Allison Karl O'Kelly, CEO and Founder
Allison Karl O’Kelly is the founder of Mom Corps and an award winning entrepreneur. Allison founded Mom Corps in 2005 to help other working moms find flexible work in their fields without sacrificing the needs of their families.
Since that time, she has grown Mom Corps to a loyal talent network of over 160,000 job seekers and has placed thousands of them in flexible work opportunities. As such, she has become a sought after expert in workplace flexibility. Allison has been recognized in the news media (TODAY Show, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes) and awarded on a national level (Ernst & Young Winning Women, Working Mother, Inc. 500, Conference Board).
Most recently, Allison launched Mom Corps YOU, an online coaching and learning portal for professionals seeking flexible work. Allison hopes that through this portal, professionals will find the tools and resources they need to achieve their own work-life satisfaction.
Before founding Mom Corps, Allison was in a fast track management program at Toys “R” Us, where she had various roles including launching the original Babiesrus.com web site and running an $11 million Toys "R" Us Store. She began her career in public accounting at KPMG Peat Marwick. Allison received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BBA in Accounting from the University of Georgia, Cum Laude. Allison is a CPA, licensed in Georgia, and the mother of three little boys who appreciate their mom’s flexible schedule. Find her on Twitter @allisonokelly
Maria Goldsholl, COO
Maria comes to Mom Corps with an extensive background in organizational and talent development, culture management and work/life program implementation. Before joining Mom Corps, Maria served as Director of Organizational Development for The Weather Channel, where she had been since 2002. Prior to that, she was a Partner and Managing Director for the executive search firm The Right Brain Group, Inc. Maria has also served as Director of Human Resources for such companies as Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. and National Video Center. Maria has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of La Verne in Athens, Greece and a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior from Brooklyn College in New York. She is the mother of two young boys who are always teaching her something new about life.
Shoshana Kariuki, Controller
Shoshana comes to Mom Corps after spending 10 years as a Controller working in the government contracting industry, most recently at Catapult Technology. During that time, she implemented accounting standards that improved efficiencies as well as automate accounting procedures. She also worked as the Director of Finance for a non-profit, Alliance to Save Energy. Prior to that, Shoshana was a Staff Accountant for a business management firm managing finances for high net worth individuals. Shoshana has a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a CPA. She is the mother of one young boy who has changed the way she sees the world.
Mary Kai Macken, Director of Corporate Business Development and Operations
Mary Kai joined Mom Corps in 2011 bringing extensive experience in staffing and executive search to the team. Mary Kai began her career in the staffing industry 20 years ago working for TRC Staffing Services, Pro Staff Personnel and PIC Marubeni Group, providing skilled personnel to independent power producers and utilities worldwide.
Mary Kai transitioned from staffing domestic and international large scale projects to executive search while serving as Director at Wyndham Mills International. During her tenure, Mary Kai cultivated and managed a portfolio of retained executive searches for key accounts nationwide and traveled extensively, managing client partnerships, providing consulting services and successfully implementing human capital acquisition strategies.
In her free time, she enjoys tennis, travel and most importantly spending time with her husband and three children.
Trista Wearing, Director of Special Projects
Trista joined Mom Corps in 2006. She has extensive experience in staffing and recruiting with an expertise in applicant tracking systems, operational support and project management. Trista serves as our business process lead with responsibilities encompassing technology and special projects. She supports operations, compliance and legal. Additionally, Trista collaborates with the franchise relations team and is often a liaison between franchises owners and corporate staff.
Trista received her bachelor's degree in human ecology with a minor in business administration from The University of Tennessee. As the mother of two young boys, she appreciates our core value of responsible flexibility.
Melissa Caouette, Franchise Relations
Melissa joined Mom Corps in 2009, serving an imperative role as Mom Corps' Office Manager - supporting both the corporate team as well as franchise owners to make sure their needs were addressed. Melissa handled all payroll and compliance measures, processed unemployment requests and constructed territories for new franchises. In 2011, she transitioned into franchise relations where she assists new franchises in all aspects of growing their businesses.
An integral part of our Mom Corps team, Melissa has a BA in International Relations from the University of Connecticut and is excited to work for a company that enables to her to spend more time with her two amazing boys.
Renee Spurlin, Marketing Director
Renee joined Mom Corps in October 2013 with a background in digital marketing and public relations. Prior to coming to Mom Corps, she served as vice president of client services for a marketing communications agency, where she led award-winning email, experiential and interactive marketing and media relations campaigns for brands in a variety of industries.
Renee graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business, and completed her master's in corporate public relations at Boston University's College of Communication. She is an active member of the Atlanta chapter of the American Marketing Association, where she serves as president.
Karoline Brennan, Communications Specialist
Karoline joined Mom Corps in 2011. She has an extensive background in the cable and communications industry with a focus in human resources and advertising sales. Prior to Mom Corps, Karoline worked for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., The Weather Channel and most recently Fox Sports. Karoline is the right hand of the Marketing Department, assisting with internal communications and franchise needs.
Karoline has a bachelor's degree in Journalism with a concentration in PR. She is the mother of three young girls and has come to appreciate the beauty of work/life balance!
Mary-Lee Austin, Social Media Coordinator
Mary-Lee manages social media for Mom Corps. She started her career in advertising at Ogilvy and Mather in Chicago. As a Media Planner, she was responsible for planning and negotiating print, television and radio. Following her time in media, she joined the company’s account team, developing brand strategy and strategic marketing platforms. Mary-Lee left the agency business in pursuit of advertising sales and joined Gruner & Jahr Publishing. As Midwest Account Manager, she represented Family Circle Magazine, their eight lifestyle publications and the Family Circle Tennis Cup Tournament.
Mary-Lee enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters.