Experienced Leadership Committed to Serving our Clients.

Our work is made possible by an engaged board, a small committed staff, and a dedicated team of more than 40 volunteer career coaches, whose commitment of talent and time make the CTC experience positive and effective. Our volunteer career coaches meet with clients one-on-one, facilitate peer groups, conduct workshops, and assist in every phase of a client's self-directed job search including skills and talent assessment, development of marketing tools (resumes, letters, etc.), plans of action, company and industry research, job interviewing, compensation negotiations and networking.


 CTC Staff

  Anita Jenke 

Anita is the Executive Director of the Career Transitions Center of Chicago. She was hired by the board of directors and started at CTC in January 2009. She is a former CTC client, volunteer coach. Anita is responsible for the fundraising, strategic direction and management of the organization. Prior to CTC, Anita was the first development director at The Women’s Treatment Center. She has a BA in Russian History from Murray State University. She has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management with a focus on fundraising and workforce development. An avid volunteer for arts and community service organizations, Anita has worked with and served on several nonprofit boards. She serves on the board of The Chicago Jobs Council and is the chair of the board of the DePaul Institute for Business and Professional Ethics. She is the past president of the board of Woman Made Gallery and has volunteered with Acts of Kindness Cabaret. Anita was the 2013 recipient of the Illinois Career Development Association's Advocacy Award.

 Blanche Roberts 

Blanche is Program and Coaching Director at CTC. Having personally experienced many career transitions, planned and unplanned, Blanche Roberts' passion is to help clients discover how to thrive from their own career transition efforts.

Her professional career has included roles in sales, business development, and management consulting with Zehren*Friedman Associates, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Arthur Andersen, and senior management roles in Treasury Management consulting, sales, product management, customer service businesses with LaSalle/ABN AMRO now Bank of America, the First National Bank of Chicago (now Chase), and the Northern Trust.

Blanche earned a BA at Dartmouth College, a MBA at DePaul University and is a Certified iPEC (Energy Leadership) Coach and a HeartMath Certified Resilience Coach. Blanche has lived and worked abroad in Spain, Chile, and Brazil teaching Spanish and English.

Deb Wilson

Deb is the Finance and Operations Director for CTC. She is a former CTC client. Deb was hired in 2010. She is responsible for financial management and vendor management. She also teaches workshops for CTC Clients on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and served as a team leader at the “Finding Work without Losing Heart” annual retreat in 2017. Prior to her nonprofit career, Deb spent 20+ years in financial services and consulting for Bank of America, LaSalle Bank and Ernst & Young.  Deb holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the University of Detroit Mercy and a BBA in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She is an active member of Old St. Patrick’s Church and engages in frequent volunteer work and event fundraising on behalf of local nonprofit organizations.

Tracy Patton

Tracyis the Client Services Coordinator. She was hired in September 2019. She is responsible for providing support to clients and coaches and assisting with program set up. She also assists with communication to clients and coaches and evaluation of programming. She has a background in marketing and communications.

CTC Board of Directors

CTC's Board of Directors provide strategic guidance and governance. Directors are selected for three-year terms. 

  • Kevin Agnew (Latham & Watkins, LLP)
  • James Baldwin (Metropolitan Family Services)
  • Ronaldo Borger (Simbria)
  • Tanya Earley (Jones Lang LaSalle)
  • Larry Ehretsman (Zaborac Group)
  • Shelly Green (UGN Inc.)
  • Anson Johnson (USG Corp.)
  • Julia Katz (JLK Advistors, LLC)
  • Larry Krema (Allegis Partners)
  • Bernadette Patton (Shields Meneley Partners)
  • Karen Pinks (Claro Healthcare LLC)
  • Jay Schweiger (BMO Harris Bank)
  • Myk Snider (Sphere PR Group)
  • James A. Snyder (Sidley Austin LLP)


Board Officers

  • Board Chair - Larry Krema
  • Treasurer - Jay Schweiger
  • Secretary - Shelly Green