Our Team —
We arededicated professionals committed to delivering quality education and services to our expanding clientele.
It is Ramon’s passion for education that has materialized into a business with verifiable success. After retiring from the United States Marine Corps, Ramon taught at Brooke Point High School. During his tenure as a teacher, he recognized the absence of quality career and technical training available and was inspired to establish Serrato Corporation. It is his firm belief that everyone is capable of learning and he has made it his mission to facilitate the learning process by providing management services to government agencies and academic institutions alike.
Much of Ramon Serrato’s 20 year Marine Corps career was spent in vocational training and educational activities. His hard work and dedication to instruction were recognized by the USMC with nominations for instructor of the quarter and of the year. Ramon later became the Education Service Officer (ESO) at Marine Corps Logistics Base. In this capacity, he opened the first, fully functional Base Education and Training Center providing educational counseling, tuition assistance, and testing services to military personnel and their families.
His extensive experience in military training and as an ESO gained his first contracting opportunity with the United States Marine Corps’ Lifelong Learning program where he managed educational counselors, testing, tuition, and drug and alcohol personnel at several different locations. Since that first contract was awarded, Ramon has led Serrato Corporation through several ventures to include the provision of services at numerous Job Corps centers and several military installations. His vision and leadership allow Serrato to continue to expand and refine our areas of expertise.
Ramon Serrato holds a Baccalaureate Degree from Campbell University, is pursuing Masters in Educational Leadership, and is a Master Trainer for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).To Top
Ms. Cheryll Yowell currently monitors all components of the Job Corps Career Development Services System (CDSS) at the Cleveland Job Corps Center and the Charleston Job Corps Center to ensure both centers are being maintained and operated effectively and students are receiving quality services, residential, counseling, training and education, and job placement as prescribed under the approved CDSS plan, center/corporate policies and the Personnel Requirements Handbook (PRH). She also analyzes statistical data and management reports pertaining to collaboration between center and Outreach and Admissions contractors to promptly identify performance trends and problems with new student arrivals, recommending corrective action plans, and providing technical assistance to ensure that corrective actions are implemented timely and effectively.
Ms. Yowell served as the Director of Education at the North Texas Job Corps, overseeing all of the academics and career technical programs. She also served as the Career Technical Education Director for the school District in Granbury, TX. In this capacity, Ms. Yowell oversaw the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of all information technology (IT) services.
She also served as coordinator for the writing of technology curriculum and developed and evaluation process for IT programs and implemented changes and updates based on her findings. Ms. Yowell has a M.S. degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M.To Top
Chief Finance Officer
Terry began his accounting career during his nine year tenure with the United States Marines. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is an innovative and driven accounting professional with over 35 years with a myriad of businesses.
His strong interpersonal skills and successful endeavors to learn new methods of accounting have accommodated his professional requirements in manufacturing, engineering, restaurant, facilities maintenance and government fund accounting. Terry’s philosophy has been to lead by example, and has no problem, rolling up his sleeves to get the job done. He has an innate ability to communicate and bridge the gap between what has been done and what others say can’t be accomplished that makes him stand out above the rest when it comes to his leadership and abilities. Terry also has an extensive management background in Human Resources, Auditing, and Budget/Bid Proposals.To Top
Job Corps Operations
With more than twenty years of experience in Job Corps, Ms. Evans has served in various leadership capacities. Ms. Evans started her career with Job Corps as an On-call Residential Advisor while working as a school Social Worker with foster youth and as a manager at a healthcare facility. Through her work as a Residential Advisor, she became passionate about the mission of Job Corps, along with the impact the program had on young adults, and decided to explore her options as a permanent staff. Once she was hired as a full time employee, Ms. Evans served in the roles of Counseling Supervisor, Director of Social Development and as a Center Director for over six years. During her tenure with Job Corps, Ms. Evans has learned that in order to operate a successful center, you must create innovative evening programs to change students’ old behaviors into a new mindset while giving them new tools for success. Ms. Evans has a B.A. in Social Work from California State University, Chico.To Top
Job Corps Operations
Mr. Will Houston has an immense amount of knowledge of Job Corps Operations, learned over 20 years of experience in various leadership positions. Prior to his current position of VP of Job Corps Operations, he served as Center Director, at the Cleveland Job Corps Center for 7 years and the Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center for 3 years.
