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 & CEO, Chris is a renowned expert in the field of peak performance coaching with an insatiable appetite (yum!) for accelerating the human condition. His immediate focus is on partnering with government and education to increase employment outcomes through proprietary Career TEAM technologies and strategies. When not wearing his social entrepreneur hat, 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.

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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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Danielle Simone

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)


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)


Harrison Tonne joined CTL in 2009 and is charge of the design and development of all CTL Learning Management Systems and Case 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 and shape their future. Harrison is one of the original architects of the Career EDGE that is now being used by over 150,000 individuals. Outside the office, Harrison enjoys dunking basketballs and spending time with his wife and two sons!
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Anthony Terlizzi

Chief Performance Officer


Anthony Terlizzi joined CTL in 2018 as Chief Performance Officer for Direct Service awards. In this capacity, Anthony is responsible for Workforce Operations, New Business Development, and Performance Management for our Government division. Anthony has extensive WIOA and TANF experience, previously overseeing large, multi-site workforce operations, particularly in New York City. Anthony graduated from the University of South Florida with a BS in Finance. When not working, Anthony enjoys spending time with his wife (they were previous winners of a trip to Costa Rica on the Newlywed Game!), 3 highly energetic boys and playing point guard wherever a hoop court can be found!
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Heidi Shaw

National Account Manager


Heidi Shaw joined CTL in 2019 as the National Account Manager working with state-level and Workforce Development Board contacts across the nation. Based in Virginia and Washington DC, she will oversee sales and implementation of our Career Edge Learning Management and Case Management Systems. Previously with Monster, Heidi has extensive background in the Public Sector and Education space. She is passionate about building strong relationships with her clients and assisting them with their initiatives and data migration strategies. Heidi graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University in St. Paul, MN and is a proud veteran of the US Navy; as are the previous two generations of her family. Heidi enjoys traveling, spending time with her son and raising two wild and crazy cats.
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Dana Fenwick

Executive Director - Wilmington, DE


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


“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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Charles Botts

Project Director - Hartford, CT


Charles is the director of the Career Team project in Hartford Connecticut. Charles first joined Career Team in 2015 as a subject matter expert working on the very contract he is now directing. In his current role Charles manages the online learning and employer engagement activity for the Capital Workforce Partners One Stop contract, providing services and support across the region in six office locations; New Britain, Bristol, Enfield, Manchester, East Hartford and Hartford. Charles has a passion for professional development and uncovering hidden potential. He is thrilled at the opportunity to serve his team, customers and community.
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Bobbi Steelman

Executive Director - Bowling Green, KY


Bobbi began her work with Career Team in September of 2018. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Education for Daymar College. Bobbi has assisted students at the elementary to college level for over 20 years focusing on retention and job placement. She holds a bachelor of Science in Education, a Masters of Arts in Education, and a rank 1 in school administration from Western Kentucky University. Bobbi has a beautiful family of four children and a husband of 21 years. She loves animals and has even nursed a wounded hummingbird back to health!
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James Hughes

Executive Director - Tacoma, WA


James Hughes joined Career Team in 2019 as Executive Director in Pierce County, Washington. He comes with over 7 years of experience in workforce development. He is a 2010 Graduate of Whitworth University with a Bachelors degree in Social Science. He is committed to breaking the chains of poverty and seeing our very important person’s (VIP’s) thrive. When he is not at work, you can find him spending time with his wife and daughter and serving in ministry. James is an avid chess player and enjoys any athletic adventure. He is native to the Pacific Northwest and is excited to serve in his community.
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Gina Tak

Operations Manager - Washington DC

Gina Tak is the Operations Manager for Career TEAM DC where she oversees performance and operations of the DHS funded TANF contract. Gina graduated from SUNY Albany in New York, and entered the wonderful world of WIOA, where she quickly became the Operations Manager for 5 American Job Centers in New York City. Gina had a desire to live and work in the nation’s capital, so she transitioned to the DC Department of Employment Services under the Workforce Investment Council as the Program Manager for the Services EligibleTraining Providers. Gina also has a tremendous passion for helping people and has mentored women in self sufficiency programs, career development, and entrepreneurship.
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Marlene Johnson

Operations Manager - Hartford, CT

Marlene Johnson, is a project manager in Hartford, CT, native “New Yorker” with 10 years in leadership, strategic solutions, quality assurance and staffing experience. She has extensive experience in the staffing industry where she expanded her former division to over two hundred employees; while staffing hundreds of employees and offering consultative solutions to employers. Her professional gift is pairing employees with employers and the retention of staff. When not working, Marlene loves “DIY projects” and tag sales and is also a bona fide thrill seeker who never met a roller coaster she did not like!
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Career TEAM, like every successful entity, has a unique and compelling story….



