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Our Leadership Team

Eliassen Group proudly features an innovative and experienced leadership team dedicated to novel industry thought, unprecedented approaches, and cutting-edge processes. With an active focus on nurturing individuals and culture-forward and philanthropic decision making, these experts lead the way to a bright future!

Meet Our Leaders

Dave MacKeen

Chief Executive Officer

Dave MacKeen

Dave MacKeen

Chief Executive Officer

As the CEO of Eliassen Group, Dave MacKeen leads the company’s overall growth strategy. He has held leadership positions within the technology staffing industry for over two decades, including the roles of CFO and president, prior to becoming CEO of Eliassen Group in 2010. Working collaboratively with his team, Dave has spearheaded tremendous company growth, utilizing a combination of organic and acquisitive tactics and strategies to stay aligned with changing staffing industry dynamics.

Under Dave’s leadership, Eliassen Group has completed its third private equity partnership, with the most recent being Stone Point Capital, thereby positioning Eliassen Group for further transformational growth as a leading national strategic consulting and talent solutions firm focused on talent solutions, life sciences consulting, Agile consulting, cloud services, risk management, business optimization, and managed services.

Dave has been included on Staffing Industry Analysts' "Staffing 100 List" annual Staffing 100 North America list for six consecutive years, most recently in 2021. He was also recognized by the Boston Business Journal as 2021’s Citizens Middle Market Executive of the Year.

Dave serves on several boards, including the Bentley Executive Club, Endicott College Board of Advisors, Trustee Associate of St. John’s Prep, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Tom Hart

Chief Operating Officer

Tom Hart

Tom Hart

Chief Operating Officer

Tom Hart, an executive with over 3 decades of experience, has been with Eliassen Group since September 2012. In his role as COO, he oversees the talent solutions and consulting regional organizations.

Previously, Tom served as the executive vice president for client management, commercial consulting, talent acquisition, operations management, and information technology for Veritude, a strategic human resources company within Fidelity Investment’s Devonshire Investor portfolio of companies. Prior to joining Veritude, he worked for Fidelity’s HR Access Solutions in Paris, France, serving as its senior executive from 2004 through 2006.

Anthony Valente

Chief Financial Officer

Anthony Valente

Anthony Valente

Chief Financial Officer

Anthony Valente joined Eliassen Group in 2010 as their CFO. As CFO, Anthony oversees all of Eliassen Group's financial and accounting functions.

Prior to coming to Eliassen Group, Anthony was a Financial Director at Randstad Professionals US corporate headquarters for 10 years.

Melissa Brenner

Executive Vice President – Integrations & Operational Strategy

Melissa Brenner

Melissa Brenner

Executive Vice President – Integrations & Operational Strategy

Melissa Brenner has over 25 years in the technology space across the healthcare, clinical trial, and staffing industries, in both operations and professional services leadership roles. Most recently, Melissa was the Vice President of Services at eClinical Solutions, where she led the professional services and support capabilities in the US and India for the elluminate® clinical data hub software platform. Prior to that, Melissa was the Vice President of Professional Services, where she developed and led the professional services team for the Erecruit Staffing software platform.

In her current role as Executive Vice President of Integrations and Operational Strategy, Melissa is responsible for the integration of companies acquired/merging with Eliassen group. In addition, Melissa leads the Information Technology capabilities for the company. Melissa is also a head of CLEAR Culture, Eliassen Group's corporate culture initiative.

Todd Keebaugh

Executive Vice President – Strategy & General Counsel

Todd Keebaugh

Todd Keebaugh

Executive Vice President – Strategy & General Counsel

As the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Eliassen Group, Todd Keebaugh leads and manages the company’s legal, contracts, immigration, compliance, and facilities & administration functions, as well as oversees the company’s Human Resource department. Todd brings a wealth of expertise to Eliassen Group, having served in a variety of senior executive roles for both public and private sector companies. Prior to joining Eliassen Group, Todd held similar positions at Casa Systems, Inc. and Cognex Corporation, and he previously held senior legal roles with EMC and Raytheon Company. Todd started his career as an attorney with the United States Department of Justice.

Travis Carpico

Executive Vice President – Strategy & Corporate Development

Travis Carpico

Travis Carpico

Executive Vice President – Strategy & Corporate Development

As the Executive Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development, Travis Carpico leads all activities related to mergers, acquisitions, partnership, and other strategic growth initiatives for Eliassen Group.

Prior to joining Eliassen Group in 2020, Travis spent nearly 20 years in senior level strategy roles within Fidelity Investments in both the US and Europe. Most recently, Travis led the launch of Fidelity’s Stock Plan Services business in Europe, and prior to that, he served as the president of Fidelity Ireland. From 2006 to 2012, he was a senior vice president in Fidelity’s Corporate Development and Management consulting group in Boston, preceded by 3 years as the CAO/CFO of Fidelity’s HR Access business, based on Paris, France. Travis has significant international experience, and he is fluent in French and Spanish, as well as proficient in Italian and Portuguese.