Mr. Houston had the responsibility of planning and directing all center plans and activities, while ensuring that they meet the Department of Labor Standards. His steadfast focus and attention to detail led to improved performance ratings as well as a decrease in losses. Mr. Houston developed successful partnerships with government, civic, and community leaders in efforts to promote acceptance of the Job Corps program, thereby expanding opportunities for Job Corps students within the communities he served.
Will graduated from the Ohio State University in 1994, with a degree in Criminal Justice. He spent the first few years of his career working in the Montgomery County Juvenile Courts System. He was discouraged after seeing the large amount of kids coming in out of the courts due to recidivism. Causing him to feel he had to fight the battle “on the outs”, as the kids call it when they are not locked up. In 1997 he began his teaching career leading him to the Dayton Job Corps in 1999. Over the past 20 years he has worked at several centers in 4 different states while gaining vast experience and knowledge not only in education and training, but also work force development. One of his favorite quotes, “It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, then to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” ~ Whitney M Young
Job Corps Operations
Diane McConnell has over 25 years of Job Corps experience serving in various leadership roles at both the Cincinnati and Dayton Job Corp Centers. As Center Director at the Cincinnati Job Corps Center, she has worked diligently to push Cincinnati to a top 25 Center through her focus on partnerships and employer development. Diane is very passionate about the program and encourages students’ success from the minute they arrive on center. She absolutely loves what she does and believes in making every day an enjoyable one. This attitude has been embraced by the entire Panther family and can still be seen throughout the center. “Changing Lives One Panther at a Time” is more than just Cincinnati’s motto, it is their way of life. As the VP of Job Corps Operations, Diane continues her focus on this “student first” philosophy.
Diane obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Science in Education and Allied Professions in Community Counseling from the University of Dayton. She is licensed by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Professional Counselor. Additionally, Diane is an active member of both the American Counseling Association and the Ohio Counseling Association.
Ms. Andrea Avery joins Serrato Corporation as the Vice President of Human Resources. Andrea is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) offering over 25-years of HR experience, distinguished by commended performance and proven results. Ms. Avery believes in treating others with dignity and respect.
Ms. Avery has an extensive background in HR management affairs, including experience in employee recruitment and retention, staff development, mediation, conflict resolution, employee relations and engagement, benefits and compensation, HR records management, HR policies development, safety, environmental and health (EH&S), workers’ compensation management, legal compliance and more. Having worked in both large organizations with over 600+ employees to small companies with under 50 employees, Ms. Avery has served in roles as HR Consultant, HR Specialist, and HR Manager.
Additionally, Ms. Avery has taught classes on various human resources topics to businesses and the general public through partnership with various educational organizations. Ms. Avery obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2002. Ms. Avery is also bilingual in Spanish.
Senior Director of Finance
Christopher Groene has over 21 years of Job Corps experience at the Cincinnati Job Corps Center. He spent time as the Accounting Supervisor and CTT Manager, but spent most of his time as the Finance & Administration Director before accepting the position as Center Director. Mr. Groene has always had an interest in working in the Social Service area and Job Corps gave him the opportunity to work with young adults and lead them to their fullest potential. Mr. Groene has always had a firm belief that all young adults deserve an opportunity for higher education and job training in order to succeed in the 21st Century. He is very passionate about placing young adults into the military and apprenticeship programs for life skills and higher wages. Mr. Groene obtained his BSBA in Finance and an MS in Criminal Justice in Juvenile Justice from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Director of Finance
Allison Berki works for Serrato Corporation as the Director of Finance. She has worked in Job Corps since 2011 in Finance and Administration. She began her career as the Finance and Administration Secretary, from there she was promoted to Property Supervisor. As the Property Supervisor, she excelled and kept the center inventory at 100%. Due to her great organizational skills, she was promoted to Buyer. In this role, she continued her education by completing courses with Management Concepts for contract management and obtained the CPSR Certification for Serrato Corporation. After she met her goal of obtaining the CPSR Certification she expanded her talent by changing career paths into Finance as the Finance Manager and Finance and Administration Director. In her current role as the Corporate Finance Director she is able to help all of the centers in the Finance and Administration Departments.
Tina McDade has spent the last 29 years as a Job Corps employee. Tina retired after 25 years in Job Corps and has spent the last 4 years working in the Corporate position as the Data Integrity/Compliance Officer. During her tenure in Job Corps, she served in the capacity of Counselor, Counseling Manager, CTE Director, Deputy Center Director and Center Director.
