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.
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. Nate served as the Workforce Initiatives Manager for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, leading initiatives to develop sector strategies and build synergistic relationships between the K-12 education system and the business community. As CareerRise’s Industry Partnerships Director, Nate oversees the Industry Partnerships team’s work in facilitating Metro Atlanta’s workforce ecosystem alignment, stakeholder engagement, and equitable access to high-quality jobs for the region’s residents.
In another life, I was the owner, head chef, and mixologist of a really cool restaurant.
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, Program Manager and Director. Her work focuses on supporting regional workforce development strategies by cultivating relationships across sectors, building leadership skills, and creating innovative strategies to support the operations of the CareerRise team!
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!
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