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MCDA Leadership 2019-2020

Elected Officers

Lucinda M. Nobles, President, MSA, GCDF, CCSP, JCTC

Lucinda Nobles pictureWith 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.

N. Shavon Kelly, President Elect

N. Shavon Kelly has more than 25 years of experience in human services, education, and training. Kelly brings a broad perspective to the field of Life Planning. Throughout her career, Kelly has served in the role of Program Developer and Implementation Specialist with a specialty with working with individuals with disabilities. Kelly is an experienced SSA and VA benefits specialist. 

Kelly has been active within the disabilities community with experiences with individuals with mental health, substance abuse, autism, and other medical conditions. As an advocacy of disabled citizens and their families, Kelly saw the need to complete extensive training on program development and care coordination of resources. Another population that Kelly has developed a strong rapport with is the senior population. Seniors are a growing group of individuals that are still actively working or need support care services to coordinate their progression in their lives for basic daily living.

Kelly attended Sojourner Douglass College, where she received a BA degree in Administration and Management. She received her MAEd from Notre Dame of Maryland University and is a PhD candidate with a specialty in Human Services (General Practice) from Walden University. Kelly is Golden Key International Honours Society Lifetime Member, Phi Alpha Honors Society for Social Work Lifetime Member, and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Kelly is a member of the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA). Kelly is a native Baltimorean. She is the founder and CEO of NSK Benefits Consulting Services with clients in Maryland, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. Kelly enjoys cooking and traveling.

Sabira Vohra, Past-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 theircareers. 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.

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.

Maria Schaeffer, Treasurer

Maria is an accomplished, resourceful, visionary master career specialist with a successful track record in creating and enhancing programs in transition for students with disabilities, workforce development, and family, school and community involvement. Maria holds a Master’s degree in Special Education, a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Management and is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) as well as an Offender Workforce Development Specialist and Instructor (OWDS-I).  She is a certified career service provider focused on helping others achieve personal and professional success. 

Maria is a member of the Iota Lambda Sigma’s (ILS) Nu Chapter, a professional honorary society recognizing excellence in career and technology education and workforce development in business and industry. Notable awards and certificates include being the recipient of the Maryland Counseling Association Presidential Service Award, Maryland Career Development Association Diversity Award, and Maryland Career Development Association President's Award.  Maria currently serves as the treasurer for the Florida Counseling Association Foundation.

Committee Chairs  & Members

Natalie Kauffman, Legislative Committee Chair

As a Global Career Development Strategist with KauffmanNcareers, LLC, Natalie Kauffman, M.S., NCDA Certified Career Counselor™, CSP-I, NCC, NCCC, GCDF-I, has been providing comprehensive career & transition solutions across the U.S. and around the world. Her 35+ years in the field has traversed business, government, education & NPO settings. Her proudest achievement is being recognized by the National Career Development Association (NCDA) for her exceptional performance providing career development services and receiving the association's Outstanding Career Practitioner Award.

Natalie's career development field experience coupled with her background as a former MCDA President, MCA President, NCDA Board Member (serving as both Southern Trustee and Leadership Academy Chair) and her current active involvement across three NCDA committees: Government Relations, the Global Connections Committee and the Awards Committee, strengthens her professional mission to inspire individuals to achieve their career and life goals. Her legislative training at the national level through the American Counseling Association, at the state level through the Maryland Counseling Association and at both the state and local levels through her beginning career work with one of Maryland's earliest regional, nonprofit career counseling organizations, Maryland New Directions Inc., has enhanced Natalie's ability to advocate and communicate that obtaining and retaining employment is not just good for the individual, but also good for their families. for local communities and for our nation's role in the global economy. Natalie is looking forward to her second year serving as MCDA's Legislative Chair.

Rose Howard, Credentialing Chair

Joan Freedman, Credentialing Committee

Ronda Ansted, Membership Committee

Indira Jackson, Newsletter Committee

Hugh Taylor, Technology Committee

Public Relations Chair

Program Committee Chair

National Career Development Month Chair

Awards Committee - vacant

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