Ohio Career Development Association
Executive Board & Chairs
Bethani Burkhart, M.H.
Bethani Burkhart currently serves as the Director of Career and Academic Development at Hiram College. She has worked with a vast array of student populations in her time as a career services professional including professional MD and PharmD students, liberal arts students, and students being trained in technical skills. Bethani achieved her Masters of Humanities in Communication from Tiffin University. She’s originally from Bellevue, Ohio and now resides near Cleveland in Northeast Ohio. One interesting fact about Bethani is that she’s on a mission to kayak all fifty states!
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, staff, faculty, and employers to implement a holistic approach to ensure student success. With a background in workforce development, she is experienced in developing strategic partnerships with businesses and community organizations to provide innovative solutions to both student and employer needs. Chelsea's area of interest is leveraging data and technology to promote equity in access to services, especially for non-traditional students. Chelsea received an MSEd. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Dayton, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Capital University.
Dalila Byrd, M.S., GCDF
Dalila serves as the clinical coordinator for the third- and fourth-year medical students at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine. Previously, she was a career advisor for the main university campus’ Career Center working with students and alumni. She completed both her undergraduate and master’s degree at Wright State and has a Global Career Development Facilitator certification. She currently resides in Beavercreek with her husband, toddler, dog and two cats!
Leigh Eskin Mascolino, M.S./Ed.S., NCC, CPCC
Leigh Mascolino, Director of Career Development at Ohio Wesleyan University, oversees the Career Connection office, supervises staff, and provides strategic leadership in the OWU Career Connection program. She provides individualized career coaching to students and establishes rapport with staff, faculty, employers, and Alumni to expand job prospects and graduate/professional opportunities for OWU students. Leigh has a B.A. in Psychology from The Ohio State University and an M.S./Ed.S. in Career Counseling from Florida State, where she was trained under the Cognitive Information Processing (CIP) theory. She is a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and an MBTI Certified Practitioner. Leigh served as President of the Ohio Career Development Association and has most recently worked as the Manager of Career Services in the College of Pharmacy at Ohio State.
Lenroy Jones, M.A.
Lenroy Jones joined Ashland University as the Executive Director of the Career Services Center June, 2017. He is passionate about helping individuals and organizations achieve their full potential. He loves working in career services because this area allows him to serve students and alumni by getting them connected to the career of their choice. Jones earned a BS degree in Communications from Central Michigan University and a Masters in College and University Personnel from Michigan State University. He has been a contributing Columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader for seven years writing insightful features on career and job search topics. He joined the Ohio Career Development Association in Fall 2017 and is ready to roll up his sleeves, volunteer and serve on the leadership team as the member-at-large. Jones is willing and able to work alongside the president-elect, committees, and work-groups to tackle new projects.
Michelle Bennett, M.Ed.
Michelle is a connector, she genuinely enjoys building relationships and helping people connect to each other or resources that will help them achieve their goals. She has been working in the Office of Counseling & Career Services at Ursuline College for almost three years, primarily with first year students, Peer Career Advisors and coordinating micro-internships. In addition to her role in OCCS, she is actively involved on the Women’s Center Advisory Board and is on the student retention committee. Outside of attending many events on campus to support students and staff, she regularly enjoys the performing arts, volunteering as a mentor for first generation college students and loves all the cats and dogs!
Ryan Wilhelm, M.A., LPC
Ryan Wilhelm is the Assistant Director and a Career Counselor for Career Counseling and Support Services at the Ohio State University. He also does private practice hours for Keller Counseling and Associates. He has served in multiple positions on the OCDA board since 2009 including President, President-elect, Past-President, Newsletter, Government Relations and is currently the treasurer. He has a Master of Arts in Counselor Education from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Political Science from Bowling Green State University.
Kaleigh Mahon, B.A.
Kaleigh Mahon is currently a Master's student at Kent State University studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is also working towards a certificate in addictions counseling. Ultimately, she would like to specialize in career counseling and work with the adolescent and young adult populations.
