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!”
Director of Partnerships
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.
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.”
Regional Resource Manager - East
Frances LeBoeuf is the Regional Resource Manager supporting the North East. She has spent the past two years developing her love for Human Resources, and is a firm believer that the human spirit and dedicated partnerships are the essential tools in closing the opportunity divide. Frances values loyalty, resiliency, and compassion, and is delighted to bring these values into the work she does every day with YUPRO.
Regional 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.
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!