Our Leadership


Michelle Sims
Chief Executive Officer
Michelle is a dynamic executive who has led staffing and human resource teams nationally. Prior to taking on the role of CEO, Michelle served on the YUPRO Board of Directors and now is excited to bring together her passion for helping others and her industry experience. Michelle plans to continue building a sustainable future for the socially driven mission of YUPRO. Michelle’s experience includes leading the national operations for an after-school program for under-privileged youth as well as teaching and mentoring students when she was an instructor at Houston Community College for 17 years. Throughout her career Michelle has had direct impact in motivating opportunity youth. She has experienced firsthand the impact that a socially responsible organization can make in shaping children, families and a community. “YUPRO’s foundation and mission is grounded in Year Up; our goal is to build on this foundation and carry this mission nationally to markets and companies who seek a socially-responsible opportunity to hire top talent. We will create an opportunity youth placement movement in today’s workforce that matters to the future of our country.”
Wendy Nenoff
Senior 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.”
Margaret Walkup
Regional Director - West
Margaret comes to YUPRO from Year Up in Corporate Engagement and Program roles for nearly seven years in the Boston, Washington, D.C., and Bay Area offices. She was a member of the inaugural class of the Year Up Emerging Leaders Program in 2013. Her work in developing corporate partnerships has been grounded in her deep belief in the capabilities of young people and her desire to build partnerships that meet market needs and create workplaces that represent the diversity of our communities. In addition to her experience at Year Up, she has worked on Opportunity Youth initiatives at Citi Foundation and at the Clinton Foundation. Margaret is committed to using her experience building partnerships to further the mission of YUPRO and reach many more talented young people.
Katie Breault
Regional Director - East
Katie Breault brings over a decade of experience marked by her ability to build strategic relationships and develop creative solutions that meet business needs. Prior to YUPRO, she led the planning, development and implementation of a program to combat the high unemployment rate among young adults with vision impairments; served as the founding employment placement manager at Year Up Arizona; and partnered with Gallup, Inc. to launch the first Strengths-Based State initiative, which propelled Rhode Island from 49th in the country to 1st in employee engagement. Katie discovered Year Up through a volunteer opportunity to mentor one of the most talented, resilient, and hardest-working young adults she had ever met. Through this relationship, she was inspired to devote her career to connecting Opportunity Youth with companies looking for talent. With her mentee at the forefront of her mind, Katie is committed to helping her clients tap into this exceptional, and yet often overlooked, source of talent.
Jyotsna Sivan
Resource Manager - East
Jyotsna has diversified experience in recruiting, ,staffing, hiring and onboarding for various industries such as Information Technology, Engineering , BPO, Airlines and Food and Beverage. She has completed her MBA in Human Resource Management . She has a considerable experience working with people from diverse backgrounds . She is excited to use her extensive background to support YUPRO’s mission in assisting alumni to find a workplace where they can add value, as well as an employer that values them; thereby creating a positive staffing experience.
Lauren Smith
Resource Manager - East
Lauren’s enthusiasm for helping others began as a recruitment manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. She has always had a keen interest in the development of urban communities and providing positive influence through role models. Her career following the non-profit world centered on industries revolving retail, manufacturing, medical and security. Her core values were formed through her love of nature. As an avid hiker and backpacker, she has embraced the notion that you are as strong as you believe yourself to be. Lauren was originally born in Atlanta, GA, but raised in the northeast. She is extremely ambitious in her pursuit of self-growth and taking time to enjoy the simple things in life.
Jana Holley
Operations and Administrative Coordinator
Jana Holley is a recent transplant to the Denver, CO area having finally tired of the heat of Texas. She has an extensive work history in the non-profit and start up sectors.  She  additionally spent 3 years teaching 6th grade theater arts at KIPP Austin Academy of Arts & Letters, a national charter school network dedicated to providing a college prep education to underserved and under privileged student populations.  Jana is passionate about working to right the injustices present in the education and opportunity gaps, believing every child has a right to a quality education and the opportunities to advance lives and careers. Jana looks forward to her work with Yupro helping to bridge the Opportunity Divide!
Amber Bartz
Resource Manager - West
Amber comes to YUPRO with a diverse background in higher education, recruitment and admissions, as well as varied experience in corporate staffing. She is an advocate for animal rescue, an avid arts & crafter, and a lover of all things coffee. This transplant from Hawaii to Arizona brings a high standard of customer service, along with a passion for helping others. Her educational background as well as her varied experience provide her with a wealth of knowledge needed to assist alumni find the careers best suited for their skills. Amber’s positive attitude and joy for seeing others succeed align with YUPRO’s mission of supporting Opportunity Youth.
Alyssa Sweet
Resource Associate - West
Alyssa found her passion for recruiting while working for a start-up franchise of a large Full-Service Staffing firm that specialized in both Light Industrial and Professional staffing. Contributing to the record-breaking success of the office, she was also individually recognized throughout the organization for “Outstanding Teamwork and Spirit.” Possessing a gift for gab, Alyssa has always had a unique ability to quickly build strong relationships while maintaining a “whatever-it-takes” attitude to help those in need. Originally from the East Coast, Alyssa has grown up in Arizona and currently lives in West Phoenix. “Working towards a social mission not only continuously holds us accountable but allows us to do something very magical, and that is creating positive change in someone’s life.”
Elizabeth Durigan
Special Projects Manager
A Rhode Island native transplanted to the Berkshires, Elizabeth joins YUPRO from the University of Massachusetts’ Isenberg School of Business, where she coordinated outreach efforts for the Alumni and Corporate Relations team. She holds an undergraduate degree in Health and Human Services and an MBA in Marketing and Project Management and is thrilled to have found a position that allows her to blend both of those areas, using her project management and marketing skills to have an impact on students and communities around the country.