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 to our Founder, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
These are the caring and devoted people who will be helping you with your vocational rehabilitation:
*** Designates a member of our Employee Advisory Committee
KRISTIN SCHAUB, CRC
Chief Executive Officer
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. 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 started her career as a Job Developer/Job Coach and most recently served Greenleaf as the Director of Operations. Kristin initially became interested in Vocational Rehabilitation through volunteer opportunities while at BGSU. She has found the most rewarding aspect of the work 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 organization and a profession where staff and participants alike can “pay it forward.” Kristin lives in the Columbus area with her family, including the 4-legged variety, and is an avid runner and adventurer.
Chief Operations Officer
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 previously served as our Director of Programs, overseeing all of the VR programs and personnel, including the Job Developers and Job Coaches. Her Personal Manifesto: “Be Good, Be Kind, Be Generous.”
DAN WOODBURN, CESP
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. Dan relocated to Central Ohio with his lovely wife and two boys. He has extensive Project SEARCH experience with Greenleaf, coaching at Dublin Methodist Hospital and our Adult Project SEARCH program at Eldorado Scioto Downs. When the program concluded in January of 2019, Dan joined the Project SEARCH program at Licking Memorial Hospital. In June of 2020 Dan was promoted to the position of VR Manager.
Jennifer Evans joined Greenleaf as the Development Manager in January of 2022. She has 10 years of experience working in the non-profit world, helping to develop programs for higher education and the unique needs of the LGBTQIA+ community. She holds a master’s degree from Kent State University in art history, specializing in African art, and is a Fort Hayes graduate of Columbus City schools. As a Columbus native, she has a heart for the great city of Columbus. She loves its diversity of population, and she cares deeply about the job development needs of its people. Jennifer identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community and is a wife, a mother with 3 special needs children, and social activist. When she’s not spending time in the world of art and philanthropy, she enjoys traveling and playing with her service dog, Maple, and two pet dogs Tika and Ruggles.
Aimie Rieder joined Greenleaf JTS in December of 2020 as an Employment Specialist. In May 2021 she was promoted to Trainer for all Greenleaf Staff and then to Training Manager in September. Prior to Greenleaf, she was a hairdresser for over 8 years, spending over half that time in management roles. Over time she realized that she enjoyed the business development and interpersonal relationship side of cosmetology and it ignited her passion to help people. She started working on her degree in Social Work at Columbus State Community College at the beginning of 2020 and has plans to obtain her master’s degree. Through these experiences, she has become a strong advocate for others and wants to do what she can to ensure they can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. She shares her loving home with her partner, Austin, a chihuahua named Eva, and an adopted kitten named Giovanni.
Julia recently joined Greenleaf in July of 2022 as the Human Resources Manager. She received a Bachelor’s in Environment and Natural Resources from Ohio State University, and is passionate about environmental conservation, mental health awareness and social justice. Julia plans to return to school and obtain a Master’s Degree in Communications and Marketing in the future. Prior to Greenleaf, she worked in a research lab at OSU studying parasite and pathogen ecology. You can find Julia in her spare time skating, singing, and being outdoors with her dog named Riley.
Data and Content Manager
Stacey joined Greenleaf in November 2020 as the Administrative Coordinator. She earned her Bachelors in Music Education from The Ohio State University. She then moved to Washington, DC with her marine husband where she taught K-6 General Music while stationed there. After moving back to Ohio she moved into administrative work before coming to Greenleaf. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and 2 dogs, Gus and Cleo, painting, crafting, singing, reading and playing video games.
Rennie Bare joined the Greenleaf team in July 2021 as an Employment Specialist for Project Search at Licking Memorial Hospital. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management and has over 30 years of experience in the social services field with an emphasis on young adults with barriers. He has been a high school cross country coach for the past 34 years at Newark Catholic High School. Attending concerts and sporting events are two of his passions. He also enjoys spoiling his 2 dogs, Cash and Larry.
