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Florida Career Development Association (FCDA)

FCDA is a division of the Florida Counseling Association (FCA). FCA is a branch of the American Counseling Association (ACA). FCDA is also a state division of the National Career Development Association (NCDA).


President  - Stacy Van Horn

President-Elect - Renee Hudson

Treasurer - Maria Schaeffer

Secretary - Melanie Adams

Graduate Student Rep - Alex Botchen

Past President - Carolyn Jones

Membership Committee Chair - Rachel Keener Killam

Communications & Social Media Committee - Jill Flansburg

Professional Development Committee - Liliana Caldero



Stacy Van Horn, FCDA President 

Dr. Stacy Van Horn is currently a full time faculty member and School Counseling Coordinator at the University of Central Florida in the Counselor Education and School Psychology Program within the Department of Child, Family and Community Sciences. She teachers graduate students at both the masters and doctoral level primarily in the areas of career development, counseling with children and adolescents, ethical and legal issues in professional school counseling, and coordination of comprehensive, developmental school counseling programs. She also supervises practicum students in the Community Counseling and Research Clinic (CCRC) on campus and school counseling interns throughout Central Florida schools. Dr. Van Horn is currently in the process of revising the UCF Graduate Career Counseling Certificate Program which will include advanced training and coursework, including career and college readiness for children and adolescents and applied career services within diverse settings.

Prior to her position as a Counselor Educator, Dr. Van Horn worked as a professional school counselor for over nine years in Orange County Public Schools working with diverse students, teachers, and families in Central Florida.Dr. Van Horn has experience in creating and coordinating comprehensive, developmental school counseling programs at both the elementary and middle school level. In addition, she has experience collaborating with exceptional education school personnel on developing strategies and counseling approaches for exceptional education students. Her current research interests include training and supervision of professional school counselors, counseling interventions with diverse children and adolescents, and the role of professional school counselors in providing effective career and college readiness interventions in schools. Dr. Van Horn has presented at national, regional, state, and local counseling conferences, including American Counseling Association, Association for Specialists for Group Work, American School Counseling Association, the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Florida Counseling Association, the Florida School Counselor Association, and invited presenter at the Florida Association for Gifted Children.

Maria Schaeffer, Treasurer

Maria Schaeffer is an accomplished, resourceful, visionary master career specialist with a successful track record in creating and enhancing programs in transition for students with disabilities, workforce development, and family, school and community involvement. Proven ability in establishing and implementing policies, procedures and protocols. Maria holds a Master’s degree in Special Education, a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Management and is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) as well as an Offender Workforce Development Specialist and Instructor (OWDS-I). She is a member of the Iota Lambda Sigma’s (ILS) Nu Chapter, a professional honorary society recognizing excellence in career and technology education and workforce development in business and industry.


Melanie Adams, Secretary

Melanie Adams has been with Florida Atlantic University since June 2013 but has been working in career services since 2010. She serves as the Assistant Director on the Career Advising, Counseling and Education team at the FAU Career Development Center. Melanie works closely with the University’s ACCESS (Academic and Career Enhancement for Student Success) program as the liaison for career counseling and instructs multiple sections of a Career & Life Planning and First Year Experience courses. Also she conducts workshops, and individual career counseling sessions on various career development topics. Melanie is a Global Career Development Facilitator and an active member of the National Career Development Association. Additionally she actively attends and presents at various professional conferences on career-related topics. She received her master’s degree from Florida International University in Higher Education Administration and her bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University.


Renee Hudson, Ed.S., President-Elect

Renee Hudson has more than 8 years of experience advising and educating individuals on  the various aspects of career development. She is currently a Professional School Counselor for Orange County Public Schools and has provided career advising to students and parents both at the school and district level. Her experience extends to working with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Central Florida and mother's facing homelessness within the Central Florida community. She has developed employability workshops, programs highlighting career exploration and options and managed career initiatives for local agencies.  Recently, she launched a program called THE PLUG (A program of Gifted Ones), that supports students and families to and through their post-secondary experience.

She has Specialist degree in Counselor Education from The University of Central Florida and has worked in the non-profit sector, K-12 and higher education.

She is the President-Elect (2018-19) of the Florida Career Development Association (FCDA) and the President-Elect (2018-19) of the Orange County School Counselor Association  (OCSCA). She is a member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Florida Counseling Association (FCA) and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).

She has a love for counseling and a passion for facilitating the academic, social and career development of students.  She is excited to create more opportunities for career development professionals to ensure that all students and former students are career ready.

Carolyn Jones, MBTI, GCDF, Past President

Carolyn D. Jones has more than 30 years of experience in career development. She is the President/CEO of CDJ Consulting, LLC, (CDJC).  CDJC provides expert service in professional development coaching, team building strategies, human capital management, talent acquisition, and leadership and resource development for colleges, universities, corporations, organizations and non-profit agencies.

 She is President-Elect (2018-2019) of the Florida Counseling Association (FCA) and Past-President of FCDA (2016-2018). She is the Co-chair of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Ethics Committee and a member of the NCDA Awards Committee. Her professional memberships include NCDA, the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the Association for Psychological Type International (APTi).

