Congratulations to the winners of the NCDA Elections!

Mark Danaher, Marilyn Maze, Carol Vecchio & Hyung Joon Yoon

NCDA members have voted the following into office:The winners join the leadership of NCDA beginning October 2013.



Mark Danaher





Marilyn Maze


Western Region Trustee


Carol Vecchio




Hyung Joon Yoon


 By-Laws Revisions was also passed!

Members of the NCDA Board adopt a continuous improvement model based upon both short-term and long-term strategic goals. In reviewing the association’s bylaws, the NCDA Board identified Articles which require minor editing and updating, while other Articles require a more in-depth review and explanation.  Voting on these bylaws changes was included in your ballot.

2012 Bylaws Rationale

Bylaws Proposed Revisions 2012 - note, this document was again updated 8/3/2012.




Mark DanaherMark Danaher 2012

Qualifications for the President-Elect Position

Mark Danaher served on the NCDA Board of Directors for the past three years as the North Atlantic Trustee. In addition, Mark has served as President of the Connecticut Career Counseling Development Association. He is the volunteer coordinator for the Career Network Organization in Connecticut, which provides professional development through informal trainings, resource sharing, and networking opportunities. Mark contributes, also, to the Connecticut Learns and Works Committee, which organizes a yearly conference for educators, counselors, employment and training specialists, and business persons interested in career and workforce development issues. As a Master Trainer for the Career Development Facilitator (CDF) program, he has trained over 110 Career Development Facilitators during the past six years. Recently, Mark took a lead role in retooling and developing the eLearning training and presentation for future CDF Instructors. Mark leads a NCDA task force focused on how NCDA can better serve and market to school counselors.

Mark is Career Services Coordinator and Career Counselor at Manchester High School in Manchester, Connecticut. For the last thirteen years, he has been living his dream of helping students find their passion in their lives. Mark was recognized as Manchester High School Teacher of the Year and Manchester District Teacher of the Year 2006-2007 for hisefforts in teaching and counseling students about career. He was a Connecticut Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2007 for his career integration work.


Future Goals as NCDA President-Elect:

  • Maintain and increase targeted membership that meets our needs as an organization.

  • Increase the diversity of membership by reaching out to new members from various ethnic and professional backgrounds.

  • Continue the leadership structure that promotes long term planning, develops organizational goals that are carried out over a 5-10 year period, and moves NCDA forward.

  • Increase the number of professional development offerings each year via webinars, podcasts, and other methods.

  • Provide professional development in career development to other organizations, such as school counselors and counselor educators.

  • Increase communication between the state Career Development Associations and the national office.






Marilyn MazeMarilyn Maze 2009

Qualifications for the Treasurer Position


Marilyn Maze currently serves as the Feature Column Editor for Career Convergence and has attended NCDA conferences for over 30 years. She is the outgoing Treasurer for the Maryland Career Development Association and has served on the Board of MCDA in a variety of capacities since she became the President-Elect of MCDA in 2005. Marilyn is the incoming Treasurer of the Maryland Association for Counseling and Development (MACD) and has served on the Board of MACD since 2006. Prior to coming to Maryland, she organized the California Career Conference in California (now the International Career Conference) for many years as the Director of EUREKA, the California Career Information System. She serves, also, as Treasurer of her church. Currently, she is assisting with the formation of the Asia-Pacific Career Development Association. Marilyn earned a Masters of Counseling at San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education at the University of Maryland. She is a Principal Research Associate in the Career Transitions Research Department of ACT, Inc. She has been responsible for developing and maintaining DISCOVER, ACT’s computerized career guidance program, for the past 20 years.


Future Goals as NCDA Treasurer

  • Assure NCDA meets the needs of career counselors in the variety of settings represented throughout the U.S. and abroad.

  • Contribute to team building and organizational development at the national level.

  • Apply experience and knowledge as treasurer and small business owner to effectively oversee fiscal stability of NCDA.

Future Contributions & Personal Statement:

After working for many years to build the Maryland CDA, which is now a vibrant community of career professionals dedicated to maintaining MCDA, I would like to focus on team building and organizational development at the national level. With several years of experience as treasurer in a variety of associations (and having been a small business owner), I believe I have the skills needed to effectively oversee the fiscal stability of NCDA. I also look forward to contributing to NCDA’s Board and assuring that NCDA meets the needs of career counselors in all of the many settings throughout the U.S. and abroad.