Job Developer ***
Taren Boone joined Greenleaf JTS in January of 2020. Taren is a Psychology graduate of Otterbein University. She gained experience in greater Columbus school districts as a substitute teacher. Taren is passionate about topics related to mental wellness, social justice and activism and child welfare. She also enjoys activities that allow creativity such as, painting, ceramics and makeup artistry.
Jerae Broadnax is a Pre-Employment Specialist as of July 2022. Before her career in workforce development here at Greenleaf, she worked in designer retail sales and customer service while studying public policy at The Ohio State University. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she decided she wanted to serve the most underserved populations of her community and wanted to make a difference. She is obsessed with her new baby Venus Grey, hanging out with her two yorkie mixes and trying out new restaurants with her boyfriend!
Kristen Brown-Hill joined Greenleaf in April 2021. Kristen is a passionate person that loves creating art, singing, and helping people. She believes in seeing the best in people and not giving up on them. She lives in Zanesville, Ohio where she has her art studio and volunteers as the President of the Artist Colony of Zanesville.
Susan Doersam, an Employment Specialist and family caregiver, joined Greenleaf JTS in November 2021. Previously she worked as an automated tester and a developer. She enjoys the opportunities she has at Greenleaf to advocate for others and empower them to reach their goals. Her educational degree is in mathematics from Oberlin College.
Betty Gensel joined Greenleaf JTS in August 2019. She comes with a Master’s in Business Administration and many years experience as a Business Advisor with the Women’s Business Center in Maine. Betty also managed a workforce development program for fourteen years, connecting potential employees with businesses looking for workers. The impact of a quality workforce on business success and sustainability drives her work to match motivated workers and businesses. One of her favorite quotes, “Sometimes we believe in people before they believe in themselves to help them build self-confidence.” Betty had visited the Columbus area quite frequently before moving here to be near her family.
Project SEARCH Job Coach
Marck is a 41 year old native of Columbus, Ohio, graduate of Beechcroft High School, and Columbus State Community College. He majored in small business management with the entrepreneurial focus. His previous work experience has been with Columbus Parks and Rec working with individuals of amazing abilities as well as the general public as a recreational aide. He’s also had experiences as the Social Media Manager with Viaquest helping to manage their social media platforms. He is a boccia athlete for Team USA currently ranked second in the United States, and serves as an athlete representative with USA Boccia and the US Paralympic and Olympic committees (in addition to sitting on the board of directors for USA Boccia). He is also an assistant coach for the Freshman, JV and Varsity basketball teams at Eastmoor Academy. After all of this, Marck still manages to find spare time to be a spectator of his favorite teams as well as listen to the music he enjoys. In Marck’s own words, he is “more than excited to be a part of the Greenleaf team, and I’m living my dream from an employment standpoint. I look forward to using my skills and abilities to impact Greenleaf and the people we serve.”
Brittany Harven joined the awesome Greenleaf Staff in August of 2021. Prior to coming to Greenleaf she was a teacher in California for over five years. Brittany has always had a passion for helping others and loves that Greenleaf gives her the opportunity to positively impact the lives of others on a daily basis. During 2018 she traveled to Europe and Thailand and was officially bitten by the travel bug. She hopes to travel as many places as possible. In her free time she enjoys Muay Thai, exploring new places, eating delicious food, watching football (Steelers) and trying to figure out how to keep her dog Charlie from eating house plants.
Christe Hendershot joined the Greenleaf team in February 2019 and transitioned September 2022 into the role of Job Coach, specifically Pre-Employment Transition trainer. Christe has approximately 40 years of experience working in multiple roles in the field of developmental disabilities. Her passion is workforce development and teaching. Christe is also an Adjunct Instructor at Columbus State Community College. Christe is a Pennsylvania native. 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 her husband and mini-Dachshund, Hazel. If it was possible, she would have a house filled with Doxies!
MELISSA HUGGINS, BA, LSW, CESP
Project SEARCH Job Coach ***
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 abilities 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.
Service Coordinator ***
Joy Jones joined Greenleaf in October of 2016 as the new Department Assistant in the VR Programs Department and currently serves as the Services Coordinator. For the previous 8 years she was 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.
