Meet Our Team

  • Krista Harmon Career Exploration 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.
     
    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 Career Readiness 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.

    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.

    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.

  • Amy Pierce Career Exploration 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.  

    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.