ABOUT aspire dynamics
My practice as a Counselor, Coach, and Consultant spans more than 20 years. I help my clients to achieve their aspirations by leveraging their strengths, skills, and interests. Together, we explore the possibilities as we navigate life’s realities.
My Career Story
I wasn’t always a career and organization consultant! I started my professional career in information technology. As a math major in the 1980s, IBM recruited me to be a programmer. I ignored the little voice inside my head that told me I did not want to sit in a windowless room writing code all day. The salary was just too good to decline. From the beginning, I was miserable. I thought maybe working with people in marketing would help, and IBM let me transfer. Even that wasn’t enough- at the end of the day I just didn’t feel like I was making a difference in my clients’ lives.
This dissatisfaction led to me to an informal life assessment. Recognizing my desire to work with people, I earned a master’s degree in counseling, and I have never looked back. My life as a career counselor began with supporting women who were returning to the workforce following a divorce or the death or disability of their spouse. After several years of working with adults in transition, I entered the higher education space. It is a joy to work with clients of all ages as they explore life’s possibilities.
As I continued to work in the career space, I took on leadership roles. This led to curiosity about how teams and organizations work. I earned a second masters in Organization Development. My work now includes supporting organizations to help them maximize their team’s potential.
My Career-Related Work
Currently, I maintain a part-time private practice and full-time job as Vice President of Career Services at Stevenson University. There, I lead a team to ensure all SU students have the opportunity to connect to careers that match their goals. Prior to Stevenson, I supported liberal arts students at American University, helping them to recognize their skills and find work that met their aspirations. Outside of higher education, my career counseling journey has led me to coach adults in transition through the Montgomery County Government, JSSA, and federal outplacement agencies—including work with the NIH, NASA, and the IRS.
I support career professionals across the nation. I facilitate coaching education for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). I have been a presenter at the NACE annual conference. From 2015-2016, I served as President of the Maryland Career Development Association.
My Organization Development Work
I help organizations flourish. Using an Appreciative Inquiry approach, I find what is working well in a team, and leverage their strength to build a brighter future. My experience includes helping a range of educational institutions move beyond conflict and to create a collaborative, collegial and productive environment.
My Practice is Online
My career counseling is conducted online, via Zoom, or by phone, during evening and weekend hours.
I am available for organization development consulting on a part-time basis.
Licence and Certifications
I hold the following credentials:
Licensed Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Marylan;
National Certified Counselor (NCC), a designation of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC);
Board Certified Coach (BCC), a designation of the Center for Credentialing in Education
Gallup Strengths Certified Coach
I belong to national and local associations involved in career counseling and organization development. These include the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). I am a member of the Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN).
I hold a B.S. in Mathematics from Wake Forest University, an M.S. in Applied Behavioral Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.S. in Organization Development from American University.