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Greenelight Workforce is a sheltered workshop vocational provider for individuals with developmental disabilities. Greenelight provides a wide variety of job opportunities for adults who are looking for a creative, fun, dynamic work environment that can provide its employees with a livable wage.

We are certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to provide vocational services to adults who have an I/O (individual options), Level One, or other waiver administered through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

 

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Who We Are

Greenelight Workforce was founded by Charisse Ali and Anne Nessa in October, 2007.

Anne Nessa Co-Owner

Anne Nessa
Co-Owner

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.


Charisse Ali Co-Owner

Charisse Ali
Co-Owner

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 Extraordinaire

Barbara Sharp
Program Director

 

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.

 
 


Lisa Lukkarila Assistant Program Director

Lisa Lukkarila
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.”

What We Do

Greenelight Workforce provides vocational opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

What began six years ago as a service for a handful of individuals who were unhappy with their job options has now grown into a magnificent opportunity for individuals who are looking for a creative, fun, dynamic work environment that can provide them with a livable wage. As a result of our employees’ dramatically increased paychecks many have seen a significant reduction of dependence on public assistance and Social Security. No longer relying on rental assistance and food stamps, our employees are able to feel more pride and take ownership in their ability to provide for themselves.

No downtime, EVER!

Everyone is paid at least $7.85 an hour

Wide variety of jobs based on individual interests, skills, and abilities

Greenelight Workforce is certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. We are certified to provide the following services:

  • Adult Day Support
  • Vocational Habilitation
  • Supported Employment – Enclave
  • Supported Employment – Community
  • Non-medical Transportation

 

Scott - Ashtabula Resident He will celebrate his 7th anniversary with us in October 2013

Scott – Ashtabula Resident
He will celebrate his 7th anniversary with us in October 2013

Robin - Ashtabula Resident  She will celebrate her 7th anniversary with Greenelight on December 3, 2013.

Robin – Ashtabula Resident
She will celebrate her 7th anniversary with Greenelight on December 3, 2013.

David - Madison Resident

David – Madison Resident

Why We Do It

Greenelight Workforce was founded by Charisse Ali and Anne Nessa in October, 2007. Both Charisse and Anne have many years experience working in social service, mental health, and disability fields. Through their experiences they found a need for adults with disabilities to be given opportunities for meaningful, professional employment.

All employees earn at least minimum wage which in Ohio is $7.85/hr. Most sheltered workshops apply for the Handicapped Minimum Wage Law, which allows businesses to pay disabled employees a piece rate or a lesser hourly rate. Prior to working at Greenelight, most of our employees were making less than $1.50/hr. Some of our most valuable employees were making less than $1.00/hr. Our full-time employees typically receive a paycheck for $225 every two weeks.

Anyone who has been touched by a disability knows that the disability does not make the person. Our employees are all individual and unique. Some enjoy assembly, others enjoy computers, some are interested in graphic design while others enjoy designing and creating jewelry, many enjoy janitorial work. We are committed to providing a wide range of job opportunities based on the interests of our employees.

Our employees are adults. Having a disability does not forever make you a child. As such we do not transport our employees in school buses. Our office is not a daycare or activities center. Each employee has a desk, leather chair, lamp, and other amenities that provide for an office atmosphere. We have a break room as well as a conference/lunch room.

 

Walter – Conneaut Resident who will soon celebrate his 7th anniversary with Greenelight

Walter – Conneaut Resident
He will soon celebrate his 7th anniversary with Greenelight

Kevin – Madison resident and music enthusiast

Kevin – Madison resident & music enthusiast

Joanna - Kingsville resident who will celebrate her 7th anniversary with us on December 3, 2013

Joanna – Kingsville resident
She will celebrate her 7th anniversary with us on December 3, 2013

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Address:

Charisse Ali
1440 West Prospect
Ashtabula, OH 44004

Phone:

440-998-5820

Email:

greene@suite224.net

Website:

http://www.greenelightworkforce.com