NCJS Advisory Board

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 BarniHuman Resources Manager & Organizational Development Professional

Doug CantlayHuman Resources Director

Mike D'AmicoManagement Consulting Professional

John DiNallo30+ years in Talent Recruiting for Fortune 500 companies & private firms

Paul DiPronioOperations Professional

Jim FolgerNational HR Recruiting Professional

Jean GagnéInformation Management Professional

Christopher GentrySenior Project Manager, IT Infrastructure

Emily Smayda KellyAttorney and Business Development Professional

Terese McGroartyFranchise Business Consultant

Jeff Peterson-DavisWriter, Web Designer, & Nonprofit Management Professional

Advisory Board & Leadership Team

Mike Barni

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.

Doug Cantlay

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

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

Paul is an Operations Management Consultant with over 30 years of experience in operations, leading organizations through challenging situations by delivering results on time.  He is an operations expert with success in reducing costs, accelerating revenue, and increasing profitability.  His expertise includes process improvement, team engagement, staffing and employee development.  Industry experience includes distribution, office equipment, food service, e-commerce, manufacturing, and technology. 


Prior to consulting, Paul worked at ComDoc, A Xerox Company for nearly 2 decades in assignments of increasing responsibility, leading teams in distribution, equipment refurbishment, parts reclamation, purchasing, order processing and call centers.  Paul also spent 9 years with Sodexo, running large food and environmental service departments in health care settings, and as a regional support manager, implementing branded retail kiosks in large hospital systems.


Paul holds an MBA, from Bentley University, in Waltham, MA, and a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, degree from Suffolk University, in Boston, MA.  Connect with Paul on LinkedIn and join him in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.

Jim Folger

Jim 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 Gagné

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 Gentry

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 McGroarty

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  Connect with Terese on LinkedIn and join her in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.

Jeff Peterson-Davis

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.

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