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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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
Chief Human Resources Officer

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
Sr.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
Senior Director of Client Solutions

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
Director of Recruiting, 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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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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Niki Manalo
Director of Client Solutions - Concord, CA

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.

Ron Bauer
Director of IT Infrastructure

I am a hands-on business IT leader, solutions architect, and IT service management professional. A spirited high achiever, entrepreneur, and visionary specializing in business leadership, technical operations, service excellence, team development, solutions engineering, virtualization, cloud strategies, managed services, service management, best practices, improving service levels and more. With 20+ years of experience, my goal is to provide an extensive scope of knowledge and value to the people I work with.

I believe in self-development, staying current with technology, and improving upon skill sets. I am currently certified in several technologies and methodologies including CompTIA, ITIL, and Microsoft (MCITP, MCP, MCSA, MSCE, and MCTS).

I am a proud veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. ~ Semper Paratus

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Jody Brockman
Senior Innovation Architect - Denver, CO

Jody has partnered with business leaders to understand key business initiatives and determine the best Business Intelligent (BI) solutions to measure, manage, and improve performance, process, and profitability. She has experience managing projects from analysis, estimates, & requirements, through the development, implementation and on-going support of the BI information infrastructure. Jody understands the future direction of each business unit and proactively responds to data needs and finds innovative solutions to provide visibility needed to make timely decisions.

Recruiting Team
Aimee Ennik
Sr. Recruiter / Account Lead - Concord, CA

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!

Diane Douglas
Sr. IT Recruiter / Account Lead - Denver, CO

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 - Concord, CA

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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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.

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 - Denver, CO

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 - Denver, CO

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.

Danielle Dawson
Sales & Recruiting Coordinator - Remote Employee

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 - Denver, CO

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.

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
Sales & Recruiting Coordinator - Chico, CA

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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Jake Martin
Recruiting Associate - Chico, CA

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
Recruiter - Denver, CO

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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Melissa Meyer
Recruiter - Chicago, IL

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
Recruiter - Chicago, IL

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 - Chicago, IL

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 - Concord, CA

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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Noah Greenberg

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
Recruiter - Denver, CO

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 - Chico, CA

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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Kori Eckert
Recruiter - Denver, CO

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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Max Trujillo
Sourcing Specialist - Denver, CO

New to Colorado, moved from Florida, where I spent 8 years in the customer service industry. Excited to work in the IT recruiting industry where I can use my customer service knowledge to provide a personalized experience by building lasting relationships with our candidates and clients. Outside of the office I enjoy outdoor activities such as snowboarding and hiking, and some of my other hobbies include playing guitar and golfing.

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Amanda Bazurto-Smith
Recruiting Associate - Chico, CA

I was born & raised near the Chico area & have lived within Chico since 2011. I obtained a Bachelors in Anthropology from California State University, Chico in 2016. In my free time I run my own small art prints and clothing business, but I’m also passionate about painting, writing, understanding humans/cultures, photography and traveling. I also enjoy a good book and spending time with my little family (my boyfriend and my cat). I am looking forward to this new adventure with Ascent and being able to help others find a place within their communities.

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Candice Walker
Recruiting Associate - Chico, CA

I am a recent grad of California State University, Chico where I majored in Anthropology. I worked as a research assistant at an Archaeological Records Facility before breaking into the recruiting business. When I am not hard at work, I enjoy swimming, traveling, and playing video games with my cats on my lap! I love to explore and find out what other cultures have to offer (particularly in the form of cuisine)!

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Katherine Anderson
Life Sciences / Engineering Recruiter

I have been working in the Engineering field for a few years now, specializing in medical device, pharmaceutical and life science.

For most of my life I was a hunter/jumper horse trainer and traveled internationally for competitions.  I decided I wanted to travel less and spend more time with my family (which consists of 6 siblings!) so I took a leap into recruiting, where I found a piqued interest in medical technology.

Outside of work I still teach and ride horses and also love playing golf every second I get! 

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Bonnie Galley
Recruiter - Denver, CO

I have a passion for people, fitness and a sheer love for pushing myself and others past what was thought to be possible! I am committed to making a difference in other peoples’ life, even if I am only able to have a short conversation with them.

My experience in Sales Management and College Admissions paved the way for me to join Ascent! I am so excited to be a Sourcing Specialist for such a wonderful company, who gives back to their employees, customers and community. My tendency of providing white-glove customer service will fit in well, as I strive to not only help future candidates but also team members and clients (I call this the winx3)! I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Colorado and I have several random fitness certificates.

Outside of work:

Being a typical Colorado native, I love anything outdoors! My hobbies include: instructing Combat classes (Les Mills), yoga, gym time, hunting, fishing, gardening (veggies, flowers & indoor plants), snowmobiling, gym time, being a mom of two labs (yellow & black), one cat, and recently, 6 chickens!! Yup! I said it! I am a new chicken mom! I will never turn down an opportunity to beat someone in backgammon or Mario Kart.  Embrace the weird!

