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    2011 Recruiters of the Year


    Experienced travelers will tell you that an adept, dedicated recruiter leads to a successful mobile career. After all, these skilled professionals do more than get their nurses and allied health providers from one assignment to the next.

    They deliver unwavering support, often making themselves available during off hours; assist with licensure issues and travel reimbursement; review location and housing options; and provide a host of other valuable services. Simply put, a recruiter is often a traveler's on-the-road lifeline, lending a necessary hand when the altitude seems too high and the the struggle to succeed seems immense.

    Once again, Healthcare Traveler is delighted to present a group of individuals selected Recruiters of the Year. Of the hundreds of recruiters that travelers nominated in 2011, 58 individuals made the final cut. Please join us in congratulating these selectees who wear the many hats and do the many tasks to provide mobile professionals with rewarding travel experiences.

    Kellie Baker
    Senior Recruitment Specialist
    Fidelity on Call

    "Kellie is truly an advocate for the travel nurses for whom she recruits. Whenever I have a need or question, she does her best to make sure I have the answers and tools I need to do my job to the best of my ability."

    Russ Blackstone
    Senior Recruiter
    Worldwide Travel Staffing
    2010 – 2011 award recipient

    "I have worked with Russ for my past three contracts. He has made many desirable opportunities available for my consideration. On two occcasions, I decided against accepting a contract on short notice and Russ was extremely understanding. I travel with my husband and a dog, and Russ works to meet my housing needs. He has always been very helpful and goes above and beyond the call of duty."

    Hannah Bryant
    Senior Account Manager

    "Hannah takes care of everything. She makes my life outside the hospital easy."

    Jack Callahan
    vJc Medical
    2009 and 2011 award recipient

    "Very nice, organized, and professional."

    Britt Campbell
    Provider Representative

    "Britt has been my rock through many assignments over many years. She has always had my back, sought out the best for me, and has certainly been a pivotal person in my lengthy career. She even welcomed me back after I took the time to explore a different profession. Thanks, Britt."

    Carlie Cargile
    Senior Account Manager
    2007 and 2011 award recipient

    "She is the best. Carlie is very professional and she always wants what is best for her travelers."

    Carol A. Carter
    Arizona Branch Manager
    Health Providers Choice

    "Carol has been my recruiter since November 2005. Her caring, compassionate manner goes beyond the requirements of her job. She truly cares about finding the best positions and pay, and the safest areas for her nurses' assignments. Carol has been there for me during difficult times, ready to lend a helping hand. I am proud to tell you she is my recruiter, but I am more pleased to say she is my friend."

    Tina Cindric-Osuch
    Senior Division Manager
    Supplemental Health Care
    2007 and 2009 – 2011 award recipient

    "Tina is an excellent recruiter who is professional and courteous. She is always available to talk, even after hours, and really cares about finding the right assignment for me. What's more, she has been my coach and advisor through my first year as a new traveler, which, I know, is a special challenge."

    Josh Clem
    Staffing Coordinator

    "Josh is a wonderful recruiter. He is always attentive and willing to help me out in any situation. Josh works around the clock to make sure I am comfortable where I am at the moment. For any question, he has an immediate response and if he does not know the answer, he finds someone who does. Josh is very professional and kind — qualities that have been so helpful to me as I travel around the country. I could not ask for anyone better."

    Stephanie Eads
    Foundation Medical Staffing

    "All of the information Stephanie provided to me, especially rate of compensation, was accurate and my direct deposit was always on time. When my assignment was near its end, she called with a list of potential future travel assignments, keeping my stress level to a minimum."

    Dorothy Etchells
    Healthcare Recruiter
    RN Network

    "She is very attentive and pleasant, and always works hard to get what I need."

    Matt Forsyth
    Senior Recruiter
    National Staffing Solutions

    "He is there to keep it going for me."

    Brandi Gallegos
    Senior Recruiter
    Medical Express

    "Brandi is always there and cares about what happens to me. She treats me like family."

    Kristi Gleaves
    Staffing Manager
    Baron HR

    "I love my recruiter, Kristi; she is great. I have traveled with her for the last 2 years and have never been happier. Kristi gets me all the great assignments. She is awesome."

    Marci L. Grant
    Senior Recruiter National Travel
    InteliStaf Travel
    2006 – 2011 award recipient

    "I have been a travel nurse for the past 21 years, and Marci has been my recruiter for a good part of that time. She always calls with assignments in my area and as my needs have changed, she has worked to accommodate me. Marci is always cheerful and encouraging, and I could not have asked for a better recruiter over the years."

