Sharon Balke is the Director of Career Services for MedCerts. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and has a Master’s degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She has been employed as a counselor in a variety of educational settings since 1992 and has been counseling in online programs since 1998. Before joining the Career Center at Capella University in 2008, Sharon was the co-founder and co-director of an award-winning online public high school, where she provided a range of student and parent services and developed online career services. Sharon is a member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). In addition, she co-authored an article on online career services, which was published in the Career Planning and Adult Development Journal (Spring 2017).
Outside of the field of career counseling, she’s on the Board of the Minneapolis-Ibaraki (Japan) Sister City Association, and enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her micro-Goldendoodle, Benny!