Our Experts

Meet our accomplished team of recruiters and associates.

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Heather Marter CPC
Vice President of Recruiting

Heather Marter graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington with a Degree in Italian Studies, which allowed her a summer abroad in Florence. She has been recruiting with ESS for five years and the social, political, and emotional aspects of healthcare keep her engaged, not to mention the personal interaction. For fun, you can find Heather knee deep in dirt gardening, traveling, or listening to her favorite band live.

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If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be?

I have to go with vegetables.

What is the coolest job (besides this one) that you have ever had?

Record Store Manager for the coolest record store on campus.

Tell something interesting about your family that people don’t often know?

My maiden name dies with my generation, we were the last in the country with the spelling given from Ellis Island.

What’s your favorite quote?

People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.

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Constance Bellisari CPC
Director of Recruiting

Constance Bellisari graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and received her Masters in Educational Administration from Bowling Green State University. She spent five years in education before making a career move to the restaurant industry where she spent the next 18 years with her husband establishing and growing a quick serve restaurant concept. Constance has made her last career expedition, joining Executive Staffing Solutions where she enjoys working with executive level individuals and is passionate about helping them find the right long term career opportunity. Constance resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and their three sons.

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What is your favorite sports team?

I graduated from Ohio State and live in Columbus so naturally, I love OSU football and my second favorite is the Ohio Machine (Major League Lacrosee). My boys play lacrosse so we don’t miss any MLL games in the summer.

Who is your favorite shoe designer?

Anything that’s a great bargain and comfortable.

If you could do one thing outside the office (and money was no object) what would you do and where would you go?

Travel!  The bigger the adventure the better.

What is the one book you love to recommend to people?

The 4 Hour Work Week.

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Theresa Pennington
Assistant Account Manager

Theresa Pennington graduated from Saint Joseph’s College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business, and recently graduated from Grantham University with a Master’s degree in Human Performance Technology.  Theresa is from the Cincinnati area, but is happy to be putting down roots in Columbus.  In her free time, she likes to spend time with her husband and their son.  She is also a proud military spouse.

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If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be?

A good steak

What is the one book you love to recommend to people?

The Jester by James Patterson

Tell something interesting about your family that people don’t often know?

Our son is 4, and he has already been to 11 states.  We hope to go to many more!

Where is your favorite travel destination?

Chicago – I love that city!

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Amanda Durbin
Office Coordinator

Amanda was born and raised in Plain City, Ohio. She attended Columbus State where she earned her Associates of Art, with a minor in Photography. Amanda also played on the Women’s Basketball Team there for two years. She loves to take cruises and relax somewhere tropical anytime she can sneak away on vacation. When she isn’t in the office, she will most likely be spending time with her husband and her Miniature Australian Shepherd, Mason.

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Dogs or cats?

100% dogs … all the way!

Tell something interesting about your family that people don’t often know?

My family is from Lebanon originally. Settled in the heart of Plain City, Ohio and opened a family grocery store there in 1910. My parents and grandma still live at that address to this day.

What is your favorite thing to spend money on?

Vacations/Cruises, happy hours and cook outs with friends, Golfing, and our dog.

What was the best advice you ever received?

Follow your gut instinct – it’s usually right.

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Mark McClure CPC
Senior Manager of Recruiter Development

Mark McClure earned his Bachelors of Science from Franklin University where he studied Business Psychology. Mark got into recruiting to help professionals find opportunities where they can not only do great work, but their best work. In addition to being a die-hard Cleveland sports fan, you can find Mark paying homage to nostalgia and collecting vintage inspired t-shirts in his free time.

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What is your all-time favorite movie?

Field of Dreams. I still get goosebumps every time James Earl Jones gives his monologue about baseball at the end of the movie.

If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Asian. Give me all the meat and veggies drenched in a spicy sauce and I’m in heaven!

Tell something interesting about your family that people don’t often know?

My grandma attended the same West Virginia high school as NBA legend Jerry West (the silhouette of the NBA logo), and even danced with him at her prom!

Dogs or cats?

Both. I love the unwavering loyalty of dogs, but love the fact that you have to earn a cat’s trust.

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Cathrine Parker CPC
Senior Vice President of Recruiting

Cathrine was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England and has lived in New Jersey, North Carolina and now in Ohio.  She is one of our more seasoned executive recruiters who began her career in healthcare in 1995.  Cathrine’s experience has spanned both the payor and provider side of the business, which has allowed her to build on her understanding of the intricacies and nuances in the healthcare world that affect her candidates and clients.

Cathrine balances her desk between staying in touch with candidates on a recruitment level as well as managing a book of clients.  She prides herself on her tenacious spirit, and she strives to meet her clients’ expectations.

