About Us

CareerCatchers works to promote career stability and self-sufficiency for every client through individualized counseling, training, and support. Since 2007, CareerCatchers has provided one-on-one sustained guidance for some 2,000 low-income and otherwise disadvantaged local residents.
Our services are provided through the efforts of our Staff, Board of Directors, Volunteers, and Partners.

CAREER CATCHERS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT

To support a full productive life for all with whom we come in contact, CareerCatchers champions policies and practices which empower a just, inclusive and equitable nation and recognize the dignity of all individuals. Our vision, programs, and mission build on the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe in being compassionate to all individuals. This belief informs our actions, including creating a racially equitable environment, and a feeling of inclusion and belonging for all of our clients, staff, volunteers, and board members.

CareerCatchers provides employment and job skills counseling to Montgomery County’s most vulnerable citizens, the very groups that are left behind when it comes to equitable job opportunities. Our clients are the underserved and the unemployed: domestic violence victims, homeless, foreign-born, the disabled, previously incarcerated, youth aging out of foster care, and disconnected youth. Our mission is to help these individuals find rewarding and sustainable jobs that provide dignity and a way out of poverty. We serve all groups without regard to race, gender, immigration status, disability, or income.

As an organization, CareerCatchers is attuned to the concept of racial equity. We have expanded our board and workforce to include individuals from diverse backgrounds, including our recent staff hires, our volunteers, and our internship programs, through which we hired and trained low-income immigrant youth for work at CareerCatchers. We collect information on our clients’ ethnicity in our CRM system, and use this as a guide to our performance in this area.

CareerCatchers’ mission is to get every client into training and a long-term career by providing individualized employment and job skills counseling:
To ensure stable employment and upward mobility;
To identify and encourage participation in work skills and training programs;
To enhance self-esteem and foster empowerment.

About Our Services

We help our clients gain access to employment opportunities through teaching effective job search techniques, including networking and the use of on and off line resources. We draw upon community partnerships. In addition, we provide support to the newly employed to ensure they retain their jobs and advance in their positions. All clients are encouraged to seek career opportunities that lead to fulfilling their long-term goals and reaching their potential rather than accepting dead-end, entry-level positions.





MEET THE TEAM

Mariana A. McNeill

Executive Director/Co-Founder

Mana is a Master Career Counselor who, with Ronnie Haber, co-founded CareerCatchers in 2007. From 2004-2007, she worked as a contractor to the Employment Initiative Program at the Housing Opportunities Commission. For the past twenty years she has been both employment counselor and executive coach working for both large corporations and on her own.  Mana holds a B.A. and a M.A. in economics from Georgetown University and an M.A. in counseling from Seton Hall University.

K. Kunda

Program Director

Kunda has over ten years of career coaching, recruitment, community outreach and program management experience. She brings her considerable experience as career and life coach, recruiter, motivator and mentor to the vulnerable populations served by CareerCatchers. Ms. Kunda holds an M.A. in human resource management from Keller Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the City College of the City University of New York.

Chris Stephens

Career Coach

Chris provides IT and database support for CareerCatchers as well as career coaching services to clients. Mr. Stephens conducts CareerCatchers’ weekly Job Club, where existing and prospective clients can drop in to receive job-searching advice and get help in creating resumes, applying for jobs, and writing associated letters. Mr. Stephens holds a B.A. in Government from The College of William & Mary. Prior to joining CareerCatchers, he worked as a volunteer, providing IT and database support for CareerCatchers as well as job coaching. His interest in career counseling became his passion and volunteering turned into a career.

Carl Edgecombe

Career Coach

Carl holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Master’s Degree in Vocational and Technical Education from the State University of New York. Carl uses expertise to educate and train jobseekers in various arenas of Higher Education and American Job Centers. He provides Individualized Career Coaching, Employment Preparation workshops, and Workplace Excellence training for jobseekers with backgrounds ranging from high achievers who are highly qualified to individuals whose life experiences have been encumbered by challenges.

Emma Kunda

Volunteer Coordinator

Ms. Emma Kunda has over 10 years of experience in Management and Sales. She possesses in depth knowledge of the employment process in her area of expertise. Since joining CareerCatchers as the Volunteer Coordinator, Emma’s contributions have tapped her abilities and experience in recruitment and training. She manages our continually growing volunteer program as the liaison between the management team, clients, career coaches, and volunteers. Currently a student at Siena Heights University, Ms. Kunda is on track to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in May 2021.

Sokunthea Soeun

AmeriCorps VISTA Fundraiser

Chan graduated from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and concentration in Criminology. In her fundraising role, she helps expand the organizational capacity of CareerCatchers. She identifies new sources of funding and helps expand existing sources, making recommendations for fundraising and social media marketing strategies to increase individual donations.

 

Justin Dignan

AmeriCorps VISTA Data Analyst

Justin graduated from American University with a B.S. in Business Administration and specializations in Information Technology and Finance. In his data analysis role, he helps expand the organizational capacity of CareerCatchers to support staff in assisting clients. He manages client data collected through the CRM database CharityEngine, compiles outcomes needed for reports or fundraising efforts, and manages the CareerCatchers website.