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Meet the Cara Collective Team

At Cara Collective, we believe in the idea of “one band, one sound,” meaning we are at our best and strongest when we work together as a community. Born out of the concepts we consistently saw when evaluating what we do and why we see results, these are the values that keep us grounded and guide us in our decision making as an organization.

MOTIVATION

Motivation propels. We identify, instill, and hold onto it. Where there is a desire to succeed, there is an opportunity to transform thought into action.

AFFIRMATION

Affirmation reinforces. We celebrate instances of progress, understanding that the journey in the right direction is just as, if not more, important than the final destination.

COMMUNITY

Community connects. We actively build networks that strengthen us all. If we can get each other, we can serve each other best.

INTENTIONALITY

Intentionality aims. We focus on the endgame during planning and design. In doing so, we build roadmaps to real, lasting success and avoid deriving validation from a quick win.

EQUITY

Equity informs. We commit to taking an antiracist approach in all we do. We leverage our individuality and differences as a way of deepening community and expanding opportunity.

Executive Team

Our Executive Team is a motley crew of entrepreneurs, educators, fundraisers, and career flippers who bring a combined 50 years of Cara experience, and fervently believe they are still just getting started.

Kathleen St. Louis Caliento
President & CEO
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Brady Gott
Managing Director of Cleanslate
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Emily Billups
Executive Assistant
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Joe Mutuc
Chief Business Development Officer
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Joel Pomerenk
Chief Financial Officer
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Kim Massenburg
Chief Program Officer
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Lauren Feldman
Chief Operating Officer
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Sara Wasserteil
Managing Director of Cara Plus
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Tara Harper
Chief External Affairs Officer
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Cara Connects

Our mission-driven staffing firm, Cara Connects places top talent in temp-to-perm positions with leading Chicago companies.

Jared Williams
Staffing Specialist
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Joe Mutuc
Chief Business Development Officer
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LaTanya Simpson
Senior Staffing Specialist
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Mariel Corona
Director of Cara Connects
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Omar Cadenas
Staffing Specialist
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Cara Plus

Our expansion arm, Cara Plus works with employers and organizations to grow, build, and deploy strong workforce solutions.

Ellen Sauter
Senior Workforce Solutions Specialist
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Liana Bran
Director of Expansion Strategy
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May Anthony
Senior Workplace Solutions Advisor
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Molly Verghese
Workplace Solutions Lead
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Monica Yoo
Director of National Workforce Solutions
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Sara Wasserteil
Managing Director of Cara Plus
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Cleanslate

Our flagship social enterprise, Cleanslate transforms the landscape of our communities by providing transitional employment in exterior maintenance.

Brady Gott
Managing Director of Cleanslate
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Darius Williams
Crew Supervisor
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Daryl Hayward
Crew Supervisor
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Dave Atkinson
Crew Supervisor
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Dennis Rodriguez
Senior Field Foreperson
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Destiny Gordon
Crew Supervisor
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George Barnett
Senior Manager of Business Administration
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Ivan Campbell
Crew Supervisor & Event Lead
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Jaron Wells
Field Foreperson
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Jeremy Williams
Account Manager
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Juan Rodriguez
Fleet Mechanic & Purchasing Agent
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Larry Burks
Crew Supervisor
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Leroy Johnson
Field Foreperson
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Lisa Kidd
Senior Account Manager
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Michael Bellino
Senior Field Foreperson
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Michael Hurst
Field Foreperson
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Paris Brown
Crew Supervisor
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Ron Holakovsky
Director of Operations
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Rosetta Reeves
Lead Transitional Recruitment Specialist
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Rufus Grandberry
Crew Supervisor
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Sam Lovett
Senior Manager of Business Operations
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Santa Washington
Administrative Specialist
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Tanya Sanders
Crew Supervisor
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Coaching

Our Coaching team works with and supports our participants on every step of their journey to gainful employment and beyond.

Aaron Jones
Senior Individual Development Specialist
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Armoni Williams
Individual Development Specialist
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Anastasia Vardys
Individual Development Specialist
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Da’Sean Hillsman
Senior Manager of Coaching & Retention
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Johnny Galloway
Individual Development Specialist
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Kimberly Jones
Lead Individual Development Specialist
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Lawrence Gilmore
Individual Development Specialist
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Shakiera Miller
Individual Development Specialist
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Trici Coleman
Individual Development Specialist
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Data & IT

The Data & IT team evaluates, develops, and maintains Cara’s technological toolset and shared knowledge base in order to increase operational cohesion and provide teams with sustainable solutions to meet their goals.

