Meet the Information Technology Team
Our IT team is made up of seasoned IT Recruiter specialists and enthusiastic, hard working individuals who will work tirelessly to fill your Information Technology Staffing needs.
Megan MilenkovPartner and Co-Founder of Connect Search, LLC
Megan Marker–Milenkov, Partner at Connect IT, a Division of Connect Search, LLC; has 10 years of experience in the technology staffing industry. She began her career working for a large international, global staffing firm in which she started off as a technical recruiter and worked her way up the ranks to account management and then business development. Throughout her career, she has won numerous company awards by taking pride in building strong relationships and understanding her client’s point-of-view. Megan has grown accounts from 0 to 200% with regards to revenue billing in record time. Also, Megan has been a huge advocate of mentoring and training throughout her career. She has groomed and trained over a dozen technical recruiters and account managers during her industry tenure. She received a degree from Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and has also completed MBA training/sales coursework. She is associated with the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Sorority. Lastly, Megan is involved in Women’s IT groups and is a firm believer of diversity initiatives within business cultures.
Bethany HessVice President of Recruiting and Co-Founder
Bethany Hess is one of the Co-Founders and Vice President of Recruiting at Connect IT, a Division of Connect Search, LLC in Chicago. She is a proud graduate of the University of Kansas. Bethany began her career in the hospitality industry as a Sales Manager overseeing multiple accounts in the pharmaceutical vertical. She quickly moved up the ranks at this international company and received many top performance awards. Bethany’s persistence and hard work was noticed and she was recruited by a start-up technology search firm as a recruiter. While there, she quickly became a top producer. She has a natural ability to recognize talent and ask the important questions about the needs of her clients and candidates. She is often commended for her efficiency, her sense of urgency, and her professionalism in her daily work. Bethany’s candid approach in business is what makes her an easy person to talk to and enables her to really grasp the wants and needs of her candidates and clients. Bethany’s success comes from diligent hard work, a strong work ethic and a well-rounded set of life experiences. Bethany has the unique combination of skills necessary in the search and recruiting business and daily executes her matchmaking skills, mutually benefiting all parties.
Laura CationVice President of Recruiting
Laura Cation began her career as an IT recruiter with a global industry leader in 2006. She was a top producer at this firm which led her to be recruited to multiple start-up companies to build their recruiting presence and databases in the Chicago market. She has always been recognized as a top producer responsible for placing candidates in contract and full time opportunities. In addition, Laura was responsible for creating internal recruiting processes, training, mentoring and managing a large IT meet-up group. She has an honest, personable, and hard-working approach which supports her natural ability to build strong relationships with clients and candidates. Since joining Connect Search in May 2012, Laura has continued to place both active and passive IT professionals with contract, contract to hire and full time opportunities. Laura received her BA degree in Psychology and Spanish from Northern Illinois University. Her academic experience has been a great foundation for analyzing and understanding the professional goals of clients and candidates to ensure the best match for her clients.
Billy RohalyAccount Manager
Billy Rohaly is a Technical Recruiter at Connect Search. From the suburbs of Chicago, Billy is an Indiana University alumnus (Hoosier) and has been a member of the Connect team since June 2015. In his free time, Billy is a die-hard Liverpool FC and Chicago sports fan who loves spending time downtown or playing soccer.
Kyle PerrineIT Technical Recruiter
Kyle is a 2013 graduate of Duquense University’s Palumbo Donahue School of Business where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing & Sports Marketing. Originally from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, he moved to Chicago shortly after graduation to begin his career in the IT industry recruiting for National Staffing Firm before joining the Connect Search team in March of 2015. In Kyle’s short tenure with the team, he has demonstrated a strong ability to work closely with candidates in helping them to find their next opportunity.
Maggie’s extensive experience in customer service and volunteer work reflects her ability to interact and work closely with candidates seeking new opportunities in the IT field. A 2015 graduate from Illinois State University, Maggie maintains a strong passion for working collaboratively with individuals while building genuine, long-lasting relationships. When Maggie isn’t chasing down the most talented IT professionals as a Technical Recruiter for Connect Search, she enjoys staying active and traveling to new and exciting places. She is a die-hard football fan and a super-fan for all Chicago sports.
Kristi NicklasSenior Recruiter
Kristi Nicklas is a Senior Technical Recruiter who graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology degree, allowing her to develop a strong understanding of people’s personal and professional goals. She began her IT career with a national staffing firm, working her way into the role of a top performer. She is a detail-oriented, responsive and approachable business professional, all characteristics that assist her in matching the best talent with top clients. Kristi prides herself on maintaining strong relationships with her candidates and clients to provide clear, consistent support and communication throughout the full-cycle recruitment process. Additionally, one of Kristi’s best assets is her ability to train and mentor junior recruiters. Kristi is part of our Charity Committee, where she participates in charity events and finds new programs for the company to volunteer for. In her free time she enjoys reading crime novels, traveling, and playing soccer.
Marta recently joined Connect Search as a Senior Recruiter on the permanent placement team for IT. Born in Russia, Marta relocated to United States in 2003 and started her journey. Since graduating Indiana University in Bloomington, Marta has spent her career in sales and earned her MBA with a focus in Finance. Throughout her years in sales, she was able to prove her success by meeting and exceeding the expectations while having the pleasure of building great friendships along the way. Marta is thrilled to apply gained knowledge in her previous positions and exceed at her current role while providing excellent customer service to both clients and candidates.