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Representatives from independent firms and national companies make up the ASA board of directors.

Joyce Russell

Joyce Russell

Chair

As president of the Adecco Group US Foundation, Russell is committed to making the future work for everyone. The foundation launched in January 2019 and focuses on upskilling and reskilling American workers and helping to ensure work equality for all. Russell has firmly established her reputation and passion for working with people and providing new opportunities for both employees and companies. She constantly strives for growth both personally and professionally, while remaining focused on work-related programs, partnerships, and investments that create greater economic opportunity for American workers. In 1987, Russell joined Adecco as a branch manager in Charlotte, NC. From 2004 to 2018, she served as the president of Adecco Staffing US, leading the largest business unit of Adecco Group North America—with more than 450 branch locations, approximately 1,800 colleagues, and a diverse portfolio of clients. Russell is a member of the Committee of 200, a founding member of Paradigm for Parity, and a member of Women Corporate Directors. She holds a degree in business and communications from Baylor University.
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W. Benjamin “Ben” Elliott

First Vice Chairman

Elliott has been with Randstad for the past 17 years. He is presently the U.S. chief financial officer for Randstad North America, responsible for building the U.S. financial shared services center and leading the robotics process automation initiative within Randstad. He is also responsible for the financial leadership of the Spherion Franchise Organization, which is a separate operating division within the U.S. Elliott is a board member for ASA and a member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Prior to Randstad, Elliott served as CFO for numerous organizations, including OneSource Inc., Allied Automotive Group, and National Linen Service. He also has industry experience in electronic payments, dot.com, logistics, and transportation. Elliott began his career as a staff auditor at Arthur Andersen & Co., becoming a certified public accountant in the state of Illinois in 1980.
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Threase Baker, TSC, CSP

Second Vice Chairman

Baker is president and an owner of Abbtech Professional Resources Inc. Based in Washington, DC, the company supports both the government and private sectors by providing information technology, engineering, and office–clerical staffing services, as well as personal identity verification. Baker has more than 20 years of staffing industry experience. She is past president of the Capital Area Staffing Association.
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Joanie Courtney

Joanie Bily Courtney

Treasurer

Courtney is president of the RemX division of EmployBridge Holding Co. She is responsible for the division’s growth strategy, including sales, marketing, operations, recruiting, and employee development. As an employment industry expert, she is often called upon to discuss the job market, careers, and workplace trends and speaks to the talent supply and demand cycles that impact U.S. employers. She is frequently featured as a keynote speaker at industry conferences, and her commentary on the employment market has been featured on several media outlets.
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Jeff Bowling

Secretary

Bowling is the chief executive officer of Dallas-based Curative, a physician staffing and direct hire firm with 150 internal employees. Doximity, the leading physician networking platform in the U.S., purchased Curative (formerly THMED) in April 2020. Bowling was tasked with combining the social networking power of Doximity with Curative’s experience and history in staffing to transform the business into the industry’s leading tech-enabled staffing company. A veteran of the staffing and recruiting industry, Bowling is the founder and former CEO of wildly successful and popular firm The Delta Cos., which he sold in a successful exit in 2014. He stayed on as CEO after selling the business, stepping down at the end of 2016. During the three-plus years between CEO stints, Bowling sat on several boards—including The Delta Cos. He also invested in service-based and tech companies while performing advisory work in those same industries. Bowling is still an investor and board member for ClearlyRated, a SaSS tech company in Oregon that supports the staffing industry, and ReSourcing, a NYC-based staffing business in the IT and F&A segments of staffing. He is a proud Texan, graduating from the University of North Texas, and resides in Dallas with his wife, Daniella, and their three children.
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Jeffrey S. Burnett, CSP

Burnett is president and chief executive officer of Labor Finders International Inc., a national staffing company based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. With more than 30 years of staffing industry experience, he has held positions ranging from field operations to executive management. An ASA past chairman, he currently is chairman of the ASA audit and finance committee and has been chairman of several association committees. Burnett was president of the Florida Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter, and StaffPac Inc., Florida’s industry political action committee. He has been named one of the 100 most influential individuals in the staffing and recruiting industry and has appeared on Fox News to discuss employment and the economy. He enjoys all sports and outdoor activities and is the No. 1-ranked tennis player in Florida and a top-five ranked player in the U.S. Burnett holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (accounting) from Stetson University, has completed postdegree studies in accounting, and is a certified public accountant in the state of Florida.
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Susan Dietrich

