Christine enjoys helping people identify their strengths, skills, interests and values and how those translate into a satisfying career path.   Christine is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Cincinnati and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Linfield College.  She also enjoys being involved in leadership with the Oregon Career Development Association (OCDA) and the National Career Development Association (NCDA).  In October 2014 she participated in the Fulbright  International Education Administrators Program in Germany.

Blanca AguirreMembership Coordinator
I currently work at Chemeketa Community College as a Counselor. In addition to counseling I teach Career Life Planning, First Year Experience, and Service Learning abroad. I love working with students and help them reach their goals and dreams. I hold a Master's degree in Counseling from Oregon State University. As you new Membership Coordinator for OCDA, my goal is to be proactive and acknowledge your OCDA membership. I am excited to be a OCDA board member and promote this membership opportunity to everyone in the field of Career Development

Nina OlkenCommunications Coordinator

I currently work at Lewis & Clark College as the Interim Director in the Career Development Center. I hold a Master's degree from Suffolk University and have completed the GCDF certification. As the Communications Coordinator for OCDA, I hope to help members get involved through meaningful communication and organizing events.

Donna MontoyaSecretary

I enjoy combining my background in business and career development, and experiences living and working internationally with my passion for helping others find ways to pursue their individual career paths. In my role with Linfield College Career Development, I serve students through career counseling, graduate program & post-graduation guidance, and professional development & job application resources. I am inspired by OCDA to continue my own career path and help enhance the professional development of our membership through my role as Secretary.

Chelsea ChaseTreasurer
I hail from Colorado and am excited to begin a new chapter here in Portland, Oregon. Through my Master’s program I developed a passion for career counseling and focused my practicum and internship experience in The Office of Career Services at Metropolitan State College of Denver.  Currently, I am working with Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette delivering career services to our community members.  I truly believe in the importance of career development and find deep meaning in helping folks develop as both lifelong learners and emerging professionals.

Malia Arenth

I currently work as a Career Consultant with Oregon State University Career Services, serving students and alumni through career counseling and outreach. I hold a BA in English/Creative Writing from Colorado College and an MS in Counseling from Oregon State University. As a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon, my background is in nonprofit work, providing counseling and education for people experiencing many life transitions, including through trauma, grief/loss, parenthood, mental illness, career changes/job loss and more. I love combining my enthusiasm for personal development with the student and university goals for career development and professional success, and I look forward to building community and learning opportunities through work with the OCDA!
Eden Isenstein, Member-At-Large

Eden Isenstein has been a member at large on the OCDA board since 2011. She  has a strong belief in the counseling process and people’s ability to grow and change. She has worked as a counselor at a community college since 2008 and started at Mt Hood Community College in April, 2012. She provides career, personal and crisis counseling. At MHCC she teaches in the Transitions program and loves the opportunity to support women overcome their internal and external obstacles and realize their dreams. Eden has a BA in Women’s Studies and MS in Counseling from Portland State University.

Gentry Dinsmore
, Member - At -Large
I teach College and Career Success courses and Inspire workshops on a variety of topics such as professionalism, resume/cover letterwriting, networking skills, and job search strategy. I have a BA in Psychology from Corban University and will soon complete my MS in Counseling Psychology from Capella University. I have been an OCDA member since 2010, have just joined the OCDA board, and am excited to get more involved!

2. New Membership Structure – No more worrying about your renewal date!

In an effort to simplify record keeping for both the board and members, we are moving to anew fixed-date membership year.  Now annual dues are for a membership year ending March 15th. Dues are not prorated, but if received after Jan 1 will be extended through March 15th of the following year.
In order to help with this transition, all past and current members will have their membership extended until March 2015.  Anyone who has joined or renewed since July will have their membership extended until March of 2016.  If you have any questions or concerns about this please contact the board.

3. Congratulations Angela Doty, NCDA Outstanding Career Practitioner Recipient!

Broken Arrow, OK – October 13, 2014 – Angela Doty, a 14-year Oregon resident, was bestowed theOutstanding Career Practitioner Award by the National Career Development Association (NCDA). NCDA recognizes practicing career counselors, consultants, or teachers for outstanding performance in day-to-day service.
Doty is currently the Director of Career Development and Student Success at Northwest Christian University in Eugene.   Doty has been an NCDA member for nearly ten years, served as President of the Oregon Career Development Association for three, and been an active career counselor for over eight years. 
“This award is especially meaningful to me because my colleagues secretly nominated me,” shared Doty, adding, “It is incredibly humbling to have others take notice, let alone be recognized with a national award.  My goal, regardless of any award, is to continue to partner with college students to help them discover their calling, and to empower and equip them to pursue it.”
While President of the Oregon Career Development Association, Doty expanded the organization’s annual Professional Development Institute, making it the premier local opportunity for career counselor networking and continuing education.
The National Career Development Association is a non-profit organization created to provide professional development, connection, and resources to its membership, all of whom hold positions within the career development field. Through publications, conferences and institutes, and advocacy, NCDA inspires its members to provide quality services to their clients, so they may make informed career choices.  For further information, please visit .  

