Welcome Career Development Professionals!


VCDA strengthens the knowledge and skills of career development professionals, increases the quality of career resources, education and services, and enhances the profession through increased awareness, collaboration, and consultation. More about VCDA . 

Greetings VCDA Members,

My name is John Harrichand, and it is my great privilege to serve VCDA as President for the 2017-2018 year. We, the VCDA board, have begun planning our year, and I must say that I am excited for all that’s in store for our valued VCDA members and career professionals.

Recently, three of our very own: Manny Bartolotta, Patricia Kimball, and Dr. Tonya Osmond attended the annual Virginia Counselor’s Association Leadership Academy in Richmond, and returned energized and hopeful for the future of the counseling profession in Virginia.

Kindly take note of the upcoming VCDA related events:

– We hope to connect with you, our members, at the 2017 VCA Convention at the Homestead Resort and Spa. VCDA will be co-hosting a networking mixer with VAMCD, and we will also be sponsoring some of the presentation sessions.

– Stay tuned to our VCDA website: for upcoming information in November – Career Development Month.
- Be on the lookout for a potential mini-conference/training workshop opportunity that VCDA is hoping to host in early Spring 2018.

Finally, if you are interested in serving VCDA, kindly reach out to me at There is much for me to learn in the new role and I am thankful for the guidance of motivated Board members and mentors. I am deeply committed to serving VCDA and ensuring the longevity of our division within the VCA.

In your service,

John Harrichand
VCDA President 2017-2018