Scott Cordeiro

Executive Vice President – Professional Services

Scott Cordeiro

Scott Cordeiro

Executive Vice President – Professional Services

Scott leads our Agile Consulting, Software Application, Cloud Services, Risk Management, and Business Optimization service lines. Beyond these responsibilities, Scott is also a member of our Leadership Committee, where he is charged with driving overall growth and capabilities, actively managing executive relationships, and providing field support to leadership. Before joining Eliassen Group in 2009, he started and built his own IT Services firm, overseeing strategic client relationships, managing operations, and launching new service lines, before being acquired.

Greg Coir

Executive Vice President – Biometrics And Life Sciences

Greg Coir

Greg Coir

Executive Vice President – Biometrics And Life Sciences

Greg leads Eliassen Group’s life sciences consulting practice: EG Life Sciences (EGLS). EGLS serves the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, providing expertise in areas including: Biometrics, Quality, Regulatory, Validation, Engineering and Project Management. Greg is charged with driving the overall growth and development of EGLS, including expanded capabilities, actively managing executive relationships, and providing support to field leadership.

Greg has 25+ years of proven experience in bringing professional staffing and solutions to life sciences and healthcare organizations throughout the U.S. Prior to joining Eliassen Group, Greg co-founded a highly successful healthcare staffing company and also held multiple leadership roles within Randstad, most recently as president of Randstad Pharma (now Randstad Life Sciences).

Greg is active in many associations within the healthcare industry and has been quoted in publications such as CenterWatch, the International Review of Employment, Staffing Industry Analysts, and Modern Healthcare.

Jill Winters

Senior Vice President – Life Sciences

Jill Winters

Jill Winters

Senior Vice President – Life Sciences

As SVP, Jill Winters leads a top-producing team dedicated to helping clients solve complex business problems utilizing specialized consulting services. She has decades of sales leadership expertise in building and growing national markets, concentrating on life sciences and consulting, digital solutions, healthcare, and consumer products.

Prior to Eliassen, Jill served as Vice President of the Evanston Group, a recent acquisition of the Eliassen Group. She also worked with other consulting firms, and that included establishing and leading a successful HealthTECH consulting practice. Along with her consulting, she built and led a successful, multi-decade national sales team, with sustained record-breaking growth, year over year. Her deep understanding of life sciences has allowed her to serve in the development of cutting-edge technologies for digital handheld prescribing and the novel automated distribution of medications, while she was at CVS/Caremark and the Pyxis Corporation.

Jill earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, from Texas Christian University. Leading with her entrepreneurial spirit, she prides herself on developing talent and teams through camaraderie while driving to break records and maximize revenue and profit growth.

Peg Murphy

Senior Vice President – Strategic Accounts

Peg Murphy

Peg Murphy

Senior Vice President – Strategic Accounts

As the Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Peggy Murphy oversees Eliassen Group’s enterprise client accounts, ensuring a high quality experience for IT staffing and consulting solutions across all regions and practices. Peggy joined Eliassen as an account executive in 1995, managing sales planning and execution prior to her promotion to vice president of sales for the New England region, overseeing sales strategy.

In addition, Peggy co-founded Eliassen Group’s Women in Leadership group, an organization developed with the hope of inspiring rising female leaders.

Heather Jordan

Senior Vice President – Human Resources

Heather Jordan

Heather Jordan

Senior Vice President – Human Resources

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Heather is responsible for leading Eliassen Group's overall Human Resource & Talent strategy. Heather’s primary focus is to partner with team members and leadership across the organization to reinforce our strong company culture, ensure employee engagement, create learning and development programs, and implement talent management strategies that support the achievement of our business goals and objectives. In doing so, her goal is to accelerate growth and enhance our vision, enabling us to remain a viable and competitive company that people love to work for and that our clients can rely on for consistent, continued partnership.

As part of Eliassen Group's focus on enhancing our overall employee experience, Heather is a founder of CLEAR Culture, Eliassen Group’s corporate culture initiative. In addition, she also launched and is the corporate head of our council for Diversity & Inclusion.

Heather has over 15 years of human resources experience, with over a decade of that being within the professional staffing industry. Prior to joining Eliassen Group, Heather’s industry experience was most recently with Principle Solutions Group and prior to that, Spherion Staffing. Heather is currently an active member of SHRM and holds both the Nationally Accredited SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.

Sandra G. Callahan

Vice President – Marketing

Sandra G. Callahan

Sandra G. Callahan

Vice President – Marketing

Sandra leads the corporate marketing organization for Eliassen Group, a role in which she creates brand awareness and ensures brand integrity across the organization. She oversees the development of lead-generation strategies and digital marketing efforts through the use of the strategic planning and creative execution of marketing communication, digital and social media strategy, and marketing analytics. Sandra comes to Eliassen Group with the majority of her career being spent in professional service firms.