Kerry Manion joined the Greenleaf JTS team in February 2022. A native Chicagoan, Kerry graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Education. For the past 40 years, he worked for Columbus Humane, a nonprofit animal protection organization. During his time at Columbus Humane, he served as the Chief Humane Agent responsible for the enforcement of state and local laws pertaining to the care and treatment of animals.
Kerry is mission driven and enjoys working for nonprofit organizations. Throughout the Greenleaf interview process, he was impressed by the dedication and passion shown by Greenleaf team members. He values the opportunity to help participants find meaningful employment with compassion and empathy.
In his free time, Kerry enjoys camping, hiking, and wandering with his dogs King and Seamus. He also likes listening to music, especially Celtic, folk, and Americana. When he’s not working for Greenleaf, Kerry is a part-time park ranger at Prairie Oaks Metro Parks.
Kerry’s mantra: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Project SEARCH Job Coach
Loria joined the Greenleaf team in December of 2020 as an Employment Specialist for Project SEARCH at Licking Memorial Health Systems in Newark, Ohio. She retired from The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch in 2019, after thirty three years. The majority of those years were spent as supervisor of the Court Stenographers office in the Juvenile Court Branch and then as an Evaluation Specialist.
She was raised and lives in Johnstown, Ohio. Loria loves fun in the sun and can do without these Ohio winters.
Project SEARCH Job Coach
Bette Miller, Employment Specialist, joined Greenleaf JTS in June 2020 after nearly 12 years of assisting high school and adult vocational certification students with improving their English language, writing/punctuation, and communication skills used in the workplace. Bette has also worked as a student advisor, an office manager for a corporation specializing in ship repair, and a legal editor/proofreader. She holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts degree in Education from The Ohio State University. At Greenleaf JTS Bette hopes to continue using the practice she started with her own three children and has used with many students through the years. She looks for individual strengths and interests in each person and builds upon those strengths and interests. In doing so, she hopes to help each of her Greenleaf clients to grow as a person and to find their best career fit.
Leakhena ( Lea ) Minn joined Greenleaf staff as of November 2021. Lea is a Cambodian-American, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She came from corrections background as a Sergeant. Lea is a Criminal Justice graduate from Ohio University. ( OU, OH YEAH !) Besides Greenleaf, Lea also bartends and a substitute teacher for Westerville City Schools. Lea is a mother of two handsome boys; Andrew and Kaiyren. In her spare time, she enjoys living the normal schedule/life with her boys, enjoys the outdoors, cooking, working out, and playing soccer. Coming from a foreign family, it’s her passion to help and motivate others to achieve their goals! THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!
Project SEARCH Job Coach
Anandita Newman started at Greenleaf in June of 2022. She joined as an Employment Specialist for Summer Youth and Project SEARCH. Anandita is a student of Psychology at The Ohio State University. Prior to Greenleaf, Anandita worked as a chemical dependency counselor’s assistant at First Step Recovery Center, a student caller at Ohio State, math/science tutor, and volunteered with several non-profit organizations, such as A Kid Again and Sourcepoint. Her main passion is to offer support to people of all backgrounds. Anandita hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and provide rehabilitation services to children, teens, and young adults.
Project SEARCH Job Coach
Dana Sherfield joined the Greenleaf staff in December of 2020. In the past she was a preschool teacher for over 10 years at multiple daycare centers. She has also done Americorps. Before that she had an internship at the Eddie George grill after she graduated from broadcasting school. The reason she joined Greenleaf is because she feels she can give back to those who have felt like her in the work force seeing how she’s an individual with a disability. She wants to bridge that gap so companies can see the person as person; not their disability but their abilities because we are humans first.
LEAH WATKINS, CESP
Lead Job Developer ***
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 exploring the Columbus area. Leah enjoys helping people find something that gives them purpose in their life.
Job Coach ***
Todd Williams joined the Greenleaf JTS team in February of 2020 after spending over 20 years working in virtually every facet of the employment and recruitment industry. He began his career with a top national firm, building a productive full-cycle search and placement practice. Todd was then promoted to training manager and later launched his own firm. He eventually decided to bring his employment experience into the vocational rehabilitation field. Todd is a native of Grandview Heights and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Ohio University. He spent his early career as a news reporter and still does free-lance writing on the side. He enjoys expanding his horizons with new activities and adventures, and experiencing life with his two daughters.
