Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
Karen Pennington is a native Tulsan and graduate of Oklahoma State University. Karen is the Executive Director of Tulsa Community WorkAdvance, and she is dedicated to bridging the skills gap by using innovative approaches to improve workforce development practices. As one of the original TCW team members, Karen has played a key role in establishing relationships with industry leaders, educators and employers across Tulsa and shaping the WorkAdvance program. She has a passion for helping Tulsans secure high-paying jobs with benefits through meaningful education as well as helping businesses gain access to a pipeline of quality employees. With her passionate drive and enthusiasm, it’s no wonder her favorite movie quote is, “Punch it, Chewie,” from the legendary Star Wars movies.
Originally from Southern California, Chad has called Tulsa home since 2014. Chad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne. Chad brings a wealth of experience in account management, customer success and business consulting to TCW. He believes that the values we offer businesses are access to a highly qualified candidate pool, reduced recruiting time and expense, and ultimately a reduction in a business’ turnover rate. Chad assists TCW’s partner companies by understanding their business needs and adapting our customers to their changing workforce requirements. Chad finds the career connection between a business and a quality candidate to be the most rewarding aspect of his work. If Chad’s USC Trojans aren’t playing football you can find him on the tennis courts at La Fortune hitting winners.
Rachel Griffin was born and raised in Texas but has called Tulsa home for over a decade. Rachel has been a part of the TCW team since 2012. Currently, Rachel oversees the intake team, manages databases, creates operational procedures and policies, and reports on program goals and statistics. She has a passion for data and using numbers to tell TCW’s story. Rachel believes that education and training have the power to transform lives, and she has full confidence in TCW’s ability to create better futures for Tulsans, their families, and our community. Her dedicated, hardworking personality keeps her busy, which is echoed in her favorite Will Rogers quote: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
Vinita Musapeta helps 18-24 year-olds in the NextUp program find their next great career opportunity. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma, and is currently working on her Master’s in Public Administration. Vinita wants her NextUppers to be excited about their future, by giving them space to explore the possibilities. She believes that opportunities can remove obstacles and spur growth. Vinita is committed to providing positive experiences for the community’s future workforce. When she is not at work, Vinita can be found looking for her new favorite breakfast/brunch spot in Tulsa. She is always accepting recommendations.
De’Andre Fahie helps 18 to 24 year olds in the NextUp program find their next great career or educational opportunity. He holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. A native of California, De’Andre has over four years of experience in nonprofit youth development and volunteer management and has facilitated leadership development programs in various communities. De’Andre believes that new opportunities arise when people of all backgrounds are provided with resources that help them develop their skills and strengths. Outside of work, De’Andre can be found spending time with his family, reading a novel, or working out. One of his favorite activities for physical fitness is to go hiking on different nature trails.
As a native Tulsan, Amanda enjoys everything the city has to offer. In her role as TCW’s Intake Administrative Specialist, she provides support to applicants and customers by administering assessments, scheduling interviews and directing customers to appropriate services. Along with her ambitious personality, she brings extensive customer service and administrative support experience to the TCW team. Amanda is passionate about TCW because she believes in helping people to better their lives with training and career advancement. Her favorite piece of advice is to stay true to yourself, and she encompasses that concept exquisitely. Amanda’s bold, giving personality makes her a quintessential part of the TCW team.
Pachoua is passionate about helping people. She is honored to be a part of TCW, where she believes lives are changed every day by giving people a chance. Pachoua was raised in North Carolina and has built on her own experiences to ensure that each customer that walks through the door is treated with utmost care and respect. She brings a background in customer service to the team and uses her skills to help people make positive changes. Pachoua enjoys traveling and trying new foods and truly believes in the Bruce Lee quote, “If you think, so shall you become.”
Katie is a recent Tulsa transplant, having spent the past 14 years on the East Coast after growing up in the Midwest. Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas, and a law degree and master’s in public policy from Georgetown University. She spent the past 9 years in legal education and career services, helping law students find their best path to serve others and building programs to provide access to justice. Katie brings this experience to her role as Director of Programs, in which she builds strategic relationships, examines and improves processes, and supports the TCW team to do their best work serving the Tulsa community. While not at work, Katie can be found exploring her new hometown – look for her at the Gathering Place or a local yoga studio!
