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, CRC

Kristin Schaub, CRC

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.”

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."

Ryan Collins, CESP

Ryan Collins, CESP

Employment Specialist - Project SEARCH

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 transferred to the Project SEARCH program at Dublin Methodist Hospital in 2018. 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.

Tammy Elliott, CESP

Tammy Elliott, CESP

Project SEARCH 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.

Betsy Hawkins, LSW, CESP

Betsy Hawkins, LSW, CESP

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 Project SEARCH Employment Specialist for the 2017-2018 school year. She has returned to the VR department as an Employment Specialist. 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.

Christe Hendershot

Christe Hendershot

HR Manager

Christe Hendershot joined the Greenleaf team in February 2019 in the role of Human Resources Manager. Christe comes to Greenleaf with close to 40 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Christe began her career as a Direct Support Professional and her most recent position was Executive Director of a small adult day and residential services agency. Her passion has shifted to workforce development and teaching. Christe is also an Adjunct Instructor at Columbus State Community College in the department of Social and Human Services and an independent instructor with the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals. Even though she has been in Ohio since 1985, Christe is a Pennsylvania native where she received a B.S. in Rehabilitation Education from Penn State University and an M.ED from the University of Pittsburgh. She shares her home with mother and daughter mini Dachshunds, Daisy and Hazel. If it was possible she would have a house filled with Doxies!

Melissa Huggins, BA, LSW, CESP

Melissa Huggins, BA, LSW, CESP

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.

Michelle Ireton, BSN, RN

Michelle Ireton, BSN, RN

Project SEARCH 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.”

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

Project SEARCH 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 Project SEARCH. 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.

Bonnie Nyikes

Bonnie Nyikes

Employment Specialist

Bonnie Nyikes joined Greenleaf JTS in September 2019 as a Job Coach after a successful 25+ year career as a Realtor in Central Ohio. Bonnie’s background also includes working in several accounting positions and as an administrative assistant. Bonnie’s interest in helping people with disabilities came at an early age as she has a family member with developmental disabilities. Bonnie has done volunteer work with several organizations including Junior Achievement, Pet FBI, the Hilliard Chamber of Commerce and several Realtor organizations. Bonnie is a “people person” and is happiest when she is helping others. Bonnie is married and has two adult sons as well as one granddaughter.

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 has joined the Project Search program at Doctors Hospital in 2018.

Krista Paul

Krista Paul

Employment Specialist

Krista Paul joined Greenleaf JTS as an Employment Specialist in August 2019. Krista received her Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Administration from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville TN and has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 11 years through DODD and the State Of Ohio’s Home Care Waiver Program. Krista has a passion for working with individuals with disabilities and finds great joy in helping these individuals grow and succeed to their full potential. In her free time, Krista loves volunteering at her children’s school and holds the title of the PTA Coordinator.

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."

Lesly Poole

Lesly Poole

Employment Specialist

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.

Dick Pope

Dick Pope

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. Dick believes that "The worst disability is to have sight but posses no vision".

Lethichia Pope

Lethichia Pope

Employment Specialist

Lethichia "Tish" Pope joined Greenleaf in July of 2019 as a Job Developer. She graduated from Otterbein University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters of Education in Workforce Development and Education at Bowling Green State University. She believes if there is a will, there is a way.

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

Employment Specialist

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, and has since joined the team as an Employment Specialist.

Andrea Russell

Andrea Russell

Employment Specialist

Andrea Russell joined Greenleaf in March of 2019. Andrea is a Jamaican American who was born in Nigeria, lived in Tanzania and Kenya and traveled through Europe with her family due to her father’s jobs with the US and the Jamaican governments. A graduate of East Carolina University, Andrea received two degrees: BFA and MAEd in Art Education. She specialized in the area of Ceramics and received a minor in Communication Arts/Graphic Design. Later, Andrea attended The Ohio State University, taught computer graphics at Hopkins Hall and evaluated student teachers. Her studies included: Art Education with an emphasis in Curriculum Development and Assessment. She also was an Art Educator for Columbus Public Schools. Andrea taught grades preK-12, was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at East Carolina University and at the Ohio State University. Hearing the call of God, Andrea left a fifteen-year career teaching Art to start a Graphic Design business. Andrea has been the owner of Jar Graphic Design for 17 years. Andrea’s mission has been to help others in need. That’s why she has found working at Greenleaf so rewarding.

