Meet Our Team

Ascent has assembled a team of talented and experienced professionals to work with our professionals and clients.
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Leadership Team
Joseph Nordlinger
President and Chief Executive Officer
I joined Ascent in 2003 as the Director of Sales. After leading Ascent's sales organization through four consecutive years of exceptional growth I began serving as Ascent's President and CEO in 2006. Under my leadership Ascent has made the transition from a startup to a leader in the Human Capital industry. I have worked tirelessly to elevate three key discipline areas of an enterprise irrespective of industry. Talent/Workforce Management, Project/Portfolio Management and Data Management are critical to an organization's prosperity and I have aligned Ascent to drive value in these areas through exceptional service delivery and unparalleled peer networking to promote these disciplines. Prior to Ascent, I was a business development manager for Cap Gemini-Ernst & Young and I hold my Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economics from the University of California at San Diego.
Hobbies and activities: Beekeeping, organic gardening, residential energy and water efficiency, running, snowboarding, scuba diving and mountaineering.
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Richard Lawrence
Chief Financial Officer

I joined Ascent in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer after amassing more than 20 years of experience managing outsourced staffing services in the information technology, telecommunications and property service sectors. Educated in the United Kingdom, I am qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. My financial and operational experience includes overseeing international operations for corporations in Europe and in the United States. My wide-ranging experience in finance and operations has given me a strong background in developing and growing businesses utilizing the advantage of technology while ensuring excellent customer service. I have also engineered numerous successful mergers and acquisitions within the business services sector. At Ascent, I have responsibility for accounting and business reporting together with compliance, contracts management, legal affairs and the IT infrastructure. Before joining Ascent, I was CFO of PreCare Inc. Prior to that I worked for S.Com, initially as their Group CFO based in the UK and then as the President, COO & CFO of the US operation based in San Francisco. I moved with my family to the USA in 2001 and enjoy living in the Bay Area and supporting the SF Giants.

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Jovan King
Chief Technology Officer

Technology and business strategy are my passions. By looking at innovative ways to leverage technology through systems integration and automation, I seek to build solutions that enhance my business counterparts' ability to run faster than our competition. From a strategic services perspective, I lead our Management Consulting, Data Management, and Project Portfolio practice areas. Balancing internal and external responsibilities is not easy but I work with a great team that helps it all come together.

Michelle Miller
Vice President of Sales and Delivery

I serve as the Vice President of Sales & Delivery. I am responsible for the development and implementation of strategic sales initiatives and optimization of Ascent’s recruiting operational model. I joined Ascent in 2006 and was initially tasked with building the Life Sciences division focused on clinical research staffing and direct hire search.

I began my career as a recruiter then worked my way up through Senior Management with Management Alliance Group (MAGIC). I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Marketing from the University of South Florida.

I believe the key to any successful organization is its people and significant focus on attracting, mentoring and retaining the best of the best. This philosophy has been instrumental in the continued growth of Ascent and award winning delivery to our valuable customers.

Carrie Cianfichi
Sr. Director of Human Capital

I joined Ascent in 2012 as Senior Director of Human Capital, and have over ten years experience in the field mainly with professional service organizations. Before joining Ascent, I spent over five years as Director of Human Resources for PreCare, Inc. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Sonoma State University. In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family, and playing indoor and outdoor soccer.

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Charity Hudnall
Sr. Director of Marketing

I joined the Ascent team in August, 2013 as Marketing Director with responsibility for the company's overall marketing strategy, corporate communications, brand positioning, and digital platforms. My department is responsible for promoting and positioning the Ascent growth strategy, cultivating opportunities in new and existing markets, and creating environments for long lasting relationships. I have over 10 years of marketing leadership and management experience. Through those years, I have found my professional passion to be digital marketing and intricate strategy building. In my personal time, I am 100% invested in my family. I believe that children need our support to become the future leaders and innovators who make the world a better place.

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Management Team
Melissa Douglas
Senior Managing Director

I have been in the recruiting business for 16+ years and with Ascent for 6.5+ years. I started in the business while still in high school, doing filing and resume formatting.

I worked my way up the ranks to my current position, where I am responsible for ensuring that my team of 13 recruiters deliver on Denver Direct business, Wells Fargo, United Healthcare as well as Amgen.

I feel very fortunate to have been granted the opportunities to grow in my career throughout my years at Ascent.

In my spare time, I enjoy working out, participating in charity races and hiking in the mountains. I am also an avid Broncos fan and love doing puzzles — I won't leave the table until they’re done!

Ellen Frank
Contracts & Compliance Manager

In my role at Ascent, I review contracts with clients and send out subcontractor contracts. I take pride in making sure Ascent has fair contracts and that we abide by all terms.

I started off in the industry over 15 years ago and I enjoy the matchmaking aspect of the business — the pairing of skilled professionals with clients that need those abilities. Everyone wins, the candidate looking for work, the client looking for the best possible talent to fill an opening and Ascent, for introducing and managing the relationship.

My favorite movie is “The Sound of Music” and I am most inspired by the figure eight, because sideways it is infinity.

Debra Jaron
Director of Program Development, Ascent Workforce

I have been with Ascent for ten years, as a Sales Manager, National Sales Manager and as Director of Sales for the Bay Area Direct team since January 2013.

I have 25+ years of experience in the Staffing industry. Sales roles have always come naturally to me- I love building revenue and exceeding goals. I am naturally outgoing, love meeting new people, learning about new companies and building long-lasting relationships.