Tina obtained her Masters Degree in Behavioral Science from Southeastern Oklahoma State University prior to beginning her career in Job Corps.
Mr. Albert Serrato is a facilities and transportation subject matter expert and served in the industry for 30 years. As a Facilities and Transportation Supervisor for one of the largest Behavioral Health agencies in Arizona, he was responsible for the day to day operations for 20+ Facilities and over 66 Fleet Vehicles. Mr. Serrato has been recognized by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for his exemplary work. He also served four years as a Correctional Officer at the Florence Correctional Center (FCC).
Mr. Serrato honorably served in the ARMY/ARMY National Guard for 24 years, retiring as a First Sergeant, and is a War Veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. During his military career, he held various leadership positions to include the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commander of a Transportation and Logistics Company. Mr. Serrato was responsible for the training, administration, professional development, personal accountability, morale and mentoring of over 150 Soldiers. He was also responsible for the inventory of facilities, vehicles, weapons and equipment. Mr. Serrato set and enforced high standards of conduct, training, professional development, and ensured all Soldiers in the company were proficient in the ARMY Warrior Tasks. He worked closely with the Commander in planning, coordinating, and supervising all activities that supported the company’s mission. Mr. Serrato also had the opportunity to serve as a Chief Staff Instructor for a Summer Youth Leadership Academy under the Joint Counter Narcotics Task Force. He enjoyed motivating and mentoring the future leaders of America. Through his leadership roles, Mr. Serrato developed his life guiding motto, “Lead by providing a Purpose, Direction and Motivation to accomplish the mission, while improving the organization.”
Mr. Serrato’s training and education includes: Basic Noncommissioned Officer Academy; Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Academy; First Sergeant’s Course; Retention Course; Combat Lifesaver Course; Leadership and Supervisory Development, Pima Community College (PCC); and Train the Trainer Passenger Transport Course, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).
Trabienne Franklin brings with her over 10 years of Acute Care, Intensive Care, Geriatric Care, and Primary Care nursing experience. Ms. Franklin is an advocate for Americans with Disabilities and Inclusion on the job. She has managed and directed Long-term Care, Hospice, and Acute Care settings. She has worked at Job Corps for three years and has embraced its mission with focus on Health, Wellness, and Disability while utilizing Evidence-based practices. Ms. Franklin has built community partnerships with four major hospitals to directly service the acute care needs of the Job Corps students. Three psychiatric/behavioral health hospitals and one pediatric psychiatric hospital provide direct care to the students. She has coordinated State Medicare Insurance Representatives to assist Job Corps students with securing Medical Insurance with leading companies in the state; while increasing the number of insureds on center. Ms. Franklin attended Bryant & Stratton College and earned two Associate Degrees in Business Administration and Science & Nursing.
Mr. Serrato, a United States Marine, started his career with the United States Border Patrol (USBP) in 1985, now under Homeland Security, working in various leadership positions throughout his 28 years with the organization. Mr. Serrato was heavily involved as an instructor with both entities, requiring sharp oral communication skills and a keen insight to human behavior. Most recently, Mr. Serrato was the Patrol Agent in Charge (PAIC) of the Deming, New Mexico USBP station. He was accountable for more than 420 employees, an annual budget of thirty-four million dollars.
Mr. Serrato directed all operations including strategic and tactical planning for approximately 93 miles of international boundaries with Mexico, which lead to Mr. Serrato receiving recognition for his subject matter expertise and innovation in homeland security. Mr. Serrato specializes in effectively developing, leading, and managing multiple and complex programs that included intelligence operations; criminal prosecutions; narcotics task force operations; K-9 units; horse patrols; public relations liaison and physical security programs along with border infrastructure projects.
Mr. Serrato has completed Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR), Academy Instructor and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) training.
Amanda Gordon started her career in the Juvenile Justice System as a probation office after completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Wittenberg University. She then went on to earn her Master of Science in Education and Allied Professions degree in Community Counseling from the University of Dayton and worked as a home-based counselor for “at-promise” youth involved with Franklin County Children’s Services. Amanda began her Job Corps career in 2009 at the North Texas Job Corps Center as a career counselor before moving into the CTS Manager position and then Acting OA/CTS Director. In 2013, Amanda left Job Corps to work for Grayson College, a Community College located in North Texas, as the Coordinator of Special Services and Licensed Professional Counselor. Throughout her time at Grayson College, Amanda remained involved with the Job Corps program and did some consulting with Serrato Corporation for Outreach & Admissions and Career Transition Services. In 2018 Amanda returned to Job Corps as the OA/CTS Project Director for the Cincinnati Job Corps Center. Amanda now serves as the Director of Outreach & Admissions and Career Transition Services for Serrato Corporation. Amanda is licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
Richard "Woody" Allen
Richard “Woody” Allen began his career at the Cleveland Job Corps back in 2010. Mr. Allen has served in various roles from Finance Manager, Finance and Administration Director, Social Development Director, Center Director and now as the Director of Finance.
