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Executive Board & Chairs



Evan Faidley, Ph.D.


Evan Faidley is an active member in the career community and academic affairs, currently serving as faculty of higher education administration at Kent State University, the Williams Honors College at The University of Akron, and French at Fisk University. He also support graduate student academic and career development in his role as the Graduate Student Affairs Officer for the French Department at UC Berkeley. In his advising role, Evan engages in career advising and programming targeted to career development of graduate students developing skills and knowledge to pursue academic and professional career pathways. His past experience in undergraduate teaching and advising, as well as his interactive work in gauging graduate student career readiness among diverse populations show his commitment to college student development, personal exploration, and professional identity construction. He is also a doctoral candidate studying higher education administration with a focus on professional socialization and master’s higher education students’ specialty choice in transition from student to entry-level student affairs staff. Evan’s background in career advising, college teaching, and conducting research has proven his self-concept and purpose in life: being useful to others as they transition into new chapters of life.


Nina L. Talley, D.M.


Dr. Nina Talley serves as the Director of Career services at Wilmington College. 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.

Past-President, Nominations Chair, & Social Media Chair

Chelsea Francis, M.S.Ed., LPC


Chelsea is currently a Career Counselor at Columbus State Community College, where she works with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and employers to implement a holistic approach to student success and career development. With a background in workforce development, she is experienced developing strategic partnerships with employers and community organizations to provide innovative solutions to both student and employer needs. Chelsea received a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Capital University. 


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 connecting 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.


Erin Liggett, M.Ed.


Erin Liggett currently serves as a Career Coordinator 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.


Alicia Camak


Alicia Camak has been the Internship Coordinator for The Ohio State University at Mansfield and North Central State College since 2018. She is passionate about assisting students in exploring careers through internships and experiential learning. Prior to joining the Ohio State Mansfield and NC State College team, Alicia spent 5 years working at Ashland University in the Career Services Center. During that time, she served as the Employer Relations Coordinator, Employer Relations Manager/Great Lakes Grant Internship Coordinator, and then as a Career Specialist. Alicia holds a Master of Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a concentration in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Akron. She is also a Certified Professional Career Coach.


Ryan Wilhelm, M.A., LPC


Ryan is the Assistant Director and a Career Counselor with Buckeye Careers at Ohio 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.

Professional Development Co-Chair

Katy Popplewell, M.S.


Katy has an extensive background in Career Services, specifically in Pre-Health and the Health Professions at NSU, Fort Lauderdale. She currently works as a Career Counseling Advisor at Nova Southeastern University at the Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Tampa Bay Regional Campus. Prior to coming to KPCOM, Katy worked as a Career Services Advisor in Cincinnati, OH at Wright State University. She received a B.A. in Communication from the University of Cincinnati and a M.S. degree in College Student Affairs from NSU. She is very passionate about staying active, hitting the gym, and enjoys hanging out with family and friends. She also enjoys listening to music, travelling, and cooking.

Professional Development Co-Chair

Felicia Johnson, M.Ed., LPC


Felicia currently serves as the Program Coordinator for Urban Outreach and Coaching with Future Plans where she coordinates programs with local organizations, schools, agencies, and other institutions.  Felicia has served on the OCDA board in the past as the Awards Chair & NCD Month Chair. As a two-time graduate of Kent State University, Felicia utilizes her skills as a clinical and mental health counselor along with her experience as a career advisor supporting diversity initiatives to encourage, empower, and educate students and job seekers in exploring new career opportunities. 

Website Chair

Kaleigh Mahon, M.Ed., LPC, CDCA


Kaleigh Mahon recently obtained her M.Ed. in clinical mental health counseling as well as a certificate in addictions counseling from Kent State University. Kaleigh is currently working at OhioGuidestone as a school-based therapist. Through this position, Kaleigh hopes to integrate her interests of mental health and career counseling. This is Kaleigh's third year serving as the Website Chair for OCDA, and in her free time, she loves to spend time with her bird, create art, and go for walks.

Awards Chair & NCD Month Chair

Taylor Slocum, MSEd., LPC, CPRW


Taylor Slocum 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 2015 and currently serves as a Career Counselor with Columbus State Community College where she assists students with their career decision making and career planning. She also has coordinated the Career Mentorship Program for the past five years through the CState Career Services Department and was selected to present at the National Mentorship Symposium in 2019. She was a recipient of the “2020 OCDA New Professional Award” which acknowledges a young professional 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 she is an active member in the Ohio Career Development Association and enjoys training for local races.

Newsletter Chair

Bethani Burkhart, M.H.


Bethani Burkhart is the Director of Career and Academic Development at Hiram College. She has worked in career services for seven years. Bethani graduated from Tiffin University with a Masters of Humanities in 2013, and is originally from Bellevue, Ohio. Currently, Bethani serves as the OCDA Newsletter Chair and just wrapped up her three-year President term in July.

Archives Chair

Dalila Byrd, M.S.


Dalila has been serving as the clinical coordinator for the medical students at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine for the past five years. She completed her master’s degree in Business & Organizational Management Counseling with a focus in career counseling and development at Wright State. Dalila has served on the OCDA Board since 2015 starting as the Website Chair and was President in 2018.

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