When I'm not working, I love to walk, travel to new places, shop, get lost in a good book, and, most of all, spend time with my family.

Judith Kendrix
Director of Finance

Bringing 20 years of hands on finance & accounting experience to the table, I joined Ascent in 2007 as the Director of Finance. Fifteen years of my career experience has been in the staffing and VMS industry. Prior to joining Ascent, I was the Finance Manager at Chimes where I was responsible for managing four major engagements. Years ago I learned that my passion for the positions that I have successfully held are fueled by the fast-paced, high volume, and the always evolving dynamic that this industry has to offer. I can honestly say that I love what I do! Leading by example, setting clear expectations, over communicating and laughing encompass my management style. Two sayings captivated me early on in my career: “Don’t just settle for good be great” and “You can achieve anything and everything you put your mind to.” With three kids, two deeply involved in high school sports and one in college, I am consistently on the go enjoying quality time with family and friends

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Lori Margentina
Senior Managing Director

I have over 20 years of IT and Business Professional staffing experience in the Bay Area. I joined Ascent in 2012 and I specialize in hiring, training and mentoring recruiters to provide high quality professionals to each and every client Ascent serves.

I create high performing teams that work with the premier standards of ethics and customer service. I was born to work in recruiting — I love the art of matching up the right candidate to the right project or position. I absolutely enjoy helping candidates make the jump to consulting and then watching their careers flourish.

In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my adorable little boy, Noah.  

“A woman is like a tea bag; you don’t know her strength until you put her in hot water.”

Diane Ratto
Executive Assistant to the CEO and CFO

I am Executive Assistant to Ascent's CEO and CFO. As part of my position at the company, I not only assume the customary EA role, but also act as membership coordinator for the three professional associations Ascent sponsors. In that role, I create and send all member and steering committee communications, coordinate events and assist in the day to day running of the associations. In my time off, I most enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and partaking in my favorite hobby, cooking.

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Ryan Sanders
Director of Strategic Sales, Ascent Pharma

I am currently Director of Strategic Sales, Ascent Pharma. I joined Ascent in early 2011 as the National Sales Manager for our Ascent Pharma division.  As National Sales Manager, I was charged with growing our national reach of Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Contract Research Organization clients. Starting out as a Technical Recruiter out of college, I immediately took to the staffing business because it was all about helping people. I eventually found that the part of this business that really spoke to my passion was sales — understanding my clients’ unique resourcing challenges and crafting specific solutions to help them achieve their goals. All the positions we fill at Ascent Pharma are of great importance. The talent we place has a key role in the development of new treatments for unmet disease. I enjoy spending my spare time with my wife and two young children.

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Gary McCune
Associate Director, National Recruiting Center

I'm a Recruiting Team Lead and joined Ascent 2010. I have great sourcing skills which include being able to identify strong candidates quickly through the usage of Booleans. I work primarily on Visa, Blue Shield and with Direct Clients through our Sales team. I graduated from Chico State University in 2010 with a Business Degree and an emphasis on Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship. I like outdoor activities and my pastimes include biking, softball, baseball, photography and my favorite hobby, scuba diving.   

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Ashley Puente
Associate Director of Recruiting

As an Associate Director of recruiting for Ascent’s Pharma Division, I manage, lead, and execute recruitment for clinical research, life sciences and engineering. 

What I find most rewarding about my position is that I am helping people, not only job seekers, but those who benefit from the capitalization of that talent. Ascent's Pharma team assists in the process of curing disease and developing products to promote health.

My favorite book is Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, which encouraged and provoked me to take accountability for my opinions, not only about our history, but in everything I do.

Scott Williams
Senior Managing Director

I am Director of Recruiting, Scientific Division of Ascent Life Sciences and come to Ascent with 11 years of experience serving in various roles within the Staffing Industry including: Delivery, Delivery Management, Account Management, Business Development, and Operations Management.  My area of expertise is Direct Hire, Contract Services, Large Engagement, and various RPO delivery models. I provide leadership in sourcing strategies as well as day-to-day management of large scale recruiting operations.  

My primary area of focus has been technical staffing solutions within the Science, Engineering and Clinical Verticals.  I take a consultative approach to understanding my clients’ needs and company culture to assure delivery of the best available talent for their specific needs.

Outside of work, I enjoy going on adventures with my wife and 2 sons Carter and George.  I also enjoy distance running, golf, reading and staying up to date on the latest technology and business news.

Jan McVey
Virtual Director of Talent

Born and raised in San Francisco, I have been in the staffing industry for 10 years. I joined Ascent in June 2014 as the Virtual Director of Talent, overseeing all online and virtual operations. I am your concierge connecting you to access our services. Please contact me with any questions and I will answer promptly or have the appropriate team member get back to you right away! I am delighted to be working with such a passionate and dedicated team. Outside of work, I enjoy taking my two children to build sandcastles in the park, trying out new recipes and hiking around the bay area.

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Recruiting Team
Aimee Ennik
Sr. Recruiter / Account Lead

I began my career in IT recruiting at the perfect time – the dot com bubble of the late 1990s.

I found that I truly enjoy learning about new technologies and products and talking to experts in the field from all over the US. I have been at Ascent for four years, initially as a Senior Technical Recruiter and most recently as Recruiting Account Lead for the Bay Area Direct team.

What I like most about working at Ascent is their reputation in the IT industry, particularly their well-known commitment to personalized consultant care, and the company’s focus on excellence, performance, growth, and a healthy work/life balance.

