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:


Jennifer Kuntz

Jennifer Kuntz

Founder & CEO

Jennifer Kuntz is the Founder & CEO of Greenleaf. Her strong vision of a better way to provide support to individuals with differing abilities compelled her to launch Greenleaf in 1995. Jennifer has participated in designing state-wide training programs for vocational professionals and has participated at Vocational Rehab Association annual conferences and other state-wide training programs making presentations related to the support of persons with disabilities. Jennifer is currently a member of Women Presidents' Organization: Columbus, and Vistage, an organization dedicated to leadership development. In 2014, Jennifer joined the board of Ohio APSE, an organization dedicated to "improving and expanding integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for people with disabilities." Jennifer’s mantra: Give a hungry person a fish and you’ve fed them for a day; teach them HOW to fish and you’ve fed them for a lifetime.

Kristin Schaub

Kristin Schaub

Director of Operations

Kristin Schaub joined Greenleaf in October 1999. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude, in Sociology from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Services from the Ohio State University. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a board member of the Job Placement Division of the Ohio Rehabilitation Association. Kristin has worked extensively in the Vocational Rehabilitation field, with experience and expertise in Vocational Evaluation, Community Based Assessment, Job Seeking Skills Training, Job Development, and Job Coaching. Kristin currently oversees the Operations Department, including administrative staff, compliance, and general business operations. Kristin initially became interested in Vocational Rehabilitation as a way to “help people.” However, she has found the most rewarding aspect to be seeing people gain confidence and achieve things they never thought possible, all while encouraging and mentoring others along the way. This is truly an agency and a profession where staff and consumers alike can “pay it forward.”

Lonna Blasi

Lonna Blasi

Director of Business Development

Lonna Blasi joined the staff as In-House Trainer in December of 2005 and is now the Director of Business Development. For the previous thirty years, she had worked in the insurance industry in some capacity. She has had experience in management, training, and sales. Her most recent position prior to joining Greenleaf was as Director of Recruiting for a mutual life insurance company. “It’s never too late to be who you might have been” is a favorite belief for Lonna.

Susan Folk

Susan Folk

Executive Vice President

Susan Folk, PHR, SHRM-CP, is the Executive Vice President, having joined Greenleaf in 2010 as the Office Manager and then as the HR Manager. As the Executive Vice President, she oversees the VR Programs Department with the Department Director, as well as the 3 ProjectSEARCH programs Greenleaf provides coaching to at Dublin Methodist Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Licking Memorial Hospital. She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Voice, Theatre, and Dance from OSU, as well as extensive work experience in retail, management, and customer service. She maintains her Professional of Human Resources certification, as well as Property & Casualty, Life, Accident, and Health insurance licenses. She is an avid theater-goer, supporting local opera and theater companies. Susan believes that a smile can go a long way, and that a positive attitude is a key to a happy life.

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

Kirsten Althouse

Kirsten Althouse

Bookkeeper

Kirsten Althouse joined Greenleaf in March of 2016 as the Bookkeeper. Her previous work experience includes 3 years as business assistant for a meat farmer in Sunbury and volunteering for non-profits within the schools her children have attended. Her favorite quote is “A woman is only helpless while her nail polish is drying.”

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."

Yvonne Cheeks

Yvonne Cheeks

Administrative Assistant

Yvonne Cheeks joined Greenleaf in July 2017 as the Administrative Assistant. She holds a paralegal degree and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Prior to Greenleaf, she worked in management and sales. She also has a background of 16 years in the medical field caring for older adults and persons with developmental disabilities.

Tiffany Clay

Tiffany Clay

Job Coach - ProjectSEARCH

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.

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.”

Tammy Elliott

Tammy Elliott

Job Coach - ProjectSEARCH

Tammy Elliott joined Greenleaf JTS in July 2016 as a Summer Job Coach at Giant Eagle and also joined the Project Search Team at Licking Memorial Hospital. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology emphasis being Child Development online through Kaplan University while balancing a full time job and caring for her home and family. For the past four years she has been substitute teaching for the Licking County Schools. “Life is about learning” is her motto and she often asks herself when put in a tough situation, "What can I learn from this experience to make myself a better person?" As a child the story of Helen Keller had a huge impact on her life, teaching her that any obstacle can be overcome with persistence and determination.

Betsy Hawkins, LSW

Betsy Hawkins, LSW

Job Coach - ProjectSEARCH

Betsy Hawkins joined Greenleaf in 2016 after having worked for the State of Ohio, DODD at the Columbus Developmental Center, a residential facility. She joined Greenleaf as an Employment Specialist, and became a ProjectSEARCH Job Coach for the 2017-2018 school year. With a personal belief that there exists a job for everyone she wanted to redirect her efforts towards vocational rehabilitation. Ever since receiving a degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University, she recognized her passion and enthusiasm for working within the population of folks with disabilities.

