Tammy Biery – Executive Director
Tammy is responsible for organizing, directing, coordinating, measuring and reporting outcomes about the operations of Career Solutions towards the attainment of plans established by the boards and Council and in compliance with laws, rules, policies, and contracts. Tammy works with multiple programs and partners to use resources to encourage joint participation and collaboration to achieve needed outcomes. She is also involved in the Immigrant Employment Connection Group community initiative an is a member of the Steering Committee for Partners for Student Success, focused on career and college readiness of high school students in St. Cloud.
Prior to joining Career Solutions, Tammy was the director of Administrative Services at Resource Training & Solutions and was part of the Executive Leadership Team. She was responsible for operations, managing member communications, and other initiatives that are in alignment with the strategic plan. One of her greatest accomplishments at Resource was to lead the building project, in coordination with strategic alliances, to develop a convertible, collaborative office and education center in Sartell, MN.
Tammy has 20 years of experience in sales and marketing program development that have been designed to support corporate strategic initiatives. She has led teams of all ages in all areas of marketing-product development, packaging, market research, program development, marketing communications, branding, and training.
Hometown: St. Cloud, MN
Education: Master of Business Administration and Master of Management with emphasis in change leadership (double major), College of St. Scholastica, St. Cloud, MN; Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Management, St. Paul, MN; Concordia University; Associate of Arts, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, MN
Ileana Merten – Development Director
Ileana joined the team at Career Solutions in July of 2017. She has over 25 years of experience in fund and program management, event planning as well as Human Resources. In her role at Career Solutions she is responsible for managing overall programs and funding streams. Ileana loves working at Career Solutions as it aligns with her passion of workforce development and education.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration concentration in Human Resources and Industrial Organizational Psychology, University of Minnesota – Mankato
Hobbies: Ileana enjoys gardening, boating and spending time with her husband & children.
Angie Dahle, GCDF – Business Development Manager
Angie started working for Career Solutions (formerly SBETC) in 2000. For most of that time she was a Career Planner on the Dislocated Worker team where she provided career counseling and coaching to assist job seekers in developing attainable career goals. Her focus was primarily on assessment, career exploration, career change, personal career development, selection for training, monitoring and job placement.
Angie has most recently started working as Career Solutions – Business Development Specialist in 2016 where she is responsible for marketing, connecting businesses with resources & job seekers, coordinating career fairs and other workforce development activities, facilitating monthly HR networking groups, coordinating and supervising interns, and serving as one of Region 3’s Rural Career Counseling Coordinators (RC3).
Education: Bachelor of Science, Social Work, Winona State University; GCDF Global Career Development Facilitator Certificate, National Career Development Association
Hobbies: She enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking, camping, cooking, gardening and watching her kid’s figure skating, hockey and baseball events.
Ask Angie About: Campgrounds in Minnesota.
What she loves about her job at Career Solutions? Angie enjoys seeing all of the client success stories. She says “that is really what it is all about!”
Ann M – Development and Program Manager
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Education: B.A., Metro State University
Background: History museum exhibits and administration
Hobbies: Ann enjoys trying to keep up with new technology
Ask Ann about: Luna Lovegood, the cat
What she loves about her job at Career Solutions? Ann says “Every day I witness staff reaching out and giving those unemployed a hand up. It’s not just about helping people find a job, rather ensuring, during at vulnerable time, their clients know someone has their back. If you are unemployed and willing to do the work a career planner will do everything in their power give you the tools to move forward. They are an amazing team that not only supports the clients but each other. They are role models.”
Kari C – Executive Assistant
Kari provides administrative support to Career Solutions. She enjoys working at Career Solutions because she knows she can make a difference! Whether that is helping her co-workers with projects or being there for someone when they need extra support, Kari is always there to lend a helping hand.
Hometown: Cold Spring, MN
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with Human Resource Concentration from St. Cloud State University (SCSU).
