Meet our Consultants and Staff

CHICAGO-O’HARE

Pamela Wing

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Chicago-O’Hare

Pam has been with JobGiraffe (formerly Paige Personnel), since 1979 (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."

(773) 693-9070
pam.wing@jobgiraffe.com

Charles Posner

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Chicago-O’Hare

After earning his degree from The University of Illinois at Chicago, Charles 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 to become our Recent Grad Program Coordinator.

Charles’ duties have grown substantially since joining the JobGiraffe team two years ago. He is now a Recruiting and Staffing Consultant, and is in training to become JG's New Hire Trainer. In his spare time Charles enjoys going to the gym, cooking and going to baseball games.

“My favorite part of working at JobGiraffe is learning about the interesting people I interview and helping them find the job that is the best fit for them – as well as for the client!”

(773) 693-9070  
charles.posner@jobgiraffe.com

Alyssa Williams

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Chicago-O'Hare

Alyssa graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor's degree in Integrated Strategic Communication and a minor in Psychology. Looking to begin a career in recruiting and staffing, Alyssa decided to join the JobGiraffe team. Alyssa hopes to find a home with JobGiraffe where she can continue to gain experience and grow within the organization, and learn everything she can about recruiting and staffing in the process.

She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and anything to do with animals - especially giraffes!

“My favorite part about working at JobGiraffe is meeting different applicants each day. It’s exciting being able to learn about people’s backgrounds and ultimately help them find a job!”

(773) 693-9070
alyssa.williams@jobgiraffe.com

Ewelina (Eva) Miga

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Chicago-O'Hare

Eva is one of the newest additions to the JobGiraffe team. Graduating from Dominican University in 2014 with a degree in Business Administration, Eva comes with an extensive background in customer service and banking. She loves helping people, and finds that matching someone to the perfect job is extremely rewarding.

Eva’s favorite hobby is travelling, especially internationally. Her goal is to visit at least one new country every year where she can experience new cultures and meet tons of people.

“What I love most about working at JobGiraffe is that every day is different. I’m always meeting new people and learning about their goals and interests. It’s such a great feeling knowing that by coming to us they are one step closer to finding a position where they can thrive.”

(773) 693-9070
eva.miga@jobgiraffe.com

Michele Ortiz

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Chicago-O'Hare

Michele is a dynamic new addition to the JobGiraffe team. She began working towards her Bachelor’s in Business in 2013 at the same time she was seeing her own two kids, ages 10 and 12, through school. Working at JobGiraffe gives her an opportunity to do what she loves, which is getting to know people through face-to-face interaction and ultimately helping them along their career path.

In her free time Michele is an avid Latin dancer, and even dances competitively throughout Chicago. At home she likes to read and play board games with her family.

“What I enjoy most about working at JobGiraffe are the opportunities I have to make a personal connection with every one of my candidates.  It’s a great feeling when I can help someone on their career path and when I get positive feedback from a satisfied employer!”

(773) 693-9070
michele.ortiz@jobgiraffe.com

Zack Wheeler

Internships and Events Coordinator - Chicago-O'Hare

Zack was a member of the JobGiraffe internship program in 2015, and has returned to work full-time as a member of our team! He recently completed his Bachler’s Degree in Marketing and Communications at Augustana College, and looks forward to heading the internship program this summer and working on the many special events that JobGiraffe will be hosting throughout the year. In his free time Zack likes to go to the gym, play sports and visit new restaurants and breweries throughout Chicago.

(773) 693-9070
zack.wheeler@jobgiraffe.com

DOWNERS GROVE

Diane Padilla

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Downers Grove

Diane started with JobGiraffe right after she graduated from Elmhurst College in 1988 - and 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!"

(630) 241-3800
diane.padilla@jobgiraffe.com

Cheryl Comerford

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Downers Grove

Cheryl has a degree in Marketing from Indiana University and has been with JobGiraffe since 1983. She has worked in eight locations throughout 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 thirty 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.

"I feel self-satisfaction knowing I have made a difference in someone's career. The excitement and appreciation from the applicant makes all my hard work worthwhile."

