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MCDA Vision

MCDA’s vision is that all career professionals provide the most effective and efficient services in an ethical manner.

Our Mission

The Maryland Career Development Association’s (MCDA) mission is to promote a forum where career professionals network and share resources to ensure the quality of career services to the standards of the National Career Development Association.


  • A state organization devoted to maintaining and promoting ethical standards and professionalism.
  • A forum for innovative and creative ideas and professional development.
  • A roundtable to increase awareness of the new global workplace and its effect on careers of the future.
  • An opportunity to deal with rapid change that demands flexibility and awareness.

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MCDA 2017 Award Winners

Lifetime Contribution Award- Karen Chopra

Innovative Use of Technology Award- Krasimira Shapkarova

Outstanding Career Professional Award- Richard Knowdell 

Corporate Sponsorship Award- Bruce Wahlgren, the Workforce Excellence Group

Diversity Award- Shira Concool 

President’s Award- Sabira Vohra

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NCDA Honors

Congratulations to Marylander, E. Niel Carey for receiving the 2017 Kenneth B. Hoyt Memorial Career Education Practitioner Award 

E. Niel Carey, who has a long history of supporting Career Education as a counselor, teacher, and administrator served as NCDA’s first Executive Director from 1985-1994. He has been very involved in NCDA’s Government Relations Committee as well as with the Brain Trust.  

MCDA Officers 2018-2019

President: Ebony Scurry Contreras
President-Elect: Lucinda Nobles
Past-President: Sabira Vohra
Treasurer: Alyssa Best
Secretary: Jenn Leard

The term for holding offices is July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. To learn more about the positions please visit the volunteer opportunities on the MCDA website or click here to be taken directly to the page.


MCDA is a division of the Maryland Counseling Association (MCA), formerly known as the Maryland Association for Counseling and Development (MACD) which in turn is a branch of the American Counseling Association (ACA). MCDA is a state division of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) which is in turn a division of ACA. When you join MCDA, you will be offered the option to become a member of MCA. While recommended, membership in NCDA and ACA is not required.

MCDA, c/o Lisa Oliver
P.O. Box 553
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
Make check or money order payable to MCDA
Email:  MCDA.Info@MDCareers.org

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