Senior Leadership Team

This is a photo of President and CEO of CODI, Linda Carney 2016

Linda Carney

 
Linda Carney, President & CEO 
Linda received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education at William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, her Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and is continuing her education as a Doctoral Learner for Organizational Leadership.
 
She is currently President and CEO of Career Opportunity Development, Inc. (CODI) in Egg Harbor City, NJ.
 
She is also a NJ Certified CADC Trainer at the Richard Stockton College of NJ. Linda has extensive community involvement as Board Chairperson of the Friends of Jean Webster, Inc., Chair of Strategic Planning at the Central United Methodist Church, Presenter/facilitator - staff, client, and board trainings for internal and external community shareholders, Past State Chair of Association for Choices and Community Supports and Employment Services NJ (ACCSES), Vice Chair of the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Disabilities Committee, Past Chair of the Casino Control Commission Disabilities Council, Past Chair of the Atlantic County Human Services Advisory Council, Established the County Wide Social Services Collaborative - Family Care Partnership, Past President of the Atlantic Area Business and Professional Women’s Association, Past Member United Way Board of Directors, Strategic Planning Committee, Needs Assessment, and Finance Committee, and a Past Member of the Atlantic City Education Foundation.
 
Since 2014, Linda has fulfilled one of her dreams of teaching as an adjunct instructor for Wilmington University. 
 
In the fall of 2015, she was selected as the Adjunct Professor of the Year for the College of Business.

Karen Gardner

 

 
Karen Gardner, Chief Financial Officer 
Karen came to CODI in July of 1990.
 

Joseph Molineaux

 
Joseph Molineaux, Director of Economic Opportunity 
Joe came to CODI in July of 2016. 
 

Kurt Ohlson

Kurt Ohlson, Vice-President of Community Services 
Kurt started at CODI in July of 2011.
Prior to coming to CODI, he spent 24 years in the Hotel Industry moving from the casinos into a General Manager’s position in a full service hotel company. He was responsible for multi-million dollar budgets for Operations, Payroll, and Purchasing expenses as well as Major Capital Improvement Projects. His many years in management has gained him experience in Marketing, Retail, Food & Beverage, Multi-Property Management, and Recruiting. While working full time in the casino industry, Kurt also founded and operated his own job search company, (www.acjobs.com) specializing in employment recruiting for the hotel, restaurant and tourism industry in South Jersey.
 
Kurt became a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) in 2006. 
With college training at the Rhode Island School of Performing Music, Kurt worked many years as a professional drummer in various bands to supplement his income.

Kurt was born in Paterson, NJ, grew up in Rhode Island and returned to NJ in 1985.
The youngest of 6 kids, Kurt had a sister, Karyn, now deceased, who was developmentally disabled. And, his brother Jack has Bipolar Disorder.
Kurt says, “I realize there is a higher power in my life that placed me at CODI. Having experienced it on a personal level with my family members, I understand some of the struggles our consumers face on a daily basis.” “I am truly blessed to be able to help our consumers become more independent through employment”.

He is the father of 3 , Kara and twins, Kyle and Emily. He lives in Sweetwater, NJ.
He enjoys his family, the beach, fishing, crabbing, all outdoor activities and loves to cook. 

Bruce Sarfert

 
Bruce Sarfert, Vice-President of Organizational Employment Services
After serving a few years on CODI's Board of Directors, in 2002, Bruce began working here full-time.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then earned his Doctorate in Ministry in Counseling. He has worked as a therapist in Atlantic County, a Crisis Worker at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, NJ and at local churches implementing youth ministries (particularly with adolescents), counseling and leadership development programs. 
Presently, Bruce is the Vice-President of Organizational Employment Services at CODI.  He oversees the Outsource Center and Adult Training Services (ATS).  Both programs are designed to assist individuals with disabilities to acquire job skills and life skills to further their independence and gain employment in the local community. In the past several years, a Secure Document Shredding business and an Auto Detailing business have grown out of these programs.
Bruce finds working with individuals with various disabilities extremely rewarding and inspiring. 
Bruce is married and has four boys. 
 

Lori Jo Sarfert

 
Lori Jo Sarfert, Executive Assistant 
Lori Jo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. 
 
Lori Jo began her career at CODI in October of 2004 as the DDD Program Manager. While in this position she began CODI's Secure Document Shredding Services and marketed Outsource Center Services.
In 2006, she became CODI's Office Manager, in 2008, Executive Assistant/Office Manager, and in 2016, Executive Assistant.

She is an active volunteer with Atlantic County Office of Emergency Management, Grace Beyond Our Doors Food Pantry in Northfield and Sojourn Community Church in Egg Harbor Township.

This is a photo of Sarai Southrey

Sarai Southrey

 
Sarai Southrey, Vice-President of Residential Services  
Sarai came to CODI in March of 2005. 
 

Taran Winchester

 
Taran Winchester, Quality Improvement Coordinator 
 
A graduate of Millville High School, Taran attended Stockton University and received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Continuing to pursue her education, she received her Masters Degree in Psychology from Walden University.
 
Since coming to CODI in 2009 as a part time Residential Counselor, she has received promotions to Employment Specialist, Supportive Employment Manager, and Residential Manager. Each of these positions has required increasing amounts of managerial competence in working with staff and residents and coordination of social services from providers and hospitals.
 
Taran attained her Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner credential (CPRP) in 2015. The CPRP is a test-based certification that fosters the growth of a qualified, ethical, and culturally divers workforce through enforcement of a practitioner code of ethics.
 
Her most recent promotion is to CODI’s Quality Improvement Coordinator. This is a very important position in our efforts to meet our Mission and Values Statements and maintaining compliance with a wide array of requirements.
 
Taran has also been an active member of CODI’s Women’s Leadership Team and Human Rights Committee.