Meet the Career Readiness Team
Jarrad Grandy Director - Career Readiness 365-2385
Connecting business leaders with educators and students to create relevant learning experiences is what drives Jarrad’s work. Using design and systems thinking with awesome people is how it gets done. He is the past Chairman of the Career Education Planning District Council, which represents the regional administrators responsible for K-12 career readiness throughout the state of Michigan, and is sought after for his expertise in designing and developing career readiness services and programs at the local, state, and national level.Send an Email
Jarrad earned his Bachelor of Arts with a major in History and minor in Political Science from Michigan State University. He also has a Master’s in General Education with an emphasis on Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Jarrad is the winner of the International Association for STEM Leaders - STEM District Leader Award in 2014.
Krista Harmon Career Readiness Coordinator 365-2369
Krista is a self-described “career geek” who has been helping people of all ages connect their unique interests, values and strengths to careers for over 20 years. As a Career Exploration Coordinator focused on the Health sector, she now helps young people discover and clarify their career interests by coordinating “see, touch, and hear” job shadow experiences with local business and educational partners. Helping teens find work that “fits” drives Krista’s work on a daily basis.Send an Email
Despite receiving poor career advice herself, Krista found her way to her “dream job” through education and on-the-job experience in the non-profit world. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both Psychology and Group Social Science (earning secondary-level State of MI teaching credentials) from Grand Valley State University. Training also includes NCDA Global Career Development Facilitator certification. Currently, Krista’s primary goal is assisting her three uniquely-gifted teenagers in navigating the often confusing state of adolescence, with the end goal of becoming independent, caring, joy-filled adults.
Eric Kelliher Consultant 365-2350
Before joining the ISD, Eric spent 15 years in a variety of industries, having worked in K12 Education, Banking, Higher Education, and Retail as a Corporate Trainer. What he didn’t know was that this wide spectrum of experiences would prepare him perfectly for his current role as a Career Readiness Consultant. He has since seen the light, and now seeks to assist other educators in realizing the true value of connecting curriculum to careers and truly preparing students for the “next step” in life.Send an Email
Eric’s spare time is consumed coaching and watching his kids’ Little League teams, going on bike rides with his wife and 3 children, and trying to get to a place where he actually enjoys running. Eric received his BS in Education from Central Michigan and his MA in Curriculum and Educational Technology from Ball State. He is also certified as Career Development Facilitator.
Richard Mushing STEM Consultant 616-364-1333 x2326
Rick’s personal goal in education is to provide engaging experiences for students that promote exploration in a variety of career fields and build connections with student skills and life-long careers.Send an Email
Rick has a background in engineering, geographic information systems, software development, and entrepreneurship. His background includes 6 years teaching Pre-Engineering and Architecture at Kent Career Technical Center, 16 years as the Vice President for a local engineering firm, and 3 years consulting for international companies. Rick holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum Development, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Career Technical Education, Mechanical Engineering Design Technology and a state certification for Occupational Education.
Ebiri Nkugba STEM Consultant 364-1333 x2354
Growing up on a small, local farm is where Ebiri’s values of keeping busy and working hard were first instilled. He put those principles to use when he turned his attention to the sky. Today, he has nearly 20 years of experience in aviation, with positions ranging from Fortune 100 airline management, to technical operations, entrepreneurship, and college flight instruction. He loves to learn and share his passion for knowledge. In 2011 his career veered course when he took a position as an Avionics and Maintenance Instructor at the Kent Career & Technical Center (KCTC) before transitioning to his current position.Send an Email
Ebiri is an active commercial flight instructor who spends his evenings and weekends training pilots. He is a Cornerstone University graduate, and holds industry certifications as an electronics technician, pilot, airplane mechanic, and radiotelephone operator.
Amy Pierce Career Readiness Coordinator 447-5691
Amy thrives in chaos and sees every challenge as an opportunity. Her desired legacy is to make an impact on the small corner of the world she touches. As a Career Exploration Coordinator with Kent ISD she specializes in creating a variety of learning opportunities and experiences for K-12 students. Previously, Amy worked with Davenport University to revamp their experiential learning program. Before that, she worked with Express Employment Professionals, both as a franchise owner and employee. Amy has helped West Michigan companies refine their recruitment, onboarding and retention efforts so that every team member was on the right bus, in the right seat, and on the right route.Send an Email
In Amy’s free time, you can routinely find her with her head stuck in book or celebrating life, sitting around a bonfire with family and friends. Amy received her BA in Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University and her MBA in Strategic Management from Davenport University.
Lindsey Tilley Career Readiness Coordinator 447-5690
Lindsey has the soul of an educator and strives to help more and more students see the world as their classroom. She currently is the Career Exploration Coordinator for Tech & Design, and works to create a variety of opportunities for students to interact and experience the vibrant industries that exist in Kent County. Lindsey began her career in global marketing at Amway then spent 8 years in the classroom at Northview High School. Now she is focused on bringing these two worlds a little closer together.Send an Email
Outside of the ISD Lindsey loves to dream with her own kids who currently plan to be a “Doctor for animals that aren’t sick” and “a mermaid” when they grow up. She is a curator of experiences, relationships and loves to bring people together. Lindsey received her BS in Education (English/Art) from Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!) and her MA in Educational Technology from Michigan State (Go Green!).
Cheryl Williams Administrative Assistant 365-2295
Cheryl began her administrative assistant career in a local law office, but little did she know she would start a “new” career in an educational setting with Kent ISD over 26 years ago. Environmental and Health Education were extremely interesting and fun, and she is excited to be working with an awesome Career Readiness staff.Send an Email
Cheryl enjoys working in her perennial gardens, league bowling, crafts and especially spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. Cheryl has her associate’s degree from GRCC and is a graduate of Northview High School (go Wildcats!).