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Welcome to Florida Career Development Association (FCDA)

The Florida Career Development Association (FCDA) is a professional organization for career development practitioners to connect and collaborate on issues, policies and practices relating to career development. 

FCDA is a state division of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), which is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA).FCDA is a division of the Florida Counseling Association (FCA), which in turn is a state branch of ACA. FCDA is subject to those provisions of NCDA and FCA that apply to their divisions.

Our Mission: To promote an understanding of the career development process and the resulting linkage that provides the individual with a productive and satisfying life.

Our Vision: To sustain a supportive and inclusive environment for all members to feel valued, appreciated, and connected within a larger group of career professionals making a difference in the lives of many.

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Upcoming Event: FCDA Coffee Talk

Florida Career Development Association's first Coffee Talk! Come meet other FCDA members in the Orlando area to share ideas, discuss career development trends, and network! Your first cup of coffee is on us!


To learn more about FCDA or questions about this event please contact fcdamembership@gmail.com


TBD Date: November 2019

Time: 6:00PM -7:30PM

TBD Location: Jacksonville, FL


Meet your 2019 -2020 FCDA LEADERSHIP

Renee Hudson, Ed.S.President 

John E. Long, Ed.S., BCC, CMCS, President-Elect 

Stacy Van Horn, Ph.D.Past President 

Chad Brown, MBA, MA, LMHC, Treasurer 

Dawn Kesselman, MS, NCC, Secretary 

Rachel Keener Killam, MA, CCC, Membership Committee Chair 

Emily Flositz, MA, Communications & Social Media Committee Chair

Courtney Hand, MA, CCC, Professional Development Committee Chair

Alexandria StewartGraduate Student Rep 

Renee Hudson, Ed.S., President 

Renee Hudson has more than 9 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 received her 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 (2019-20) of the Florida Career Development Association (FCDA) and the President (2019-20) 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!

John E. Long, ED.S., BCC, CMCS, President-Elect

John is a professional coach, university instructor and program facilitator. His private coaching practice has offices in Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL. John specializes in career and life coaching, and is the author of the August ‘17 book, Career Judo – The Martial Art for the Mindful Career. 

John currently serves as the chair-elect of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Credentialing Commission. He is also an active member of the NCDA Committee on Diversity Initiatives and Cultural Inclusion. He has been a contributor to NCDA’s Career Convergence and Career Developments publications and has presented at multiple NCDA Annual Global Conferences.



Stacy Van Horn, Ph. D., Past-President 

Dr. Stacy Van Horn is currently an Associate Lecturer and full time faculty member at the University of Central Florida in the Counselor Education and School Psychology Program. She serves as the School Counseling Program Coordinator, the Coordinator of the Graduate Career Counseling Certificate, and was selected as one of the “2017 UCF Woman Making History” by the Executive Board of UCF’s Center for Success of Women Faculty.

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, school counseling programs. She also supervises graduate school counseling students throughout Central Florida during their final internship clinical experience. Dr. Van Horn created curriculum and developed courses for the UCF Graduate Career Counseling Certificate. This certificate program includes advanced training in career and college readiness for children and adolescents along with integrating high impact learning experiences that apply career services with diverse populations.

Prior to her position as a Counselor Educator, Dr. Van Horn worked as a professional school counselor for over ten 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 levels. 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 children and adolescents, and the role of professional school counselors in providing effective career and college readiness interventions in school settings. Dr. Van Horn has presented at national, regional, state, and local counseling conferences, including American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, American School Counseling Association, Florida Counseling Association, and Florida School Counselor Association.

 Chad Brown, M.B.A., M.A., & LMHC, Treasurer

Chad Brown is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor operating a private practice in Central Florida that specializes in career counseling and professional development services.  He regularly helps students and professionals discover personal purpose and develop professional potential.

Chad brings over a decade of experience from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in the United States and around the world. His formal education includes a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida, and two Master's degrees from Rollins College (M.B.A. & M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling). Chad Brown, and his company Chad Brown Counseling & Consulting (CBC Helps), is an active member of many career counseling related organizations such as:



  • Mental Health Association of Central Florida (MHACF), Corporate Sponsor & Member 
  • Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida (MHCCF), Member
  • Junior Achievement of Central Florida (JA CFL), Leadership Council Member
  • University of Central Florida (UCF), School of Public Administration, Advisory Board Member
  • Greater Orlando Organizational Development (GOOD) Network, Chairperson of External Consulting Community of Practice Group
  • Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, Consultant Member
  • Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, Corporate Member
  • Florida Career Development Association (FCDA), Treasurer & Member
  • Florida Counseling Association (FCA), Member
  • National Career Development Association (NCDA), Member
  • National Employment Counseling Association (NECA), Member
  • American Counseling Association (ACA), Member

Dawn Kesselman, M.S.,NCC, Secretary 

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 Committee

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.

Emily Flositz, M.A, Chair, Communications & Social Media Committee 

Emily Flositz is currently an Assistant Director of Career Development with the University of Central Florida. She has been in career services for over 8 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 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.


Courtney Hand, M.A., CCC, Chair, Professional Development Committee

Courtney Hand is a Career Development Coordinator at the University of Central, Career Services Department. In her role, she counsels and advises students regarding major and career choices. She also assist in overseeing career peer advisors and graduate student interns. Courtney, serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the College of Education and Human Performance teaching SLS 1501, Strategies for Success. In addition she will serve as UCF’s Black Faculty and Staff Association Vice-President Elect for the 2019-2020 year. 

Courtney received a Bachelor’s of Arts double majoring in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and has obtained a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Seton Hall University. Additionally, she a Certified Career Counseling credentialed through the National Career Development Association. Preceding Career Services, Courtney was with UCF Global as an Immigration Advisor working with UCF international student population. Prior to UCF, Courtney was the Director of Intercultural Programs at the West Virginia Wesleyan College where she oversaw both Multicultural Programming and International Student Services. Courtney enjoys supporting and advising students as they professionally and personally evolve into their own career passions.

Courtney resides in Orlando, FL with her husband, Derrell and two sons, Cameron (6) and Cayden (1).

Alex M. Stewart, Graduate Student Representative 

Alex M. Stewart is a 2nd year graduate student at Florida Atlantic University studying Higher Education Leadership. Alex received her Bachelors of Business Administration from Ohio University. While attending Ohio University, she served as a Peer Consultant in the Career & Student Success Center, assisting hundreds of students with the career management process. Her experiences at Ohio University cultivated a passion for career management and inspired her to pursue a graduate program in Student Affairs. 

This Fall, Alex will be working as a Career Consultant within Florida Atlantic University’s Career Center. Outside of her work and graduate school, Alex loves to play video games, watch horror movies and create art. As she heads into her final year of her Higher Education Leadership program, Alex plans on pursuing a career in Student Affairs in one of her specialty areas of Diversity & Inclusion, Residence Life, or Career Management.


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

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


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