Vocational Programs Staff Bios

Nicole Butterworth
Employment Specialist

School:
Anne Arundel Community College

Hometown:
Oviedo, FL

Quote / Favorite Food / Fun Factoid:
Favorite Quote: “Just keep swimming!” – Dory, Finding Nemo
Fun Factoid: I started an accidental chicken farm in my back yard.

Brittany Cole
Employment Specialist

School:
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore: Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice

Hometown:
Baltimore, MD

Quote / Favorite Food / Fun Factoid:
Favorite Food: french fries. 
Favorite Quote:
“To be beautiful is to be yourself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Fun Fact: 
I’ve been sky-diving.

Karen Davis
Employment Specialist

School:
Colorado Technical University: Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Master’s in Project Management

Hometown:
Washington, D.C.

Quote / Favorite Food / Fun Factoid:
Favorite Quote: “I’m not perfect, but I strive for perfection.”

Michael Finazzo
Employment Specialist

Hometown:
Baltimore, MD

Quote / Favorite Food / Fun Factoid:
Favorite Quote: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” – Woody Allen

Kiara Hopson, BS
Employment Specialist

School:
Coppin State University: Bachelor’s in Social Science

Hometown:
Baltimore, MD

Quote / Favorite Food / Fun Factoid:
Favorite Quote: “Time heals all wounds.” – Unknown
Favorite Food: 
Mexican
Fun Factoid: I love nature and animals.

Michelle Jackson
Employment Specialist

School:
Sojourner-Douglass College: Master’s in Human Services
Bachelor’s in Human Growth and Development / Counseling Psychology

Hometown:
Annapolis, MD

Quote / Favorite Food / Fun Factoid:
Favorite Quote:
“To whom much is given, much is required.” – Luke 12:48

Cynthia Kugler, BA
Program Support Specialist

School:
Plymouth State University: Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education

Hometown:
Nashua, NH

Quote / Favorite Food / Fun Factoid:
Favorite Food: pot roast with veggies.
Fun Fact: I have a 100lb yellow lab who loves to sleep on my face at night. I have also been white water rafting twice and it’s amazing.

Raquel Littlejohn, BS
Employment Specialist

School:
Morgan State University: Bachelor’s in Sociology

Hometown:
Washington, D.C.

Quote / Favorite Food / Fun Factoid:
Favorite Quote: “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Unknown

Lanika Lloyd
Employment Specialist

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Joleen Mays, BS
Vocational Program Specialist

School:
Towson University: Bachelor’s in Psychology

Hometown:
Annapolis, MD

Quote / Favorite Food / Fun Factoid:
Favorite Food: Mexican.
Fun Factoid: I play guitar and sing in an all-female rock band.
Favorite Quote: “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Jessica Stern
Employment Specialist

School:
Towson University: Bachelor’s in Special Education and Psychology

Hometown:
Owings Mills, MD

Quote / Favorite Food / Fun Factoid:
Favorite Food: Italian like spaghetti and pizza.
Favorite Quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

Sharneasha Street
Employment Specialist

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Becky Strohl, BA
Vocational Program Specialist

School:
University of California, Berkeley: Bachelor’s in Political Science and Philosophy, Minor in Spanish Literature

Hometown:
Monterey, CA

Quote / Favorite Food / Fun Factoid:
“All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song – but in this dance or in this song there are fulfilled the most ancient rites of our conscience in the awareness of being human and of believing in a common destiny.” – Pablo Neruda

Benjamin Todd
Employment Specialist

School:
Morgan State University: Bachelor’s in English

Hometown:
Baltimore, MD

Quote / Favorite Food / Fun Factoid:
Favorite Quote: “He who is brave, is free.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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