With a Kennesaw State University public and social services degree fresh in hand, a very green John Helton began his career as a DFCS child protective services investigator, ultimately learning the ins and outs of human services by serving in progressive roles managing childcare, volunteer, and community development programs before being appointed deputy director of Cobb County Department of Family and Children Services. Discovering his passion for helping create opportunities for people, John then spent 19 years as the founding president and CEO of CobbWorks, Inc. and WorkSource Cobb, the local workforce development board, until assuming leadership of CareerRise, Inc. in June 2019. John has served on boards of numerous workforce development and civic organizations at the local, state, and national levels including president of the Southeastern Employment & Training Association (SETA). John currently serves as chair of the Metro Atlanta eXchange (MAX) for Workforce Solutions as well as president of his neighborhood association in the historic Summerhill neighborhood of Atlanta. John is an avid traveler, but when home, he enjoys cooking a good meal for family and friends and caretaking his often neurotic and frequently aggressive rescue poodle, Duncan.
Allison serves as the Program Specialist at CareerRise. In this position, she coordinates overall operations including providing support for meetings, events, programs, and staff to further the vision for workforce development. She brings a wealth of experience in program and event management, operations management, and administrative functions. Prior to joining CareerRise in December 2019, she worked in various operations positions at charter schools in New York and Georgia with a focus on providing quality education to all children. Allison holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Georgia State University.
In another life, I’m pretty sure I was an R&B singer selling out arenas worldwide.
Natania Carter manages CareerRise’s investments and is committed to exploring innovative strategies to expedite local workers’ journey to economic self-sufficiency. Prior to CareerRise, she was a 2018 National Urban Fellow with the Annie E. Casey Foundation-Atlanta Civic Site where she conducted research focused on economic opportunity. As a fellow, she earned her master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College. Natania began her career as a Senior Process Engineer in the pharmaceutical industry and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Florida State University. The combination of her past experiences allows her to apply a systems-thinking approach to complexities in workforce development to help facilitate economic self-sufficiency.
In another life, I’m pretty sure I was a kindergarten teacher because my combination of enthusiasm and patience is unmatched!
Nate Futrell graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor’s of Social Work and a concentration in public child welfare. While living in Cincinnati for 10 years, Nate’s professional experience included working with opportunity youth, promoting health education and access for senior citizens, and leading teams in healthcare workforce management. Most recently, he led the workforce development initiatives of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, including convening industry sector workgroups and collaborating with local schools and businesses to bolster development of talent pipelines. In his current role at Atlanta CareerRise, Nate facilitates greater economic mobility and career pathway development through partnerships with educators, employers, and service providers.
In another life, I’m pretty sure I was a chef and restaurant owner.
Justin Haight is an experienced workforce development professional specializing in apprenticeships and other work-based learning training programs. Prior to joining CareerRise, Justin worked at the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S. directing their internationally recognized advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program. Having also worked at the Georgia Department of Economic Development and directed the Georgia Building Trades Academy, Justin’s professional experience has focused on the development and administration of registered apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, creating meaningful community partnerships, and serving employer workforce needs. Justin graduated from Georgia College & State University with a Master’s in Management Information Systems and a Bachelor’s in Business Management. He currently serves on their Alumni Board of Directors.
In another life, I’m pretty sure I was a talking head on ESPN.
Brittany Jenkins-Morrow Industry Partnerships Manager
Brittany Jenkins-Morrow graduated from Brenau University with a Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management and Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Arizona. Brittany is originally from South Georgia and started her professional career in Southeast Georgia. She began in workforce development with WIOA at Worksource Coastal as a Career Development Specialist. She later went on to work at the State Office of Workforce Development. Currently at Atlanta CareerRise, she focuses on leveraging her experience in workforce development to engage the industry and workforce network with developmental sustainable regional workforce strategies.
In another life, I’m pretty sure I was an actress. I think I do well with improvising and showing a range of emotions.
Jacque Joyce earned a master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Kennesaw State University. Since 2014, she has worked in the workforce development sector as a Data Analyst and Program Manager. Her work focuses on supporting regional workforce development strategies by cultivating relationships across sectors, building leadership skills, and creating innovative strategies to deliver services.
In another life, I’m pretty sure I was a cookie taste tester.
Quasandria “Q” Turner is responsible for the management of operations at Westside Works; leading a network of partners committed to offering high-quality workforce, education, and employment services within Atlanta’s westside neighborhoods. She has extensive experience as a Workforce and Counseling professional supporting individuals with barriers to navigate community resources and training pathways to successful careers. Q acquired a master’s degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University and earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Albany State University. Q’s breadth of experience includes working with the following populations: alcohol and drugs, HIV/Aids, diversion programs, and youth in residential treatment.
Karlisha Vice serves as an Industry Partnerships Manager with a focus on regional collaboration. Karlisha has dedicated the last 5 years of her work to supporting communities of disadvantaged youth and adults with improving their economic opportunities through professional development training. She obtained a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and plans to combine her educational background with her workforce development expertise to impact change within the Metro Atlanta area.
In another life, I’m pretty sure I was a Broadway star for the show Chicago!
Aungelique Williams Program Assistant, Westside Works
Aungelique Williams is a multifaceted professional with more than five years of administrative, business development, event planning, and social media marketing experience. Aungelique is dedicated to producing premium results. Aungelique’ s work ethic is marked by her ability to be a team player. She is adept at thriving in dynamic, fast-paced environments by leveraging multi-tasking and active learning skills to promptly pick up new, useful skills to aid efficiency in workflow and meet organizational goals.
In another life, I’m pretty sure that I was a billionaire who spent half the year reading in hammocks while staring into the deepest blue waters of Negril, Jamaica.
Constance Willis serves as the Program Manager at Westside Works. With over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector, Constance has over 17 years of nonprofit managerial experience. Her background includes implementation of programs and collaboration among partners such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Two Generation initiative with The Center for Working Families and Sheltering Arms, Pace Life Path Kellog, and the Atlanta Housing Authority grants to sustain communities and economic development. Passion for women and children services led Constance to her past work as Partnership Against Domestic Violence Shelter Director to empower survivors with a focus on homeless prevention and self-sufficiency. Her work as the Family Economic Success Program Manager in the NPU-V communities dramatically changed the way families viewed vocational skills, education, and economic success.
In another life, I am positive I was a magical unicorn, granting everyone superpowers.
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