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CHICAGO-O’HARE

Pamela Wing

Office Manager/Consultant, Chicago-O’Hare

Pam has been with Paige Personnel, now JobGiraffe, for 32 years (she started when she was 12). Pam loves her years of a successful career and enjoys a busy home life with her wonderful family and friends. A graduate of Western Michigan University with years of active support and affiliations with several local charitable organizations. Pam is a sports enthusiast who loves football, golf, bowling, tennis and would never decline a dance!

"The best part of working at JobGiraffe is the enjoyment of working with people. The relationships that have been created over the years bring great memories and many smiles. The days fly by ...and so have the years! I consider myself so very lucky to have found a great company and the perfect job for me."

Phone: (773) 693-9070
E-mail: pam.wing@JobGiraffe.com

Alison Russel

Consultant, Chicago-O’Hare

Although new to JobGiraffe, Alison is very familiar with matching great candidates to the employers who need them having devoted her Staffing career to assisting both veterans and dislocated workers with specialized professional certification training and career placement opportunities.

She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising Management from the International Academy of Design & Technology in Chicago and is presently pursuing her Master’s degree and professional certification in Project Management.

When Alison is not assisting Job Seekers and Clients, she devotes the majority of her focus on her incredible nine year old son. Alison also has a passion for water sports and homeopathic, alternative methods to health and wellness.

Phone: (773) 693-9070
E-mail: alison.russel@JobGiraffe.com

Lisa Hill-Jaso

Consultant/Temp Manager, Chicago-O’Hare

Lisa has been with Paige Personnel, now JobGiraffe, for over 15 years. A career in staffing has brought together Lisa's two passions: working one on one with individuals, and having a job where no two moments are alike. Lisa spends much of her spare time with her dog. And, as a mother of two teenagers, she is kept busy keeping an eye on them and enjoying the daily ups and downs.

"The best part about working at JobGiraffe is the challenge that comes with working with the clients and the applicants. Once the right person is found for the job there are always objections and concerns to overcome. But when the day is done and the job is filled...life is good!"

Phone: (773) 693-9080
E-mail: lisa.hill@JobGiraffe.com

Andrew Horwitz

Verification Manager, Chicago-O’Hare

Andrew is a graduate of Tulane University with degrees in Political Economy and History. After being involved in two start-up ventures post graduation, Andrew learned his true talent lies in Human Capital Management. At JobGiraffe, Andrew will use the consulting talent that comes so naturally to him when working with Job Seekers and Clients, and his role within the Corporate team allows him to use his strategic planning skills to their fullest.

When he finds a spare moment, he enjoys traveling, working out, reading non-fiction and staying up on politics, current events, and global economics - all while satisfying his inner foodie. Often unorthodox, but always interesting, Andrew injects his abundant passion, intensity, and goal-oriented zeal into everything he does.

"I view my role as a JobGiraffe consultant as being similar to that of a relationship strategist. We want our candidates to find a company where they can grow and thrive in a corporate culture that makes them happy and fulfilled when they go to work every day. We want our corporate partners to feel that our candidates will bring what every company desires of its employees; the skills and commitment needed to help achieve common goals. I love helping to facilitate that process."

Phone: (773) 693-0480
E-mail: andrew.horwitz@JobGiraffe.com

Kevin Kalisz

Verification Specialist, Chicago-O’Hare

Kevin has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Microbiology, and when he isn't verifying information, he enjoys hang gliding, dolphin training, and spending time with his twins Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. He loves animals and spends his time volunteering at a local animal shelter. He also enjoys traveling. He has visited 49 states, but he hopes to visit Puerto Rico soon.

"The best part about working at Job Giraffe is that the phone never stops ringing. It's really great when I can actually understand what they are saying or know what they are talking about (which is rare), but at the end of the day they let me go home, so, that's nice."

Phone: (773) 693-0480
kevin.kalisz@jobgiraffe.com

Ben Horwitz

Verification Specialist, Chicago-O’Hare

Ben is a new addition to the JobGiraffe team. He graduated from the University of Washington where he double-majored in History and Geography. He subsequently attended the University of Chicago, studying Math and Economics, until he decided to take the year off to work.