Most of my free time outside of work is spent with my husband and three young children who love exploring local museums, nature trails, lakes and mountains. I am also a dedicated bookworm and will read anything I can get my hands on-- any genre!

Ann Canning
Sr. Recruiter / Account Lead

I am a Recruiting Account Lead at Ascent. I enjoy the conversations I have with candidates daily and knowing that every new position filled is an advance in ones career. 

When I'm not helping you, I like to cook and watch reality TV.  My favorite hobby is spending time with my family, especially my adorable granddaughter Bella.

Reach out to me today, and let's see what we can accomplish

Diane Douglas
Sr. IT Recruiter / Account Lead

In my role at Ascent, I recruit for all types of IT jobs, but I especially like working with project managers and business analysts. I really like the hunt for the perfect candidate, and the great feeling I have when I’ve found that person. I get to talk with a lot of different people and many of them have touched my heart.

I just had a consultant convert to an FTE employee and she told me how much I’d changed her life. I really understand because someone did that for me when I started in recruiting. It’s great to pay it forward!

I love working out, cooking, quilting, reading, and shopping.

Monier Esfahani
Technical Recruiter

I am a Technical Recruiter local to the Bay Area. I was drawn to Ascent by my two sisters who had only positive comments to say about Ascent’s reputation and employee benefits. I am pleased to be a part of the Ascent family focusing on all of our Bay Area clients meeting all IT Technical and Business Professional requirements.  

I take pleasure in assisting others during their job search and find it fulfilling connecting with a variety of people daily and learning more about them and their career goals. I obtained my Associate of Science Degree in Medical Office Assistance from San Francisco Heald.

My major interests and love include my son, who has taken a liking to Karate, Lego’s, and kickball, and spending time with my friends and family achieving a work-life balance. 

John Husband
Practice Lead

I am on the Ascent Pharma team, hiring individuals in clinical operations, biometrics, regulatory/safety, etc. I find it very fulfilling to place someone in a position they are striving to get into — whether it a short term contract or a permanent position.

When someone is happy and thankful for your assistance it’s very rewarding. In my off time, I like playing golf and my biggest inspiration is my dad!

Bhavna Khanna
Sr. Recruiter / Account Lead
I joined Ascent in 2010 and have been working as a Senior Recruiter supporting various enterprise accounts. I enjoy recruiting for all kinds of positions (both technical & functional roles) and love taking on new challenges. I have 7 years of experience in the Staffing industry and possess an MBA Finance degree from Mumbai University, India. I live in San Jose, CA with my husband and three year old daughter. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, watching movies and especially spending quality time with my family.
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Meera Makam
Sr. Technical Recruiter

I’m a tenured technical recruiter at Ascent and I love my job.

Trying new recipes is my favorite thing to do in my time off.

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Lindsey Summers
Regulatory Affairs & Medical Writing Practice Lead

I’m the Practice Lead for Regulatory Affairs and Medical Writing for the Ascent Life Science Division and have more than 10 years of active and passive contract and permanent recruiting in the spectrum of clinical development and pre-clinical space for Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device, Diagnostic, Clinical Research Organizations and Consulting firms for North America.

My specialties have become Regulatory Affairs, Drug Safety and Medical Writing (Regulatory & Publications), but I also cover Medical Information/Communications, Drug Development Project Management, Medical Affairs, Health HEOR/Epidemiology and Clinical Quality.

I have my finger on the pulse of the industry and know what’s hot and what’s not and love talking with highly educated people that share my same passion. I grew up a military brat and lived in both Europe and Asia. My exposure to different cultures and prior experience working at a source plasma collection center in industry has prepared me for the global world of drug development.

If I don’t work in your space, just ask me to connect you to someone at Ascent that does.

Please reach me at 303-694-5482.

Feel free to add me to your LinkedIn network, join my group on the Changing FDA Regulatory Landscape in the United States and follow me on Twitter @biopharmasleuth.

Ron Tess
Sr. Scientific Recruiter

Born and raised in the Garden State with stops in Houston, Seattle, and the Bay Area along the way. I’ve been recruiting in various industries for 4 years. I joined Ascent in 2011 on our IT team and from there was fortunate enough to get an opportunity on our awesome Life Sciences team.

I am now the Lead Scientific Recruiter on Ascent Pharma, overseeing all positions within Research & Development, Quality, and Manufacturing. It is an extremely exciting position and there is nothing more rewarding than to be able to pick up the phone each day to tell someone they have just been offered their dream job!

In my spare time, I am an avid runner, having completed 10 half marathons in races around the world. In 2017 I'll be running the famous NYC Marathon! I enjoy listening to music and spent 8 years working in radio in Seattle as a morning show producer for alternative rock stations. I look forward to chatting with you soon!

Matthew Delacruz
Sr. Technical Recruiter

Born and raised in the Bay Area, I’ve been recruiting for three years (and counting) after graduating college. Ascent gave me my first real opportunity in the staffing industry as a Recruiting Intern after completing my BS Degree in Business Administration and HR in 2013… and I never looked back! Three years later, I’m a Technical Recruiter for Ascent’s Bay Area team! I enjoy the interesting conversations with qualified candidates and linking their talent with the opportunities I have available. It’s always great to not only make a placement, but finding jobs for these candidates and having a helping hand in advancing their career. Outside of work, I’m a big time Bay Area sports fan (Warriors, Giants, and 49ers!), loves hiking trails, learning new technologies, and enjoy anything pop culture.

