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 Scurry, President-Elect 


Ebony Scurry, SPHR, GCDF-I is the Creative Director of CuraciĆ³n Nails, Body, and Success Sanctuary™, a strategic human resources professional, career and life coach, business owner, trainer, facilitator, and adjunct professor. She has over 10 years of federal experience at multiple agencies including the NIH, FDA, GPO, USPTO, and USDA-FSIS. She has also been a licensed nail technician in the state of Maryland since 2002.

Ebony has worked individually and on teams in the federal sector to facilitate organizational and individual change and effectiveness. Ebony’s hands-on experience in human resources and recruitment in both the private and federal sector provide her with both a unique perspective and information that comes from being a recruiter and serving as a consultant to hiring managers.


She has presented and spoken at conventions, conferences, agencies, and schools such as Otakon, AnimeUSA, Maryland Career Development Association Conference, Capital College, Westwood College, Sweet Briar College, and the United States Government Publishing Office’s Federal Women’s Program Committee. She also taught both college and graduate level courses in human resources, business, sociology, and career management. 



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

Bio and Pic coming soon.


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 Director of Career Development at American University,where she works with a great to team to ensure that the Career Center meets the career development needs of all students from freshmen through graduate students.  Sue sees individual students in the College of Arts and Science, she has a particular emphasis on math, science, and public health students.  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.


Lois Bennett, National Career Development Month Chairperson

Lois A. Bennett, M.Ed. recently joined MCDA. She brings passion to the workforce and career profession while assisting military veterans and women career transitioners. Lois served two concurrent careers, 22 years as a training professional for the corporate conglomerate Johnson & Johnson and 33 years as a human resources officer while in the U.S. Army Reserves.   She retired as a Gulf War veteran and at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Lois volunteers her services to organizations such as the Laurel Regional Workforce Center, the non-profit Dress for Success as a career coach and several veterans’ organizations.  


Karen Boyd, Membership Committee Chair
Bio and pic coming soon


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 S(MU). 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 telecomm 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.


Update Coming Soon, Awards Committee


Vacant, Legislative Chair




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Make check or money order payable to MCDA
Email:  MCDA.Info@MDCareers.org


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