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Minnesota Career Development Association

MCDA Executive Board and Board of Trustees

 

The MCDA Board of Trustees is a group of elected volunteers who provide leadership for the association.

Trustees serve for a two-year term, during which they attend monthly two-hour Board meetings and participate in working groups.

The MCDA Executive Committee 2017-2018

President: Denise Felder
denisefelder@yahoo.com 

Denise Felder (@DeniseMpls) is a career adviser who encourages individuals and challenges systems to close opportunity gaps in education and employment. She has a unique background in career coaching, web development, and communications. She presents and facilitates trainings about the effects of poverty on education and career development for educators and advisors in high schools, colleges, workforce agencies and community organizations. Denise also leads professional development activities on how to prepare teens and adults from underrepresented populations to choose and advance in career pathways. Denise is the proprietor of DeniseMpls Career Services and the Director of Professional Development for Minnesota Career & Technical Education. Previously, she was editor of the award-winning MnCareers publication, and content and outreach specialist for ISEEK.org and CareerOneStop.org. She also led the development of career information for ex-offender job seekers and for low-literacy adults. Denise is president-elect of the Minnesota Career Development Association, a Certified Poverty Awareness Coach, Offender Job Retention Specialist, and a 2016 fellow in the Twin Cities Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy with the African American Leadership Forum. In her spare time, Denise is completing her Master’s thesis on the influence of career advising on reducing achievement gaps among students from underrepresented populations.

President-Elect: Gordon Helle
gordon.helle@capella.edu

Gordon is a Career Counselor at Capella University where he works individually with graduate and doctoral students and alumni to support them in their careers. He also creates self-service resources on topics such as career exploration, job search, and networking. Gordon has a passion for using technology and data to identify and share effective career development strategies. You can find articles Gordon has written on various career topics on LinkedIn.  

Gordon resides in Fridley, MN with his wife, Hannah, son, Teddy, and dog, Mateo.

Past President:  Kim Marrone
kimmarrone@comcast.net

Kim Marrone is a Career Management Consultant serving in outplacement services at Right Management, providing one-on-one career transition support and facilitation of groups.  She works with professionals at all levels of an organization and from a wide variety of industries and occupations. 

Kim has been a member of MCDA for 7+ years and has served in a variety of roles.  She was the MCDA President for the 2016 / 2017 year after being on the Board the previous two years.  She has been very involved in the conferences and has volunteered on the registration committee for four of them.  Previously, she was the Newsletter Editor for three years and has participated in the mentor program.   Kim is a strong supporter of MCDA and loves being able to contribute to the value MCDA offers its members!

Secretary: Katie Ness
katiemness@gmail.com

Katie Ness is a Career Counselor in the Career Development Office at St. Catherine University.  She provides career counseling, job search assistance and advising to students at St. Kate’s. She previously worked at the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota as a Career Counselor and Pre-Law Advisor.  Katie is an active in a number of professional associations and presently serves as the secretary of the MN Career Development Association.  She holds a MA in Counseling and Student Personnel from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a BA from Gustavus Adlophus College.

Treasurer: Tom Colosimo
thecolosimos@comcast.net

Tom Colosimo is the current Treasurer for the MCDA. 

Tom currently is career strategist with Wedl Placement Services as well as a Career Architect with Human Capital Partners.  Tom has helped many levels of professionals with resume, social media presence and career strategies over the past 15 years.

Prior to working at in his current positions, Tom has done consulting in the corporate recruiting area with companies such as Alorica, Wells Fargo and Indecomm. Tom was a graduate level career coach at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN from 2009-2016. Focus was on resume writing, career training sessions, networking strategies and job placement of MBA students and alums.  Tom also has worked within the 3rd party agency recruiting industry for 6 years prior to his work at UST. He has a solid corporate foundation with over 20 years of experience in various finance and accounting professional roles within manufacturing, retail and banking industries.

Other volunteer activities Tom is involved with includes leading the Career Transition Connection job support group at Woodbury Lutheran Church bringing in local and national speakers on the various career topics which he has done since 2002.  Tom currently serves on two boards; the Washington County Development Board since 2010 (served as Chair from 2014-2016) and the Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA – Treasurer 2014-present).

Tom and his wife Barb reside in Oakdale, MN. They have two daughters; Anna and Emily.


The MCDA Board of Trustees 2017-2018

Sharon Balke, board member
sharon.balke@capella.edu

Sharon Balke, MA, is the Supervisor of Career Services at Capella University, where she has the privilege of leading a talented team of career counselors. Having worked in student services and online educational environments since 1998, she has a passion for innovation and helping students to overcome obstacles to achieve their career goals. Sharon has a master’s degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and serves on the board of the Minnesota Career Development Association.

Donna Bennett, board member
db@donnambennett.com 

Donna Bennett is a Psychologist and Personal and Professional Development Coach who combines her training in psychology, and her specialty in career and professional development with her experience in corporate, small business, academic (higher education), nonprofit, and professional organizations, to train groups in team-building, leadership development, and career transition, and to coach individuals through the key transitional phases of their careers, including career advancement, job and career transition, and leadership and business skills and development.

Donna holds a B.S. degree in Business and Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota

Bill Bridgeman, board member
bbridgeman@twincitiesrise.org

Nancy Fraasch, board member
nfraasch@comcast.net

Nancy is an independent Career Coach with Nancy Fraasch Consulting specializing in assessment/direction, resume development, LinkedIn, search strategies, and interviewing / negotiation skills.  She has over 15 years experience supporting job seekers in all levels particularly executives, managers, and other professionals, both new professionals and mid-life career changers.

Nancy has taught career development classes at The University of Minnesota for 7 years and coached graduate students in the Carlson School of Management – Career Center and experience as a Senior Career Coach with a global career transition firm.
Nancy’s volunteer experience includes leading a Job Transition Group in the Maple Grove area and coordinating a career center at a local high school in the past.

Nancy holds a Masters of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education.  She has attained the status of Career Management Practitioner (CMP) from the Institute of Career Certification International and is a certified MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) assessment administrator.

Nancy’s extensive involvement with MCDA is as past president, conference co-chairs for 3 years and board member for 7 years.

Shelley Jensen-Decker, board member
shelleyjdecker@hotmail.com

Simona Suen, board member
suen@umn.edu

Simona Suen is an Employer Relations Associate at the University of Minnesota Law School Career Center. She plans and executes local and national hiring programs. She helps manages on-and-off campus interviews; and all related recruiting activities, such job fairs and diversity job fairs, local and out-of-state walk-arounds’ and mock interview programs; and serves as a liaison between the Career Center, students and employers. Simona also manages and oversees job postings and the spring and fall employer receptions. Simona is an active member in the University of Minnesota and the legal community. She currently serves on the MCDA Board of Trustees and she was the past-MCDA Secretary; she is also on the Career Development Network Board. Simona is a member of the University of Minnesota Women’s Leadership Institute, MCDA Diversity Committee, the CDN Diversity Committee, the National Association of Law Placement, Minnesota Legal Career Professionals and the Law School’s Diversity Committee.

Simona has a B.A. in Human Resource Development and Management from the University of Minnesota and several years of work experience with Target Corporation.   

Sue Way, board member
sue.way@capella.edu