Meet Your 2021-2022 FCDA Leadership
FCDA Professional Development Committee Chair
Lashay Vazquez, MA
Communications & Social Media Committee Chair
As a first generation and transfer student, Lashay Vazquez attended the University of Central Florida for her Bachelors in Psychology ('12) and Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a graduate certificate in Career Counseling ('18). Lashay has been able to successfully take her mental health counseling skills of diagnosis, treatment planning and rapport building and transfer them into the career counseling world via assessments, counseling sessions and goal planning.
Lashay is a firm believer that mental health, careers and academics are closely intertwined with each impacting the other. With a love of travel, exploration, epiphanies and literature, Lashay has come to value the personalities and experiences of others that help shape their identities and choices.
Lashay currently works as a Career Counselor with Career Services at the University of Central Florida where she enjoys assisting students in both major and career exploration. She has also recently explored the world of teaching by instructing courses for international students focused on career development and succeeding during their university experience. Lashay also serves as a Career Services liaison to other departments on the university campus that reflect her interests such as Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Care Services, Office of Undergraduate Research, LGBTQ Services and UCF Global.
Lashay plans to earn a Ph.D. in either Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology.
Jackie Gill, MA, CCSP
Membership Committee Chair
Jackie Gill recently relocated to Florida from Arizona, and is currently Counseling Faculty at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL. She has been an NCDA FCD Trainer since 2011.She has over 18 years’ experience working in student services and career development, including working in high schools in Michigan, and in higher education at Pima Community College, University of Arizona and in the Maricopa Community College District in Arizona.
Jackie completed her M.A. in Counseling with a post-graduate certification in Career Development at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, and her B.A in Psychology at Michigan State University. She also earned her Transformational Life Coach certification through the Southwest institute of the Healing Arts (SWIHA) in Tempe, Arizona, and is a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) through NCDA.
Jackie has taught career exploration and student success courses to middle school students through adults, and has worked with dislocated workers in the One-Stop Centers throughout the Greater Phoenix area. Her professional association memberships include the National, Arizona and Florida Career Development Associations, for which she is the incoming Membership Chair for 2020-2021. Jackie has dedicated her professional career to helping people achieve their career goals through career exploration, job searching, networking, resume enhancement and career transition. She believes the skills required for successful job searching are the most important skills one can learn because they are utilized continuously throughout a person's lifetime.
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