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2018 Ohio Career Development Association Spring Conference Presenters & Topics:


David ReileKEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. David Reile, Ph.D.,
is a licensed psychologist and Certified Career Counselor with 30 years of education and experience in career planning and psychological consultation. David’s education includes a master’s degree in community counseling with a specialization in career development and Ph.D. in counseling psychology with a specialization in psychological assessment. David’s experience has been applied in organizational development and consultation as well as management of counselors and career development projects in a variety of settings, including healthcare, banking, international organizations, educational institutions, government, and private practice through his company, the Career Development Alliance (CDA).

David is immediate past president of the U.S National Career Development Association (NCDA), serving is term as president from 2016-2017. David has served NCDA as chair of the ethics committee from 2004 – 2009, overseeing the 2007 and 2015 revisions of the NCDA Code of Ethics, receiving the 2007 NCDA Presidential Recognition Award for his work on the Code. David has served NCDA as editor of Career Developments (1997-99); NCDA.org (2000-02); Career Convergence (2002-05); and Career Development Quarterly (2002-2005; 2008-2015). He has keynoted local, regional, and state career development association conferences, including in his home state of Maryland where he is a lifetime member of the Maryland Career Development Association.

KEYNOTE Presentation: “Everything I Know About Career Development, I Learned from TV: The Joy of Using Humor in Career Development” (1.5 CSWMFT CEUs)


Charene Thornton, MS,
graduated with honors from Wilberforce University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and received her Master’s degree in Logistics and Operations Management from Wright State University. Charene is presently employed in the Wright State University, Career Center as a Recruiting Coordinator working with Employer Engagement as it relates on-site activities such as Career Fairs, On Campus Interviews, information tables and sessions. Her professional background includes having worked in several industries including, healthcare, the private sector, manufacturing, media, and the Department of Defense. Charene enjoys mentoring students and community members and is active in university diversity committees and the Alumni Association.

Breakout Presentation: “Best Practices: On Campus Recruitment and Engagement”


Paul HershbergerDr. Paul Hershberger, Ph.D.,
is Professor and Director of the Division of Behavioral Health in the Department of Family Medicine, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at The Ohio State University. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Hershberger’s specialty is health psychology, an area that addresses behavioral, biological, environmental, and sociocultural factors that affect health, illness, and the healthcare system. Dr. Hershberger is board certified in Clinical Health Psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Breakout Presentation: “Common Cognitive Tendencies and Career Decision-Making” (1 CSWMFT CEU)


Zack BeckZack Beck, MBA,
is a native Daytonian, who currently works in a business strategy position in addition to teaching in various business disciplines at local universities. Zack holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and an MBA from Wright State University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Organizational Development with a focus in business strategy. In his spare time, he enjoys competing in endurance sporting events, flying aircraft of various sizes, and enjoying the outdoors with his dog Max and fiancé Tracy.

Breakout Presentation: “LinkedIn Strategies: Personal and Professional”


Kim GilliamDr. Kim Gilliam, Ed.D., LPC,
serves as the Director of Medical Student Services for the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. She is responsible for implementing a medical student resilience program that is embedded throughout the educational process to increase student success. Additionally, Kim has 14 years’ experience working in the Wright State University Career Center. Currently, she is an adjunct instructor at WSU in the Human Services program as well as teaches the GCDF qualifying courses for the Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate program.

Breakout Presentation: “Resilience Skills to Reduce Burnout” (1 CSWMFT CEU)


Brad ImhoffDr. Brad Imhoff, Ph.D., LPC,
is a Core Faculty member in Liberty University’s online Professional Counseling program after having been Assistant Professor of Counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary the past few years. He earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Ohio University, where he specialized in addictions counseling, specifically working with those who had been consumed by the growing opioid addiction epidemic. Dr. Imhoff’s recent scholarly focus has been in the area of the cognitive behavior therapies and especially how they can be best understood and used to treat anxiety disorders.

Breakout Presentation: “Cognitive Behavioral Understanding of Social Anxiety Disorder: Implications for Career Counseling” (1.5 CSWMFT CEUs)


Thomas PaytonThomas Payton, MS.Ed.,LPC,CT/RT, 
currently serves as the Coordinator of Career & Counseling Services at Southern State Community College in South Central Ohio where he provides career and mental health counseling services. As a member of the faculty, he assists in teaching psychology for Southern State. He also teaches Career Counseling to graduate students at both the University of Dayton and Xavier University. He is certified in Choice Theory/Reality Therapy and has adapted it to career counseling. His master’s thesis and scholarly project for UD was based on his experience and work during the shutdown of the plan in 2008/2009 during the great depression where he studied and implemented hardiness techniques to help ease the transition of coworkers during a very traumatic time. He currently resides in Washington Court House with his wife Julie and daughter Amanda who is a student at SSCC and Franklin University.

Breakout Presentation: “Impact of Job Loss” (1 CSWMFT CEU)