Our Leadership Team

In 2012, an early plan for an association was outlined by founders Ben Gotkin and Gerry Crispin.

In 2016, the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals was brought to life by a community of inspired and engaged volunteers.

Board of Directors

Each member of our volunteer board is elected to a two-year term. It’s with gratitude and pride that we announce our board members.


Christy Spilka

ATAP Board President
VP, Global Head of Talent Acquisition at iCIMS

Christy Spilka is the VP, global head of talent acquisition at iCIMS, the talent cloud company that accelerates transformation for a community of more than 4,000 customers, including 40% of the Fortune 100. Christy is responsible for leading the global talent acquisition strategy and team, ensuring that iCIMS has the right people on the right teams to achieve business success. With 20 years of experience, Christy is a passionate and avid supporter of providing top-notch talent experiences. Her expertise is in building talent acquisition teams that serve as a competitive differentiator. She believes that talent fuels organizational growth and the way that we attract, engage, hire, and advance top talent determines growth potential.

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Vice President
Head of Talent Acquisition, Great West Casualty Company

In March 2023, Sarah joined Great West Casualty Company as Head of Talent Acquisition. Sarah is tasked with raising DEI standards to promote equitable and inclusive hiring practices to strengthen the business and do the right thing. Another key objective is to professionalize the recruitment process, training every recruiter to be a sourcing and recruiting SME. In Sarah’s past role she led HRO Today’s 2022 Recruitment Team of the Year – North America at AEVEX Aerospace. Sarah has also recruited for aerospace, medical, corporate, telecom, and tech roles. Sarah has an MBA in Business Analytics from University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management. She was also a 2022 OnCon Icon Top 10 Talent Acquisition Professional award winner.

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Tarah Littlejohn

Talent Acquisition Manager, Americas here at MoneyGram

Tarah Littlejohn currently leads the Talent Acquisition team for the Americas at MoneyGram, a Global Fintech company. With over 20 years in Talent Acquisition spanning staffing, executive search, and corporate recruitment Tarah has a wealth of knowledge across multiple industries and environments including healthcare, finance, retail, and IT. Her expertise includes developing TA Professionals to operate at both a functional and strategic level, and guiding business groups through growth and change management to ensure talent solutions align to business strategy. Her passions are data/analytics, process improvement, and finding efficiencies to create an elegant and agile TA process. Tarah is based in North Texas and when she isn’t making an impact in the TA world, she can probably be found at a yarn store searching for ideas for her next knitting/crochet project.

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Cathy Henesey

Immediate Past President
Executive Director of Talent Acquisition, AdventHealth

Cathy Henesey leads talent acquisition for AdventHealth headquartered in Orlando, FL. She has more than 25 years of talent acquisition and sourcing experience in a variety of industries, including IT, manufacturing, banking, and healthcare. Cathy’s expertise includes transforming teams to maximize process efficiencies using innovative sourcing strategies, funnel analytics, and workforce planning. Cathy has spoken at many national conferences, including the ITAA CEO Summit, ERE Expo, ASHHRA, and SOURCECON, and has been quoted in various newspapers including the Wall Street Journal. She has represented the recruitment industry in Washington D.C. as an advocate for the Immigration Visa Quota bill and healthcare initiatives.

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Rob Lockard

Senior Recruitment Management Consultant, Helios HR

Rob is currently the Lead Talent Acquisition & Recruiting Consultant at emineo talent, a future-minded recruitment management consultancy that helps leaders navigate talent challenges during times of growth, change, and uncertainty. With 19 years of experience and multiple certifications in Talent Acquisition, he works with a diverse range of clients, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, helping them attract top talent and adapt to changes in the modern workplace. His efforts have contributed to the creation of intentional workplace cultures that foster exceptional workforce retention. Originally from the DC area, Rob now lives near Kansas City, MO with his family. He is a Navy brat (both parents served), passionate about American college football (was a college mascot with a push-up record), and has diverse hobbies such as Bonsai cultivation, kayaking, and forest therapy. He is driven by new experiences, being a “learn-it-all”, and building connections. Beyond his professional role, Rob has a history of involvement with industry-advancing, non-profit boards, serving in leadership roles that have earned him recognition for his contributions, most notably as a Board President or “volunteer of the year”.

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Chloé Rada

Senior Director, Talent Attraction, ZoomInfo

Chloé Rada brings 20+ years of data-driven Recruitment Operations and Employment Branding experience and is known for driving big ideas and empowering others to make a positive change for the future of Talent Acquisition. She is passionate about recruitment marketing, storytelling, candidate experience, recruiter enablement, process excellence and technology automation.

