About CDA

CDA is a small, woman-owned business whose staff is highly experienced in direct service delivery with a wide range of clients. CDA provides quality professional career services informed by theory and proven best practices in the fields of counseling psychology, career development and business management. Our work flows from a deep and broad understanding of career development and its central role in the lives of our clients. We relate to our clients as individuals, even when they come to us through contracts serving thousands of people.

Career Development Professionals

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. CDA Directors are licensed psychologists, ensuring an unusually high level of quality in service and ethical practice. Our practitioners are firmly grounded in the counseling profession, with graduate degrees in psychology and the social sciences at the master’s and doctoral levels, and advanced training in career development.  Professional development is offered regularly to our practitioners through participation in the annual National Career Development Association Global Career Development Conference as well as our own CDA Insights blog.

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.


Barbara H. Suddarth, Ph.D.
Executive Director

As Executive Director of CDA since its founding in 2002, Barbara has the experience and proven expertise in providing quality and ethical services to a variety of clients. In addition to CDA, she maintains a small, private career development and psychotherapy practice in Olney, Maryland.

Barbara is a licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of professional experience in career counseling and organizational consulting. She is a faculty associate at the Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches graduate-level career development and assessment courses in the School of Education. Her education includes:

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A. in Community Counseling from the University of Maryland.
  • Completion of 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.  In 2012, Barbara received the Outstanding Career Practitioner Award from NCDA and in 2014 she became an NCDA Fellow. She also serves on the editorial board of the Career Development Quarterly, the journal of NCDA.

Barbara is a Master Trainer for the NCDA Facilitating Career Development training program, of which she and David Reile wrote the curriculum of the same title in 2012. Additionally she is co-author of “Facilitating Mid-Career Transitions” a chapter in the “APA Handbook of Career Intervention” (2014).

Internationally, Barbara is founding member of the India Career Development Association (ICDA), as well as an invited guest speaker and a member of the ICDA 2013 Conference Committee.

David M. Reile, Ph.D.
Managing Director

David’s 25+ years experience in career planning and psychological consultation has been applied in organizational development 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 through his company, the Career Development Alliance (CDA).

David Reile is a licensed psychologist, National Certified Career Counselor, and Master Career Counselor.  After achieving a master’s degree in community counseling with a specialization in career development from the University of Maryland, College Park, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in counseling psychology with a specialization in psychological assessment from Howard University. David has taught graduate courses in career development for many years at the University of Maryland, College Park, Johns Hopkins University, and most recently as a faculty associate at Loyola University in Maryland.

As the CDA Managing Director, David provides oversight of career counselors working in Washington, DC, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, and San Francisco for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) nationwide career management program.  This entails employing and managing counselors who provide weekly, individual career counseling and frequent in-person and online workshops to the FDIC’s 6,000+ staff.

In recent international work, CDA was called upon to present in Dubai, UAE to government officials.  David spent two weeks leading training on career development and how to help youth engage in the workforce.

David has also served the professional community in the following ways:

  • The 2016-2017 president of the US National Career Development Association (NCDA).
  • Chair of the NCDA Ethics committee from 2004 – 2009, overseeing the 2007 and 2015 revisions of the NCDA Code of Ethics, receiving the 2007 NCDA Presidential Recognition Award for his work on the Code
  • Editor of Career Developments (1997-99) and the NCDA website, www.NCDA.org (2000-02);
  • Associate Editor, Career Convergence (2002-05); and was on the Editorial Board of the NCDA Journal, Career Development Quarterly (2002-2005; 2008-2015).
  • Keynoted local, regional, and state career development association conferences, including in his home state of Maryland where he is a lifetime member of the Maryland Career Development Association.


David has contributed to career development globally through the non-profit he founded.  The R/S Foundation has been active in the establishment of the Kenya Career Development Association (where David helped to train the first career development professionals in Kenya) and the formation of the India Career Development Association (ICDA).  David was one of the keynote speakers for ICDA’s first international conference, held in New Delhi in March 2013.

Melanie Reinersman

CDA Website Editor and CDA Insights Editor