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We create high school career day programs designed to inspire and empower students

We create high school career day programs designed to inspire and empower students

Watch now to learn about our high school career day programs that inspire students to find their passion.
Video by Frank Meyer | © 2023 NHSCDN

“The event was amazing and I really enjoyed speaking with several students after the breakout sessions were over.”

Mike Acosta, Liquid Circuitry

INSPIRE YOUR STUDENTS
TO FIND THEIR PASSION AND INSPIRATION

CONNECT WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES IN YOUR COMMUNITY

DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION OF INNOVATORS

Industry professionals get the opportunity to shape the future of their industries by nurturing the next wave of young innovators. Join us in guiding the next generation of leaders to drive positive change and make a lasting impact
on the world.

Carter Paysinger & Steve Rappaport
Our Co-Founders Carter Paysinger & Steve Rappaport

MEET OUR PASSIONATE AND EXPERIENCED TEAM

Steve Rappaport | CEO & Co-Founder NHSCDN

Steve Rappaport

CEO & Co-Founder

Carter Paysinger | President & Co-Founder NHSCDN

Carter Paysinger

President & Co-Founder

ZABRINA SCHULTZ | CFO | NHSCDN

Zabrina Schultz

CFO

Amy Golden Malone | Career & Academic Advisor

Amy Golden Malone

Vice President, Marketing

Karen Paysinger | Vice President

Karen Paysinger

Vice President

Kate Marks | Academic & Career Advisor | NHSCDN

Kate Marks

Academic & Career Advisor

Lynn Richards Rappaport | Corporate Secretary | NHSCDN

Lynn Richards Rappaport

Corporate Secretary

Robert Countryman | Board Member | National High School Career Day Network

Robert Countryman

Board Member

Liza Utter | Board Member | National High School Career Day Network

Liza Utter

Board Member

Vickie Beckwith, MSN, RN, PHN | Board Member | NHSCDN

Vickie Z Beckwith

Board Member

Steve Rappaport
CEO & Co-Founder

 

Steve Rappaport | CEO & Co-Founder NHSCDN

 

Steve attended the University of Southern California and received his teaching credential through the University of San Diego. He was a staff member at Beverly Hills High School for 26 years. Steve served as the Director of Career Development and Steering Committee Representative for the Beverly Hills Unified School District to the Los Angeles County Regional Occupational Program. Steve’s responsibilities included supervising the Career Technical Education/ROP program, teaching, writing curriculum, coordinating student internships, and coaching the boys’ soccer team.

Steve introduced the Audio Production, Hospitality Occupations, Culinary Arts, Entertainment Marketing, Law Enforcement, Sports Marketing, and Sports Medicine programs to Beverly Hills High School and created their student-centered annual Career Day. He founded the DECA and SkillsUSA chapters and assisted in developing the Medical Science Academy and Peer Tutoring program at Beverly. Steve was honored in 1998 as the Los Angeles County ROP Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He received the Entrepreneurship 101 Award from Ohio State University for Outstanding Leadership in the Field of American Business Creativity and Entrepreneurship. In 2000 and 2002, he was named the Junior Achievement Teacher of the Year. In 2007, Steve received the prestigious Apple Award from the Beverly Hills Education Foundation, honoring outstanding teachers, administrators, and district employees in BHUSD. Steve has been very active in the Beverly Hills community and served as Vice Chair of the School/Business Partnership Education Committee of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. He received a “Certificate of Excellence” from the Beverly Hills Board of Education and was recognized by the City of Beverly Hills with a “Proclamation of Outstanding Service.”

Steve co-founded the National Sports Marketing Education Foundation and has given numerous speeches nationally on how to teach “The Business of Sport” in high schools. He served as an officer of the California Marketing Education Association. Steve is presently a board member of the Southern California High School Soccer Coaches Association, where he served as President for 12 years. He is a CIF-Southern Section Soccer Advisory Board member and a site coordinator of the CIF-Southern Section Soccer Championships. He previously served as a member of the CIF-State Soccer Advisory.

