Meet the Extension, Inc. Team
Administrative Professional Division
Jackie Marcello, Director of Staffing, CTS
Jackie provides stellar service to businesses looking for temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire administrative professionals.
A Milwaukee native, Jackie started her career in sales after graduating from Marquette University. She holds a bachelor of advertising degree with minors in marketing and Spanish and is a Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist. Since she began working at Extension, Jackie has developed a true passion for staffing and connecting area companies with talented admin professionals. Along with the exceptional support she provides to her candidates and clients, Jackie also manages and mentors a group of recruiters, teaching them her industry expertise. In February 2016, she was promoted to Director of Recruiting, and now supervises, trains, and coaches the entire Professional Administrative division.
In her time outside the office, Jackie enjoys traveling and exploring new cities and countries, being with friends and finding new fun things to do in Milwaukee.
Kristin Parker, Account Manager/Recruiter
Kristin recruits people who are looking to get back into the workplace or who are looking to make a job change. She provides her candidates with excellent customer service, helping relieve the stress of finding a new job. Her sense of urgency to get her candidates the exposure they deserve is crucial to her, so she is able to show them as many new opportunities as possible. She considers herself the bridge from where they are right now to where they are going next.
Kristin’s prior experience was in the banking and insurance realms, where she performed high volume cold calling, account management, and business development. As a personal banker, she worked with loan and deposit portfolio management, built rapport with clients, conducted sales presentations, and generated new business for the company.
Kristin graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a BS in Sociology, and is also a certified Notary of Public for Wisconsin. Outside of recruiting, she loves to cook, craft, and enjoy time with family, friends, and her yellow lab Jack.
Andrea Kwak, Recruiter
As a recruiter in Extension’s Administrative Professionals team, Andrea specializes in sourcing, screening, and placing candidates for administrative and professional positions within locally-based Milwaukee companies. She fills temp, temp-to-hire, and direct hire roles in successful organizations, while marketing and promoting Extension’s services and expertise to clients and candidates.
Andrea has been in the customer service industry for nearly a decade, interacting with a variety of people on a daily basis. During her college years, Andrea spent two years at the University of Minnesota studying retail merchandising. She later transferred to UW-Milwaukee and graduated with a degree in Human Resources Management.
In her time outside the office, Andrea enjoys camping up north, refurbishing old furniture, and grilling out with her family and friends.
Kacy Oberg, Recruiter
Kacy specializes in sourcing, screening and placing candidates in administrative and professional positions throughout the Milwaukee area. With her past experience and record of success in sales and customer service, Kacy is an asset to the Extension team in filling job opportunities with the most qualified candidates.
As a Liberal Arts graduate and Certified Personal Trainer, Kacy has spent the past decade working in the Fitness Industry and has developed a thorough understanding of sales and closing techniques. She works best under pressure and loves the thrill of a sale! She is a self-motivated innovator with a record of success and advancement in the work force.
Outside of work, Kacy loves spending time with her family and friends. She has her hands full with her two small children, and when she can gather up the energy, she also enjoys exercising, hiking, boating, swimming, and trips to Door County.
Amanda Andrews, Talent Coordinator
Amanda is the “go to” for a variety of projects and administrative tasks for the Professional Admin Team. With her previous recruiting experience, staffing for the light industrial industry, Amanda loves every minute of the fast pace environment.
Amanda has her Bachelor’s in Communications from Arizona State University.
In her spare time, Amanda loves spending time with her family and exploring what Wisconsin has to offer. As a born and bred Arizona native, she prefers the Midwest winter weather over the Arizona heat she grew up with. Most Saturday nights, you can find her glued to her TV watching Sun Devil football.
Amy Spahr, Account Manager/Recruiter, CPC
A former accountant, Amy brings her past experience into her role as an account executive/recruiter with Extension. This experiences gives her unique insight when helping her clients evaluate and hire top talent for their accounting and finance needs. Amy holds her CPC Certification and is an active member of WICPA and SHRM, helping her stay current with the latest in federal and state employment laws and trends.
Mary Milovic, Account Manager/Recruiter
Mary brings to Extension 15 years of Accounting industry experience as well as past recruiter experience. She loves to build relationships and help others find their passion!
