Atlanta CareerRise Staff

Meet the Atlanta CareerRise Team!

John Helton
Director

John Helton assumed leadership of CareerRise in June 2019, most recently currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director for CobbWorks, Inc. and WorkSource Cobb. Since its founding in 2000, Helton has led the organization in its growth from start-up to a staff of 35, along with providing significant leadership in workforce development at the local and national levels, including his current role as the President of the Southeastern Employment & Training Association (SETA). Prior to that, Helton was Deputy Director of Cobb County’s Department of Family and Children Services. He holds a BS in Public and Social Services from Kennesaw State University and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Services.

Natania Carter
Director of Operations

Natania Carter was a 2018 National Urban Fellow with the Annie E. Casey Foundation-Atlanta Civic Site where she conducted research focused on economic opportunity and managed programming in the Atlanta community. As a fellow, she earned her Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College. Prior to that she was a Senior Process Engineer in the pharmaceutical industry and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Florida State University. The combination of her past experiences allows her to apply a systems-thinking approach to complexities in workforce development to help facilitate economic self-sufficiency.

Helen Slaven
Healthcare Industry Partnership Consultant

Helen Slaven has over 15 years of experience in workforce development, engagement and transformation. In her roles as chief learning officer, educator and organization development consultant, she has helped to create and lead numerous workforce efforts across healthcare organizations in Miami, Atlanta and New York City. Her skills include project development and management, evaluation, training, facilitation and strategic planning. In her role as Healthcare Industry Partnership Manager, she leads the Atlanta CareerRise healthcare training efforts. Helen holds a doctorate degree in Leadership and Adult Learning with a specialization in Human Resource Development from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL.

Atlanta CareerRise

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