Staff Bios

Jennifer Crayton
Jennifer Crayton
Cuyahoga County Recruiting Supervisor

Jennifer joined the United Labor Agency in 2021 as a member of the Business Service Department, recruiting for the manufacturing sector. Jennifer was promoted to the Recruiting Supervisor for the Business Service Department in July 2022.

Prior to working at United Labor Agency, Jennifer worked as the lead recruiter for Miller Brother Staffing, Manpower Staffing, and Just Energy. Jennifer’s work consists of developing people to be successful in their current position. She also provided interview preparation and confidence-building. Jennifer worked with employers in Ohio and Pennsylvania by assisting the employers with filling their positions.

Prior to working as a recruiter for several years, Jennifer was the Department Supervisor and Trainer for Litigation Management, managing more than 20 employees, training new employees, and providing refresher training to current employees. Jennifer helped build teams, resolve department issues, and implement new processes.

Jennifer received training at Litigation Management and is certified in understanding people, managing people, and working through conflict.

Jennifer is a wife of 32 years, a mother of 3, and a grandmother.

jennifer.crayton@ulagency.org

(216) 777-8197

Timothy Peyton
Timothy Peyton
Cuyahoga County Job Center Manager

Tim began working at the United Labor Agency in 2016, first as an Employment Specialist and then as a Business Service Consultant. In 2018 Tim helped pilot the Outreach Center department and oversaw a staff of six Outreach Specialists. In 2020 the department expanded to include video and media in order to support the agency’s digital media and marketing strategy.  Tim has also been involved in planning and organizing the Labor film series that has taken place at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Cinematheque since 2017.

Tim has a Bachelors in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Media and Social Change from Antioch College ’08.

timothy.peyton@ulagency.org

(216) 777-8238

 

Cordell E. Stokes
Cordell E. Stokes
Cuyahoga County Central Neighborhood Project Director

Cordell E. Stokes has over twenty-five years of professional executive experience in non-profit, private sector management and governmental relations.

A Shaker Heights High School football and basketball varsity, Lake Erie League (LEL) standout, he accepted a full scholarship upon graduation to play football as a free safety for Central State University.

Later, Stokes decided to pursue his true passion to play collegiate basketball and accepted a basketball scholarship to Lakeland Community College in Mentor, Ohio where he was voted to second team all-conference by the conference coaches. Stokes then accepted a basketball scholarship to Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California where he successfully completed his collegiate career as captain of the men’s basketball team and continued his basketball career through invitation into various west coast pro-am and oversea leagues. Stokes was inducted into the Shaker Heights High School Football Hall of Fame (Defense) in 1995.

His athletic accomplishments and educational attainment laid the foundation for his current business ownership as chairman and CEO for CLC Stokes Consulting Group, a national business development, corporate expansion and governmental relations firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio since 2015.

Through his firm, Stokes advises and guides corporate CEOs to expand their company and their services into major west coast cities including Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, California; Las Vegas, Nevada and Houston, Texas. He also advises union trade associations, local, state and national candidates and or elected officials. In 2021, Stokes was recommended by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish to serve on the Citizens Advisory Council on Equity (CACE) and received an unanimous vote of acceptance by the Cuyahoga County Council. He also serves on the (CACE) Criminal Justice sub-committee.

Stokes’ most fond career memories include his appointment in 1999 by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) former administrator, Daniel S. Goldin, to serve as Business Consultant to NASA’s Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee (MBRAC). He was named co-chair to the HBCU sub-committee charged to attain and implement the administrators HBCU procurement inclusionary goals agency-wide. In 2006, Stokes was tapped to be a founding executive team member (Sr. Director) in the opening of the Las Vegas Clark County Urban League (LVCCUL). During his tenure at LVCCUL, Stokes secured through advocacy at the state legislature $500,000 from Ways Means and $350,000 from the State of Nevada.

Recruited back into the private sector in 2008, Stokes was named VP of Business Development & Governmental Relations for Las Vegas ‘s largest Black-owned insurance firm, Branch-Hernandez & Associates (BHA). While an executive at BHA, Stokes was contracted to perform advocacy roles for the Big “I” — The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers ofAmerica (IIABA) on Ways and Means and Financial Services congressional committees. In 2010, Stokes expanded BHA into Cleveland, Ohio and Phoenix, Arizona where he was elevated to managing partner.

