Red Lion Jobs, Inc.

Empowering People

The Team


Dr. Anita & Donald Rothard


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 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.


Nicole Schwedock

Employment Specialist in Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood.

Nicole has over 10 years of experience working as an Employment and Supported Employment Specialist. She has relationships with local employers and knows what employers want from their workers. She is a confident person with a positive attitude who has lots of patience and empathy.

She assists her clients with resumes, interviewing skills, and teach them how to do a good job search. Nicole motivates clients and prepares them to enter the world of work successfully. Working with individuals who have disabilities and seeing them through to success is her passion.  She has worked with APD as a Supported Employment Coach. Nicole loves to cook and enjoys the outdoors.


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.


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!


Will Soto

Employment Specialist in Brevard County.

Will is a U.S. Army veteran who has assisted fellow vets as a job developer and career counselor. He has bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida. Will exceeds in business development. Not only does he find the right job for his clients, he helps business owners develop solutions to improve their retail sales by hiring a person with a disability for the job.

He understands standards in quality, professionalism, and communication. When not helping others, Will is a true Floridian and a hometown sports fan; he cheers for the Rays and Bucs. Thank you for your service Will!!

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.

Melchy Aday

Melchy Aday

Employment Specialist in Miami-Dade County. 

Melchy is a Career and Employment Information Specialist certified in common assessments. She has a Work Counselor diploma and is fluent in Spanish.  She has educated and assisted young and old who are unlikely to find employment succeed.

Melchy has excellent communication and employment negotiation skills. Her professional development is admired.


Natalie Velazquez

Employment Specialist in Brevard County.

Natalie earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in business from Bowling Green State University. She has extensive experience as a human resources professional where she worked in a fast paced environment with people of all professional levels. 

Natalie is an accomplished staffer and recruiter always able to find the right person for the job as a employer. This experience and her work as a family service specialist allows her to help her clients find fulfilling careers.


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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