Spring of 2020, We at Edgewood Church decided it was time to expand our career ministry to meet the needs during a difficult season. Instead of just offering counseling a few evenings a year, you can now be paired with an amazing career mentor all year long with the convince of meeting virtually.
If you are a neighbor in the Edgewood, Kirkwood, East- Atl area and are unemployed, "under" employed or unhappily employed... you are in the right place.

Often the hardest part of a job change/ search is knowing what to do next. Our mentors have decades of experience navigating the complex world employee/ employer needs.

From advising the Georgia legislature on creating “jobs bills” to managing human resources for Frito Lays nationally, our mentors have the expertise to tell you where to push and how to market your skills in your job search to get the result you want. 

During a single session or recurring sessions, a mentor will help you cast a vision, create a plan and provide leads that will hopefully lead you to your next fulfilling career.

Larry Decuir

Larry has a heart for helping others discover an individualized path to obtain professional career objectives that are aligned to personal strengths and purpose.  As a veteran HR executive, he has provided one-on-one and team coaching for over 30 years in the areas of career navigation, change management, leadership development and personal effectiveness. He has also leveraged his expertise and experience by serving on the boards of various non-profits in the Atlanta metro area.

He deeply believes that providing career assistance is a ministry to which he has been called. Philosophically, he focuses on helping individuals embrace the unique talents and experiences they possess, acknowledge those areas of interest that they are most passionate about, and learn how to position themselves for career opportunities that leverage both.  He currently facilitates Bible study discussions at his home church, but his greatest joy and proudest moments revolve around his family – his wife, Cathy, and two sons – Austin and Spencer.

 

Crystal Blackwell

Crystal Blackwell is President and Chief Executive Officer of Staffing One, Inc. She is also Chief Executive Officer of Human Capital Management, Inc. a Direct Hire firm, and Blackwell Capital, LLC, both Atlanta-based firms. Staffing One began operations in Atlanta in 1996 and currently provides Administrative, Accounting, Legal and Engineering staffing services in 49 states in the U.S.  Staffing One, Inc. has been named by The Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the Top 25 Staffing Agencies in Atlanta for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Crystal has over 38 years of staffing services experience. She has also marketed staffing services in the Boston and New York markets. Before opening Staffing One, Crystal was Senior Vice President of a regional staffing firm. During her career, she has been a Vice President of a regional staffing firm based in Atlanta and an Area Manager for a New England-based national staffing firm managing sales and operations for their Boston and Atlanta offices.

Crystal Blackwell is currently President of the United States Staffing Association and is also a Founding Board Member. She is a Past President of the Georgia Staffing Association, as well as a past Board Member and Officer of both the New York and Massachusetts State chapters of the American Staffing Association (ASA). Crystal was a 2012 finalist for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. She has also served on the ASA Board as a member of the ASA Education Committee. She has been an American Staffing Association member for 35 years. She is a Founding Board Member of The National Staffing Alliance, The Atlanta Business Leads Association, The Southern Resource Group and the Atlanta Intercultural Ministries Center. She is currently a member of several national and local organizations including: The Strategic Coach (Master’s Level Member), The American Cancer Society, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the National Women’s Chamber of Commerce and The Leadership Counsel, based in Atlanta.  She is also a graduate of LaunchPad 2x, which is an intensive boot camp and master class program that focuses on what women entrepreneurs need to achieve goals and manage enterprise growth.

Crystal continues to give back to the community she loves by working with a group of Talent Acquisition and Human Resource Professionals to assist Job Seekers in Career Assistance Ministries at both Smoke Rise and Edgewood Churches in Metro Atlanta.  You can read her blogs on Career Advice on the website CareerCoachUSA.com or LinkedIn. She is also a raving fan of Habitat for Humanity and works closely with their Atlanta Chapter.  In her spare time, she loves to needlepoint and attend and work as a judge at Car Shows across the Southeastern United States.

Crystal is a graduate of the University of Alabama and lives with her husband Greg in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

 

Harry Litzell

“My name is Harry Litzell and I am a native Floridian who group up on a cattle ranch. I married my wife Robin in 1986, and have 6 children, 3 of them were born to us and the other 3 were specially hand-picked by our children to be in our Family – Katie, Wyatt, Sara, Maddie, Harrison, and Ashley. We also have a Grand Daughter Matilda, who is absolutely the bestest.

I attended Carson Newman College on a ROTC Scholarship and have a BA in Psychology. I then served 4 years Active Duty as a Personnel Officer in the US Army.

I worked as HR Professional at PepsiCo from May 1990 until my retirement in April 2020. I worked in Bradenton, FL., Orlando, FL, Dallas, TX., and Atlanta, GA., but had responsibilities all over the country at different times.

I have experience in just about all areas of HR when I supported the Tropicana Orange Juice business, and the Frito Lay business. Areas such as Safety, Staffing, Labor Relations, Leadership Development, Career Development, Performance Management, Organizational Development, and Coaching.

I have enjoyed Coaching the most throughout my 30 plus years of being in Leadership roles. Being able to help people achieve their goals in life whether they fit in the Company or elsewhere. Trying to ensure the focus was on the person, and not just a blue print designed by a company or organization. I am hoping to once again get the opportunity to help others in any way I can. “