Career TEAM exists to accelerate the human condition.

We provide innovative solutions to complex social challenges
such as closing the opportunity divide, reducing unemployment and eradicating poverty.
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Christopher Kuselias

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chris is an internationally renowned expert in the field of peak performance coaching with an insatiable appetite for attacking social issues. His immediate focus is on accelerating the human condition by helping individuals find their unique and compelling contribution, aka, their “career calling.” When not immersed in solving challenges, Chris can be found getting into mischief with his wife Susan and their three children Alana, CJ and Olivia or shagging fly balls at a local baseball field. Visit the Official ChristopherKuselias.com site for more information.
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Micaela Alpers

President, Education Division


As President of Career TEAM’s Education Division, Micaela brings a background in higher education, coaching, and career development to the organization. Micaela has observed the Department of Education’s shift toward the gainful employment of our graduates. As a result, what excites her the most about her role is sharing Career Team’s 20 years of Workforce Development experience with partner institutions and, ultimately, with graduates. Prior to CTL, she served as National Director of Sales for McGraw Hill Education. Micaela completed the Accomplishment Coaching leadership and coaches training program in 2013 and she is also a certified trainer in the Aha! Process, Bridges Out Of Poverty program. A Cum Laude graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in International Business, Micaela lives in San Diego, CA, with her husband, Nick and their son, Kai. They describe San Diego as, “living in nature’s playground,” where they enjoy spending time hiking, biking, and anything outdoors. They share a passion for travel, and can’t wait to expose Kai to different cultures around the globe!
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Vanessa Preston

President & COO of CTL Government Direct Services

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Vanessa Preston is the President & COO of CTL Government Direct Services. Vanessa is a detail oriented leader with a passionate dedication to service. She combines an unyielding compassion for those in need with a keen knowledge of evolving technologies and innovation. Vanessa oversees all aspects of protecting and building the portfolio of CTL site locations and staff and leads business development. Prior to joining Career TEAM in 2017, Ms. Preston managed complex government funded programs in Washington DC and New York City for Grant Associates. Vanessa lives in New Jersey with her husband Kyler and an incredibly cute, brilliant and well behaved daughter, aka the perfect child, Charlotte.
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Danielle Simone

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

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Danielle Simone joined CTL in 2008 and has been instrumental in the successful launch of new CTL offices in Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Danielle is one of the chief content architects of the highly successful Career EDGE LMS and web portal with over 100,000 users nationwide. Danielle graduated sum cum laude from Quinnipiac University and has been accepted to the prestigious Yale Graduate School of Management. Danielle enjoys spending time with her family and can often be found feverishly browsing through Pinterest for new ideas or playing with her BFF Chloe, a Yorkee Poo.
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Harrison Tonne

Chief Innovation Officer (CIO)

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Harrison Tonne joined CTL in 2009 and is charge of the design and development of all CTL Learning Management Systems. His passion is using modern technology to streamline education and workforce development systems. He believes in creating fun, entertaining educational products that can help people achieve their dreams or shape their future. Harrison is one of the original architects of the Career EDGE that is now being used by over 100,000 people. Outside the office, Harrison enjoys dunking basketballs and spending time with his wife, Jocelyn, dog Nikko and son Carter!
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Dana Fenwick

Executive Director, Career Team Delaware

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Dana N. Fenwick is the Executive Director for Career Team Delaware. In this role she is responsible for Government functions including: New Business Development, Proposal Acquisition, and Project Management. Dana has maximized her TANF, WIA, and Dislocated Worker contracts while building strong business and community relationships and moving VIP’s toward self sufficiency. Dana is a chocolate conniseur and athlete who holds several records in track and field at her alma mater, Temple University.
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James Johnson

Chief Employer Engagement Consultant

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“Mr. J” serves as Chief Employer Engagement Consultant and as a master connector, ensures process and relationships with national hiring authorities. In addition, he works with the CEO and Program Directors with the goal of building career services capacity, maximize placement of clients and providing assistance to individual teams or Job Developers. His purpose is to maximize candidate placement by engaging the business community, employers and clients in long-term partnerships. When not working, Mr. J can be found in church or designing a new line of Big and Tall Men’s apparel.
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Kassandra McGhee

Program Manager, Career Team DC

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Kassandra McGhee is the Program Manager for Career TEAM Washington DC operations, responsible for implementation of the highly successful Career TEAM “high touch/hi tech” welfare to work program model. In this capacity, Kassandra leads a team of 30+ career experts that engage employment partners & key stakeholders to assist candidates attain gainful employment and achieve District mandated workforce development outcomes.