Alicia Licht
Sr. Clinical Recruiter/Biometrics Practice Lead

As a Sr. Clinical Recruiter/Biometrics Practice Lead at Ascent Life Sciences, I have worked in clinical staffing for more than 6 years. I work in all areas of clinical trial services, with an emphasis on SAS, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Data Management.

My favorite part of my job is placing people in exciting careers in an industry that has the power to really change lives.  

Outside of work, I enjoy going to concerts and going out to eat, and spending time with my son and my husband.

Erika Marquez
Scientific Recruiting Manager

I was born and raised in Durango, CO and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins-- where I graduated with a BS in business and design.

After graduation I backpacked across southeast Asia. After my travels I worked as an HR assistant and Recruiting coordinator for the Department of Interior and Probuild and have worked in sales for 2 years. I am now happy to be with Ascent and working on the scientific recruiting team.

In my free time I enjoy hiking, continuous traveling and spending time with friends and family.

LaReesa Solis-Myers
Sr. Recruiting Associate

I am a Sr. Recruiting Associate here in the beautiful town of Chico, CA. I graduated in May of 2014 from California State University, Chico and found myself sticking around after college for a wonderful opportunity to be a Recruiting Associate with Ascent. This position has helped me link my passion for connecting with people and making their lives better by finding them great employment opportunities. I really enjoy talking with candidates about their lives and trying to see how I can make a difference. In my free time I love to stay active by going to the gym or by exploring the great outdoors of Northern California.  I also enjoy cooking, shopping for great deals, and going to see the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland A’s play. I also have a passion for traveling to new places and seeing as much of the world as I can.

Jessica Ullmann
Sr. Recruiting Associate

I am Sr. Recruiting Associate at Ascent. I graduated in 2010 from Chico State with a Bachelor’s Degree and I joined Ascent in 2014 as a Recruiting Associate. I love being part of a team that changes the way recruiting is being done. I love the challenge, the hunt, and turning every stone to find a “gem.” I love finding out what makes each candidate unique for a position and why they want to be a part of the company. I am energized by working with people and passionate about we do at Ascent.

Audrey Lamb
Technical Recruiter / Account Lead

I started with Ascent in 2014 as a Sourcing Specialist and have worked my way up to being a Technical Recruiter. Being new to the staffing industry, Ascent has been the perfect place to start my career.

I graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelors in History.  Deciding I needed a change I packed my bags and moved to Colorado and have loved every minute of it.

I love the active lifestyle of Colorado and enjoy running, skiing, and hiking.

Ryan Matlock
Scientific Recruiter

I was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado and currently live in Denver.I began at Ascent in September of 2015 as a Sourcing Specialist, and I'm really excited to learn about and work in the business of recruiting. 

Outside of work, I enjoy playing hockey, skiing, hiking 14ers, camping, and hanging out with my friends.

Jaymie Tighe
Scientific Recruiter

I joined the Ascent Scientific team in June 2015 in our Denver office. New to recruiting, I am excited to have the opportunity to learn from Ascent's experienced professionals and help candidates reach their career goals in the biotech and life science industries.

Outside of the office, my hobbies include backcountry snowboarding, hiking, and various outdoor activities in beautiful Colorado! I originally come from Columbus, Ohio where I earned a BS in Communications and Environmental Sustainability at Ohio University.

Allison Marcus
Senior Scientific and Engineering Recruiter

I joined Ascent in September 2015 and I’ve been in Life Science staffing since 2011. I am primarily focused on contract and permanent placement within Biotechnology, Medical Device, Medical Diagnostic, and Pharmaceutical industries.

I love helping people land their dream jobs! I am a graduate of Arizona State University with a BS in Biological Sciences. I live in the South Bay with my husband and two wonderful children.

Outside of work, I love to spend time with my family, cook, run and do Bikram yoga.

Jordan Kenoyer
Scientific Recruiter

I joined Ascent in the summer of 2015, and am currently a Scientific Recruiter on the AscentPharma team. Originally from California, I moved to Denver, CO shortly after graduating from CSU Chico with a Bachelor’s in Economics.

I’m an avid sports fan and enjoy getting outdoors as much as possible, especially to play golf. My parents are my biggest inspiration, and the giraffe is my favorite animal!

Danielle Dawson
Sales & Recruiting Coordinator

With over 6 years of program coordination experience, I joined Ascent in December of 2015 as the Sales and Recruiting Coordinator. I have a passion for helping others succeed, love to be organized, and hold myself to high standards, therefore my role at Ascent is an excellent fit. I recently graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and was selected to join the Alpha Chi Honors Society for graduating with a 4.0 GPA. If I had to describe the Ascent team in one word, it would be POWERFUL! Everyone ranging from management to the recruiters and the account executives are focused, goal oriented, and positive. I am grateful to be a part of this dynamic team. In my spare time I love to spend time with my family. I also enjoy cooking, camping, wine tasting, and random getaways.

Summer Martinez
Scientific Recruiter

I am a graduate of the University of Denver with a BA in psychology class of 2013. I started my journey to become a recruiter by speaking with a career counselor on how to become a “career counselor.” She advised me to try out recruiting and a few years later here I am, excited to be a part of Ascent and continue my journey as a Sourcing Specialist working toward the Recruiter title.

I was born and raised in Denver, CO and although I spend most of my spare time traveling outside of the country, Denver will always be home for me.

I love to keep moving, spending most of my time in the gym, lifting or outdoors-- always enjoying this wonderful state I call home.

