About CDA

CDA provides individually-tailored, needs-based career services to a variety of industries, and we are committed to achieving continued excellence in every facet of our work. We are career development professionals — highly trained and experienced counselors — who specialize in leveraging solid research, best practices and our real-world experience for our clients.

Mission & Philosophy

CDA’s mission is to provide quality career services informed by theory and researched best practices to individuals and organizations — one client at a time. We also understand that we are part of a broader community, and strive to give back by developing new methods and tools to improve delivery of our industry’s services, and by devoting time and resources to support career development in regions where there is a great need but little access.


CDA grew out of a not-for-profit organization, the Career Development Leadership Alliance (CDLA), which was founded in 1998. We created CDA in 2003 to meet a growing demand for our services in a for-profit capacity. R/S Foundation, which now operates as our not-for-profit arm, is dedicated to supporting the career development of individuals who have limited access to career services, both here in the United States and abroad.  Find out about how CDA is giving back through the R/S Foundation.

CDA Principals


Barbara H. Suddarth, Ph.D. Executive Director

Barbara is a licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of professional experience in career counseling and organizational consulting. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in Community Counseling from the University of Maryland. Barbara also completed the two-year Program in Psychotherapy Practice from the Washington School of Psychiatry. Barbara is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC), Master Career Counselor (MCC) and an active member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the American Psychological Association. She maintains a small, private career development and psychotherapy practice in Olney, Maryland. In 2012, Barbara received the Outstanding Career Practitioner Award from NCDA and in 2014 she became an NCDA Fellow. She is active in the India Career Development Association (ICDA). Barbara was an invited guest speaker and a member of the ICDA 2013 Conference Committee. She also serves on the editorial board of the Career Development Quarterly (the journal of NCDA) and is a faculty associate at the Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches graduate-level career development and assessment courses in the School of Education.

David M. Reile, Ph.D. Managing Director

David is a licensed psychologist, National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC), and Master Career Counselor (MCC) with over 25 years of education and experience in career planning and psychological consultation. David’s education includes a Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in Career Development, and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Psychological Assessment. David’s experience has been applied in organizational development and consultation as well as management of counselors and career development projects in a variety of settings, including healthcare, banking, international organizations, educational institutions, government, and private practice. David has taught in the Master’s degree programs in Counseling at the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland and at Loyola University in Maryland. He will be President of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) in 2016-17, and is currently a member of the Ethics Committee, serving as committee chair. David is on the editorial board of the Career Development Quarterly, the journal of the NCDA, and the Indian Journal of Career and Livelihood Planning. He has also served on the editorial board of Career Convergence, NCDA’s web magazine, as editor of www.NCDA.org, and as editor of Career Developments, the NCDA newsletter. David is active in the India Career Development Association (ICDA) and was an invited guest speaker at the ICDA 2013 Conference.