Volunteer Experience: While earning her college education, Kari worked 30+ hours per week, secured an internship and volunteered for the 4-H Horse Program. This volunteering continues throughout her career as it is one of Kari’s passions. She not only educates youth on how to ride horses but she mentors and empowers youth in a positive manner.
Chris P, GCDF – Career Planner
Hometown: St. Cloud. Chris’ family moved briefly to Sauk Rapids but the House of Pizza didn’t deliver there so they moved back.
Education: BA in English and Communications from SCSU; GCDF Global Career Development Facilitator Certificate, National Career Development Association
Hobbies: He enjoys anything with sports and/or music.
Ask Chris about: Husky hockey. Chris says “there is nothing better than a home series at Herb Brooks.”
Accomplishments: He is very proud that Career Solutions has been a great community partner and has assisted in employment and training for over 30 years.
If he didn’t work at Career Solutions: Chris would be a farmer as he says there is something very cool about watching things grow and feeding others.
Denise H, GCDF, LSW – Career Planner – Youth Team
Hometown: Chaska, MN
Education: BA in Social Work, SCSU; Licensed Social Worker; GCDF Global Career Development Facilitator Certificate, National Career Development Association
Background: Denise has worked extensively with public assistance programs and WIOA Youth programs.
Hobbies: She enjoys traveling, reading, and crafts.
Ask Denise about: Alaska, her first trip, or her fly-in fishing trip with the bears.
What she loves about her job at Career Solutions? Denise says she loves all the different and amazing people with all of their amazing stories of survival and she is so glad she gets to be a part of that process.
Jean G, GCDF – Career Planner – Dislocated Worker and WIOA Adult Team
Hometown: Sauk Centre, MN
Education: Bachelor of Science, Social Work (BSW), Moorhead State University; GCDF Global Career Development Facilitator Certificate, National Career Development Association
Background: Jean has worked in employment training programs for the past 30+ years, with the focus on getting people back to work through training and job search services.
Hobbies: She enjoys baking, reading and Sudoku puzzles.
What she loves about her job at Career Solutions: Jean likes the variety and the people she works with every day. She also likes helping her clients with job search activities, especially reviewing and giving feedback on resumes.
Jackie B, GCDF – Career Planner – Dislocated Worker and WIOA Adult Team
Hometown: Pequot Lakes, MN
Education: BS degree in Applied Psychology, Bemidji State University; GCDF Global Career Development Facilitator Certificate, National Career Development Association
Background: Jackie’s field of study Psychology is Chemical Dependency and Family and Community Health. She has 22 years of experience in youth development, which she says has prepared her for her Career Planner role with Career Solutions.
Hobbies: She enjoys traveling to warm climates, shopping, reading, walking and watching TV (specifically Investigation Discovery, Bravo, OWN).
Ask Jackie about: Anything related to Prince or Seinfeld.
What she loves about her job at Career Solutions: Jackie enjoys working directly with clients, making connections with each person individually and helping them to explore and reach employment goals. Nothing makes her happier than seeing someone achieve success. Jackie says “Career Solutions is a great place to work because we have a fabulous team and lots of fun!”
Greg H, GCDF – Career Planner – Dislocated Worker Team
Hometown: Bemidji, MN
Education: Bachelors of Elective Studies Minor Psychology Minor Environmental Studies & Emphasis in Community Development & Planning, SCSU; GCDF Global Career Development Facilitator Certificate, National Career Development Association
Background: Retail Management, Operation Management, Supply Chain/Logistic Management, Government Contracting/Purchasing, Industrial Sales, US Army Observer Controller Trainer, First Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major
Hobbies: Greg enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, sporting events, zoos, museums, movies and traveling.
Ask Greg about: His favorite places he has visited.
What he loves about his job at Career Solutions? Greg enjoys the people he works with and helping others find success in life.
