Ohio Career Development Association
Executive Board & Chairs
President; Professional Development, Government Relations, and Bylaws Co-Chair
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.
President-Elect; Professional Development & Government Relations Co-Chair
Christine Yancey, MHR, CPRW, CEIP
Christine is currently the Coordinator of 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 10 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 provides career development services and employer relations. 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-Elect for 2022-2023.
Past-President & Bylaws Co-Chair
Evan Faidley, Ph.D.
Evan Faidley is an active member in the career community and academic affairs, currently serving as faculty of counseling and higher education administration at Saint Mary's College of California, as well as French at Fisk University. He also supports 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.
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 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.
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.
Member Engagement & Awards 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 2014 assisting students with career exploration and career planning. She served as a Career Counselor with Columbus State Community College for 6 years where she assisted 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 currently serves 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 husband, Jacob, and dog, Gio.Member-at-Large
Alicia Camak is currently the Career Pathway & Internship Coordinator at North Central State College. She is passionate about helping students reach their career and professional goals. 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 has been employed in career services roles since 2013, is a Certified Professional Career Coach, and serves as the OCDA Member at Large.
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. Kaleigh is currently working at OhioGuidestone as a school-based therapist in Berea-Midpark Middle School and High School. Through this position, Kaleigh is able to integrate her interests of mental health and career counseling. This is Kaleigh's fourth 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.
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.
National Career Development Month Chair & Newsletter Chair
Erica Crawford, M.Ed.
Erica Crawford currently works for Miami University Regionals as the Microcredential Program Manager. She has worked professionally in higher education for the last four years and has a passion for college access and student success. She is joining the OCDA team as the National Career Development Month Chair, so be on the lookout for November events! When not at work, Erica enjoys crafting, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Marcell, and best girl (who is a dog), Lola.
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.