Ben has held several jobs in local and national politics where he has put his organizing, leadership, and inter-personal skills to the test. He is also the Youth Group Leader at his lifelong Synagogue. Ben wants to take the skills that he has learned as an educator and political organizer and apply them to the business world.

When he gets a free moment (which is rare) Ben enjoys reading, exercising, and attending Renaissance Faires, where he takes on the role of Gypsy Prince. He is also a talented cook who dreams of owning a restaurant one day.

Phone: (773) 693-0480

Chris Rios

Research Coordinator, Chicago-O’Hare

Chris was born and raised in the city of Chicago. He is currently working on saving up and getting back into school to finish his Pre-Law / Justice Studies Degree at Northeastern Illinois University. In the meantime, he is a Latin Dance Instructor/Choreographer at the Dance Academy of Salsa. Dancing takes Chris all around the United States to perform, teach, and choreograph. His dance career is focused during the evenings and weekends, so when the offer was presented to join the JobGiraffe staff, it was the perfect opportunity to gain some office experience.

Chris’ primary role at JobGiraffe is supporting the consultants by researching contact info for prospective clients. He has also stepped into the role of receptionist at the O’Hare branch. He enjoys the office setting and the opportunity to work alongside others and help out on a daily basis.

Phone: (773) 693-9070
E-mail: chris.rios@jobgiraffe.com

Amanda Izaguirre

Recruiting and Staffing Coordinator, Chicago-O’Hare

Amanda is a recent graduate from Illinois State University having earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She also recently finished an intensive one-year internship as a substance abuse counselor at an outpatient rehabilitation clinic. Throughout her internship not only did her skills as a caseworker develop but also, most importantly, she was able to fulfill her passion for helping people.

Before beginning her master’s program, Amanda feels it is important to gain experience within the business world, yet still help others.

For many summers prior, Amanda was placed on temporary office jobs through JobGiraffe. Becoming a Recruiting Coordinator gives her the opportunity to see both aspects of the employment process; having been the job seeker in the past she will now learn the duties of a being a placement consultant. Amanda is looking forward to gaining new skills and knowledge while at JobGiraffe.

In her free time Amanda enjoys traveling, boxing and playing with her dog.

Phone: (773) 693-9070
E-mail: amanda.izaguirre@JobGiraffe.com

DOWNERS GROVE

Diane Padilla

Office Manager/Consultant, Downers Grove

Diane started with Paige Personnel, now JobGiraffe, right after she graduated from Elmhurst College. Twenty-four years later she is still placing great candidates into great jobs! She has two children and when not working she loves to spend time with family and friends, traveling and bargain shopping.

"The greatest thing about working at JobGiraffe is the opportunity to meet new people everyday and make a difference in someone's life by helping them find that new great job!"

Phone: (630) 241-3800
E-mail: diane.padilla@JobGiraffe.com

Cheryl Comerford

Consultant, Downers Grove

Cheryl has a degree in Marketing from Indiana University and has been with Paige Personnel, now JobGiraffe, since 1983. She worked in eight locations through out her career. When not in the office, Cheryl enjoys traveling, getting together with family and friends, and spending time with her five grandchildren.

Cheryl was referred to JobGiraffe by a friend. During her interview she stated she did not want to be a "secretary". Now twenty-eight years later, she feels she has found her "niche" and still loves the challenge of searching for the "best fit" for both the applicant and the employer. She attributes her success to her positive attitude, motivation and a genuine interest in people.

Phone: (630) 241-3800
E-mail: cheryl.comerford@JobGiraffe.com

Liza Farrell

Consultant, Downers Grove

Liza has been with Paige Personnel, now JobGiraffe, for almost 21 years. She started her career back in 1993 after engaging the help of the agency in her own search for new employment. After finding out that Paige was in fact hiring at the time for their internal staff, Liza interviewed for the position of Temporary Staffing Manager and was subsequently hired. Liza spent a little over 6 years working in the temporary employment division before transferring to the role of permanent placement consultant, where she has been ever since! She enjoys her position as it is both very challenging as well as rewarding! Making the match between employer and employee has always been one of her greatest strengths.

A recommendation from a client of Liza’s who has worked with her on both sides of the fence multiple times; first as a client, then a job-seeker and again as a client. (Taken from Liza’s LinkedIn account).

