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 strategic partnerships in addition to overseeing all day to day operations and driving Lime's expansion. 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 changing the way people with disabilities are viewed in the workplace. A graduate of Florida State University, Ms. Lang has held leadership positions on the boards of numerous business and community organizations. She is an often-requested and frequent speaker on the strengths and talent that people with disabilities possess.
Karen Acampado, Career Coach
Karen Acampado provides focused career coaching and guidance for members of The Lime Network. Karen’s role supports the professional development and success of participants in the Foundations Program for young professionals, and she assists the team with various initiatives within the organization. Karen has worked as a career services professional since 2005 at colleges and universities in the NYC area. She has always been in a people-facing role, advising undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni on the career development process. Karen has experience working on student engagement and employer relations and has managed large-scale career events. She enjoys working with individuals on interview techniques, internship/job search, personal branding, and resume development, and is passionate about educating people on how to achieve career success. Karen is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and received her Master of Science in Education from St. John’s University.
Alissa Brower-Severini, Director of Engagement
Alissa Brower-Severini 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.
Evelyn Cooke, Marketing and Communications Manager
Evelyn Cooke 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 spearheads Lime’s storytelling initiatives, which include video profiles and the management of our digital presence. Prior to joining Lime Connect, she managed brand development and innovations for global consumer goods manufacturers and Lime Connect Partner, Unilever. She has also held a variety of marketing and account management roles for growing brands with large visions including her own scholarship program and pastry venture. Ms. Cooke is a graduate of the School of Business at Howard University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.
Rene Forsythe, Director of Professional Development
Rene Forsythe 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 has been an integral part of Lime Connect's success since its founding and initially led the development of all 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. In Ms. Holt's previous career with a major public company, 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 that 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 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 in Canada, where 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 - including Lime Connect Ambassadors. Ms. Kelsey brings strong 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 human resources, most recently in a senior relationship management position. Karen has also been involved in the not-for-profit sector for the past 15 years where she has held various executive positions on the board of an organization focused on individuals with Asperger Syndrome.
Lauriann Elise Kormylo, Outreach Coordinator
Lauriann Elise Kormylo is responsible for enhancing Lime Connect's reach and visibility, focusing on: attracting new members and building community within the Lime Network; strengthening relationships with university partners and professional organizations; and promoting Lime’s various programs. Lauriann is excited to engage new and promising members in the Lime community! Previous to joining the Lime Connect team, Lauriann worked in student affairs at both Fordham and New York Universities, coordinating New Student Orientation, advising student organizations, and developing community on campus. Lauriann is passionate about mental health, disability, and LGBTQIA+ rights. She has been educating and advocating for over 5 years, and values intersectional perspective. Lauriann is certified through NCBH's Mental Health First Aid program, and holds both a BS in Psychology from Fordham University and an MA in Higher Education & Student Affairs from New York University. Lauriann is currently based in New York City, and is originally from Long Island, NY.
Jennifer LaRusso-Leung, Trainer
Jennifer LaRusso-Leung's current role with Lime Connect is focused on training. Previously, she was responsible for providing targeted coaching and support for members of The Lime Network, preparing them for career success. In that role, Ms. LaRusso-Leung also identified professional development needs and created impactful educational components to help members of The Lime Network realize their full potential, including the Lime Connect Foundations Program for young professionals who have disabilities. Originally, Jennifer served as Lime Connect's Director of Engagement for five years. She joined Lime 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.
Helen Latimer, Career Coach
Helen Latimer works with members of The Lime Network providing actionable advice to help them move forward with their career goals. Helen’s extensive business experience includes running her own coaching practice and serving as both a Director and Vice President with DIRECTV Inc. in Los Angeles. Specializing in career and transition coaching, Helen is a member of John McKee and Associates, a prestigious international coaching organization with coaches in over 20 countries. A long-time volunteer in Toronto, Helen is Secretary and Member of the Board at CultureLink, a community organization serving the needs of diverse communities. She is the co-author of The Plan, a step-by-step guide to achieving personal balance, career success, and financial strength.