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."

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."

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".

Jessica Schollenberger

Jessica Schollenberger

Work HABits Trainer

Jessica Schollenberger joined the Greenleaf team in May of 2012. She has provided services as a Job Coach and Job Developer prior to becoming the Community Work HABits Trainer. She attended Capital University where she received her bachelor's degree in Education: Intervention Specialist. Jessica worked in schools for approximately three years before coming to Greenleaf. Jessica also grew up with a learning disability. She had a lot of great people in her life that recognized her potential and encouraged her to go after her dreams. She can only hope to do the same for other people in her life.

Sa’Tia Shellow

Sa’Tia Shellow

Employment Specialist

Sa'Tia Shellow joined Greenleaf in 2017 as an Employment Specialist.

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.

Deshawn Toney

Deshawn Toney

Employment Specialist

Deshawn joined Greenleaf in November 2013 as a Job Coach. In addition to regular coaching duties, she provides the Job Seeking Skills Training at Greenleaf. She has spent the past 10 years offering direct service to community members through non-profit organizations. Deshawn's background is in Education and Work Readiness Training.

Mary Trickett

Mary Trickett

Job Coach - ProjectSEARCH

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.

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