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Meet Your 2023-2024 FCDA Leadership

Galaxina G. Wright, Ph.D. NCC

FCDA President

Galaxina G. Wright, Ph.D. NCC is an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Central Florida. She completed her master’s degree in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling from Regent University, and is currently a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern (RMHCI) for the state of Florida working towards completing her hours for licensure. Galaxina carries a wide range of expertise providing career counseling and career education to diverse populations, including social services with low-income populations, a college career center, a non-profit organization, and academic advising within higher education. As a researcher, her primary research interest surrounds career challenges among individuals and families from traditionally underrepresented populations, such as unemployment and job search. In her research, Galaxina examines how barriers and noncognitive factors, such as job search self-efficacy and employment hope, impact 56% of unemployed individuals with increased mental health issues. She also helps to positively address these issues with tailored interventions for specific populations, such as youth transitioning out of the foster care system. Some of her publications related to career challenges may be found in the Career Development Quarterly, the Journal of Employment Counseling, and the Professional School Counseling journal. Galaxina is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the Florida Counseling Association (FCA), and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES).

FCDA President-elect


FCDA Past President 


MaryAnn Sewell
FCDA Secretary

MaryAnn Sewell is a workforce development professional with over 20 years of higher education and training design experience. Serving for five years as Vice President of Strategic Business Development and Career Services for NUC University Florida Technical College and DAVE School, she is involved in serving the community and employers by providing the best skilled and talented graduates of top in-demand programs. Her team is composed of multi-lingual of multi-cultures to strengthen the customer service of a diverse group of students and graduates all over Florida. Promoting programs to the minority groups, Ms. Sewell is active in the Asian American, Hispanic, and African American Chambers of Commerce and lead projects in minority mentoring and women in trades initiatives. Ms. Sewell received her M.A. in Human Resource Development at Webster University, B.A. in Corporate Communications at College of Charleston, and is a candidate for Ph.D. in Psychology with emphasis in Cognition and Instruction at Grand Canyon University. She is a Certified Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor for over 16 years.

Danielle Copeland

FCDA Treasurer

Danielle Copeland is a dedicated professional with a strong background in education, workforce development, and leadership. She holds a degree in Business Management from Western Governors University, reflecting her commitment to both business acumen and personal growth.

With a passion for fostering career success, Danielle currently excels in the Workforce Development Industry at CareerSource Tampa Bay. In her role, she leads the youth department team, guiding individuals aged 16-24 toward their desired paths in the world of work. Her innovative approach involves developing and implementing creative ideas that remove barriers hindering the pursuit of professional growth. By facilitating meaningful connections between local businesses and talented youth, Danielle actively contributes to lowering the unemployment rate within the community.

Danielle brings a wealth of experience from her more than 15 years in leadership positions, showcasing her expertise as a servant leader. Her well-rounded career includes over 6 years in the Higher Education Industry, where she held diverse responsibilities such as overseeing Student Services, Career Services, Admissions, and Adjunct Professors specializing in Professional Certifications.

Beyond her professional achievements, Danielle Copeland is known for her unwavering commitment to guiding individuals towards their full potential. Her dedication to fostering a dynamic, inclusive workforce that thrives on collaboration and innovation is truly commendable

FCDA Professional Development Committee Chair


Communications & Social Media Committee Chair


Membership Committee Chair

Graduate Student Representative


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