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2019-2020 Board of Directors

Javier Vinsome

Javier Vinsome, BA, is currently a Diversity and Career Advisor for the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Alberta.  He recently completed the Career and Academic Advising Certificate through the University of Calgary and will complete the Certified Career Development Professional (CCDP) designation.

He offers career advice, resume critiques, cover letter reviews, job search, and networking resources to international professionals. Javier also works closely with immigrant-serving associations in Alberta to present career related topics to new Canadians.

Ioana Bucsa

With a strong background in corporate recruiting, training and managing high performing professionals, Ioana is able to create strategic community partnerships and bring unemployed Albertans and employers together creating the right opportunities for them.

A big part of her professional career has been her involvement and support of various nonprofit organizations through hands–on support, speaking engagements and marketing and promotion.

Bev Lyseng

Bev has over 25 years experience as a teacher, staffing consultant, university instructor, high school guidance counselor and junior/senior high school administrator. Bev has a passion for working with youth in a career development capacity.

She is an advocate of reverse mentoring, work life integration, and wellness.  Currently, she is the principal of Black Gold Outreach School, Grades 7 - 12, and serves on the Registration, Certification and Standards committee, which oversees the designation process for CCDPs.

Doreen Upshaw

Doreen is a Career Coach with Career Connection/ Bow Valley College, and has recently completed the Implicit Career Search Practitioner program with Implicit Solutions.

Doreen has over 8 years’, experience in the career development field working with people from all cultures, lifestyles, abilities and socio-economic backgrounds. Additionally, Doreen’s bachelor’s degree in Sociology provides a strong background in society, social norms and social constructs.

Melissa Maschke
(Central Alberta)

Melissa started her career in employment services and career development in 1998. She currently, works as a full-time owner/operator of Key Employment Services (since 2014) offering services to Community and Social Services and Alberta Labour as well as consulting services for small companies related to human resources.

Melissa is a CCDP and completed studies for a University Certificate in Human Resources and Labour Relations as well as a Business Management diploma.

Trevor McIlroy
(no chapter)

Mary Fithen

CDAA Contractors

Executive Director and Registrar:
Paula Wischoff Yerama (Edmonton)

Administrator / Bookkeeper:
Cameron Matheson (Edmonton)

Communications Coordinator:
Jan Robinson (Edmonton)


Marketing and Membership Committee
(Formerly Marketing and Communications Committee and Membership Committee)

Chair: Paula Wischoff Yerama (Edmonton) / Javier Vinsome (Calgary)
Career Momentum Editor: Committee
Committee Member: Lisa Moon (Calgary)
Committee Member: Marina Hai (Calgary)
Committee Member: Dorothy Ritz (Edmonton)
Committee Member: Robert Manolson (Edmonton)
Committee Member: Amber Chapman (Calgary)

Registration / Standards and Certification (RSC) Committee 

Chair: Lise Stransky (Calgary)
Committee Member: Sue Kersey (Calgary)
Committee Member: Rasha Tawfik (Calgary)
Committee Member: Elaine Balych (Calgary)
Committee Member: David Cataford (Calgary)
Committee Member: Nancy Cano (Edmonton)
Committee Member: Bev Lyseng (Edmonton)
Committee Member: Cynthia Gracey-Dunch (Edmonton)
Committee Member: Monique Trudel (Edmonton)

Professional Development Planning Committee

Chair: Paula Wischoff Yerama (Edmonton) / Ioana Bucsa (Edmonton)
Committee Member: Mirela Pirvu (Edmonton)
Committee Member: Ann Garrett (Central Alberta)
Committee Member: Jennifer Resch (Calgary)
Committee Member: Judy Stolk-Ingram (Southern Alberta)

Alberta Career Development Conference (ACDC) Planning Committee

Chair: Paula Wischoff Yerama (Edmonton)
Committee Member: Shirley McBride (Edmonton)
Committee Member: Sashie Steenstra (Calgary)
Committee Member: Dana Eklics (Edmonton)
Program Planning Volunteer: Ann Nakaska (Calgary)
Program Planning Volunteer: Marilyn Berezowsky (Edmonton)

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