Put out the welcome mat for employees who have joined the Community Action Council of Howard County in recent weeks.
Ann Bostic has been hired as CAC’s first Career Coach to help individuals find new jobs or develop new skills so they can find jobs. Ann has 25 years’ experience in this field. She served as Director of Professional and Continuing Services for Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore, Vice President of Training and Development for Zurich Insurance Company, and Director of Work Force Services for Empower Baltimore Management Corporation. A resident of Marriottsville, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Sojourner-Douglass College and serves on the board of Imagine Me Inc., a mentoring organization that inspires girls to become dynamic women.
Su Grove, the new assistant teacher at Old Cedar Lane Head Start, has led a full, active life on many fronts. Professionally, she served as an assistant teacher in the Anne Arundel County Head Start system for 16 years and as a personal care assistant for older people. Su volunteers for the League of Korean American of MD. A resident of Glen Burnie, Su enjoys golf, yoga, and hiking.
Director of Food Bank Services Paul McElderry arrived at his new position with 13 years of warehouse logistics and management experience. He was operations manager for Sleepys (now named Mattress Firm) for 10 years and distribution manager at Interior Concepts for three years. This is his first job working for a non-profit organization. “I’m good at logistics so I might as well do it for a good cause,” he maintains. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA. He is a resident of Arbutus, an Eagle Scout and former amateur woodworker.
Community Worker Rolunda Shaw comes to CAC with nine years’ experience in her field, including four years working for the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, two as a job counselor and two as a family investment specialist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore and is pursuing an online master’s degree in public policy from Walden University. Rolunda did volunteer work with the homeless and domestic abuse victims in Philadelphia, where she lived most of her life. Now a resident of Dundalk, she spent two years as a volunteer resume facilitator at My Sister’s Place Women’s Center helping women with children get back to work.
When Tsega Siressa learned that she could receive an early childhood certificate after three years of taking child development classes in high school, she jumped at that opportunity. Tsega accomplished her goal after her junior year of high school, which qualified her to work in an after-care program at an elementary school while completing her senior year at Clarksburg High School in Montgomery County during the day. She served as an assistant teacher at Goddard School in Clarksburg for one year before becoming assistant teacher at the Ellicott City Head Start. Tsega attended Towson University for two years and is pursuing an associate’s degree in early childhood education at Howard Community College. A resident of Columbia, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and practicing yoga.
The thread that runs through Shannon Turner’s life is helping people. The new Head Start Family Service Worker previously served as a family advocate in the Baltimore Head Start system, an in-home specialist for Family Resources in Pittsburgh, and youth care worker for Auberle in Pittsburgh. In addition, she took care of children in several day care facilities. Shannon holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Slippery Rock in Slippery Rock, PA, and is pursuing an online master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty View in Lynchburg, VA. She distinguished herself by being selected to Phi Alpha Honor Society for social workers. Her volunteer work includes mentoring youth and students.