Meet Our Team

Our Staff


Maybe we are a bit biased, but we think our staff is the greatest in Central Ohio.

Our team members have extensive knowledge about recruiting and hiring. They also possess years of experience training and educating both job candidates and employers. But more importantly, our employees are amazing listeners.

From our front desk Administrative Assistant to our Founder and CEO, Jennifer Kuntz, everyone who works at Greenleaf Job Training Services genuinely cares about you and your success (we consider it a job requirement). Working with us, you will be paired with a staff member who spends time getting to know you, finding creative ways to help you achieve your goals, and making sure you feel at ease with the entire process.

With such a warm and friendly atmosphere, it's no wonder that more than one job candidate has asked if he or she could come work for us rather than finding employment elsewhere. And we wish we could hire everyone. But if we did, we'd be depriving Central Ohio employers of the most dedicated and hard-working talent we know. If you are interested in working for Greenleaf, please contact Employment@greenleafjts.com.

These are the caring and devoted people who will be helping you with your vocational rehabilitation:


Kate Lingnofski

Kate Lingnofski

Director of Programs

Kate began her career at Greenleaf in September of 2010 as a Job Developer. During her tenure at Greenleaf, she has also worked in Customized Employment, achieving A.C.R.E. Certification. She is currently our Director of Programs, overseeing all of the VR programs and personnel, including the Job Developers and Job Coaches. Her Personal Manifesto: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." -Helen Keller

Dave Appel

Dave Appel

Job Coach

Dave Appel, Job Coach, joined Greenleaf September 1st, 2011. He is an educator with prior classroom teaching service in Columbus City Schools, Delaware Area Career Center, Fairfield County Educational Service Center, Worthington City Schools, and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio. In Columbus, Dave served as a classroom teacher providing classroom instruction for special needs students and as an Occupational Work Experience Coordinator, developing and coordinating job placements for high school students. At Delaware Area Career Center, he served as the Vocational Special Education Coordinator, providing student and classroom instruction support. In Fairfield County, Dave developed and coordinated two community-based training sites for students with multiple disabilities. Then in Worthington Schools, he served as a Job Training Coordinator where he developed and coordinated individualized student community based training opportunities. Lastly, working for the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, Dave served as the instructor for the Project SEARCH Program based at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, assisting with the development of the program training sites with the Medical Center and the coordination of student training placements. A quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe that offers guidance for instruction and personal development: "Treat others as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of being."

Tiffany Clay

Tiffany Clay

ProjectSEARCH Employment Specialist

Tiffany Clay joined Greenleaf JTS in September 2017 as a member of our Project SEARCH team at Licking Memorial Hospital. She was born and raised in Licking County and graduated Salutatorian in 2009 from Newark High School. After attending college at both Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma State University, she realized she had a passion for many different professions ranging from music and education to nursing and psychology. Tiffany has experience working with and educating individuals from infants to young adults and is excited to be able to utilize her broad range of experience and education at Greenleaf.

Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins

Employment Specialist

Ryan Collins joined Greenleaf as an Employment Specialist in February 2018. Since then he has been trained in several aspects of the company and continues to want to learn more. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Capital University in 2016. Having held jobs ranging from the medical field to grocery retail all the way to non-profit work Ryan is well equipped to help any and all participants throughout their time with us.

Jen Dales, CESP

Jen Dales, CESP

Intake Specialist

Jen joined Greenleaf in 2013 as a Job Developer. She is currently our Intake Specialist, in addition to providing initial Job Development activities. Prior to working at Greenleaf, Jen spent over four years working with developmentally disabled individuals and an additional six years pursuing her education at OSU. She chose to study art history alongside sociology and psychology due to her interest in the therapeutic and cathartic aspects of art expression. After witnessing her father’s stroke and journey through recovery, Jen found herself inspired and re-energized to reach out and help others help themselves. In 2012 she graduated with honors earning a BA in Art History as well as a minor in Studio Art. Jen believes in the power of positivity! A simple quote by Thich Nhat Hanh sums up her approach to life, “Because you are alive, everything is possible.”

Jim Downey

Jim Downey

Employment Specialist

Jim Downey joined Greenleaf in September 2017 as an Employment Specialist. Jim received his Master's degree in Labor and Human Resources from the Ohio State University and his Bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology. Jim worked in the human resources field for 30 years and most of this experience was in the not for profit industry.

Lucious Harper, LSW

Lucious Harper, LSW

ProjectSEARCH Program Coordinator - Pickaway County

Lucious Harper, Program Coordinator, joined the Project Search team in January, 2018. Lucious is responsible for running the adult Project SEARCH program at Scioto Downs. He is originally from Dayton, Ohio and has been living in the Columbus area for about 12 years. Lucious graduated from Wright State University, and since graduating has enjoyed working in various areas of social services and social work. Lucious has worked primarily in the areas of child welfare, prevention and mental health and has had tremendous experiences working with youth and helping to enhance their positive development. He is looking forward to continuing this wonderful experience working with the adult population through Greenleaf.

Kathleen Johnson

Kathleen Johnson

Employment Specialist

Kathleen Johnson joined Greenleaf on June 1st, 2005. She has had many great experiences in her life. She lived and worked in three countries -Ireland, Germany and USA. Kathleen supported her husband in his Military career for 17 years, and as a result she lived in six different States. Kathleen became physically challenged (loss of right arm) twenty years ago. Through determination and family support she learned to live with her disability. She felt privileged to be in a position to encourage and support the people she came in contact with on a daily basis. Kathleen’s Mantra: It’s not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it. (Lena Horne) or, as Kathleen would say “it’s not how you fall down, its how you get up.”