Kassandra has more than 15 years of experience in workforce/career development, counseling, program & grant administration, instructional design, governmental affairs, as well as college professorships at several universities including Aurora University and DeVry University. She is a certificated Career Specialist from the University of Illinois at Springfield with a Master’s of Science in Sociology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology both from Iowa State University.

Kassandra is the author of three books including a career development eBook entitled, The 10 Commandments of Career Success: How to Have the Career You Really Desire. She has been a trusted advisor and consultant to C-level and senior executives at numerous organizations, with her resume writing skills earning accolades from top job search websites, and her career workshops helping her build a reputation as an expert in the employment & training industry.

In her spare time, Kassandra enjoys exploring new recipes, spending time with family, all things sports, and the arts.

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Tim Serpe

Business Services Supervisor - Hartford, CT


Tim Serpe is a national educator in the areas of Sale, Business Development and Operational Management. His career spans multiple industries and business segments, in NYC he oversaw executive level recruitments of risk managers/officers for the likes of GE Capital, Bank of America and other financial institutions. He has been an integral part of 2 major workforce development centers driving employer engagement and placement outcomes for Career TEAM, LLC. Additionally, he has applied his expertise of the Full Cycle Recruiting Process for developing business relations within the education markets promoting successful outcomes for students and enhancing the brand of institutions to local and national employers. The education, tools, and resources he employs provides professionals with the systems and methodologies to compete in today’s growing economy.
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Jason Matthews

Online Learning Supervisor - Hartford, CT


Since February 2015, Jason has been impacting the workforce industry as a consultant and trainer specializing in government workforce programs and higher education career planning programs. Jason worked with government and education clients in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts and Washington DC where he has been successful in creating “efficiencies” and raising revenues for his clients. Working with a Washington DC workforce vendor, he has increased their placement rates by 57% and their revenues by 40k in four months (verified by DC Dept of Human Services)!
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Darrell Christopher

Vice President of Sales - Education Division


Darrell is responsible for the protection and growth of the Career TEAM portfolio of Post-Secondary College and University partners. Darrell has over 22 years of experience working in the Secondary and Post-Secondary Education Markets, As Vice President of Sales, he will contribute to the Career TEAM evidence based company brand by presenting and implementing professional development tools and curriculum designed to increase student retention and placement outcomes; while reducing the epidemic of student loan default.
Prior to joining Career TEAM, Darrell was the Executive Director of Enterprise Accounts for McGraw-Hill Higher Education where he worked closely with the largest Private Education Companies in the United States. He is extremely passionate about helping his institutions reach their goals, and ensuring that each of their students achieves the career path of their choice.
Darrell lives in Fair Haven, New Jersey and enjoys spending time with his wife Harper, step sons Deegan and Collin, and the family’s dogs Domino and Diesel.
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Mark Nickel

Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)


Mark Nickel serves a wide range of public-private partnerships as well as nonprofit, public sector and private sector clients. Clients recognize Mark for his ability to transform ideas into actions, his penchant to identify simple solutions, direct and candid leadership, and his unique constellation of skills. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Mark wakes up at 3:30 AM and knows how to milk a cow, churn butter, sheer sheep…and has also procured over $1B in funding awards for various partners and clients.
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Our Story

In 1996, Congress and the Clinton Administration unveiled the Welfare Reform Act, which eradicated more than 60 years of welfare entitlements. States were suddenly provided with a term limit and asked to transition large groups of public assistance recipients into gainful employment.

That same year, a young career consultant, Chris Kuselias, was asked by an educational institution in Bridgeport, Connecticut to assist them in creating a better career services culture and job search curriculum. During the meeting, Susan Peterson, the Admissions Director for the school, stopped in to share her ideas. For Chris, it was love at first sight.

After many obstacles, the pair agreed to meet for lunch and the rest, as they say, is history. The ambitious pair later married in 1997 and today have three children, Alana, CJ and Olivia.