Before his employment at Beverly High, Steve had a successful career in the insurance industry. He was President and an independent broker of Credential Insurance Agency, Inc. Steve co-created an innovative marketing program that included designing and selling the first fully employer-paid, employee-negotiated automobile insurance program in the United States. He is a past President of the California Insurance Association and former director and instructor for the West Coast Agency Management Institute-Graduate School of Business at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Steve was recognized as “Chairman of the Year” by The American Agency of General Insurance Agents and spoke nationally about innovative marketing programs in the industry.

After selling his insurance agency, Steve served as the national sales manager for Relief Printing Corporation and as an independent printing distributor for Vogue Printing. Steve’s career path also included management of a local hotel property in the hospitality industry. He has been very involved in charity work over the years, including co-founding and serving as President of a City of Hope chapter, organizing and coordinating youth charity soccer events for Youth against MS, Eric’s Vision for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research.

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Carter Paysinger
President & Co-Founder

 

Carter Paysinger | President & Co-Founder NHSCDN

Carter Paysinger grew up in what was once known as South Central Los Angeles. He attended his neighborhood schools through the 4th grade. At this time, his mother moved him and his siblings into an elementary school in West Los Angeles. That move eventually allowed Carter to attend Beverly Hills High School. He graduated from Beverly in 1974. Carter attended California State University, Los Angeles, earning a BS in Social Sciences and a minor in Physical Education. He earned a California Life Single Subject Teaching Credential, and a few years later, he earned a Master’s in Education. He was also a member of the university’s 1977 baseball team, which appeared in the College World Series. Carter returned to Beverly in 1979 as a Baseball and Football coach. For over 36 years, he served the Beverly Hills Unified School District as a Coach, Teacher, Department Chairperson, Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, and Principal. The Beverly Hills Unified School District recognized him as an Apple Award winner in 2003 for his success as a teacher and again in 2013 as an Administrator. Over the years, the City of Beverly Hills recognized him for several accomplishments.

In Carter’s first year as Principal, Beverly Hills High School recorded an unbelievable 34-point increase in its Academic Performance Index ranking. In the first three years, they posted the highest state test scores in the school’s history. Programs such as Peer Tutoring and the Medical Science Academy were implemented during his tenure as Principal. The Peer Tutoring program was designed to provide immediate intervention for students in their core subject areas and allowed students to explore common core teaching strategies through engagement. The results of the program were overwhelmingly popular and successful. The Medical Science Academy was developed to enable students to investigate the world of medicine while in high school. Other programs such as Journalism, Robotics, Culinary, and the Academic Decathlon team, which was ranked in the top 5 in the country twice, excelled to new heights.

In addition to his work at Beverly, Carter has also enjoyed tremendous business success. He has been a Real Estate Broker for more than 30 years, primarily investing in residential properties across the country, and he was highly successful in a short stint in the Life Insurance Industry.

Carter is a Past President of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section. The CIF is the governing body that oversees all athletics in California. As President, he strongly advocated for improved safety measures in every high school, including implementing full-time athletic trainers.

In 1991 and 1996, Carter was named the Los Angeles Times Westside Football Coach of the Year. He was recognized with the Champions of Character Award by the CIF-SS in 2006 and named the California State Model Coach of the Year in 2007.

In November 2014, Carter became a New York Times Best Selling Author with his book, “Where A Man Stands.” The book outlines his journey from growing up in South Central Los Angeles to becoming the Principal of Beverly Hills High School. It also highlights his uncanny ability to connect and motivate people from all walks of life. Navigating two distinctly different worlds has allowed him to see opportunity through a unique lens. His perspective on connecting passion with opportunity has dramatically benefited his students.

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Zabrina Schultz
CFO

 

ZABRINA SCHULTZ | CFO | NHSCDN

 

Zabrina Schultz is a successful entrepreneur, personal investor, and financial educator, passionate about helping others achieve financial freedom.

As a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), Zabrina is the CEO and principal educator for Money & Milkshakes, a non-profit organization that provides financial education to high school and college students. She is on a mission to teach others how to achieve financial success through saving and investing.

