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                             Emerging Leaders of 2023-2024


Meet our Emerging Leader 
Dr. Sabrie R. Wiggins-Rose

Dr. Sabrie R. Wiggins-Rose is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Maryland. She earned her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Waynesburg University. She also has a Masters & Bachelors from Bowie State University. Dr. Wiggins-Rose is the Founder and Lead Clinician at Birdie's Nest: Therapeutic and Consulting Services, LLC. In addition, she is an adjunct professor, approved clinical supervisor, and an active member of multiple professional counseling organizations. Dr. Wiggins-Rose’s research and special interests include the manifestation of child sexual abuse trauma, de-stigmatizing mental health in black communities, and mentoring and supervising counselors in training & new counseling professionals. 


Meet our Emerging Leader
Dianisha Baxter Carter

Currently a Master’s of Arts student in the Clinical Mental Health program at Hood College, Dianisha graduated from Goucher College with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. She is a member of the counseling honor society, Chi Sigma Iota, and the American Counseling Association. As the daughter of a two U.S. Air Force officers, she is interested in serving military families and veterans, especially women in the military. Additionally, she intends to work with those grieving and those with traumatic experiences. To that purpose, Dianisha is pursuing the recently added certificate in Trauma, Crisis, Grief and Loss offered by Hood College. She expects to graduate in May of 2025.

Outside academia, Dianisha would like to pursue projects of advocacy for changing perceptions surrounding disenfranchised grief, such as pregnancy loss and SIDS deaths, unrecognized partnerships, and military relocations. Increased support at the counseling and community level is needed for currently unrecognized losses, as well as research into marginalized populations’ experiences with grief and mourning. She would like to explore ways that counselors can approach decolonizing the counseling research and practice to improve outcomes for those disadvantaged by our current systems.


Meet our Emerging Leader
Dipika Daga

Dipika Daga is currently in her third year pursuing her MSc in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Johns Hopkins University and interning at Stone Soup Counseling, LLC. She has worked with adults and adolescents across age groups, LGBTQ+ issues, racial trauma, substance use issues, across diverse clinical disorders with a trauma informed approach and a culture-oriented counseling framework. She serves as a student ambassador for Johns Hopkins Clinical Mental Health track and as an emerging leader for MAMCD. She received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Clinical Mental health track in 2023. She received specialized training in Expressive Arts Therapy in India and pursued a post graduate diploma in Social Entrepreneurship in 2019. She is the Founder and President of Paddling Foundation, registered nonprofit organization which focuses on menstrual hygiene and awareness across states in India since 2018. She has co-curated a seven-month part time virtual training program for those interested in being certified in menstrual health education in 2019 and has successfully completed three batches. She is working on Menopause and menstrual education in schools in the U.S. currently. Her research interests align with broaching as a counseling skill, indigenous modalities and cultural strengths in counseling, and bringing the gaps between mental health and menstruation through expressive arts. She is serving as the Research committee co-chair for Chi Sigma Iota Lambda chapter (2023-2024) and served as Director of Operations (2022-2023). She has presented in conferences like American Counseling Association Conference 2023, Seventh Annual International Conference 2020 by Creative Movement Therapy Association of India, and I.D.E.A.S. Conference at Johns Hopkins University. Her articles are published in AMCD and MCA newsletters. Her interests include traveling and exploring, hiking, painting, and reading.


Meet our Emerging Leader
Bianca Minor

Bianca Minor is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Approved Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Supervisor in Maryland. Bianca has a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management and a Master of Arts in Urban Education Community counseling from Norfolk State University. Bianca also has a postgraduate certification in Rehabilitation Counseling. Bianca has experience in school mental health, in-home services, eating disorder facilities, community mental health clinics, and mentoring programs. Bianca is the CEO of Just NICE Wellness, a private practice for individual therapy and consulting. Bianca enjoys plants, reading, sports, and playing tackle football with The Baltimore Nighthawks.


Meet our Emerging Leader
Tonda Shine

Tonda Shine is an associate professor at Montgomery College and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland with 15 years of experience in higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Penn State University and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University. She is pursuing a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) from the University of the Cumberlands. Tonda started her career in social services in Philadelphia, and after relocating to Maryland, she changed her academic and professional aspirations to counseling. Tonda's research interests include the mentorship of African-American women enrolled in CES programs, the persistence of marginalized college students, and social justice advocacy issues.

Tonda appreciates the opportunity to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program and represent MCSJ as a student representative. 

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