4. Five reasons you should consider applying for a Fulbright International Education Seminar

When people think of Fulbright they often think of year-long commitments to teach or complete research as a PhD in another country. What many people don’t know is that there areshort-term seminars for higher education professionals and a PhD is not required. I applied to the Germany seminar because it was the most inclusive in terms of role and title and specifically mentioned career services professionals.

I toured Germany for two weeks in October with the Fulbright program. One week in Berlin and the rest of the time split between Munich and Mainz. In Mainz we converged with the French Fulbright group which included NCDA Past-President Lisa Sevry! During our time we toured a wide variety of universities and learned about how the education system differs from the United States. In addition they provided cultural experiences and we met a number of student Fulbrighters and faculty and learned about those longer term opportunities for professionals and recent graduates. Did I mention that Fulbright pays for your travel and your expenses while participating in the grant?

A few interesting tidbits about the German higher education system:it’s free (this was particularly hard for our group to wrap our minds around), there are no college sports and there
 are no general education courses. Students apply directly to a program of study which does not transfer credits to another program of study. From a young age, students are steered towards one of basically two educational tracks, one track is considered more research/academic based while the other is more vocational and focuses on both coursework and hands on work experience.Student Services as we know them are minimal and personal growth and development is not a focus of the college experience.Career Services is in it’s early stages and they use the American title of “Career Services”! I could go on for pages about each of these statements.

So, if you are still on the fence about looking into Fulbright, here are five things I gained by participating:

1. Increase international collaboration between your university and those you tour during your Fulbright experience.

2. New perspective and understanding of different ways higher education can be structured and implemented.

3. Learn and experience first hand how foreign countries view the United States and its education system.

4. There are 10-20 other higher education professionals from across the country with you on this trip making it both a national as well as international opportunity to network.

5. You become a Fulbright Alumni and have life long access to this network and Fulbright opportunities.

Germany and France have upcoming deadlines February 2nd for their 2015 travel awards. For India, Korea and Japan you would have to wait for 2016. For more details visit the Fulbright website:

This is a group picture at Johannis Gutenberg University of the Germany and French Fulbright group when we converged in Mainz Germany.

I love discussing my experience so feel free to contact me with any questions about the Fulbright application process or any other questions you may have.
Christine Lundeen,
OCDA Committee Member, Past President

Who's in that heart cookie picture at the top? (Just a small bit of evidence of the great people you will meet!)
This was a subgroup visit to Munich, you will find pictured from left to right:
Joseph Testani, Director, University Career Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Jill Burya, Associate Director Center for Career Education, Columbia University, NY, NY
Christian Garcia, Executive Director, Toppel Career Center, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FLA
Christine Lundeen, Career Development Specialist, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
Daphne Orr, Assistant Director, Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL, Georgia State University, Atlanta Georgia

5. Member Spotlight

Started last year and renewed last month, the OCDA Member Spotlightis up and running!

Our October and November Spotlights, Enid Nielson and Adry Clark, exemplify professionals who work hard and bring tremendous creative energy to the profession, in diverse environments.

Keep an eye on our front page for profiles of the next fantastic professionals!

Please send any nominations or suggestions to the OCDA board for consideration.

6. Professional Development Institute Save the Date -- March 20th 2014! And stay tuned for . . .

The 2015 Professional Development Institute is scheduled for Friday, March 20th at McMenamin's Kennedy School in Portland.

Stay tuned for information on the agenda and speakers for the day!

Also coming up:
OCDA’s Professional Development Scholarships Application
OCDA is again pleased to offer Professional Development Scholarships in order to “Promote Quality Career Development in Oregon”. Three scholarships will be offered to attend OCDA’s Professional Development Institute and Awards Luncheon in March 2015. Be on the lookout for the application information & materials to take advantage of this opportunity!
OCDA Logo contest: We are planning to update our look and design a new logo and we want the membership's help!  Details coming up.
Ninkasi Industry Tour: Ever wondered what is going on behind those brewery doors? Join us for a tour and activities in Spring 2015. Specific date TBA.

Networking Nights: Connect with fellow members while enjoying good food and drinks! Events near Portland and Salem are in the works, with dates to follow . . .

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November Newsletter

Greetings OCDA Members!