Jeni P, GCDF – Outreach & Eligibility Specialist
Hometown: Bloomington, MN
Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Educational Psychology and Family Social Science, University of Minnesota; GCDF Global Career Development Facilitator Certificate, National Career Development Association
Background: Jeni has had many diverse roles in non-profit organizations and administrative positions.
What Jeni likes to do in her spare time: Music festivals
Ask Jeni about: How to get enrolled into Career Solutions’ programs.
What she loves about her job at Career Solutions? Jeni enjoys the variety of people that she meets.
Lisa B, MA – CareerONE Summer Supervisor
Hometown: Eden Valley, MN
Education: BA from College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN and MA from St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN.
Background: Lisa is currently a licensed elementary and middle school math teacher during the school year. She has been a teacher for 20+ years. Lisa has spent most of her teaching career in the 6th grade, but has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades as well. She coaches junior high volleyball and high school track and field. Lisa has been a part of Career Solutions – Summer CareerONE program since 2002!
What Lisa likes to do in her spare time: Lisa likes to run – she has run 2 marathons, 5 half marathons and dozens of 5K and 10Ks. Lisa is also an avid reader and reads about a book a month.
Ask her about: Her two sons
What she loves about her job at Career Solutions? Lisa loves getting to make a difference in the lives of youth. She can be an advocate for some who don’t have anyone else. Lisa says she know that CareerONE changes lives for all that are involved every year.
Ahmed O. M (Showqi), MBA, GCDF – Career Planner – Youth Team
Hometown: Mogadishu, Somalia
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, Minor in International Relations, Master’s degree in Public Relations, Master’s degree in Business Administration Specialization in Marketing; Diploma of Information Technology
Background: Public Management, Public Diplomacy, Communication Management, Inter-Local Governmental Relations, Foreign Policy, Humanitarian Assistance, Local Economic Development, Capacity Building and Career Counseling.
Hobbies: Ahmed enjoys spending time with family and friends, soccer games, traveling and current affairs.
Judy K – Career Planner
Hometown: Avon, MN
Education: BS degree in Elementary Education, St. Cloud State University
Background: Judy has diversified experience and has held roles in administrative positions and human resources
Hobbies: She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, flower & vegetable gardening, biking and being outdoors.
What she loves about her job at Career Solutions? Judy enjoys the opportunity to meet people from all around the world as well as the privilege of being able to help people.
Jacob K, GCDF – Career Planner
Hometown: Watertown, MN
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Sports Management, St. Cloud State University
Background: Operations management and customer service
Hobbies: He enjoys visiting with family and friends, spending time at the cabin, traveling, fishing, and anything to do with sports.
Ask Jacob about: Sports
What he loves about Career Solutions: Jacob enjoys working with people and assisting them in any way possible. He enjoys building relationships with others and help them reach their goals and succeed in life
Ismail M – Career Planner – Dislocated Worker Team
Hometown: Ismail was born in Somalia, raised in Kenya, but now calls St. Cloud, MN home.
Education: Master’s degree in Public Administration, SCSU, undergraduate degree in Planning and Community Development, SCSU, Associate’s degree in Human Resource Management from North Eastern Province Training Institute in Kenya
Background: Ismail has extensive experience with public assistance programs, career counseling, and international humanitarian assistance for refugees and displaced individuals.
Hobbies: He enjoys reading academic and motivational books, writing short stories, and watching soccer games.
Ask Ismail about: Learning to speak second, third, fourth or fifth languages
What he loves about Career Solutions: Ismail enjoys working with clients and seeing them successfully transition to better jobs and careers. Ismail also loves the dedication of his coworkers towards clients and teammates.
Jankai M – Career Planner – Dislocated Worker Team
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Education: Bachelor of Science, Social Work, minor in Human Relations, SCSU
Background: Jankai has previous experience in retail customer service, as a personal care aide, as a Career Planner Intern and Resource Room Specialist with Career Solutions before joining the Dislocated Worker Team in 2018.
