MontcoLinks Newsletter Archive
- November 2023
- October 2023
- September 2023
- August 2023
- July 2023
- June 2023
- May 2023
- April 2023
- March 2023
- February 2023
- January 2023
Meet Our Team
The Career Services Team is here to help you meet your training and employment goals!
Genny has seven years of experience in workforce development and enjoys building helping relationships with career seekers to support them in reaching their goals. Genny enjoys working with individuals to assist them in exploring their interests and qualifications that will align them with successful career and educational pathways. She incorporates a solution-focused approach to enhance workforce development activities and service strategies for jobseekers and her team members. She is passionate about serving her community and empowering individuals to become the best version of themselves. Genny enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors with her family and friends, including her two dogs.
Janet, “Jan”, is the Career Services Coordinator and has been with the organization for over ten years. Jan’s mission is to make a positive impact every day as she communicates directly with customers to educate them on available job readiness and employment opportunities through PA CareerLink®. Additionally, she presents other relevant workshops and industry-specific boot camps and maintains case files. As a go-to problem-solver, Jan supports and contributes to two teams, giving her colleagues more flexibility to meet customer and office needs. Outside of work, Jan is a busy family member who enjoys cooking, hiking, knitting, reading, writing, gardening, and making things.
Wendy Garris has worked in Case Management for over 15 years; she joined the PA CareerLink® Montgomery County in 2020. She is passionate, patient, empathetic, and truly loves helping people. She feels a sense of great satisfaction when she sees her participants achieve the goals that they set when they first walked through the doors. For Wendy, there is nothing more rewarding than being a blessing to someone else.
Kelli has been working in workforce development and career guidance for since 2014; she started working in Montgomery County in November 2020. Kelli started her career working with returning citizens as a classroom facilitator reviewing job search soft skills and resume preparation. Kelli excels in developing connections with her customers by helping them take steps towards their employment goals. Outside of work, Kelli is passionate about her family, reading and being able to help people achieve their goals.
Jennifer is a career coach for Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) career seekers. Jen enjoys working with individuals by making a positive impact to create realistic goals for customers to achieve. Additionally, Jen enjoys creating relationships with her clients, learning about their interests, as well as the rewarding feeling of helping an individual reach success in the workforce. Outside of work, Jen likes being active and spending time with her family and friends.
Emmett, or Em for short, is the Community Outreach Coordinator, and has made connections with 40+ community organizations in Montgomery County that assist our jobseekers on their paths to self-sufficiency. Emmett graduated from West Chester University ’20 with majors in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. They are also working to receive a certification as a Mental Health Peer Specialist to support our jobseekers who have lived experiences with mental health challenges. Their favorite things include making meaningful connections with others, practicing mindfulness, spending time outdoors, doing yoga, and journaling.
Danielle joined the career services team in Fall of 2022, fulfilling the Priority of Service Career Coach role. As she begins her career in workforce development, Danielle is excited to help those in her community get connected to any resources they need during their job search. Danielle graduated from West Chester University '19 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. Her goal since she was little has always been to help as many people as she can, and she loves encouraging and supporting others to make positive changes in their lives. Outside of work, you can find her reading, baking, geocaching, and spending time with her loved ones (including her 2 kittens).
Naquaysa “Diamond” McNeil
Diamond is one of our newest members at the PA CareerLink® Montgomery County and has become a familiar in the Career Resource Center (CRC) where she manages the customer flow. She brings professionalism, superior customer service, and inspires motivation with each career seeker she meets as she assists them with PA CareerLink® online registration, resume development, job search, and much more. When Diamond is not dedicating her day to helping customers with achieving their goals, she spends time with her son Zadriyen, playing at the park with his trucks, going to the zoo, and getting ice cream.
Jamie currently works as a Customer Service Support Specialist. She has been with the company for four years and in 2019, was a featured employee. Jamie is a team player and enjoys supporting career seekers as they work towards their employment goals by helping to connect them with the workshops and services they need. Outside of work, Jamie enjoys learning new things about detective work, construction, and fashion. She considers herself a lifelong learner.
Kim joined the PA CareerLink® Montgomery County Support Team as the Administrative Assistant in 2023. In her role, she manages the reception desk and customer flow, connecting visitors to the workshops, events, appointments, or resources they may need. Kim uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to understand customer needs, educate them on the numerous services that are offered, and direct them to staff for a successful visit toward achieving their goals. Kim is inspired daily by her husband, two children, and their two cats. In her free time, Kim enjoys going to craft fairs, farmers markets, and outdoor festivals, and is excited to see snow falling for the first time after moving here from Florida.
PA CareerLink® Online
PA CareerLink® online is designed to make job searching easier. The site pulls in job feeds from various websites to assist with job searches in a central location. Job seekers using PA CareerLink® online have a larger database to research opportunities. Referrals, applications, and job search activities are stored and can be easily accessed for compliance with the unemployment work-search mandate. To visit PA CareerLink® online, go to www.pacareerlink.pa.gov.
The O*NET database identifies, defines, and describes the comprehensive elements of job performance in the world of work. It replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT).
O*NET is widely used in enrollment for participants who cannot articulate current skills.
PAsmart is a workforce development initiative that helps connect Pennsylvanians with resources for working and training in Pennsylvania. Whether you are a student, an educator, a first-time job seeker, a parent or a person considering a career change, you will find that the Pennsylvania Career Guide is a valuable resource as you make those all-important career decisions.
Learning Express Library
The Learning Express Library is a free resource, available in partnership with the Montgomery County Public Library network, and offers test-preparation, career exploration, personal skill development, computer skills training and much more. LearningExpress also offers resources in Spanish.
Pennsylvania Career Guide
Whether you are a student, an educator, a first-time job seeker, a parent or a person considering a career change, you will find that the Pennsylvania Career Guide is a valuable resource as you make those all-important career decisions. Information in this publication can be used by all individuals who are preparing for continuing education and/or entrance into the workforce. Examples of the useful information that are found in this guide include career outlook highlights, an interest assessment tool, tips for marketing yourself, sources of financial aid, and contact information for many Commonwealth services, including PA CareerLink® locations and select state agencies.
PA CareerLink® Montgomery County is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. For program funding details in compliance with the Stevens Amendment, please visit https://www.montgomerycountypa.gov/4274/Stevens-Amendment.