Ohio Career Development Association
Executive Board & Chairs
Christine Yancey, MHR, CPRW, CEIP
Christine is currently the Manager of Student and Community Engagement at Sinclair College, in Dayton, OH. With a master’s degree in Human Relations, from the University of Oklahoma, she brings to the table over 12 years of experience in career services and higher education and over seven years of experience in event planning. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, a Certified Employment Interview Professional, a Global Career Development Facilitator, and a National Career Development Facilitator. Christine and her husband have traveled around the world for his military career which allowed her to work with active-duty military members, veterans, and civilians, and where her commitment to helping veterans and her passion for higher education met. While stationed in Germany, she worked in the Education Office at Spangdahlem Air Base. Upon relocating to the United States, she worked for the American Cancer Society and later served as the Education Chief at New River Air Station in North Carolina, the air base for Camp Lejeune, the largest military base on the east coast. There she counseled and approved tuition assistance for active-duty military members while managing the operations and personnel of the office. She was then part of the new Marine Corps transition program piloted at Camp Lejeune as a Personal and Professional Development Advisory, where she assisted active-duty personal transitioning out of the military, with job readiness skills. She has lived in Ohio for over ten years and is proud to call it home. At Sinclair College, she manages a staff that provides career development services and employer relations, hosts career fairs across campus, provides student leadership training and opportunities, and organizes campus programs and activities. She also manages the colleges career resource and assists in the planning of the college’s career fairs. Christine looks forward to the opportunity to serve as President for 2023-2024.
President-Elect & DEI Chair
Alexandria Burns, M.Ed., CCSP, GCDF
Originating from the vibrant landscapes of Tampa, Florida, Alexandria Burns stands as a dedicated higher education professional who champions the empowerment of lifelong learners on their journey towards making impactful academic and career choices.
Growing up under the warm embrace of Tampa's sunshine, Alexandria's own experiences and environment have undoubtedly contributed to her understanding of the transformative power of education. With an unwavering commitment, she has dedicated her career to equipping individuals with the knowledge, tools, and confidence they need to navigate the complex landscape of academia and careers.
For years, Alexandria has skillfully guided individuals through the labyrinth of educational and professional pathways. She recognizes the significance of these decisions, not only in terms of career trajectories but also in shaping personal growth and fulfillment. Alexandria's dedication extends beyond mere guidance; it involves fostering a deep sense of agency within learners, enabling them to take ownership of their educational pursuits and professional aspirations.
Currently serving as the Assistant Director for the Office of Work-based Learning at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, Alexandria has carved a niche for herself in bridging the gap between businesses and emerging talent. Leading a dynamic team, she orchestrates experiential learning, industry collaborations, and workforce solutions that not only benefit individuals but also invigorate organizations. Her mission revolves around nurturing a thriving ecosystem where both individuals and organizations flourish, reaping rewards that elevate everyone involved.
With over eight years of leadership experience at various public and private colleges and universities, Alexandria's impact has reverberated through a myriad of initiatives. From spearheading university-sponsored career development programs to co-teaching senior seminars with a focus on entrepreneurship, she has demonstrated a proactive approach to education and career advancement. Her portfolio includes innovative multicultural and diversity initiatives, student leadership programs, and transformative academic and career advising methods for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Alexandria Burns holds a Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of South Florida. Her commitment has been recognized through her attainment of the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential and the Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) designation from the National Career Development Association.
When it comes to working with people, Alexandria enjoys empowering people to “bloom where they are planted.” This philosophy also resonates with her commitment to forging strong partnerships and collaborations. Just as diverse plants can flourish together, Alexandria recognizes the strength that comes from diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
Past-President & Bylaws Co-Chair
Nina L. Talley, D.M.
Dr. Nina Talley serves as the Director of the Center for Career Success at Bethune-Cookman University. She is a results oriented leader who has served on multiple college councils and committees in multiple capacities, to provide direction and strategic leadership for units within Career and Workforce Development, and Technical Education in the state of Ohio. She has created, implemented, and trained traditional and adult students on professionalism, business acumen, and effective communication for success and career placement for over +20,000 students, across demand driven career fields; using data analytics to drive results, in community colleges, vocational/technical institutions, and liberal arts colleges. Dr. Talley is the recipient of the OCDA 2021 Bob Windle Leadership Award in special recognition of her exceptional years of service and innovative leadership in the career development field. She has a Doctor of Management (D.M.) in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, Master of Science in Management (M.S.M) in Leadership and Organizational Development from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.