(630) 241-3800
cheryl.comerford@jobgiraffe.com

Lisa Hill

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Downers Grove

Lisa has been with JobGiraffe (formerly Paige Personnel) since 1989. 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 dogs just enjoying life around the house. She and her husband have two grown children and are kept busy keeping up with them.

"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!"

(630) 241-3800
lisa.hill@jobgiraffe.com

Liza Farrell

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Downers Grove

Liza has been with JobGiraffe (formerly Paige Personnel) since 1993. She joined the company after enlisting their help 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.”

(630) 241-3800
liza.farrell@jobgiraffe.com

Brandi Gentile

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Downers Grove

Brandi has been with JobGiraffe (formerly Paige Personnel), since 2000. She is very dedicated to working with her clients to fulfill their needs. Brandi enjoys learning as much as she can about each candidate and client to successfully make the right match. She has her hands full at home with two small boys. 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’ve met so many wonderful people over the years and so many of those have grown into great friendships. I truly enjoy helping people - and to me there is nothing more rewarding!"

(630) 241-3800
brandi.gentile@jobgiraffe.com

SCHAUMBURG

Beverly Rumishek

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Schaumburg

Beverly has been with 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.”

(847) 969-0338
beverly.rumishek@jobgiraffe.com

Marie Tuttle

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Schaumburg

Marie came to JobGiraffe (formerly Paige Personnel) 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.”

(847) 969-0338
marie.tuttle@jobgiraffe.com

Donna Steinbrecher

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Schaumburg

Donna joined JobGiraffe (formerly Paige Personnel) 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."

(847) 969-0338
donna.steinbrecher@jobgiraffe.com

Gail Lee

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Schaumburg

Gail has been with JobGiraffe for more than 25 years, starting in 1988. In that time, Gail has been a consultant and a manager, and was responsible for background checking and verifications processes. After working in the corporate office for the past 14 years as Chief Compliance Officer, Gail says that returning to the Schaumburg office as a Consultant is like coming home. “Having the opportunity again to work with applicants and clients to reach their goals is truly an honor and privilege that I look forward to.”

Gail has two sons, two step daughters and a family that just keeps growing with seven grandchildren and another soon to come.

(847) 969-0338
gail.lee@jobgiraffe.com

VERNON HILLS

Sharon Murphy

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Vernon Hills

Sharon has been managing the Vernon Hills office of JobGiraffe (formerly Paige Personnel), since 1992. She has maintained strong relationships with many of her clients for more than 15 years with great success. Sharon develops a strong rapport with her candidates to assist them in their job search, and has remained friends with many of them years after placing them with a terrific company. Sharon is very proud of her two sons who are pursuing their PhDs. In her spare time she loves to cruise to tropical destinations, read and master Sudoku puzzles.

"It's a very rewarding feeling when you know you make a difference in peoples' lives. That's what I’m able to do at JobGiraffe."

(847) 362-4696
sharon.murphy@jobgiraffe.com

Debra Gates

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Vernon Hills

Deb has been with JobGiraffe (formerly Paige Personnel), since 1999. When not creating successful matches between client companies and job seekers, Deb likes to spend time with her family and friends.  She and her husband have two teenage sons who are active in golf, bowling, basketball and baseball.

"The best part of working at JobGiraffe is the ‘feel-good’ feeling you get when you help change somebody’s life by finding them the right position. It’s just so rewarding!"

(847) 362-4696
deb.gates@jobgiraffe.com

Mimi Buckner

Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - 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.”

(847) 247-1212
mimi.buckner@jobgiraffe.com

SOMEWHERE OUT THERE...

Sean Brna

Blog Writer at Large

Starting back in 2010, Sean was instrumental in the complicated transition from Paige Personnel Services to JobGiraffe in 2011. This included playing a significant role in the creation of our new website and many other important "behind the scenes" responsibilities as well. From creating the systems that support how we post our jobs on multiple websites, including our own, to initiating all of our social media and web-based communications since rebranding, Sean also conceptualized and founded our very successful Recent College Graduate initiative which was launched in 2014.