Angela Munoz manages the Career Services team to ensure that TCW participants successfully complete technical skills training and obtain meaningful employment. A California native, Angela, better known by most as “Angie”, is committed to providing Tulsans with excellent career services and leading her team to achieve their goals. Her compassionate altruism helps her thrive in her position. When Angie’s not at work, you can find her spending time with her family by adventuring around Tulsa, making frequent stops at their favorite hangout, Guthrie Green.
Bailey is a native Oklahoman who has lived in Tulsa most of her life. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Tulsa and is passionate about working to make Tulsa a more equitable city. In her role as a Career Advisor, Bailey strives to provide professional support to customers based on their individual needs in order to assist them in the pursuit of their academic and career goals. Bailey is adamant about the importance of continuing education no matter what your age. She is a supporter of active listening, a believer that you can never be connected to too many resources and she defines community as the ability to lean on others. Bailey is fond of adventure and has traveled through South America. Her interest in Hispanic culture is clearly expressed through the portrait of Frida Kahlo she has sitting on her desk. On the weekends, she enjoys going salsa dancing.
Originally from New York, A.J. has lived in Oklahoma most of his life and considers Tulsa home. A.J. brings an abundant amount of experience in sales, customer service, administration, and warehouse operations. As a career advisor, A.J.’s goal is to provide meaningful guidance to our customers in all aspects of their career journey. He believes that the most important aspect of his job is to connect with the customers by showing them that they are worthy of great opportunities and an awesome career. A.J. assists TCW’s customers throughout their entire process, from obtaining a job to advancing in a career. A.J. feels that the most rewarding part of his job is giving the customers the tools to succeed and watching them grow as a valued employee. When he is not at work you can find A.J. enjoying the unique scenery of downtown Tulsa at The Boxyard.
Avea is originally from Michigan but has lived in Tulsa since she was very young. Avea graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with Broadcast emphasis and a minor in Business Marketing. Her straight-forward, encouraging and animated personality make her a natural Career Advisor on the TCW team. She also brings experience in recruiting, advisement, retail sales and social work to her role. Avea’s a true believer that your perception of life determines your success. Her goal is to help customers find their true potential. When Avea is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, reading and finding new festivals and activities to attend in Tulsa.
Desiree is originally from Houston, Texas but has called Tulsa home since she graduated from Southern Nazarene University. She holds a degree in Family Studies and Gerontology and brings her wealth of experience in the medical field as a Respiratory Therapist Technician and Medical Biller and Coder to the TCW team. She has also been an online Adult Educator Instructor in Healthcare Administration and Medical Billing and Coding. Desiree has a passion for adult education and training and enabling adults to better their lives through education. When Desiree is not at work she enjoys baseball, reading, movies, listening to jazz, and training her Golden Retriever puppy, Charlee Girl.
Sara Ostin is a New Jersey native who moved to Oklahoma and has been with TCW since 2014. Sara brings many talents to the TCW team including her extensive customer service, staffing, and retail management experience. Sara has a natural creative eye. She oversees the day to day operations of the office, verifies that data is accurate and organized and coordinates many projects and events. Sara believes that TCW truly helps people build better lives and knows the intensity and customization of the career services that TCW provides make it a unique place. If you want a brief glimpse into Sara’s playful personality and passion for the famous sci-fi movie series, look no further than the Star Wars BB-8 puzzle eraser on her desk.
Erin Quinn possesses several years of experience in career services and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Merchandising from Oklahoma State University. She brings her knowledge and expertise on resumes, interview skills and business communications directly to TCW customers in the Career Readiness Training room. Erin believes that you shouldn’t be afraid to tell people exactly what you need and passes this on to customers to help them make a great impression on employers and advance in their careers. Erin’s upbeat and quirky personality can be seen in her colorful collection of gel pens set in a pen holder that she created with a pottery wheel on her desk.