As the owner of ZNS, Inc., and an Enrolled Agent*, she has over 20 years of experience in accounting, business consultation, and tax preparation powering the small businesses that drive the creative industry in Los Angeles. She graduated with degrees in Business and Spanish and started her career serving some of Hollywood’s biggest names in tax accounting and contract management roles. Her expertise in the entertainment industry and her ability to translate complex financial jargon into real-world terms have made her a valuable asset to her clients, which include producers, directors, photographers, actors, restaurants, salons, and retail stores. Before launching her own business, she served some of Hollywood’s biggest names as a tax accountant at Jess S. Morgan & Co and as an Accounting & Contracts Manager in the Television/Music Department at Paramount Pictures.

Having established a proven track record of success, Zabrina is dedicated to sharing the fundamentals of her success with others. Her approach is centered on the belief that anyone can achieve financial success, regardless of their background or where they start. She emphasizes the importance of financial education, smart risk-taking, and long-term thinking.

Teaching money matters can’t be only about numbers and rules. Zabrina has a gift for breaking down seemingly daunting topics into easy-to-understand language. She focuses on providing actionable strategies that can be applied in the real world. She emphasizes the importance of building a foundation through education and quickly following it up with action and practical experience. Her company ZNS, Inc. is slowly scaling back so she can focus more time and energy on her non-profit, Money & Milkshakes!

*An Enrolled Agent is federally authorized to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the Internal Revenue Service for audits, collections, and appeals.

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Amy Golden Malone
Vice President, Marketing

 

Amy Golden Malone | Career & Academic Advisor

Amy Golden Malone grew up in upstate New York in a house full of educators. It was her destiny to follow the family tradition, but at the age of 18, she didn’t know it yet. Amy attended James Madison University, earning a BS in Health Administration. Following her college graduation, Amy landed an internship at the Providence VA Hospital in Rhode Island. After working for two years in the health insurance industry, Amy’s destiny was calling. Realizing there was something else she was meant to do, Amy went back to school to receive her Master’s in Education with a concentration in School Counseling from the University of Maryland. Amy started working as a middle school counselor at Montgomery County Public School in 1999. Amy’s next stop was Mountain View High School, where she was a school counselor and cheerleading coach. Amy realized that high school was her home and where she could live out her destiny. She returned to school to earn another Master’s in Education with a concentration in Administration and Supervision from San Jose State.

It was time for Amy to put her new-found skills to work. 2005 Amy accepted her first admin job as Assistant Principal at Beverly Hills High School. Amy was responsible for the master schedule, the counseling department, the Single School Plan for Student Achievement, hiring ROP/CTE teachers, assisting in Career Day preparation, and much more. From there, Amy moved back to Northern California to be the Director/Principal of The Quarry Lane School. Besides all the other tasks Amy had performed at Beverly, she was now also responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of the Upper school (grades 6 – 11). This included but was not limited to, planning, organizing, and executing day-to-day operations of a high-quality school and developing short- and long-term strategic plans to increase enrollment. Amy was also responsible for planning pre-week orientation, staff development, implementing and coordinating the IB Program, and serving as AP Coordinator and WASC Chairman. Although the experience was amazing, Amy missed the public school system and Los Angeles…. so Assistant Principal at Redondo Union High School was her next stop. The saying, “There’s no place like home,” really rang true, and after 3 years, Amy found herself back at Beverly Hills High School working with Carter and Steve.

Amy then went on to be a Title One math teacher for LAUSD and then found her next and last stop at Santa Monica High School as an Academic Advisor (school counselor) and Department Chair. Amy knows how important it is to help kids find their passions and assist them in finding opportunities to explore those passions in the real world. Amy is excited to work with The National High School Career Day Network, as the goal and mission is to do just that: assist kids in finding their passion and provide them the opportunity to meet employers and employees in their field of interest. Since 1999, Amy has been guiding and mentoring students on her caseload – it is now time to bring that kind of service to kids across the country.

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Karen Paysinger
Vice President

 

Karen Paysinger | Vice President

 

Karen Paysinger has worked in the field of education for over 25 years.  Her education experience has primarily been at the elementary school level.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Education.  She is a retired principal from Laurel Early Education Center within the Los Angeles Unified School District.

