Susan Lang, President and CEO
Susan Lang is the founding president/CEO and has led the growth and development of Lime Connect from "concept stage" prior to its inception in 2006, cultivating and managing the organization's high-level corporate, pro bono and community strategic partnerships in addition to overseeing all day to day operations and driving Lime's expansion into the Canada marketplace and new program areas. Ms. Lang has an extensive background in marketing, communications and executive level management in both corporate and not-for-profit settings. As the head of marketing for the third largest not-for-profit hospice organization in the U.S., she spearheaded a successful brand campaign following a major geographic expansion effort that led to significant growth. She also served as a member of the senior management team as SVP and marketing director for the top producing and fastest growing multi-state group of a major regional bank. Prior to Lime Connect, she was the executive director of a national disability organization, where she discovered a passion for working to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. A graduate of Florida State University, Ms. Lang has held leadership positions on the boards of numerous business and community organizations.
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Alissa Brower, Engagement Manager
Alissa Brower is responsible for the organization's overall outreach and communication focus, building broad awareness of the Lime Connect brand. In her role, she works closely with university partners, Lime Connect Fellows, campus ambassadors and other constituents and avenues to attract highly accomplished candidates to The Lime Network. Alissa also manages the organization's valuable corporate partner relationships. Prior to joining Lime Connect, Alissa served as a Program Coordinator for Futures and Options, empowering NYC’s underserved youth through career exploration and professional development. She previously held the position of Affiliate Relations Manager at Dress for Success Worldwide, an international organization dedicated to helping women achieve economic independence. Alissa is a graduate of George Mason University, where she received both her B.A. in Government & International Politics and her M.S. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution.
Rene Forsythe, Director of Professional Development
Rene Forsythe is our newest team member and is responsible for leading all professional development efforts for Lime Fellows, members of The Lime Network and corporate and university partners. In her role, she provides coaching and training for candidates as they navigate the internship and career search process and continues that support once they are established in their careers. She also works with our partners to deliver relevant content around attracting, hiring and retaining high potential employees with disabilities. Prior to joining Lime Connect, Rene spent over fourteen years in the advertising and publishing field with Saatchi and Saatchi, advancing into senior management roles in human resources. Her interest in professional development and working with young adults began early in her career when she worked in various roles in higher education. Rene is a graduate of Drew University and has a Master’s Degree in Counseling.
Pat Holt joined Lime Connect upon its founding and led the development of campus and recruiter relationships for the organization. While she officially retired from her position at the end of 2009, she continues to work with Lime on special projects and Lime Connect programs in Canada. Ms. Holt had a career with a major public company that spanned nearly three decades where she held progressively responsible positions in human resources, public relations and training, and led the companywide Commitment to Excellence corporate culture program. Well versed in the principles of Six Sigma, she assisted in implementing the corporate training for this quality focus. Ms. Holt also worked closely with the founder, CEO and board of directors to successfully implement strategic initiatives for the company. Most recently, she was a program director of a national disability organization, where she, too, realized a passion for her work. Ms. Holt has also held leadership positions on the boards of numerous business and community organizations.
Karen Kelsey, Relationship Manager, Canada
Karen Kelsey is Lime Connect's Relationship Manager, Canada, she is responsible for managing and building the corporate and post-secondary educational institution partnerships integral to the success of the Lime Connect mandate in the Canadian marketplace. Karen also focuses on attracting high-potential students and alumni to grow The Lime Network in Canada, and she acts as the lead and coordinator for the active Canadian volunteer base. Ms. Kelsey brings over 30 years of relationship management and people management experience in the financial services sector to her role. This includes positions of increasing responsibility in retail banking as well as 12 years of experience in human resources, most recently in a senior relationship management position. Karen has also been involved in the not-for-profit sector for the past 10 years where she has held various executive positions on the board of an organization focused on individuals with Asperger Syndrome.
Jennifer LaRusso-Leung, Career Coach
Jennifer LaRusso-Leung is responsible for providing targeted coaching and support for members of The Lime Network, preparing them for career success. In this role, Ms. LaRusso-Leung also identifies professional development needs and creates impactful educational components to help Lime Connect candidates realize their full potential. Prior to this role, Jennifer served as Lime Connect's Director of Engagement for five years. She joined Lime Connect from Columbia Business School, where she was associate director of admissions and led the outreach and recruitment team responsible for all on-campus events and Open House. She was also previously associated with a large corporate law firm where she was responsible for full-cycle campus recruiting and the firm's summer associate program. Jennifer is a graduate of Holy Cross and received her Masters in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
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Alyssa Menard, Marketing and Communications Specialist
Alyssa Menard is responsible for developing and executing marketing and communications initiatives to support the growth and expansion of Lime Connect. She manages Lime’s visibility across platforms through outreach materials, social media marketing, and content creation. She is currently spearheading Lime’s newest storytelling initiatives, which include video profiles and the launch of the organization’s first audio project. Prior to joining Lime Connect, she managed entertainment marketing partnerships at a global children’s humanitarian organization. She has also held a variety of marketing and account management roles in the entertainment and media sector. Ms. Menard is a graduate of the Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.