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About CTC

The Career Transitions Center (CTC) empowers professionals to find meaningful employment. It provides career coaching and employment programming to mid-career professionals and first-generation college students and graduates across the U.S.  It also provides affordable and effective outplacement and customized training for small businesses, universities and nonprofit organizations. CTC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Leadership

Experienced Leadership Committed to Serving Our Members.

Our work is made possible by an engaged board, a small committed staff, and a dedicated team of more than 40 volunteer career coaches, whose commitment of talent and time make the CTC experience positive and effective. Our volunteer career coaches meet with members one-on-one, facilitate peer groups, conduct workshops, and assist in every phase of a client’s self-directed job search including skills and talent assessment, development of marketing tools (resumes, letters, etc.), plans of action, company and industry research, job interviewing, compensation negotiations and networking.

CTC Staff

Anita Jenke

Anita is the Executive Director of the Career Transitions Center of Chicago. She was hired by the board of directors and started at CTC in January 2009. She is a former CTC client, volunteer coach. Anita is responsible for the fundraising, strategic direction and management of the organization. Prior to CTC, Anita was the first development director at The Women’s Treatment Center. She has a BA in Russian History from Murray State University. She has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management with a focus on fundraising and workforce development. An avid volunteer for arts and community service organizations, Anita has worked with and served on several nonprofit boards. She serves on the board of The Chicago Jobs Council and is the chair of the board of the DePaul Institute for Business and Professional Ethics. She is the past president of the board of Woman Made Gallery and has volunteered with Acts of Kindness Cabaret. Anita was the 2013 recipient of the Illinois Career Development Association’s Advocacy Award.

Blanche Roberts

Blanche is Program and Coaching Director at CTC. Having personally experienced many career transitions, planned and unplanned, Blanche Roberts’ passion is to help clients discover how to thrive from their own career transition efforts.

Her professional career has included roles in sales, business development, and management consulting with Zehren*Friedman Associates, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Arthur Andersen, and senior management roles in Treasury Management consulting, sales, product management, customer service businesses with LaSalle/ABN AMRO now Bank of America, the First National Bank of Chicago (now Chase), and the Northern Trust.

Blanche earned a BA at Dartmouth College, a MBA at DePaul University and is a Certified iPEC (Energy Leadership) Coach and a HeartMath Certified Resilience Coach. Blanche has lived and worked abroad in Spain, Chile, and Brazil teaching Spanish and English.

Blanche Roberts

Blanche is Program and Coaching Director at CTC. Having personally experienced many career transitions, planned and unplanned, Blanche Roberts’ passion is to help clients discover how to thrive from their own career transition efforts.

Her professional career has included roles in sales, business development, and management consulting with Zehren*Friedman Associates, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Arthur Andersen, and senior management roles in Treasury Management consulting, sales, product management, customer service businesses with LaSalle/ABN AMRO now Bank of America, the First National Bank of Chicago (now Chase), and the Northern Trust.

Blanche earned a BA at Dartmouth College, a MBA at DePaul University and is a Certified iPEC (Energy Leadership) Coach and a HeartMath Certified Resilience Coach. Blanche has lived and worked abroad in Spain, Chile, and Brazil teaching Spanish and English.

Deb Wilson

Deb is the Finance and Operations Director for The Career Transitions Center responsible for the financial management of the organization and  assists with strategy development and execution. Deb is passionate about provide leading edge ideation focused on improving financial outcomes, operational efficiency, client marketing, and supporting the center’s fundraising and grant writing efforts. Deb teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction client workshops, Boot Camp Financial Literacy workshops and is a team leader for the “Finding Work without Losing Heart” Retreat. Deb spent 33 years in the Financial Services industry with Senior Financial Management and Strategy positions at Comerica Bank, as a Senior Manager FVP in the Audit Consulting Division and Senior Account Manager FVP for the Treasury Management Technology Services Divisions of ABN AMRO/LaSalle Bank and Bank of America. Deb held the position of Principal in the Financial Services Consulting Division of Ernst & Young/Cap Gemini and for 11 years managed multimillion dollar projects at major Financial Institutions throughout the US, Asia and Europe. Deb transitioned to the Non-Profit sector with the desire to use her experience to help Non-Profits. Over the last 13 years she has work for CTC and is also the owner of Campbell-Wilson LLC where she has assisted a variety of Non-Profit organizations with financial management, fundraising and grant acquisition and currently provides financial support to a Technology Start-Up. Deb is and avid volunteer and serves on Gift of Adoption Foundation’s finance committee and as a member of Make-A-Wish Foundation’s fundraising and event management women’s board. Deb also offers meditation retreats for various groups in Chicago. Deb holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the University of Detroit Mercy and a BBA in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Tracy Patton

Tracy is the Client Services Coordinator. She was hired in September 2019. She is responsible for providing support to clients and coaches and assisting with program set up. She also assists with communication to clients and coaches and evaluation of programming. She has a background in marketing and communications.

Tracy Patton

Tracy is the Client Services Coordinator. She was hired in September 2019. She is responsible for providing support to clients and coaches and assisting with program set up. She also assists with communication to clients and coaches and evaluation of programming. She has a background in marketing and communications.

CTC Board of Directors

CTC’s Board of Directors provide strategic guidance and governance. Directors are selected for three-year terms.

  • Kevin Agnew (Latham & Watkins, LLP)
  • James Baldwin (Metropolitan Family Services)
  • Ronaldo Borger 
  • Tanya Earley (Jones Lang LaSalle)
  • Larry Ehretsman (Zaborac Group)
  • Shelly Green (UGN Inc.)
  • Anson Johnson (USG Corp.)
  • Julia Katz (JLK Advistors, LLC)
  • Larry Krema (Allegis Partners)
  • Bernadette Patton (Shields Meneley Partners)
  • Karen Pinks (Claro Healthcare LLC)
  • Jay Schweiger (BMO Harris Bank)
  • Myk Snider (Sphere PR Group)
  • James A. Snyder (Sidley Austin LLP)

Board Officers

  • Board Chair – Larry Krema
  • Vice Chair – Ronaldo Borger
  • Treasurer – Jay Schweiger
  • Secretary – Shelly Green

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Sherry provides leadership and team coaching, facilitation and training to business leaders and teams all over the world.  She leverages the breadth and depth of her experience to help leaders grow and execute organization results.   

 For over 25 years, she held a variety of senior human resource leadership positions in industrial and financial services businesses. Her experience includes global strategic business partnership roles with large employee populations in several geographies. Her consulting practice focuses on leadership and team coaching, leadership development, training and facilitation.  

 Sherry holds a Professional Certified Coach qualification from the International Coaching Federation, holds a master's certificate from Fielding Graduate University in Evidence-Based Coaching and graduate of Coaches Training Institute. She is a certified practitioner of Birkman and Hogan leadership assessments.

Sherry has a strong commitment to volunteerism and has served on nonprofit boards and volunteers at Fourth Presbyterian Church, CTC and Executive Service Corp of Chicago.