Tiffany Selby
Sr. Recruiting Associate

I recently joined the Ascent Team in December of 2015 after graduating from California State University, Chico with my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management. It was exciting to come aboard the Ascent Team in little Chico, Ca after college, the experience and people here have been fantastic. At Ascent, I feel like I am making a difference in peoples’ lives by matching candidates with the opportunities they have been searching for. In my free time, I love to travel or relax and enjoy the outdoors, read a good novel, see the latest drama or action movie in theaters or participate in the occasional binge watching of my favorite television series.

Courtney Catron
Recruiting Associate

Hello my name is Courtney Catron and I am very excited to be an Ascent employee. I was born and raised in a sleepy mountain town in California. I moved to Chico California about five years ago and just recently graduated Chico State University with a bachelor’s degree in social science. I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, hiking, bike riding, skiing, snowboarding, and river rafting. During my free time I may be participating in one of the above activities or maybe just cooking at home and hanging out with my cat.

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Jon Iund
Recruiting Associate

I am a native of Napa, California and moved to Chico, California in 2012. I started at Ascent in March of 2017 and am very excited to build my network and grow with the company. I want to be able to help people find their next new and exciting job. I love the outdoors, relaxing with friends and family, as well as building computers for a hobby.

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Gabby Homesley
Recruiting Associate

I graduated from California State University, Chico in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Organizational Communication and a minor in Recreational Administration. Shortly before graduating from Chico State I started my professional career as a College Representative for Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Through this job I helped develop a territory and recruit high school and college age students to attend the private specialized university. After two and a half years I was ready to challenge myself in a new way.

I have spent the last two years as a licensed insurance agent for home, auto, life insurance and specialized in assisting clients with personal finance and debt. I have grown and experienced sales from a whole new perspective. I developed a book of business and learned that my true passion is working and helping others.

I am new to the technical recruiting industry but have taught career exploration internationally and worked with many people from different walks of life. I am very excited to be joining the Ascent Team and to help match individuals with their future, to flourish, and grow.

In my pastime I enjoy spending time with my family (especially being an auntie), going on hikes with my dog, interior decorating, and listening to music. 

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Kristin Arvanitis

I joined the Ascent Life Sciences team in January 2017 in our Chicago office. I earned a BA in Psychology, Sociology & Human Development from the University of Missouri – Columbia.  After 3 years in IT/Support, I wanted to pursue a career where people and relations were on the forefront.  New to recruiting, I am excited to learn from Ascent's experienced professionals and help candidates reach their career goals in the pharmaceutical and life science fields.

While I’m not building relationships with our team and candidates, my hobbies include seeing and playing music, traveling, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with friends and family in Chicago. 

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Jake Martin
Recruiting Associate

I’m a Northern California native born in Santa Cruz and a graduate of California State University, Chico, where I earned a BA in journalism and a minor in English. I joined Ascent in January of 2017 after doing some traveling abroad and I was hungry to take my first steps into the corporate world. I heard about the opportunity to work as a recruiting associate and I thought it was a great opportunity to help others find new opportunities to succeed.  In my spare time, I like to stay active by going to the gym, swimming, and I especially enjoy hiking to the various waterfalls and mountain ranges of Northern California. I also enjoy going to see the A’s and Raiders play, reading, visiting museums, attending concerts, and visiting family. 

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Kelli O'Mara
Sr. Sales & Recruiting Coordinator

I began my career in the recruiting world 5 years ago, after spending almost 6 years in a advertising sales office. The first important lesson I learned when I ventured over into the recruiting space (with a company that was not Ascent), was that I do not make for a very good recruiter. Since being with Ascent, I’ve found my niche supporting our incredible IT Sales and Delivery team in Denver, but there isn’t a team within the company that I haven’t had the pleasure of working with at some point. I consider myself extremely lucky to be a part of the Ascent family. The people I work with every day are fantastic, our leadership team has a clear vision, and the work/life balance offered is incredible. I like baseball, traveling, getting tattoos, food, and The Rock.

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Divna Rosenzweig
Drug Safety and Medical Information Practice Lead

I’m a Senior Recruiter/ Drug Safety Practice Lead in Ascent's Life Science Division and have more than 7 years recruiting experience in the clinical development space. My specialties are, Drug Safety, Medical Communications, and Regulatory Affairs. I also have experience recruiting in the Biometrics, Data Management, Epidemiology, and Quality Space.

Working in this field has given me the expertise and ability to build trusting relationships in an industry that really impacts people around the world.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and friends, working out, trying out new restaurants, shopping, and exploring new places. 

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Deana Pratt

I decided to take a leap of faith and change careers in March of 2017. I have found that I thoroughly enjoy networking, building long-lasting relationships and helping place the best possible candidates for some of the top leading companies in the industry. Working with and helping others is my passion. I’m very excited about my career at Ascent.

What I enjoy most about working at Ascent is their dedication and outstanding support to small, midsize and large enterprise clients. Ascent is leaving quite the impression over the years in the consulting and staffing industry and I’m more than grateful to be a part of this company.

I have been living in the sunny “Mile High City” for over 10 years and this place has my heart and soul. Most of my free time outside of work is spent with my husband. We share many city and mountain adventures from long walks in the park to riding motorcycles and of course indulging in the delicious variety of excellent restaurants around town! 

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Tom Briscoe
Sr. Recruiter

Tom brings over 14 years of experience recruiting in the Clinical Trial/ Drug Development arena. Partnering with Pharmaceutical, Biotech and CRO companies – from start-ups to large caps – he has repeatedly demonstrated a unique ability to identify talent and provide solutions regarding an organization’s most valuable asset. His knowledge base covers Biometrics, Pharmacovigilance, Regulatory Affairs and Medical Writing. He also specializes in Clinical Operations including: Site Monitoring, Protocol Development and Clinical Project/Program Management. 