Although Sean has now moved to Nashville to pursue working with the music-related website he co-founded, he remains JobGiraffe's 'Blog Writer at Large" helping not only to write for our burgeoning blog, but also to source useful and interesting content for our readers on a weekly basis. 

Sean currently holds two Bachelors degrees from Tulane University in History and Philosophy. 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 OurVinyl.com and writes album, concert, and festival reviews. 

sean.brna@jobgiraffe.com

CORPORATE OFFICE

Chris Kaage

Sales and Marketing Coordinator/Verifications - Chicago-O'Hare

Chris earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Northeastern Illinois University and has spent the last five years in retail management working for popular companies such as Under Armour and Dick's Sporting Goods.

During his time in retail management, Chris learned the importance of placing people in the correct positions in order for an operation to be most successful. This hiring and training experience lead him to develop an interest in HR, which has now brought him to recruiting and staffing and JobGiraffe.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing and watching sports.

(773) 693-0480
christopher.kaage@jobgiraffe.com

Ben Horwitz

Communications Director - Chicago-O’Hare

Ben is an exciting addition to the JobGiraffe team. Coming off assignment as the Political Director for a major 2014 congressional campaign, Ben brings new ideas and a fresh perspective to JobGiraffe’s corporate communications and digital outreach. His extensive experience with email campaigns, digital content management and social media will allow JobGiraffe to leverage their existing strategies and increase their reach by fully utilizing all the exciting opportunities created by New Media.

Ben is also a history buff who enjoys historical martial arts and cooking for friends and family.

“I admire the JobGiraffe organization. They’ve been around for over 50 years, adapting to both good markets and challenging ones I believe, because they always keep one eye on the future. I hope that I can help JobGiraffe achieve 50 more years of success.”

(773) 693-0480
benjamin.horwitz@jobgiraffe.com

Kevin Kalisz

Verification Manager - 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."

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

Andrew Horwitz

Strategy and Planning - 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.

Being part of 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.

(773) 693-0480
andrew.horwitz@jobgiraffe.com

Kris Piet

General Manager - Chicago-O’Hare

Kris originally started with JobGiraffe in 1990, when it was still Paige Personnel. When asked, Kris explains her position as “everything that goes on behind the scenes… purchasing, advertising, human resources, payroll, facilities management… whatever needs to be done.”

When not working, Kris, who is a four year breast cancer survivor, can usually be found at an ice rink between August and May, watching her son and daughter play hockey, and on a boat during the summer.

“JobGiraffe is my family.”

(773) 693-0480
kris.piet@jobgiraffe.com

Janet O’Malley

Controller - Chicago-O’Hare

Jan initially came to what was then Paige Personnel in 1988 looking for a temporary job, was hired as a payroll clerk, and has never looked back. Now, 26 years later, Jan is the company Controller and handles all financial aspects of the company.

Jan is a life-long Chicago resident and loves the Blackhawks and the Cubs. She loves to travel, cook and entertain her large family and friends.

“The best thing about my job (and sometimes the worst thing) is that there is never enough time to get everything done.”

(773) 693-0480
janet.omalley@jobgiraffe.com

Patti Whitney

Vice President & Recruiting and Staffing Consultant - Chicago-O’Hare

Patti virtually can't remember life before JobGiraffe. She was referred to then, Miss Paige Personnel Services, in1971 by her best friend who was a top consultant with the company. Her tenure with JobGiraffe has seen her in many roles from consultant to Vice President. Patti's life at home is equally fulfilling where she also wears many hats, friend, mother, sister, and best of all grandmother to five wonderful grandchildren. Cooking and entertaining are high on her list of "favorite hobbies."

"The most rewarding aspect of this job is the incredible impact we make on the lives we touch. Not only the applicants we place, but the wonderful staff I’ve worked with side by side through all these years."