Erin Liggett, M.Ed.
Erin Liggett currently serves as an Assistant Director at The University of Akron. Erin considers herself to be a career enthusiast and believes in the power of infusing one’s most meaningful life roles into their work. In her role at UA, Erin serves as a liaison to the College of Business and works one-on-one with students and alumni on career and major exploration, job search strategies and application preparation, and graduate school research. Erin also serves as the Internship Coordinator for the College of Business, where she assists students in finding and registering internships for credit and enrolling in the proper internship courses for their major. In addition to working closely with students and alumni, Erin also leads marketing efforts for UA Career Services & Student Employment, plans professional development workshops for students in the College of Business, and advises a student organization, Re-Engineered Art, an organization that promotes sustainability through upcycled art pieces. In her free time, Erin likes to be outside, create digital collage artwork, and spend time with her dog and four cats.
Rachel Richardson, BSBA, MA Workforce Development & Adult Education
Rachel is the Career Development Manager at The Ohio State University at Lima. In her role there she serves as a liaison between students and the northwest Ohio business community to help connect students with internships and jobs upon graduation. Rachel has always had an interest in education, and served on the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Bill & Melinda Gates Small School Transformation Initiative Center of Strength Representative for Lima City Schools, and was founding Administrative Principal for Heir Force Community School and Daycare.
Ryan Wilhelm, M.A., LPC
Ryan is the Assistant Director and a Career Coach with Buckeye Careers at Ohio State University. He is an LPC with a Masters in Counselor Education from Ohio State University and a Bachelors in Public Relations and Political Science from Bowling Green State University. He has served on multiple roles with OCDA over the last 10 years. Ryan lives in Columbus with his wife and 2 kids.
Membership Engagement Chair & Awards Chair
Taylor Lincicome, MSEd., LPC, CPRW
Taylor Lincicome is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Resume Writer, and has received coaching training through the National Association of Colleges and Employers. She has worked in higher education since 2014 assisting students with career exploration and career planning. She currently serves as a Senior Career Counselor with Columbus State Community College with 6 years of previous experience assisting students with decision making related to choosing a major as well as mapping out career paths (experience building, resume writing, interview practice, job and internship strategizing). She also re-designed and coordinated the Career Mentorship Program through the CState Career Services Department and was selected to present two topics at the National Mentorship Symposium in 2019. She previously served as a Trainer within CState’s Organizational Development and People Analytics department to provide staff members with professional development opportunities and coaching for their career planning within the college. Additionally, Taylor serves as a Guided Self Assessment Facilitator with At The Core to assist high school students with career planning for their future.
She serves as a board member with the Ohio Career Development Association as well as the Columbus Young Professionals’ Career Committee. She received the “2020 OCDA Outstanding Professional Award,” which honors an individual who is a role model to students and professionals, demonstrates creativity in the field, and has great potential for continued success. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys training for local races and spending time with her dog, Gio.Member-at-Large & National Career Development Month Chair
Alicia Camak, MBA, CPCC
Alicia Camak currently works as a Human Capital Management Senior Analyst within the Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). Her focus is on statewide recruitment for the organization. Prior to serving in this role, she held roles in career services offices at various colleges and universities for nearly 10 years. Alicia holds a Master of Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing from The University of Akron. She is a Certified Professional Career Coach and serves as the OCDA Member at Large.
Professional Development Co-Chair
Aysegul Keskin Zeren, Ph.D.
Aysegul Keskin Zeren, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director for Student Experience and Public Service Career Interest Area lead at the Career Center at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Political Science department, teaching conflict resolution and human rights courses. Aysegul is a conflict resolution and non-violent communication specialist. She has over a decade-long experience in teaching courses and delivering training on communication skills and empathy, conflict resolution methods like negotiation and mediation, and conflict coaching. Throughout her career, she supported and coached undergraduate and graduate students, non-profit professionals, and community leaders on various academic and career decisions and workplace conflicts. She worked at several institutions such as the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Program at John Carroll University, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, the Center for Applied Conflict Management at Kent State University, and Cuyahoga Community College. Aysegul holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Kent State University and M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Sabanci University in Turkey.
Professional Development Co-Chair
Dean Moyer, M.Ed.