I hope you are enjoying your fall and that the weather is not dampening your spirits. Please checkout these upcoming events and opportunities for OCDA members.

1. Industry Tour: WorkSource Oregon Dec. 13th

We have lined up an Industry Tour on Dec. 13thwith WorkSource Oregon (the employment department).  This will be a great opportunity to increase your understanding of how WorkSource works with job seekers, employers, and what it takes to work for the department.  There are more details and registration information on the OCDA Events page.

2. NCDA Leadership Academy

2014-15 Leadership Academy Application Process is now OPEN.

The Leadership Academy was created in 2006 with the ultimate goal of the identifying and nurturing future generations of NCDA Leaders. Up to eight NCDA members will be selected to join this hands-on, highly experiential leadership development opportunity designed specifically for promising national and state career development association leaders.  NCDA's Leadership Academy will refine and strengthen the leadership skills of those selected for this dynamic program.

Eight individuals will be selected for this prestigious opportunity. All applications must be submitted no later than Monday, December 2, 2013. Notifications will be sent to applicants no later than January 31, 2014. The Class of 2014/2015 NCDA Leadership Academy will meet during the 2014 Annual NCDA Global Conference, June 19-21 in Long Beach, California.

This is a great professional development opportunity, and a great way to Rep for Oregon on the national level

For more information, and to apply:

3. Member Spotlight

This year OCDA is launching a new feature on the website – a Q&A member spotlight series - in which we feature one of our members every month, to facilitate greater mutual awareness of our colleagues’ work in the field of career development around the state. The feature will vary monthly to include members in industry, higher education or private practice, and can be new or more seasoned professionals.
If you are interested in nominating someone for inclusion in this series, please email:

4. We want to hear from you!

Your OCDA board is working to bring you more opportunities to network and learn throughout the year.  Stay tuned for PDI and additional industry tour announcements.  In the meantime, if there is something you would like to see, please let us know!  You can email me at:

Also, don't forget to join the OCDA LinkedIn group.

Thank you-

Greg Flores
OCDA President

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

OCDA Celebrates 100 years of Career Counseling at NCDA Conference

Oregon Career Development Association

 Happy Friday OCDA members,
Every time I have attended the NCDA conference it has been
informative, motivating and fun, but this year was special. With Rich Feller, NCDA president leading the way to celebrate 100 years of career development in its birthplace of Boston, Massachusetts the theme this year was creating hope, social justice and legacy. All the big names were there: Mark Savickas, John Krumboltz, Dick Bolles, David Blustein (our most recent PDI speaker!) and additionalkeynote speakers like Temple Grandin and Tony Wagner. The excitement and enthusiasm for our profession and its growth throughout history nationally and internationally was tangible. You know who else was there? Oregon!  
OCDA members like Portland State University’s Tina Anctiland Western Oregon University’s Adry  Snorradottir Clark both presented with colleagues, and Matt Morscheck from Oregon Health Sciences University participated in his first year of theleadership academy. Former OCDA presidentAngela Doty from NW Christian University and I also attended along with other Oregonian (and SW Washingtonian) career development specialists from private practice, K-12, colleges and universities, workforce development and human resources. Download the conference book to read the details of the presentations.
So, what did I learn? This conference keeps me on top of the latest career counseling theories and practices in a variety of settings. Additionally, it keeps me mindful of my own career counseling practices. Every year, this conference provides time for me to reflect on my work through the input of others and ask questions such as: am I trying new things?, am I providing an open inviting space for people to explore their goals?, am I keeping my own biases in check? and other important questions. An opportunity that is scarce throughout the busy year. I came away with refreshed motivation along with new information to share with colleagues to serve those we work with better.
Next year’s conference will be closer to home in Long Beach, CaliforniaJune 19 - 21st.  If you have never experienced the NCDA conference I encourage you consider coming next summer to connect with a nation and world of career development specialists. Ask yourself if you might be ready to present on that special project or program you developed. I know being a part of the national organization has truly expanded my view of the profession and my network of support and last but not least – it’s fun!

Have a great weekend,

Christine Lundeen,
OCDA Past-President
Career Counselor, WSU Vancouver

More NCDA Boston Pics!

Thank you to Matt and Angela who shared their pics

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Daimler Industry Tour

On May 10th, a bright Friday morning, a group of OCDA members and career development professionals toured Daimler Trucks North America to learn about career paths, the worldwide Daimler network of vehicles and services, and of course, all those trucks!

