Our Team

Chris Barton
President & Founder
Chris is the President and Founder of outplacement, career transition and HR consulting firm Barton Career Advisors. Chris joined the Villanova University community in 2013 as an Adjunct Faculty member, teaching Managerial Finance in the MS HR Development Graduate Program. Chris is an accomplished talent expert, HR consultant and speaker. Chris received his MBA and BS from the Lerner College of Business at the University of Delaware and holds the prestigious Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) designation from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Chris lives with his wife of 16 years Lori and their son Christopher and daughter Charlie in Sarasota, FL.
Julia (Julie) MacWilliams
Career Consulting Team Leader
Julie leads the career consulting team at Barton Career Advisors. After a successful 16-year career in financial services as a sales and business development director, Julie left the industry to devote precious time to her growing family. In 2009 Julie formed Springboard Careers with a focus on supporting women in career transition and has built a reputation for peerless service and a model which achieves results. Julie and Springboard were engaged by Barton Career Advisors in early 2016 to spearhead an operational partnership and new phase of growth for the business. Most recently she was recognized by Delaware Today Magazine’s 2017 “Women In Business” feature. Julie received her BS in Business Administration from the University of Delaware and is a Barton certified advisor. She resides in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband Scott and two children.

Denise Bates
Career Transition Advisor
Denise is a Career Transition Advisor for Barton Career Advisors and works directly with clients who are making critical decisions about their careers. She is no stranger to the difficulties faced by those in transition. Denise began her career in demanding technical editing roles within the applied scientific research and aerospace industries. After transitioning to raise her young family, she re-invented her professional brand to become a private school educator in early childhood development. Denise received her BS in Communication Studies from West Virginia University and is a Barton certified advisor. She resides with her family in Hockessin, Delaware.
Julie Burns
Senior Career Advisor
Julie is a Senior Career Transition Advisor for Barton Career Advisors and partners with executive level to recent college graduate clients to develop their unique value proposition in an always competitive marketplace. She is a former marketing and business development Executive Vice President for MBNA America (acquired by Bank of America 2006). She began her 17-year career in the financial services industry in an entry level service role. Julie developed an early reputation for a determination to exceed client and business expectations. Her background includes inspiring and leading geographically diverse regional marketing teams and programs. Julie’s network and corporate clients included NASCAR, AAA, PNC Bank and The University of Georgia. Julie achieved her Bachelors degree in Communication Disorders Sciences from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She lives with her husband Kevin and their family in Wilmington, Delaware.

Jennifer Dee Yuzuk
Senior Career Advisor
Jennifer joined the business in 2015 and brought over 15 years of health care | life sciences recruitment and staffing experience to our team. Jennifer supports both Barton and our alliance partner CBI Group, where she contributes her expertise to outsourced client projects and in-house talent acquisition work. Since becoming a part of our career transition coaching team Jennifer’s work has been highly regarded by her clients for its caring and insight. She has supported both one-on-one coaching engagements and large-scale reduction in force programs. Jennifer earned her BS in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University. She lives in Havertown with her husband and three very active boys.
Rich Kolodgie
Senior Career Advisor
Rich is an accomplished senior executive, manager, executive coach, and senior developmental consultant. As a Senior Career Transition Advisors for Barton Career Advisors, Rich brings an invaluable level of knowledge from training, consulting and coaching business professionals across the globe. He has an extensive and varied business background including 20 years with the DuPont Company in senior roles within human resources, finance and strategic business operations. Rich is a true talent development expert who has walked in the shoes of those in career transition. For five years, he led his own executive coaching company, Coaching Partners, Inc. as CEO. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Bucknell University and an MBA from Temple University. Rich is active in his community and presently serves as Chairman of the Board for Catholic Charities in addition to his numerous other non-profit interests. Rich lives with his wife Judy in North Wilmington, Delaware.

Jennifer Ondik
Career Transition Advisor
Jennifer serves as a Career Transition Advisor for Barton Career Advisors and has significant marketing and program management experience for revered organizations such as Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase. Jennifer knows well the challenges professionals face in the marketplace, having successfully recast her own professional pathway as a real estate investor specializing in the purchase, renovation, and sales of distressed properties. She was certified through our internal education program and joined our team in 2016. Jennifer has provided personalized career coaching support to clients across multiple industries including manufacturing, transportation, financial services, telecommunications and digital media. She is active in her local community in North Wilmington, Delaware where she lives with her husband and two teenaged children. Jennifer earned her BS in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and holds an MBA from Robert Morris University.
Lisa Whitlock-Merenda
Career Transition Advisor
Lisa joined our team with a wealth of knowledge in product and project management across Legal, Information Technology, Advertising and Fulfillment verticals. Lisa’s early career was with prolific card issuer MBNA America where she served as a First Vice President in Product Management. Like many of our clients, Lisa was presented with the challenge to design a balanced new career immediately following a major corporate acquisition. Lisa was certified by Barton Career Advisors in 2016. She received her BA in Mass Communications from the University of Delaware. She is presently a Board Member and Vice President of the Saint Mary Magdalen Home and School Association. Lisa lives with her husband Jay and two children in Wilmington, Delaware.