Politically, Stokes is proud to have been a founding member and spokesperson (2004-2009) for the very influential bi-partisan Caucus of African-American Nevadans (CAAN), a political action committee.

Stokes’ leadership has resulted in several awards and recognitions from around the country. His most memorable include the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Conservancy Diversity & Inclusion Visionary.

Cordell.Stokes@ulagency.org

 

Dawn Lavensky
Dawn Lavensky
Summit County Business Services Assistant Manager

Dawn began with the United Labor Agency in August 2014 as a Workshop Instructor. Throughout her time with the agency, she has worked with job seekers and employers assisting to distinguish individual needs and wants and assisted with filling those needs. She has worked as an Employment Specialist/Talent Developer, Recruiter, Special Projects Coordinator and now serves as the Business Services Assistant Manager in Summit County.

She currently is on the Board of Directors for the Nordonia Hills Chamber of Commerce holding the position of secretary.

She holds an MBA from David Myers University. Prior to joining United Labor Agency, she worked in higher education and celebrated 15 years in non-profit management.

Dawn.Lavensky@SummitOMJ.org

330-630-4606

Angela Smith
Angela Smith
Medina County Job Center and Operations Manager

Angela started with United Labor Agency in December 2013 as an Employment Specialist in Portage County. She moved to Summit County when ULA won the WIOA contract there in 2014, continuing to work directly with job seekers to assist them in achieving their career goals. When ULA won the WIOA contract in Medina in 2018, Angela was promoted to Job Center and Operations Manager at OhioMeansJobs|Medina County. In this role, she is the One-Stop Operator and also oversees all WIOA career and business services.

Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Public Administration from Kent State University. Her previous experience includes child welfare, Social Security disability case management, and cognitive skills training.

Angela.smith@ulagency.org

330-441-5349

Lindsey Parada
Lindsey Parada
Cuyahoga County Project & Training Supervisor

Lindsey joined the United Labor Agency in 2014 as an Employment Specialist. Lindsey worked in that role for 3 years as she learned the ins and out of WIOA, best case management practices, and how to effectively career counsel and provide job search assistance.

 In fall of 2017, Lindsey began her role as the Wage Pathway Case Coordinator, a pilot project targeting young adults. This role developed Lindsey’s ability to work more independently as well as providing intensive assessment and barrier removal and employment plans. Lindsey acted as a liaison between referring facilities, public assistance programs, WIOA Youth partners, other community partners and OMJ|CC Business Services.

Once Wage Pathway ended, Lindsey moved into the role of Employment & Training Project Coordinator. This allowed Lindsey to lead and participate in new, temporary or pilot grant program groups, committees or general meetings. Lindsey became efficient in verifying and managing special grant eligibility and service delivery. While acting as the Employment and Training Project Coordinator, Lindsey led multiple programs that received accolades from the grant funding source, state, and Department of Labor.

In 2020, Lindsey began the role of Project & Training Supervisor. Lindsey oversees staff working as Training Specialists and Community Development Specialists to ensure successful service delivery and staff performance measures.

Lindsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development & Family Studies with a concentration in case management from Kent State University.

Lindsey.Parada@ulagency.org

(216)777-8186

Maura Gaul
Maura Gaul
Cuyahoga County WIOA Services Manager

Maura joined the United Labor Agency in April of 2013 as a member of the Job Seeker Services team.  Throughout her tenure with the agency, Maura has helped job seekers with job searching, resume writing, mock interviewing, identifying new career paths, and education funding.  In 2016, Maura took on a supervisory role, where she continues to assist staff with daily service delivery.

Maura holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University – College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  Social Services has been Maura’s passion during her working career.  Prior to joining ULA, she dedicated her time as a mental health caseworker, assisting the community with completing daily activities, finding housing, and medical care.

Maura.gaul@ulagency.org

216-777-8201

Nicholas Kapusinski
Nicholas Kapusinski
Summit County Program Manager

Nick started with the United Labor Agency in March of 2015 as a Recruiter on the Business Services Team in Summit County. As a Recruiter he helped link local job seekers to quality positions within local companies. Later, Nick moved into the Business Services Assistant Manager role where he managed a team of 3 Recruiters and ran the On-the-Job Training program- which helps employers train and retain new hires. He became the Program Manager in Summit County in February of 2020 where he oversees a staff of 14.