“Over the past few years I have worked with Liza on many occasions. Liza consistently displays high levels of professionalism, integrity and enthusiasm. She has an excellent work ethic which has supported her ability to build strong relationships and successfully deliver results.”

Phone: (630) 241-3800
E-mail: liza.farrell@JobGiraffe.com

Brandi Gentile

Consultant/Temp Manager, Downers Grove

Brandi has been with Paige Personnel, now JobGiraffe, for almost 12 years. She is very dedicated to working with her clients to fulfill their needs. Brandi enjoys learning as much as she can about each person and client to successfully make the right match. She has her hands full at home with two small boys and their pets. They enjoy family time - which mostly includes outdoor activities like boating, fishing, camping, and hiking.

"What I love most about working at JobGiraffe is every day is a new challenge, I never get bored! I meet so many wonderful people on a daily basis and so many of those have grown into great friendships. I truly enjoy helping people -and to me there is nothing more rewarding!"

Phone: (630) 241-3800
E-mail: brandi.gentile@JobGiraffe.com

SCHAUMBURG

Beverly Rumishek

Office Manager/Consultant, Schaumburg

Beverly has been with Paige Personnel, now JobGiraffe, since October of 1992 and it has been a life changing experience. Bev was hired with no prior experience in staffing, but was trained by the "best" in the industry and has had a very successful career. As a single mother of four, both career and home life has been a challenge and at the same time extremely rewarding.

“The best part of working at JobGiraffe is the challenge and satisfaction for a job well done. To make a difference in someone's life is very gratifying.”

Phone: (847) 969-0338
E-mail: beverly.rumishek@JobGiraffe.com

Stevie Solita

Consultant, Schaumburg

Stevie has been with Paige Personnel, now JobGiraffe, for 8 years. She quickly fit right in and became an integral part of the team, with an open, easy-to-talk-to personality, and a desire to help not only her clients get the best people for their needs, but also to help her applicants find their ideal job. Stevie has three children; two soon to be married daughters and one son. In addition to spending quality time with family and friends, she enjoys remodeling her home, hanging out in her pool in the summer, traveling and cooking.

“The best part of working for Job Giraffe is knowing that I can help someone achieve their career goals and really set them up for success. It’s very gratifying.”

Phone: (847) 969-0338
E-mail: stevie.solita@JobGiraffe.com

Donna Steinbrecher

Consultant, Schaumburg

Donna came to Paige Personnel, now JobGiraffe, in 1983, after being in outside sales for over 3 years, seeking a more structured work environment so she could be at home with her two small children nights and weekends. Although hired as a ‘permanent placement’ consultant, Donna also worked with the ‘temporary placement’ division of the company, thus giving her an excellent perspective on the temporary needs of our clients. Though she is considered as one of the more "senior" consultants (longevity seems to prevail at JobGiraffe), please note that Donna was just a "child" when she began! Donna loves to dance, spend time with her two grandchildren and finds great relaxation in gardening.

"There is no greater satisfaction than that simple "thank you" received from the applicant you finally place at a new position! Hearing the gratitude and excitement in their voice makes it all worthwhile."

Phone: (847) 969-0338
E-mail: donna.steinbrecher@JobGiraffe.com

Marie Tuttle

Consultant, Schaumburg

Marie came to Paige Personnel, now JobGiraffe, after graduating form North Central College in Naperville looking to be placed in her first career position. When her consultant asked, "What would you think about working here?" she responded with, well, "What is it you actually do here?" That was 1984 and today she, happily, is one of the, shall we say, more senior consultants! Marie loves to travel, spend time with family and friends and has an admitted compulsion for shopping.

“The best part of working at JobGiraffe is telling someone, ‘You got the job!’ To have such an impact in someone's life is overwhelming.”

Phone: (847) 969-0338
E-mail: marie.tuttle@JobGiraffe.com

VERNON HILLS

Sharon Murphy

Office Manager/Consultant, Vernon Hills

Sharon has been managing the Vernon Hills office of Paige Personnel, now JobGiraffe, since 1992. In addition to her career at JobGiraffe, Sharon has raised two phenomenal sons. In her spare time, she enjoys sudoku, bike riding, swimming and cruising to tropical destinations.

