Carol Vecchio, Founder, Master Career Counselor and Facilitator

LI_LogoCarol Vecchio has been a career counselor since 1981 and founded the Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal in 1992. Her pioneering programs have positively impacted thousands upon thousands of people — many who couldn’t pinpoint their need at the time, but are now designing and living lives they love. Carol created the renowned “Natural Cycles of Change,” which is the foundation for her book, “The Time Between Dreams” as well as the guiding force for many of the workshops at the center.

Carol’s expertise as a Career Counselor and passion for mentoring others in a career of Life Design earned her the 2010 National Career Development Association Outstanding Career Practitioner Award. In addition to her book, she has contributed to many articles and blogs and is a sought after speaker/keynoter internationally, and launched her own radio hour, Design a Life You Love. Carol’s passion for life design counseling and for mentoring others earned her the 2010 National Career Development Association (NCDA) Outstanding Career Practitioner Award. She is currently honored to be an elected Trustee to NCDA’s Board of Directors.

Despite her many accolades, of which the mentions above are just a few, Carol remains down-to-earth, full of wit, and passionate about connecting and helping those facing transitional challenges. She too experienced the journey of finding one’s calling, listening to one’s wants, and—lucky for us—she has open-heartedly shared this roadmap.

If you are interested in having Carol keynote, join an author event, or support your organization in any way, please contact [email protected]

Jennifer Weickum, Career Counselor and Facilitator

WeickumI was immediately drawn to Centerpoint for its holistic approach to counseling, and fresh perspective to career counseling. The small group format provides an opportunity for self-discovery in an enriching and supportive environment. I love facilitating groups and helping individuals discover their true passions and strengths. Centerpoint provides a unique and individualized experience that will allow you to discover your true inner passions and how to implement these passions in your everyday life.

Education: Masters in Community Mental Health Counseling, University of Wyoming

Barbara Muller, Career Counselor and Facilitator

IMG_1040I love to help people discover their passions and strengths and to create authentic, meaningful lives. I am impressed with how deeply and personally Centerpoint addresses these issues, with lots of attention given to each unique individual we serve. Through leading Passion Search and Navigating Change workshops at Centerpoint, as well as through individual counseling, I have had the opportunity and honor of accompanying clients on part of their journey. It is exciting to see people who come in feeling lost or stuck learn to navigate change and listen to their hearts, then take courageous steps toward what they are discovering brings joy and meaning to their lives. The safe, supportive environment of the small classes at Centerpoint helps them find that courage.

As I grow and change and go through my own metamorphoses, I have found Centerpoint’s Natural Cycles of Change model to be a useful tool, helping me to understand and accept the changes I am going through, and to make the most of where I am rather than wishing I were somewhere else.

My passion for this work has led to twenty years of working as a therapist, career counselor and teacher in college and agency settings, as well as in private practice. I love working at Centerpoint, where I am able to weave these pieces of my background into my work with clients. This is a place where people can come to connect deeply with who they are and who they are becoming. Taking the time to do this is a wonderful gift they can give themselves.

MS in Marriage & Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University and Presbyterian Counseling Service, Seattle, WA
MA in International Administration, The School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT


  • Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Strong Interest Inventory
  • Dependable Strengths

Our Board

Dave Osmer, President

Dave's PhotoLI_LogoDave recently retired as Vice President for Executive Search Services at Hagel & Company, a position he held for 10 years beginning in 2005. He remains a special consultant with the firm on a part-time basis. Previously he served as Executive Director of the Greater Everett Community Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of King and Pierce Counties. For the eleven years immediately prior to his nonprofit leadership experiences, he held several senior management positions with the Community Relations Department of The Boeing Company. He is a member of Washington Nonprofits, and Advisory Committees for the Executive Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program at Seattle University and the Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program.

He is a past member of numerous nonprofit Boards of Directors including:

  • LifeWire (Board President)
  • Communities in Schools of Washington
  • Music Works Northwest
  • Leadership Tomorrow (Board Chair)
  • Wellspring Family Services
  • Washington State Commission on National and Community Service
  • Philanthropy Northwest
  • Page Ahead (Founding Board)
  • the Board of Governors, University of Michigan Alumni Club of Seattle (Board President)

Dave holds a Certificate in Corporate Community Relations from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mathematics (cum laude), from the University of Michigan.

Andrea Petzel, Vice President

AP headshotLI_LogoAndrea is an award-winning urban planner, with a career focused on driving polices that have strong environmental and public health benefits. Andrea takes pride in her inclusive approach to public involvement and community outreach, and often plays a leadership role in facilitating diverse and contentious stakeholder groups. After an extensive career in public service, Andrea formed Broadview Planning, a small, woman-owned consulting firm specializing in urban planning services related to land use, health, and sustainability.

Andrea earned her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Denver, and her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Skidmore College. She is a certified urban planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and a certified Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA). When not working Andrea enjoys travelling extensively, cheering on her fantasy hockey team and spending time with her two mischievous dogs.

Jaclyn Gault, Secretary

Gault_photoLI_LogoJaclyn Gault is a designer and urban planner fascinated by how design can influence and impact people. After working for several years in the environmental planning field, she recently started her own consulting business with the goal of creating good design – from streetscapes to websites – to help people navigate their world. She knows the importance of public and community involvement and has extensive experience engaging community leaders, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the general public.

She assisted Centerpoint in their website redesign in 2014 to create an improved experience for Centerpoint clients and add efficiency for the organization.

Jaclyn holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Design from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s in Urban Studies from San Francisco State University. She spends her free time with her husband, Andrew and her dog, Jack.

Shirlene McMurray

McMurrayLI_LogoShirlene brings over 15 years of experience in the financial industry including Banking, Forecasting, Budgeting, Internal Audit, and SOX Compliance. In addition, she has about 10 years’ experience in management consulting supporting Finance and Accounting software implementations, system configurations and process changes for the private sector.

Her current position is with a Technology Consulting firm, Slalom Consulting, serving in the following roles: Project Manager, Business Analyst, Data Analyst and System Implementation Manager. Prior to consulting, Shirlene worked as a Business Manager for DirecTV responsible for managing the budgeting, forecasting, and project costs for their Satellite Operations. Prior to DirecTV, Shirlene worked in Banking where she held positions as a Teller, Personal Banker, and Branch Manager just to name a few.

Shirlene has been volunteering since she was 18 years old. Over the last few years, she has compiled a list of volunteers made up of family and friends who rotate to help cook meals/serve dinner at Homeless Shelters in Seattle.

Shirlene holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from California State University and an MBA in Global Business from Pepperdine University.

Daniel Prince

dp headshotDaniel Prince is an attorney specializing in helping startup companies get going. He helps entrepreneurs build their dreams, fund their visions, and minimize risk while pursuing success.

He is also a father to two wonderful children. He asks a lot of questions.

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