MCDA Leadership 2017-2018

Elected Officers

Sabira Vohra, 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. 

Ebony TARA Scurry, President-Elect 

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).

Ronda Ansted, Past-President

Ronda Ansted, DMgt, MSW, GCDF, is committed to using career development to transform lives, communities, and the world. For more than 20 years, with a primary focus on international development and social services, Ronda has worked with her staff, organizations, and clients helping them to translate their skills and services into rewarding work and inspired lives. Through her private practice, Be the Change Career Consulting, Ronda works with those dedicated to serving others through support, guidance, and inspiration to increase their effectiveness professionally and to help them fulfill a personal journey. She also enjoys working with those seeking non-traditional employment like social entrepreneurs, private practitioners in health and wellness fields, and environmentally conscious small business owners.  Ronda holds a Doctor of Management from University of Maryland University College, a Master of Social Work from University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Bachelor of Arts in World Studies from the School for International Training.

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).

Joan Freedman, Secretary

Joan Freedman has recently earned her Master’s in Counseling degree from Johns Hopkins University where she is also the Director of the Digital Media Center.  She has interned at Stevenson University Career Services, and Johns Hopkins University Career Center.  Joan has been involved with coaching, mentoring and teaching within a university setting for the past 25 years.  Her areas of expertise include arts and media-related careers, utilizing strengths-based assessments to identify positive traits within DSM diagnoses, and working with diverse populations.  She is a creative problem solver who is successful in working with the emerging adult population.

Committee Chairs

Susan B. Gordon, Public Relations Chair

Sue Gordon is a long time member of MCDA.  Sue is Vice President of Career Services at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Maryland. Previously she was the Director of Career Development at American University.  Prior to her work at AU, Sue provided career counseling to adults in transition at JSSA and the Montgomery County Commission for Women Counseling and Career Center.  Her work includes out-placement counseling in the federal arena, including work at the NIH, IRS, and NASA.  Sue earned her Masters in Counseling at Johns Hopkins University, holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Wake Forest University, and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters of Science in Organization Development from American University. 

Rose Howard, CEU 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.

Lisa Punter, M.S., Program Committee Chair

Lisa Punter is a career development and learning professional with a focus on training, program management and career coaching. A Certified Global Career Development Facilitator providing workshops and presentations on various professional topics, Lisa is also certified as a Strong Interest Inventory Practitioner in administering and interpreting career assessments and as a facilitator providing soft skills training through the Workplace Excellence program. Previous experience includes coordinating a mentoring program called the Professional Development Institute and teaching career development courses in the Business Center at the University of Baltimore. Lisa is currently an Employee Training Specialist with Maryland Department of Health, Practicum Coordinator for the Health Information Technology program at the Community College of Baltimore County and an adjunct instructor with University of Baltimore and Frederick Community College. 

Lisa is also self-employed through Exceed Consulting Group, a consulting company which provides on-site, professional and career development workshops to primary and secondary schools, private firms, faith-based and non-profit organizations. She has worked with Maryland based organizations such as Education Affiliates, Safeguard Corporation, The Children’s Home, and the Ronald McNair Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her mission is to assist an individual meet and exceed their potential by finding their "Occupassion" through empowerment and transformation.  

In addition to her professional pursuits, she is the proud mother of two young adults Imani and Emmanuel who share her passion for travel.

Safiya Stewart-Sagoua, National Career Development Month Chair

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Karen Boyd, Membership Committee Chair

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Bruce Wahlgren, Conference Committee Chair

Bruce Wahlgren created Workforce Excellence Group, LLC when The Maryland Institute for Workforce Excellence dissolved  in 2011.  He continues to offer professional development opportunities to people in the workforce and career development fields. He has also rediscovered his passion for working with job seekers, and teaches them how to re-connect with employment in today’s economy.

Bruce has extensive experience in workforce and career development, having held such positions as career advisor, training coordinator, Administrator of the Carroll County JTPA program, Director of the Mid-Maryland Private Industry Council (PIC), Director of Business Training and Services at Carroll Community College, and Executive Director of The Maryland Institute for Workforce Excellence.

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.

Dawna Reeves, Website Chair

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Dawna is the founder of Reeves Career Services Consulting. She works with private clients and career services providers to help them reach their goals. Dawna’s career began at Southern Methodist University (SMU). There she counseled engineering and computer science students and alumni, as well as helping employers manage their recruiting strategies and campus presence. Dawna was at SMU when the dotcom bubble burst and the telecom corridor crashed in the early 2000s. She helped many talented engineering and technology professionals to find new jobs and careers. She left SMU to lead the career counseling team at the Johns Hopkins University Career Center. Dawna did that for 12 years until leaving to start her own career coaching and consulting business in 2015. Currently, she is a senior consultant with Right Management, a career and talent management organization, as well as serving as the Chief Learning Officer for Intern Bridge. She has chaired the Internship Special Interest Group for the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) and the Membership Committee of the National Internship Consortium (NIC). Over the course of her career, Dawna has spoken to a wide variety of professional organizations and professional conferences including Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, Career Counselor Technology Forum, and the National Career Conference on Integrating a Career Culture in Your Institution.

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