Up to 12 individuals will be selected from the following applicant categories to participate in this program:
MCA Emerging Leaders will provide a minimum of 30 hours of service to MCA during the 2020-2021 fiscal year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021). Recipients must be an MCA member at the time of application submission, and status (i.e., master, doctoral, new professional, experienced professional) should be based on student/graduation status as of June 1, 2020. New professionals must have graduated within the previous calendar year (2019) to qualify for the program; otherwise they should apply as an experienced professional.
Emerging Leaders will receive free registration to the 2020 MCA Annual Conference ($250 value!), receive mentorship from a MCA leader, meet and network with other emerging leaders in the program, and be recognized at the conference as an Emerging Leader. Recipients will also be recognized on MCA’s website, be featured in the MCA newsletter Compass Points, and have the opportunity to bolster and expand resume content through the development of helpful videos and web information for counseling students throughout the State of Maryland.
Applicants who have exceptional leadership potential, that hold a willingness to serve MCA in a variety of roles, and have a passion for the betterment of the counseling profession are sought.
Interested applicants should submit the following to Dr. Marja Humphrey at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 31, 2020:
Applications can be found on the MCA website at mdcounseling.org under the Emerging Leaders tab.
The selection committee will notify applicants of the status of their application on or before August 14, 2020. Upon receipt of an application, a confirmation email will be sent. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Marja Humphrey at email@example.com .
Emerging Leader Chair
Marja Humphrey PhD, NCC
Emerging Leaders for 2018-2019
Keith Gethers, MA Candidate, Clinical Mental Health
Mr. Gethers is completing studies in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Trinity Washington University, where he has distinguished himself by spearheading the formation of the first Graduate Counseling Association. He is a career-change professional who has worked in Law Enforcement, Education and Victim Advocacy, and whose current areas of interest include Addictions, Public Safety, Workplace Issues and Social Justice. Mr. Gethers has also earned degrees from Johns Hopkins University (MS, Management), Frostburg State University (BS, Political Science), and Valley Forge Junior Military College (AA, Criminal Justice).
Born and raised in France, I studied Education with a minor in Psychology in the 80ties. I have been an enthusiastic teacher, and engaged person, in the journey of life, in the Metropolitan area. Lessons in my class were created to engage and stimulate the young learners’ passion in their own life. I have been curious and observed how people think and act, and I am highly multicultural. My passion has been to help young children, and prepare them to become our next leaders, increased with my experience at an inner-city charter school in DC, in 2012. Seeing children with various levels of social-emotional distresses completed my motivation to join the Trinity Washington University Counseling Master’s Program. I presented a research on “Refugees and Immigrants” and the relationship with Counseling, in 2016. I have designed and applied a research: “Inside Healing for Better Learning” that increased student’s achievements, the 2016-2017 school year. I presented this project at the MCA annual conference in November 2017. This past school year, Montgomery County Public Schools chose me to represent the French Immersion Teachers, for Teacher Appreciation week.
Kenya A. Kirkland
I am currently an Academic Advisor at Trinity Washington University, where I work with and support undergraduate students through their academic journeys. Higher education is a transitional time that impacts students’ emotional, social, academic, and professional development. I held various positions in higher education over an eight-year span, and understand the impact of the college experience on students’ beliefs about themselves and their abilities. I am pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Trinity Washington University, and my goal is to continue to work in higher education, especially with minority students who attend Predominantly White Institutions (PWI). Since starting the master’s program, I have presented at Trinity’s Research Colloquium and Social Justice Research Forum on issues including LGBTQ advocacy, Post-Incarceration, and Substance Abuse. I am a two-time graduate from Georgetown University; I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. I am excited about the opportunity to serve as an Emerging Leader and connect with other members in the field.
Rachel s a first-year student at Argosy University perusing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a 2018-2019 Emerging Leader for the Maryland Counseling Association. Rachel currently works at the National Evaluation System for health Technology Coordinating Center and was previously employed at the National Health Council, where she has focused on amplifying the patient voice in health care settings. In her future counseling career, she has interests in trauma in children and teens in in-patient settings.
Emerging Leaders for 2017-2018