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If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be?

A staple at a Brits table is always bread and REAL butter!

What is your favorite sports team?

Whatever team my son is playing on.

What is your all-time favorite movie?

As Good As it Gets now, when I was teenager, it was Grease and my inner child screams “The Wizard of Oz”

What’s your favorite quote?

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”  Maya Angelou

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Mark Rios CPC
Executive Recruiter

Mark Rios graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor’s of Science and was a two year captain on the baseball team.  Originally from Chicago, Mark now calls Columbus home.  In his free time, he loves spending time with his family and coaching his daughters with their athletics teams.  On a daily basis Mark demonstrates leadership, passion, drive, and teamwork.

 

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What was the best advice you ever received?

Always prepare for the next day

Who is one musician or band (living or dead) that you would love to see live?

Led Zeppelin

If you could do one thing outside the office (and money was no object) what would you do and where would you go?

I would travel to all baseball MLB team stadiums

Where is your favorite travel destination?

Colorado

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Jared Wenzel CPC
Executive Recruiter

Jared Wenzel has been recruiting since 2006 where he has placed both skilled and non-skilled professionals in contracts, per-diem, interim, and permanent opportunities both locally and nationwide. Jared is from Marietta, Ohio where he lived until he attended and graduated from Ohio University.

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What is the coolest job (besides this one) that you have ever had?

App builder

What was the best advice you ever received?

You just have to wiggle it a little bit.

What is your favorite thing to spend money on?

Rare comic books

What is your favorite book?

Planetary by Warren Ellis

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Jared Himes CPC
Vice President of Recruiting

Jared Himes is a native of Columbus, Ohio.  Before entering the recruiting field, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York and enjoyed a career in culinary arts.  He then transitioned into outside sales, a path that ultimately led to a successful career in full-cycle recruiting.  Jared’s recruiting experience over the past twelve years spans multiple areas of the healthcare sector.  He believes that the most rewarding part of his job is placing the right talent with the right organization because this is a way to truly impact lives in a positive way.

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What is the one book you love to recommend to people?

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

What was the best advice you ever received?

“Somedays you are the windshield, other days the bug.”

What is the coolest job (besides this one) that you have ever had?

I had an externship during culinary school at Red Sage, a restaurant in Washington D.C., two blocks from the White House.  I had the opportunity to cook for some significant people like Rosa Parks, Richard Branson, and Bob Dole, to name a few.

Tell something interesting about your family that people don’t often know?

My stepfather was drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

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Aaron Wandtke CPC and CERS
Senior Partner

Aaron Wandtke, CERS, is the Founder and Senior Partner at Executive Staffing Solutions.  He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Personnel Services (naps360.org) and as an advisor to the Ohio Recruiters Association (ohiorecruiters.org).  Aaron is originally from Rochester, New York, but now calls Columbus home.  He spends his free time coaching basketball and playing golf.

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What is that crazy GONG?

Every time someone accepts a new position through ESS, the recruiter bangs the gong.  We are excited for the candidate, their family, and the new company they are joining.  I think it’s exciting every time we hit the gong because I know we helped someone new.

Tell me something interesting about your family that people don’t often know.

I grew up with two brothers and now have four daughters of my own.  All signs of manliness have disappeared from my house.  In fact, I can now recognize shoes and purses by name – HELP!

If you could do one thing outside the office (and money was no object) what would you do and where would you go?

I would spend 24 months traveling the world.  I would like to spend a month in each of 24 different countries learning the culture and understanding the people.  I would get a part-time job in each country to appreciate the work style and economy.

What was the best advice you ever received?

Take Risks.  Your personal fear is your only limitation

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Kelsey Held CPC
Senior Executive Recruiter

Kelsey graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has been active in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America organization and enjoys volunteering at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Kelsey grew up in a small farming community in Central Illinois, and she is now learning to navigate life in Columbus. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys spoiling her Goldendoodle named Lucy and leading an active and healthy lifestyle.

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Tell something interesting about your family that people don’t often know?

My great grandfather was a tightrope performer with the Ringling Bros/Barnum and Bailey circus for 40 years.

If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Chips

What is your favorite season and why?

Summer – flip flops, sunshine, outdoor running, boating, BBQ’s, and lazy pool days.

What is your favorite book?

Anything by Nicholas Sparks

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Leslie Wray CPC
Senior Vice President of Recruiting

Leslie Wray is the most experienced and longest tenured Executive Recruiter at ESS. Leslie has been the Recruiter of the Year at ESS multiple years running. She is counted on by her clients to deliver well qualified and completely vetted candidates and to do so in a timely manner. She will never trade a client relationship for a hire. It is that philosophy that has garnered her such client loyalty and keeps her services in high demand.

