North Coast Job Seekers is 100% volunteer run and led. Our Advisory Board consists of individuals who give their time and talent in mostly "behind the scenes" roles in order that NCJS can offer the best possible programs and services to our members.
If you are interested in contacting one of these board members, please use the LinkedIn group to make a connection. Each Board member is here to serve and help however possible.
Current Advisory Board Membership
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Mike Barni, Human Resources Manager & Organizational Development Professional
Gina Betti, Financial Advisor - Investments, Retirement, Employee Benefits, 401K Options
Lloyd Buckwell, Global Human Resources & Executive Talent Management
Doug Cantlay, Human Resources Director
Mike D'Amico, Management Consulting Professional
Paul DiPronio, Operations Professional
Jim Folger, National HR Recruiting Professional
Jean Gagné, Information Management Professional
Christopher Gentry, Senior Project Manager, IT Infrastructure
Emily Smayda Kelly, Attorney and Business Development Professional
Terese McGroarty, Franchise Business Consultant
Nancy Miko, Retired Clinical Recruiter and Human Resources Professional
Suzanne Nebe, Talent Aquisition Professional
Jeff Peterson-Davis, Writer, Web Designer, & Nonprofit Management Professional
Content & Resources Team
Lloyd Buckwell, Doug Cantlay, Mike D'Amico
Lloyd Buckwell, Jim Folger
Marketing & Communications Team
Mike Barni, Jim Folger, Jeff Peterson-Davis
Speakers & Program Team
Doug Cantley, Emily Smayda Kelly, Terese McGroarty
Jean Gagné, Christopher Gentry, Jeff Peterson-Davis
LinkedIn and Zoom Lead
Website & Online Communications Lead
A lifelong Cleveland native, Mike Barni has led the Human Resources function for a variety of local employers - both large and small. Aside from manufacturing, his experience includes retail, public, and service organizations. Mike's passion is assisting others moving to their next endeavor by tweaking their resume to generate interest and tell an effective story in addition to preparing/practicing for that next interview. Mike received his MBA from Cleveland State University and is a graduate of Saint Ignatius High School. Connect with Mike on LinkedIn and join him in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.
Gina Betti works as a Financial Advisor. Her aim professionally as well as personally is to seek the highest quality possible and work for that goal. Gina sees both financial matters and every person she meets with the understanding that there is no such thing as "one size fits all." She is committed to listening, learning, and providing the best service she can. That extends from her professional life into her extensive volunteer work, including North Coast Job Seekers. Connect with Gina on LinkedIn and join her in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.
Lloyd is a skilled Human Resource Executive, with four decades of experience in Manufacturing, Health Care, Restaurant and Insurance Industries. Lloyd’s background in employee recruitment, retention, business strategic planning, change management, succession planning, within union / non-union domestic and international settings has provided him experience in all types of business setting. Additionally, he has worked closely with the executive leadership team and the Board of Directors on the development and implementation of human resources and business strategies. He has been directly involved globally in the hiring and promotion of numerous employees. Lloyd has extensive experience in human resources in publicly traded and private equity companies as a HR Business Partner. His work experience has provided him with opportunities to work with individuals at all levels of the organization in 22 countries around the world. Connect with Mike on LinkedIn and join him in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.
Doug Cantlay is an experienced senior human resource professional with a strong recruitment background including HR administration and generalist duties in retail, healthcare, and financial service organizations. Doug has been ecognized for the implementation of strategies resulting in significant, measurable reductions in turnover and improved employee retention. It's not all work for Doug, of course. His family, faith, and service to the community are integral to who Doug is. North Coast Job Seekers is near and dear to Doug as he has been part of NCJS since the beginning and CVJS before that. Connect with Doug on LinkedIn and join him in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.
Michael D'Amico has worked as a Financial Analyst and Management Consultant in several industries, including Material Handling, Logistics and Distribution, Retail, and Software. He advises job seekers to be more proactive and efficient in their job searches by creating Job Search Marketing Plans. Michael's education includes a BSBA: Marketing Management Concentration and MBA: Finance and Investments Concentration. Connect with Michael on LinkedIn and join him in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.
Paul DiPronio is an accomplished operations professional with a proven track record of helping organizations reduce costs, drive productivity, and increase profitability by focusing on aligning people and processes. One of his career highlights was being a recipient of the Walth Griffith Founder's Award, ComDoc's highest honor foro achievement. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Suffolk University, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in management. Later he earned a Master of Business Administration from Bentley University with a concentration in Marketing. His academic and work experience have led Paul to a keen understanding of the world of work. A lesson from his father, however, provides fuel for Paul in his work life and beyond: "Never give up. Never stop moving forward. Never look back." Connect with Paul on LinkedIn and join him in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.
Jim Folger is a recruiter, and the President of OneSource Technical, Inc., a national search firm that partners with small to medium sized companies to help them recruit for a broad range of professional positions. Jim is an Engineer with 2 decades of industry experience in Engineering, management, and customer facing roles prior to founding OneSource Technical. Jim’s background as a hiring manager and as a recruiter provides a unique perspective that encompasses both sides of the hiring desk. Jim can be a valuable resource to reach out to should you be at a crossroad in your career and need to brainstorm ideas. Job seekers are also welcome to Search Jobs in the company’s network of nearly 1.000 recruiters. Connect with Jim on LinkedIn and join him in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.