Kimberly Montgomery-Carver

Kimberly Montgomery-Carver

Employment Specialist, Licking County

Kim, Employment Specialist, joined Greenleaf in 2017. Throughout her life, Kim has always had a desire to help others achieve their goals in life. After working for several years in retail, Kim decided to go after her dream of helping and empowering others by searching for an employer who focuses on that goal. When Kim learned that Greenleaf Job Training Services needed an Employment Specialist in Licking County, she knew that Greenleaf would be a perfect fit for her own personal goal of helping people succeed. To quote from A.A. Milne: “You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

Carlita Paramore

Carlita Paramore

Employment Specialist

Carlita Paramore, an Employment Specialist, joined Greenleaf in March 2018. Carlita is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, where she studied Biology Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Mass Media Arts with emphasis in Radio Broadcasting. After college Carlita worked as a Veterinary Technician and Animal care specialist with Zoo Atlanta. She later joined the staff at Emory University’s Yerkes Regional Primate Center, where she had the pleasure of working with baby capuchins used in sight saving retina eye studies and also the effects of opioid withdrawal in non-human primates and lab rats. In 2004 Carlita took on her most challenging role as a Special Education teacher. She fell in love with exposing children to the possibilities of higher education regardless of what their background or current situations looked like. Never steering far from her love of broadcasting, Carlita attended and graduated from the Atlanta Broadcasting Institute, and shortly afterwards began interning with V-103 F.M. Atlanta as a Promotions Coordinator. In her spare time she enjoys all things fashion, commentating on her friend’s radio broadcast/podcast and volunteering in various homeless ministries by collecting and distributing items to assist individuals and families in need. Carlita’s favorite quote and one she strives to live by is: “IF I CAN HELP SOMEBODY ALONG THE WAY, THEN MY LIVING HAS NOT BEEN IN VAIN.”

Linda Peters, CESP

Linda Peters, CESP

Employment Specialist

Linda Peters, CESP, joined Greenleaf Job Training Services in June 2012 as a Job Coach. Her background is in human resources and education. She holds a Bachelor degree with a Personalized Major in Human Resources/Employee Assistance Programs from Franklin University. Linda spent the previous ten years working with high school students with special needs. Her current favorite quote is by Brene Brown: "Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we'll ever do."

Dick Pope, CESP

Dick Pope, CESP

Employment Specialist

Dick is a Greenleaf Job Coach with an undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University and a varied vocational experience that qualifies him to assist differently enabled individuals to reach their employment goals.
Dick has worked as a leadership trainer for college students, pastored a church, sold residential real estate, was a project estimator for a small exterior remodeling company, a sales associate for Lowe's Home Improvement and a Service Provider for adults with developmental disabilities. He currently maintains his CESP designation. Dick believes that "The worst disability is to have sight but posses no vision".

Sa’Tia Shellow

Sa’Tia Shellow

Employment Specialist

Sa'Tia Shellow joined Greenleaf in 2017 as an Employment Specialist. She is pursuing a degree in Education, Spanish and Psychology minor at Ohio Dominican University. She has a background in childcare and customer service. Her passion is helping others identify their passion and assisting others in living out their life's purpose.

Lauren Strawn, CESP

Lauren Strawn, CESP

Lead Employment Specialist

Lauren Strawn, CESP, joined Greenleaf in 2013. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Social Work at Ohio State University, and is expected to graduate in 2019. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts with an emphasis on Art Education and Therapy. Lauren has been working in Vocational Rehabilitation since 2011, and is currently the Lead Employment Specialist.

Mary Trickett

Mary Trickett

ProjectSEARCH Employment Specialist

Mary Trickett joined Greenleaf JTS as an In House Trainer in March 2011. She is currently a Job Coach at the Doctors Hospital ProjectSEARCH program. She had previously been Director of Education at a private Montessori School for 10 years, and worked with a wide range of student needs along with teachers, parents, and specialists in recognizing and assisting students by offering understanding and alternative means of furthering their education. Prior to that experience she had obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ohio State University in Family and Human Development. Mary has a strong belief in focusing on the positives in the people she works with and is rewarded with always finding inspiration through their stories and efforts to better their lives.

Leah Watkins

Leah Watkins

Employment Specialist

Leah Watkins, an employment specialist, joined Greenleaf in November 2016. Her prior background consists of being an Activity Director at a local Nursing Facility and prior to that a Recreation Therapist at a Mental Health Hospital. Leah received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Therapy from Indiana State University. Leah and her husband moved to Columbus the beginning of 2015 and enjoy becoming familiar with the Columbus area. Leah enjoys helping people find something that gives them purpose in their life.

Gary Woodson

Gary Woodson

Employment Specialist

Gary Woodson joined Greenleaf in January 2018. Before beginning to work at Greenleaf, Gary spent the last 15 years working as a Recruiter in both the proprietary education and healthcare staffing industries. Prior to this, Gary worked as an Occupational Therapist and provided skilled therapy services in hospitals, home care, long term care, and various other settings. Gary is also a published inspirational (poetry) writer and performing poet. He has a passion for encouraging and inspiring others on their journey through life.

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