On a professional level, Chris and Sue also “teamed up” to create Career TEAM, LLC with a passionate vision to assist hard-to-serve populations in a unique and compelling way. Pooling their respective talents, the duo began a pilot program with welfare clients assigned by the Department of Social Services in Bridgeport, CT. After a highly successful outcome, the government funded Connecticut contracts in New Haven, Hartford, New London and Waterbury.

The Career TEAM unique value proposition (UVP) was to create a career readiness coaching program where 80% focused on the psychology of success (mindset, confidence, critical reflection, assessment) while 20% was based on the mechanics of success (resume, online profile, interviewing). Most programs were geared toward the latter.

icon1In 1999, thanks to their success in Connecticut, Chris and Sue were invited to the White House to meet with the President and a select group of dignitaries to share the best practices on the challenge of creating self-sufficiency for millions of Americans. Career TEAM quickly began to develop a national reputation as experts in transitioning hard-to-serve populations into gainful employment. Government awards soon followed in Miami, Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Boston and Springfield, serving over 50,000 job seekers.

icon2Over the next decade, the company grew to over 100 employees and continued to generate lots of publicity. Career TEAM received the US Chamber of Commerce Blue Chip Enterprise Award For Innovation, was named as one of INC Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies and was profiled in numerous media sources including CNN, NBC, and Fox News.

In 2009, Chris authored his highly anticipated book, The Career Guarantee, which summarized his 20+ years as a nationally recognized career coach and divided the career management process into 10 specific chapters. While the national book tour generated positive reviews, the question remained if the general public would read a 469 page book to realize the full value of the advice.
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In 2011 Chris launched a new consultancy group, Career EDGE , LLC (EDGE), to blend evolving technology with career guidance. Many in education and government experienced declining performance outcomes, increased student loan defaults and a growing technology divide with hiring authorities. Lack of sufficient access to technology (“band width”) and social media challenges for schools and government remains a paramount concern.

Chief Innovation Officer, Harrison Tonne, was tasked to create an EDGE menu of services to address these issues while Chief Administrative Officer, Danielle Simone, was appointed to monitor. The primary offering is a competency based, career learning management system (LMS). Numerous schools and universities implemented the EDGE competency based, career learning management system as their new Student Success course while government agencies offered EDGE access to their clients through a smart phone or computer lab. EDGE also launched a staff capacity building portal which provides professional development in the form of video-based coaching and guidance modules.
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In 2012, CTL and EDGE were featured in a CBS 60 Minutes segment seen by 18 million viewers. The segment focused on the alarming trend of millions of Americans who exhausted their unemployment benefits without finding work. The EDGE LMS was depicted as a viable tool based on a piloted group of 100 long-term unemployed Americans filmed by 60 Minutes; 70% of whom had found work after using the EDGE. Since then, Platform to Employment (P2E), funded by The Workplace Inc., has expanded in a 25 city national roll-out.

In 2013, the US Department of Labor announced a $150 million grant to serve Long Term Unemployed of which EDGE content is a staple.

In 2014, CTL and EDGE added national experts and continued to partner with education and government entities in need of building more robust performance based, career cultures. EDGE job seeker usage grew to 100,000+ active users while EDGE staff usage expanded to 10,000+ active staff users from institutions like The University of Connecticut, Workplace Inc. and Lincoln Technical Institute.

In 2015, CTL continued its evolution from a government funded service provider to a social initiative based consultant group. Leadership expanded its reach by establishing strategic partnerships with respected entities like McKinsey & Company and infusing professional development coaching into prevention and substance abuse centers. Micaela Alpers, former National Sales Manager for McGraw-Hill, was appointed to the role of President of EDGE Education Services and established Education Headquarters in San Diego, California.

In addition to developing on demand learning modules for youth and adult populations, the company also began translating printed content from other companies into usable on-line deliverables.

In 2016, CTL contracted with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addition Services (DMHAS) to create a Training and Technical Service Center (TTASC) to increase prevention efforts, strengthen staff member expertise and improve the quality & relevance of the field of prevention. This included a new LMS digital system for accessing prevention content and documenting training participation. CTL took the lead on website development and the creation of a technology platform to access training related content and custom content conversion.

EDGE continues to build its reputation as a national technology leader and has begun creating custom CRM solutions for community action agencies nationwide. Looking to the future, CTL and EDGE continue to pioneer innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social challenges.

 




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