In 1985, twenty-one year old college senior Chris Kuselias was standing in center field in Fenway Park in Boston; having been selected to play in a prestigious collegiate baseball All-Star game. For Chris, playing on the same field as his beloved Boston Red Sox was surreal. As the final out of the game signaled it was time to join his teammates and celebrate, but Chris was physically and emotionally frozen. Earlier, Chris’ name had not been called during the Major League Baseball Amateur draft and the dream of playing professional baseball since the age of six was suddenly and swiftly over; the reality of having to grow up and get a job became all too real in that moment in Boston.

Without a clear direction after graduation, Chris obtained an entry-level corporate marketing job in New Haven, CT, where he won several sales awards and was even featured in the Annual Report to shareholders. “Successfully unfulfilled”, he crammed for the LSAT and began law school in the evenings. While intellectually challenging, something was missing…

Anxious and frustrated, Chris immersed himself in every available resource on the subject of career planning; and concluded many felt the same way. Soon thereafter, Chris was asked by his former University of Connecticut college coach to guest speak to the baseball team, many whom were scared and uncertain about the transition from student to career professional. The University Athletic Director also attended the speech and subsequently contracted Chris to speak to all UCONN men’s and woman’s athletic teams. Chris felt a rush and began authoring a business plan designed to provide career coaching and reduce student loan default.

In 1988, Chris formally acted on his business plan and opened a modest 250 square foot office over a Chinese take-out in Wallingford, CT. He began career coaching while the ever present scent of Moo Goo Gia Pan permeated the office. During this period, Chris authored an audio based career course and trademarked the name, “The Career Coach.” He began consulting with schools and colleges who began implementing his content into their professional development offerings.

In 1990, while trying to manage a corporate marketing job, law school in the evenings and an evolving career coaching enterprise, Chris learned his father. Michael, was diagnosed with late stage esophageal cancer. Chris immediately took a leave from law school and after determining traditional medicine offered no cure, he and his family spent the next two years transporting his ailing father back and forth to Toronto, Canada for radical therapy. This form of treatment was not covered by insurance and with three younger siblings, drained financial resources. His dad miraculously recovered from what was described by modern medicine as terminal cancer.

During one of these emotional treatment trips to Toronto, Chris reassessed his life and decided to resign from his corporate job, quit law school and dedicate his career to assisting others find purpose and passion.  Something was missing…

In 1992, Chris formed Kuselias Enterprises Inc. and branded his motivational, audio-based student success course, “The Career Coach”. His sole proprietorship quickly grew to contracts with 15 schools and colleges serving thousands of students. Chris was helping students get jobs faster, pay back their loans and the future looked bright.

In 1993, while in the process of expanding Kuselias Enterprises, Inc, Chris was diagnosed with a suspicious growth on his spine. Due to the location of the spinal tumor, medical specialists shared a significant chance of paralysis after emergency surgery, which lasted 14 hours and resulted in a week in Intensive Care. Upon discharge from the hospital, Chris would spend the next year in physical rehabilitation recovering from surgery, which resulted in spine instability, the loss of three ribs and some permanent nerve damage. Unable to support his customers, as a sole-proprietor, his successful start-up company collapsed.

1n 1994, while recovering both physically and emotionally, a friend at UBS Financial in Hartford, CT suggested Chris’ growing career expertise could be valuable in assisting his brokerage clients who had been laid off from corporations like Aetna, Pratt Whitney, Electric Boat and others. Chris began coaching dislocated workers and while in the process of sharing career advice, decided to get certified as a licensed financial professional. Chris enjoyed assisting dislocated workers and their families plan for their futures, but something was missing…

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 fixed term limit and asked to transition large groups of public assistance recipients into gainful employment. The threat of millions of welfare recipients exhausting their time limit without a job became a national concern.

