President and Co-founder
Kathy has over 25 years of executive staffing experience as a President in both national and international staffing markets managing up to 350M in annual revenue. Her career has been distinguished by entrepreneurial endeavors in fast-growth, multi-site organizations, and her exceptional ability for building professional high-performance teams.
As the CEO and Co-Founder of YUPRO, PBC (Year Up Professional Resources) Kathy translates her staffing experience into a new type of placement agency for Opportunity Young Adults. Year Up is a one-year program targeting inner city youth and bringing them into a hands-on educational environment focused on business communication, IT and Finance training with a 6-month internship. The 4-year- old YUPRO organization is a Public Benefit Corporation with the social purpose of providing career opportunities and support to the Year Up alumni, while offering a socially responsible workforce solution for organizations eager for new talent. In 4 short years YUPRO has seen over 500 of their candidates placed in livable wage jobs in a professional track. The exceptional retention rates these contractors and temp to permanent placements achieve is credited to both their knowledge and skills developed through Year Up, and the on-going one on one mentoring and coaching program that every associate receives throughout their membership with YUPRO. YUPRO provides resume and job hunting support, career mentoring and on the job coaching, and apprenticeship coaching for these talented, self-motivated young adults. Kathy studied Psychology at the University of Minnesota and now lives in Colorado with her family.
“Opportunity youth pursue their careers with determination, resilience and a commitment to support one another. These are key traits that employers want when they seek new talent for their organizations. YUPRO will be there to make the connection!”
West Regional Vice President
Sahaar previously worked at Year Up Bay Area as the Director of Corporate Engagement where she led Year Up’s post-program success team to exceed its graduate positive outcomes metrics for five consecutive years. At Year Up, Sahaar sat on the Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee and was selected as a member of Year Up’s Emerging Leaders Program. Her primary areas of expertise are business and talent development and strategic account management. She looks forward to drawing upon her private sector and non-profit experience in San Francisco to help achieve YUPRO’s socially driven mission.
“There is nothing more rewarding than supporting a person to realize their own true potential and change their perception of what once seemed impossible.”
East Regional Vice President
Anita possesses extensive experience building and leading high
performing sales and marketing teams for small and mid-sized
businesses. As a former sales and marketing executive, she led the
development and execution of initiatives that diversified business,
established strategic partnerships, and strengthened overall business
performance. Earlier in her career, she was tapped to recruit top
talent to fill critical leadership positions for a variety of organizations
and deepen the bench strength of many sales and service teams –
including her own.
Over the years, she has developed a deep appreciation for the power of coaching and mentoring to bring out the best in employees and colleagues. She’s eager to put her passion and experience to work to help drive the growth of socially responsible talent acquisition in closing the opportunity gap.
“In my experience, attitude and hard work applied to the right opportunity has enabled so many to overcome skill or experience deficits to achieve their greater potential. The differentiator, of course, is getting that opportunity. By working with YUPRO, companies will get access to an extensively vetted pool of untapped talent that just needs “that” opportunity- which in turn will help your organization achieve its greater potential.”
Director of Operations
Wendy is a staffing and recruiting leader with over 15 years experience in both the staffing and education industries. Her diverse background focuses on business and talent development and strategic account management. Her core motivation of providing top notch services to both her clients and her candidates as well as driving others to reach their potential resonates in each of her previous roles.
Wendy looks forward to using her previous private sector experience, as well as her passion for helping others reach their potential, to help achieve YUPRO’s socially driven mission.
“I believe in creating remarkable experiences for both my clients and candidates. There is no greater reward than finding and teaching others to use their strengths.”
Director of Program
Margaret comes to YUPRO from Year Up Bay Area, where she was a Business Communications instructor. Prior to this, she worked in career transition counseling and international & domestic education based in Washington DC, as well as the San Francisco private sector. Having also worked in Europe and West Africa, Margaret applies her rich and varied professional experiences to help YUPRO contractors navigate their own career paths. Most importantly, Margaret is committed to social change, bridging the opportunity divide with Year Up alumni leading the way.
“YUPRO continues the Year Up mission where companies benefit and people become economically empowered. There’s nothing better for this country and for all of us.”
Regional Resource Manager – East
Chelsea Monger is the East Region Resource Manager. She brings her passion for making an impact in the lives of Year Up Alumni and her experience in IT recruitment to our team. She is committed to Year Up and YUPRO’s mission to “Close the Opportunity Divide.” Throughout Chelsea’s career she has learned the importance of determination and hard work, characteristics that helped her become a successful Ballet Dancer abroad. She is known for building strong relationships with customers and helping candidates reach their potential.
As Gerald Chertavian said, “Empowering young adults to reach their potential has extremely positive ramifications for the larger community, especially for the businesses that employ them.”
Kinga joins the YUPRO team with great pride and over 15 years of experience in the Accounting industry with various roles ranging from Payroll, A/P, A/R and Purchasing. Kinga has always had a passion for helping others from children to adults and shows her compassion to everyone she encounters. She looks forward to helping others achieve success through the Year Up program and YUPRO placement and coaching. She is extremely dedicated and excited to work with Year Up Alumni and the YUPRO team and to contribute all she can to help achieve the YUPRO social mission.