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Han Kok Kwang, Legacy Partner Lifetime Member, 2014

Han Kok Kwang is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, and lecturer. He has empowered more than 50,000 individuals in their career planning journeys through his books, seminars, and workshops. He has also worked with many enlightened organizations, like the Ministries of Defense, Education, and Social & Family Development, as well ask Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University to train selected officers to empower youth to succeed in the new world of work. He holds the Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor certification awarded by the National Career Development Association. You can connect with Han at Han is APCDA's first Legacy Partner.

Soonhoon Lee Ahn, Founding Legacy Partner Lifetime Member, 2014

Soonhoon Lee Ahn, APCDA's first President, has extensive experience in executive career coaching and counseling, including training for job search and career transition, international recruitment, and leadership development strategies. She had a long career with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank where she was recognized for her work in effective strategies for international recruitment and planning careers in international development. In 2014, the National Career Development Association named Soonhoon International Practitioner of the Year. Through a major donation and numerous loans, she supported APCDA during its formative years, making it possible for APCDA to incorporate, create a global presence, and hold its first conferences.

Marilyn E. Maze, Founding Legacy Partner Lifetime Member, 2014

Marilyn E. Maze, PhD, APCDA's first Executive Director, has been a career counselor since 1975. She spent most of her professional life focused on computerized career planning tools. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Career Development Association in 2010 and served as the Treasurer of the National Career Development Association. In addition to a major donation and continuous use of her credit card to pay APCDA's bills during its early years, she coordinated its incorporation, its website, its conferences, and its daily operation during its formative years.

Richard L. Knowdell, Legacy Partner Lifetime Member, 2015

Richard L. Knowdell, MS, NCC, NCCC, GCDFI, CMF and National Career Development Association (NCDA) Fellow is the President of Career Research & Testing, Inc. .  He was part of the original group that founded APCDA and immediately began providing substantial support.  Mr  Knowdell paid the airfare for our first keynote speaker, Richard Bolles, to fly to Korea with his wife and he arranged for APCDA to use the military hotel in Honolulu for our second conference at a dramatically reduced rate.  These and other substantial financial contributions launched APCDA onto a firm financial footing.  Mr. Knowdell is author of six books, including Building a Career Development Program: Nine Steps for Effective Implementation and From Downsizing to Recovery: Strategic Options for Organizations and Individuals. Mr. Knowdell has taught Career Assessment Techniques at the University of California, San Diego and Employee Career Development for human resource managers at San Jose State University. In 1995, President Clinton appointed him to the Board of Examiners for the United States Foreign Service. In 2013 Mr. Knowdell received a Centennial Presidential Award from NCDA. In 2015 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the CCDA. 

Roberta Floyd, Legacy Partner Lifetime Member, 2015

Roberta A. Floyd, MA, NCC, NCCC, LPC, NCDA CDF Master Trainer is a past president of the National Employment Counseling Association (NECA) and has over twenty years of experience as Coordinator of Career Counseling in Employment and Training Programs. She was a member of the Career Development Training Institute team at Oakland University that developed the Career Development Facilitator Curriculum and produced Workforce in Transition: A Blueprint for Adult Career Development and Job Search Training. She was the recipient of the Professional Excellence Award from the Michigan Career Development Association and the Professional Development Award from the National Employment Counseling Association. She currently works as a counselor at Oakland Community College.

Cheri Butler, Legacy Partner Lifetime Member, 2016

Cheri Butler became as staunch supporter of APCDA when she was President of NCDA and APCDA was an idea looking for form. She supported APCDA then and continued to support NCDA by becoming our 3 President. She is a career and personal development counselor, coach and educator with more than 20 years’ experience working with individuals and organizations creating successful career, leadership and life paths. Proven ability to identify, design and deliver educational and developmental programs for clients young and old and at various life stages. She has excellent leadership and mentoring skills with both professional and para-professional staff. She is a national and International speaker and trainer.

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