Meet the Extension, Inc. Team
Administrative Professional Division
Joey Barian, Staffing Manager, 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. With the Engineering division up and running, he is back on the Professional Administrative division, managing, coaching and training the team to success!
Jackie Marcello, Senior Account Manager, 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 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.
Andrea Kwak, Recruiter, CTS
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.
Alyssa Krehbiel, Senior Recruiter
Alyssa is a recruiting professional with 3 years of previous industry experience staffing for temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire professionals. Additionally, she has experience as an Account Manager where she builds meaningful relationships with current and future clients.
Previously an Actuarial Science major, she became very interested in recruiting and went on to study Human Resources Management and Marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
When not finding extraordinary talent, Alyssa loves to travel, cook, and spend time with her family (which includes raising a handsome little boy and teddy bear puppy!)
Kelly Gerlach, Account Manager/Recruiter, CTS
Kelly is responsible for matching talented Administrative Professionals with industry leading companies around the Milwaukee area. She loves working with people, helping both the client and candidate find that perfect fit! Kelly joined Extension as an IT Recruiter, but most recently transitioned from the IT Division to the Professional Administrative division in May of 2017!
Prior to Extension, Kelly 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.
Anthony Sturino, Recruiter
Anthony is a Recruiter for our Administrative Professional Division, sourcing and recruiting for candidates with backgrounds in administration and office management. He has over three years of experience working in recruiting for a staffing agency specializing in temporary and temp-to-hire placements.
His completed his bachelor’s degree at UW-Oshkosh. His candidate focused approach comes from his background recruiting as a retail manager, and as the recruitment chair of his college fraternity.
In his free time, Anthony enjoys spending time with family, friends and his dog, Pax. Among his other interests are attending sporting events and concerts, as well as participating in recreational sports leagues including soccer, kickball and softball.
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, Manager of Accounting/Finance Recruiting, 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.
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, CPC
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.
Robin Hassinger, Talent Coordinator
As the Talent Coordinator for our Sales Division, Robin seeks out prospective jobs, clients, AND candidates! Her administrative talent is a perfect match for the in depth client marketing campaign she maintains to help Extension stay on top of current sales jobs.
Robin studied theater at Carroll University and English education at Alverno college.
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.
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.
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.
Joseph O’Keeffe, Recruiter
Joe focuses on helping companies’ IT Departments grow by offering personal industry insight, a great candidate experience, and by servicing his clients’ needs in a timely manner.
He comes to Extension with 4 years of experience in staffing- primarily in the IT Industry. He has worked with National Enterprise accounts as well as with many clients in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Before entering into the staffing industry, Joe worked for 5 years in Management at UPS.
Joe attended St Louis University as a Business and Liberal Arts Major, and finished at Cardinal Stritch University with a Communications Major.
Joe loves going to concerts and listening to new local music. He also love being outside, volleyball, golf and baseball. His Bernese Mountain Dog is always keeping him busy!
Tim Smak, Account Manager/Recruiter, CPC
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/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!
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.
Kat Lazzaro, Office Administrator
On the literal front lines of the business, Kat’s main priority is providing exceptional customer service to all of our clients and candidates. She stays incredibly busy providing administrative support for the entire recruiting team – answering phones, greeting candidates, tracking candidate background screenings, new hire onboarding, and much more! She also maintains the office’s data entry, candidate time cards, supply orders, and monthly birthday/anniversary celebrations for the team.
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, Operations Manager/Talent Management
Allie focuses on keeping the front of the house operating as smoothly and efficiently as possible! She also continues to recruit the best of the best in the industry to add to Extension’s team! When she’s not working on the operations or recruiting side of things, 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 Allie 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, Remember the Titans and her brand new baby boy 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.