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What was the best advice you ever received?

“Some days are just better than others.”

What is your favorite thing to spend money on?

Sounds weird but things that really bring value to someone else or gifting it as anonymous.

What is the one book you love to recommend to people?

”Tuesdays with Morrie.”

Tell something interesting about your family that people don’t often know?

My parents have been married 60 years.

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Jenny Killian CPC
Executive Recruiter

Jenny Killian has been recruiting in healthcare since 2008 and has helped a wide range of leaders and executives reach their career goals.  With a large, nationwide network, she is passionate about connecting top notch professionals and organizations.  Outside of the office, Jenny lives in the Columbus, OH area with her husband where they are sports and outdoor enthusiasts.

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Tell something interesting about your family that people don’t often know?

My mom, dad, and 3 brothers are all police officers.

If you could do one thing outside the office (and money was no object) what would you do and where would you go?

I would train for and hike to the top of Mt. Everest.

What is the coolest job (besides this one) that you have ever had?

I was a lifeguard and taught swimming lessons during high school and college.

Who is one musician or band (living or dead) that you would love to see live?

I would love to see Oasis in England. I’ve seen them twice in the US.

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Christina Holmes
Executive Recruiter

Christina grew up in Hazlet, NJ, and has lived in multiple areas of the U.S.  She and her husband settled in the Columbus, OH area with their two children in 2009.  She earned her BA in History from The Ohio State University.  Christina had spent numerous years in commercial banking and mortgage finance before taking a break to raise her children, and began her career in recruiting upon her return to the work force.  In her down time, Christina can be found spending time with family and three dogs.

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Tell something interesting about your family that people don’t often know?

My ancestry can be traced to the Byzantine emperor Alexios Komnenos

If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be? 

Souvlaki with tzatziki (Greek street food).

Where is the coolest place you have ever lived (besides Columbus, Ohio of course)? 

San Diego, CA

What is your favorite season? Why? 

Fall.  I love the colors, the smells, the chilly mornings and warm afternoons, and pumpkin spice everything!

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Dan Russ
Executive Recruiter

Dan is originally from Louisville, KY and attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH where he was a student-athlete and received his BA in Communication. After graduating, Dan’s love for basketball led him to play professionally for 2 years in Europe, and coach two more at a university in Kentucky. His recruiting career began in 2009 and quickly became a passion that continues to drive every conversation and opportunity he has to help others.

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What is the coolest job (besides this one) that you have ever had?

Played professional basketball in Europe for a couple years (Holland and Germany).

What is your all-time favorite movie?

Shawshank Redemption

Who is one musician or band (living or dead) that you would love to see live?

Fleetwood Mac

If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Easy. Cheeseburgers.

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Malini Swank
Manager of Operations

Malini Swank attended The Ohio State University, where she earned her BS in Business Administration.  She spent the next decade in service training roles, primarily leading and training teams for restaurant concepts across the globe.  While traveling is still Malini’s favorite thing to do, she’s delighted to be back home.  When she’s not in the office, you’ll usually find her going on adventures with her husband and their daughter.

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What’s your all-time favorite movie?

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – “Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it.”

What’s the coolest job (besides this one) that you have ever had?

We spent some time feeding and washing elephants in exchange for room and board in Chiang Mai, Thailand

What is your favorite season and why?

Fall.  Perfect, crisp weather.  Sweatshirts, boots, and bonfires.

What is the one book you like to recommend to people?

The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau.

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Corri Devier CPC
Senior Vice President of Recruiting

Corri Devier is originally from Ada, Ohio; home of the Wilson Football Factory (supplying game footballs to the NFL) and Ohio Northern University. Corri earned her BA in Behavioral Sciences from The Ohio State University. She has a passion for recruiting and enjoys the challenges of headhunting to find the right fit for candidates and clients. She often receives accolades from both clients and candidates thanking her for her tenacity, honesty and career advice.

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What is the coolest job (besides this one) that you have ever had?

Working at Benroth’s Dairy Freeze in Bluffton, Ohio. We lovingly called it “The Whippie Dip.” I worked there for 3 seasons with several friends and even met my husband there. He must have been mesmerized by the blizzard ice cream flung into my hair. (Those machines are harder to master than you would think).

What is your favorite sports team?

Whatever team my two boys are on that season; football or lacrosse.  I also enjoy attending local sporting events for The Ohio State University and Columbus’s professional hockey team, Columbus Blue Jackets.

What is your favorite thing to spend money on?

Vacation with my husband and our two boys.  We try to pick a new vacation spot to explore every summer.

If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be?

