Meet Our Staff

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Andrea Abrams, Talent Center Manager
Email: aabrams@talentcenter.org
Phone: 352-840-5770

Having a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Communications and being able to draw on knowledge and experience from a background in Human Resources, Marketing and Property Management has been beneficial while serving professional candidates at Talent Center.

Originally from upstate New York, Andrea has also lived in San Diego, CA, Greenville, SC and Charlotte North Carolina. In Ocala since 2004 and involved in Workforce Development services for 8 years, Andrea is fortunate to have worked in both the Business Services and Career Services areas for CareerSourceCLM. She is a Certified Workforce Development Professional and Certified Professional Resume Writer.

Staying up to date on the latest career seeking tools and trends along with thinking out of the box to develop positive outcomes are core activities that make working at the Talent Center exciting. Collaborating with local business partners and colleagues are Andrea’s favorite part of the job.

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Mary Terrell, Senior Business Development Coordinator
Email: mterrell@talentcenter.org
Phone: 352-840-5757

A long-standing Workforce Development professional and native Floridian, Mary Terrell has been with the Talent Center since its inception. As a Certified Resume Writer and Business Development Coordinator, Mary has developed key relationships with a variety of businesses who she partners with to connect Talent Center professionals in transition and recent graduates of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties.

A Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida, 11 plus years’ experience with the Department of Children and Families and a variety of roles with CareerSourceCLM have woven a rich history of experience identifying needs and connecting those needs with resources. A wealth of knowledge in employment services and business services; Mary’s contribution in serving our business partners and applicants are limitless.

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Penny Spence, Business Development Coordinator
Email: pspence@talentcenter.org
Phone: 352-840-5756

Penny is a true Florida native! Born in Miami and raised in Dunnellon, Florida; Penny now calls Inglis in Levy County home.

Having been in Workforce Development since 2005, Penny has a vast amount of experience working with candidates and offering a wide variety of services. Best known for her resourceful nature and passion for providing assistance to individuals based on their particular needs; Talent Center is excited to have Penny join the team.

At the Talent Center, Penny will serve as Business Development Coordinator and tap into her extensive B2B experience in Management for over 10 years at a communications company.

Penny is excited about working with local businesses to assist them in finding professional candidates.

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Christopher Wilkinson, Recruiter
Email: cwilkinson@talentcenter.org
Phone: 352-840-5761

 

Chris hails from Iowa, and attended Buena Vista University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Criminal Justice and Psychology along with a minor in Sociology.  He enjoyed an extensive career in Criminal Justice, both in Iowa and Florida, where he became interested and gained experience in case management along with individual assessment.  He is excited about utilizing these skills in his new position as a Recruiter at Talent Center.

Today’s workforce is ever-evolving and presents many challenges.  Chris looks forward to assisting and providing professionals and students with the most contemporary resources they need in order to acquire their desired career goals.

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Kim Strauch, Recruiter
Email: kstrauch@talentcenter.org
Phone: 352-840-5761

Kim joined CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion in 2018 as a recruiter, most recently serving the needs of businesses in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics industry.  A Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), Kim brings persistence and passion in working with candidates to find the next step in their career journey.  Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with minors in Information Systems and Psychology, Kim worked in software development and project & product management for ten plus years in the managed care and education fields in New Jersey prior to moving to the Ocala, Florida area in 2015.  Kim is excited to serve students and professionals at the Talent Center, matching their talents with the talent needs of area businesses, and being a part of seeing the region grow and reach its fullest potential.

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