Hobbies: She enjoys traveling and photography.
Ask Jankai about: Fashion and U.S. history
What she loves about Career Solutions: ? Jankai enjoys meeting people from all different walks of life, hearing their stories and knowing she can make an impact on the lives of the people she works with.
Trisha W, LSW – Career Planner – Dislocated Worker Team
Education: Bachelor of Science, Social Work, SCSU; Licensed Social Worker
Background: Trisha started at Career Solutions as an Outreach to Schools Intern, where she assisted high school youth with interest assessments, interviewing skills, and provided other information to assist them with their next step after high school. In the summer of 2018, she worked as a Team Leader with Career Solutions CareerONE Summer youth program, where youth have the ability to learn employability skills. As of fall 2018, Trisha has joined the Dislocated Worker Team.
Hobbies: She enjoys biking, fishing, crocheting, watching football, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog.
What she loves about Career Solutions: Trisha likes that she has been able to work with and help a wide variety of people from youth to adults.
Karen S – Agency Administrative Assistant
Hometown: Richmond, MN
Education: Graduate from SCTCC Secretarial Program
Background: Karen worked for Cold Spring Electric Services, Inc., for nearly 30 years as an office manager before joining Career Solutions in 2018.
Hobbies: She enjoys being outside- walking, 4-wheeling, hiking, biking and boating. In the winter she enjoys bingo, crafts, cooking, baking, concerts, sewing and vacationing in warm and sunny U.S. destinations!
Ask Karen about: Her grandbabies! She loves being a grandma!
What she loves about Career Solutions: She loves the people. She says “Everyone at Career Solutions is so kind and caring, it’s contagious!” Karen also enjoys being busy and says “There is so much to do every day and I like the large variety of work and learning new things.”
Sahur H – Career Planner – Dislocated Worker Team
Hometown: St. Cloud, MN
Education:Bachelor’s degree in Community Health, SCSU
Hobbies: Sahur enjoys reading and traveling.
Ask Sahur about: Traveling
Judy M – Reception & Resource Area Specialist
Hometown: Hibbing Minnesota
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, SCSU
Background: Most of Judy’s professional life has been in the field of Education. Her favorite experiences have been in facilitating workshops and helping people with job skills.
Hobbies: Judy enjoys reading, gardening, and golfing.
Ask Judy about: Her favorite Shi-Tzu named Meggy
Kim R – Career Planner
Hometown: Golden Valley, MN
Education: BA Communications & Psychology, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
Background: Recruiting, Business Development, & Operations
Hobbies: Kim enjoys keeping up with her 3 teenagers and their activities (baseball, softball, basketball, trap shooting, & church activities). She also loves going to her “happy place”, aka Target, with her daughter and getting a Starbucks.
Ask Kim about: Her 3 kids. She’s a proud Mom!
Caroline R – Career Planner
Hometown: St. Cloud, MN
Education: BA Elementary Education, English Minor, College of St. Benedict
Background: Caroline has been an educator in the St. Cloud area for over 29 years and has experience with mentoring new teachers. For six years, she was a member of a local school board and various board committees, including policies, bylaws and elections.
Hobbies: Caroline enjoys trying new recipes, reading, and kayaking at their family lake cabin.
Ask Caroline about: Traveling and her family
What she loves about her job or Career Solutions? Caroline enjoys helping people make connections and assisting them with their job search journey.
Tom H – Career Planner
Hometown: Faribault, MN
Education: Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Management, Mass Communications, Physical Education
College: St. Cloud State University
Background: Tom went through the Dislocated Worker Program in 2012 when the Verso paper mill closed.
Hobbies: He enjoys golf, biking and spoiling his grandchildren.
Ask Tom about: His grandchildren. (He might have to show you a picture or two).
What he loves about his job at Career Solutions?Tom enjoys helping clients as they decide on the next step in their career. Having been in their shoes, he says he knows just how they feel.