New members are Shenita Brokenburr, PhD; La Keita D. Carter, PsyD, LP; Noah Chang, MHA; Anne L. Hilb, MSOD, CDP; Kamala D. Via, DNP, CRNP-PMH

Baltimore, MD, May 23, 2022 –Pro Bono Counseling (PBC), a nonprofit organization that links Marylanders experiencing difficulty accessing mental health care with volunteer licensed counselors and other resources, announces the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors:  Shenita Brokenburr, La Keita Carter, Noah Chang, Anne Hilb, and Kamala Via.

“We are very fortunate to welcome these new members to the Board,” stated PBC Board President Gilbert Bliss. “We will benefit greatly from their diverse professional and personal experience as we work to meet the mental health care needs of Marylanders and accomplish Pro Bono Counseling’s strategic priorities.”

Shenita Brokenburr, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Bridge Braintrust LLC, an HR Advisory, Coaching and Consulting firm. Dr. Brokenburr’s life and career have been transformed by education and life-long learning, informed by the wisdom of powerful mentors and impacted by phenomenal coaches. As an advocate for people, Dr. Brokenburr’s purpose is to give others the benefit of her experience, especially at work. She is a mentor, coach, lifelong learner and teacher, and her absolute joy is helping people and organizations do and be better.

La Keita D. Carter, PsyD, LP, completed her masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at Loyola University Maryland. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Towson University’s Counseling Center in Towson, MD. Currently, she holds licenses as a psychologist, clinical professional counselor-supervisor, and clinical alcohol and drug counselor in Maryland.  Dr. Carter’s therapy specialties are women’s issues, trauma and crisis management, addictions, multicultural barriers in treatment, and relationship issues. She also enjoys psychoeducational testing for learning disabilities and learning giftedness and psychological evaluations for employment and surgeries. Her professional specialties include the supervision of budding counselors and psychologists and psychology administration. In 2021, she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record and led her company to be listed as #7 fastest growing private company in the Greater Baltimore area by the Baltimore Business Journal. In 2022, the BBJ also named her a Leader in Diversity.

Noah Chang, MHA, is an early careerist with experience in the legal, consulting, and healthcare sectors. For the last four years, he has worked to become an expert in data liberation and visual management at an enterprise level, providing information, decision support, and operational clarity for leadership at Johns Hopkins Medicine. He graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine in 2010 with two bachelor’s degrees in Criminology, Law, and Society and Psychology and Social Behavior. Noah regards Baltimore’s spirit as kindred to his and he aspires to its qualities. He is thus committed to serving its communities.

Anne L. Hilb, MSOD, CDP, is the founder and lead consultant for Graymake, an organizational development consultancy.  Anne Hilb received an MS in organization development from American University and has more than a decade of applied work in conflict resolution. Anne Hilb is a scholar-practitioner who believes in opening space for difficult conversations. She works with leadership to build stronger teams, healthier cultures, and thriving organizations, supporting these shifts by asking thoughtful questions, offering insightful observations, and utilizing data to create space for change to occur. A mediator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and certified in Strategies for Trauma and Resilience (STAR), Anne is extensively trained in restorative justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work. Her goal in every interaction is to balance relationship-building with problem-solving that reaches agreement and a plan for moving forward.

Kamala Via, DNP, CRNP-PMH, is a licensed, board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has practiced in a variety of settings to include inpatient, consultation and liaison, emergency department and outpatient treatment. Dr. Via has a Doctor of Nursing Practice from The University of Alabama. She is adjunct faculty at Howard Community College. She was selected as a recipient for the 2022 AANP State Award for Excellence. Dr. Via retired as Lieutenant Colonel from the Maryland Army National Guard in 2007 after 22 years of military service. She is interested in reducing the stigma associated with obtaining mental health treatment.

PBC’s Board of Directors is led by Board President Gilbert Bliss, LCSW-C, First Vice President Eboni Barksdale-Smith, CRCCPA; Second Vice President Mark Smolarz; Treasurer Dan Morrison, CFP; Secretary Alex Ebstein; and Past President is Peter A. Kahn, MD.

Since its founding in 1991, Pro Bono Counseling, a non-profit 501c(3) corporation, has helped over 30,000 individuals and families throughout Maryland connect with volunteer counselors and obtain the mental health care they could not otherwise afford. Presently, Pro Bono Counseling has over 850 volunteer clinicians all over the state of Maryland who give over 10,000 hours of their time each year.

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