Meet Our Leaders

See what excites us about coming to work every day.

Kristin Harrington

Executive Director

I have the genuine privilege of working alongside some of my favorite people in life. In a job, you quickly realize that everything else is icing on the proverbial cake when you’re surrounded by the best-of-the-best. Passion, motivation, talent, work ethic – this team has it all and I am indebted to every one of them. That each team member has chosen to devote their energies and talents to changing young peoples’ lives – it doesn’t get much better.

“The team, the team, the team.” – Bo Shembechler

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Jan Ennis

Director of Operations

As a Veteran, I found transitioning from the Army to a civilian career very challenging despite having a bachelor’s degree and years of relevant experience. My transition from the military allowed me to experience a small piece of the frustrations that many of our young people experience every day. Being a part of the Youth Solutions organization helps me keep this experience in perspective. Knowing that our teams make a difference in the lives of youth everyday is extremely satisfying.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and the learning from failure.” – General Colin Powell

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Kara Purcell

Operations and Training Supervisor

My life’s calling is in education and working with youth. I have to be part of an organization that values children from underserved communities and is committed to improving their lives. Although newer to the company, I love being part of a team that is solutions focused. We know there is tremendous need in our education system, and we focus our time, energy, and resources on fixing those problems – one child at a time.

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

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Beth Vander Ark

Operations and Training Supervisor

Each day I get to join a group of passionate, impact-focused team members. What could be more exciting than that? Plus we have really good coffee.

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi

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Mindy Watson

Special Projects Manager

One of the biggest challenges facing Michigan is transitioning away from the mindset that a four year career pathway is the only way to high wages and success. As a state, we need to re-focus young people on post-secondary, industry-driven pathways that embrace ALL credentials from short-term training certificates to advanced degrees. It’s exciting to work alongside a team that shares this winning vision for Michigan’s youth.

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

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Josh Cosner

Vice President of Finance, Kinexus

Solving the challenges of our communities means investing in the future and thinking long-term. As Michigan strives to fill the workforce gaps left by our retiring workforce, it becomes all-the-more-clear that investing in young people is the solution for long-term prosperity. I’m proud to work with an organization that’s in it for the long haul and committed to our future.

“Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” – Brian Tracy

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Mary Fowler

Executive Administrator

It is so exciting and heartwarming to be a part of this organization. Each and every day we have youth at the forefront of our decisions as we expand youth services across the state. It’s a great feeling to be part of a company that walks the walk and genuinely wants a better future for our young people.

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

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