Her career spans over two decades and across multiple industries from advertising to food and facilities management, life sciences, media and software development. As the Senior Director of Talent attraction at ZoomInfo, Chloé is a key part of their Talent Acquisition Leadership Team. She will help create and deliver a global Employer Brand Strategy, lead Recruitment Marketing Strategy and Execution, Campus Recruiting, and TA Tech Stack Strategy & Enablement, while driving a World-Class Candidate Experience or this growing technology company.

During her time at Nielsen, she led strategic management for the Talent Acquisition operations functions including delivering excellence and efficiency around the hiring process, HR technology systems, candidate experience and employment branding strategies. At Syneos Health, she led Recruitment Marketing and Branding globally for the Commercial Solutions division and drove talent attraction and candidate engagement strategies to compete in the Life Sciences industry.

During her nine years at Sodexo, Chloé was the head of TA Operations and Employment Branding for the US and supported hourly and management hiring of food service, facilities management and healthcare technology management professionals across the enterprise.

Awarded the 2020 Recruitment Marketer of the Year by Rally™ Recruitment Marketing for making an impact on Sodexo’s recruitment marketing efforts and her mentorship of others in her organization, in her external partners and in her communities! Also recognized in 2020 as one of the TAtech’s 100 most influential thought leaders who set the agenda for innovation and understanding in talent acquisition strategy and management and talent technology.

She started her career in the industry at Rada Advertising, holding roles on the account and sales team as well as an integral Marketing executive overseeing the agency’s marketing goals and objectives including managing brand, messaging, client engagement and market/industry positioning for the Talent Acquisition industry. Here she built several strategic partnerships to develop and launch digital solutions and new products for the agency such as video campaigns, cultural and brand assessments, microsite platforms and retargeting programs.

Chloé is an active board member for the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP), a global non-profit organization that sparks innovation, engagement and knowledge sharing for Talent Acquisition. She has also volunteered her time and expertise to HR.com, Arch Advisory Group, DisruptHR Chicago, Society of Talent Acquisition & Recruitment (STAR Chicago) and provided job search training to community organizations and students. She is also a published TA author and legacy conference/webinar speaker.

Chloé graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and resides in Chicago, IL. Learn more about Chloé here.

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BJ McGuire

BJ McGuire

Director, Enterprise Talent Acquisition, The Walt Disney Company

BJ McGuire is an executive with over 20 years of experience in talent acquisition. He has led talent acquisition teams within technology search firms, financial services, media and entertainment, and SaaS. Based out of Los Angeles, CA, BJ currently leads the global talent acquisition function for Procore Technologies. He is responsible for all aspects of talent strategy, sourcing, insights, operations, branding, and recruitment delivery across the US, EMEA, ANZ, APAC, LATAM, and CA. Prior to his experience with Procore, he spent 15 years leading the Corporate and Enterprise Talent Acquisition function for the Walt Disney Company.

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Angie Alvarez

Certified International Senior HR Professional, Scouter

I´d like to help empower TA professionals in LATAM. Latinx are always willing to learn and share best practices with others. From our side of the world, we can contribute to building a better world for all.

  • 20 years of experience in international companies

  • MBA, Certified as International Senior HR Professional by HRCI , SCRUM and CDE candidate by IDC Institute

  • Co-author of Hispanic Rising Star Vol III

  • Entrepreneur, Speaker and TA Professional with DE&I DNA

  • Founder of Scouter 1st low cost recruitment company in LATAM

  • Director of HR master degree program in CENTRUM Business School

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Special Thanks to Our Founding Volunteers

Tara Amaral
Dan Black
Sarah Brennan
Tom Brown
Bryan Chaney
Ryan Christoi
Gerry Crispin
Jim D’Amico
Dean DaCosta
Tom Darrow
Nicole Dessain
Matthew Doucette
Rob Dromgoole
Eric Dunlap
Suzie Grieco
Lance Haun
Eric Jacquith
Christine Johnson
Ric Klinger
Michael Kannisto
Ric Klinger
Allison Kruse
Carl Kutsmode
Susan LaMotte
Jer Langhans
Steve Levy
Cindy McGregor
Rob McIntosh
Diana Meisenhelter
Crystal Miller
Danielle Monaghan
Chris Murdock
Chloé Rada
Pete Radloff
Tracey Richardson
Tim Sackett
Robin Schooling
Rayanne Thorn
William Uranga
Scott Weaver
Kara Yarnot
Derek Zeller


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