Western Region Trustee

Carol VecchioCarol Vecchio

Qualifications for the Western Region Trustee Position


Carol Vecchio is the founder and Executive Director of Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal, a nonprofit organization in Seattle, Washington that offers lifelong tools to navigate uncertainty, build meaningful careers, and design courageous lives. She has 20 years of experience running a nonprofit organization. Prior to her work at Centerpoint, Carol worked at New York University, Fordham University School of Law, and in private practice. She is an NCDA Mentor with over 31 years of career counseling experience. Carol was the recipient of the 2010 NCDA Outstanding Career Practitioner Award and was a participant in the 2008-2009 NCDA Leadership Academy. Her education and professional development, include a degree in psychology, graduate studies in counseling, and extensive training with Richard N. Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?. Carol brings a unique combination of entrepreneurship, professional knowledge, and creativity to the position.


Future Goals as NCDA Western Region Trustee

  • Establish NCDA as a key resource to help people find hope and passion in their lives.

  • Utilize career counseling and organizational experience to support future development and growth of NCDA.

  • Bring fresh perspective to challenges and questions our profession and organization faces.

  • Advance NCDA as an organization, NCDA members, and the profession.

Future Contributions and Personal Statement:

Although a full-time career counselor since 1981, I was a latecomer to the NCDA world. Establishing and running a nonprofit organization during the past 20 years has taken all my focus and our budget wasn’t up to the challenge of sending me to conferences. I was so lucky that the 2007 conference took place in Seattle; I could finally attend! While there I felt that I had come home. I learned then and I know now that I am awed to be a member of such a talented and dedicated group of professionals, I am proud to call myself a career counselor, and I feel called to play a more substantial role.


With the work world in such turbulence and as NCDA enters its second 100 years, I believe this is the right time for our profession to establish itself as a key resource to help more people find hope and passion in their lives. As someone who has been around the block a few times, I am excited to have my experience be utilized to support the future development and growth of NCDA. At the same time, I also feel like I can bring fresh perspectives and new questions to the challenges that we face as a profession. I believe that I bring a unique combination of entrepreneurship, professional knowledge, and creativity to the table. If you feel that you’d like to elect someone who seeks to advance NCDA, our members, and our beloved profession for the benefit of others, then I humbly ask for your vote. Thank you!




Hyung Joon YoonHyung Joon Yoon

Qualifications for the Trustee-at-Large Position


Hyung “Joon” Yoon has served NCDA as the Business and Industry (B&I) Representative of the Career Development Facilitator (CDF) Advisory Council (AC) since 2010. He earned his Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from Pennsylvania State University. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR), Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), Career Development Facilitator Instructor (CDFI), and CDF Master Trainer. Joon is an Assistant Professor in Human Resource Development at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco and Assistant Professor in Counselor Education at Pennsylvania State University.  He is teaching career management and the CDF course at the institutions. Joon brings a unique perspective of cross fertilizing individual and organizational career development needs through his industry experience as an HR professional at Global Fortune 500 companies, such as LG and Samsung. He is highly skilled at using technology in instruction, research, and collaboration, as exhibited through his Tech Lab presentation at the 2012 NCDA conference.

Future Goals as NCDA Trustee-at- Large

  • Expand NCDA influence at the national and international level.

  • Continue expanding NCDA services to Workforce Development, Human Resource, and Coaching Professionals.

  • Support CDF and GCDF programs.

  • Increase NCDA revenue through his technological expertise and global professional network.


Future Contributions & Personal Statement:

NCDA can be bigger! Through the CDF project, NCDA has been in-sourcing our business by serving non-counseling professionals with the core career counseling competencies. Serving as a B&I Representative of the NCDA CDF Advisory Council allowed me to creating a vision of expanding NCDA’s services to such populations as Workforce Development, Human Resource, and Coaching Professionals. In addition, I have witnessed the international growth of the CDF project (Currently 20,000 GCDF exists across the globe. The number of international GCDFs will surpass the number in the US very soon!). If elected I would like to contribute to expanding NCDA’s influence to wider populations in the US and overseas and, in turn, increasing the revenue of NCDA utilizing my technology enhanced research skills and global professional network.