Christopher Bogdanov
Salesforce Support Specialist
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Hugo Patino
IT Support Coordinator
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Jessie Keeton
IT Support Specialist
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Michael Yonkman
Manager of Salesforce and Data
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Development & Marketing

Our Development & Marketing team amplifies the mission of Cara through engagement opportunities, special events, fundraising, and marketing initiatives.

Ashli Adibe
Director of Institutional Giving
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Annie Drew
Senior Events & Auxiliary Boards Officer
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Claire Roehri
Senior Expansion Marketing Specialist
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Eftiola Trebicka
Senior Institutional Giving Officer
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Eliza Nugent
Institutional Grant Writer
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Lisa Schreck
Development Specialist
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Manal Haroon
Content Marketing Specialist
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Mark Toriski
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
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Regan Traphagen
Manager of Marketing & Communications
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Sharla K. Nolte
Director of Individual Giving
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Timothy Loeffler
Corporate Engagement Officer
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Employment Services

Our Employment Services team manages the relationships with Cara’s employment partners while working with job seekers on finding the best job for them.

Cara Klyn
Corporate Account Specialist
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Corneisha Fowler
Senior Corporate Account Specialist
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Deaje Martin
Employment Services
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Elaine Ross
Senior Manager of Employment Services
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Kanesha McNeil
Employment Specialist
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Kathie Stokes
Business Development Director
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Kelly DeBouver
Corporate Partnerships Lead
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Liz Jones
Corporate Partnerships Lead
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Engagement

Our Engagement team works with participants to assure their success at every step of their journey with us, including coordinating and setting up sessions with volunteers, training on our job search platforms, and referrals for supports and assistance, among others.

Amber Stojak
Participant Engagement Specialist
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Carmita Coleman
Participant Engagement Specialist
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Christine Allen
Manager of Engagement
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Katrina Meekins
Senior Participant Engagement Specialist
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Rita Balzotti
Director of Engagement & Supportive Services
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Finance/Contracts & Compliance

Our Finance and Contracts & Compliance Teams ensure the financial viability of our organization while overseeing public, government, and donor-directed funding.

Cheryl Gavin
Senior Controller
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Dominique Darko
Contract & Compliance Specialist
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Keshawn Idris
Senior Staff Accountant
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Laura Louden
Manager of Contracts & Compliance
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Michael Jordan
Data Analyst
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Sanyu Kyeyune
Accounting Specialist
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Shawnon Morris-Steinohrt
Grants Billing & Compliance Specialist
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Human Resources

The Human Resources team supports the entire Cara Collective from ensuring HR compliance and implementing effective protocols and policies to payroll and benefits services to ensuring our staff continues to grow and thrive in their Cara careers.

Alice Nord
Senior Talent Management Specialist
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Justin Jones
Human Resources Specialist
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Kristin Boelkens
Senior Director of Human Resources
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Mary Belville
Senior HR Generalist
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Willie Chatman
Lead HR Specialist
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Operations

The Operations team ensures that our staff, job seekers, and visitors have a safe, clean, and productive physical environment to best support our transformative work that happens each day.

Bernita Griffin
Administrative Services Supervisor
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Carrie Shaw
Manager of Office Services
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Rich Byrd
Facilities Coordinator
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Theaderic Crocker-De Ruiter
Facilities Services Supervisor
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Recruitment

Our Recruitment Team works tirelessly to find, interview, and onboard the newest jobseekers who join our Cara community.

BreShaun Reddick
Senior Admissions & Recruitment Specialist
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Jazmin Bernal
Admissions Specialist
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Jill Lewandowski
Manager of Recruitment & Admissions
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John Johnson
Admissions Specialist
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Julia Billups
Admissions Specialist
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Kiya Brooks
Admissions Specialist
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Tauheedah Abdullah
Business Development Specialist
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Supportive Services

Our Supportive Services teams assist our participants by providing comprehensive wraparound services such as housing, financial and digital literacy, mental health, childcare, and more.

Abby Mladic
Supportive Services Coordinator
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Clennetta Trotter
Lead Financial Coach
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Iris Lewis
Supportive Services Specialist
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Maryam Arbaboon
Manager of Participant Health & Wellness
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Rita Balzotti
Director of Engagement & Supportive Services
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YaSheka Williams
Supportive Services Specialist
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Training

Our Training Team works with Cara participants in developing the personal and professional skills that will ensure long-term success.

Caroline Ware
Training Specialist
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Jennifer Deak
Training Specialist
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Jesse Teverbaugh
Director of Training & Alumni Affairs
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MarShay Berry
Training Specialist
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Patricia Powell
Director of Strategic Innovation and Programming
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Vaughn White
Training Specialist
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Vicki Hudson-Stapleton
Manager of Curriculum
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