Steve Spain

Steve Spain

Client Engagement Specialist

Steve Spain, ARM, is the Client Engagement Specialist, having joined Greenleaf JTS in May 2019. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance and Accounting from Miami University here in Ohio. A majority of his work experience has been in the insurance industry from Property/Casualty to Employee Benefits and even Workers’ Compensation. He is a certified ALiCE trainer and an active Life, Accident, and Health insurance license. He is active at Cornerstone Community Church with his wife, Sarah, and his two daughters.

Micah Tewers

Micah Tewers

Employment Specialist

Micah Tewers, Employment Specialist, joined the Greenleaf team in March 2019. A Findlay native, his prior experience includes 4 years as a job developer and coach for Goodwill Industries, also heading Summer Youth programs. He is also a film composer and crew member for non-profits like the Alzheimer’s association, Autism Speaks, Wounded Warrior Project, Nature Conservancy, United Nations, et al. His small team of three won Emerging Business of the Year by the state of Ohio and has won an Emmy award for their works. Micah loves seeing others succeed in their goals, no matter where they presently are!

Mary Trickett

Mary Trickett

Employment Specialist - contingent

Mary Trickett joined Greenleaf JTS as an In House Trainer in March 2011. Most recently, she was a Job Coach at the Doctors Hospital Project SEARCH program. She is semi-retired, serving Greenleaf in a contingent capacity. 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.

Tawana Washington

Tawana Washington

Training Manager

Tawana Washington joined Greenleaf in 2018. Her role with Greenleaf is as the Training Manager. She has a Master of Science degree from Franklin University in Instructional Design. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in education from Youngstown State University, she spent over 11 years as K-12 teacher. Tawana's own personal experience with vocational rehabilitation has fueled her passion to work with individuals who are determined to gain and maintain employment.

Leah Watkins, CESP

Leah Watkins, CESP

Employment Specialist

Leah Watkins, CESP, joined Greenleaf in November 2016 as an Employment Specialist. 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.

Brandie Williams

Brandie Williams

Bookkeeper

Brandie joined Greenleaf in September 2018 as an Accountant. In 2005, she graduated magna cum laude from the Ohio State University with Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. After spending over ten years working for “the man” in commercial real estate and insurance, Brandie felt called to move into an industry that focuses in improving the lives of members of the community. Brandie loves traveling and is on a quest to find the best cheeseburger in every city she visits. She is also passionate about social justice, music, reading, photography, and hiking.

Dan Woodburn, CESP

Dan Woodburn, CESP

Project SEARCH Employment Specialist

Daniel Woodburn began working with Greenleaf 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 has extensive Project SEARCH experience with Greenleaf, coaching at the Dublin Methodist Hospital Project SEARCH program and at our Adult Project SEARCH program at Eldorado Scioto Downs. When the program concluded in January of 2019, Dan joined the Project SEARCH staff at Licking Memorial Hospital.

Prudie Wray

Prudie Wray

Employment Specialist

Prudie Wray joined Greenleaf JTS in July of 2018. She comes to us with a Master's Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Christian Theological Seminary, Indiana. Prior to joining Greenleaf JTS, she worked several years as a Non-Medical Counselor to active duty military and their dependents. She says she sees her career in Social Services as a natural flow from when she first began work in Public Assistance then transitioned into Child Protective Services; from CPS to Family Preservation; Family Preservation to developing and administrating Healthy Families Johnson County, from which she transitioned to volunteering for the United States Peace Corps in Romania. Prudie moved to Ohio just 5 years ago to be near her family here where she enjoys the frequent company of 5 of her local grandchildren. She also travels to visit her family abroad as often as she is able.

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