"It's a wonderful feeling when you know you make a difference in peoples' lives. That's what I do at JobGiraffe."

Phone: (847) 362-4696
E-mail: sharon.murphy@JobGiraffe.com

Debra Gates

Consultant, Vernon Hills

Deb has been with Paige Personnel, and now JobGiraffe, since 1999. However, Deb's history with Paige goes back further than that. After graduating from the University of Kansas, Deb moved to Chicago and Paige placed her in her first full time position as a receptionist.

When not creating successful matches between clients and job seekers, Deb likes to spend time in the kitchen creating new dishes to share with her family and friends. She and her husband have two children who keep them on their toes with all their activities.

"The best part of working at JobGiraffe is the satisfaction of finding the right company for a job seeker - and the right candidate for a company. When it all comes together it's like a successfully created recipe."

Phone: (847) 362-4696
E-mail: deb.gates@JobGiraffe.com

Mimi Buckner

Consultant/Temp Manager, Vernon Hills

Mimi started her career with JobGiraffe in 1998. She currently holds a unique position as the manager of the Vernon Hills temporary division along with being a permanent consultant. Outside of work, Mimi has two incredible daughters who keep her busy. She has a passion for gardening and spending as much time in the sun as possible during the summer. During the winter, you will normally find her next to a fireplace trying to stay warm.

“JobGiraffe encompasses what I hold dear to my heart; being ethical, kind, honest and being the best. I use these values to find the best applicants for the best companies.”

Phone: (847) 247-1212
E-mail: mimi.buckner@JobGiraffe.com

ALL LOCATIONS

Sean Brna

Social Media & Recruitment Advertising, All Locations

Sean has been with JobGiraffe for over 3 years and helped with the complicated transition from Paige Personnel to JobGiraffe, including assisting with the creation of the new website. He has the responsibilities of posting our job advertisements on multiple websites, in addition to helping with our social media and internet communications. This means he has an important position in that he constantly interacts with everyone within the company, always looking to make improvements to how the company finds the best applicants for our clients.

Sean currently holds two Bachelors degrees from Tulane University in History and Philosophy and lives in central Chicago not far from the lake and the beaches he loves. He is an avid fan of the Bears, Bulls, White Sox, Blackhawks, and Barça soccer. When Sean is not working on JobGiraffe responsibilities he is the Editor of a music website and writes many album, concert, and festival reviews. He can always be found listening to tunes when he's not busy with work.

E-mail: sean.brna@JobGiraffe.com

Charles Posner

Recent Grad Program Coordinator, All Locations

Charles is one of the newest additions to the JobGiraffe team. After earning his degree in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Economics from The University of Illinois at Chicago, Charles continued to hold the two positions he had in school – one as an independent financial services representative, and the other managing the premium bar and restaurant at U.S. Cellular Field which complimented his love of baseball - and the Chicago White Sox.

Eventually, Charles traded two jobs for one and was placed by JobGiraffe at a well-known local publishing company where he joined the mass market sales team. There he honed his sales and marketing skills and strategic planning ability before coming back to JobGiraffe for this newly created position!

In his spare time Charles enjoys riding his motorcycle along the lakeshore, being terrible at violin and doing anything that involves working with his hands from gardening to assembling cheap furniture. His favorite part of working at JobGiraffe is helping recent college grads learn how to market and sell themselves in order to find the job that is the best fit for them - as well as for the client!

E-mail: charles.posner@JobGiraffe.com

OUR INTERNS - 2013

Megan Seeger

Megan is currently a Senior at Illinois State University studying Human Resource Management and Psychology. After having trouble choosing between her wide range of interests - everything from zoology to film production - Megan decided to focus on a career path where she can interact with a variety of people and, most important, help others develop new skills and find a place where their talents can best be utilized.

Megan is excited to be a part of the JobGiraffe team for the summer and looks forward to the opportunity to assist in the challenge of matching great candidates to employers. When not busy with school or work, she can be found engaging in any of her many hobbies including traveling, crafting, learning to play new musical instruments, or just relaxing at the beach.

Mohini Sharma

Mohini, currently a Senior in Marketing and Management at Valparaiso University, has come all the way from Indiana to be a new face at JobGiraffe. After taking several Human Resource classes, she developed a strong interest in the field. Mohini feels she will be exposed to the many avenues of Human Resources as she marches into the wonderful world of JobGiraffe.

