Theresa Green-Ervin, M.A., DCF, MCP, GCDFI, and GCDF grew up in Brooklyn, NY in the Brownsville Housing Project Community with all ethnicities, except Caucasian. Where her elementary school was located behind her apartment building through grade 6th. She was a very bright student and was skipped twice; however, while preparing to go to middle school where she was going to have to ride two trains, her parents divorced and she moved to Alabama with her mother and enjoyed riding the school bus and socializing with Caucasian students, which did not intimidate her because of all she had been exposed to growing up in a diverse atmosphere all of her life. Regarding hobbies, I learned as a child to crochet and made Afghans, which my elementary school principal offered to buy, but I would not sell, I gave the finished product to my grandmother. My hobbies and interests as an older child and adult are reading, teaching and research.
Theresa is presently pursuing her doctorate in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Human Resource Development. My career path led me to this program as my career journey has led to my fulfilling many positions of leadership which incurred duties within the realm of human resource development. In lieu of the above, I want to continue to build from my past accomplishments and move into new areas of leadership and strengthen my skill set in the area of strategic thinking. Currently I am in the Proposal Phase of the Dissertation process where my area of research is Employability Skills: A Descriptive Study of the Professional Development Needs of Career Service Professionals and Recruiter/Employer Relations and Career Coaching Multi-Generational Students Transitioning from College to the Workforce. I chose this area of study because I have extensive background in Career Services and Student Affairs and love to assist students in creating their action plan in choosing a career path.
Theresa formerly served as Associate Director of Student Services, where she directed student programs and services including Career Coach, AskUCSO, Help Desk, and Career Professional Network, along with developing and facilitating various workshops. In addition, she has extensive experience in career coaching, development and planning, and formerly held the position of Director - Office of Career Services at a Southern Women’s’ College. Moreover, Theresa has held positions within Students Affairs ranging from Career Service Specialist all the way to Director and other positions of Leadership. While serving in the aforementioned positions of leadership, she has also earned the distinction of Master Career Specialist from the National Career Development Association and is certified as an E-Learning Specialty Instructor, Distance Certified Facilitator, Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor, and Global Career Development Facilitator.
Within the demesne of education, Theresa received two associate degrees in Accounting and Clerical Technology from Central Alabama Community College along with a bachelor of Technology from Jacksonville State University, and a bachelor in Commerce and Business Administration and a master’s in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Student Affairs from the University of Alabama. Moreover, she is a member of several professional associations inclusive of, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), Career Coach Institute (CCI), Career Development Professionals of Indiana (CDPI), National Resume Writers Association (NRWA), National Career Development Association (NCDA), Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers (MWACE), Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SACE), American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), South Central Indiana Human Resources Association (SCIHRA), The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), American Management Association (AMA), Indiana Academic Advising Network (IAAN), American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE), American Association of University Women (AAUW), Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), Lifetime Member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), Distinguished Member, Lifetime Membership.
Moreover, Theresa is the (2015) recipient of the Diversity Advancement Scholarship Award from the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers (MwACE) where she will present on the topic of Career Coaching and the Multi-Generational Workforce this summer. Also, Theresa was inducted into the Golden Key Honour Society and the Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society (2015). In addition, Theresa is certified in grant writing, diversity training, and has facilitated numerous workshops on career development, diversity, leadership, teambuilding and business/dining etiquette.
Theresa was nominated as one of Mississippi's 50 leading Business Women. Moreover, she was named New Professional of the Year for 2004 by the Southeastern Association of Colleges and Employers. Theresa was selected to the class of Leadership Mississippi, and served as State Chair of Diversity for the American Association of University Women and was appointed to the board for the Mississippi Coalition for Women.
Theresa recently presented at Southern Association of Colleges and Employers on December 8, 2014 in New Orleans, LA on the topic of Career Coaching and the Multi-Generational Workforce and it was well received by the membership. Also, Theresa presented at the National Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA) in Indianapolis, IN on the topic of Career Coaching and the Multi-Generational Workforce and it was also well received by attendees.
Theresa is married to her best friend of close to 16 years, Fred D. Ervin. We dated for 10 years before marrying. At present, we reside in Bloomington, Indiana. and Theresa is the Founder of Career Empowerment Consulting where her motto is” Keep in Full Flames the Gifts God Gave You”, she assists clients virtually in the areas of: career coaching, resume writing, other employment correspondence, interview skills, salary negotiating, and facilitates presentations in other areas of employability topics and etiquette. Theresa’s career goals upon graduation with her Ed.D include that of career coaching, consulting, training and development and developing and facilitating online courses. I would like to learn in-depth mechanisms in research and development with specific means regarding my area of interest with regards to dissertations and scholarly articles, magazines and books. Moreover, understand more so, the methodologies used to explore theories in research. In addition, the proper modes for housing relevant research to be used in the literature review. Last, Theresa encounters disabilities on a regular basis, but tries not to let it keep her down, often she does not mention it as she does not want others to use it against her and continues to be determined and tenacious in accomplishing goals.
Theresa was born on April 5, 1967 to the parentage of the late Annie Mae Stone Milliner and Moses Green in Brooklyn, New York. She departed this walk of life on March 24, 2018 at Bloomington Medical Center, Bloomington, Indiana.
She was preceded in death by her parents, step father, Solomon Milliner; step son, Kenyotta Oden.
She leaves to cherish her memories a loving devoted husband, Fred Ervin of Bloomington, In; three step daughters, Krystal (Terrance) Seals of Visalia, CA; Brittney (Bobby) Cross of Sylacauga, AL; Tina Jackson of Sylacauga, AL; five grandchildren, Abby Oden, Grace Jackson, Oliver Jackson, Zalen Seals, and Brooklyn Cross; one sister, Sandra (Fred) Rush of Lorain, OH; three brothers, Kevin (Lisa) Milliner of Sylacauga, AL; Kevin (Tysa) Milliner of Charlotte, NC; Victor (Deena) Milliner of Goodwater, AL; God children, Cheerokee Coleman, Corithana Sanders, and Courvisana Sanders, all of Bloomington, IN; loving aunts, Carrie G. Fullard, Adele G. (David) Harrison, Doris S. Green, Pearlia G. (Bruce) Rogers, Elizabeth G. (George) Harrison, Sarah G. (Roosevelt) Johnson, Dr. Earnestine G. (Ernest) McNealey; and a host of uncles, aunts, sister in laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.