Prior to this Mr. Allen worked at Key Bank for 10 years as a Licensed Branch Manager. Mr. Allen obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Tiffin University and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Mr. Allen believes in modeling, mentoring, and monitoring the progress of students while attending Job Corps and truly believes that Retention = Success. Retaining students in the program allows for successful completion. Job Corps is an amazing program that enables young adults to obtain a great education and obtains skills necessary to be successful in today’s workforce.
Belinda Shields joins the Serrato team as the Corporate Human Resources Manager. Ms. Shields obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and Marketing from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. She brings over 15 years of Human Resources experience in recruiting, employee retention, employee relations, benefit administration, workers compensation, employee engagement, and employee records.
Ms. Shields started her journey with Job Corps and the Serrato Corporation in 2015 as a Human Resources Specialist at the Cleveland Job Corps Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She then received a promotion to Human Resources Manager in 2017 at the Flint Hills Job Corps Center in Manhattan, Kansas. Ms. Shields believes in the mission, vison and core values of Serrato Corporation. She is an advocate for the Job Corps program and demonstrate this when she attends varies community events and meetings. Ms. Shields is known for her fairness, positive attitude and respect to staff and students.
Ms. Rosalyn Pearson Greene serves as a Corporate Human Resources Manager for Serrato Corporation. Ms. Greene is a graduate of Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a BA in Organization Development. Ms. Greene has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources in including over 8 with Job Corps.
Ms. Greene has an extensive HR background in employee relations, conflict resolution, mediation, recruitment and retention, risk management and OSHA compliance, benefits and compensation administration, workers compensation, state and federal compliance and more. Ms. Greene’s experience includes overseeing various aspects of the HR function at central, regional, and corporate levels.
Sue Prost joins the Serrato team as a Corporate Human Resources Manager. Ms. Prost obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Sweet Briar College in 1997. She brings over 20 years of direct management and Human Resources experience in recruiting, employee training and development, employee retention, employee relations, employee engagement, and employee records.
Sue Prost began her Job Corps career in 2016 as the HR Manager at Westover Job Corps, and joined Serrato Corporation in 2018 as the HR Manager at Blue Ridge Job Corps. Prior to that Ms. Prost worked as a Humans Resource Manager and Regional trainer with two large retail companies.
Mrs. Houston began her career in the education system in 2004 as Special Education Assistant at Fayette County Board Of Education where she played a key role in assisting students with physical and mental disabilities. She also worked as a Substitute Instructional Assistant at Fayette County Board Of Education. Later she went on to become a Student Ambassador and Student Mentor for Kentucky State University where she was able to provide advice, support and serve as a role model for incoming freshmen. In addition, she mentored on behalf of the Kentucky Organization for Foster Youth (KOFFY) college students enrolled at Kentucky State University that were currently or formerly in foster care.
As her career in education progressed, she worked as Career Preparation Instructor/ Career Transition Coordinator at Whitney M. Young Job Corps, Outreach & Admission Counselor at Insights Training Group/Job Corps, and Substitute Teacher at Jefferson County Board Of Education.
Ms. Serrato recently obtained her Associates in Business Accounting at Pima Community College in 2013. While attending Pima Community College, she was employed at four different jobs learning retail and healthcare industry business practices.
Ms. Serrato now serves as an accounting clerk in support of Serrato Corporate Finance Director. Her main goal is to continue her education at University of Arizona in business management.
Mrs. Tiara Goehner is an expert in customer service, as the Operation Support Specialist for Serrato Corporation, Tiara works directly with our website and App developer and our proposal writing team. She is our "go to" staff member for all things technical, from computer systems to cellphone assistance.
