Committed to the Success and Professional Development of New Mexico
The New Mexico Career Development Association (NMCDA) serves professional counselors and human development specialists employed in schools, colleges, rehabilitation agencies, corrections, mental health areas, private business, and private industry. The purpose of the NMCDA is to promote a greater understanding of the meaning of work and vocation, to foster career development over the lifespan, to establish and improve the standards of professional service in the field of career guidance in New Mexico, and to enhance communication and cooperation among all career development professionals.
NMCDA is a division of the New Mexico Counseling Association (NMCA) and a branch of theNational Career Development Association. NMCDA offers professional development opportunities and social events throughout the year for its membership. In addition, NMCDA offers free community workshops on implementing successful job search strategies.
President - Sharon Ipes
Photo & Bio coming soon.
Past President - Autumn Collins
Almost 15 years ago, Autumn happily called Albuquerque, NM, home. Starting at The University of New Mexico as a counseling intern at the Office of Career Services, she discovered the joys of career counseling and love for the UNM community. Autumn developed from an intern to a Career Development Facilitator (CDF) I to a CDF II, and now proudly serves as the Career Counseling Manager at UNM Career Services. She has taught over 1200 UNM students since 2008 in various departments such as Anderson School of Management, University College, and Educational Psychology. She holds a BA in psychology from The University of Michigan, an MA in secondary education from Pepperdine University, and a Master of Arts in Counseling from NM Highlands University. She is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New Mexico specializing in career counseling and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology.
Autumn believes the privilege of leadership is the act of serving others, providing support to team members through creativity and collaboration. As NMCDA president (2017-2018), Autumn hopes to continue to collaborate with career development professionals throughout the state (and the nation), in the hopes of finding deeper satisfaction in their life and work pursuits, cultivating a healthy career culture for all New Mexico residents.
Professional Development - Tanya Campos
Treasurer - Charles Lehman
Secretary - Elizabeth Daniels
Elizabeth "Liz" Daniels is a licensed mental health counselor and is currently a staff therapist at Sage Neuroscience Center in Albuquerque. Her clinical practice focuses on depression, anxiety, substance use issues, and life-transitions. Liz is interested in the interconnectedness between career and life balance, and is currently the president of the New Mexico Career Development Association. She has extensive experience in the workforce, at which time she earned a Masters degree in Counseling, and Bachelor's in Psychology and Sociology from The University of New Mexico.
Membership Chair - Karin Kase
Over 18 years of career management experience in higher education, corporate career centers and in the outplacement industry. Skilled in working with clients to define their career objectives and execute effective job searches. Develop and facilitate multiple career programs and events.
*Certified Professional Resume Writer
*Building Partnerships with Employers and Recruiters
*Program Development and Facilitation
*Job Search Work Team facilitator
*Job Search Strategy
Board Member - Marty Apodaca
Marty Apodaca is a Career Development Facilitator 2 at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Office of Career Services. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New Mexico and carries a devotion to Career Counseling and Supervision. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education and previously earned his MA in Counseling from UNM. Marty is responsible for the training and supervision of master level interns at UNM Career Services. He was a past president of the New Mexico Career Development Association and an active member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), American Counseling Association (ACA), and New Mexico Counseling Association.
Marty is an alumni of the NCDA Leadership Academy Class of 2017. Marty enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion of career counseling through presenting nationally for NCDA and ACA. Recently, Marty served as faculty in Kent, Ohio for the second annual Career Construction Institute. Over the past 9 years, Marty has studied and implemented the Career Construction Interview (CCI) with clients and groups. He enjoys teaching both new and seasoned counselors on implementing the CCI with clients. Marty’s devotion is to help clients share, connect with, and ultimately develop authorship over their stories.
Board Member - Heather Ver Brugge
Heather Ver Brugge is a Career Development Facilitator I at the Office of Career Services where she works with a dynamic, creative team of career professionals. She has had the privilege of serving in this role since August 2012. Before coming to UNM, she worked at Highland High School where she discovered her passion for working with young adults as they embark on their college careers and begin to explore their future career options. Heather has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNM, and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Counseling. Heather is the Career Services liaison to the College of Arts & Sciences, including Health Sciences, and to the Veterans Resource Center. She also is the campus coordinator for the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), a federal program that helps students with disabilities connect with public and private sector employers. Heather’s interests include travelling, preferably to warm sunny beaches, Broadway musicals, dark comedies, and furry animals.