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Our Staff

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Isabel Gomez

Isabel Gomez

Vice President, Foundation and Professional Services Division

Isabel Gomez joined the NBCC Foundation in November 2016 as the grants and events project manager and was promoted to the role of Vice President of Foundation and Professional Services in November 2019. Ms. Gomez holds a degree in business administration from Miami-Dade College, in Miami, Florida. She has managed the logistics for multiple national conferences, regional trainings, and site-based events, and she has extensive experience managing databases, listservs, websites, and learning management systems, including on-demand distance learning. Ms. Gomez has more than 30 years of experience managing logistics and contractual requirements.


Amber Khan, PhD, NCC, LCMHC

Amber Khan, PhD, NCC, LCMHC

Program Director

Amber Khan is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), and holds a North Carolina School Counseling License. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Khan then earned a master’s degree in school counseling and a PhD in rehabilitation counseling and rehabilitation counselor education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. While earning her PhD, she completed a two-year doctoral assistantship with NBCC’s Global Capacity Building Department. Prior to being named the NBCC Foundation Program Director in December 2020, she worked in NBCC’s Assessments Department as a Content Development Manager, where she managed various aspects of the examination development process, and more specifically, the training and recruitment of item writers and subject matter experts.

Dr. Khan has a combined eight years of experience in higher education and in the counseling profession. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), the North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA), the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), the National Career Development Association (NCDA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), and the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES). In addition to a strong dedication to the counseling profession, Dr. Khan has years of experience in advocacy and community service work, specifically serving international, immigrant, and refugee communities, and for the last seven years, she has served on the executive boards of several local non-profit organizations. Dr. Khan is a first-generation immigrant and in her role as Program Director, she looks forward to continuing to bridge the gap in access to mental health services for communities and populations most in need through the work of the NBCC Foundation.


Tory Watkins Cherry, MDiv

Tory Watkins Cherry, MDiv

Development and Communications Director

Tory Watkins Cherry joined the NBCC Foundation staff in February 2019. In her role as development and communications director, she works to implement fund development strategies to increase available scholarship and programming funds. She also oversees all aspects of the Foundation’s communication operations, including the Foundation Connections newsletter, website content, internal and external stakeholder communications, and social media presence. Ms. Watkins Cherry holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alabama and a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University. She has experience working in a variety of nonprofit areas, including volunteer coordination, development, and grant writing, as well as teaching art in underserved communities to children and teens.


Audrey Norwood

Audrey Norwood

Program Coordinator

Audrey Norwood joined the NBCC Foundation staff in April 2019. In her role as program coordinator, she handles program participant communication, provides scholarship and fellowship application data support, and helps facilitate the Foundation’s webinar process. Ms. Norwood works closely with the program director to assist the Foundation’s scholars and fellows.


Brandice Bell, MA

Felicia Williams, MS, LCAS

Program Manager

Felicia Williams joined the NBCC Foundation as the Volunteer Coordinator in May 2022 and transitioned into her new role as Program Manager in Sept. 2022. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mrs. Williams worked as a Continuing Education Reviewer for NBCC. As Program Manager, Mrs. Williams will lead the professional development, retention, and engagement activities for all NBCC Foundation fellowship and scholarship awardees.

Mrs. Williams has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in rehabilitation studies from Winston-Salem State University. She received a master’s in clinical mental health counseling from North Carolina A&T State University. She also holds a certificate in behavioral addictions and is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and works as a clinical counselor at a private, non-profit treatment center committed to helping people who suffer from alcoholism and drug addiction. Mrs. Williams brings years of clinical experience working with adults in a variety of therapeutic settings, including in the criminal justice system, outpatient facilities, and an inpatient/residential hospital.


Lisa Gagliano

Lisa Gagliano

Executive Assistant

Lisa Gagliano joined the NBCC Foundation staff in May 2018. In her role as executive assistant, she provides advanced administrative support to the Vice President of Foundation and Professional Services and works closely with the entire Foundation team to facilitate smooth operation of all Foundation events and programs. Ms. Gagliano holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina – Coastal Carolina College. Before coming to the NBCC Foundation, she spent 18 years in wire and construction supply sales.


