2020-2021 Board of Directors
Being on the board of the CCC, early on in my career, really helped me to grow into who I am today. With close to 20 years of experience I’m now back to help guide the organization into its next stage. While I really loved the work that I did at NU and Harvard, what gets me the most excited these days is tapping holistic and mindfulness-based practices to help people with career transitions. Although I can’t leave out that I’m also fed by the energy that comes from running workshops. Some favorite topics include the Myers Briggs, Linkedin and believe it or not Neuroscience (at least how the brain responds to stress). For more info: www.sabrina-woods.com.
I was the first to go to college in my family and so I dived right into everything and anything that can help me become more employable. I ended up discovering early on in my undergraduate years that I knew I wanted to work with college students, especially after returning from a 5-month study abroad experience in Rome, Italy and took on numerous internships. Between my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I had nine internships and received a full Career Advisor Graduate Assistantship from Western Michigan University (WMU), where I got my true start in career development. I eventually moved back to the Pittsburgh area where I’m originally from to work at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) as a Career Consultant. Much of my work has had a consistent dual focus on international education and career. I then worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), to work in Workforce Development, helping underemployed populations from immigrants and refugees, veterans, people with disabilities and other diverse groups. I currently work at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) where I took two Directorship roles, one being in Career Services and the other in Student Life and Engagement. I also teach a Job Search course to students. It is my pleasure to serve on the CCC Board in various roles from Marketing/Social Media and as Volunteer Coordinator and now serving as Secretary as I enter my 2nd year on the board and my 10th year in the area of Career Development. Please contact me if you're interested in working as a volunteer with the CCC!
As a first gen college graduate, it is a delight to be a career coach and DEI practitioner. I enjoy working with students to explore who they are and what they want as they seek to bring value into the workforce and earn a return on their college investment. I bring 10+ years of experience as a student development specialist and residential counselor for adults with mental and developmental disabilities. I currently work as the Director for Career Equity and Access in the Career Center at Suffolk University.
Joining the CCC was a big deal for me because it allowed me the opportunity to be part of a professional community that was local and provided the additional value of networking and learning with colleagues who have a vast range of knowledge and interest. In the last two years I have enjoyed serving as the treasurer and collaborating with the board to host the first virtual conference. This also was an exciting time to join the conference as an organizer and the most cherished honor of being a presenter, sharing with colleagues the value of preparing students for a diverse workforce. I am eager to continue serving on the board as treasurer as well as lead the CCC’s DEI initiatives for the current year.
JEAN PAPALIA, COORDINATOR, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS
During my 40-year career in Higher Education, I have worked in Career Development at Tufts University, Boston College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Bentley University. Throughout my career, I have been involved with numerous professional associations including EACE, NACE, SCCA, LACN, GCC and, of course, CCC. Many of the colleagues I met through these organizations have become life-long friends and I look forward to helping to create opportunities for CCC members to experience this support and friendship with colleagues while exchanging best practices. I am also the founder and Principal of A+ Etiquette, a consulting firm that has delivered hundreds of programs on professional networking and dining skills to students and professionals at universities, professional associations, and corporations throughout New England.
I love my work as a career coach and always strive to help others find a career/job they will find equally fulfilling. My passion for working with people started in high school when I took an after-school job as a waitress at The Magic Pan. On any given shift, I looked forward to hearing stories from many different people from many walks of life. After earning my B.A. in Sociology (Skidmore College) and subsequently an M.A. in Higher Education Administration (Columbia University), I realized that my VIPS (values, interests, personality, and skills) were a perfect fit for career coaching and team building/facilitation. Through assessments, in-depth conversations, and developmental programming, I guide individuals, groups, and teams to identify and achieve their career and life goals, maximize their personal and professional potential, and experience a deeper sense of fulfillment. My top Strengths are Positivity, Woo, and Input. Midway through the pandemic, I realized my “Woo” needed a bit more nourishment, so I joined the CCC board. I am excited to meet new people and engage in meaningful discussions with others that share a similar interest and purpose in helping others find fulfilling work.