Mary obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Miami of Ohio with a double major in Accounting and Finance. She has her MBA in Leadership from Aurora University as well.
In her free time, she likes to spend time with her husband, 2 kids and their 3 Pugs. Mary is super social and is always on the go. Little do people know that she is also a closet video game player and plays her 3DS whenever she has downtime.
Brianne Tobin, Manager of Sales Recruiting, CPC
A Certified Personnel Consultant, Brianne places sales professionals in positions ranging from entry level to VP and sales director. Her specialties include manufacturing, distribution, print, steel, packaging, creative agencies, service based companies, building and construction, and health care. At a previous employer she was responsible for the training and development of 17 sales recruiters, and the staffing of 130+ retail sales locations. She traveled the country extensively, and has a friend in every large city in the country as a result.
The travel bug hit Brianne early –she even attended a year of high school in Jamaica. And if you have a question on music, the city of Milwaukee or sales people and positions – Brianne is your go-to person.
Bridget Tighe, Account Manager/Recruiter
Bridget has worked with the big guys and small ones — from a mogul like Groupon to a software start-up based in Chicago, Bridget loves the thrill of the close. Her background in sales, account management, and customer service made her an obvious choice for Extension.
Bridget is one active lady! At the University of Miami, where she attended college, she served as an ACC Academic All-American and captain of the varsity women’s volleyball team. She has also circumnavigated the globe on a study abroad program called Semester at Sea.
Jeffrey Fritschler, Manager of IT Recruiting
As the IT Team Lead, Jeff’s focus is building world class teams in the IT industry as well as maintaining long-term business relationships with clients in the greater Milwaukee area. He is dedicated to growing Extension’s IT department, with the goal of one day becoming Milwaukee’s premier technical recruiting firm. Jeff thrives in the fast-paced environment at Extension and is very passionate with what he does. He goes to great lengths to find the most talented individuals for his clients, even uncovering hidden candidates that are passively looking.
Jeff holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from UW-Whitewater. Jeff’s competitive nature carries outside of the office as he sets his goal this fall to try and qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2017.
Paula Lukach, Director of IT Staffing
Paula’s focus is to provide top-notch customer service to businesses looking for contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire services for IT professionals. She is also responsible for leadership of the IT Staffing Division, including training and coaching of the recruitment team.
Paula holds a BS in Business with a focus on Management Information Systems.
She started her career as a developer and progressed to a Business Analyst and eventually a Project Manager. She quickly realized how much she enjoyed working with people and projects and how important it is to have the right people as part of an IT team. She dedicates herself to making great connections in the marketplace.
Kelly Gerlach, Account Manager/Recruiter
Kelly is responsible for matching talented IT candidates with industry leading companies around the Milwaukee area. She loves working with people, helping both the client and candidate find that perfect fit!
Kelly comes to Extension from the IT world, which has been a huge asset to her in the IT recruiting division. Prior to Extension, coincidentally she worked for eight years as the manager of Client Services for one of Extension’s own clients, PowerSports Network. Drawing on the experience she gained there, Kelly has been able to translate her skills into being a successful recruiter, learning how to understand what clients and candidates need and want in their searches.
Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications with emphasis in Information Technology. She is also a huge pop culture junkie! She writes book and movie reviews for several pop culture blogs. The horror genre is her forte (and she’s full of recommendations if you like scary movies!), but she loves them all. Another fun fact about Kelly: she is classically trained in Opera and loves being on stage.
She’s a writer, Taurus, Ravenclaw (for those of you that don’t speak geek – that’s her Harry Potter house), fangirl, and a believer in fairy-tales and superheroes.
David Perkins, Recruiter
Dave brings to Extension over 10 years’ experience in staffing augmentation, resource management and technical recruitment focused on Information Technology and business process.
David has a BS in Human Development from Boston College.
He loves current events, baseball and music!
Mark Winters, Account Manager/Recruiter
Mark’s role with Extension is twofold: to identify talented IT professionals who are either actively or passively seeking new job opportunities in the market, and to provide clients with both top IT talent for open roles in their organization and outstanding customer service.
