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 Managing 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.
Vinita Musapeta helps customers find great work advancement opportunities and provides business partners with access to highly qualified employees. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma, and she is currently working on her Master’s in Public Administration. Vinita believes that positive opportunities can remove obstacles and spur growth, and she loves that TCW is able to create those opportunities. She has confidence in TCW’s ability to understand the needs of customers and business partners to find the right fit for both. Vinita is committed to helping the Tulsa community move forward, which shows in her favorite quote, “If you go the extra mile, it is less crowded.”
As a member of the Career Advisor team, Tracy is committed to providing customers with excellent one-on-one career advisement and individualized advancement coaching. She manages a variety of training cohorts to ensure participants successfully complete technical skills training and obtain relevant employment. Tracy brings over 20 years of nonprofit and state government experience to the TCW team. Tracy’s goal is to be available and truthful with customers in order to assist them in their success. She encourages the customers as they move through training, meaningful employment, and career advancement. As a planner herself her favorite piece of advice is to plan for the worst, but hope for the best.
Rachel Griffin has been a part of the TCW team since 2012. Rachel serves in outreach and operations, and she reports on the program goals and statistics. She has a passion for data and using numbers to tell TCW’s story. Rachel believes in our dedicated staff and has a passion for the work TCW does. Rachel oversees the intake team, manages databases, and she creates operational procedures and policies. Rachel has confidence in TCW’s ability to create better futures for Tulsans, their families, and our community. Her dedicated, hardworking personality keeps her busy, but as her favorite television quote from Parks & Rec recommends you have to, “Treat yo’ self.”
Ryan is a Tulsa native with over 10 years of non-profit work experience in the Tulsa community and surrounding areas. As a member of the NextUp team, Ryan is committed to the development of Tulsa’s young adults and future workforce. Ryan’s inquisitive and determined nature drive him to find and provide the best support networks, training opportunities and career guidance needed for Tulsa’s young adults. When he’s not at work, Ryan can often be found having breakfast for dinner at Dilly Diner and also enjoys spending time with friends listening to live music at Guthrie Green.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sara Ostin is a New Jersey native who moved to Oklahoma 6 years ago. Sara brings many talents to the TCW team including her extensive customer service, staffing, and retail management experience. Sara has a natural creative eye. With a positive demeanor and a knack for diligence, we are lucky to have her on our team. Sara 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.
Even though he was born on the East Coast, Justin considers himself a Tulsan. Justin holds a bachelor’s in English Literature and Psychology from The University of Tulsa. After graduation, he had the opportunity to discover his passion for helping others identify and develop their strengths. Justin brings this passion and his energetic personality to the Career Readiness team by helping our customers understand their value to help them build confidence when meeting with employers and accomplishing their career goals. Justin not only covers every aspect of job searching, he also teaches customers best practices for on-the-job success. When he is not at work, you can find Justin in the middle of a great book, watching an award-winning film or simply enjoying life in Tulsa.