CCDA Executive Board: 2018-2019

Markell Morris
Markell Morris is the CEO of Futures In Motion, Inc., helping people reclaim their careers after loss and personal challenges.  She is a national certified counselor, and adjunct career/academic counselor at Santa Monica College and Cypress College. Markell has a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  Past President

Dr. Yamonte Cooper

Dr. Yamonte Cooper is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and the faculty coordinator of the El Camino College Career Center. He is an expert on issues of diversity and has had the opportunity to work      with higher education programs and institutions in Botswana. Further, Dr. Cooper was honored with a prestigious Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminar Award in Germany. 

Treasurer/Finance Chair

Carmell Stoianov

Carmell Stoianov is currently a Career Advisor at Mount Saint Mary's University (The PARC) and an Adjunct Instructor/Counselor at Los Angeles Pierce College. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration from National      University.


Esmeralda Martinez

Esmeralda Martinez is currently a Career Counselor at El Camino College and an Adjunct Counselor at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. She is also a Counseling Faculty at Los Angeles Valley College. Esmeralda has a has a Masters Degree in Counseling with a Specialization in Career Counseling from California State University Northridge (CSUN) , as well as a Bachelors Degree in Sociology.

Graduate Student Representative

 Jessica Meshkani , California State University - Northridge (CSUN)

Jessica Meshkani is currently a graduate student at CSUN in the M.S. in Counseling (option in College Counseling and Student Services). She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in Sociology. She currently serves as the President of the CCDA-CSUN Student Chapter.

Regional Coordinator

Carrie McKnight

Carrie McKnight is the Director of Career Services at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. She is a Past-President of CCDA and has served on the Board for several years. Carrie has assisted with planning CCDA’s regional conferences and organizing local chapter events in the SF Bay Area.

Legislative/Public Policy Chair

Anne-Marie Beck

Anne-Marie Beck is a dedicated Career Counseling professional. She holds a M.S. in Career Counseling from CSUN. Anne-Marie’s diverse experience has included the following populations: LGBTQ, addiction recovery, juvenile justice, criminal justice, foster youth, and undocumented students. Anne-Marie currently fulfills the CCDA position of Legislative and Public Policy Chair.

Social Media

Nicole Fogelman

Nicole has an M.S. in counseling with a specialization in career counseling. She was on the board of the CCDA CSUN student chapter, a member of the spring 2016 conference planning committee, and is currently leading the social media subcommittee. Nicole’s graduate thesis project was entitled “Personal and Career Support for Transgender Women” and she is known for her passion for social justice.

Technology Chair

Paolo Varquez


Paolo has an M.S. in Counseling from CSULB and is currently attending CSUF's Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program with a specialization in Community College Leadership. Paolo is the Career Services Coordinator at Coastline Community College and Adjunct Counselor / Instructor, teaching the Career and Life Planning Counseling course. His specialty is in career exploration, development, counseling, and education and has mission in improving this area in the community college system through of technology, innovation, and social justice.

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