Mark comes to Extension with previous IT Staffing and HR experience. He has a B.A. from UW-Green Bay and M.A.’s from American University and UW-Madison.
In his spare time, Mark coaches youth soccer and basketball teams, and is very involved with the Boy Scouts in Waukesha County. He enjoys reading biographies, traveling, playing chess, and movies.
Joey Barian, Manager of Engineering Recruiting, CTS
Joey works as part of a team that places entry level to mid-level candidates in accounting, finance, and office administration roles. He focuses on growing existing clients and developing new business opportunities by cold calling new contacts, making sales presentations, and attending networking events and job fairs. After earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Joey worked in retail for twelve years, helping to open new stores and recruit and train employees.
He is a Certified Temporary Specialist and was the 2008 Recipient of Williams-Sonoma, Inc’s “Catch the Spirit” award.
In February 2016, Joey split off from the Professional Administrative division to spearhead the newly created Engineering direct hire division. The new challenge was right up Joey’s alley and he is having a blast getting to know the opportunities of this field.
Tim Smak, Account Manager/Recruiter
Tim provides first class experiences to clients who are looking to find the best engineering professionals nationwide and assist engineering professionals in finding the career of their dreams.
In his experience prior to Extension, Tim worked as a full-cycle recruiter for engineering and IT professionals. He focused on helping clients find top-tier candidates and assist candidates in finding the career that helps them achieve their goals on a personal, professional, and financial level. He also has experience in the financial services industry.
Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Corporate Finance from UW-Milwaukee.
When he’s not working, Tim enjoys working out, fly fishing and carpentry.
Lesley Redman, Business Development Representative/Account Manager
With a background in sales, non-profit management and real estate, Lesley joins Extension with a solid portfolio of business partnerships and proven success in B2B strategy. She works to expand Extension’s customer base in the metro Milwaukee area by cultivating and maintaining client account relationships.
In her previous roles, Lesley’s passion to help others has pioneered her success. Her early professional career began in the beauty industry, where her business focus grew from a management position into an entrepreneurial role. After her oldest daughter was diagnosed with cancer, Lesley felt motivated to pour her talents into a higher calling by serving as executive director of a national non-profit children’s cancer organization, where she oversaw daily operations, brand recognition, and fundraising initiatives.
Lesley holds certifications in cosmetology and real estate. She also serves as co-chair for Metro Milwaukee SHRM on the Young Professionals/Membership committee. She has lived in Milwaukee, Chicago and Atlanta, but is a native to Milwaukee at heart. Outside the office she enjoys spending her time with her three children and her doting doggy. From children’s museums to the lakefront and Milwaukee’s local food scene, her family is on the go experiencing the abundant culture this city has to offer.
Paula Connelly, Business Development
Paula is passionate about connecting people with the right resources for their IT staffing needs. With her past account management, business development and recruitment experience, Paula brings a strong background in creating and cultivating new business relationships with Milwaukee area businesses for Extension’s IT Division.
When she’s not at work, Paula loves cooking, travelling, reading, sports (LET’S GO BUFFALO!), exercising, home interior decorating and spending time with her family. She has a dog named Bo that keeps her and her fiance on their toes!
Anna Stape, Business Development Manager
Anna is passionate about building business partnerships and helping Milwaukee area businesses meet their professional staffing needs. She brings over 4 years of experience in business development and recruitment in areas of Accounting, Finance, and Administrative Professionals, as well as Supply Chain, Operations, Sales, and R&D.
Anna came to the United States when she was 12 and was proud to join the Army serving as a Logistics Specialist. Anna was part of the team to provide topographical support to all five of the military branches, based in Fort Brag, North Carolina. She started her career in sales in the Financial Services Industry where she held WI Life and Disability Insurance License and FINRA Series 7 and 66 Licenses and assisted her clients achieve financial success.
Anna graduated from University of Wisconsin Parkside with a BS in Business Management.
When Anna isn’t working she enjoys running, hiking, skiing, camping, biking, and other outdoor sports. Anna also loves reading and is always looking for a good book suggestion!