    Randy Gray
    Jackson Nurse Professionals

    "Randy was extremely helpful when I started my assignment. It was my first time to travel and I had loads of questions. He was very patient and answered all of them. My accommodations are incredible — a house on a golf course — and I feel spoiled. Great job Randy."

    Sheila Groff
    NovaPro Staffing
    2003 and 2011 award recipient

    "Sheila works hard for my travel partner and me. She checks e-mail from home and stays after hours to answer our questions or get us more information on an assignment. We know we can count on Sheila, no matter what."

    Pete Hannigan
    Senior Healthcare Recruiter, Allied
    PPR Healthcare Staffing
    2008 – 2011 award recipient

    "Simply put, Pete is a nice guy who works hard to meet my needs."

    Michelle Hoepermans
    Director of Recruiting
    Response 1 Medical Staffing
    2003, 2006, and 2011 award recipient

    "I absolutely love Michelle. For my first assignment, I had never been to California before and was nervous. Michelle picked me up from the airport, took me to the Board of Nursing for my walk-through, and treated me to lunch. She also had detailed, printed directions to my accommodations as well as directions to the hospital from my housing. Michelle is always honest with me. I not only consider her the best recruiter in the travel industry, but also my friend. I am thankful everyday that I found such a wonderful friend in Michelle."

    Shane Howard
    Nurse Recruiter

    "Shane is an amazing recruiter, and he works hard to find assignments that fit his nurse travelers. He under-promises and over-delivers every time. Shane keeps his word and really watches out for his recruits. During my assignment, he called me every week to check in, see how things were going, and ask if I needed anything. He was my greatest cheerleader and supporter. Shane definitely deserves to be recognized as an outstanding nurse recruiter because he has earned that title many times over."

    Jason Iannotti
    Senior Placement Consultant/Team Leader
    MedStaff Healthcare Solutions
    2008 – 2011 award recipient

    "Jason is always professional and proactive. He goes above and beyond to coordinate housing with his coworkers to assure I am placed in a safe environment."

    Kelsey Jacobs
    Recruiting Manager
    Ardor Health Solutions

    "She is an aggressive recruiter who gets the job done. Kelsey was also the only recruiter who obtained interviews for me in California."

    Kristen Kelley Galvan
    Senior Recruiter
    American Mobile

    "She is always available to chat, updates me frequently about assignments, and tries to get me exactly what I want. Plus, Kristen is so down to earth and personable."

    Jennifer Kelley
    National Rehab Recruiter
    Cross Country TravCorps
    2004 – 2011 award recipient

    "In five years, she has never let me down. Jennifer always finds me the perfect assignment. She is pleasant and has wonderful demeanor. I couldn't do it without her."

    Rich Kellogg
    Healthcare Pros
    2008 and 2011 award recipient

    "Rich is the best and I would like to thank him for all of his help. He is always there for me, working hard to get the contracts done. His company is lucky to have him."

    Jill Kenney
    Senior Recruiter
    Cirrus Medical Staffing

    "She works so hard to make sure the assignment goes as planned. Jill is not just knowledgeable, she also really cares."

    Derek King
    Director of Recruiting
    Travel Nurse across America
    2005 and 2009 – 2011 award recipient

    "Derek has always been very inviting and personable. I feel comfortable talking to him and asking him questions, and he is patient with my concerns. He was the one who made me want to take a travel assignment again. After five years, I was hesitant to start, but he listened and found me an assignment that matched well with my interests."

    Sarah Kisler
    Team Lead, Senior Career Consultant (Nursing)
    Medical Solutions
    2010 – 2011 award recipient

    "Sarah is the best. I never have to worry about any of the details with her. All I have to do is show up to my assignment and enjoy it. Sarah is always on top of things and follows up with me throughout each of my contracts."

    Richard Kousgaard
    Account Manager, Aureus Nursing
    Aureus Medical Group

    "Richard is an amazing person as well as a great professional contact. He made my first travel nursing experience enjoyable and fun. I am looking forward to working with him again in the future."

    Melissa Land
    Senior Staffing Specialist
    MTX Therapy Services
    2009 and 2011 award recipient

    "She is one of a kind and always has my best interest at heart. When I talk, I know Melissa is listening."

    Erika Lauri
    Recruitment Manager (Nursing)
    Onward Healthcare

    "Erika was not my original recruiter with the company. But she did an exceptional job, making me feel comfortable with her through the transition. Since that time, she has been promoted to a managerial position but continues to be my recruiter even with her additional duties. Erika has even been available to me at odd hours and never complained. We always find something to laugh about in the everyday things that need to be done. She has continued to provide me with the service I have come to expect, and I look forward to many more assignments with her."

