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 also co-leads with her team the agency’s Immigrant Services work to connect businesses with diverse job seekers. Tammy is the Vice-Chair of the MN Association of Workforce Boards, a committee chair and board member of the St. Cloud Rotary, and a board member for EPIC, a hands-on career exploration event for high school students in Central MN.

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

Audrey O’Driscoll – Program Director

Audrey joined Career Solutions in October 2020 as Program Director. Using financial and human resources, she leads program teams in visioning, planning, implementing methods and procedures, monitoring, meeting and exceeding program outcomes. Audrey builds and maintains relationships/partnerships with related agencies and community groups on a local and regional level. Audrey is responsible for staff, budgets, policies and procedures in order to meet or exceed performance standards in the multiple programs under her authority. In addition to stewarding the workforce development programs currently in place, Audrey develops new programs to best suit the needs of job seekers and employers in the region.

Hometown: St. Cloud, MN

Education: B.A. Degree

Hobbies: Audrey enjoys reading, hiking, camping, crafting, and crochet.

Ask Audrey about: Books, movies, and music.

Angie Dahle

Angie Dahle, GCDF – Business Services 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 Services Manager 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

Ann joined Career Solutions in 2020. Her role is to build the capacity of Friends of Career Solutions, the 501©3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting the youth programs CareerONE and LEARN and EARN and Immigrant Services. Ann is growing the profile of Friends of Career Solutions, so it may, in turn, increase the number of youth and business participants. The results will create a more vital workforce for Benton and Stearns counties. Ann comes from the nonprofit world with 35 years of experience in programming, marketing, grant writing and fundraising.

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Education: B.A., Metro State University

Background: Thirty-four years in the history museum field.

Kari Court

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 Hooper

Denise H, GCDF, LSW – Lead Career Planner

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 Guettler

Jean G, GCDF – Lead Career Planner

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 – Lead Career Planner

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 Pederson

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 knows that CareerONE changes lives for all that are involved every year.

Judy K, GCDF – 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

Jankai M, GCDF – 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, GCDF – 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 & Career Lab 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, GCDF – 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, GCDF, MBTI Certified Practitioner

Hometown: St. Cloud, MN

Education: BA Elementary Education, English Minor, College of St. Benedict

Background: Before joining Career Solutions in 2019, Caroline was an educator in the St. Cloud area for 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 hiring, 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.

April S – Outreach & Eligibility Specialist

Hometown: Little Falls, MN

Education: AAS Sales & Management, SCTCC, BS Business Management, College of St. Scholastica

Background: April has experience in retail customer service, sales and banking.

Hobbies: She enjoys attending concerts with her husband especially Kid Rock, attending motorcycle rallies and motorcycle benefit rides with her husband.

Ask April about: Motorcycles, tattoos and dogs

What she loves about her job at Career Solutions? April says the staff are very nice and they want you to succeed. She also enjoys meeting and assisting customers.

Angela S – Career Planner

Hometown: Sartell, MN

Education: BS Elementary Education

Background: Angela has been an Elementary School Teacher and/or Instructional Coach for 20+ years. She loves leading training and professional development. Angela was a member of a local school board for four years and was a member of many committees (hiring, policy, bylaw, leadership, election…) She was also the District Assessment Coordinator at a local charter school working closely with the MN Dept. of Education.

Hobbies: She enjoys boating with her family, watching her sons play hockey and daughter play soccer, Netflix series, reading and shopping…and she loves coffee and chocolate!

Ask Angela about: Parasailing in Grand Cayman

What she loves about her job at Career Solutions? Angela enjoys getting to know people and supporting them on their career path.