A State Chapter of the
National Career Development Association (NCDA)
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2016-2017 GCDA Board

President: Debra Ruddell, MS, DCC, GaPSC Certified


Debra Ruddell is a Career Counselor at the Georgia Tech Alumni Association in Atlanta, GA.  Prior to coming to GT, she spent one year in higher education at the Mercer University Office of Career Management (Atlanta Campus), advising undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni.  Debra is a certified school counselor and a distance trained counselor.  Debra received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, IN and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from Mercer University.  Debra currently serves on the board of the Georgia Career Development Association, and voluntarily assists with the Crossroads Career Network in Johns Creek, Georgia.  She is a member of the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers, the Alumni Career Services Network, plus the American Counseling Association.










President-Elect: Bethany Bagley-Mills MS, LPC


Bethany Mills joined the UGA Career Center staff in June 2010 serving as the Career Consultant for the College of Education, undecided students and students in fine and performing arts before being named the Director of Alumni Career Services in June 2014. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is certified in the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Her knowledge and skill set includes career counseling and exploration, career assessments, teaching/presentations, job search strategies, supervising, and training student interns and new staff members. Bethany finds joy in helping UGA alumni navigate the career exploration process and providing the resources to help them reach success. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University where she earned her Master of Science in Counselor Education and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Education.







Secretary: Kalesha Hicks, M.Ed.


Kalesha Hicks is a Career Counselor at The Career Center of Emory University. In this role she works with Economics and Economics/Math students as well as assisting undecided first-and second-year students with career exploration and professional development.  Prior to entering the higher education and career services field, Kalesha worked in Human Resources. Kalesha’s experience as a Resident Advisor/Mentor in college ignited a spark to work in higher education. Combined with her Human Resources background and passion for helping students maximize their potential and succeed in life, led her to a fulfilling role in career services. Kalesha holds a Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership at Mercer University (Atlanta campus) and a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina where she graduated cum laude. Kalesha enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, catching the latest movies, bowling, and exploring the city of Atlanta. 






Treasurer: David Harris, MTS, MS


David is the co-founder and Executive Director of Rock Springs Positive Coaching, Caring, and Counseling, Inc. As a professional coach, he helps clients develop new insights, enhance motivation, and create new personal opportunities. He has been in practice as a coach for over 25 years, first in the management of technology projects for large non-profit and now as a personal career coach for the past ten years.


He has served as  the President of the Georgia Career Development Association and is a former Director of Information Technology for the National Home Office of the American Cancer Society. David holds two Masters degrees: one in Theological Studies with a concentration in philosophy and the second in Counseling with a focus in career counseling. He did post-graduate training under the direction and supervision of T. Albert Davis, MD and also holds a university certificate as a Career Development Specialist.


He can be reached via LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/davidharris411 or email - David.Harris@RockSprings.us




Chair, Marketing & Communications: Matt Henderson, M.Ed., NCC

Matt Henderson is a Career Counselor in the University Career Services office at Georgia State University. He helps students choose majors, cultivate an improved sense of self-awareness, and develop strategies critical to achieving career goals. Originally from Mobile, Alabama, he has earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Auburn University. Matt is a Nationally Certified Counselor and is also involved with the National Career Development Association as well as the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers. Matt is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends exploring new places.








Co-Chair, Membership: Amy Clemente, LPC, NCC

Amy Clemente serves as the Director of Career Development at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.    She is a licensed professional counselor, has B.A. in Psychology from N.C. State University, and a M.S. in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University.  Prior to Oglethorpe, Amy worked for Sprint /Nextel where she had a career in Human Resources, Training and Development, and Project Management for the company’s leadership curriculum. Amy’s interests include using strength-based approaches to help students identify and refine personal and professional identity. She is a member of the ACA (American Counseling Association) and the NCDA (National Career Development Association).








Co-Chair, Membership: 

Danielle Rubenstein, MS, NCC



Danielle Rubenstein is a Nationally Certified Counselor who has been providing coaching, support and resources to young professionals and executives regarding career development and transitions for 15 years. She currently manages the Alumni Career Services office at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and offers career counseling, resume reviews, networking assistance, job search strategy advice and interview preparation to all alumni. She also performs career consulting for private clients on an ad hoc basis.


Prior to her role at Emory, Danielle worked at The Coca-Cola Company in the Leadership Consortium building interview guides for the senior management team. On a part-time basis, she also trained new employees at Rich’s Department Stores. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Counseling (specializing in career development) from Georgia State University.


With a proven record of successfully creating marketing documents (i.e. resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, etc.), she finds great reward in helping each job seeker articulate and promote his/her unique strengths and competencies. Her passion is around helping individuals find a job they are truly excited about and will bring them satisfaction.




Director at Large: Kendra Strickland, MS


Kendra Strickland coordinates professional development initiatives and events designed to increase the engagement of alumnae and non-alumnae in the career development of current Agnes Scott students. A passion for professional development has led to almost a decade of experience motivating and coaching students, athletes, and young alumni in preparation for the ever-evolving global marketplace. With experiences gained from large public research institutions as well as small private liberal arts colleges, Kendra has a diverse professional development programming background. Kendra holds a BS from Missouri Science and Technology University, an MS in Sports Management/Higher Education from Missouri State University and is currently pursuing her EdD in Organizational Leadership/Higher Education from Grand Canyon University.












Director at Large: Tavonda Hudson, MS and M.Div.


Tavonda Hudson is a Career Counselor in the Office of Career Services at Clayton State University. She helps freshman and sophomores with gaining self-awareness and career exploration skills so they can make effective career decisions. Tavonda is a native of Atlanta, GA, and she recently earned a dual-masters degree from Mercer University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.) and Divinity (M.Div.). She enjoys volunteering, spending time with family and friends, and exploring the arts and music scene of Atlanta. She's a member of American Counseling Association (ACA) and a former Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2015 Minority Youth Fellow with the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation.



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