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ACDA Board Member Introductions


Joanna M. Hagan, Acting President, has been the current Director of Career Services for Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine since 2001; and, offers individualized coaching for success to any SCNM student or alumni.  In 2001, she established the first Career Center in the Naturopathic profession and in 2005; she was voted Teacher of the Year by the graduating class of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. In 2010, she also created, a centralized website of most naturopathic employment opportunities in North America. Currently she is spearheading research measuring the Social Emotional Intelligence success traits of naturopathic physicians. She is an honors graduate in the Healthcare Management MBA program at the University of Phoenix and an honors graduate from the University of Connecticut with a Biology/Education degree.

Dr. Janelle Kappes, Acting Secretary, currently serves as Lecturer for Major and Career Exploration at Arizona State University on the Tempe campus. She has been teaching at the both the undergraduate and graduate level at Arizona State University for nearly ten years. In addition to her teaching experience, Dr. Kappes served in numerous roles in students affairs includes as an Assistant Director of Programs and Activities in the Memorial Union and as a Senior Coordinator for Transition and Parent Programs, both at Arizona State University. She also served as an Academic Adviser for Colorado State University. Dr. Kappes completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University, and her research interests include underrepresented students in higher education and student assessment and evaluation. She resides in the Phoenix area and enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family. 

Joyce Donahue, Acting Treasurer, is the Career Development Coordinator in the Fulton Schools of Engineering Career Center at Arizona State University.  She is a Nationally Certified Career Counselor, NCCC and Distance Credentialed Counselor, DCC. Joyce has worked at ASU since 1996. At the W. P. Carey School of Business, Prior to starting in the Fulton Schools in 2008, she worked at the W. P. Carey School of Business an academic advisor, internship coordinator and career consultant.

Joyce has held several executive board positions with ACDA from 1996-2011, including two terms as President 2001-2002 and 2008-2009.

Virginia Chomiak, ACDA webmaster. Virginia is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor (GCDFI) and managed the Career Center at Pima Community College's Downtown campus for five years specializing in Career Information Systems. Virginia graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Home Economics and a MPA in Public Management and earned a certificate in Basic Web Design from Pima Community College in 2006.


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