Meet the Finance and Accounting Team
Our Finance and Accounting team has a combined 50 years of staffing experience. We are extremely capable of meeting your Finance and Accounting staffing needs.
Meade KelleyPartner and Co-Founder of Connect Search, LLC
Meade Kelley manages the Contract Placement Teams for Finance & Accounting and shares the responsibility of the overall day to day management of Connect Search. Meade’s recruiting experience has primarily focused in the areas of Accounting, Corporate Finance, Financial Services, Administrative and various other Financial roles. Throughout his career, Meade has been a top performer and has managed teams of up to 25 recruitment professionals in addition to developing long term, successful client relationships. Prior to entering the recruitment field, Meade worked in Accounting for a large Telecommunications organization and later took a role in Business Development in Chicago. Meade earned a BS in Finance from the University of Kansas.
Toby CoffeyPartner and Co-Founder of Connect Search, LLC
Toby manages the Permanent Placement Teams and has been in the recruitment business for more than 10 years. His focus is primarily in the areas of Accounting, Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Investment Management, and various other Financial roles. Throughout his career, Toby has been a top performer and has also managed teams of up to 30 recruitment professionals. Prior to entering the recruitment field, Toby worked in the Consulting area, where he worked with a number of different Fortune 500 clients, as well as small to medium sized businesses. Toby earned a BS in Computer Information Services from Indiana University with a focus in Finance & Accounting.
Tom FoxPartner and Co-Founder of Connect Search, LLC
Tom Fox manages the Contract Placement Teams for Finance & Accounting and helps support other areas of the company. Tom worked for one of the largest staffing firms in the world for almost 7 years in multiple positions as he worked his way up the management ladder. He specialized in placing accounting and finance professionals as well as managed a full-time consulting division which was consistently ranked #1 in the world. Tom was a top performer at his previous staffing firm before he was recruited by tenured investors to start Connect Search. Due do his adept ability to listen to candidates and clients at all skill levels, Tom continues to be approached and recommended by candidates and clients for continued help and advice. Tom has his BS in Marketing and minor in Finance from the University of Scranton and resides in Chicago.
Erin CookPartner and Founding Member of Connect Search, LLC
Erin manages the Permanent Placement Teams and helps with overall staff development throughout the company. She has been in the recruitment business for more than 10 years. Her focus is primarily in the areas of Accounting, Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Investment Management, and various other Financial roles. Previously, Erin worked for a global staffing firm and led the Financial Services Recruitment division. Prior to entering the recruitment field, Erin worked in the Banking industry. She earned her B.S. degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Sherry BridgersVice President of Finance & Accounting Permanent Placement
Sherry Bridgers has over 14 years of recruiting/staffing experience within the Accounting, Office and Administrative roles. Sherry has consistently been a top performer and has placed multiple professionals over the years in the North and Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. She works with an expansive client base that includes small family businesses and educational companies to large Fortune 500 companies. She takes pride in the fact that many of the candidates she has placed are still with their companies, and consistently refer their friends and colleagues to Sherry for help.
Sarah CerasaniSenior Recruiter, Finance & Accounting Permanent Placement
Sarah specializes in the Permanent Placement of Accounting professionals, primarily focusing on Accounting Operations including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Bookkeeping, and Executive Administrative roles. Sarah has over 5 years of recruiting and staffing experience specifically for finance and accounting professionals. Sarah prides herself on building strong relationships with both clients and job seekers and has consistently received over 99% customer satisfaction. Sarah earned her B.A. in Marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Patrick MevsVice President of Finance & Accounting Contract Placement
Patrick Mevs has been in the recruiting business for over 14 years and currently focuses primarily on Accounting and Finance positions. Patrick has assisted numerous clients with their contract staffing needs and has received numerous awards recognizing his achievements and performance for being a top producer. Patrick served 6 years in the United States Marine Corp and received his BS in Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago majoring in Accounting.
