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Leadership Team

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Our leadership team is passionate about what we do. The team brings more than a century of combined industry experience to meet the training & development, change management and technical writing and communication challenges faced by our clients.

Dan King
Co-Founder, President and CEO

Dan King is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of The CARA Group, Inc. He is a career professional services executive, who, over the past 30 years, has been responsible for the rapid development and growth of several highly successful and well-respected businesses.

Combining organic growth with acquisitions, Dan grew revenue at the former CARA Corporation from $15 million to $130 million in six years. In 1998, CARA Corporation was acquired by Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. then acquired the firm three years later.

In 2002, Dan planned, organized and co-founded a new company called The CARA Group, Inc.

Today, The CARA Group, Inc. is a highly respected professional services firm with strong expertise in the custom learning, change management and technical communication arenas. The company serves members of the Fortune 500 business community. Since 2011, and for four consecutive years, CARA was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

Jane Ehrenstrom
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President

Jane Ehrenstrom is the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of The CARA Group, Inc. With more than 30 years in professional services, she is the driving force behind the unique and highly regarded CARA culture. Jane has lead the firm’s strategic marketing and communications and human resources organizations, and oversees the management and expansion of CARA’s infrastructure during a record period of growth.

As Director of Learning Solutions for the former CARA Corporation, Jane grew the business from a start-up to over $15 million in sales. Following its sale to, Jane left the company in 2002 to co-found The CARA Group, Inc. which has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America for the fourth consecutive year.

Jane is an active member of the Chicago Executive Women’s Networking Group and often represents CARA at various industry events.

Tina Jandris
Chief Operating Officer

Tina Jandris is Chief Operating Officer of The CARA Group, Inc. She is responsible for all operations, financial performance, and successful growth of the company.

Tina possesses more than 30 years experience in corporate sales and marketing management across IT products and professional services, systems integration, outsourcing, education software and consulting.

Prior to joining CARA, Tina held significant sales and executive positions at Microsoft, Fox River Learning, MCI Systemhouse and Digital Equipment Corporation (now HP).

Tina holds an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a BA in communications and personnel administration from Purdue University.

Michelle Reid-Powell
Vice President, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness

Michelle Reid-Powell is the Vice President, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness with The CARA Group, Inc. In this role, she works to engage the CARA team (staff and consultants) to drive results by building a high-performance culture. She also leads CARA’s Strategic Services line of business, which includes change management, leadership development and performance consulting services.

Prior to coming to CARA, Michelle spent more than 20 years as a practitioner and global corporate leader in workforce learning, leadership development and talent management for companies such as McDonald’s Corporation, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Microsoft and Arthur Andersen. She is an Elliott Masie award winner, recipient of the prestigious McDonald’s Ray Kroc award, and Michelle was honored with the Workforce Chicago Award, presented by former Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley.

Michelle holds a Master of Science in Education degree from Northern Illinois University and a BA in English and technical writing from University of Illinois. She has also earned certificates in project management, Myers-Briggs type indicator and PROSCI change management. Michelle is an active member of ISPI, the Chicago and Southeast Wisconsin chapters of the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD) and the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP).

Martha Watt
Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Martha Watt is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing with The CARA Group, Inc. Martha is responsible for profitably growing CARA’s sales and market share through our core service areas of Custom Learning, Change Management and Technical Communications. In this role, Martha manages the sales and marketing teams to respond to clients’ needs for our services in the learning and human performance market. Martha beings to CARA her sales and marketing expertise in the management consulting and HR/Talent Management markets by leveraging her corporate, employee and community relationships.

Throughout her career, Martha has served in a variety of sales, marketing, consulting and management roles, primarily in the professional services’ industry. Her clients include Fortune 500 corporations and mid-market companies in the healthcare/pharmaceutical, manufacturing, technology, consumer goods, and financial/insurance services.

Martha holds a Masters of Management from Northwestern University and a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. She is an active participant in her community’s educational foundations and current Board member of the Association of Change Management Professionals.

Jim Bush

Jim Bush is the Controller of The CARA Group, Inc. In this role, Jim manages and directs CARA’s Accounting team in financial reporting and analysis of all aspects of company operations.  Jim handles the Treasury function including managing company cash flows, as well as vendor and banking relationships.  He also provides all financial information, needed operationally, to foster the growth of CARA’s business.

Jim brings to CARA more than 30 years of progressive financial experience in food retailing, distribution, restaurant service, and industrial and food manufacturing companies.  His strengths lie in working within an entrepreneurial environment and overseeing growth and expansion into new markets and geographic areas.

Jim is a CPA, and earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University.  Jim is also a member of the AICPA and continues to be active in the Illinois CPA Society where he’s held positions as Treasurer and on the Membership Committee.

Sue Deisinger
Strategic Account Executive

Sue Deisinger is a Strategic Account Executive with The CARA Group, Inc. In this role, Sue specializes in training strategy and execution. She has worked with Fortune 500 clients across a variety of industries including professional services, technology, manufacturing, telecommunications, financial services, government and utilities.

Sue brings more than 20 years of experience in the training and consulting industry as a practitioner and global corporate learning leader with companies such as Motorola, Arthur Andersen, Smartforce/SkillSoft and Planmetrics. Prior to joining CARA, Sue was the president and founder of Delta Consulting Group, a boutique consulting firm focusing on training strategy and execution.

Sue has an MBA in accounting and finance from Vanderbilt University and a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a certified public accountant in the State of Illinois. Sue is active in the Chicago Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development, the Executive Learning Exchange and the Healthcare Business Women’s Association. She has presented at many industry events, including ASTD, ISPI and Corporate University Week.

Lisa Vitale
Senior Recruiter Manager

Lisa Vitale is the Senior Recruiter Manager of The CARA Group, Inc.  In this capacity, her focus is building CARA’s Consultant pipeline and managing the recruitment function of the business.  She is primarily responsible for helping CARA grow profitably by qualifying competent consulting resources for client engagements.

Lisa’s particular expertise in fostering relationships with candidates and consultants comes from a deep commitment to the industry and to CARA.  She has been an integral part of the CARA legacy for more than 20 years. Her experience in sourcing, interviewing, evaluating, and selecting candidates has resulted in a variety of corporate Recruiting Awards. Her results-oriented, customer and consultant focus has earned her the respect of her colleagues and consultants.  Lisa embodies our corporate PURE values and she is a champion of CARA’s culture.

Lisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Western Illinois University. She is also an active member of the Chicago Chapter of the  Association for Talent Development (CCATD).

To learn how CARA can help you achieve your goals, contact us today or submit a request to have a member of our team contact you.

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