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."

Margaret Boland

Margaret Boland

Employment Specialist

Margaret joined Greenleaf in April 2018 as an Employment Specialist. Margaret is from New York City but came to Ohio to attend Ohio Wesleyan University. She obtained a B.A. in History and Philosophy. Margaret also studied Social Work at Capital University. After traveling and exploring for a while, Margaret settled in Columbus and has enjoyed living in such a great, arts-rich city. Margaret worked at the Ohio Department of Health for 18 years as a Public Information Specialist where she served as an information liaison between scientists and the public. Margaret then took a huge leap-of-faith and helped to create and manage a recording studio for the next ten years. Margaret is excited to work at Greenleaf to empower and assist those seeking employment.

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.

Tammy Elliott

Tammy Elliott

ProjectSEARCH Employment Specialist

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.

Eric George

Eric George

Van Driver

Eric joined Greenleaf in 2018 as a van driver. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio State in Communications and an Associate’s Degree from Columbus State in Multimedia Technology. Eric worked for 10 years in television, then in web design and graphics. He enjoys meeting people and loves cats and dogs and most everything else with four legs or two wings!

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.

Betsy Hawkins, LSW

Betsy Hawkins, LSW

ProjectSEARCH Employment Specialist

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 Employment Specialist 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.

Melissa Huggins, BA, LSW

Melissa Huggins, BA, LSW

ProjectSEARCH Employment Specialist

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

Michelle Ireton, BSN, RN

Michelle Ireton, BSN, RN

ProjectSEARCH Employment Specialist - contingent

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!

Marlene McCormick

Marlene McCormick

Van Driver

Marlene McCormick joined Greenleaf in December 2017. She graduated from Malone University with a degree in Music Education/Early Child Education. She worked at COTA Project Mainstream as a Dispatcher/Bus Driver. Marlene retired in 2008 and has since worked for Manheim Grove City and Enterprise Logistics as a driver.

Alison Moffit

Alison Moffit

ProjectSEARCH Employment Specialist

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."

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".

Seqoya Reedus

Seqoya Reedus

Administrative Assistant

Seqoya Reedus is a Columbus native and graduate of Eastmoor Academy class of 2006. She continued her education at Ohio University majoring in Public Administration in Athens, Ohio until 2010. Since then she has had work experience with children and senior citizens and discovered her passion for helping others. She especially loves helping those who need extra or special help. Helping each other as citizens of earth is part of our purpose in this life. A believer that disability is not inability Seqoya loves watching our participants grow and learn. In her free time Seqoya is an artist, she loves to paint, draw and write poetry. She is grateful to be working at Greenleaf and looks forward to developing professionally here. “Whether your dreams are earth bound or set in the stars, follow your heart and make it so.”

Dave Reynard

Dave Reynard

Lead 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. In December 2017, Dave was promoted to Lead Driver.

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

ProjectSEARCH Employment Specialist

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

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.

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.

Dan Woodburn

Dan Woodburn

ProjectSEARCH Employment Specialist

Daniel Woodburn 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. He joined the Dublin Methodist Hospital ProjectSEARCH program in 2017 and transferred to help launch a new Adult ProjectSEARCH program in March of 2018.

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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