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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.

STRUCTURE

Structure improves. We practice the discipline of operating within a larger framework. When the rules of the game are clear and well-understood, creativity and innovation can flourish.

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.

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.

Maria Kim
Chief Executive Officer
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Bob White
Chief Program Officer
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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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Sara Wasserteil
Managing Director of Expansion & Integration
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Shikha Jain
Chief Philanthropy 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.

Joe Mutuc
Chief Business Development Officer
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Mariel Corona
Staffing Site Manager
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Mary Belville
Staffing Account Manager
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Pat Murray
Business Development Director
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Sasha Ongtengco
Director of Cara Connects
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Cara Plus

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

Liana Bran
Director of Expansion Strategy
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Sara Rahim
Integration Manager
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Sara Wasserteil
Managing Director of Expansion & Integration
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Cleanslate

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

Anthony Haymer
Crew Chief
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August Mangun
Account Manager
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Beth Sholtis
Administrative Clerk
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Brady Gott
Managing Director of Cleanslate
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Breshaun Spikes-Reddick
Talent Acquisition Specialist
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Dave Atkinson
Landscape & Snow Crew Leader
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Dennis Rodriguez
Senior Field Foreman
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Enrique Borges
Senior Field Foreman
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Ivan Campbell
Weekend Business District Manager
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James Lange
Field Foreman
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Jeremy Williams
Crew Chief
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Joshua Hayum
Crew Chief
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Juan Rodriguez
Auto Mechanic & Facility Supervisor
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Kenjuana Hall
Manager of Business Administration
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Lawrence Gilmore
Crew Chief
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Leroy Johnson
Crew Chief
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Lisa Kidd
Business District Maintenance Manager
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Lisa Peters
Office Support Manager
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Michael Bellino
Field Foreman
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Michael Hurst
Crew Chief
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Richard Lindsey
Crew Chief
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Ron Holakovsky
Director of Operations
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Sam Lovett
Manager of Business Operations
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Steven Rogers
Crew Chief
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Steven Thomas
Crew Chief
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Tommy Wells
Crew Chief
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Development & Marketing

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

Amy Pojman
Events Manager
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Carmen Taylor
Development Associate
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Claire Roehri
Marketing Associate
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Eftiola Trebicka
Institutional Giving Lead
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Gabriel Pachter
Individual Giving Manager
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Jessica Harris
Director of Advancement
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Mark Toriski
Director of Marketing & Communications
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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.

Aaron Jones
Corporate Account Manager
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Arieh Venick
Talent Mobility Specialist
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Elaine Ross
Manager of Placement Services
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Kathie Stokes
Business Development Director
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Kelly DeBouver
Corporate Account Manager
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Liz Jones
Senior Corporate Account Manager
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Pat Murray
Business Development Director
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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.

Keshawn Idris
Senior Staff Accountant
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Laura Louden
Contract Analyst
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Lauren Rogers
Manager of Contracts & Compliance
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Whitney Billups-Gates
Accounting Specialist
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HR & Operations

The HR & Operations Team supports the entire Cara Collective from managing the day-to-day of our campuses to payroll and benefits services to ensuring our staff continues to grow and thrive in their Cara careers.

Johnny Galloway
Lead Facilities & Maintenance Associate
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Justin Jones
HR Coordinator
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Kristin Boelkens
Director of HR & Operations
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LaTanya Simpson
Administrative Assistant
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Lisa Schreck
Office Manager
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Maricela Heredia
Senior HR Generalist
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Recruitment

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

Breshaun Spikes-Reddick
Talent Acquisition Specialist
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Brett Kube
Admissions Specialist
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Intisar Omar
Admissions Specialist
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Tekorah Martin
Manager of Recruitment & Admissions
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Retention & Advancement

Our Retention & Advancement Teams work with and coach our participants on every step of their journey to gainful employment and beyond.

Christine Allen
Student Development Coordinator
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Da’Sean Hillsman
Senior Individual Development Specialist
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Erin Rubenstein
Individual Development Specialist
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Jill Lewandowski
Individual Development Specialist
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Kimberly Jones
Individual Development Specialist
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Maryam Arbaboon
Individual Development Specialist
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Nora Vail
Manager of Coaching & Retention
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Rita Balzotti
Manager of Career Advancement & Alumni Engagement
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Solutions

The Solutions 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.

Alison Benes
Data & Systems Manager
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Andrea Cote
Director of Solutions
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Erwin Delfin
Network Engineer
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Julie Chiu
Quality & Standards Manager
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Supportive Services

Our Supportive Services team offers free resources like financial coaching, digital literacy training, job search assistance, tax preparation, and so much more.

Clennetta Trotter
Financial Coach
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Lynnette Frazier
Senior Manager of Supportive Services & Site Director
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Patricia Banks
Supportive Services Resource Coordinator
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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.

Jesse Teverbaugh
Director of Student & Alumni Affairs
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Joycee Black
Training Specialist Manager
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Lauren Ward-Martin
Training Specialist
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Trici Coleman
Training Specialist
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Vicki Hudson-Stapleton
Manager of Curriculum
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