 Carolyn also has an extensive professional background in higher education administration including strategic and operational planning, fiscal management, building university partnerships, curriculum development, program and course development, experiential education, career placement, job search strategies, outcomes assessment, marketing and fund raising.

 She has served as a member and held national and local positions on professional association and community boards.  She has a Bachelors degree in Education and a Masters in Educational Psychology, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certification, MBTI Team Building

Certification, National Career Development Facilitator Training Certification and New York State Teacher Certification.  She is a recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.


Emily Flositz, MA, Chair, Communications & Social Media

Emily Flositz is currently a Career Development Coordinator with the University of Central Florida. She has been in career services for over 7 years, having previously worked at Seminole State College and interned at the University of South Florida. Emily holds a Master of Arts in Counselor Education with a concentration in Career Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, both from USF. Emily enjoys memberships with NCDA, ACA, and Florida ACE in addition to FCA and FCDA.

Through one-on-one appointments, group workshops, program development, and event planning, Emily enjoys activating career "light bulb" moments and inspiring students to realize their potential and career passions. Her expertise covers resume writing, major and career research and exploration, interviewing skills, job search strategies, assessment and interpretation, and related career development topics. At UCF, she services in a liaison role with Undergraduate Research, Housing and Resident Life, Student Accessibility Services, Inclusive Education Services, and the Veterans Academic Resource Center. 

Dawn Kesselman, M.S., NCC, Chair, Professional Development

Dawn Kesselman has been a member of the FAU Career Center team since September 2014 and has been working in career services since January 2014. As a Career Counselor on the Career Advising, Counseling and Education Team, she is dedicated to helping students who are in the process of deciding on a major and potential career path.

Dawn teaches multiple sections of FAU’s Career and Life Planning course, which aims to guide students as they learn about themselves and their options in order to make informed decisions regarding their major and career. She enjoys meeting with her students individually to personalize their experience with the course material and has earned multiple awards for her mentorship on campus. In addition to the Career and Life Planning course she also teaches Learning Strategies & Human Development, as well as a Learning Community Experience course to help students acclimate to FAU over their first summer semester.

Dawn also provides guidance in other career related topics such as internships, job search strategies, resume writing, and interview skills through individual appointments, walk-in advising, and workshops. Within the FAU Career Center, she chairs the Graduate School Fair Planning Committee, trains professional staff on career assessments, and has been instrumental in the development of the FAU Career Center’s Professional Clothes Closet. Dedicated to the field of Career Services, Dawn serves as the Professional Development Chair of the Florida Career Development Association, has presented at the National Career Development Association

Annual Conference and the Florida Association of Colleges and Employers, and is published in Career Convergence. 

Dawn earned an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida, where she primarily counseled children and adolescents before discovering her true passion for Career Counseling. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from the University of South Florida. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern in the state of Florida.



Rachel Keener Killam, M.A., CCC, Chair, Membership

Rachel Keener Killam is the Membership Chair for FCDA and the Senior Assistant Director of Career Exploration at the University of Tampa. She previously worked in Career Services at the University of Colorado Boulder, and is currently preparing to launch her own career counseling practice in St. Petersburg called Keener Coaching Tampa Bay.

 She served on the Colorado Career Development Association Board for several years and is a member of NCDA, SOACE, and FLACE. Rachel was one of the inaugural recipients of the Certified Career Counselor credential, and serves as a Credential Reviewer for NCDA.

 Rachel enjoys finding creative and unique ways to demystify the career exploration process for college students, and young and mid-career professionals.


Alex Botchen, Graduate Student Representative

Alex is originally from Poinciana, FL and graduated from Haines City Senior High School in 2011. Alex earned his Associates from Polk State College in 2013 and went on to UCF where he earned his Bachelors degree in Psychology. Alex is currently finishing up his Masters degree from UCF in Counselor Education-School Counseling and will begin internship at a high school in Orlando in the fall.

Alex has also completed his career counseling certificate from UCF where he has completed 250 hours assisting undergraduate students with career related issues in the UCF Career Services Office. He plans to stay in the Central Florida area upon graduation and work in the high school setting as a school counselor. Aside from school, Alex enjoys doing to Disney World and spending time with his family.

FCDA Mission

The mission of FCDA shall be to promote an understanding of the career development process and the resulting linkage that provides the individual with a productive and satisfying life.

FCDA Vision

The vision of FCDA shall be to include in the career-developmental process the promotion of partnership activities between education, business and industry.

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FCDA 2017 Outstanding Division Award

Helpful Resources:

Florida Counseling Association: www.flacounseling.org

National Career Development Association: http://ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/home_page

American Counseling Association: http://www.counseling.org/

International Association for Counseling: http://iac-irtac.org/

The Ladders.Com: http://www.theladders.com/career-advice

TalentSpace Blog: http://www.halogensoftware.com/blog/category/career-management

Carrer Bliss: http://www.careerbliss.com/

Detailed Flyer - FCDA Summit 2019 - Draft (1)(1).pdf

Event URL https://fca23.wildapricot.org/event-3319804

Registration for this EVENT is available through APRIL 10, 2019. Registration will no longer be available after this date.

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Mailing Address:

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PO Box 4474

Deerfield Beach Florida 33442

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