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2020-21 Maryland Counseling Association Emerging Leaders PrograM

2020 MCA Emerging Leaders Application.docx

2020 MCA Emerging Leaders Application.pdf

 The MCA Emerging Leaders Program was designed to provide graduate counseling students, new professionals, and experienced professionals with cultivating experiences that support leadership skill and competency development, and diverse opportunities to actively participate in MCA Executive Board meetings, serve on a committee, task force, and/or engage in projects of interest, receive mentorship, build professional networks, and gain exposure to the responsibilities associated with fulfilling elected leadership positions. 

Up to 12 individuals will be selected from the following applicant categories to participate in this program:

  • ·       graduate counseling students (master’s or doctoral)
  • ·       new professionals (within one-year post graduation), and
  • ·       experienced professionals (graduated before 2019).

 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 mhumphrey@bowiestate.edu  no later than July 31, 2020:

  • 1.     The MCA Emerging Leaders application
  • 2.     Your curriculum vitae (no longer than three pages)
  • 3.     Two letters of recommendation (one page each) describing your leadership skills and experiences, and reasons why you should be selected to serve as an Emerging Leader

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 mhumphrey@bowiestate.edu .

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). 

Annyck Hamez

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 Stivers 

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

Mikyala Ayers, MA, LCPC

Many people experience various stressors in everyday life. I have a passion of working with people who have experienced the most severe life stressors yet have developed a resilience unlike most others. As a program manager of a mobile mental health treatment team for People Encouraging People, I assists severely mentally ill clients navigate everyday life by guiding my staff of clinicians to provide wrap-around supports and services to them in the community. I have worked in the mental health field for 9 years: 1 year as a counseling intern at Montgomery County Crisis Center and 8 years in the mental health field at People Encouraging People as a case manager, team leader and program manager for various mobile mental health treatment teams. I graduated with a Masters in Community Counseling from George Washington University and a Bachelor's in Psychology from University of Maryland-College Park. I recently received my LCPC for the state of Maryland, as well as became certified to be a DLA-20 trainer, i.e. a mental health assessment required for treatment authorizations through insurance providers.

Perri Hooper, BS Psychology, BS Sociology

I am a current Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Forensic Psychology student at Marymount University. I received a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Towson University, in Baltimore, Maryland. Within the first year of the counseling program, I have presented at the VACES and Illuminate conferences involving research around gender dysphoria and eating disorders. I am currently a practicum intern at a juvenile detention in Northern Virginia, where I work with at risk youth. I am particularly interested in working with LGBTQ+ populations which my current research is centered around. I have five years of leadership experience in my previous career and I hope to learn how to apply those skills to my counseling career. In the Emerging Leader's program I hope to make network and learn from many professionals in the MCA.

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