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Melissa Meyer

I was born and raised in the Chicago-Land suburbs, after spending a decade living in Wisconsin I am so excited to be here in Chicago.  I come to Ascent with two years recruiting experience in the Health-Care/Hospital industry; working with hospitals to staff executive and management positions.  I hold my Bachelors degree in Sociology, Political Science, Legal Studies and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and am a current student at Northwestern University.  I feel in love with recruiting; as its a rewarding career that allows me to network and transform peoples' careers.

I am a new addition of Acsent and I am extremely excited to work in the Regulatory Affairs division in my favorite city.  When I am not working I enjoy running marathons, working out, traveling and spending time with my husband and two dogs Rogue and Bella. 

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Patrick Carlisle

I came to Ascent with 2 years of experience recruiting within the Life Sciences industry. I am a Senior Recruiter here with Ascent and specialize in Clinical Operations and Development. I really enjoy networking with different people and helping them find their dream job.

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and live in Chicago now and love it! In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, golfing and spending time with my wife.

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Ashley Nagle
Life Science Recruiter

As a new member of Ascent, I am excited to learn from the professionals in the Chicago office and beyond! I join the team with six years of teacher leadership experience on the southwest side of Chicago. I earned my undergraduate degree in Spanish and English Education at Illinois State University and have lived abroad in Spain and Nicaragua.

When I am not working I enjoy exploring the city of Chicago, spending time with my husband and labradoodle, and planning celebrations for family and friends.    

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Aparna Ghosh
Technical Recruiter

I am a Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR) working as a Technical Recruiter at Ascent, joined in  August 2017. My experience in recruitment for major technical and non-technical firms has provided me skills to service the most demanding clients, resolve challenging situations, and close difficult negotiations. My extensive experience in self-managing multiple positions and building client-side relationships and maintaining loyal candidate relationships. I have a Master degree and an M.Phil. degree in English Literature. 

I live in Pleasanton with my husband and my two lovely kids ( 3 years and 5 years old). My leisure time passion is cooking and Indian classical dancing and also written a book on cooking, which I am thinking of publishing soon.

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Grace LaTour

I moved to beautiful Denver in 2017 and acknowledged the vast amount of opportunity in the IT industry here.  The people, culture and opportunities at Ascent are what attracted me to join the team.

I have a huge appreciation for being outdoors. I like your typical Colorado activities such hiking, camping, attending red rocks concerts and boating.

A few fun facts about me. I was born and raised in Juneau, AK and have traveled and lived in a multitude of places since. In 2012 I graduated with my BA from the University of Nevada, Reno. I have an extreme passion for traveling and experiencing new places, cultures and of course trying a good local food. I have been fortunate enough to travel and experience 16 countries and 38 states and plan to add more to the list. 

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Kyle Brigham
Technical Recruiter

To me, nothing is more rewarding that connecting people with great opportunities.  As a sourcing specialist at Ascent Services Group, Denver office, I have the pleasure of doing just that.  In the field of IT staffing nobody does it quite like Ascent, the vibrant, energetic culture has helped thousands of IT professionals find quality work. 

Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan I attended Western Michigan University, home of the real broncos! Some hobbies include hiking, camping, fishing, anything sports, and craft beer. Cheers! 

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Kaitlyn Finnegan
Life Science Recruiter

I joined the Ascent Life Sciences team in September 2017 after spending a year and a half recruiting in the railroad industry.  I earned a BA in Classical Archaeology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  I originally wanted to go back to school to become a teacher in Classical studies until I fell in love with recruiting!  I decided I wanted a more exciting field that is constantly growing and evolving and I have found that with Ascent.  When I’m not working, I love working out at Orange Theory Fitness, baking, watching college football, and spending time with my family.

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Noah Greenberg
Scientific Sourcer

Raised in Boulder, Colorado I ventured south to Ascent Services Group where every day as a Scientific Sourcer I have the chance to link outstanding talent with opportunity. Stops along my journey include Fort Collins, Colorado, Olney, Illinois, and Lawton, Oklahoma working with great people as a teacher and collegiate basketball coach.

In my free time I enjoy playing sports, reading, traveling, skiing, hiking, comedy, spending time with family, and finding humor in every scenario. 

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Lucas Moulder
Sourcing Specialist

I moved to Denver in 2017 to take advantage of the mountains and city life.  I found Ascent after being exposed to recruiting and matching people with job opportunities.  When I was researching the Tech industry, I really felt attracted and a part of their culture and opportunity to grown my career from the very first interview. 

My background comes from Wyoming, where I was born and raised in Jackson Hole and had the Tetons as my backyard.  I’ve spent my life playing around in the mountains, whether that is skiing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, boating, fishing, and hunting.  I’m also a huge sports fan, and I’ll play any sport on the diamond like baseball, kickball, and softball.  I graduated up the road from Denver at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY with a major in Administrative Management and had a minor in Entrepreneurship.  

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Conner O'Shea
Recruiting Associate

Hello, my name is Conner O'Shea and I am a recent CSU Chico State graduate with a degree in Organization Communication. I am a Recruiting Associate at Ascent Service Group and work in the NRC out of Chico, CA. I was born in San Diego and moved to Chico when I was 1 year old and love living here! When not glued to a computer screen I enjoy all outdoor activities including snowboarding, hiking, swimming and especially biking. I have worked in a variety of positions but my last role was an Insurance Agent. 

