Jerry T. Myers, President
Jerry is an expert in employee coaching, community engagement, workforce development strategies, and leadership development. Using his skills from 12 years of corporate experience in sales and marketing, management, and training, allows him to assist organizations in strategic workforce and training initiatives. In 2012, Jerry began consulting in Atlanta, GA. Having worked in a variety of industries including proprietary education, non-profit leadership, and sales development for billion dollar organizations, Jerry's methodologies of revenue generation is impressive.
Since founding IN THE DOOR, some of his clients include the City of Atlanta, Goodwill of North Georgia, DeKalb School District, ICare Atlanta, CHP International and AARP to name a few. Also, he is a Professor of Marketing, Business Communication, and Public Administration at Saint Leo University and Belhaven University. Jerry also served as the elected President of the Employer Committee for two counties with the Georgia Department of Labor. His innovative ideas on career search strategies are quoted in his recent publication GET IN THE DOOR: 7 Keys to Maximizing Your Career Search.
As an active member of the Atlanta community, Jerry serves on the Board of the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce and on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Rural Prosperity Council. He has a Bachelor of Political Science degree from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Public and Business Administration. His excitement outside of work includes playing golf with his sons and attending community events with his family.
Robert Gordon, Director of One-Stop Operations
Robert Gordon currently serves as the Statewide Director for One-Stop Operations for IN THE DOOR, and is also the One-Stop Operator site manager for WorkSource DeKalb.
Prior to rejoining the private sector, Robert served as a Career Center Manager for the Georgia Department of Labor at the DeKalb, Albany, Sylvester, and Dawson Career Centers. He is a former member of the DeKalb Workforce Investment Board, the Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board, and several Chambers of Commerce and other workforce-based organizations.
On numerous occasions, Mr. Gordon has served as a panelist during career development conferences. He also contracts with various government agencies to provide customized career development workshops.
Mr. Gordon has a business degree from Florida A&M University. He has an Economic Development Certificate from the University of Georgia, and is a graduate of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s EXCEL Leadership Program.
Robert is a product of DeKalb County Schools, and he and his wife currently reside in Stone Mountain.
Roberta Hall, Regional Manager
Roberta Hall has over 20 years of Workforce Development experience in private and public industries. Mrs. Hall owned and operated a staffing agency and worked in human resources in the I.T. profession before transitioning into senior management roles under the Workforce Investment Act. She held appointments as Deputy Director and Executive Director. She also worked for the Georgia Department of Labor as a statewide Employment and Training Consultant.
Hall has implemented notable strategic alignments of human capital needs under her recognized E3 (Economic Development, Education, and Employment) initiatives championed by employers in the Healthcare and Energy sectors. Roberta has been a visionary leader in youth training programs and has served as a Youth Council Chair.
Before joining the IN THE DOOR Leadership Team, Hall worked as a Branch Manager for six years in staffing and has in-depth knowledge of today's workforce's expectations. She is an Alumni of Shorter University, where she earned a degree in Business Administration and is a graduate of Leadership Dekalb. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and working on DIY projects.
Valerie Myers, Staff Accountant
Valerie serves as the Staff Accountant with over ten years of experience in taxation. She has assisted individuals, as well as small and large businesses with tax and accounting related matters. Before joining IN THE DOOR in early 2016, she worked at St. Mark Church in the Metro Atlanta Area. Valerie also currently teaches accounting for high school students. She holds a Bachelor degree in Business Finance and an Associates in Accounting. In Valerie’s free time she enjoys teaching art to young ladies and attending plays with her family.
Paul Allen, One-Stop Operator
Paul Allen operates a Comprehensive One-Stop Career Center in Houston County, Georgia. Paul works closely with local businesses, government agencies, community partners, and job seekers to address the growing skills gap. After spending over a decade working in education, teaching in the International Baccalaureate program at Central High School, Paul knows what truly matters to the current and future workforce — and it’s not mastering the marketing flavor of the week. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them. Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and History from the Loyola Marymount University of Westchester California. In addition to his extensive teaching and training and experience, Paul is a trained career and business coach. Paul believes that education is the medicine that can remedy the disturbing cycle of poverty and restore the values that will breed success in our society.
Elaine Nabors, One-Stop Coordinator
Ms. Carrie Elaine Nabors is a One-Stop Coordinator for IN THE DOOR. She brings over eight years’ experience in agencies providing community resources for the public. She spent four years working through the TITLE V Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which helps people 55 and older receive training and experience to reenter the workforce. She spent a year working through the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency, assisting clients with job searches and providing information regarding the different resources and programs in the area. Most recently, Carrie was working with the Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency as a Career Advisor. During her time there, she directed clients in resume assistance, job search, employment services, and unemployment services such as UI and PUA rules, regulations, questions /concerns, and claim assistance calls. Carrie has over 30 years’ experience working in accounting, customer service, and inventory control with Cummins Filtration in Cookeville, TN. Carrie has four grandchildren with one who serves in the Airforce and is currently stationed in Afghanistan. Carrie also teaches Sunday school at Bussell Church of Christ in Cookeville, TN.