Kaleigh graduated in three years with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Kent State University. She serves as a member of the mentorship committee for the Kent State Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. Additionally, she will be working as a Graduate Assistant within the Office of International Student Affairs during the 2019-2020 academic year. When she is not in class, Kaleigh loves to spend time with her bird, cross-stitch, and go for walks.
Social Media Chair
Katie Flanigan, M.Ed., GDCF
Katie Flanigan serves as a Career Advisor at Baldwin Wallace University. She most recently presented at this year’s OCDA conference with a workshop entitled, Level Up in Life: Overcoming Barriers to Student Career Development. She holds a Masters of Education from the University of Pittsburgh and is also a Global Career Development Facilitator. In her position, Katie advises traditional and nontraditional undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni. She is the liaison to undecided students, the School of Social Sciences, and School of Natural Sciences, Math, & Computing. No stranger to social media, she runs all of the accounts for BW Career Services and uses them to create professional development opportunities for students. Katie also teaches a First-Year Experience course each fall in which she assists freshmen in starting the career development process and identifying on-campus resources.
Teri Stebbins, M.B.A., GCDF
Teri Stebbins graduated in 2012 with her M.B.A. from Wright State University. Her previous experience in Raider Connect as an Enrollment Services Advisor combined with her Global Career Development Facilitator training make her uniquely qualified to serve as a Career Consultant for Career Services. Prior to Wright State University she enjoyed a 20-year career at USAirways in a variety of positions until the tragedy of 9/11. The airline industry was immediately impacted and Teri became a victim of downsizing due to the closure of the reservations center in Dayton, OH. She immediately began her journey to create a new career for herself. Ultimately, she chose to work in higher education, where she has discovered her passion for helping others with their own career journeys.
Professional Development Chair
Natalie Fox, M.Ed., CPCC
This is Natalie Fox's second term serving as the Chair of OCDA’s Professional Development Committee. She is the Manager of Career Services at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and recently completed a Certified Professional Career Coach program to strengthen her skills. Previously, she earned an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration & Student Personnel from Kent State University and a B.A. in Strategic Communication from The Ohio State University. Outside of work, she spends time with family, friends, and her dog. She also volunteers with the Junior League of Columbus to improve her community.
Awards and National Career Development Month Chair
Felicia Johnson, M.Ed., LPC
Felicia Johnson is a two-time alumna of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in educational studies and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. She is a state of Ohio licensed clinical mental health professional with over 7+ years’ experience working in the College of Education, Health and Human Services. Felicia currently works as a Career Advisor with Career Exploration and Development in University College at Kent State where she connects with students/alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators to provide career advising services. She is the Academic Diversity liaison which allows her to also connect with university constituents on issues of diversity. Her passion involves helping others overcome various barriers to achieving educational and personal success. As a mother of two teenage young men, Felicia enjoys engaging in adventurous activities in her free time. She is also a huge supporter of mental health awareness, often seeking the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussions on mental health and under-represented populations in higher education.
Sandra Natole, M.A., LPC, NCC
Sandra Natole is a Career Specialist in the Career Services Center at Ashland University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio and received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Heidelberg University in May 2018. She is currently seeking verification and approval of a National Counselor Certification (NCC) endorsement. Sandra holds active memberships with associations such as The American Counseling Association, Ohio Counseling Association, and Ohio Career Development Association. In her current role as a career specialist, she collaborates with students, employers, and stakeholders to positively impact employment and post-graduation goals for the campus community (current and alum). When she is away from the office, Sandra enjoys adventuring in nature through hiking the back country of Ohio and Michigan. She currently resides in Bellevue, Ohio with her cat "fur-baby" JoJo.
Archives and Government Relations Chair
Kim Smith, M.S., ACSM EP-C
Kim Smith taught as Adjunct Faculty in Higher Education and worked within healthcare for the last 8 years. She became the Manager of Medical Student Career Services at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine in February of 2018. She advises all 4 years of medical students, including the process of their application to residency.