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Logan Parvus
Sourcing Specialist

As a recent grad from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology, I immediately made the move to beautiful Denver and could not be more excited to begin my career as a Sourcing Specialist for Ascent! My hobbies include hiking, skiing, music, traveling, and nature.

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Caitlin Felix
Recruiting Associate

I am originally from the Bay Area. I recently graduated from CSU Chico in 2017 with a Bachelors in Business Administration – Human Resource Management. I was recently a Job Developer for clients with mental and developmental disabilities, but am now excited to be work with this great team at Ascent! I love spending time with my dog Pollo and hike throughout multiple National Parks. I am a food enthusiast and love to try new restaurants around town! 

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Kori Eckert
Sourcing Specialist

Originally from Upstate New York, I made the move out to Colorado after graduating from Ithaca College in 2012. I immediately fell in love with the life style, mountains, and all that Colorado has to offer. Since graduating, I have worked for a few small companies including a start-up company and an economic development firm. Recently, I was fortunate enough to find Ascent and join the Life Science's team. I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing team and to help people by connecting their talent with opportunity!


I am a 'typical Coloradoan' in the fact that I love anything that has to do with the outdoors. I love to travel, the mountains, spending time with family and friends, photography, and amazing food! I am an avid runner and skier, and am always excited for a new adventure! 

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Sales Team
Jesse Ashworth
National Account Executive

I am a National Account Executive at Ascent with 3 years of full-cycle recruitment and workforce planning experience in the Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic, Biotechnology, Medical Device and IT industries. In my current role my duties are to identify and manage accounts in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Scientific, Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic and Medical Device Industry.

I work closely with hiring managers to qualify opportunities and advise them on candidates that fit their skill sets and budget. I’m a great communicator and I love being on the front lines of putting people to work, especially helping people who have recently lost their jobs.

I stay active snowboarding in winter, wakeboarding in summer, playing golf and running/working out.

Chris Clinch
Senior Account Executive

As an Account Executive on the Bay Area Direct team, I qualify client job requirements, manage the client relationship and work with recruiting to screen and qualify each consultant.

I thrive on the pure joy of getting somebody a job and that person performing for our client. I’m proud to say that I placed a web developer at ABC/Disney who helps develop the website each year!

When I’m away from the office, I enjoy sports, especially playing golf and skiing. I’m most inspired by my high school football coach.

Brittany Strubbe
Sr. National Account Executive

Brittany joined Ascent in 2012 and was tasked with expanding the business development of the Life Sciences team into new geographical markets. Her clients include some of the top pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies. She has helped provide consultants for some of the largest international pharmaceutical companies, identified key stakeholders for start-up biotechs and helped mid-market players expand as they build out their staff during their infancy stages.


She has had the luxury of working in the Life Science space for over 10 years and truly understands the market demands associated with working in such a fast-paced, highly regulated industry. Helping people, at the end of the day, is the goal and we experience it two fold. First and foremost, helping an individual land a new project and secondly, helping push forward drugs, biologics or devices closer and closer to the market to help cure unmet medical needs. 


Gratification comes from meeting her clients' needs with unique and dedicated solutions while valuing transparency, quality and unmet customer service.

Natasha Royter
Account Executive, Technology Division
I joined Ascent's Large Enterprise team in 2013 as a Technical Recruiter. I have 8 years of experience specializing in sales, marketing, and IT recruiting. I focus on placements of IT talent nationwide. Prior to Ascent, I was a Senior Technical recruiter for one of the largest staffing firms in the US.
I hold a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Denver. I was born in Odessa Ukraine, my family migrated to the US in 2004.
Michael Trick
Account Executive, Technology Division

I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and attended The University of Dayton. After graduating in May 2014 I decided to pack my bags and head for beautiful Denver, Colorado. I am an outdoor enthusiast.  

In my spare time I run, bike, hike, ski, and play golf. I am loyal to my Ohio sports teams (Bengals, Reds, Cavaliers, and Blue Jackets).

I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Ascent thus far and look forward to what the future has to offer!

Todd Mounier
Account Executive, Technology Division

A California native, I grew up on the beaches of sunny San Diego, went to school at Cal Poly, SLO on the beautiful central coast and have lived in the Bay Area for nearly twenty years.

I am delighted to have moved into an Account Executive role at Ascent and I'm excited to put everything I learned as a Recruiter to work while continuing to service my clients’ needs.

I make the most of my free time by traveling (5 continents and 23 countries and counting), playing hockey, seeing live music, hiking and camping and just relaxing with a good beer.

Carson Kermode
Senior Account Executive

I joined the Ascent sales team February 2016. I partner Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Medical Device and related life science companies with staff augmentation and project-based workforce solutions, matching the right people with the right projects.

I work closely with client sponsors to develop solutions that will meet both corporate and project specific goals and objectives.

Niki Manalo
Sr. Business Development Manager

I joined the Ascent team in April 2016 as a Senior Manager of Business Development. With just under 10 years of industry experience, I partner with clients in the Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Medical Device and Diagnostics industries to assist with staff augmentation and resourcing solutions. I focus on functional areas like R&D, Quality, Regulatory and Clinical and am able to help fill a variety of positions requiring Scientific, Engineering, or Clinical backgrounds.

I have an MS degree in Engineering Management and a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. Having worked in R&D myself many years ago, I take the time to learn about the technical skills and nuances for each position to help make the right match.

