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American Staffing Association Elects 2021 Board of Directors


The members of the American Staffing Association elected individuals to serve three-year terms on the ASA board of directors at the annual membership meeting during Staffing World®, the ASA annual convention and expo, held virtually last week.

The board elected a new slate of officers:

  • Joyce Russell, Adecco Group US Foundation, chair
  • W. Benjamin “Ben” Elliott, Randstad North America, first vice chairman
  • Threase Baker, TSC, CSP, Abbtech Professional Resources Inc., second vice chairman
  • Joanie Bily Courtney, EmployBridge Holding Co., treasurer
  • Jeff Bowling, Curative, secretary

The board elected eight directors: Threase Baker, TSC, CSP, Abbtech Professional Resources Inc.; Jeffrey S. Burnett, CSP, Labor Finders International Inc.; John Elwood, CSP, Elwood Staffing; James E. Essey, CSP, TemPositions Group of Cos.; Chris Hartman, Allegis Group; Janette Marx, Airswift; Leo Sheridan, Advanced Group; and Ken Taunton, CSC, the Royster Group Inc.

Other directors currently serving on the board are Susan Dietrich, TOPS Staffing LLC; Robert A. Funk, Express Employment Professionals; Tom Gimbel, LaSalle Network; Karenjo Goodwin, Exact Staff Inc.; Jeff Harris, Workforce Unlimited; Kristen Harris, CSP, Portfolio Creative; Kelly McCreight, CSP, Hamilton-Ryker; Ranjini Poddar, Artech LLC; Peter W. Quigley, Kelly; Dan Struve, CSP, Helpmates Staffing Services; Mark Toth, CSP, ManpowerGroup; and Steve Wehn, AMN Healthcare.

“The ASA board of directors and staff will work closely with ASA chair Joyce Russell and the newly elected officers to protect and promote the interests of the staffing industry as the nation continues along the road of economic recovery,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Specifically, in the coming year, ASA and its members will remain focused on getting Americans back to work; keeping workers safe as they return to brick-and-mortar work sites; training, upskilling, and reskilling people who will need to transition to new jobs and careers due to Covid-19’s impact on employment; and helping organizations achieve higher degrees of efficiency regarding their use of talent.”

Representatives from independent firms and national companies serve on the ASA board of directors.

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The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit

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