The Team

Founders

Dr. Anita & Donald Rothard

Founders

Dr. Anita B. Rothard C.V.E., C.R.C., A.B.V.E. has a doctorate  in psychology and has worked as a career counselor and vocational expect for over 40 years.  She has worked as an independent consultant for the federal, state and local governments, Longshore, Social Security Administration, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and many others.

Dr. Rothard continues to improve the lives of the disabled community with her visionary approach to job placement and original assessment methods.

 

Abby Rhodes

Abbey Rhode

Employment Specialist in
Palm Beach County.

Abbey has been with Red Lion Jobs, Inc. since 2015 and holds a master's degree in health care management.

She is a caring, bright, high achieving woman with a great sense of humor and a quick mind.  "I enjoy working with clients with challenges, seeing them light up when they get their job and gain greater self confidence!"

Sherri

Sherri Iwanow

Employee Specialist in Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties.

Sherri has been recognized for her contributions within the job placement field.  She began her job coaching career with the HOPE Clubhouse, where they achieved the International Center for Clubhouse Development accreditation. Then received the Outstanding Employment award from Able Trust in 2013.

Sherri’s, motto, “The sooner issues are addressed, the more successful the client will be.”  When she's not working, she's with the grandkids or doing outdoor adventures.

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Kelly McQueen

Employment Specialist in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties.

Kelly moved to Florida in 2012. She has a master’s degree in administration and a bachelor of science in child development.  She has fine-tuned the skills learned and experiences earned into an employment specialist.

She has extensive experience as a career development coordinator. She enjoys helping people in productive and meaning ways. Thus helping community grow and flourish.

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Valerie Reading

Employment Specialist in the greater Tampa area.

 

Valerie has a bachelor's of arts in Education from Monmouth College in Illinois. She has over 15 years’ experience providing career services and successfully transitioning people into the world of work!

Valerie enjoys developing interpersonal relationships with her clients to help them discover their career success potential.

 

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Michael Perkins

Employment Specialist in the greater Tampa area.

 

Mike moved to Florida in 2015. He has over 15 years’ experience in business services, job development, sales and marketing. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Northern Illinois University.

Mike is extremely personable, outgoing, creative and competitive. Mike is also a Professional DJ in his spare time.

 

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Nelida Soto

Employment Specialist in Miami-Dade County.

Nelida was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She attended the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. She then attended the Universidad Metropolitana for her master's degree.

Nelida started her career as a case manager and has experience as an admissions counselor, but job recruiting is where she's stayed. If you ask Nelida what quote best describes her, she'd say, "You don't stop when you are tired, you stop when you are done."

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Larry Hinton

Employment Specialist in Broward County.

 

Larry earned his bachelor's of business administration from Everest College in Ft. Lauderdale.

Larry's been with Red Lion Jobs, Inc. for more than two years. He loves working with his clients and watching each one's abilities grow in a new job with confidence.

He enjoys tennis and personal fitness. He's is a Miami Heat fan.

Lara Putnam

Lara Putnam

Employment Specialist in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Lara's degree is in advertising and marketing. Her background is mostly in sales, which has been beneficial being communicating directly with hiring manager is her specialty.

She has been an employment specialist with Red Lion Jobs, Inc. since 2014. Lara has build many strong relationships with local business managers and owners.

If you ask her, "I love working with my clients and I work hard to find them long term employment that will fulfill both their wants and needs." Perfect!

 

Nikole Lanoue-Merritt

Nikole Lanoue-Merritt

Employment Specialist in Brevard County.

 

Niki  has a bachelor's of arts in sociology from the University of Iowa. She resides in Palm Bay and has over 10 years of experience working with people who have disabilities.

She takes great pleasure in helping each of her clients in finding employment. She feels a passion for working with adults and children with disabilities.

Erika Key

Erika Key

Employment Specialist in Polk County.

 

Erika has a master's of arts in sociology from California State University. She is highly motivated and a dedicated professional with many years of experience placing people who are challenged.

She has linked clients with workers to allow for job shadowing that has led to successful career choices. She is dedicated to her family and her clients.

 

Roger Capote

Roger Capote

Employment Specialist in Orlando.

 

Roger graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s of science in psychology. He is fluent in Spanish and has been working within the employment service industry for over seven years. He is detailed oriented and has superior communications skills.

If you ask Roger what his main objective is, he’d say, “To help individuals enhance their lives through skill and practice, with the outcome of vocational and professional growth.”

Darlene Dombrowski

Darlene Dombroski

Employment Specialist in Palm Beach County.

 

Darlene has a master's degree in public administration form South University and a bachelor's in Education from Fairmont State University. She has many years of experience working with those who have disabilities.

She is a Board Member of UPAVIM Crafts assisting in securing opportunities for women and children who are abandoned in Guatemala. She visits establishments without notice to rate physical access as well as personal interaction with the handicapped who frequent the establishment. Her placement skills are tried and true.

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Eileen Lovenstein

Program Director

Eileen moved to Sarasota, FL in 2016.  She has over 15 years’ experience as an executive assistant. She has extensive experience as an office manager in the financial field and health care industry.

She is intuitive, enthusiastic, friendly and determined to make this career move a successful one. When she’s not working Eileen enjoys golfing, scrapbooking, reading, wine tasting and cooking.

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Whether you’re a client or employer, contact us today to make a brighter future for a person with a physical or mental disability whose disability has been a barrier to employment. We can help. We serve most of Florida. Be part of the team that makes a difference in someone's life today.