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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Geri Phillips, Business Development Manager
Email: gphillips@talentcenter.org
Phone: 352-840-5756

Geri is the Business Development Manager for Talent Center and is responsible for managing Business Services for the Professional and Technology sector.  Part of Geri’s role is to work with regional community businesses and organizations to connect with student graduates, professionals in transition and professionals moving to our area.

Geri has been with Talent Center since its inception in September 2016 and has been with CareerSource since 2011 where she obtained a Certified Resume Writer Certification.

Active in the Ocala Human Resources Management Association, Geri serves on the Welcoming and Social Media committees and is a graduate of the very popular Leadership Ocala Marion, Class 32.

Prior to CareerSource Geri served as Director of Technology for SBLM Architects in New York for 6.5 years and Assistant IT Director for 3.5 years where she became a technical Microsoft Certified Professional.

Geri enjoys being able to use her combined experience in technology, career coaching and business development to help cultivate business relationships for Talent Center.

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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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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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George Kent, Recruiter
Email: gkent@talentcenter.org
Phone: 352-840-5761

Born and raised in New York, George has had the opportunity to live in many locations in the United States and abroad during his distinguished 21 year military career.  He has extensive experience working alongside multi-generational and culturally diverse populations of individuals while serving in positions of increased responsibilities and professional influence.  He provided professional development counseling, job specific training and career coaching with junior leaders and entry level employees.  He retired from the United States Army in January 2018 and relocated to Ocala, FL with his spouse to be closer to family.

Having recently worked as a Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist with the Department of Economic Opportunity and Career Source CLM, George facilitated career and training opportunities for eligible veterans in finding meaningful and rewarding employment. George is excited to have an opportunity to align students and professionals in transition to their next professional career chapter at the Talent Center.

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