In the journey to become a the best helping professional he can be, Dean has sought rich and diverse experiences. The result has been a deeper understanding about many aspects to the world of higher education and Student Affairs. He discovered a love for career exploration, student support, and challenging thought. Dean broadened his understanding of what it means to work within an institution and how to assess the quality of the student experience from institutional mission to student outcome. He states that "the connections we make with students are the basis on which we can help them feel understood, encourage them to succeed, and affect positive change. Meeting students (and professionals) where they are and seeking to truly understand their experience for its uniqueness is the first step." His experiences along the way have helped him to internalize this truth in a way that makes it natural to put into practice. Settled down in the Columbus, Ohio region for the next stage of his professional journey, Dean is hopeful that he can use each day of this experience to grow and become a better person and professional than he was yesterday
Kaleigh Mahon, M.Ed., LPC, CDCA
Kaleigh Mahon received her M.Ed. in clinical mental health counseling as well as a certificate in addictions counseling from Kent State University. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor at Grow Well Cleveland, LLC. Through this position, Kaleigh is able to work with children, adolescents, adults, and families presenting with a variety of stressors. Kaleigh hopes to be able to continue to integrate her interest in career counseling within this new position. This is also Kaleigh's fifth year serving as the Website Chair for OCDA. Throughout her time on the board, she has enjoyed the opportunities to share OCDA news with members as well as update the appearance of the website in order to draw interest to OCDA. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her bird (Okra), create art, and go for walks.
Social Media Chair
Chelsea Francis, M.S.Ed., LPC
Chelsea works in Student Affairs at Columbus State Community College where she serves as a Project Manager on the Strategic Initiatives & Assessment team. In this role, she manages projects focused on enhancing the student experience through program and process development, supports Student Affairs departments in assessment and continuous improvement efforts, and promotes collaboration across the division. Chelsea's background includes over 10 years in Career Services and Workforce Development, helping students connect with job opportunities and assisting employers with programs to build talent pipelines within the Columbus Region.
Madelyn (Maddie) Kindig, M.A.
Maddie Kindig is a Career Coach for The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success. As a Career Coach, Maddie meets with students interested in finance, management, consulting, sales as well as technology, data, and analytics. She also serves as the coordinator of the Peer Career Coaches in the office. Although originally from northern Indiana, Maddie has lived and worked in Germany, Czech Republic, and Italy within the last seven years. She earned her B.A. in World Language Studies with a focus in German and history from Indiana University South Bend, M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from The Ohio State University, and a certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Trinity College London. Maddie also gained experience in areas such as intercultural competence, higher education, translation, editing, and business.
Government Relations Chair & Bylaws Co-Chair
Sarah JanTausch, M.S.
Sarah JanTausch (Jan-Tosh), Founder of SRJ Coaching and Consulting (valuesbasedcareers.com). She is an Executive & Career Coach, Speaker, and Trainer who works with individuals to create values-based careers and to unlock the hidden job market. She also partners with organizations supporting students and job-seekers for the job market of the future. She coaches individuals on career pivots, generosity-based networking, and aligning total vocational impact with personal values. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in Politics & Government and a Master of Science degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. Sarah is an active member of several organizations including the National Career Development Association, Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce, and Central Ohio Chapter of Talent Development. She is also a member and Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Ohio Career Development Association.
Prior to her work in the career development industry, she served Ohio’s Governor and Lt. Governor in various leadership roles including Statewide Outreach Director and Regulatory Policy Advocate. She led a team and advocated for effective regulatory, education, and economic policy. She has served on several nonprofit and public boards and is active in her hometown of Delaware (Ohio) including the Delaware Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, a domestic violence shelter called Turning Point, and the City of Delaware’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. She enjoys giving back to her community through board service and is currently an Alumni Partner providing pro-bono services to alumni in transition and students at her alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan University.
Bylaws Co-Chair & Archives Co-Chair
Calvin Wagner, B.A.
Calvin's career in Higher Education began at Wright State University in the Office of Disability Services as a Transition Coach. In that role, he was responsible for assisting incoming freshman students in making the transition from high school to college. Currently, he is a Senior Exploratory Career Advisor at Sinclair Community College. Calvin loves helping students choose their major and assisting them when they are feeling undecided or unsure. He also academic advises for Sinclair Community College's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics students. In his free time, Calvin enjoys spending time with his cat, Rosie, and going to Dayton Dragons and Cincinnati Reds games.
Richard Fajardo, MBA, M.A., LPC, NCC
Richard Fajardo is a Career Development Coordinator for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. He has worked full-time in higher education since 2019 after spending several years working in various roles in the business world. Richard earned Business Administration degrees from Xavier University (Bachelor’s) and Bowling Green State University (Master’s) and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University.