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

Jocinda Anderson

Jocinda Anderson

Employment Specialist

Jocinda Anderson, Employment Specialist, has worked in a variety jobs ranging from retail to Human Resources. However it was after facing her own disability that she knew the direction she wanted to take and is very excited to join the Greenleaf family. She graduated in 2007 from The Ohio State University with a degree in Comparative Studies Religion and is looking forward to pursuing her Masters in Social Work. In her spare time she loves photography and writing fiction.

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

Project SEARCH 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.

Melissa Huggins, BA, LSW

Melissa Huggins, BA, LSW

Project SEARCH Employment Specialist

Melissa joined Greenleaf in May of 2015. She has served as a Job Coach, an Employment Specialist, and now as a Project SEARCH Employment Specialist. Prior to starting at Greenleaf, Melissa spent time raising her family. Once her children were off to college, she went back as well. After earning a BA in Social Work from Ohio Dominican University, Melissa began working for people with differing disabilities as a job coach to assist her consumers in gaining and keeping employment. In April of 2015, Melissa obtained her Social Work license in the State of Ohio. Melissa believes that everyone should be able to do anything they want in life regardless of their differences.

Sara Maurath

Sara Maurath

Employment Specialist

Sara Maurath joined Greenleaf in July of 2018 as an Employment Specialist.

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 Parzero

Linda Parzero

Project SEARCH Employment Specialist

Linda Parzero joined Greenleaf as a Summer Employment Specialist the summer of 2016. Linda has a Bachelor's Degree in Education (Spanish & Phys. Ed) from Malone College and a Master's Degree in School Counseling (k-12) from the University of Dayton. Linda taught Spanish and Physical Education for 10 years and was an elementary, middle & high school counselor for 23 years with Columbus City Schools before retirement. For the last four school years, she has worked as a Homework Help Associate for the Columbus Metropolitan Library- South High Street branch assisting students and their parents with homework and projects. She will be a Project Search Employment Specialist at Doctors Hospital.

Lesly Poole

Lesly Poole

Direct Support Professional

Lesly Poole joined Greenleaf JTS in May 2018 as a Direct Support Professional. Lesly is an Ohio native. Her post high school education includes Franklin University -Healthcare Management, Ohio Business College- Medical Assistant, American School of Technology- Medical Office Assistant. She was a Managing Cosmetologist for 15 years. She also worked in medical offices for 4 years and as a Home Health Supervisor of a group home that serves people with disabilities, with focus on the Autism Spectrum, for 5 years. Lesly’s hobbies include Ohio State football, gardening, shopping, volunteer at church to assist people with disabilities to attend. In addition she volunteers with Transition Ministry to serve those who have been displaced.

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.

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.

Prudie Wray

Prudie Wray

Employment Specialist

Prudie Wray joined Greenleaf in July of 2018 as an Employment Specialist.

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