    Brett Lazansky
    Account Manager
    ADEX Medical Staffing

    "I can always depend on Brett for great assignments. His coordination is unsurpassed and my accommodations are always impressive. Brett is approachable and promptly resolves any issues. With his leadership, assignments are trouble-free. I show up and wow the client with my expertise, knowledge, and experience; Brett takes care of the rest. I truly recommend him and his staffing company."

    Dijana Lesh
    Senior Placement Consultant, Nursing
    Cross Country TravCorps
    2003, 2006, and 2008 – 2011 award recipient

    "I don't know where I would be without Dijana. This business is all about your recruiter; the relationship can make or break deals. I am very fortunate to have found her. She is amazing in every way. I send people Dijana's way every day, hoping they will have the same experience."

    Edward MacKenzie II
    Account Manager
    Fortus Group Travel

    "Ed does a great job. To make me feel safe and comfortable with my assignment, he goes above and beyond the call of duty. He also has a fantastic personality."

    Ted Maravelias
    Senior Recruiter, Travel Nurse Division
    CoreMedical Group
    2007 and 2010 – 2011 award recipient

    "Ted has been responsive to my personal needs during an assignment, balancing his obligations to his client as well understanding my concerns. He is a professional and advocates solutions to satisfy the needs of everyone to the best of his ability. I respect him and work to honor the commitment between us."

    Miles Mattern
    Senior Recruiter
    HealthOne Staffing
    2010 – 2011 award recipient

    "Miles found me a great, first travel assignment and was always available for me. Plus, he assisted me in coping with a stressful situation. Miles went above and beyond to connect me with another traveler to help me deal with questions from someone in the same situation."

    Justin Meeks
    Regional Vice President of Therapy/IRL Recruiting
    Med Travelers

    "I appreciate Justin for his attention to detail, professionalism, wonderful attitude, and dedication. He worked hard to find my husband and me a travel position that would be both a good experience and great fit."

    Ryan Mordecai
    Senior Healthcare Recruiter
    Freedom Healthcare Staffing
    2008 and 2011 award recipient

    "Ryan is the best recruiter because he is patient and always looking for the best contracts for his travel nurses. He takes the time to talk with us and gets to know what we like and do not like. Also, Ryan has provided me with the best housing I have ever had."

    Jerome Palomo
    Senior Recruiting Consultant
    Delta Flex Travelers

    "Jerome is the best recruiter any traveler could have. He secured contracts for my traveling partner and me within 48 hours of initiating contact with him when no one else had been able to find what we wanted for a month. Jerome works long hours every day and loves his job. He is so much fun and makes us feel like we are his only travelers. We even got invited on a trip to Vegas to hang out with him."

    Stacy Pavish
    Senior Healthcare Recruiter, Nursing
    PPR Healthcare Staffing
    2004 and 2011 award recipient

    "She is absolutely amazing. When my previous recruiter decided to venture into a new field, Stacy accepted me as one of her travelers and treated me as if she had known me for years. I appreciate all that she does. Thanks a million, Stacy."

    Vince Poast
    Client Representative
    Genesis Medical Staffing
    2009 – 2011 award recipient

    "Vince is the most amazing and competent recruiter I have ever worked with. And he is funnier than any human has a right to be."

    Jason Riley
    Senior Recruiter (Allied)
    RTG Medical

    "Jason is reliable, checks on me frequently, and is interested in placing me at the best assignment for my career goals. He is the 'go-to guy' for any hospital-related issues I encounter. I have been a traveler with our company for over seven years and request to work with Jason because of his professional abilities."

    Natashae Runnels
    Recruitment Specialist (Allied)
    Onward Healthcare

    "Natashae has demonstrated that she cares for the well-being of her travelers outside of placing them on assignments. She goes beyond the expected, which is something that has been demonstrated to me in many ways. Once, when this therapist drove 2,000 miles to an assignment, Natashae called several times a day and dutifully aided in finding safe locations for overnight stays. She provides true service from the heart."

    Carol Ann Sitzmann
    Senior Account Manager
    Sunbelt Staffing
    2008 – 2011 award recipient

    "Carol Ann always goes the extra mile to make things pleasant. She genuinely cares about her travelers and will hunt for a dream assignment each and every time. When I was going through family trauma, she called me and showed her concern. She is always there to provide moral support and is very professional. I cannot thank Carol Ann enough for all she has done for me."

    Jackie Sleddens
    Career Consultant (Allied)
    Medical Solutions

    "Jackie is awesome. I am on my first travel assignment, and she has made the process so smooth and enjoyable. She has gone out of her way on several occasions to solve the few issues I have had. Jackie even remembered my birthday, which was a week after I started my assignment. She is an amazing recruiter."

