Meet the Staff - Workforce Development




Duncan Ermer | Director of Workforce Development

Duncan Ermer has been with Skills for Rhode Island’s Future since 2018 and is currently the Director of Workforce Development. Since joining SkillsRI, Duncan has helped oversee 600 candidates obtain enrollment into innovative training programs and helped over 200 candidates with finding employment. Before working at SkillsRI, Duncan was the Director of Career Services at a local trade school where he provided resume writing, interview workshops, job coaching, and pre-employment training to students. During his tenure at the school, he was able to assist over 2500 graduates with re-entering the workforce into new and exciting career pathways. He has over 10 years of experience in one-on-one coaching with job seekers to help them make their return to the workforce via training programs and/or direct employment.

Specialty Areas

  • Job Readiness Services e.g. Professional cover letter/resume writing, elevator pitch and interview preparation
  • Experienced and knowledgeable in Manufacturing, Security, and Transportation industries
  • Coaching for youth populations or entry-level job seekers and career changers

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Christina Battista | Supported Employment Coordinator

Christina Battista is currently a Skills for Rhode Island’s Future Supported Employment Coordinator where she primarily focuses on helping individuals that identify as having disabilities prepare for and successfully secure meaningful employment. Previously she’s worked with various nonprofits where she was an advocate for people who identify with having a disability and face challenges like employment or housing. Christina is known to be passionate about her work and a great resource to the disabilities community.

Specialty Areas

  • Resource Referrals e.g. Connecting candidates to disability-related resources within Rhode Island
  • Advocate for those who are work-ready who have a disability

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Priscilla Guertin | Career Coach

Priscilla is currently a Skills for Rhode Island’s Future Career Coach who is bilingual. Since joining SkillsRI she has worked on various projects within Workforce Development. She often leads presentations in Spanish, actively recruits and supports individuals navigate Microsoft Pathways for upskilling. She also supports candidates with resume writing, interview preparation, change of career counseling, one on one coaching and constantly promotes hot jobs. Outside of SkillsRI Priscilla is a Career Coach under the Governor’s Coaching Corp, a Mentor for the Rhode Island Leadership Partners, and a member of the Puerto Rican Professionals Association of Rhode Island. Priscilla has spent the last ten years of her career working with Non-Profits with a focus on developing individuals to secure employment and plan for a successful career.

Specialty Areas

  • Job Readiness Services e.g. Professional cover letter/resume writing, elevator pitch and interview preparation
  • Proficient in speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Addressing English language barriers for the Spanish speaking community by connecting them to various community educational and social services
  • Connection point for training and education programs that line up with candidate career interests
  • Link for free self-study online skills building courses

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Danna Spencer | Senior Manager of Supported Employment

Danna Spencer is a Nationally Certified Employment Specialist (C.E.S.P.) who joined the Skills for Rhode Island's Future team as the Senior Manager of Supported Employment in August of 2020. She brings over a decade of experience as a job developer creating and maintaining partnerships with employers, industry organizations, and public sector agencies to source job openings, customize, create and secure employment or training opportunities and to prepare candidates for entry into the workforce.

Specialty Areas

  • Working with candidates who present significant challenges to employment, assisting them in discovering and representing their unique strengths, abilities, and interests while simultaneously attending to the demand-driven needs of the employer and their business.

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Carolyn Cifelli | Career Coach

Carolyn is currently a Skills for Rhode Island’s Future Career Coach. She started out as a Recruiter in 2019 and specialized in Professional Services related positions. Before joining SkillsRI, Carolyn attained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She also helped over 100 candidates with interview preparation, resume writing, job search strategies, and one on one coaching. Carolyn is known for her calm demeanor and ability to get to the root of mental blockages.

Specialty Areas

  • Mindset preparation for interviewing
  • Resume assistance
  • Interview coaching

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Joselyn Lopez | Career Coach

My name is Joselyn Lopez and I am currently a Skills for Rhode Island’s Future Career Coach. As a career coach I’m focused on helping people gain clarity and confidence around the direction they want to go. I bring over a decade of working as an Employment Specialist with public sector agencies and I am passionate about my work, helping others and making a difference in people’s lives.

Specialty Areas

  • Job Readiness Services e.g. Cover Letters/ Resume Writing and Interview Preparation
  • Coaching for individuals that have Psychological Barriers