John AlexanderVice President of Finance & Accounting Contract Placement
John Alexander was pleased to join Connect Search in October of 2013. He brings over 15 years of experience in the Staffing Industry. His emphasis has been on Business Development as well as recruiting and placement. John has been recognized as a top performer within the Staffing Industry. His primary focus has been in Accounting and Finance as well as the I.T. industry. Throughout his career he has built many long term relationships with his clients which spread across multiple industries. He has had the pleasure of seeing many of his candidates become his clients.
Marc McRobertsSenior Recruiter of Finance & Accounting Contract Placement
Marc McRoberts brings a wealth of financial and recruiting experience to Connect Search. As a Senior Recruiter, his experience in Finance & Accounting helps ensure that the right opportunity is presented to the appropriate candidate. Marc has been a top performer for Connect Search since he joined and takes pride in creating long term relationships with his candidates and clients. Prior to his role as Senior Recruiter, Marc worked for 10 years in Chicago as an Accounting Consultant with a prominent consulting firm and as a Business Manager with Loyola University Chicago.
Ryan Millinowisch recently joined the Connect Search team after spending a year at an international recruiting firm. During that time, Ryan recruited for a variety of positions including Business Analysts, Financial Analysts, Developers, Engineers, Project Managers, Human Resources, and many more. At Connect Search he specializes in recruiting for Accounting and Finance positions including Staff and Senior Accountants, Accounting Managers, Financial Analyst and Accounting Operational roles. Prior to entering the recruiting field, he interned with the Chicago Sky and the Arena Football League focusing on game operations. Ryan graduated from Lewis University with a B.S. in History.
Brogan ConklinVP Connect Finance and Accounting, a Division of Connect Search
Brogan Conklin has been in the recruiting profession for two years. Throughout that time, he has been focused on the direct placement of Finance and Accounting professionals across a multitude of industries. This includes, but is not limited to Private Equity, Investment Management, Manufacturing, and Consumer Products. Prior to joining Connect Search, Brogan worked in Investment Banking and Consulting for a firm focused in the Healthcare space. Brogan earned his degree in Economics with a Minor in Business Administration from the University of Kansas.
Mandy OgulnickManager of Recruiting
Mandy Ogulnick joined the recruiting world after earning her degree from the University of Dayton. After spending time on the corporate side of recruiting at a nationally known CPA firm, Mandy joined Connect Search and specializes in the placement of finance and accounting professionals. This includes, a wide variety of roles including Staff and Senior Accountants, Accounting Managers, Financial Analysts, and Accounting Operational roles. Mandy has a passion for finding the right job for her candidates which is illustrated by her proven performance in all positions she has worked in. Mandy brings with her experience in both professional services as well as the hospitality industry prior to joining Connect Search, and has placed candidates in a multitude of other industries.
Brian LunarBusiness Development Manager
Brian Lunar joined Connect Search in August of 2015 as a Senior Staffing Executive on the Contract Placement Team for Finance & Accounting. Prior to joining Connect Search, Brian was a Staffing Consultant for a Clinical & Scientific staffing firm. He has strong proficiencies in the recruitment process, and has a proven track record for delivering tangible business results that achieve great returns and ensure strong business partnerships. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Loyola University, where he was also a Division I athlete, Go Ramblers!
Sarah GettigSenior Recruiter
Sarah Gettig joined Connect Search in June of 2014 as a Senior Recruiter on the Permanent Placement Team. She has over 7 years of recruiting experience with a primary focus on Accounting and Corporate Finance. Prior to recruiting, Sarah was a Financial Analyst with Johnson & Johnson and completed their Financial Leadership Development Program. She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Meredith StarkSenior Recruiter
Meredith joined Connect Search in September of 2015 as a Senior Recruiter for the Finance and Accounting Team. She has over two years of experience in the recruiting profession. Meredith was a Staffing Consultant for one of the largest Staffing Agencies in the world. She has strong proficiencies in the recruitment process, and has a proven track record for delivering tangible business results that achieve great returns and ensure strong business partnerships. Meredith earned her degree in Marketing with an emphasis in Sales and Sales Management from Georgia Southern University.
Jackie BorelloSenior Recruiter
Jackie Borello joined Connect Search in June of 2015 as a Senior Recruiter on the Permanent Placement Team and has been a part of the recruiting profession since 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and completed the prestigious sales program at Northern Illinois University. Go Huskies! Jackie truly believes that if you love what you do, love who you do it for, and love who you do it with, you will never work a day in your life.