She also manages Corporate travel and accommodations. Tiara has extensive experience in customer service, event coordination/planning, IT, and various clerical work and she uses these skills to provide support in various areas of the company. Prior to joining the Serrato team Mrs. Goehner was a practicing surgical veterinary assistant, graduating from Pima Medical institute as a certified veterinary assistant in 2010 and she is currently attending Pima Community college in pursuit of a Business Certificate.
LATISHA “TISHA” ALEXANDER
Tisha Alexander joins the Serrato team as a Corporate Accountant. Ms. Alexander obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from The University of Phoenix in Tucson, Arizona. She brings to our team over 20 years of accounting experience in reconciling, auditing, and financial analysis. She is very focused, organized, and always willing to help others, with teamwork, towards the company’s goals. When she is not busy with work, she enjoys playing soccer on multiple leagues.
Apryl’s career pathway began as a Placement Specialist for Job Corps in 1996 for Dynamic Educational Systems, Inc. (DESI), then as a Regional Placement Coordinator for Home Builders Institute (HBI)—one of the National Training Contractors (NTCs) for Job Corps—in 2000. In 2012, she became a Program Manager on a national level for HBI’s Workforce Training & Employment (WTE) programs, including YouthBuild, WIOA or Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)-funded projects, military services, and second chance initiatives (incarcerated adults). Apryl rounded out her career at HBI as the National Placement Director, developing national and regional partnerships with employers for all programs, as she did throughout her tenure there. From that point, she became the Career Technical Training Director for Horizons Youth Services in 2016, providing policy development and staff training, along with serving as their Sponsor Representative with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). While currently employed by Serrato Corporation as the Apprenticeship & Credentialing Coordinator, Apryl is a member of the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) and an advisor to the board for High Performance Insulation Professionals (HPIP).
Flint Hills Job Corps Center
Johnny Taylor started his Job Corps career over twenty-one years ago. He has amassed experience in social development, training and administration. What started as a job quickly became his passion. Johnny’s philosophy permeates the center and includes every student and staff member. He firmly believes the Flint Hills Job Corps Center is a family. A family of UNITY. No matter what you have been through or are going through, you are NOT alone. Mr. Taylor challenges everyone, every day to be better and do better.
Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Kansas Wesleyan University where he attended on a football scholarship.
Cleveland Job Corps Center
Ms. Williams is passionate about working with young people and assisting them to reach their full potential. Her ability to team build and create a positive learning culture for students and staff have led to her success as the Center Director at two previous centers (Dayton and Westover). She believes in supporting the community in which the center is located by leading her staff and students in community outreach, volunteering, and fundraising. She works side by side with the staff and students and firmly believes in leading by example. She will never ask her students or staff to do anything that she is not willing to do.
Her experience has allowed her to gain knowledge in all areas of Job Corps operations and programs; her willingness to roll up her sleeves and get the job done has contributed to her Job Corps success. Her passion for students and staff enable her to continually encourage them to not settle but instead, look for ways to improve processes and procedures. She understands that the ripple effect of a leader’s enthusiasm and optimism is contagious and that she must bring this same enthusiasm and optimism to staff and students. She brings a wealth of knowledge, understanding, and passion for the program with over 20 years of Job Corps experience. Ms. Williams believes in the mission of the Job Corps program and is led by her faith in giving back and helping people in any way possible to be better. Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and a Master of Science Degree in Physical Education from Eastern Illinois University where she attended on a basketball scholarship.
Blue Ridge Job Corps Center
Neal Randol began his Job Corps career at the Cleveland Job Corps Center in 2014 as a reading instructor. Mr. Randol also served as a math instructor, Academic Manager, and Deputy Center Director at the Cleveland Center.
Mr. Randol earned his Bachelor of Science in Education in Comprehensive Social Studies from Missouri State University in 1991 and his Master of Science in Education in Educational Administration from Missouri State University in 1998. Prior to joining the Job Corps Family, Mr. Randol worked in the public-school system in Missouri for nearly 20 years. Mr. Randol served in several teaching and administrative positions. He is most fond of his time as an Alternative School instructor and Director assisting the students the school district was ready to give-up on. Through hard work and dedication, students were able to earn a high school diploma and prove they could contribute to society. Mr. Randol brings enthusiasm, passion, compassion, and dedication to Job Corps. His mantra is Be Courteous, Be Professional, and Be Respectful – qualities every employer embraces.
Mr. Randol plans to utilize his CPR mantra to revitalize the culture of Blue Ridge Job Corps Center and fulfill his belief that Job Corps offers a “limited college experience without the debt.” Job Corps is an alternative pathway for young people to enter the workforce — not their last option.
