ACDA Board Member Introductions - 2012-13
Barbara Aarestad, President, is a Career Counselor/Employment Advisor at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus, Barbara has also been active in Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers. Previously, she taught at Concordia College –Moorhead, MN, until appointed to Director of Cooperative Education and Internships, supervising over 350 internship students annually.
Korrie Gernert, President-Elect, is the Recruiting Manager for Career Services at Arizona State University's Tempe campus, and served as ACDA's Secretary for the 2011-2012 term. Korrie has been with ASU since February of 2011.Besides a brief stint working in administration at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, the bulk of her professional career has been spent in the hospitality industry in Scottsdale as a Corporate Event Planner and Hotel Sales; Marketing Manager.
Korrie has her BS in Recreation; Tourism from ASU and is currently working on her Master of Education degree through NAU. Korrie lives for St. Louis Cardinal baseball, traveling, running and reading.; She lives in Tempe with her husband.
Cher Stevens, Treasurer, is currently the Internship and Experiential Education Coordinator for Arizona State University’s Engineering Career Center in Tempe, which she joined in 2008. Her experience and knowledge of engineering internships and industry relations helps her support and advance the mission of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
Cher is currently enrolled in the Master of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education program at Arizona State University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Rutgers University, Newark, NJ in 2004 while being employed full-time for Rutgers University’s Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience. She also received a Paralegal Certificate from Phillips College in Riverside, CA. Cher has a passion for helping students be successful and wants to make a positive difference in their lives. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and enjoys volunteerism as well as outdoor recreation.
Jennifer Rhodes, Secretary, is a Career Specialist, Senior in the Career Services office at the ASU Tempe campus. She has been with ASU since August of 2011, most recently relocating from Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ, where she was an academic advisor for 5 years. Jennifer has worked as a student affairs professional for nearly 10 years, and she has experience in admissions counseling, academic advising, and career counseling. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor, serves as an institutional representative for Arizona Women in Higher Education (AWHE), and has recently completed all requirements for the Global Career Development Facilitator credential. Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, and her Master of Arts in Counseling: Student Personnel Services, from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys working with college students in many different capacities but especially enjoys college career advising where she can assist students with discovering their values, interests, skills, and passions.
Virginia Chomiak, Communications/Technology Chair and ACDA webmaster, is a Curriculum Coordinator at Pima Community College's District Office. Virginia is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor (GCDFI) and is a member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) CDF Instructor Registry. She 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. Virginia has served on the ACDA Executive Board since 2005.
Kerry Sanderson , Past-President, is the Director of Career & Employment Services at GateWay Community College in Phoenix, where she focuses on student & job seeker training, workforce development and community partnerships. She has over ten years of experience in career services and employment branding, including roles at Jobing.com and Thunderbird School of Global Management. Kerry has her BA in Art History from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Rice University. Kerry lives in Scottsdale with her two children, and all three are avid baseball fans.
Sandy Somers, Past President, has a master’s degree in Community Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing and used the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) in her thesis to examine personality type and work satisfaction. Fueled by her lifelong interest in career development she transitioned from healthcare to career coaching. She completed the Career Development Facilitator curriculum through the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and is credentialed as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF). Sandy currently works in Career Services at Arizona State University, Tempe campus and is a career coach in private practice.
Maryjo Douglas Zunk, MA, MBA, past President ACDA. Maryjo has been a career consultant and specialist and academic advisor with Arizona State University for the 12 years she’s been in the Phoenix Valley. As a member of ACDA since 1996 she has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Membership and Program Chair. Maryjo has combined her counseling and business education, presentation and management experience, creative talents, and service-orientation to assist graduates, students and job seekers in transition successfully achieve their goals.