The Pikes Peak Workforce Center’s Youth Services Team is dedicated to building meaningful relationships with our clients and assisting them in realizing their career goals. We will bring together our combined experience and knowledge to present our clients with the tools and resources needed to gain traction toward a meaningful career and provide them the financial support and career coaching needed to achieve that outcome.
Cathy Cimino serves as a Career Counselor for the Youth Services Team and works closely with our alternative high school community partners to help enroll at-risk students in the WIOA young adult program. Cathy has associates’ degrees in educational psychology and early childhood education. Cathy is a certified, “Bring Your A Game to Work,” trainer. Cathy is often out in the community sharing the opportunities available through the Young Adult program. Cathy has been with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center for 15 years and has worked with youth throughout her life. She embraces the challenges as well as the rewards of working with young people who need a hand up. Cathy is a Colorado native and a true country girl at heart. She loves outdoor activities, sports and photography. She spends her weekends with her family, her dog Nika, and newly adopted cat, Abbey.
Edwin Mercado serves as a Career Counselor for the Youth Services Team. Edwin works closely with homeless and formerly incarcerated young adults who are trying to return to the workforce and continue their education. He also serves as our Career Construction Days liaison. Edwin has an associates’ degree in accounting and is a certified, “Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work,” trainer. Edwin has been employed at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center for over 5 years and has over 3 years of experience as a young adult career counselor. Edwin was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. He and his family "headed west" to get away from the concrete jungle to raise his two boys. They enjoy bowling, mini golf, and laser tag. Previously Edwin was a corrections officer at Riker's Island in New York City for four years.
Lacy Scott serves as the Youth Services Workforce Technician, connecting regional youth to career and continuing education opportunities. She conducts program orientation and workforce immersion to welcome young adults seeking new opportunities. Lacy previously served as the Workforce Center volunteer program and financial/administrative program lead. Before joining the Workforce Center, Lacy was a recruiter with a regional staffing agency where she developed business partnerships and ensured job seeker interview preparedness. Lacy has extensive experience assisting young adult jobs with resumes and preparing for interviews. She has served as a youth life coach and mentor with emphasis on connecting youth talent with employment opportunities. Preparing young adults to reach their potential keeps Lacy motivated. In her personal time, Lacy volunteers as a coach with local youth sports teams.LEXI
Lexi Ellis serves as a Career Counselor for the Youth Services Team. Lexi is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, with a clinical focus in trauma, abuse, grief and loss. Lexi is a certified, “Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work,” trainer and brings a depth and diversity of knowledge and skill to our team making us more effective in helping clients reach a productive mindset. Lexi is passionate about working with young adults as they explore who they are, and grow. She is a Southern California native who loves the outdoors, spending time with family, and engaging in activities allowing her to express her creativity, passion, and appreciation for life. Lexi believes we all have unique stories that involve events and circumstances that have lasting impacts on us and those around us.
Tasha Baker serves as a Career Counselor for the Youth Services Team. Tasha has a bachelor’s degree in Middle School Education and brings a wealth of educational knowledge, especially in science and math, and an understanding of learning strategies to our team and our clients. Tasha has been with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center for 2 years and is a master of many trades and strategies she applies in helping clients improve their careers. Tasha is a certified, “Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work,” trainer and serves as the team Job Retention Education task leader. Her love of science and math does not end in the classroom or at work as she is an avid reader and science fiction fan. When she’s not working with young adults, Tasha likes to explore nature with her camera.
Debbie Shackelford is the Young Adult Services Team Leader. In this role, Debbie is responsible for leading a team dedicated to providing high quality services for young adults beginning with career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway or enrollment in post-secondary education. She previously led teams in the banking industry and has extensive experience in leadership and business coaching. She is a trained facilitator with certifications from The Center for Work Ethic Development and in the aha! Process: Getting Ahead While Getting Out. Debbie is a recipient of the Accolades Award: Business Leader of the Year from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.