During a discussion with the HR team, we learned about CAReers, the 2-year management training program that takes top talent and introduces them to different Daimler departments and sites. We also learned about careers available at Daimler for professionals in an array of fields including environmental sciences, biology, engineering fields,
business fields, and much more.
And then, it was time for a tour! We saw the lift that dropped 7-ton trucks and crashed them into cement walls, two members of our group bravely rode in a cab for a shaker demonstration during which the cab bounced and rattled as if over cobblestone, speed bumps and other gauntlet-like road blocks. Later, we viewed the cold chamber, where engineers were testing the cab’s efficiency at keeping the inside warm, part of a multi-million dollar initiative through Daimler and the government.
So now as we travel up and down I-5, we we know a little something more about these monstrous vehicles, and the careers and people who put them on the road!
- Donna Montoya, OCDA Secretary

Monday, January 14, 2013

January 2013 Newsletter

Oregon Career Development Association

Dear OCDA Member,

Happy New Year!  We have some exciting changes and upcoming events to tell you about.

We look forward to seeing you at our events in the coming year!

All the best,
The OCDA Executive Board

1. Salem Networking Night

You’re Invited to the OCDA Salem Networking Night!

Join Career Development Professionals and Counselors at an informal networking event hosted by OCDA. Bring your colleagues, the more the merrier!

Please RSVP through Evite.

When:  Thursday, January 17 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Where:  McMenamin's Thompson Brewery

Contact Anne Lapour with any questions for if you need any accommodations:

2. Professional Development Institute

OCDA invites you to participate in the 11th annual PDI and Awards Luncheon. This is the event of choice for regional career development professionals to enhance their skills, network with colleagues, recognize outstanding career development professionals, share best practices, and gain continuing education credits.
Click here to register!
("Early Bird" rates expire February 1, 2013)

3. PDI Scholarship

This year, the Board will award three scholarships for the registration fee for the Annual Professional Development Institute and Awards Luncheon, held on March 8, 2013, a $85 value each! Please read below for information on the Scholarship and how to apply!

In order to apply for this scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

 The Oregon Career Development Association (OCDA) is pleased to announce that the Professional Development Scholarship is available to OCDA Members! 
  • OCDA member in good standing for a minimum of the past two consecutive years
  • Willing to write an article related to the training to be posted on the OCDA website
Scholarships must be used for the registration fee for the 2013 Professional Development Institute and Awards Luncheon event. In order to apply, download and complete the application form below and submit to Angela Doty at by March 1, 2013.  

4. Award Nominations

The Oregon Career Development Association (OCDA) is pleased to announce its Award Program and is accepting nominations. These awards are designated to honor individuals making significant contributions to the improvement of career development. The awards will be presented at the 2013 OCDA Spring PDI and Awards Luncheon in March. Nominees do not need to be a member of OCDA; each award will include a one-year membership to OCDA.  Visit our webiste for more information.

5. New and Improved OCDA Website

Your OCDA leadership team is always looking for new and improved ways to stay connected and provide the best professional development opportinities to our members.  Our new website does just that.  New features include: easier event registration, membership renewal and navigation.  In additon, members will now be able to update their own contact and professional information to ensure timely receipt of OCDA communications.  Click here to check it out and create an account today!

OCDA's 2012 Post and Poetry Contest

Thank you to everyone who participated in OCDA's 2012 Poster and Poetry Contest!  The judges enjoyed all of the entries and appreciated the hard work and creativity they displayed in portraying this year's contest theme “Inspiring Careers: Honoring History.”

The following student’s entry was chosen as first place winner, and he will receive a $25 gift card.  The work of the winner will be entered into the National Career Development Association contest.


Brayden Teems
Grade: 11
Sam Barlow High School
1st Place High School, Poster C2 Category

The Oregon Career Development Association plans to sponsor another poster and poetry contest next fall. We hope you will consider participating in next year’s contest!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Industry Tour: Careers in Commercial Real Estate

There was a great turnout for our fall industry tour with Women in Commercial Real Estate (CREW). CREW’s goal is to educate people about the various career options available as this is not typically a career that people intentionally pursue, but may find very rewarding. OCDA members met at the Conway development site in Portland and learned about the site development and listened to a panel of CREW members discuss their career paths in commercial real estate. 

One of the things that struck me was to learn how varied the educational backgrounds were of their new hires.  All their new hires had bachelor’s degrees, but not all of them were in business and finance as one might assume – many were liberal arts majors with good critical thinking and communication skills. This could be an exciting option for clients you work with. I recommend taking a look at the extensive information CREW that we have made available online. It describes various career options as well as includes the bio’s and career paths of the members of CREW.  A big thank you to Greg Flores for planning this tour.   Click here to download CREW's tip sheet and employee bios.

Save the Date!  Our next Industry Tour is Scheduled for May  3rd with Daimler.