Dietrich is a principal owner of TOPS Staffing LLC, AllTek Staffing and Resource Group Inc., e-Staff Consulting Group, AccountStaff Inc., Sterling Office Professionals, and TVS Inc. She began the western chapter of the Pennsylvania Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter, and served as its president for three years. Dietrich also has served on the ASA chapter leadership council and the chapter past presidents committee.
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John A. Elwood, CSP

Elwood joined Elwood Staffing in 1996 and served in several roles before being named president in 2000. Elwood Staffing, a leading provider of talent-based solutions and actionable workforce intelligence, is the 18th largest U.S. staffing company and the 10th largest U.S. industrial staffing company. Operating more than 250 service locations in 31 states, the company employs more than 100,000 temporary associates each year. Today, Elwood commits his efforts to furthering the interests of the staffing industry through his active involvement with ASA: He has been a board member since 2008 and served as the ASA chairman of the board for the 2015 term.
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James A. Essey, CSP

Essey is president and chief executive officer of the TemPositions Group of Cos., which operates in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California. He served five terms as president of the ASA-affiliated New York chapter. Essey was elected ASA chairman in 2004—exactly 30 years after his father, Dick, served in the same role—and has chaired the chapter relations, member education and certification, political action, and industry practices committees. He currently chairs the legal and legislative committee and the public policy advocacy taskforce. Essey received his bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College and master of business administration degree from Harvard University.
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Robert A. Funk

Funk is founder, president, and vice chairman of the board for Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the staffing company awarded its first Express franchise in 1985, and has since grown to more than 560 franchises in the U.S., Canada, and South Africa. Under Funk's leadership, Express Employment Professionals has put more than five million people to work worldwide and nearly 275,000 in Oklahoma since 1983.
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Tom Gimbel

Gimbel is the founder and chief executive officer of LaSalle Network. Founded in 1998, LaSalle Network is a professional staffing and recruiting firm headquartered in Chicago. LaSalle is a 10-time Inc. 5000 company and is on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work list. Gimbel was honored on the Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40, and was inducted in the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Gimbel serves on the board of directors of Ounce of Prevention, and is an active member in the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Economic Club of Chicago.
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Karenjo Goodwin

Goodwin is the founder and chief executive officer of Exact Staff Inc., a family of staffing, search, and recruitment outsourcing companies headquartered in Woodland Hills, CA. Founded in 1996, Exact Staff is one of the largest independent, woman-owned staffing companies in California. Goodwin has served as a founding executive of American Business Careers in New York and has held executive positions for international, national, and regional staffing companies.
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Jeff Harris

Jeff Harris

Harris is a board member of Workforce Unlimited, with offices in North Carolina and Virginia. An industry veteran and investor, he co-founded ettain group in 1996 and served as chief executive officer and chairman until 2019. In addition, Harris serves on the board of ClearlyRated and is a partner and growth advisor at Four Piers Capital Partners. He co-founded the National Staffing Alliance and the IT Staffing Executive Roundtable.
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Kristen Harris, CSP

Harris is chief operating officer and co-founder of Columbus, OH-based Portfolio Creative, a niche staffing and recruiting firm focused on the marketing, advertising, and design fields. The firm is a certified woman-owned business, has appeared on Inc. magazine’s list of America’s fastest growing companies, and has been named Best Temporary Staffing Agency by Columbus CEO magazine. Prior to starting Portfolio Creative, Harris held design and art direction positions at companies such as Structure, Limited Too, and Victoria’s Secret. She served on the ASA professional section policy council in 2012, and then served as that section’s policy council chairman in 2013.
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Chris Hartman

Hartman has more than 23 years of experience with Allegis Group, a global leader in talent solutions, where he leads a team focused on strategy and enterprise-wide initiatives. In his role as global development officer, Hartman is responsible for driving the company’s strategic investments and stewarding the Allegis Group brand, as well as ensuring the company’s continuous growth and responsiveness to marketplace trends and innovations. He has held a number of global leadership roles across Allegis Group’s network of specialized companies, during which he built new business units and drove key acquisitions, market acceleration, and leadership succession plans for long-term success.

