Meet Our Team


Our Staff

Mary E. Henschel, CESP

Marketing Coordinator/Employment Consultant

Mary has over 15 years of successful sales and marketing experience. She has worked at local and regional media outlets, as well as with young adults in an “out of the box” field marketing business. Throughout her career, she has established lasting relationships with many corporate and media decision makers. Mary feels that the field of Job Development with CEO is a natural fit for her, and establishing potential careers for individuals with disabilities is truly rewarding.

 

Amanda Kohnke

Employment Consultant 

Amanda graduation from UW-Milwaukee with her B.S. in Special Education and her M.S. from Cardinal Stritch in Sports Management. She was previously a Special Education Teacher for a low incident program and really enjoys working with students in transition. Amanda has coached Special Olympics since 2010 and taught adaptive physical education for Super Saturday’s through MPS. She has volunteered at numerous camps with children with Autism and presents at Autism
Conferences and Transition Conferences throughout Wisconsin. Amanda is extremely passionate about helping others succeed to the best of their ability and enjoys finding and creating what will help each individual reach that point.

Karen Lien

Employment Consultant

Karen has worked for Creative Employment Opportunities, Inc. since it was founded in 1991. Karen’s primary responsibilities focus on ensuring employees with disabilities maintain their employment. Karen takes pride in developing individualized instructional strategies and adaptations that promote greater independence in the workplace. She also works with co-workers and supervisor to ensure the employee is fully included on the job. Karen enjoys spending free time with family, bowling, and traveling.

 

Dwight Johnson, CESP

Employment Consultant

A native Milwaukeean, Dwight worked for Milwaukee Public Schools as an educational assistant for 30 years where he worked with students with disabilities and at-risk students. Dwight has been an Employment Consultant with CEO since 2005. He has been trained as a trainer for Systematic Instruction by Michael Callahan (Mark Gold and Associates).  His passion is working with individuals with high support needs, helping them become more independent on the jobs. He is a huge Packers fan, enjoys golfing in the summer, and dabbling in the stock market.

 

Gail Franco

Employment Consultant

Gail has years of experience working in telecommunications and customer services. The skills she developed in those past careers have truly assisted her with creating strong, successful relationships with local businesses while career developing for our clients. Her caring, driven personality has lead to trusting relationships and to being a strong team member at CEO.

 

Omar Barberena

Employment Consultant

Omar is a highly enthusiastic, creative and energetic professional with over 12 years in Management and Leadership positions and multicultural depth. Graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a double-major in Spanish Language & Culture and International Relations. He also obtained a Marketing Communications degree from M.A.T.C. Omar was born in Nicaragua and has made Milwaukee his home town. He is very well known in the community of Milwaukee and has volunteered in a variety of projects and events in the community of Milwaukee. He is very passionate about helping others an avid traveler and enjoys learning different culture and meeting
people of all walks of life.

 

Alissa Rosado

Research Grant/Employment Consultant  

Alissa graduated from Alverno College with a B.A. in Professional Communication. She was previously a teaching assistant where she focused on helping students develop their reading skills and abilities. She also helped teach English as a Second Language to native Spanish-speaking students that needed additional support with the English language. Alissa has a wide range of experience in the customer service field, as well as the Public Relations field, and prides herself on being an excellent communicator. She thrives in an environment that includes variety and meeting new people.

 

Mervyn Rutley

Intern Employment Consultant

Mervyn is currently attending UW-Milwaukee for his major in Community Engagement in Education. He is obtaining is specialty in transition and an autism spectrum disorder certification. Mervyn is one of our lead instructors for Skills to Pay the Bills with the Promise Grant. He has a strong desire to serve people in the Milwaukee community.

 

Interested in employment opportunities at Creative Employment Opportunities?
Send us your resume and cover letter to info@ceomke.com.