Professional Contributions Award

MACCA Leaders

(Nominations for this award are made by and voted upon by ALL members)

This is awarded to a MACCA member to recognize excellence and significant contributions to the career development field through leadership activities, innovative programming, or contributing articles/books. Past recipients have included Fulbright Scholars, noteworthy authors, and accomplished leaders in the field of career development.


2019 Recipient ~ Nancy Fink

Nancy Fink brings with her a vast range of experience in both the public and private sectors. She has worked in a management capacity in the human resource and training arenas in the temporary staffing, retail and banking environments. This diverse background has promoted a sense of reality and humor in the numerous job acquisition seminars she has designed and presented. Nancy holds a BA in Sociology and French from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and an MA in Education from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She was among the first 10 people in the United States to be certified as a Federal Job Search Trainer and Counselor. She has been affiliated with the Professional Outplacement Assistance Center in Laurel, Maryland since its inception in 1992 and currently serves as its Director. She is also deeply committed to volunteering with professional associations. Nancy served as the President of the Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association (MACCA) from 2010-2011, is currently a Member At Large for Maryland and has chaired both the Membership and Nominating Committees. Additionally, she has been a frequent speaker at MACCA conferences. She is also a Director at Large for the International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP) and is the First Vice President for the Maryland Chapter. She has held similar positions with the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University. And, she still has time for her family, ever increasing circle of friends, her grandbabies (both east and west coast), gardening and the gym! Testimony: “Nancy has been working in career development for well over 20 years. She has remained dedicated to serving job seekers and creating an environment of respect and value for them when they receive services. She has a passion for the field that is unmatched and is active in multiple organizations to promote the integrity of professionalism in career development. She is an active contributor in her product as well as in the field and this is partly because of her compassion for people and her commitment to connecting with colleagues and customers alike. Nancy loves to laugh and to help put a smile on faces while working tirelessly to help others and advance our field.”


Previous Recipients

  • Rose Howeard (2018)
  • Shahrzad Arasteh (2017)
  • Rowe Leathers (2016)
  • Kristen Carter (2015)
  • Paula Brand (2014)
  • Barry Davis (2013)
  • Karol Taylor & Janet Wall (2012)
  • Barry Davis (2011)
  • Peter Oscsodal (2010)
  • Joyce Henderson (2009)
  • Cristina Damiao (2008)
  • Joyce Henderson and Connie Egelman (2007)
  • Linda LeNoir (2006, 2005)
  • Cheryl Bonner (2004, 2003, 2002)
  • Marcia Merrill (2001)

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