Sara SmithSenior Recruiter
Sara Smith adds her 13+ years of experience in human resources and recruiting to the Executive Recruiting team at Connect Search. Sara joined the Connect Search team in January 2013 and works with qualified candidates on a direct hire basis for a wide variety of finance and accounting positions. Sara’s professional recruiting experience started in 2004 while working as the Human Resources Manager for a large banking institution. After 8 years of working in Human Resources and working to the position of VP of Human Resources at the holding company she transitioned to Chicago and chose to specialize in recruiting Finance and Accounting professionals, helping individuals take the next best step in their career. Sara earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Studies from the University Kansas.
Rebecca SturwoldSenior Recruiter
Rebecca Sturwold joined Connect Search in February of 2016 as a Senior Recruiter focused on Direct Hire opportunities in Finance and Accounting professionals. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Media Studies from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication. Beginning her career in high-end retail sales, Rebecca has a unique approach to finding each candidate an opportunity tailored to their personal career progression. With an open an honest recruiting style, she prides herself in maintaining strong relationships with clients and candidates alike.
Kimberly LangSenior Recruiter
Kimberly Lang joined Connect Search in the Spring of 2016. She has 12 years of Business Development and Recruiting experience and many of her connections have been dedicated clients throughout her tenure in the recruiting space. Kimberly has specialized in Financial and Accounting placements during her career as well as Operations and Management level roles. Prior to Connect Search, Kimberly managed her own firm for 6 years and managed Business Development for two large organizations before that. Beginning her career in an Accounting role with an Automotive firm in her home state of Michigan, she then decided to transition to Chicago and pursue her sales career. Kimberly has her Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad Graduate School of Management.
Lauren BlakemanSenior Recruiter
Lauren Blakeman is a graduate from DePaul University. While in college, Lauren was actively involved in supporting art education through handling the aspects of sales and fundraising for The Theatre School at DePaul. Lauren began her career in the staffing industry focusing on the recruitment of administrative professionals in financial services within Chicago, Los Angeles and New York regions. Blakeman is excited to join Connect Search as a Business Development Manager for the contract placement team in accounting and finance.
Shreena JobeDirector of Recruitment
Shreena Jobe joined Connect Search in July of 2017 as the Director of Recruitment for the Chicago and Itasca Finance & Accounting Contract Team. Her background consists of over 10 years of Corporate Recruitment & Staffing industry experience. She has managed the full cycle recruitment process and candidate/client relationships with several companies within the Manufacturing/Distribution, Pharmaceutical, Food/Beverage, Electronics, Logistics, Transportation, Banking, Non-For-Profit, Healthcare, and Financial Services industries. Shreena has placed candidates at both the entry level and executive level. Throughout her career, Shreena has been recognized as a Top Performer, and she prides herself in leading by example. Shreena will earn her BS of Science Degree in Human Resource from DeVry University this year.
Mary Veksler joined Connect Search as a Senior Recruiter in 2017. She has 10+ years of experience in the Finance industry in Chicago. Mary spent seven years in the Global Corporate Trust group at BNY Mellon as a Relationship Specialist. After that, she worked for three and a half years in Investment Management focusing on marketing efforts for institutional clients and key accounts. She is originally from Chicago and earned a BS from the University of Illinois in Chicago from the College of Business Administration. She then earned her MBA from Roosevelt University.
Andrew Ensign joined Connect Search in March of 2017 as a senior staffing executive on the perm placement team for Information technology. Prior to joining Connect Search, Andrew was a relationship manager for a team that specialized specifically in placing software engineers, specifically in the Chicago market, which has allowed him to have a comprehensive understanding of Chicago’s software candidate and client market. Andrew is passionate about working with Chicago businesses and building out long lasting teams. Andrew has the ability to understand a candidate’s career path and work to find an opportunity that is meaningful to them where they can build new skills, yet utilize the skills they’ve developed previously. Andrew went to Illinois State University and Majored in Math Education.