MCDA Leadership 2018-2019

Elected Officers


Ebony Tara Scurry, SPHR, GCDF-I is the The Career Architect™ at Eidolon Career Solutions, her Washington D.C. based private practice. Her experience is grounded in extensive training and education in sociology, strategic human resources, and organizational leadership and effectiveness.

As a mentor and educator to others who serve the most challenging and vulnerable job seekers, she is known as a powerful resource for continuing education in career development and inclusive workforce solutions. Ebony’s hands-on experience applying a sociological perspective to her work with diverse job seekers and the professionals who serve them provide a unique and result-oriented framework in her content delivery. Ebony is President-Elect of the Maryland Career Development Association.

She has presented at numerous conventions, conferences, agencies, and schools. She also taught both college and graduate level courses in human resources, business, sociology, and career management. 

Ebony received her M.S. degree in Organization Development & Strategic Human Resources from Johns Hopkins University. She holds a BA in Sociology and a minor in Law & Society from Sweet Briar College, which was earned in 3 years.

Ebony is an author, Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Certified Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor (GCDF-I), and a National Career Development Association (NCDA) designated Master Career Specialist (MCS).

Ebony is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA), the National Career Development Association (NCDA), and the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS).


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With more than 20 years of experience in Career Coaching, Training, and federal HR, Lucinda M. Nobles MSA, GCDF, CCSP, JCTC/JCDC brings a broad perspective to the field of Career Management and Life Planning. Throughout her federal career, Lucinda effectively served as a Certified Career and Life Planning Coach. In addition, she served as a Career Development and a Mentoring Program Manager for a major Federal Agency. She is an experienced facilitator and motivational speaker. 

Lucinda is actively involved with the Disabilities Community, where she served for six years on the Board of the Arc of Prince Georges County, MD, a countywide organization dedicated to the advocacy of disabled citizens and their families. While there, Lucinda saw the need for a Citizen’s Advisory Council for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Lucinda collaborated with a group of parents to advocate with the Maryland Legislature to create this Advisory Council in 2012. Two years ago, Lucinda completed extensive training and was commissioned by her Church as a Stephen Minister.  Lucinda has been a passionate champion in the recruitment and training of differently- abled individuals in the federal workforce. She is also a coach for differently-able individuals to explore and become self-advocates as entrepreneurs.

To ensure colleagues who were interested could communicate with hearing-impaired employees, Lucinda partnered with Gallaudet University to bring American Sign Language courses to the agency. Lucinda served as adjunct professor at Trinity Washington University for undergraduate students in their mandatory capstone course. She is a commissioned Stephen Minister at the Reid Temple, where she serves as advisor to members facing spiritual and life challenges.

Lucinda attended Trinity Washington University, where she received a MSA degree in Organizational Management, and a BA in Human Relations with a minor in Business Administration. Lucinda is also an honorary member of the PSI CHI Honor Society.

Lucinda is a member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA), and the Maryland Counseling Association (MCA). She currently serves as MCDA President-Elect and board liaison to MCA. Lucinda is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator through the Center for Credentialing in Education.

Lucinda is a native Washingtonian who currently lives in Maryland with her family. She is the co-founder and CEO of Jackson and Nobles Consulting Group. Lucinda enjoys traveling globally with her husband and daughter, art and cultural appreciation programs and looking for opportunities to support individuals with life and career transitions.

Sabira Vohra, Past president

Sabira Vohra, President 2017-2018

Sabira Vohra, MA, GCDF-I, MCC, has over 18 years of experience in career development and career management.  She is guided by strong intuition and a global perspective, having worked and lived internationally.  Sabira is well versed in higher education, career consulting/coaching, managing strategic partnerships, strategic development and employer development. Her experience has included leading career services within the non-profit and higher education sector. Through her Private Practice, Career Infusion, she meets clients where they are and help clients transition, manage and navigate their careers. Sabira loves to work with diverse populations and careers and has made an impact in the lives of the people that she has worked with.  Sabira also consults with higher education organizations and businesses to help provide career facilitation and career services.

Sabira has been involved in many career organizations including National Association of Career Development, Maryland Career Development Association and Maryland Career Consortium. She has been a member of Maryland Career Development Association for many years and served as Awards Chair and President-Elect. She is excited to be part of an association that cares about its members and is looking forward to collaborations and strengthening MCDA.

Sabira holds a Masters in Human Sciences and Psychology from Hood College and a Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences and Psychology from the University of Bedfordshire in the U.K. She is also a certified GCDF-I, and holds the designation of Master Career Specialist.  She is trained in providing distance career counseling, dependable strengths articulation process and the MBTI assessment.