I make the most of my free time by spending time with my husband and young daughter, playing volleyball, traveling the globe and cooking/eating a wide variety of cuisine from around the world.

Vincent Hamashin
Account Executive

I began my career in Pharmaceutical staffing in 2005, after working for several years as a Research Chemist, and later, a Chemical Sales Manager.  I began in staffing in a business development role, specializing in pharmacovigilance. Over the last few years, I have become a generalist recruiter covering all aspects of clinical research. 

My background in science helps make me an effective pharmaceutical recruiter. I enjoy finding candidates opportunity that helps them achieve their long-term career goals.

Outside of work, I believe in staying active. I enjoy golf, running, skiing, tennis, reading, and rescuing German Shepherds. 

Michael Hendricks
Account Executive

Michael joined Ascent in 2016, bringing with him charisma and a breadth of experience in the staffing industry.  

Mike Bawcum
Area Sales Manager

I’m a mid-west guy through and through. I grew up in rural Indiana, attended Purdue University (although I’m a diehard Notre Dame football season ticket holder) and immediately lived in Chicago after graduation for seven years. My wife, dog and I relocated to Colorado at the end of 2015 to take advantage of the outdoor lifestyle and ditch the Chicago winters.

The best way to describe myself would be a college football/basketball fanatic, avid golfer, live music lover and somebody who just enjoys having a good time. I am deeply passionate about sales and paying forward all of the coaching and mentorship I received early in my career to others just getting theirs started.

I look forward to being a part of the inevitable success that awaits our team here at Ascent in the future.  

Jackie Hynes
National Account Executive

Jackie has worked in the staffing industry for the last 13 years focusing primarily on Scientific Staffing. Currently she's an National Account Executive for Ascent focusing on growing the Scientific and Engineering business for the Midwest market. She loves to understand how the pieces come together and make a product; the people, the ideas and ultimately the product-- and again to find a way to make it even better! As she grows, she'd love to deepend her knowledge in the hiring process from product development through quality control. She looks forward to helping clients understand the supply and demand in the market, salary expectations and how to attract and retain talent. 

Mark Simonetti
Sr. Account Executive

Mark has been in the staffing industry for over 18 years, and has worked in many capacities ranging from Recruiter, Operations, National Account Sales, and Sales Management.  He enjoys many aspects of the recruiting industry but enjoys building long lasting relationships the most. He states that there is nothing better than becoming a trusted partner with clients that you consider friends. 

When he is not at work Mark enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.  Having two young children keeps his very busy.

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Ethan Lee
Account Executive

I have been building strong, meaningful relationships within the private and public sectors of Technology over the past 5 years. My expertise lies within alleviating staffing solution pain points for my clients within Technology, including both Server / Infrastructure and Software / SDLC challenges. I began my career as a Technology Recruiter and quickly pursued my passion for business to business interaction through Account Management. In the professional setting, I love nothing more than to connect with someone new on a meaningful level and to then help them solve complex problems while achieving challenging goals within their team or program. My goal is to be a trusted business partner to my clients and to do whatever it takes to come through for them at the end of the day. Outside of my professional life, I am a true outdoor enthusiast. I spend my free time chasing lofty mountaineering and climbing goals. I also enjoy traveling and experiencing new cultures first hand. I love to learn, and I am constantly seeking new experiences. Nice to meet you! 

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Engagement Management Team
Christie Macksoud
Sr. Engagement Manager

I am an Engagement Manager for AscentPharma. I joined in April 2014. I have 11 years of HR Generalist experience, mainly with non-profits. I am excited to be a part of such a dynamic company. I look forward to continuing to support our Ascent Professionals and providing outstanding customer service. I love to read, play Sudoku, and spend every spare moment with my family & friends.

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Lindsey Skowron
Engagement Manager

After receiving a BA from Meredith College in Communications, Lindsey joined the staffing industry in 2013, and Ascent in 2015, with 4 years of HR experience.  After 2 years at Ascent in Charlotte, Lindsey relocated to our Denver office. She enjoys spending her free time exploring Colorado and playing with her rescue dogs. 

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Briea Crofford
Engagement Manager

I joined Ascent in April of 2016, I truly found my passion in Human Resources and employee engagement. After attending CSU Chico, I’m continuing my education.  Currently I’m obtaining additional certifications in HR Management and employee relations. I am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing company, that is truly focused on delivering excellent customer service at all levels. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hanging out with my two dachshunds, catching up on some of my favorite shows and traveling!

Travis Gibson
Engagement Manager

As a member of the Engagement Management team, I joined Ascent in May 2016 after being referred by my friend Gary McCune, the Recuiting Manager. 

I grew up in Southern California, attended Cal State Fullerton and later moved to Northern California in 2009. I was an accomplished Chef for over seven years and after the birth of my daughter, Tegan, I ventured down a completely different path…I put down the knives and apron and picked up a suit and tie!

I am well rounded and a quick learner with a passion for customer service. I enjoy the family like atmosphere within Ascent as well as the care and passion Ascent has for its Clients and Consultants. My greatest accomplishment is my daughter and the relationship we share. In my spare time I am most likely outdoors adventuring with my dog, Archer.

Kristin Grabowski
Program Manager

While obtaining her Bachelors in Hospitality/Tourism at CSUEB,  Kristin found her interest in HR while interning at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. She then found the opportunity to join Ascent as a Human Capital Assistant in 2014. Currently she is an Program Manager for our AscentWorkforce client. Out of the office, she enjoys listening to live music, traveling, and cooking new food recipes. 

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