Janie Reid, One-Stop Operator Manager
A life-long native of Putnam County, Georgia, Janie Reid has more than 30 years of experience in social services, program development, program analysis, and program management. As a past elected public official, Janie has strong networking skills that allows her to connect closely and positively with local businesses, government agencies, community partners, and job seekers to address the growing skills gap.
A graduate of Butler-Baker High School, she attended Georgia College and State University with a concentration in Business Administration. She is a graduate of Leadership Putnam, as well as several regional leadership classes. In 2015 she was commissioned by the Middle Georgia Regional commission as a Regional Leadership Champion for the Middle Georgia Area.
Janie recently received her Leadership Management Specialist Certification in 2018.
She is married to John Reid, the mother of two, and a grandmother of four.
Roscell Hall, One-Stop Operator
Roscell Hall, a native of Athens, GA has a passion for helping others. He lives by the quote by Maya Angelou, “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
Roscell spent 13 years in the telecommunications industry and has led several teams throughout Metro Atlanta. As a top performing sales manager, Roscell trained and mentored several new hires as a member of the Onboarding Team. He designed a district career development program for sales specialists to transition into management. He also trained device specialists on sales knowledge and core competencies which led to 55% being promoted.
Roscell is actively involved in the Men’s Ministry and a member of the advisory council at West Oakland Baptist Church. As a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, he is active in the community as well. He has a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from Albany State University. Roscell is an avid sports fan and loves to spend time with his wife, Sarah and their family.
Stephanie Bermel, One-Stop Operator
Stephanie joined the IN THE DOOR team in November 2017 and immediately provided excellent customer service while building authentic relationships with clients at the One-Stop Career Center in Macon-Bibb. Being an Honorably Discharged military veteran and having served in the US Army for almost ten years, she knows firsthand how hard work, commitment to excellence, and teamwork can transform lives. In her career, Stephanie trained as a Motor Transport Operator, Military Police, and an Aircraft Hydraulics Specialist. Stephanie attended Kaplan University where she studied Business Administration and her passion for helping people was bolstered when she was deployed to Louisiana during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for a humanitarian mission. Stephanie’s education and experience are coupled with a passion for helping people that are in need. Her personal belief is that everyone is capable of doing something great if given the opportunity. Stephanie joined the IN THE DOOR team in November 2017.
Dr. Sharonda Bacon, One-Stop Operator
Sharonda Bacon is a graduate of Strayer University in Savannah, Georgia where she earned her Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration specializing in management. As a scholar, she was invited to join the Alpha Chi and Golden Key Honor Societies because of her academic insight. She is highly sought after by her colleagues and senior staff leaders to serve as a motivational guest speaker for the students during Strayer Town Hall meetings.
Sharonda serves as an Adjunct Professor at Savannah Technical College where she has instructed for over three years and teaches employability skills, business communication, and basic computer skills i.e., word, excel, and powerpoint.
She has a wealth of knowledge at the mid-level and supervisory management levels after working several years for the Retail Giant “Wal-Mart”. She trained and coached employees to advance within the company. In this position, she focused her skills in Teaching, Human Resources Development, Conflict Resolution, Leadership, and Diversity Training.
She thrives on actively giving back to the community and has aligned herself with several diverse professional affiliations from serving as a board member for the Non-Profit Organization, “GIFTS” (Giving Is from the Soul) Inc. to serving as a Volunteer Mediator with the Savannah Mediation Center whereby her strong compassion to help others continue to impact her community positively. From shaping our youth by collaborating as a Mentor for the Gulfstream Student Leadership Program inspiring youth to become leaders within their communities to actively participating in the kickoff of the summer 500 program where she taught the youth employability skills i.e., soft/interpersonal skills, business communication, interview techniques and resume’ building. Sharonda truly lives by the motto of “Blessed to be a blessing to others.”
Vinus Alscott, Staff Accountant
Vinus has 18+ years of experience in accounting and finance. Prior to joining IN THE DOOR, Vinus was the Assistant Controller at Homeowners Advantage LLC, where she led accounting and financial reporting for various large and mid-sized condominium association boards. Prior to her work with Homeowners Advantage, Vinus held various management positions within the accounting and finance divisions of two publicly traded real estate investment firms. Vinus is an alumna of Georgia State University, where she earned her undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Finance, a Master’s in Accountancy and a Master’s in Taxation. She currently serves on Jamaica Missions USA Advisory Board.