Mohini is a huge fan of art and drama. She loves to try various new food dishes and loves music. She also takes responsibilities very seriously and believes there are three primary objectives for any successful professional - punctuality, having a strong mind set and always upholding your ethical responsibilities.

"The best thing about working for JobGiraffe this summer is having the opportunity to gain more knowledge in the Human Resource field and experience such a wide variety of its applications."

Valencia Dorsey

Although Valencia is a Human Resources intern at JobGiraffe this summer, the focus of her undergraduate study is in Criminal Justice. She has come to JobGiraffe to hone and develop her critical thinking skills outside of her academics and also to gain important ‘real world’ business experience.

Valencia currently attends Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and is now in her Senior year. "I feel JobGiraffe has all the right components of the business world that I seek to gain experience in, particularly in giving me an insight into the job search and staffing process."

In her spare time, Valencia enjoys reading fiction novels and spending time with her family. If she’s out and about, you’ll find her visiting many of Chicago's main attractions; particularly going to different restaurants.

Eleni Karahalios

Eleni was born and raised in the Chicagoland area, but is currently a senior studying Economics at Denison University in Ohio. Her undergraduate studies also include minors in both Psychology and English writing, with an Organizational Studies certificate.

Recently, Eleni completed an intensive month-long program where she visited and participated in several consulting seminars with companies such as Yahoo!, Deloitte, Salesforce and Citibank. By doing so she recognized the vital role that people play in business. Coupled with Eleni's undeniable passion for people and interest in organizational business culture, she has gained even more enthusiasm for the field of Human Resources.

Through this internship Eleni is eager to work hard, accept challenges that promote her to think critically and learn to communicate more effectively with people. She is both honored and excited to be a part of the JobGiraffe team. In her free time, Eleni enjoys dancing, volunteering and anything that has to do with her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta.

Reese Lawless

Our youngest JobGiraffe intern for Summer 2013 is Reese. He is currently a Sophomore majoring in Physics at Illinois State University. His affinity for mathematics coupled with a fascination for the complex inner machinations of the natural world drives him to continually ask questions and seek discovery in all things around him.

But why would a Physics major want to take an HR internship at a staffing firm? Reese jumped at the chance to join the JobGiraffe team in order to gain experience in a professional office environment. Being highly motivated, he wants to be challenged with unfamiliar responsibilities and learn what it takes, not only to be a productive individual employee, but also how to be an effective member of a team. While doing so he plans to always be looking for ways to improve the overall efficiency of any task he and/or his team undertake.

Ellen San

Ellen is a graduating Senior from East West University with a Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science. Ellen's choice of major and interest in HR and Staffing are an interesting story! Her family immigrated to the U.S. many years ago, so Ellen and her siblings attended U.S. public schools and learned English as children, but due to her mother's lack of English proficiency in the early years, Ellen always served as her mother's translator! If her mom needed help with a situation at work, Ellen would go with her to the HR Department to help her translate.

As as result of this formative experience, Ellen not only gained an understanding of what a human resources department does, but it also sparked her interest in learning more about human behavior and development, particularly as it relates to career development. Ellen loves to help others find jobs!

During her Senior year Ellen had an opportunity to intern at a Chicago-based marketing firm as an HR/Office Management Assistant. Since her interest in the HR and Staffing fields continues to grow, she firmly believes another internship at JobGiraffe this summer will offer her an even greater opportunity to be exposed to more avenues of Human Resources and now Staffing itself.

Ellen is excited to be part of the JobGiraffe team.When she is not busy with work or school, she enjoys listening to music, traveling, and reading novels.

Abdul Noor

Although Abdul is new to JobGiraffe, he has experience dealing with applicants in his previous internships. He had experience from looking at their resumes to their applications. Transitioning from that to JobGiraffe is a perfect setting for Abdul. He loves and enjoys working at JobGiraffe.

Abdul currently attends DePaul University where he is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science.

In his free time, Abdul loves watching sports on TV as well as watching documentaries. Abdul also loves traveling and dreams of traveling to Spain and to the Virgin Islands one day.

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