Greenelight Workforce was founded by Charisse Ali and Anne Nessa in October, 2007.
Anne Nessa | Co-Owner
Born and raised in Minnesota, Anne moved to Conneaut, Ohio in October of 2000. Anne received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Colorado, majoring in Social Sciences with minors in Sociology and Criminology. She received her Masters degree in Psychology from Saybrook Graduate School and Research Institute in San Francisco, CA.
Anne has experience working as a direct care staff in a sheltered workshop as well as the special needs unit of Villa on the Lake. She was employed by Community Counseling Center of Ashtabula County as adult psychiatric case-manager and has also worked as a Qualified Mental Retardation Professional (QMRP) at a 54-bed ICF/DD in Geneva.
Anne was employed by Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc, acting as legal guardian representative for individuals with developmental disabilities.
To learn more about Anne, visit her website: Anne Nessa.
Charisee Ali | Co-Owner
Charisse was born and raised in Cleveland until her family moved to Ashtabula County in December of 1977. Charisse received a Certificate of Completion from the ACJVS in Electronic Office Management in 1991, then continued her educational process by attending Kent State University. She started as a business major, but soon found her place in the Human Services/Social Service field receiving her Associate Degree (focusing on Sociology and Psychology). Charisse also has approximately 18 years of experience in the Human Service/Social Services field.
Charisse worked at the Department of Job and Family Services as a college intern and later became a case worker for the Adult Unit assisting people in applying for various benefits. She was also employed at Community Counseling Center as an adult psychiatric case manager, where she first worked with Anne. Charisse later worked as a Residential Coordinator (RC) as a supervisor in a 54 bed ICF/DD in Geneva.
Barbara Sharp | Program Director
Prior to becoming Greenelight’s Program Director, Barbara Sharp worked as a direct care staff, but at Greenelight (in our radio station enclave) as well as being a staff at Progressive Alternatives. Prior to that she worked as a para-educator for severe behavior students.
Barbara has a collective 16 years experience working with the developmentally disabled. Prior to working for the schools, Barbara was employed as an activities director in a nursing home.
Barbara describes her work experience by saying, “all jobs are entwined and have helped me to be where I am now; in a wonderful job, with a great company, helping people to become the very best they can be.
Assistant Program Director
Lisa Lukkarila | Assistant Program Director
Lisa has been employed with Greenelight for the past two years. Prior to that she was a direct care staff with Progressive Alternatives.
Lisa is a loving, kind, compassionate, creative, and intelligent person. She describes working with the disabled as her calling in life. As a child, she spent much time helping her Aunt who is developmentally disabled. The experience led her to knowing exactly what she wanted to do as an adult.
Lisa shares that “experiencing the clients progressing and learning new things is very rewarding and makes me excited to come to work every day.”