Jean is an Information Management Professional with experience in Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail organizations. His formal background is in Information Technology but in addition to serving in various IT Management positions, he also gained significant business acumen working in Customer Service, Warehousing and Distribution, Supply Chain and Human Resources. Jean, a transplant from Quebec, Canada, earlier in his career found himself in transition without a network, job search tools or techniques. This forced him to develop and refine a comprehensive Job Search Process Map ranging from what you need to do before you start your search through on-boarding your next opportunity. Jean serves as board member on two job search groups in NE Ohio and has been part of NCJS from its inception in 2014. Connect with Jean on LinkedIn and join him in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.
Christopher is one of NCJS' skilled resume reviewers and LinkedIn experts. Job seekers value his insight and feedback on their own LinkedIn profiles, activity, and presence, and his guidance and strategies for using this essential online tool. Christopher is also a skilled resume reviewer and practices mock-interviews with job seekers. Professionally he works as an IT Project Manager. He generously shares many skills and experiences he has learned in his career journey through multiple companies and industries. He is a frequent contributor to the NCJS LinkedIn Group adding career and job seeking insights, skills, and resources. Connect with Christopher on LinkedIn and join him in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.
Emily Smayda Kelly
Emily Smayda Kelly, Esq. guides both individuals and companies through transitions with her legal consulting company, Kel-Lume Group. She has taken twenty years of being a labor and employment attorney experience in public (Jane Campbell Administration), private (Union Representation), corporate (Tradesmen International), and nonprofit (GC of Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio), settings on both sides of the table and now focuses on making a difference. She helps individuals navigate through their employment challenges, including non-compete, severance packages, unemployment and coaches them through to their next opportunity be it traditional employment, business owner, or independent contractor.
She believes that her twenty-five years of coaching experience as a professional figure skater dovetails into her legal skills when individuals experience high emotional turmoil in their transitions. When she is not in an ice rink or a courtroom, she believes in giving back to the community with volunteering her time in job seeker outreach groups, local political campaigning, United Way, St. Dominic Church Financial Council, WIN Cleveland Board, and judging at local skating competitions. She is most proud of her balancing of her household with her husband Mark and son Grayson. Connect with Emily on LinkedIn and join her in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.
Terese specializes in helping clients looking to become entrepreneurs to find the best possible match for their skills, lifestyle, goals, and financial capabilities. From start to finish, her professional approach and business knowledge will guide you through exploring top-quality business ownership opportunities. Together, we will find a fit that leads to a lifetime of fulfillment. Terese is passionate about helping job seekers whether it is for a business opportunity or finding their next position in the corporate world. She is a great connector and networker and is happy to help you in these areas. Her business website is www.frannet.com/tmcgroarty. Connect with Terese on LinkedIn and join her in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.
Ms. Miko spent 30 years in Human Resources and recruitment in both corporate and non-profit organizations.
She spent the last ten years prior to retirement as the Clinical Recruiter for Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT. Ms. Miko is the past president of the CT Healthcare Recruiters Association as well as a member of the National Association of Healthcare Recruiters. She received a BA in International Relations from Good Counsel College in NY and studied for a Masters in East Asian History and Political Science at Purdue University in IN. Additionally, Nancy received a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Fairfield University in CT. She relocated to Solon for family responsibilities in 2016 and joined NCJS in 2018. Connect with Nancy on LinkedIn and join her in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.
Building a career in public, private, as well as professional services organizations, Suzanne is a talent professional helping organizations achieve their goals related to talent acquisition & staffing, diversity & inclusion, and associate & community engagement. Supporting companies in steady-state as well as during times of transformation, Suzanne has a knowledge base in HR, business acumen, and an innate ability to connect with people which helps her align hiring strategy to an organizational strategic plan.
As the "face of the organization", Suzanne thrives when she is in a position to create connections with internal and external stakeholders, driving the value proposition leading to a company being recognized as an employer and partner of choice to candidates, associates, clients, and community.
Suzanne's experience has included in-house corporate roles where she was asked to build diverse teams, strengthen the partnership between HR and operations, train hiring managers, improve associate engagement and collaborate on industry and community workforce development initiatives. Leading external partner management, she drove executive retained/contingent search, outsourced recruitment, flexible labor and specialty skilled talent attraction.
Suzanne, like our NCJS members, has not only been on the hiring side of employment but also a candidate in a transition and is happy to help others as they navigate the job search process.
Jeff has been with NCJS since its beginnings and is behind our website, email communications, registrations, etc. His website and graphic design company, KairosStudio, specializes in affordable solutions for small businesses and nonprofit organizations, and allows him to volunteer his skills and services for NCJS. Jeff's professional career was in pastoral ministry and nonprofit management, but he is now retired with medical disability. Jeff is married and has a daughter in college. He's passionate about wine (his doctoral dissertation used wine as a lens for theological reflection!), gourmet cooking, good coffee, and cherishing every day as a gift. Connect with Jeff on LinkedIn and join him in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.
Greg is a founding Advisory Board member of North Coast Job Seekers. He posses a unique blend of human resource management, executive search, and career transition coaching experience. Throughout his career, Greg has assisted over 10,000 professionals through the anxiety and uncertainty of a career transition. Although he has retired, Greg still enjoys connecting professionals in his network with job seekers in search of the next right job. His job search expertise includes building a professional resume, networking, developing a marketing plan, and targeting your next employer. Connect with Greg on LinkedIn and join him in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.
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