    Cyndi Stamler
    Regional Vice President
    Club Staffing
    2004, 2006, and 2011 award recipient

    "In the two years I have worked with Cyndi, she has been there for me whenever I needed her. She responds quickly and if she is unable to answer my questions, she directs me to someone who can help. My fiance and I travel together, and Cyndi does her best to get assignments close together for us. Thank you, Cyndi."

    Lisa Stark
    Travel Recruiter
    O.R. Nurses

    "In a year and a half, I traveled with three agencies. Lisa, by far, has been the best recruiter. My next and subsequent assignments will be through her. She is funny and a cut-up, but at the same time a real professional. Lisa has gone the extra mile on two occasions, thinking outside the box to get me the assignment I wanted. I was an officer in the U.S. Army for 25 years. If I were in a command position again, I would want her on my staff — she is that good."

    Heather Sutherland
    National Staffing Manager
    LRS Healthcare
    2010 – 2011 award recipient

    "Heather works so hard to find the best assignment for me. She is always a joy to work with."

    Tina Swisher
    Recruiting Team Leader
    Advantage RN

    "Tina goes above and beyond to find contracts that will work best for me. She has taken the time to get to know me, so she can better understand what I am looking for in a travel assignment. Tina is awesome."

    Jillian Tardif, CSP
    Team Leader, National Accounts Recruitment Division
    Clinical One
    2010 – 2011 award recipient

    "Jillian is the best. She takes care of everything and makes traveling so easy. If anything comes up, she handles it immediately. Jillian even gave me her personal cell phone number to use in case of an emergency. She is truly available 24/7."

    Dan Tefft
    Account Manager, Aureus Allied Health
    Aureus Medical Group

    "Dan is the best. He is always there for me, takes care of things fast, and calls me back within minutes. He even knows me well enough to know when I need a trip home to see my family. Dan is the only recruiter I allow to put me in for an assignment before he calls me about it — I trust him that much. I hope he never retires, at least not before I do."

    Alisha Trujillo
    FASTAFF Travel Nursing

    "Alisha takes on any role that is required. She has been my best friend, big sister, mother, and recruiter. Whatever I need is what she provides to me."

    Lisa Vanek
    Senior Recruiter (Nursing)
    RTG Medical
    2009 and 2011 award recipient

    "Lisa thinks of her travelers as family. Given a complex problem, she has a rare and enviable ability to find simple solutions and make my cares dissipate. I personally cannot thank her enough for her enthusiasm, love, and honesty. Even while I am on a short break to handle some family issues, Lisa keeps in touch with me, and has offered me her friendship and commitment. She freely gives her time and attention, and I will always have her in my heart. Lisa is a remarkable woman who shares herself 100 percent."

    Julie Walters
    Supervisor, Travel Services
    HRN Services

    "Julie is an awesome recruiter. When it comes to travel nursing, I think fun should be at its core. Otherwise, why do it? Julie makes it fun for me. She has been a delight to work with all of these years and has a cheerfulness that comes through the phone. Julie has kept me coming back, time and time again, and deserves the spotlight. She is amazing, professionally and personally. It is like she was born to do this job."

    Nancy Widener
    Healthcare Recruiter
    Parallon Workforce Management Solutions

    "I love the way Nancy goes above and beyond for me. She is truly one of the most organized, kind, caring, and dedicated recruiters I have ever had the pleasure of working with."

    Matt Williams
    Nurse Recruiter Team Leader
    On Assignment Nurse Travel

    "Matt is simply the best."

    Caroline Williams
    Senior Healthcare Recruiter
    HGI Healthcare Staffing

    "Caroline has been very helpful in finding placements for both my wife and me. I am a physical therapist and my wife is a nurse. Our company did not staff nurses at the time I signed on, but Caroline contacted many different agencies and people to find my wife an assignment in the area where I accepted a contract. She went above and beyond what was required of her and continues to find assignments for both of us in the same locations."

    Cindy Yates
    Senior Recruiter
    LiquidAgents Healthcare
    2009 and 2011 award recipient

    "I started traveling in Nov 2010 and was fortunate to have Cindy as my recruiter. She was aware of my family situation and called two to three times a week to check on me, which made being 17 hours from home more bearable. Even though I have not traveled since March, she has kept in touch. I would definitely recommend Cindy to friends interested in healthcare travel and will go through her when I am able to travel again."

    Special thanks to all of the travelers who voted for their favorite recruiters. And congratulations to every staffing company representative who received a nomination.