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Meet
The Team

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Founder & CEO

Narda Mamou

Narda is a tri-lingual (Spanish, English, and American Sign Language), highly effective Certified Career Coach, Recruiter, Diversity Consultant, and Job Placement professional dedicated to matching talent to employers' needs. She has been successfully coaching and inspiring individuals to succeed in careers aligned with the 21st-century job market since 2005.

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COO

Mary Di Stasio Hoffman

With 30+ years of experience in the staffing/recruiting arena, Mary is well-grounded and knowledgeable. She has had the pleasure of working with many of the larger Fortune 500 companies and has learned a great deal along the way. She also enjoys managing staff and is proud to say that her teams, over the years, are known for their tenure.

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Director of Training & Development

Kristina Ervin

Kristina is a graduate of CSU Eastbay with a Master of Social Work for Community Mental Health and her  Baccalaureate in Psychology with a minor in Human Development.  She is currently working on hours as a clinical social worker (LCSW) as well as performing career coaching with Trends. She is a legally blind mother of 3 wonderful girls, has a guinea pig, two cats, a pet dog, and a guide dog named Gretsky. In her free time, she enjoys exercising outdoors and playing online games.

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Career Counselor

Aja Airola

For almost a decade, Aja has worked within the special populations community, both as a registered addiction specialist and an independent living skills worker. Her main passion is to help individuals overcome adversity by advocating for those who may not always be able to advocate for themselves. Being neurodivergent herself, Aja uses both compassion and empathy to ensure that individuals she works with will always be heard. Outside of her professional life, Aja spends time advocating for women's rights, raising her daughter, and writing poetry.

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Career Counselor

Trisha Tran

Trisha is a creative career counselor with over 10 years of experience providing career development services to students, clients, and the community. She is devoted to supporting clients to reach their true academic and career potential. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree with double majors in Psychology and Sociology from San Jose State University.

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Director of Special Programs

Joel Ojeda

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Career Counselor

Casey Gaston

Casey continues to bring her vast experience and success of over 20+ years in the recruiting and staffing arena to our clients. She is dedicated to providing her knowledge and expertise to our clients to support them in their career goals and achieve success. Casey has worked with individuals with different abilities for over 15+ years and finds the work enriching. When Casey isn't helping our clients, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Joel's interest in people of different abilities, human behavior, and the thought processes, mental illnesses, and development of mental health led him to pursue a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He focuses on assisting marginalized people of color and/or people with disabilities through professional and personal development to bridge the gap of opportunities in the workforce, diversify businesses, and create tangible change in our communities. When he's not on the job, he loves hiking, spending time with his dogs and family, and staying active at the gym.

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Career Counselor

Mike Palmieri

Mike has been helping clients set and achieve their goals for over 16 years, with a focus on listening, guiding, and developing self-advocacy. He's worked with college students, adults in career transitions, and people of all ages. Mike has a background in college student affairs, disability services, advising, and foster care social work. Mike earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from New College of Florida, and a Master's of Education plus a graduate Career Counseling certificate from University of South Florida. Mike's always up for discussions about books, TV, or movies (especially: sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comedy), and anything related to food!

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Career Counselor

Jackie Clark

Jackie is a recent undergraduate with a BA degree in sociology with an emphasis in Human Service from Holy Names University. Her interests are helping those in need of support. She has worked in community outreach for 5+ years and sits on the International Faith Center Ministries board of directors as a trustee. Her spiritual gifts are in giving my time, talents, and treasures. She loves singing gospel music, traveling, and hanging out with family and friends.

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Career Counselor

Mehrnaz Hada

Mehrnaz holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and is a lifelong learning enthusiast and has formal training in  business development, coaching, diversity, leadership, and mentorship. She is an experienced high-tech professional having held roles in marketing, business development, strategy, leadership, management, career counseling and recruiting in Silicon Valley for over 25 years. She is highly enthusiastic and motivational with clear concise communication style. Her experience in coaching, recruiting and career guidance to potential candidates with various backgrounds, as well as her passion in helping others succeed is a great asset in offering sound advice and career path assistance.

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Career Counselor

Marjorie Vega

Marjorie is a bilingual (Spanish and English) health advocate with 5+ years of experience providing resources for low-income communities, LGBTQIA+, older adults, and people with disabilities. She has successfully supported people of all ages with group counseling, individual behavioral therapy, job and internship placement, and personal development workshops. Marjorie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University of Long Beach. Her mission is to empower people to reach their highest potential and guide them through a successful career path. She is confident that with compassion, patience, determination, and teamwork anything is possible. On her free time, she enjoys studying herbalism, painting, taking dance classes, writing poetry, and spending quality time with her Chihuahuas.

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Career Counselor

Camille Brooks

Camille Brooks has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Minor in Organizational Development. Camille is a Leader, Coach and Diversity Ambassador with a breadth of experience that spans all types of industries. With over 20 years of experience in Talent Acquisition, Strategic Partnership Engagement and Community Involvement. As a resident of the SF. Bay Area, Camille prides herself on bridging unique relationships to create opportunities and pathways for under-represented groups in my surrounding city and broader communities. Camille is passionate about volunteering her services, coaching and mentoring individuals and seeing people evolve on their journey’s.

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Career Counselor

Brian Hartness

Brian holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters in Organizational Management as well as Certificates in Mediation and Conflict Management from UC Berkeley, (Go Bears!) and Human Resource Management from Loyola Marymount. 

Brian brings almost 40 years of experience in Transportation Management as well as Compliance review and employee development. Far and away the most gratifying work was in identifying young talent and mentoring and shepherding individuals into management. During the pandemic, he developed a training program to give first time managers and supervisors the tools and skills needed to lead teams in the workforce. 

When not working in developing curriculum, Brian and his wife Delfyn enjoy traveling. Japan and Europe are regular destinations. 

 

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Career Counselor

Jodel Wolfe

Jodel is a very involved Mom of four teenagers, three of whom are neurodiverse. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology with an emphasis in early childhood development. Throughout her life, she has been passionate about working with individuals of all abilities. Currently, she is an advocate for neurodiversity, aiming to open minds and hearts to the beauty in our differences. Jodel has gained years of experience coaching and mentoring teens and young adults. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world, watching movies, gaming, camping, swimming, yoga, and coastal getaways.  

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Career Counselor

Jocelynn Cerda

Jocelynn is a bilingual advocate with experience working alongside individuals from various walks of life. She has worked with different non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing comprehensive case management and legal services. These opportunities have allowed her to work with youth, individuals with disabilities, and the immigrant community. Jocelynn has an educational background in Ethnic Studies and is driven to advance community empowerment.  She is passionate about working alongside individuals with intersecting identities to provide guidance and resources as tools for self-sufficiency. She loves being outdoors, and you can likely find her planning or executing her next travel adventure!

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Career Counselor

Kristian Perez

With 8 years of expertise in HR and Recruitment , Kristian Perez is a results-focused leader who delivers talent acquisition, retention and motivational solutions that help companies harness the full power of one of their most valuable assets - their people. He is dedicated to empowering and motivating employees to realize their full potential and bring their best to their job.

He prides himself on an in-depth interview process which has made him successful in aligning his clients with the best career opportunities.

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Career Counselor

Wesley Yu

Wesley holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and has held roles in brand marketing and product management. Most recently, he worked on building accessibility tools to help bring web experiences to a wider audience. Over the years, he has helped many of his peers find jobs in these industries - he is looking to extend his reach and focus to helping others outside of tech. 

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