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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 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. In 2011 and 2012 consecutively, The CARA Group 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 leads the firm’s human resources operations and is the driving force behind the unique and highly regarded CARA culture. Jane is also responsible for brand management, marketing and communications, developing corporate strategies to present a consistent and compelling message to the market about CARA’s services.

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.

Jane is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD). She also represents CARA to non-profit organizations like the Executive Learning Exchange.

Tina Jandris
Chief Operating Officer

Tina Jandris is Chief Operating Officer of The CARA Group, Inc. She is responsible for daily operations and financial performance of the company, sales and recruiting productivity and service delivery.

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).

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.

Martha Watt
Senior Director Strategic Services

Martha Watt is the Senior Director of Strategic Services with The CARA Group, Inc.  Martha’s role is to help grow CARA’s strategic services businesses in areas such as Change Management and Leadership Development.  Martha supports the sales and marketing teams to bring these services to CARA’s clients and to the learning and human performance market.  Martha brings to CARA expertise in growing revenue and increasing market awareness in diverse and complex markets by leveraging her corporate, employee and community relationships.

Over her career, Martha has served in a variety of sales, marketing, consulting and management roles primarily in the HR/Talent Management services industry.  Her client work includes, Fortune 500 corporations and mid-market companies in the healthcare/pharmaceutical, manufacturing, technology, consumer goods, and financial/insurance services. Recent clients include, Abbott, Grainger, Allstate, Blue Cross Blue Shield and others.

Martha holds a Masters of Management from Northwestern University and a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. She is a Board member for District 128 Foundation of Learning for the Libertyville and Vernon Hills High Schools, and an active committee member for the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC).

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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