During her tenure as an educator, she was a skilled, student-focused leader who possesses a strong commitment to the development of students and staff as well as providing a stimulating, safe, and motivating learning environment. She is a dynamic leader and solid team player with a history of collaborating with all stakeholders, increasing student academics, and maintaining excellence in education.

Her core strengths include improving instruction and redesignation rates through coaching, high expectations for all students, providing teacher observations and support to improve instruction, engaging family and community members in supporting children in school and at home, utilizing data to build teacher and parent capacity, creating a school dedicated to student learning while maintaining a safe and secure school site.

She has been married to her spouse, Carter, for 42 years and is a dedicated mothe13-year-old year old son, Chandler.

 

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Kate Marks
Academic & Career Advisor

Kate Marks | Academic & Career Advisor | NHSCDN

Kate Marks was born and raised in White Plains, New York. She has successfully worked with students and their families for over 18 years as a school counselor. Kate’s journey was not a straight line from point A to point B. While pondering careers, education was not at the forefront of her mind. She took the LSAT and hoped to pursue law; however, after spending the day with a friend (who was a school counselor) coaching lacrosse, Kate decided to follow a different path and applied for an MS degree.

Kate completed two internships at Scarsdale Middle School and Mamaroneck High School, primed for her first counseling gig. Seeking a break from the East Coast’s freezing weather, she attended a job fair in N.Y.C. and was hired on the spot by the Los Angeles Unified School District (much to her parents’ surprise). Kate promptly moved to the Left Coast to start the 2004-2005 school year. She spent three years working at Huntington Park High School, located in East L.A., where Kate worked very closely with families, helping to navigate paths toward graduation and life after high school. She pioneered the boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams at Huntington Park and surrounding schools. Lacrosse was not a household name in that area, but with the help of LAX in L.A., the non-profit Kate started with her friend, Sean McKeon, it took hold of the students and their families in the community. So much so that she authored the LAUSD course guide for Lacrosse so that other schools could develop a program and receive funding. Kate was also a Sponsor of the California Scholarship Federation, the U.C. Berkeley Educator’s Incentive Awards Pre-Collegiate Academy Sponsor, and the Assistant Cross Country Coach.

Kate applied to Beverly Hills Unified School District on a whim, wanting to move to a school a little closer to her apartment (yes, the LA traffic is as awful as you’ve heard). Hired in 2008, the students, their families, and faculty met her with open arms. Kate was involved with college and career advising, participated in counselor fly-in programs to visit universities, and attended regional and national seminars for professional development.

Once again, something inside her said it was time to move on. Kate spent 11 great years at B.H.H.S. before returning to New York City in August 2019. The South Orangetown Central School District hired her as a school counselor, specifically at Tappan Zee High School. Starting a new job and facing a pandemic in the middle of her first year was a whirlwind, but Kate couldn’t be happier. She is back where she belongs.

As fate would have it, Kate was also recently hired in the private sector by her mentor, Meg Lahey, whom she interned with many moons ago, as a personal college counselor with Steinbrecher Consulting. Since its founding in 1977, Steinbrecher & Partners has assisted students and their families from the United States and overseas in making appropriate educational choices, ranging from secondary school and college to therapeutic programs and summer options.

Kate’s comprehensive approach to the student and the school selection process has helped her students find the right fit. She connects with students and their families and works with them to reach their full potential. Kate is a certified school counselor with an MS from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., holding a permanent Pupil Personal Certificate and a Certificate in College Counseling from the University of California, Los Angeles. Kate received her undergraduate degree from American University in Washington, D.C., where she was an NCAA Division One Women’s Lacrosse team member.

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Lynn Richards Rappaport
Corporate Secretary

 

Lynn Richards Rappaport | Corporate Secretary | NHSCDN

A native Southern Californian, Lynn Richards Rappaport attended Alexander Hamilton High School in West Los Angeles. Always fascinated by math and science, she enrolled in enrichment courses, including vector geometry and computer programming (Hamilton had one of the first IBM computers in the Los Angeles Unified School District). Lynn continued her education at UCLA, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and finding her passion for teaching. Lynn received her Single Subject Teaching Credential from CSU Northridge and her Master of Science Degree in School Management and Administration from Pepperdine University.