Sabira was born in Uganda, grew up and raised in England, where she also worked in Career Development. She has lived in the USA for 17 years. She loves to create those A’HA moments in her work with clients and is guided by strong intuition and respect for diversity and inclusion. She has two children and lives in New Market, MD. 

Alyssa Best, Treasurer

Alyssa Best serves as a coach and advisor promoting career advancement, salary negotiation, and personal wellness. Her approach is to foster optimal living for her clients through increased momentum towards their goals. She brings warmth and empathy, a sense of humor, active listening skills, and career development expertise to work that she finds joyful. Alyssa offers 1:1 sessions tailored to the individual (women + men) and her clients report higher rates of success when they engage her as their coach. She is a certified Personal and Executive Coach from The CaPP Institute (Coaching and Positive Psychology).

Jenn leard, Secretary 

With an M.Ed in Counseling and Career Development, NCC and JCTC/JCDC credentials, and certifications in Strengths Education and CareerCycles Methodology, Jenn utilizes a hybrid counseling and coaching framework to help clients navigate career exploration, development and life transitions across higher education, private practice and consulting environments.

Currently serving as Associate Director of Career Advising & Student Engagement at Goucher College, Consultant with Rich Feller & Associates, and Columnist with NCDA Career Developments Magazine, with past roles as Manager of Career Counseling at Colorado State University College of Business and Team Lead at Corporate Executive Board in Washington, DC, Jenn brings diverse perspective and strong commitment to both the field of career development and the continued advancement of MCDA. Jenn recently moved back to Maryland (Catonsville) after seven years of living in Colorado, and is thrilled to be part of the MCDA community.

Committee Chairs

Public Relations Chair - VACANT


Rose Howard, Credentialing Chair

Rose Howard is a licensed clinical  social worker, certified career coach by the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor and  Master Trainer of the  National Career Development Association - Career Development Curriculum.  She has had an extraordinary career working with the military for over 30 years. She was overseas for seven years and experienced the historic fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the cold war. In 1992, she returned home and joined the Fleet & Family Support Center at the U.S. Naval Academy.  For 25 years she has worked as the Transition Manager at the Annapolis Navy Fleet and Family Support Center. In this capacity, she works with military members and their spouses as they transition to the civilian sector, and has assisted thousands of military members. In addition, she has trained over 100 Navy Career Counselors to be Global Career Development Facilitators. Some of her collateral duties are serving as a member of the Annapolis Navy Emergency Operation Center (responding to local crisis situations) and as a member of the Quality of Life Program Advisory Committee.

Rose is a lifelong learner actively involved in the career development field, as Continuing Education Chair for the Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association, (MACCA), and the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA). She is a past-President of MACCA and a former Chair of the Metropolitan Area Career & Life Planning Network). Rose is also quite proud to have been trained and mentored by Richard Bolles, the author of the internationally renowned book, "What Color is your Parachute?"

She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, yoga, swimming, growing spiritually - and a little Zumba now and then! Her 2017 goal is to mentor and encourage at least 10 individuals who are entering into/or continuing to pursue the career development field.

Program Committee Chair - vacant

Safiya Stewart-Sagoua, National Career Development Month Chair

Membership Committee Chair - rochelle kithcart (Photo and bio coming soon)

Conference Committee Chair - vacant

Krasi Shapkarova, Newsletter Chair

Krasi is an Assistant Director of Coaching & Education at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School where she coaches students and alumni on topics including self-discovery, professional branding, networking, and interviewing. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Carey the Torch, the official blog of the Carey Career Development Office. Prior to joining the Carey Business School staff, Krasi worked as a counselor at the Distance Education department at Houston Community College. In that role, she assisted students with career exploration, degree planning, course selection, and study skills.

In addition, Krasi has an extensive experience as a writing tutor assisting students with resumes, cover letters, and scholarship essays. She also interned at Shriners Hospitals for Children and has background in the non-profit sector. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

When not at the office, Krasi enjoys rock climbing, hiking, visiting museums, and reading.

website Chair - vacant

Awards Committee - vacant

Natalie Kauffman, Legislative Chair

Natalie Kauffman, M.S., NCDA Certified Career Counselor™, CSP-I, NCC, NCCC, GCDF-I, has attended several American Counseling Association (ACA) & Maryland Counseling Association (MCA) Legislative trainings at both the national and state levels across the years because of her former board positions as MCDA President & MCA President.

Natalie is also a former Board Member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) (serving as Southern Trustee) and a former chair of NCDA's Leadership Academy. Currently, she is very active across three NCDA committees: Government Relations, the Global Connections Committee and the Awards Committee. Natalie also serves as the Newsletter Committee Director of the Asia Pacific Career Development Association, one of NCDA’s International Affiliate members.

Her proudest achievement is being recognized by NCDA for her exceptional performance providing career development services and receiving the association's Outstanding Career Practitioner Award.

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