Scot Howard M.A. ABS, CESP

Scot Howard M.A. ABS, CESP

Business Relations

Scot Howard M.A. ABS, CESP, began working with Greenleaf JTS in September of 2003. Scot received his M.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences from Wright State University while teaching Sociology. Scot taught several years within the public school system working with Autistic and Severe Behavioral Health students. As a Work Study Coordinator for an alternative school in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Scot assisted students with securing employment while teaching various subjects. Scot has previously worked as a Job Developer and Customized Employment Specialist. During his work in Customized Employment, Scot also achieved A.C.R.E. Certification. His current role supports those continued efforts through community outreach and employer relations. Scot shares the belief that with the right accommodations and positive thinking, there is a job fit for everyone.

Melissa Huggins, BA, LSW

Melissa Huggins, BA, LSW

Job Coach - ProjectSEARCH

Melissa joined Greenleaf in May of 2015. She has served as a Job Coach, an Employment Specialist, and now as a ProjectSEARCH Job Coach. 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.

Michelle Ireton, BSN, RN

Michelle Ireton, BSN, RN

Job Coach - ProjectSEARCH

Michelle Ireton, BSN, RN, started with Greenleaf in 2016 as a Job Coach for Project SEARCH at Dublin Methodist Hospital. Michelle is a graduate from The Ohio State University College of Nursing and was employed by Duke University Medical Center as a neurology and neuro-surgery nurse. While raising her family, Michelle was involved with many community volunteer projects regarding childhood education, public health, youth athletics and musical expression. Michelle also volunteered her services at The James Cancer Hospital and Dublin Methodist Hospital. Michelle is inspired by the following quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve…You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

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.”

Joy Jones

Joy Jones

Department Assistant

Joy Jones joined Greenleaf Job Training Services in October of 2016 as the new Department Assistant in the VR Programs Department. For the last 8 years she has been a stay-at-home mom to her 3 kids who keep her very busy. She worked with children in the evenings coaching gymnastics. Prior to staying home she worked at a handful of real estate title agencies. Over the course of 9 years she became very proficient in the title business performing everything from start to finish that was needed to close a transaction. Joy is excited to be back at work again after being away for so long!

Alison Moffit

Alison Moffit

Job Coach - ProjectSEARCH

Alison Moffit joined Greenleaf as a Job Coach in 2016. She has spent the past 16 years raising her two sons and providing day care for pre-school aged children. Alison has volunteered at the local elementary school since 2006 and in 2012 began volunteering at Dublin Methodist Hospital where she was introduced to ProjectSEARCH. Alison earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design and spent six years working for an architecture firm in Wilmington DE before moving with her husband to the Columbus area.

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".

Dave Reynard

Dave Reynard

Van Driver

David Reynard joined Greenleaf JTS in September 2016 as a Van Driver. David spent six years serving in the Army, before studying Business at the Columbus State Community College. He then spent the next eighteen years on the Columbus Fire Dept. as a Firefighter/Paramedic.

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.

Jennifer Struckman

Jennifer Struckman

Job Coach - ProjectSEARCH

Jennifer Struckman joined Greenleaf in 2016 as a Job Coach for Project SEARCH. Prior to working at Greenleaf, Jennifer graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in English while also serving in the United States Army Reserve. Jennifer has a variety of experience working in customer service, and is passionate about helping and teaching others. The words of Ralph Waldo Emerson exemplify her outlook on life: “The purpose of life…is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

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.

Colleen Trimmer

Colleen Trimmer

Job Coach - ProjectSEARCH

Colleen joined the ProjectSEARCH team at Dublin Methodist Hospital in 2017.

Dan Woodburn

Dan Woodburn

Employment Specialist

Daniel Woodburn, Employment Specialist, began working with us in July 2016. His prior experience in vocational rehabilitation includes two and a half years with Goodwill and two years with AmeriCorps at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Originally from North East Ohio, he studied philosophy and anthropology at Kent State University, and relocated to Central Ohio six years ago with his lovely wife and two boys.

Raymond Vellani

Raymond Vellani

Van Driver

Raymond Vellani joined Greenleaf JTS in October 2016 as a Van Driver. Ray brings experience from 7 years as a school bus driver for a private contractor, running routes for both public and private schools. Ray’s other background includes experience in the building trades, including building maintenance and painting.

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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