That same year, Chris was contacted by an educational institution in Bridgeport, Connecticut to assist them with job placement performance by creating a better career services culture and job search curriculum. During the initial meeting, Susan Peterson, the Admissions Director for the school, stopped in to share her ideas. After sharing views on social challenges and unemployment, the two agreed to meet for lunch. With a strong personal and professional connection, the ambitious pair took a major risk, left their respective jobs, invested every dime of their savings and decided to form a new company.

Chris and Sue “teamed up” to launch Career TEAM, LLC with a passionate vision to assist hard-to-serve populations in a unique and compelling way. From the outset, the Career TEAM unique value proposition was simple: to create a career 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, etc.).

Pooling their respective talents in fund raising, education and career coaching, the duo began modestly with a pilot program to serve 12 welfare clients; funded by the Department of Social Services in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It was an instant success in which Sue recruited and determined eligibility, Chris created the curriculum and taught the class and both placed attendees in the evening; often driving them to interviews in their car. Expansion came swiftly as Career TEAM was rewarded in Connecticut with government funded contracts in New Haven, Hartford, New London and Waterbury. Over the next three years, staff grew to 100+ as the number of candidates served expanded.

Due to their innovative approaches and documented success in Connecticut, Career TEAM attracted the attention of New Haven based Congresswoman Rosa Delauro (D-CT), a strong advocate for eradicating poverty. After an exhaustive federal screening process, Chris and Sue were invited to the White House to meet with then President Clinton and a select group of consultants and employers to launch welfare reform and share best practices on the challenge of creating self-sufficiency for millions of Americans. The initiative would be called the National Welfare to Work Partnership.

As a result of their contributions and this publicity, the couple was profiled in a 15-minute segment on CNN for their innovation and outcomes in workforce development. Career TEAM quickly began to develop a national reputation as experts in transitioning hard-to-serve populations into gainful employment.


Over the next decade, the company began national expansion winning government awards in Miami, Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Rochester, Boston and Springfield; serving over 50,000 publicly funded job seekers. The company grew to over 200 employees and continued to generate national publicity.

The size of the Kuselias family also grew as Chris and Sue welcomed Alana (born 1999), son CJ born (2000) and Olivia (born 2004) to the world. Sue would transition out of her full time company activities to focus on the development of the family.

During this period, 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 ABC, 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. While the national book tour generated positive reviews and large booksellers including Barnes & Noble featured the book, the question remained if the online focused public would read a 469-page book to realize the full value of the career advice. A new era had begun as education morphed into virtual learning and mobile accessible content. Something was missing…

As a result, in 2010, Chris launched a new consultancy group, Career EDGE, LLC (EDGE), to blend evolving technology with career guidance. Many in government and education 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 remained a paramount concern. Baby Boomers, Millennials and Gen X candidates had different learning styles and technology proficiency.

A new Chief Innovation Officer, Harrison Tonne. was tasked to convert print content into an online EDGE menu of services to address these issues while new Chief Administrative Officer, Danielle Simone, was appointed to oversee content, edit and monitor progress. The primary offering became a competency based, career learning management system (Career EDGE) adopted by numerous schools and universities as their new Student Success course; while government agencies began offering EDGE access to their clients through a smart phone or computer lab. EDGE also launched a staff capacity building portal, which provided professional development in the form of video-based coaching and guidance modules.

In 2012, Chris and Career TEAM 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 had exhausted their unemployment benefits without finding work. The Career EDGE was depicted as a viable tool based on a piloted group of 100 long-term unemployed Americans filmed by 60 Minutes; 75% 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 led by EDGE content.

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

In 2014, CTL and EDGE continued to aggressively partner with education and government entities in need of building more robust performance based, career cultures. The company became the exclusive distribution partner for the highly effective personality type test, Do What You Are!; an online assessment which linked natural candidate tendencies to specific career paths. Career TEAM partnered with the Connecticut Department of Labor who has since begun funding statewide usage of this exciting tool.