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Saraya Rider
Recruiting Associate - Chico, CA

I grew up in Chico, California surrounded by towering trees, stunning wild flowers, and the rich culture and history from this area. In the past year, I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from California State University, Chico in just three years. My main interests include archaeology, travelling the world, videogames, cats, and spending times with my loved ones. I am very excited to be starting out my professional career at Ascent

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Deborah Ward
Recruiter - Chicago, IL

As a member of Ascent Life Sciences, I am excited to be a part of the team and learn from the best! Before joining Ascent, I earned my BA in Secondary Education English from DePaul University, and I taught high school in Chicago for eight years. When I made the decision to change careers, it became clear to me that networking and relationships are key to that process, so I’m thrilled to now be in a position where I can build relationships with others to help them find jobs that they love. In my free time I love to travel, hike, read, Netflix, cook, and spend time hanging around with my fianc√©, our two cats, and our friends and family.

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Adam Hurst
Sr. Sourcing Specialist - Denver, CO

After graduating from Temple University with a degree in Secondary Education and Social Studies in 2010, I spent eight years teaching in Philadelphia, New York and Colorado. In 2018, I decided to pursue a new career path and decided to seek out the challenge of recruiting. As a Sourcing Specialist, I hope to place qualified candidates in roles that can bring them success and improve the health of the citizens of our country.

I was born in Nyack, NY – roughly half an hour outside New York City. I have lived in Denver for the last 5 years and love both this city and our beautiful state! The sunny weather, gorgeous nature and exceptionally kind people of Colorado have provided me with a wonderful place to call home.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, swimming, and attending concerts! In the colder months, I can often be found reading a book or listening to a record in my home near Washington Park. 

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Kyle Grant
Technical Recruiter - Concord, CA

Kyle was born and raised in the SF Bay Area and went to the University of Oregon. He has over 5 years of Technical Recruiting experience and is very happy to have joined Ascent’s Bay Area team in July of 2018! His favorite part of recruiting is the constant search for the right candidates and finding candidates their dream job and employers their dream candidate. When he is not recruiting, he is an avid basketball player and a huge sports fan of just about any/every sport.  

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Liani Ware
Sourcing Specialist - Denver, CO

I am a recent graduate from Colorado State University with a bachelors degree in Communication and a minor in business administration. I am currently working at the Denver office, working with the IT department, and I enjoy learning all about the world of technology. Post college, Ascent caught my eye due to their fast pace, working in an ever changing industry and the daily challenges of recruiting in tech! In my free time I enjoy snowboarding, camping, and exploring all that Colorado has to offer.

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Samantha Brott
Recruiting Associate - Chico, CA

I grew up in a small town outside of Chico. I recently graduated from Chico State, with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I am new to Ascent, and excited to use my passion for helping others in this position. My hobbies outside of work include spending time with my friends and family, playing sports, watching Netflix, and traveling.

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Brendan Cronin
Recruiter - Denver, CO

I have been an IT Recruiter for 4 years. Originally from Indianapolis, I moved to Colorado in 2010 to attend the University of Denver, and I have been out here ever since! While there I majored in Journalism, and I minored in Marketing and Psychology. In my free time, I really enjoy snowboarding, tennis, traveling, and attending way too many concerts

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Mimi Nielson
Recruiter - Concord, CA

I am a Life Science Recruiter here at Ascent.  I started in the staffing industry back in 2013 at Manpower.  There I began as a Staffing Operations Specialist and then made my way into the recruiting chair.  Like most, I didn’t plan on being a recruiter but have found it to be one of the most fulfilling positions that I have held in my working career.   Knowing that you are making the difference in people’s lives by matching them with an opportunity to grow within their career.  The satisfaction you get when you place someone in that position and to hear how thankful they are for your efforts - makes everything worth it. It’s because of that I can honestly say that I love what I do!

When I am not in the office, I enjoy everything outdoors! I love sports, hiking, snowboarding and the beach! Most of all, I love the time I spend with my baby girl! I look forward to connecting with you soon! 

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Hannah Koback
Sourcing Specialist

As a member of Ascent Life Sciences, I am excited to be a part of the Chicago team and learn from the best! Before joining Ascent, I earned a BS in Speech Language Hearing Science from the University of Colorado Boulder. I have always had a passion for science and working with people so that is what attracted me to the life sciences team at Ascent. In my free time I love traveling, yoga, and exploring Chicago!

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Alyssa Sherlock
Recruiting Associate - Chico, CA

I graduated Chico State in 2017 with a Bachelors in Exercise Physiology. Prior to joining Ascent, I was a server at multiple restaurants in Chico. I grew up here in Chico and love spending my free time outdoors enjoying the warm weather we have during the Summer.  I love getting to know people and being able to help them in any way I can. I look forward to having the opportunity to do that with my position here at Ascent. 