Finch Henry Job Corps Center
Joe (Mike) Salazar was born in Corpus Christi. Mike attended Mary Carroll High School and went on to attended the University of Texas and earning his first Degree in Deaf Education. During college he worked for Fluor Construction as an apprentice electrician, and helped build the Champlain Oil Refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas.
After college Mike Salazar traveled to Guatemala where he worked at the National School for the Deaf for the next three years. He had the opportunity to travel throughout Central America working with both deaf adults and children. He helped publish a book on sign language for the area, helped set up a training center for the deaf and employers of the deaf, and helped establish closed caption television for the deaf.
In 1982 Mike Salazar returned to the United States and earned a Masters Degree in School Administration from the University of Houston. He worked as a public school teacher at Stevenson Elementary in Houston, Texas, assistant principal of Reagan High School in Houston, Texas, and as a principal of Helms Elementary, and Hogg Middle School. In conjunction with the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, Mike Salazar helped win a lamplighter $250,000 grant from the Annenberg foundation for development of an innovative school system, a $500,000 beacon grant from the Annenberg foundation for innovative schools, and a $500,000 grant from Shell Oil for the development of one of the first dual language schools in Texas. He wrote one of the first charters in Texas and established Oak Cliff Academy, one of the first charter schools in the state of Texas. He served as a scout master for 15 years, treasurer and vice-president of the Houston Association of Hispanic School Administrator’s, and as a deacon in his church.
Working with Duncan Ragsdale, an educational consultant, Mike Salazar, helped pass the legislation that allows the four job corps centers in the state of Texas to operate their own public high schools. He began working in the Job Corps in 2005 as the Academic Manager and principal of Florence Shapiro High School at the North Texas Job Corps and then as the Deputy Center Director for the Albuquerque Job Corps in 2010. In 2012 he served as Deputy Center Director for The Cleveland Job Corps Center.
In 2014, Mike Salazar became the Principal of Africa International College (AIC) in Abuja Nigeria. AIC is a boarding school with grades JS1 (7th grade) through SS3 (12th). The school boards both male and female students and is a Christian School. During his tenure at AIC the schools has gone from 35% passing math and English and three other subjects on the WAEC to 85%.
William Coleman II
New Haven Job Corps Center
William R. Coleman II was born and raised in Darby, Pennsylvania. Upon completion of high school, he continued his passion for track and field running track for Indian University of Pennsylvania. Taking on the mindset of “What’s Next”? While attending college Mr. Coleman became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated. Due to financial stains, Mr. Coleman left school after his sophomore year to join the United States Army as an Artillery Specialist – low and behold Mr. Coleman tried out for the All-Army Track Team for the 110/400 hurdles winning various awards. Upon completing his military tour, Mr. Coleman returned to college and completed his degree at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Coleman received his Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. Mr. Coleman returned to his hometown and worked as a social worker with oversite for those youth in foster care and adoption.
In 1998, Mr. Coleman gained sole custody of his son Shifee. Mr. Coleman did some soul searching and realized he had a calling for teaching and returned to school to obtain his Master’s Degree in Special Education Administration Leadership at Delaware State University. As a young single father, his decisions were no longer about just him; it was about providing a quality home for Shifee. He received his degree and obtained employment as a Special Education Teacher at his Alma Mater. Mr. Coleman was the Head Boys and Girls Indoor/Outdoor Track Coach, Student Activities Advisor, 9th Grade Advisor and Yearbook Advisor.
Mr. Coleman began working for Job Corps in 2007 as a math instructor at the Wilmington Job Corps Center. As a math instructor, Mr. Coleman increased student’s performance in Numeracy, Literacy and GED completions. Due to his success as math instructor, Mr. Coleman was promoted to Academic Manager at the Philadelphia Job Corps Life Science Institute in Philadelphia, PA. At the Philadelphia Job Corps, he continued to increase student’s performance in Numeracy, Literacy and GED and was asked to do the same at the Brunswick Job Corps Center. He served as Academic Manager in Brunswick for two years and was promoted to Programs Director. Again, the center went from an overall poor performing center to being in the top 20. In February 2015, Mr. Coleman was promoted to Center Director of the Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center. When Mr. Coleman was promoted to Center Director of the Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps, he was challenged to change the culture of the center and to bring the center where it needed to be a far as performance.