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Janette Marx

Janette Marx

Marx started with Airswift in 2014 and served as chief operating officer for four years before assuming her present role as chief executive officer. She has a passion for investing in the development of people to help everyone achieve their aspirations. Throughout her career, Marx has championed new initiatives, including diversification strategies, sales and recruitment growth improvements, and operational efficiencies. She has led cutting-edge programs to give her teams a competitive advantage. Before Airswift, Marx served in various leadership roles with the Adecco Group over a 19-year period. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management and an MBA.
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Kelly McCreight, CSP

McCreight is the chief executive officer of Hamilton-Ryker, which provides commercial and IT staffing, IT managed solutions, and vendor management system (VMS) and managed service provider (MSP) services across the Southeast. McCreight began his career with Hamilton-Ryker in 1993 as a staffing coordinator. Over his more than 20 years with the firm, he has worked as a vendor-on-premise, branch manager, business development manager, and controller; he became president and CEO of Hamilton-Ryker in 2009. McCreight is also a past president of the Tennessee Staffing Association and the current treasurer of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce.
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Ranjini Poddar

Ranjini Poddar

Poddar is chief executive officer and co-founder of Artech LLC, the largest woman-owned information technology staffing firm in the U.S., providing global workforce solutions to more than 80 Fortune 500 and government clients around the world. Through her leadership, Poddar has established a philosophy of client centricity and execution excellence that is instilled in the company’s culture. It is this operational and service delivery direction that has driven Artech to become an $810 million company with a team of 10,500+ staff and consultants at more than 35 locations in the U.S., India, China, and Canada. Poddar earned a juris doctorate from Yale Law School and a bachelor’s degree in information and computer science from the University of California.
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Peter W. Quigley

Quigley is president and chief executive officer of Kelly. Prior to his current role, he was president, global staffing, and general manager for the company’s information technology and global business services. Prior to that, he served as chief administrative officer for the company and also served as the company’s general counsel. As a key member of Kelly’s senior leadership team for more than 10 years, Quigley has progressed through the leadership ranks since joining the company in 2002. Quigley earned his juris doctorate with honors from the National Law Center at George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the state bar of Michigan and the District of Columbia bar.
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Sheridan

Leo Sheridan

Immediate Past Chairman

Sheridan is chief executive officer of the Advanced Group, a staffing and outsourcing solutions provider with offices across the U.S. In 1988, Sheridan founded Advanced Resources, and as the firm quickly expanded, he added additional businesses to create the Advanced Group. Today, the Advanced Group includes Advanced Resources, Advanced Clinical, the WunderLand Group, and Advanced RPO. Sheridan earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, and completed the executive management program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He has provided leadership to a variety of professional organizations, including TechServe Alliance, the American Staffing Association, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. Sheridan serves on the board of directors and the board of trustees for Cristo Rey Network.
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Dan Struve, CSP

Struve is founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Helpmates Staffing Services, based in Irvine, CA. He served as president of California Staffing Professionals, an ASA-affiliated chapter, for two years. A founding member of the Orange County chapter of California Staffing Professionals, he served on the chapter board for several years. Struve was elected ASA chairman in 1991, chaired the convention committee twice, and has chaired the member education and certification committee.
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Ken Taunton

Ken Taunton, CSC

In 2001, Taunton leveraged his expertise in leading senior-level executive searches for private companies and founded the Royster Group, a certified minority-owned business enterprise providing executive search and professional staffing services in the private and public sectors and health care industry. Prior to establishing his company, Taunton was a senior associate with Korn/Ferry International’s health care practice and held various recruitment and sales positions at Merck & Co. In 2015, the Royster Group was named to the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies for the sixth consecutive year. The company also has been recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as National Supplier of the Year. Taunton is a graduate of the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection Program and of the Small Business Administration’s Emerging 200 Initiative Program, a federal training initiative that focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. Taunton earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master of business administration degree from Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business. He also is a member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the ASA Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) interest group.
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Mark Toth, CSP

Toth is chief legal officer for ManpowerGroup’s North American operations. He also serves on its global leadership team and North American lead team. Toth is a frequent speaker on workplace legal topics and writes an award-winning employment law blog.
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Steve Wehn

Wehn joined AMN Healthcare in 1993 and is currently vice president of government and community relations. His responsibilities include legislative and regulatory advocacy and compliance as well as overseeing the company’s corporate social responsibility programs. Prior to 2005, Wehn served as senior vice president of client services in AMN’s travel nurse and allied divisions.
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