I couldn’t eat one type of food for the rest of my life! Variety is the spice of life and I enjoy trying new foods.

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Lynn Cooper CPC
Senior Vice President of Recruiting

Lynn Cooper holds a BS in Communications from Ohio University. She enjoys finding outstanding talent, but you may want to ask her about the art of selling hair to bald men. In her free time, Lynn loves traveling the world. On weekends, you’ll find her training with friends for a new 5k or doing anything outside.

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What is your favorite sport to participate in?

Cheerleading, yes it’s a sport people!

Who is one musician or band (living or dead) that you would love to see live?

Adele

What is the coolest job (besides this one) that you have ever had?

Fashion Department at GQ Magazine in NYC

Where is the coolest place you have ever lived (besides Columbus, Ohio of course)?

Hawaii

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Liv Metlakova CPC
Executive Recruiter

Liv was born and raised in Russia. When she was 19 years old she took a leap of faith and moved to the United States to follow her American dream. She didn’t have a distinct plan, but she had the intangible feeling of being in the right place at the right time.  Liv earned her BA in Health Communication from Cleveland State University with magna cum laude honors.She has held positions in hospitality and for the past 4 years she worked managing medical private practice. Liv’s parents encouraged her to seek the challenges that spark passion and that was why she joined ESS family. She enjoys building relationships with candidates and clients, but on the bigger picture she enjoys the knowledge that in a very small way she is helping out others to find that right long term career opportunity.

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What is your favorite TV show?

“Scandal”

Tell me something interesting about your family that people don’t often know?

Every summer we tried to go on a road trip to a place we’ve never been before. My dad had passion for cars and he took us to many different cities and even countries!

If you could eat only one type of food for the rest of your life what would that be?

Spaghetti with cheese. (not the same as mac & cheese, that I also love though!)

What is the coolest job that you’ve ever had?

Selling Dior Cosmetics at the mall

What is your favorite book?

“Tess of the D’Urbervilles” by Thomas Hardy and Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind”

What’s your favorite sport to participate in?

Volleyball

Who is one musician or band (living or dead) that you would love to see?

Eminem

What is one book that you love to recommend to people?

Paulo Coelho “Alchemic”

What is your favorite season and Why?

Fall.I love amazing colors and warm sunshine playing on turning leaves.  Don’t you love the sound of leaves crackling under your feet? Best feeling ever.

What is your favorite thing to spend money on?

Make-up and my nephews

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Rick McDonald CPC
Executive Director

Rick McDonald is originally from Buffalo, New York, and was one of the first recruiters of Executive Staffing Solutions. In 2006, Rick was promoted to be the Executive Director and now manages a team of loyal recruiters. He has learned the way to his team’s heart is to feed them chocolate on a weekly basis.

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What’s your favorite quote?

“I am the one who knocks!”

Tell something interesting about your family that people don’t often know?

My grandfather trained Championship level boxers in the 30s and 40s

What is your favorite book?

Tex Maule’s adolescence sports series – The Rookie, The Quarterback, The Wide Receiver, The Shortstop, The Championship Quarterback etc.

What is your favorite sports team?

THE Ohio State University Buckeyes

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Robin Manning CPC
Executive Vice President of Recruiting

Robin Manning graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English, and Master’s degree in English, Second Language Acquisition, from Kent State University. After 7 years of teaching at Kent State University in Ohio, as well as Bunkyo Women’s University and Hijiyama University in Japan, Robin used her experience recruiting international sister schools, to cross over into executive recruitment. Most recently Robin assisted ESS in growing their Medical Director and CMO subspecialty area of hiring inside of managed care. Robin enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons, traveling, and learning about other languages and cultures.

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Where is the coolest place you have ever lived (besides Columbus, Ohio of course)?

Hiroshima, Japan

Who is your favorite Dr. Seuss character and why?

Sam from Green Eggs and Ham – For teaching everyone to dare to try new things

Tell something interesting about your family that people don’t often know?

My 10 year old son lives in the Czech Republic and has more adventurous life experiences than both of his parents together!

Who is your favorite shoe designer?

I would be lying if I said I knew any

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Jimmy Carlos
Executive Recruiter

JIMMY earned his Master’s in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.  Jimmy got into recruiting to help executives find opportunities that are not only great but long-term.  Besides his tremendous appreciation for sports, you can catch Jimmy traveling to a new place every time he has the opportunity.

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What is your favorite sports team?

The Brazilian National Soccer Team

What is the coolest job (besides this one) that you have ever had?

HR Rep for McDonald’s Corporation

Who is one musician or band (living or dead) that you would love to see live?

Michael Jackson

What is your favorite book?

48 Laws of Power