In 9 months, Mr. Coleman succeeded in changing the student culture as well as the culture of the staff. In March 2016, Mr. Coleman became the new Center Director for the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps center in St. Paul, MN. The center is now one of the TOP performing center for all Job Corps Centers across the United States. In April of 2017, Mr. Coleman became the Center Director at Turner Job Corps Center and he is striving to change the lives of the young adults on center.
Cincinnati Job Corps Center
John started his career at Dayton Job Corps in March 1996 after graduating college in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. As a counselor on the dormitories he quickly learned what it took to help motivate and assist students to complete the program. He also worked as a Career Preparation instructor for three months helping to fill the void of an absent instructor. Early on he was eager to learn and help as he continued to learn as much as he could about all areas of the program. After 3 years of Counseling he took a job as a Placement Specialist. John learned all he could about Placement leading the team to a high functioning and high performing department. He also learned about the barriers that students face to find employment and the troubles students have had in their home environment.
After successfully learning job placement he was promoted to the CTT manager position, quickly learning more about the business aspect and the statistical side of the Job Corps program while enjoying the time working with the students and staff in the trade areas. After one year of being the Vocational Manager, John was again promoted to the Programs director position using his experience and passion for students and the program to help establish Dayton as a consistent high performing center.
John received several jobs offers for promotion as he continued to learn the administrative side of the program. Dayton had become his home and he was invested. John remained a director until April 1, 2017 when he was promoted to the Center Director position. Now at the highest position on center he worked hard to keep Dayton relevant and a performing center. When he took over the reins in April 2017, the center was ranked 98 in the Country. In a few short months they were able to finish the program at 35 in the country. John has always employed what he feels is the most important thing in Job Corps and that is his love for the students.
Watching students succeed in the program, leave, and live a good life is what is his passion. It is not uncommon to walk by his office and see students there voicing their complaints to him and wanting to give up. John is a good listener and is often able to help students with their problems and complete the program. He never stopped being a counselor and in fact enjoys that aspect of what he does the most.
Detroit Job Corps Center
Mr. Kevin Haynes is an advocate for non-profits whose mission is to enlist the help of passionate committed leaders whose purpose is committed to the objective of helping young people become independent, requires day to day living support or find and keep a good job. Job Corps has provided Mr. Haynes with the best case scenario in that he gets to do what he loves which is giving back to the community while utilizing both his undergraduate degree (Business Management) as well as his Advanced degree (Public Administration). His professional and personal goals have always included lending his talents to support and/or lead an agency such as Job Corps which would benefit low-income families and urban communities. As the Director he’s been able to improve the efficiencies of multiple departments, develop several staff members, mentor countless students and improve processes all in the name of a Program that represents the personal challenge he’s accepted on behalf of the students under his direct influence. He’s committed to the cause and have dedicated his time, talents, and resources for more than 20 years, offering endless support to the following community organizations and affiliates: 100 Black Men, NAACP (Detroit Chapter), Dominican Literacy, and neighborhood elementary and high schools (as a mentor). This effort has enabled many to go on and become contributors to their communities and families.
He has held several senior leadership roles expanding across both the public and private sectors. He spent four years as the Senior Operations Manager (SOM) where part of his responsibility was to provide account management, implement program initiatives and drive year over year financial growth.
As a result of successfully performing in the SOM position, Kevin was promoted to Director, Managed Services Operations where he was responsible for the contracts of many of the top 200 companies within the state of Michigan and Northern Ohio. He had a staff of more than 300 employees and Profit and Loss responsibility of more than 55 million dollars in revenue.
Mr. Kevin Haynes began his collegiate career at the University of Maryland and completed his undergraduate degree in Business Management at Columbia College of Missouri. Understanding the value of education and being a role model, he has completed his graduate studies in Public Administration at Central Michigan University and is in pursuit of his Doctorate degree. He has served his country during Desert Storm and was honorably discharge from the United States Navy after completing his enlistment requirement.
Flint Genesee Job Corps Center
For over 24 years Jessica Joiner has been a noteworthy leader in the Job Corps Community. She has been a Center Director for 10 years at three different centers. She has worked at 7 Job Corps centers to include 2 of the largest Job Corps centers in the nation. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Nevada, Reno and a Master’s in Business from Minot State University. She recently celebrated her 23rd wedding anniversary and has three children. When she is not keeping busy with work you can find her in an ice rink watching her children play hockey.