Mike Evtimovski, Business Development Manager
With over 6 years of experience in the staffing industry, Mike is looking forward to developing new relationships with clients throughout Wisconsin. His dedication and excellent service skills have helped him create long term relationships with his clients in multiple industries. He has experience placing temporary, temp-to-hire and permanent candidates with companies ranging from smaller, private companies to large, Fortune 500 companies. Building and expanding relationships with his clients is what keeps him passionate about working in staffing.
Mike is from the Milwaukee area and attended UW-Milwaukee. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with an emphasis on Production and Operations Management.
Outside of work, Mike enjoys playing and watching sports, exercising, eating gummy worms, taking his dog, Beaux, to the park, spending time on the lake, and watching Saved By The Bell reruns.
Rebecca Palma, Accountant
Rebecca joined Extension in 2013, excited to expand her horizons in the accounting field and learn more about the staffing industry. Prior, she worked in bookkeeping and office management roles for various small business owners.
Currently, she focuses on full cycle accounting on the internal side of Extension along with Affordable Care Act compliance and benefits administration.
She attended college in central Oregon, where she lived for six years before returning home to Wisconsin. Outside the office, she enjoys outdoor activities, playing guitar, and spending time with family and her two rescued pitbulls, Pogo and Layla.
Sterling Yabuta, Accounting Assistant
As the accounting department continues to grow busier, Sterling joined Extension to assist with the workload. She currently maintains, manages and processes payroll for our temporary employees, as well as pitching in with the internal payroll as needed. She also assists in the data entry portion of new hire onboarding, processes invoices, and handles accounts payable.
Originally a Colorado native, Sterling came to the Midwest for school, receiving her degree in Elementary Education from Carroll University. After graduating, a new job landed her in Arizona, where she handled accounts payable for a large resort in Scottsdale. Sterling moved back to Wisconsin in 2015 to be closer to her family. Today, she enjoys espresso, traveling, and spending time with family, including her golden retriever, Summer.
Robin Hassinger, Office Administrator
Robin keeps all the plates spinning at Extension – filing, answering phones, keeping the office stocked and tidy. She’s a great help to our candidates too; entering their information into our database, routing resumes to the recruiters, creating weekly activity reports, handling time cards and new hire paperwork. Robin studied theater at Carroll University and English education at Alverno college.
Kat Lazzaro, Office Administrator
On the front lines of the business, Kat stays busy answering phones, greeting visitors, filing, ordering supplies, and most importantly: keeping the coffee pots filled!
In her previous roles, Kat held customer services positions in the hotel industry, doctor referral services, and website maintenance for power sports dealerships. She finds herself happiest when helping people, and loves the customer interaction she gets at the front desk of Extension.
She attended UW-Milwaukee for college, and is an enthusiast of mermaids, cats, and Harry Potter. She also considers herself a pretty serious space nerd (she was the kid that wanted to be an astronaut when she grew up), and she has an addiction to pens of all types, colors, and writeabilities.
Allison Wevers, Talent Acquisition Leader
Allie focuses on recruiting the best of the best in the industry to add to Extension’s team! When she’s not working on recruiting rock star talent for the crew, Allie is building and developing Extension’s talent brand through social media, job fair presence and networking with professionals in the Milwaukee Area. She has previous recruiting experience along with sales and human resources.
Allie obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Outside of the office, you can most likely find her at a country music concert in her favorite pair of cowboy boots, working out, watching football (Go Bears!), or spending time with her family and friends. The color lime green, homemade chocolate shakes and Remember the Titans are just a few of Allie’s most favorite things.
Mazio Barian, President, CPC, CTS
Extension President, Mazio says, “My # 1 responsibility is simple: continue to grow Extension into Milwaukee’s premier staffing partner. I am passionate about recruiting and staffing and love what I do.”He’s a hands-on leader, working with clients to fill temp, temp-to-hire and direct hire positions, managing staff development, training, operations and marketing. Mazio previously worked in the recruiting industry in Seattle and Milwaukee, placing executive sales professionals and later developed a pharmacy niche, placing pharmacists around the country.
He double-majored in psychology and sociology at University of Wisconsin, Madison and has earned his CPC and CTS.