Lynn’s teaching career began in the Beverly Hills Unified School District, where she taught mathematics and introduction to computer courses at Beverly Hills High School, Beverly Vista, and El Rodeo. In addition to her teaching duties, Lynn coached the high school swim team, served as a Master Teacher in the CSUN Teacher Preparation Program, co-chaired the 1988-89 BHHS WASC Accreditation, and was the Director of Student Activities. In 1989, Lynn was honored as Beverly Hills High School Teacher of the Year. While serving as a teacher on special assignment, Lynn took over the master scheduling responsibilities at BHHS and was tasked with designing and implementing individualized middle school scheduling at Beverly Vista and Hawthorne. Lynn also served as an Assistant Principal for the University of LaVerne Summer School Program at BHHS.

After 25 years in Beverly Hills, Lynn accepted a teaching position at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. She returned to the classroom, teaching advanced algebra/trigonometry and geometry courses. Lynn also served on several committees involving curriculum alignment, textbook adoption, middle school articulation, and course placement criteria. In addition, Lynn mentored new teachers and participated in various technology workshops designed to improve classroom instruction and methodology. Lynn retired from teaching after a dozen years at Mira Costa. She now assists her husband, Steve, in organizing and scheduling National High School Career Day Network events.

Lynn has been involved in charity work for years, including working at the water polo venue for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, a finish line volunteer for the Los Angeles Marathon, a Surf Festival volunteer for Beach Cities Health District, and organizing youth charity soccer events for Youth against MS, Eric’s Vision for ALS, and the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research.

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Robbie Countryman
Board Member

Robert Countryman | Board Member | National High School Career Day Network

 

Robert “Robbie” Countryman born in Los Angeles, California, is an American television director.

He began his career as a stage manager on the sitcom Growing Pains. His other stage managing credits include MartinHangin’ with Mr. Cooper and So Little Time. While working on Mr. Cooper, he also became an assistant director, working on the series Suddenly Susan. As well as Women’s Murder ClubThe UnitBrothers, and Melissa & Joey.

In 2004, he made his head directorial debut on Reba. His other directing credits include Just JordanSurviving SuburbiaThe WannabesWizards of Waverly PlacePair of KingsLet’s Stay Together and Reed Between the Lines.

Countryman is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Science.

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Liza Utter
Board Member | National High School Career Day Network

Liza Utter | Board Member | National High School Career Day Network

Nationally acclaimed and award-winning Brand Builder, Visionary Lifestyle Generator, Creative Director Brand + Copy. 25 + years in the luxury beauty, skincare, lifestyle, hospitality, fine foods, and e-commerce industries developing and building award-winning companies, brands, and products from start to finish.

Liza’s strategic approach, enthusiasm, and leadership bring brands to life with an emphasis on authentic consumer connections through strategic, unique, multi-sensory experiences and storytelling that engage and capture target markets – translating to an indelible brand experience, brand loyalty, and robust sales.

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Vickie Z Beckwith, RN, MSN, PHN
Board Member | National High School Career Day Network

Vickie Beckwith, MSN, RN, PHN | Board Member | NHSCDN

Vickie Beckwith has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. She is also a Nursing Consultant and Professional Development Trainer for the Bureau of Education & Research. Vickie’s nursing career began in sports medicine research and wellness programs. She has worked in various specialties, but her passions are emergency/trauma care and school nursing. Vickie is a retired US Air Force Colonel, with her most memorable positions being a flight nurse in Desert Storm and an international health education specialist for developing countries.

Vickie’s commitment to learning and professional development is evident in her educational achievements. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from UCLA, a Credential in School Nursing from California State University, Northridge, a Master of Business Administration – MBA in Management from California State University, Los Angeles, and an MSN in Nursing Education from Cal State University – Dominquez Hills.

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