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:
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.
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.
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. 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!
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.
Project SEARCH Job Coach
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.
Project SEARCH Job Coach
Alexis Bennett joined the Greenleaf Team in August of 2020. She has a passion for working in employment and three years previous experience in the field. She helped with various programs in Fairfield county where she made successful contacts with businesses to create internship sites for adults to learn job skills. Alexis volunteered previously as a bowling coach for adults with disabilities and worked briefly as an in-home aid. Alexis believes that as an Employment Specialist working for Greenleaf, it is important to support and coach through encouragement. It is her passion to help participants grow a love for working and to take pride in the work that they do.
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.
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.
Chelsea Burns joined the Greenleaf team in July of 2021 as an Employment Specialist/Job Coach. Born and raised in Toledo Ohio, she spent most of her time Volunteering with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo. Chelsea’s passion in life is to help others succeed in areas they have difficulty in. This passion stems from her younger sister Camryn who has Down Syndrome that she has helped through all of the obstacles Camryn has faced throughout her life. Chelsea enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, the outdoors, and most importantly, spending time playing with her Mini Bernadoodle named Benny. She looks forward to her future at Greenleaf and is excited to help advocate for job seekers!
DODD Employment Support Professional
MahLeah Cochran joined Greenleaf JTS in February 2020. She is a graduate of Hofstra University in Long Island, NY and is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She has worked as a case manager for various local mental health organizations as a CPST and QMHS for many years. MahLeah has also worked for and volunteered with many humanitarian organizations both locally and internationally. Currently, she has an art career as an Abstract Expressionist painter showing at art festivals and galleries across the city and nationwide. She is passionate about serving people and helping in her community.
TAMMY ELLIOTT, CESP
Project SEARCH Job Coach
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.
Jim lived most of his life in Clintonville where our office is located. He has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the Ohio State University and a graduate degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. While in graduate school he published a peer reviewed article on the accessibility of websites for people with disabilities. Jim worked for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities for 18 years (when it was called the Rehabilitation Services Commission). He spent two years with the Food Fort program with The Economic and Community Development Institute, helping to launch several successful food based businesses in Columbus. Jim co-founded Columbus Brew Adventures which was the first brewery tour company in Ohio. It was one of the highest rated attractions in Columbus for six years. Jim has been a freelance writer for two decades, his work includes countless articles, several websites and one book. He now enjoys using his wide ranging experience to help brainstorm career connections. While he has picked up a diverse range of skills as a jack of many trades, his best training has come from being a parent.
Samantha Ferbrache, a job coach, joined Greenleaf in May of 2021. Prior to Greenleaf, she was employed at Giant Eagle for 6 years. She started working toward her degree in Associates in Arts at Columbus state with a passion for child psychology in 2012. In 2018 she began at Ohio state university working toward her bachelors in psychology. She is driven by a passion to help others be the best they can be.
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.
Jennifer Gundy joined Greenleaf in December of 2020 as an Employment Specialist. She is a graduate of Columbus State Community College with an associate degree in Social and Human Services. Jenn completed her internship at Greenleaf prior to becoming an employee. Jenn enjoys spending time with her daughter and watching her play softball.
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.
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.
Sarah James joined Greenleaf Job Training Services in December of 2019 as an Accountant. For the previous 7 years she worked in various capacities for several local non-profits and freelanced intermittently, while primarily being a stay-at-home mom. Prior to making the decision to stay at home with her child, Sarah worked in Human Resources at a cancer treatment center in Virginia. In addition to her 8 years of Human Resources and Administration experience, Sarah also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wright State University.
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.
Project SEARCH Job Coach
Ashley Lee, an employment specialist, joined Greenleaf in June of 2021. She is also a sign language interpreter and hopes to use some of her advocacy skills to help others live the life they deserve. Through this passion of helping others, she has decided to venture into this journey and is happy to have any sort of impact with the people she works with. She enjoys hiking and exploring new places and their cultures.
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.
Tek Nepal joined Greenleaf in 2021 as an Employment Specialist. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies. He started his career as a high school teacher. He also worked as an Employment Counselor/ Case manager at a local nonprofit organization in central Ohio for around 5 years. Tek loves watching sports like soccer, cricket and basketball.
LINDA PETERS, CESP
Linda Peters, CESP, joined Greenleaf Job Training Services in 2012 as a job coach and now works as a job developer helping individuals find meaningful employment. She holds a bachelor’s 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 and prior to that worked in human resources at NBBJ Architects. Her current favorite quote is by Aesop: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
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.
Brandie joined Greenleaf in September 2018 as an Accountant. In 2005, she graduated magna cum laude from the Ohio State University with a 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.
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.
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 will rely on their input and guidance throughout this 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 two children, Mary and Owen.
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).