Intake Specialist ***
Prudie Wray joined Greenleaf JTS in July of 2018. She came 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 to be near her family here where she enjoys the frequent company of her 5 local grandchildren. She also travels to visit her family abroad as often as she is able.
Below are our sitting board members. We have chosen these members for our board because of their interest in and passion for our mission, as well as a commitment to upholding our values. We are excited to have them join us in our continuing pursuit of excellence and positive impact on our community. We look forward to constantly exploring new areas for growth and innovation. Greenleaf relies on their input and guidance throughout our journey as we clarify needs and identify priorities.
Founder & Board Member At-Large
Jennifer’s 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 Rehabilitation Association annual conferences and other state-wide training programs making presentations related to the support of persons 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.
Drew Link joined the Human Resources Department at Licking Memorial Health Systems in 2014 as a Wellness Specialist, and was promoted as a Recruitment Specialist, then Director of Recruitment and Retention. He currently serves as the Director of Business Operations. In 2016, he was named a Licking Memorial Health Systems MVP. Drew is also a member of the Greenleaf Job Training Services Board. He was born in Newark and graduated from Granville High School. He attended Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degree. Drew and his wife, Mary, have three children, Mary, Owen, and Gracie.
Dee Marks is the founder and current president of Dublin’s Special Education Advancement Council (SEAC). SEAC is a parent group established to help other parents of children with special needs learn how to effectively advocate for their child’s unique needs, to collaborate with the schools and their community in order to better support all children with disabilities, and to provide educational opportunities which empower parents. With her strong background in special education law and ability to foster positive communication, she provided support for families who resided in Central Ohio in her private business, DEE Services, LLC. This experience ultimately became a natural transition into her current position as an Ohio Parent Mentor for Dublin City Schools.
In 2008, Miss Marks became involved with the Association for People Supporting Employment First (APSE). Working with the other members of APSE, she endeavored to achieve fulfilling, competitive employment in the community for the people that APSE is committed to supporting. She served as Treasurer of Ohio APSE for 5 years before being elected as Co-President in 2012. Previously, she was Chair for the Ohio Association of Adult Services (OAAS) and Ohio APSE Conference Committee and has served on the following committees: National APSE Chapter Development Committee, Dublin City Schools – Business Council, Dublin Community Action Network (CAN). Miss Marks continues to serve as a consultant providing expertise on how to make their programs more inclusive at Ohio State University and the Center for Science and Industry (COSI). She is on the governing board for The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD), is the treasurer for the board of We R One Community (WeROC) and looks forward to sharing her board experience and disability awareness as a board member for Greenleaf JTS.
At OhioNet, Christine Morris connects libraries of all sizes and types throughout the State of Ohio and beyond, so that they can build stronger communities for their users. She is looking forward to expanding those community connections for the benefit of Greenleaf JTS clients and staff by serving on the Board. Christine holds a BA in Economics and International Studies from Bowling Green State University, an MLIS from Kent State University, and an MA in Public Policy and Management from Ohio State University. When she is not enjoying a good book or a road trip to visit family, Christine also enjoys spending time with her husband Jeremy and their teenager Connor at home.
Deshawn Toney currently serves as Director of Employment Programs with the Godman Guild. She has worked in non-profit for over 17 years, working both in direct service and management. Deshawn earned her degrees from Franklin University (B.S.) and University of Phoenix (M.A.). One of the things she has built is a reputation for being able to motivate individuals of all ages and abilities to be successful both in their pursuit of education and employment. True to her commitment to excellence and advocacy, Ms. Toney recently earned her certification as a Certified Employment Support Professional and is a current member of the NAACP. In 2018 Mrs. Toney received The Community Leadership Award and in 2020 she was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). Committed to improving the lives of those she serves; she is a firm believer that “Failure is Impossible” (Susan B. Anthony).