(773) 693-9070
patti.whitney@jobgiraffe.com

THE WORLD GIRAFFE DAY 2015 TEAM

Allison Kramer

Allison is thrilled to join JobGiraffe this summer as an intern. She is a recent graduate from Illinois State University, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish as of May 2015. As a student, she was involved in many campus organizations such as the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Pi Beta Phi, College Panhellenic Council, and various activities within ISU's School of Communication. Upon completion of her internship, Allison is looking forward to pairing her passions of organizational leadership and strategic planning at a public relations agency. Allison is most excited to work on World Giraffe Day this summer and collaborating with the talented intern team.

"I can't wait to spend time working with JobGiraffe and helping make World Giraffe Day the best event it can be. I am most excited to develop my interest in non-profit work through our Brookfield Zoo partnership and to learn more about JobGiraffe and its industry!”

Phone: (773) 693-9070
E-mail: allison.kramer@jobgiraffe.com

Ali Engelhardt

'Ali' is a rising senior at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She is working towards a bachelor's degree in Marketing with a minor in Psychology. Ali was voted President of the Waterski Team at her school and is also a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She is an avid animal lover, and when she has any spare time, she enjoys watching One Tree Hill.

Ali is also training to run the Chicago Marathon this fall!

"I'm excited to help plan World Giraffe Day. I look forward to gaining 'real-world' experience through my internship at JobGiraffe."

Phone: (773) 693-9070
E-mail: interns2015@jobgiraffe.com

Brian Howard

Brian is currently a rising senior at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he is working towards his Bachelor’s of Science in Advertising and Media Sales Certificate. Brian is an Evans Scholar where he has the role of Executive Vice President of the house, and an Ad Sales intern at Illini Media. These positions have helped him gain valuable knowledge and leadership experience, but he is looking to gain more through this internship. In his spare time Brian enjoys attending sporting events of any type, grilling, and playing sports like basketball and softball.

“This internship at JobGiraffe is already moving quickly and I am learning every day. The environment around the offices is always friendly which is nice to be a part of.”

Phone: (773) 693-9070
E-mail: interns2015@jobgiraffe.com

Jacqueline McGee

Jacqueline is entering her fourth and final year at Indiana University pursuing a degree in Marketing and Professional Sales with a Technology Management co-major through the Kelley School of Business. She is a results-driven, highly motivated individual who is passionate about making a difference at the company she works for; learning new topics, working hard, but also having some fun! She thrives in a setting where she can further enhance, yet also challenge, her leadership abilities, problem solving/analytical skills and creative thinking skills.

In her free time, Jacqueline enjoys spending time with her family, watching Netflix, and cheering on all of her favorite sports teams; Chicago's Blackhawks, Bears, Bulls, and Cubs.

“Through my internship with JobGiraffe, I hope to utilize the knowledge that I have learned in the classroom in order to help solve real business problems. I also hope to gain further knowledge and experience that I can take away and apply as I grow as a business professional.”

Phone: (773) 693-9070
E-mail: interns2015@jobgiraffe.com

Emily Moore

Emily is currently a student at Elmhurst College where she is a member of the American Marketing Association and will receive her degree in Marketing in Spring 2016. After switching majors countless times, Emily has not only realized the endless possibilities that will result from a marketing degree, but more importantly, she has found her passion in marketing!

In her free time she enjoys running, ice skating, and traveling.

“As an intern at JobGiraffe I am excited to work in a company that will help me grow and develop my skills. I am most looking forward to is getting to help plan, promote, and work the events at Brookfield Zoo!”

Phone: (773) 693-9070
E-mail: interns2015@jobgiraffe.com

Libby Wright

Libby recently finished her junior year at Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana. She is earning her Bachelor's degree in Communications and minoring in Public Relations, Advertising, and Early Childhood Education. This past spring, Libby was nominated by her peers and voted to become the first ever Saint Mary's President of The University of Notre Dame's Women's Liturgical Choir.

In addition to her liturgical duties and singing, she enjoys playing Squash, quoting the TV Show Friends, and spending time with family and her fellow Belles.

"I am looking forward to my summer as a JobGiraffe intern because I have grown to love social media and advertising and believe that my skills will help in the production of World Giraffe Day!"

Phone: (773) 693-9070
E-mail: interns2015@jobgiraffe.com

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