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.
Ashlee Jones Assistant Program Director joined our family in 2015 and is helping to bring new ideas and fresh energy to Greenelight. Although she had no prior experience with this line of work, she fits in like she has been here for 10+ years! Prior to joining us, Ashlee worked at Radioshack for 6 years as an assistant manager and owns her own business selling a wide variety of items. She strives to promote greatness at everything she does as well as encourage the best in others.
Barbara Sharp | Supervisor
Prior to becoming one of Greenelight’s supervisors and drivers, 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.