Former NCDA President Diane Kjos Passed Away

An open letter from Dr Kjos' former student:

I am writing to share the sad news of the passing of a valued, long time member of the counseling profession-  Diane Kjos, Ph.D.,  Professor Emeritus, Governors State University.  Diane  passed away on Saturday, September 30th. Diane taught at Governors State University from 1988-2001.  She was deeply passionate about career counseling having served as President of the National Career Development Association (2000-2001), the Illinois Career Development Association  and as the first director of the Illinois Career Information Delivery System. Dr. Kjos, working alongside colleague and friend Jon Carlson, co-produced three major video series on psychotherapy, family counseling and brief therapy. Diane was residing in the Chicago area at the time of her passing. 


I began my career in the counseling profession as a student of Dr. Kjos at GSU in 1988. She taught me counseling theory, ethics, pre-practicum skills, and the best darn masters level career class I've ever encountered. We went beyond theory into an actual career counseling practicum.  It was Diane, with her mentorship and gentle nudging, that led me to my very first professional conference presentation at the Illinois Counseling Association conference-naturally the presentation focused on a model  of career interviewing. Her belief in career development as a core competency area for all counseling specialties is a legacy left for the counseling profession to carry on. 


It is ironic that her passing occurred on the cusp of ACES' conference in Chicago.  Services were held Sunday 8 October 2pm at Cross of Glory Church 14719 W 163rd St, Homer Glen, IL 60491 .




David M. Kleist, Ph.D

Department of Counseling, Chair

Idaho State University