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The CCS Team

WHERE THE PASSION BEGINS

CCS is proud to have some of the Best on our team.
The lived experience, professionalism, capability, and passion of our staff
is the foundation of our success.

 
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Amy Johnson

PRESIDENT AND WORKFORCE STRATEGIST

Emerging from a 20+ year career in Human Resources, Amy is an entrepreneur and workforce strategist  bridging community partnerships to help organizations in Greater Minnesota overcome their workforce challenges. Amy built CCS during the pandemic on virtual platforms, one Zoom conversation at a time, often being connected to 2 to 4 more people after each conversation, building a very powerful network in Greater Minnesota. CCS's job is to help employers navigate workforce solutions and bridge connections in order to overcome the challenges brought on by the workforce shortage.

Amy is a 15-year Military Spouse that understands the challenges that exist transitioning from active duty to the civilian workforce. CCS is here to help our families of Service Members navigate workforce resources to make the transition easier.  

Melissa Johnson

DIRECTOR OF VETERAN SERVICES

Melissa Johnson, a 20-year active-duty Military Spouse, brings 10+ years of Veteran service experience to her role at CCS. Melissa has a passion for making a positive impact in the lives of Service Members and their families. She collaborates with any organization that has the Service Members’ best interests in mind.

Melissa’s contributions to the Military community over the years have been acknowledged by her being awarded the Department of the Army Public Service Commendation Medal, Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, the Military Intelligence Corps Association Golden Rose Award, the President’s Volunteer Service Award, 2017 USAG Ansbach Spouse of the Year, 2020-2021 AFI Fort Drum Spouse of the Year, 2020-2021 Top 3 Army Spouse of the Year, the Commanding General’s Climb to Glory Service Lifetime Achievement Award, and Special Congressional Recognition.

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About CCS

CCS is not a staffing or recruitment agency.  CCS is a workforce strategy agency working directly with business and industry, schools, colleges, and local and state organizations to build and strengthen sustainable employee recruitment and retention strategies for our organizational clients. 

CCS provides sustainable workforce solutions designed to give employers more control over their workforce through optimized recruitment and retention strategies.  This may include:

  • Basic recruitment practices. 

  • Identifying untapped talent pools. 

  • Identifying missing recruitment partners.

  • Leveraging strategic partnerships.

  • Incorporating a DEI strategy.

  • Connecting with the Military community.

  • Evaluating the online recruitment presence.

  • Building the future workforce.

To identify missing strategy to recruit and retain talent, CCS offers a FREE 30-minute virtual workforce relief session.  Following the consultation, a project proposal will be presented based on area(s) of need.  

 

Mission Statement

Cardinal Consulting Solutions (CCS) works tirelessly to identify collaborative workforce solutions for the success and sustainability of our clients recruitment and retention strategies, while bettering the lives of job seekers and employees who feel misunderstood in the workplace.

Values

Integrity: 

We use strong moral principles, including confidentiality. 

Honesty: 

We value honesty and transparency in our communications and actions.

Discipline: 

Our clients can expect commitment and dedication.

Accountability: 

We hold ourselves accountable for the commitments we make, and for the quality and sustainability of our work.

 

Testimonials

 

“Amy is adept at building the partnerships in West Central Minnesota that are critical for constructing our future workforce pipeline.  Her passion for the region and its people shines through in all of her work.”

CHET BODIN, BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
MN DEPT OF EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (MNDEED)