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 Maria Persico is President of Career Management Consultants, Inc.  She has been associated with the company since her late husband, Louis Persico, founded it in 1986.  She has provided career management, coaching and assessment services to companies and individuals in transition.  In addition to career management services, Maria has extensive experience in training, teaching, assessment, counseling, cross-cultural communications, and foreign language training for executives in major companies.  She speaks fluently Portuguese, French, Spanish and English and is certified by the State of Pennsylvania to teach foreign languages.  

Maria has a M.S. Degree in Psychological Services (Counseling and Assessment) from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  She received her B.S. Degree in Education from Temple University.  She has been an instructor of foreign languages at Messiah College, Grantham, PA in the Languages, Literature and Communications Department.  She has also served as an instructor and supervisor of student teachers at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA and at HACC (Harrisburg Area Community College), Harrisburg, PA.


 Joe Schatt is Chief Executive Officer of Career Management Consultants, Inc.  Joe is a senior business executive with a corporate career spanning over 35 years in Administration, Human Resources/Labor Relations and 13 years as a Corporate Officer.  During his career, he has been an advisor to executive management and served as a company spokesperson with Allegheny Teledyne, Bethlehem Steel, McLouth Steel and Detrex Corporation.  Joe also served as Senior Vice President for the Troy, MI based Executive Search Firm of Harvey Hohauser and Associates.  Throughout his professional career, he has been responsible for all Human Resources functions including recruiting, career planning/development and outplacement services.  

Joe received a B.S. degree in Finance from LaSalle University.  He is a certified Life Options Retirement Planning Coach assisting individuals with their career decisions and directions.  A dedicated community leader, he is a member of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg; the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce; Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central Pennsylvania; Board of Directors member (Board President-3 years) Catholic Charities (Diocese of Harrisburg); Holy Spirit Health Systems Patient Safety Committee member and Board of Directors member for Spirit Physician Service, Inc    


 Evelyn Sponsler is the Chief Operating Officer for Career Management Consultants, Inc. and has been with Career Management Consultants over 15 years.  She earned her Associate Degree from Central Penn College and has over 20 years of diversified office management experience in Human Resources consulting and outplacement in medical, and academic environments.  Evelyn’s medical office experience including both Obstetrics and Veterinary Science along with her academic experience at Penn State University add to her excellent office skills and ability to work with a diverse population of clients.  Her expertise is in maximizing resources in a highly cost effective managerial approach.  Evelyn’s outstanding interpersonal skills, combined with her marketing and sales experience are an excellent fit with candidate expectations.  Her flexible, “can-do” approach allows for calm, creative solutions to meet daily and long-range goals.

Evelyn is also active in the Community with the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce and several women’s volunteer organizations in the Diocese of Harrisburg.


 Ruth Karabcievschy is a Career Consultant with Career Management Consultants, Inc. She has over 20 years experience in Human Resource Management in private and public sector organizations.  Ruth has served as Vice President of Human Resources to The Boyds Collection, Ltd. and as Human Resources Manager for Cowles Magazines / Primedia Special Interest Publications.  She has been an advisor to senior management, having overall responsibility for all Human Resource functions, employee relations, policy and program development, benefits and compensation and legal issues.  She was also Director of Social Services for the statewide headquarters office of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind.  

Ruth received her B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University and earned an M.A. in Human Resource Management from St. Francis University.  She has been certified as a Senior Human Resource Professional by the Human Resources Certification Institute and has received training certification from Development Dimensions International and Achieve Global. In addition, Ruth is a Life Options Retirement Planning coach certified to assist individuals transition to their post-retirement careers.


 Maureen Pugh is a Senior Career Consultant with Career Management Consultants, Inc.  Maureen has been in the human resources field for the past 20 years and has worked in a variety of industries including Human Services, Manufacturing, insurance, Higher Education and Long Term Care.

Maureen holds a Master's Degree in Human Resources Administration from the University of Scranton.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources Management from King's College.  Maureen is an active member of the National Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).  She is also a member of several local human resources organizations and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Susquehanna Human Resources Management Association.  Maureen holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation from the HR Certification Institute and was recently designated a SHRM-CP through National SHRM.


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