Nick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Akron. Prior to joining the United Labor Agency, he had longstanding retail experience with Hot Topic and American Eagle.

nicholas.kapusinski@ulagency.org

(330) 630-4604

Richard Goodrich
Richard Goodrich
Chief Financial Officer

Richard Goodrich joined the United Labor Agency in January 2021.   He brings over 25 years of Non-Profit experience in workforce development, education and the explosives industry.   He holds a bachelor’s degree in of Accounting from Edinboro University.   As CFO, Richard is responsible for all of the fiscal operation of the agency with an annual budget of over seven million dollars.

Richard.goodrich@ulagency.org

216-816-1956

Sonya Starr Gant
Sonya Starr Gant
Cuyahoga County Business Services Manager

Sonya Starr Gant has over 25+ years of diverse human resources and management experience, which spans start-ups and established organizations. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, compensation, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, HRIS implementations, HR workflow development, training and development, and benefits administration.

Prior to joining United Labor Agency-OMJ|CC Sonya held human resource leadership positions for both profit and non-profit companies including Colorado Technical University as Director of Training and Development where she supported 180+ employees and partnered with Operating Unit leaders to ensure alignment of Admissions/HR strategies with business initiatives and goals. Her more recent role as Human Resources Manager with CEC Combustion Safety included management of the compensation program, Affirmative Action and EEO compliance, HRIS management, Strategic Recruitment and development of policy and procedures. Sonya was recently promoted to Project Director with United Labor Agency- PA CareerLink® Pittsburgh/Allegheny County.

Sonya attained the following degrees; MBA, in Human Resource Management, M.Ed., in Leadership in Educational Organizations, a MSM, in Project Management and an Executive MBA.

Sonya knows that people hire people, not resumes. Companies are not just looking for a set of qualifications that match a job description. To ensure a complete match, Sonya extensively interviews both companies and candidates to find out who they are and what they are looking for — as companies and as people.

Sonya brings an innate ability to effectively recruit, manage, train and develop organizational environments that transform cultures, build corporate alliances and infrastructures while engaging employees proactively.

Sonya is most fulfilled when helping people to grow professionally. Her vision and ability to nurture relationships lead to long-term solutions and success while delivering exceptional professional service, absolute confidentiality, and ethical values to both clients and candidates.

Sonya.gant@ulagency.org

216-777-8238

David Megenhardt
David Megenhardt
Executive Director

David has been the Executive Director of the United Labor Agency since 1998. Prior to leading the agency, he held key positions, including Manager of Workforce Services, and created several programs designed to meet the needs of the community. David holds a Master’s Degree in English from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University.

David is a founding member of Policy Matters Ohio a non-profit policy research organization founded in January 2000 to broaden the debate about economic policy in Ohio. He has been a board member of the Workforce Investment Board, Area 3 and the Governor’s Workforce Policy Board among several non-profit boards and government commissions as far ranging as a literary organization, a film development organization and a project focused on digital inclusion among others.

David.megenhardt@ulagency.org

216-816-1955

Ashley Crock
Ashley Crock
Human Resources Administrator

Ashley began with the United Labor Agency in June of 2007 as an Outreach Specialist. Throughout her tenure with the agency, she has worked with both job seekers and businesses. She has helped individuals by providing career counseling services to identify job opportunities and manage successful education tracks. In addition, she has worked as a recruiter, assisting businesses with placement services. She has served in the roles of Employment Specialist, Rapid Response Recruiter, and Business Services Recruiter, in Cuyahoga, Portage and Summit Counties. Currently, Ashley fulfills the role of Human Resources Administrator for the United Labor Agency.

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Kent State University. Prior to joining the United Labor Agency, she taught Art at the middle school and elementary school levels.

Ashley.crock@ulagency.org

216-816-1952

Amy Emery
Amy Emery
Cuyahoga County Director of Strategic Partnerships

With her thirteen years of employment and human service experience, Amy has developed the ability to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, life and professional experience to help them achieve career success. Since joining the United Labor Agency in 2004, Amy has grown from a case management role and now supervises a team of 12 case managers and influences service delivery and performance with her solid comprehension of WIA policy and empathy for the experience of the unemployed worker.

Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University. Prior to joining the ULA Amy was a job developer with WorkTech, Inc. at Community Support Services (Akron, OH) and a placement consultant with TeleDevelopment, Inc.

amy.emery@ulagency.org

216-777-8170