My first taste in the career counseling arena was in 2002, where I worked for Big Lakes Development Center in Manhattan, KS and later at Goodwill Central Texas in Austin, TX. Both organizations allowed me to help individuals with disabilities obtain and keep employment, fueling my passion for nonprofits. I then went into various teaching roles, including teaching in low-income schools and teaching English as a Foreign Language in Istanbul, Turkey. I now work as a career counselor for a local nonprofit and get to combine my passion for helping refugees and immigrants, low-income individuals, and those facing educational gaps to help them reach their career and higher education goals. My experiences have allowed me to improve my skills in volunteer recruitment and management, event planning and management, relationship management, DEI advocacy, and program development. I am excited be on the CCC board, not only to offer some diversity in membership for the type of career counselor focus, but to help grow the CCC’s membership, promote their DEI initiatives, and help plan and administer great professional development workshops and events.
As a Career Counselor, I am particularly passionate about working with women and underserved communities, and helping college students build confidence and find their voice. I have experience working at a variety of institutions, and have been part of teams building new and innovative, identity informed, career programs at Bottom Line, Wellesley College, and now Tufts University. What energizes me most these days is helping others build resilience, emotional intelligence, and cultivate the professional agility that we all need as we launch into the future, both for ourselves and for those we work with. Since the beginning of my professional journey, the CCC has been a wonderful resource to join community and develop as a professional, and I am thrilled to continue my involvement in this organization and continue to be an advocate for personal and professional growth. I am editor of the CCC Newsletter and coordinator of Roundtable events.
I have worked in the field of higher education/career services for 6 years. I was drawn to Career Advising because I wanted to help people find their calling and build confidence in pursuing the careers of their dreams. I currently work as a Co-op Faculty Coordinator at Northeastern University, working primarily with students entering the field of Computer Science as career changers to prepare for co-op, internship, and full-time positions.
In my opinion, building a strong, structured, and caring community of professionals committed to learning and supporting one another is essential to career growth and overall happiness, regardless of career. The CCC provides this for us as Career Advisors, and I am excited to be on the CCC Board and play a role in both building new and supporting current CCC offerings for our community.
I have been a member of the Career Counselor’s Consortium for many years. My first professional seminar was for those new to the career counselling professional and the principles, models and exercises from that seminar continue to provide the foundation of my work with clients. The CCC has consistently provided current information and tools relevant to the changing career landscape. In addition, the network of career professionals is a rich source of inspiration and friendship. I have worked in the Career and Professional Development group in Human Resources at Harvard University for over twenty years. I create and deliver a range of career development programs and initiatives to promote career development and internal mobility for Harvard staff. I am experienced in a range of assessment tools; including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator Step One and Step Two, FIRO B, StrengthsFinder and Career Anchors. My Master’s Degree ins Organizational Communication is from Emerson College and my Bachelor’s Degree in Neurobiology and Behavior is from Cornell University. I recently completed the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching program at William James College.
I strive to build relationships, mentor, and develop experiences for graduate and mid-career alumni/ae learners serving as the Associate Director of Alumni Career Engagement at Suffolk University. In addition, I aim to empower student learning and development and success as an ACE (Accelerated College Experiences) Coach. After being a member of the CCC for a few years, I decided to join the board to bring my knowledge, passion, and expertise! I look forward to embracing the wealth of experiences from the board to create an inclusive and equitable impact for members. I am the coordinator of all our "other" events such as networking nights and book club/documentary discussions.
2020-2021 Board of Directors
Sabrina Woods (President), Laurie Stickels (Secretary), Adesuwa Igbineweka (Treasurer), Michael Conte (Board Member at Large), Anastasia Lopez (Marketing & Social Media), Jean Papalia (PDS Coordinator), Sheryl Rosenberg (Newsletter Editor)
2019-2020 Board of Directors
Sabrina Woods (President), Laurie Stickels (Secretary), Adesuwa Igbineweka (Treasurer), Sarah Breen (Board Member at Large), Michael Conte (Board Member at Large), Briana Pena (Marketing/Social Media Committee), Gloria Choi (Junior Board Member)
Becky Smith (President), Cindy Richard (Interim Vice-President), Divya Das (Secretary), Michelle (DuBow) Goldberg (Board Member at Large), Briana Pena (Marketing/Social Media Committee Co-Chair), Emily Brown (Treasurer and Marketing/Social Media Committee Co-Chair), Becky King (Programming Committee Co-Chair), Heather Fink (Membership Committee Co-Chair), Mariellen Fidrych (Programming Committee Co-Chair), Jen Siegel (Membership Committee Co-Chair)