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Sheila Novak

Position: Employment Specialist

I’m Sheila and I’m an Employment Specialist Job Coach at employU. Growing up, I’ve always considered myself to be a passionate person who puts my all into the things I do. At one time, a colleague gave me an alternate name of Ashalata, which in East Indian, means Vine of Hope. Identifying with that name, I consider myself a P.I.A. (Passionate Individual named Ashalata). I believe it truly encompasses my roots and life experiences.

I was born in Painesville Ohio, which I think is perfect name of a place for any mother to give birth (Get it? PAINesville.) I attended Florida State University and received a B.S. in Business/Marketing and Sales. Prior to joining the employU team, I worked in employment services for 6 years, developing business and community relationships for the purpose of identifying and creating employment and on-the-job training opportunities for clients. I also had a successful career in business consulting and sales, project administration, and accounting. These successes have helped shape my ability to identify and understand the needs of each unique client and employer. I think every client is like a wrapped gift, just waiting to discover the surprise and the value inside the package. I believe that every person possesses their own gifts and talent, and that it is my job to discover what those are and match them with the needs of an employer. Everybody needs an opportunity to find and reach their potential and to never limit how high their bar can be raised, but instead help them to help themselves raise their own bar.

Some of my personal passions are spending time with my family and a special dog named Rocky, whitewater rafting, any water activity, and golf. I also enjoy volunteer work, successful grant writing for small non-profits who serve people that are economically disadvantaged or disabled and organizations that help youth. I have been a volunteer mentor in Take Stock in Children for 13 years. This is a statewide mentoring program that upon HS graduation the student earns a 4 year scholarship.

I think my job with employU is the best in the market because I am able to help community individuals and employers reach their goals and objectives. I also like knowing that I am doing my part to help local, state, and federal economies.