In 2015, CTL continued its evolution to a nationally recognized 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.

That same year, Micaela Alpers, former National Sales Manager for McGraw-Hill, joined the company as President of EDGE Education Services and established Education Headquarters in San Diego, California. With an initial focus is on the Department of Education’s shift toward the gainful employment of graduates, Micaela’s decade of experience in higher education, coaching, and career development provides a unique vantage point to implement complex institutional solutions that provide significant return on investment for students and school partners.

EDGE candidate usage quickly grew to 100,000+ active users while EDGE staff usage expanded to 10,000+ active staff users from institutions like The University of Connecticut, Lincoln Technical Institute and Delta University. From a product standpoint, EDGE continued an aggressive expansion on its menu of services of 18 unique modules and unique career management tools including Personality Type Testing, Resume Builder, Online Profile and Mock Job Application.

Career TEAM, now a leading national content provider, began morphing into a technology resource for government and education; integrating its proprietary platform with other nationally respected platforms like Blackboard, Moodle, etc. Something was missing…

In 2016, in addition to developing on demand learning modules for youth and adult populations, the company began authoring customized on-line deliverables for special needs populations. Career TEAM, in partnership with Cross Sector Consulting, contracted with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addition Services (DMHAS) to create a Training & 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. Career TEAM took the lead on website development and the creation of a technology platform to access training related content and custom content conversion.

Later that year, Career Team engaged the services of veteran public safety net administrator, Clarence H. Carter to serve Government Programs for the Company. Carter brought a 20+ year history of experience in managing large and complex government safety net programs and agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government to Career TEAM, having served a President, four governors and a Mayor in cabinet and sub-cabinet appointments. Before taking a role in the current administration, Carter assisted in the effort to apply the technology, innovation and heart for service of Career TEAM to assist public safety net agencies and community based organizations in growing the capacity of diverse economically, socially and developmentally vulnerable populations.

In 2017, EDGE continued to build its reputation as a national technology leader and is pioneering the use of Virtual Reality-VR in career coaching. As VR continues to be one of fastest growing technologies being utilized in nearly every industry, Career TEAM has made the investment to convert their training materials into this new exciting delivery model. This new VR platform will be used to assist candidates overcome the fear of interviewing by creating a real life virtual customer service experience in a full 360-degree immersion.

The firm has also begun creating custom Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) solutions for government partners including Michigan Works, Delaware Department of Labor, Regional Boards in Framingham, MA and Community Action Agencies like Human Resources Agency of New Britain, CT.

In 2018, Career TEAM continued to introduce game changing content offerings with the addition of new coaching modules and releasing a new edition of their best-selling, Career EDGE Professional Development curriculum. This new online version and companion Career Edge Learning Management System was purchased by the Washington DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) to serve 15,000 summer youth over 800 work sites. The nationally recognized Platform to Employment (P2E) program also received a digital overhaul and is converted into an online course. This allowed all current, in-class participants to receive extra assistance but also allow a more cost effective P2E model for mass consumption.

Anthony Terlizzi, former Project Leader for Rescare in New York and veteran of workforce excellence, joined the company as President of Government Direct Services and immediately added new direct service awards in Tacoma, Washington and Westchester, New York. With a focus on differentiating project managed sites with our Edge menu and technology, Anthony’s decade of experience in assembling quality teams, driving outcomes and business development offered unique value to implement complex adult and youth solutions; resulting in significant return on investment for government funders.

Looking ahead to 2019, Career TEAM’s Career Coaches Network will soon be launched and is available to thousands of candidates and college graduates seeking advice in real-time. Our carefully screened coaches are available 24/7 with remote telephone support to walk participants through a variety of career questions. Career TEAM continues construction on their revolutionary University alumni and employer portal offering. These tools will allow employers to search through candidates online using a private, internal network of hundreds of thousands of job seekers.

Career TEAM will continue serving all types of job seekers and employers using the best processes, content and technology tools in order to continue Accelerating the Human Condition…Something is still missing…the story continues…


Looking ahead, Career TEAM will continue serving all types of job seekers and employers using the best processes, content and technology tools in order to continue Accelerating the Human Condition…


Something is still missing…the story continues…


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