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Maryland Counseling Association

Emerging Leaders Program

The Maryland Counseling Association (MCA) is pleased to announce the Emerging Leaders Program.  In an effort to demonstrate a continued commitment to the leadership and professional development of MCA members, along with the advancement of our state association and the counseling profession as a whole, the MCA awards graduate counseling students (master’s or doctoral), new professionals (one year post graduation), AND experienced professionals as Emerging Leaders. 

To apply for the MCA 2017 Emerging Leaders Program, please download this document and send it to cchan530@gwmail.gwu.edu. You will receive a confirmation email from Christian D. Chan. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please follow up with another email to ensure it is received. The deadline is July 25, 2017.

2017 MCA_Emerging Leaders Application.docx

This year the 2016 Emerging Leaders Program selected four individuals as MCA Emerging Leaders. These individuals are:

Sarah Vayda, M.S.,  MCA Experienced Professional Emerging Leader

Sarah Vayda, MS has 8 years’ experience working with adults with chronic mental illness in Johns Hopkins Bayview Adult Psychiatric Rehabilitation program.  During her time working, she earned her Master’s Degree in counseling from Loyola University in Maryland.  For the past 6 years, Sarah has been developed Wellness Services.  A holistic approach for clients to identify their individual symptoms and develop action plans to assist clients with being proactive and remaining out of the hospital in both group and individual settings.  She is currently pursuing licensure and is passionate about developing programs that truly make an impact and increasing her competence in a variety of areas.  Some of these areas include holistic wellness, self-compassion, and finding ways to more fully integrate the medical and counseling practices in order to assist people with their emotional responses to their medical concerns. 

Rawn Boulden, MCA Master’s Student Emerging Leader

Rawn Boulden is a current School Counseling master’s student at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to starting his program, Rawn received his bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. At his undergraduate institution, Rawn founded and served as president of ODU Random Acts of Kindness; he also served as a resident assistant, for three years. A servant leader, Rawn is currently employed by the College of Computer, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland, where he plays a pivotal role in student success and retention, advising and supporting first-year students, many of whom are of minority status. In the community, Rawn is a youth mentor through the YMCA’s Youth and Family Services extension. In his free time, Rawn enjoys composing and arranging music, watching sports (Go Terps!), taking improvisational classes, and discovering unique food destinations.

Keyona Hall, M.S., MCA Doctoral Graduate Student Emerging Leader

Keyona Hall is a doctoral student at Argosy University/Washington, DC, in the Counseling Education and Supervision program. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Pedology from Bowie State University. After starting a career within the federal government, Keyona decided to follow her dream career in the field of counseling, which led her to completing her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Bowie State University. She has over 10 years of professional experience to include but not limited to community mental health and program administration.  Her special interest includes sexual identity, trauma, multiculturalism, leadership and advocacy. Currently, her focus is to obtain experience in leadership, clinical practice and counseling education. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband and two children.

Kristin Matthews, M.A, LCPC, MCA Doctoral Graduate Student Emerging Leader

Kristin Matthews is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor that has worked with children and families for the past 11 years.  She earned her Masters of Arts degree from The Ohio State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Xavier University of Louisiana.  Presently, she is working toward her Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision at Marymount University. 

Kristin currently is working at Catholic Charities in Washington, DC in their Child and Adolescent Mobile Psychiatric Services program as a Clinical Manager.  Her professional interests include childhood trauma, sexual violence of youth, and adolescent development.  When working with clients she enjoys working with young children and adolescents of all backgrounds.  She incorporates child-centered play therapy techniques, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution focused techniques into her clinical work.  Kristin is a believer in the adage “it’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.”  This mantra is what she exhibits in her work with her clients.   

The purpose of the program is to provide participants with cultivating experiences that support leadership skills, competency development, and diverse opportunities to actively participate in MCA’s Executive Board meetings, serve on a committee or task force, engage in projects of interest, receive mentorship, build professional networks, and gain exposure to the responsibilities associated with fulfilling elected leadership positions.



Maryland Counseling Association
P.O. Box 6315
Largo, MD 20792
Phone: 410-931-5010 Fax: 410-931-5013
info@MDCounseling.org

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