Sandra co-founded Eliassen Group’s Women in Leadership group, an organization developed with the hope of inspiring rising female leaders. She is also the head of CLEAR Culture, Eliassen Group’s corporate culture initiative.

As a proud and active member and speaker of The CMO Club, Sandra thrives in an inspired community of marketing leaders who help each other solve their biggest challenges in a candid and trusted environment. She has led roundtable discussions and spoken at national events about marketing KPIs and the crucial role marketing plays in M&A transactions. She currently holds a seat as an engagement chair of The CMO Club and has been recently awarded the President’s Club award.

Sandra resides north of Boston with her husband, twin teenage daughters, and her son.

Todd Collier

Vice President – Recruiting

Todd Collier

Todd Collier

Vice President – Recruiting

Todd Collier has over 25 years in the staffing industry and has been with Eliassen Group since 2011. In his role as Vice President of Recruiting, he is responsible for overseeing and leading the New England recruiting team. In addition, he leads the Consultant Advocate Program and the internal CAP team that makes the program possible. The Consultant Advocate Program ensures that all Eliassen consultants have the greatest levels of support, care, and attention possible.

Prior to joining Eliassen Group, Todd held roles at Sullivan and Cogliano and Oxford Global Resources. During his time At Eliassen, he has also held the role of Director of National and Tri-State Recruiting.

Michael Lane

Senior Vice President – Risk Management & Business Optimization

Michael Lane

Michael Lane

Senior Vice President – Risk Management & Business Optimization

Michael brings over 30 years of experience in various mission-critical roles to our Risk Management and Business Optimization services. Most recently, he was President and CEO of a private-equity-led manufacturing and technology company. Before that, he was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing with the same company. Prior to this role, Michael served as a Managing Director at a global consulting firm for 8 years in IT and Risk, and as Chief Information Officer of a public company for 6 years.

Jon Byers

Vice President – Central Region

Jon Byers

Jon Byers

Vice President – Central Region

Jon is Eliassen Group’s vice president of the Central region, responsible for all sales, recruiting, and operations in Cincinnati, Columbus, and St. Louis. Jon started his career in the staffing industry in 2002 with Aerotek, where he was a recruiter before moving into a sales role supporting the Charlotte and Atlanta markets. Jon joined Eliassen Group’s Atlanta team in 2010, and he has since moved back to his home city of Cincinnati to spearhead Eliassen’s entry and growth into the Central/Midwest market.

Kris Kurcoba

Vice President – Mid-Atlantic Region

Kris Kurcoba

Kris Kurcoba

Vice President – Mid-Atlantic Region

Kris is Eliassen Group’s vice president of the Mid-Atlantic region, responsible for all sales, recruiting, and operations in Reston, Baltimore, Bethesda, and New York. Kris started his career in staffing in 1998 with TEKsystems where he was a recruiter and then moved into a sales role supporting the Maryland and Washington DC Metro market. Throughout his career, Kris has received many awards and accolades including: 7 time sales contest winner, Recruiter of the Year, Salesperson of the Year and was an executive management award winner.

Tom Renda

Vice President – New England Region

Tom Renda

Tom Renda

Vice President – New England Region

As Vice President of our New England Region, Tom Renda leads business development and delivery for talent solutions and strategic consulting. Prior to joining Eliassen Group in 2013, Tom worked for Kforce Professional Staffing for ten years during which time he held various leadership positions. He began his professional services career with Renaissance Worldwide.

Robert Conder

Vice President – Southeast Region

Robert Conder

Robert Conder

Vice President – Southeast Region

Robert is joining Eliassen Group after serving as the Vice President of Sales for a global staffing company, where he has been employed for the past 16 years. During that time, he moved from Sr. Account Manager to Sales Manager to Managing Director to Regional Market Director to Vice President of Sales for the Southeast. Before he started at that company, he was an Account Manager at another staffing firm.

Chad Durden

Vice President – West Region

Chad Durden

Chad Durden

Vice President – West Region

As vice president of the West region, Chad is responsible for all sales, recruiting, and operations for Eliassen Group from Texas to the West Coast. Chad’s charter is to grow current Eliassen Group offices and teams, as well as drive westward expansion by opening new offices to support our geographically expanding client base.

Chad has been in the technology consulting and staffing industry for over 20 years. He began his career as a technical recruiter and moved up through sales, management, and executive leadership. Prior to joining Eliassen Group, Chad worked in the industry at Kforce and TEKsystems.

Chad is a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management. Over his time in the industry, he has excelled at growing people in their careers and significantly scaling offices and regions.

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