Dr. Markisha Butler, Regional Leader/One-Stop Operator Manager
A passionate and purposeful problem-solver, Dr. Butler has spent her life fighting to improve the education and workforce opportunities for the residents of Glynn County. After earning her undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Public Administration from Savannah State University, Dr. Butler began her career in education policy. She has worked in various positions throughout the Glynn and Wayne County area including the Glynn and Wayne Head Start, Brunswick Job Corps, Altamaha Technical College, and Coastal Pines Technical College. Prior to joining In The Door, Dr. Butler worked as the Regional Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Economic Development-Georgia WorkSmart program, where she worked with area technical colleges and business community to promote work-based learning models, such as apprenticeships, internships, and on-the-job training, as a workforce development tool. In August 2016, she received her Doctorate of Education with concentrations in Organizational Leadership and Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
A graduate of GA Academy for Economic Development and Leadership Glynn, Dr. Butler is committed to improve her community. She is a Trustee at the College of Coastal Georgia. A committee member of the Glynn County Comprehensive Plan, which focuses on increasing physical growth and development throughout the county. She is also a partner for Glynn County Family Connections where she is a member of the Parent University Advisory Committee. She serves as a volunteer at the United Way of Coastal Georgia, and is the Vice President of the Job Corps Education Workforce Council. She is the Social Action Chair for Brunswick Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Atala James, One-Stop Operator
Atala James has spent most of her career working in non-profit and higher education sectors working to address the disparities that she has seen in the communities where she has lived and worked in. Atala has over 15 years of experience in human resources and talent management, workforce development and community program management. Atala has worked as a Program Manager for six years in Ohio and Georgia with mature individuals (55 and over) through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Atala is passionate about community and public service as well as helping people achieve their goals.
Jamaal Hall, One-Stop Operator
Jamaal Hall is a native of Albany, GA but currently lives in Atlanta, GA. He has over fifteen years of experience serving the Public and Private Sector through many different aspects, whether through Marketing, Counseling, Customer Service or Supervision. Before joining IN THE DOOR, he worked for the Georgia Department of Labor as an Operations Analyst. Jamaal is a graduate of Fort Valley State University with a degree in Social Work. Jamaal is finishing his Masters in Public Administration (Summer 19’). He is an avid sports fan, but mainly a die-hard Fort Valley State Wildcats and Atlanta Falcons Fan. He currently resides in Smyrna, Georgia with my Fiancé’ and two lovely kids. He lives by the quote “Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”
Kelly DeJesus, One-Stop Operator, Manager
Kelly A. DeJesus One-Stop Operator Manager Kelly has over fifteen years' experience in personnel management, administrative policies, career coaching, and advising. Her unique abilities and skills working within management systems allow for a comprehensive mentoring approach that helps people achieve their goals. She strives towards excellence through positivity, teamwork, and communication, while honing the strengths in each person with the thought of, "Once you believe in yourself, you are halfway towards your goal." Kelly takes an active role within the local community non-profits, agencies, institutions, education system, and veteran services. She is a strong supporter of the United States Armed Forces and comes from a military family.
A graduate from Upper Iowa University, Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Public Administration. Outside of work Kelly's interests include spending time outdoors, in the beautiful parks of Tennessee, gatherings with friends and family, and attending local entertainment and venues. She is married to Enrique DeJesus, the mother of three, and a loving grandmother of one.
Crystal Mills, Interim One-Stop Operator
Crystal Black Mills serves as the Interim One-Stop Operator for IN THE DOOR. She brings over 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing, business development, strategic planning, and revenue management in both the profit and nonprofit sectors. She has worked with fortune 500 hundred companies as well as small startup businesses. Crystal is also a successful business consultant focused on helping companies and nonprofits maximize their potential, generate growth, and develop a sustainable competitive edge.
A huge supporter of her local community and Crystal serves as Chair of Clayton County United Way Advisory Board, Brighter Futures Advisory Board member, and various other community groups. She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Clayton, a 2012 graduate of Georgia Academy for Economic Development, as well as a 2013 graduate of Regional Leadership Institute.
Crystal is a proud graduate of Virginia Tech and an active member of Closer Look Ministries in Hampton, GA. Crystal has two daughters and lives in Jonesboro with husband Kedrick.
Aaron Fletcher, One-Stop Operator Navigator
Aaron Fletcher believes elevation equals expansion. Throughout his life, he strives to grow with every experience. In 2010, Aaron decided to enter the Atlanta Baptist Association Oratorical Contest. For weeks he prepared himself for this task, by attending speech courses, writing workshops, and constant repetition. Coming from telling jokes in the classroom, to speaking about community issues in a congregational setting, he became aware of his community and self-worth. On the day of the contest, he received a standing ovation but was disqualified due to the time limit. He took the loss and turned it into a start. In his teen years, he spoke at brunches, Eagle Scout Ceremonies, and was granted privilege to educate the youth on staying encouraged and victorious. In his twenty-three years, he strives to become a living example of success.
In the summer of 2019, WorkSource DeKalb awarded Aaron “Most Outstanding Intern,” and he plans to continue to serve others through IN THE DOOR.
Savannah Perkins, Youth Program Specialist
Savannah’s passion is working with youth and young adults, and she strives to help as many as she can reach their goals and help them onto a successful path. Among the nearly 6 years working within the WIOA program and her experience working with human services, she has helped many youth participants.
Savannah has also gained certification in other areas to build upon her skill set. Savannah attended Georgia Academy for Economic Development and earned a Regional Economic and Leadership Development certification in 2017. She participated at the National Council for Behavioral Health and obtained certification in Youth Mental Health First Aid in 2018. Savannah earned her degree in Business Technology from Southeastern Technical College
She is a wife, mother, and lover of people. Savannah loves sport and traveling in her spare time.