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Meet Our Staff


Trusted Mentors, Specialists, and Leaders.

Judy Takano


Judy Takano is the Chief Financial Officer and co-owner of the Career Institute. Her Master's degree is in Counseling from CSUSB and she excels in the budgeting, expenditures, billing, and auditing departments of the company. She is passionate about helping others set and accomplish their goals and dreams by employing her gifts of being objective, supporting, and trusting. She has strong leadership skills, is organized, and is captivated by new ideas that help others progress. Judy has strong interpersonal, group communication, and presentation skills that engage her in meaningful solution-based projects.

Jana Shearer

Executive Administrative Assistant

Jana joined the Career Institute team in 2009 assisting in the summer youth employment program.  She worked as a Career Mentor for 7 years and thus has the experience and insight needed to meet the administrative needs of the participants and the staff. Jana works on the Fiscal and Compliance Team to ensure our program delivers great service. She is the smiling voice at the end of the line when you call the Career Institute. It is her mission to help interested parties get the help and information they are seeking.

Briana Stalker

WIOA Fiscal & Compliance

Briana Stalker entered our Youth Program in the summer of 2009.  She proved to be a valuable asset to Career Institute so at the completion of her work experience, she was offered a position with our company.  Briana has worked her way up the ranks within the company to her current position as our WIOA Fiscal and Compliance Coordinator.  Here she works side by side with our President, Judy Takano, making sure all the proper procedures are taking place.  Briana also works side by side with our Career Mentors determining if a youth is eligible for the WIOA Program.  She enjoys being able to see the growth of the youth of our program as she once was that youth in our program.

Cristine Holdaway 


Cristine Holdaway has a background in Accounting.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and minored in Business from Brigham Young University.  She has provided accounting services for the Career Institute for the last 24 years as well as several other clients in the Inland Empire.  She has also been involved in church auxiliary organizations and loves working with young people.

Caryn Payzant

Career Mentor

Caryn Payzant joined Career Institute in 2020 as a Career Mentor. A resident of Rancho Cucamonga for over 33 years, she knows and loves her community!! She has been an advocate for youth and young adults in the West End of San Bernardino County through her experience of serving on the Alta Loma School Board and with past work with the San Bernardino County School Boards Association and the Rancho Cucamonga Service Council. Her passion is guiding youth and young adults on their chosen path of career and secondary education to help them realize their future goals. Caryn has a Bachelor of Science from California State University – Northridge. She is often invited as an inspirational speaker throughout the community as well as a mentor for local high schools’ Career Days.  

Jen Hanson

Career Mentor

Jen joined Career Institute in September 2016. She graduated from BYU with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She has a deep passion for teaching and enjoys being around youth. She loves to see the positive change in students that she helps at Career Institute. Jen has a wanderlust for travel and will jump on any opportunity to go somewhere new. She and her husband have been married for four years and they have two young daughters.

Thalia Garibay

Coordinator of WIOA Services/
Career Mentor

Thalia Garibay earned her Master's in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University in 2016.  She holds an Associate in Science and Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts Studies from Pasadena City College and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from CSULA. She is currently a College Counselor at Chaffey College and San Bernardino Valley College where she assists students in navigating the college system and helping them reach their academic, personal, and career goals. As a Career Mentor for Career Institute, her goal is to help individuals in the community find their passion and navigate their career options for personal growth and future opportunities. Her goal is to educate students, provide students with endless support and resources, and instill leadership in students.

Yvon Minogue

Career Mentor

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Yvon graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2016 with her bachelor’s degree in social work and a minor in Child and Adolescent Development. She recently earned her Master’s degree from the University of La Verne in Educational Counseling PPS. Yvon has been a softball coach/mentor for over 5 years at the collegiate level. She really enjoys working with young adults and teaching them the importance of a growth and positive mindset. As a career mentor, her goal is to help individuals find their passions and reach their academic, career, and personal life goals. 

Praveeta Bhatnagar

Career Mentor

Praveeta Bhatnagar knows that the road to success requires the drive to keep pushing forward and never giving up.  As a former business owner and experience through partnerships with various county organizations, Praveeta knows and understands the importance of being a positive influence on the youth in her community.  Praveeta currently works in the Career Institute’s Barstow location assisting transitional youth with education, employment, and life skill training. Praveeta currently resides in Barstow with her husband and son and is continuing her education at Barstow Community College.



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Daisy Posadas

College & Career


Daisy is a former Career Institute participant who completed our work experience program and soon after became a Student Ambassador. As a Student Ambassador, Daisy worked with our Career Mentors to recruit participants, connect with students, and share her experience with the program. Now, Daisy is a College and Career Specialist who supports and assists students with college, career, and employment readiness skills. She is currently a student at Cal Poly Pomona double majoring in Liberal Studies and Theatre. Daisy hopes to help as many students as she can through her role with Career Institute!

Teresa Taylor

Founding CEO - Consultant

Teresa Taylor is the founding Chief Executive Officer and Consultant of the Career Institute. She skillfully oversees the organization and provides amazing leadership and vision for helping all the staff. Under her guidance, the staff deliver excellent customer service and training programs to participants. Teresa is gifted at creating partnerships to braid the funding and organizational strength that make our programs possible. Managing an organization that provides so much support to others requires an ability to keep people laughing and the atmosphere upbeat; this is another of Teresa's gifts. She is the director of strong emotional health and uses her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Brigham Young University to empower others to be their best. It is her passion to make a difference by leading the Career Institute to be of significance in the lives of others.