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Brierly Lindberg
Recruiter - Concord, CA

Have you ever been submitted by a recruiter, and never given any feedback? Here at Ascent Services Group, we hold ourselves to a higher standard than the average staffing agency. A tool is only as useful as the hand that wields it, just as I am only as useful as the candidates I associate with. My success is a byproduct of solid teamwork and transparency to ensure I put my contractors in the best possible position to succeed. With that in mind, I would enjoy the opportunity to learn more about you and start our relationship-based recruiting on a great note.

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Robert Dorko
Sourcing Specialist - Denver, CO

The majority of my career prior to recruiting has been in the telecom/phone sales industry, where I spent seven years at Total Marketing Concepts, Inc. in Sanford, FL. Initially, I was a phone sales representative before working my way up to a management position which included managing multiple sales teams and handling client relations. I started working for TMC while I was finishing my Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration – Marketing from the University of Central Florida. While in the sales industry, I learned that my true passion was interacting with, and learning from, people. This led to a natural transition from the sales world to the recruiting world. Most of my free time outside of work is spent with my wife traveling, exploring our new home state of Colorado, reading and watching sports.

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Tom Gartland
Recruiter - Denver, CO

I started with Ascent Services Group in January 2019 as a Technical Recruiter based out of Denver, CO but have been in the staffing industry since the Summer of 2016. I started with PS Partners Solutions recruiting primarily for large call centers in the financial, healthcare, and manufacturing industries.

The reputation of the teams here at Ascent precedes themselves and their warm welcomes, dedication to personalized consultant care, and focus on excellence, performance, growth, teamed with a healthy work/life balance is much appreciated!

I sincerely enjoy learning about new technologies and products and am excited to branch out my passion and expertise in the field across the nation! Outside of work I enjoy playing guitar and bass, discovering new books, music, movies, bands, and comedians across the state, and (when the weather is nice ) taking in the natural beauties of Colorado!

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Casey Nowicki
Sales and Recruiting Coordinator - Denver, CO

Casey is a successful sales professional with years of experience in event planning, B2C sales, social media engagement, and administrative initiatives. She brings a positive attitude, attention to detail, a problem-solving mindset, and works well under pressure.

Harprit Randhawa
Senior Human Capitol Generalist - Concord, CA

Harprit is experienced in human resources with a demonstrated history of working in the glass, ceramics and concrete industry. She has strong human resource professional skills in team building, retirement planning, U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), interviewing, and Microsoft Excel.

Lauren Mockel
Recruiting Associate - Chico, CA

Lauren has experience managing the onboarding process of new hires and the successful set up of all necessary software and tools. She also has experience working closely with human resources, ordering and planning employee perks including; in-office food, free product, event planning and recruiting events. Additionally, Lauren has knowledge of setting up employee workstations and managing all technological assets and issues.

Neha Potdar
Senior Recruiter - Chicago, IL

Neha is a responsible for building and maintaining a pipeline of qualified technology professionals for contract to hire positions. She works to place highly skilled revenue cycle and administrative professionals on a temporary and temporary-to-hire basis. Neha helps to provide flexible professional staffing solutions to business organizations of all sizes.

Marisa Vespoli
Senior Recruiter - Denver, CO

Marisa is an accomplished and performance-driven professional with a proven ability to integrate and develop HR processes to meet business needs and improve customer satisfaction. She possesses remarkable communication, problem solving and interpersonal skills with all levels of management.

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Natasha Royter
Director of Client Solutions and Innovation - Denver, CO
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 - Denver, CO

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 - Concord, CA

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 - Concord, CA

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.

Jordan Kenoyer
Account Executive, Technology Division - Denver, CO

I joined Ascent in the Summer of 2015 as a Scientific Recruiter. After almost 3 years, I transitioned to an Account Executive for our Life Sciences division out of our Denver, CO office. Originally from California, I moved to Denver 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. A lifetime goal of mine is to visit every US National Park!

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
Client Solutions Manager - Concord, CA

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

Jackie Hynes
National Account Executive - Chicago, IL

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. Business Development Manager - Concord, CA

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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Vanessa Case
Account Executive, Technology Division - Denver, CO
Casey Nowicki
Sales and Recruiting Coordinator - Denver, CO

Casey is a successful sales professional with years of experience in event planning, B2C sales, social media engagement, and administrative initiatives. She brings a positive attitude, attention to detail, a problem-solving mindset, and works well under pressure.

Engagement Management Team
Christie Macksoud
Program Manager

I joined Ascent in April 2014 with 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
Program 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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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.

Jasmine Wong
Engagement Manager

I grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and Management. I joined Ascent in July 2018 and I’m excited to be a part of a company that really cares about its clients and employees. 

In my free time, I enjoy tap dancing, visiting new places, and meeting new people.

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Natalie Lara-Agraz
Engagement manager

Natalie is a recent graduate of The University of California, Santa Cruz, where she received her B.A. in History of Art and Visual Culture.  Even as a new graduate, she brings with her a strong history in customer service.

In her spare time, she paints and sketches, not to mention her attempts to garden and sew.

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