Catherine Clifton, MFA

Catherine Clifton, MFA

Director of Professional Resources

Catherine Clifton is the Director of Professional Resources for NBCC and the managing editor of The Professional Counselor. Her previous editorial work includes the Aiken Taylor Fellowship at The Sewanee Review, fiction editor at The Greensboro Review, and copyeditor for several published academic books and Southern Theatre, the quarterly magazine of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Ms. Clifton is also a classically trained vocalist and performs with several amateur and semiprofessional groups in and around Greensboro, North Carolina. She spends her free time watching sports and playing with her three cats, Hemiola, Minibus, and Shiloh; and her Labrador retriever, Luna.


Wendi K. Schweiger, PhD, NCC, LCMHC

Wendi K. Schweiger, PhD, NCC, LCMHC

Director, Global Capacity Building

Wendi Schweiger-Moore is Director of Global Capacity Building, located in NBCC’s Foundation and Professional Services Division. In this position, Dr. Schweiger-Moore organizes and facilitates NBCC’s collaboration efforts with counselors and counseling organizations outside the United States that are taking steps to professionalize. She has worked for NBCC in a variety of capacities and was named to her current position in September 2018.

Dr. Schweiger has been an NCC since 1998. She is an LCMHC in North Carolina and an inductee of the Chi Sigma Iota honor society. She travels, presents, and trains worldwide, and she has co-authored publications inside and outside of the U.S.

Dr. Schweiger completed her undergraduate studies at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She earned her Master of Science and Educational Specialist degrees in community counseling in 1997 and her doctorate in counselor education in 2008 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Eugenie Yang, MS, NCC

Eugenie Yang, MS, NCC

Program Manager, Global Capacity Building

Eugenie Yang first joined NBCC in 2014 as a graduate assistant and is currently the division’s program manager. In this position, Ms. Yang is the lead administrator of the MHF program, which she organizes by communicating with partners, organizing training materials, and maintaining program data. She also helped expand the institutes program’s initiatives through collaborative efforts with partners and participants.

Although she spent a portion of her childhood in China, Ms. Yang was raised in Houston, Texas. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and earned her Master of Science in counseling with a specialization in college counseling and student development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ms. Yang has been an NCC since 2015.


Rita Catarino Caeiro, MA, GCDF, CSP

Rita Catarino Caeiro, MA, GCDF, CSP

International Projects Coordinator, EBCC

Rita Catarino Caeiro served on the team of experts that adapted the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) – Portugal curriculum in 2011 and then joined EBCC as an executive assistant in 2012. In 2014, she began as a projects coordinator and in her current role, Ms. Caeiro supports the President and Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Operating Officer in the administration of the GCDF, Mental Health Facilitator (MHF), and Certified Supervision Professional (CSP) programs internationally.

Ms. Caeiro graduated from the University of Évora in Portugal in 2010 with a master’s in organizational psychology. She has developed her professional background with social and community projects that serve socially and economically disadvantaged youth and adults. Ms. Caeiro also has experience in delivering personal, emotional, and social skill development training courses as well as mental health promotion programs.

Ms. Caeiro is a registered Mental Health Facilitator, Global Career Development Facilitator Trainer and Master Trainer, and Certified Supervision Professional.


Helda Parreira, GCDF

Helda Parreira, GCDF

Office Manager

Ms. Helda Parreira joined the EBCC staff in 2015 as a part-time administrative assistant and was promoted to the role of office manager in 2018. In her current role, Ms. Parreira provides executive support to the President and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, coordinates overall office activities and projects, provides operational support to EBCC staff, and represents EBCC with partners or third parties as needed.

Ms. Parreira holds a bachelor’s degree in English and German languages and literature and a specialization in teaching and education, both from Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal. She has experience in teaching primary and secondary school, developing educational and social programs for adults, and coordinating training departments for multinational companies. Ms. Parreira has been a registered GCDF since 2016.