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.

Kristen LeBlanc

Kristen LeBlanc

Executive Director, ATAP

Kristen LeBlanc, MPA, CAE is Executive Director of ATAP. Kristen’s career spans 15 years in nonprofit and government organizations. Based in Washington, DC, she is a Certified Association Executive, holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree from North Carolina State University.

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Jim Schnyder

Jim Schnyder

Founder & Principal Consultant, Recruiting Advisors

Jim Schnyder is the 2014 & 2011 SourceCon Grandmaster with over 20 years of success in Talent Acquisition. He is the Founder and Principal Consultant for Recruiting Advisors, a Talent Acquisition focused consulting firm helping clients with recruiting technology, training, and best practices in sourcing.

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BJ McGuire

BJ McGuire

Director, Enterprise Talent Acquisition, The Walt Disney Company

BJ McGuire is an executive with nearly 20 years of experience in talent acquisition. He has led talent acquisition teams within technology search firms, financial services, and media and entertainment. Based out of Burbank, CA, BJ currently leads the talent acquisition function for the Walt Disney Company Corporate responsible for strategy, operations, and recruitment delivery.

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Melissa Thompson

Melissa Thompson

Talent Acquisition, SVP, Nielsen

Melissa Thompson is a strategic and collaborative executive with more than 25 years of experience in Global Human Resources and Talent Acquisition. Melissa joined Nielsen as the SVP, Talent Acquisition in early 2020.

During her career she has held recruiting leadership roles at Dell, Citrix, Siebel, Lenovo, and McGraw-Hill. She is a results-oriented, strategic Talent Acquisition leader with expertise in designing and executing cutting-edge recruitment programs. Melissa has held progressively broader recruiting roles in the technology space over the past 15 years.

Melissa is based in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

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Mike Cohen

Mike Cohen

Founder of Wayne Technologies, a Contract Sourcing and Recruitment Training Organization

Mike “Batman” Cohen is the Founder of Wayne Technologies, a Contract Sourcing and Recruitment Training Organization. His approach to sourcing is one based on deliverables, transparent data, and using multiple sources/platforms to find the greatest diversity and quality of candidates.

He has worked with a diverse group of clients including: Whole Foods, The New York Times, Waste Management, GIPHY, Walter P. Moore, etc. He contributes articles to SourceCon and RecruitingDaily, helps run SourceHouston, and is a Brand Ambassador for ERE.

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Jim D'Amico

Jim D’Amico

Global Talent Acquisition Leader, Celanese

Jim D’Amico currently leads global talent acquisition for Celanese, a chemical innovation company based in Dallas, TX. He has over 20 years of experience in talent acquisition and human resources. He is also a co-founder of the Michigan Recruiters Conference and is active mentor in our field.

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Eric E. Dunlap

Eric E. Dunlap

Global Talent Acquisition Leader, Previously with Baylor Scott & White Health

Eric E. Dunlap, MHRIR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, RACR, is a human resources executive with 18 years of strategic experience. He previously led recruiting at Baylor Scott & White Health and prior spent 13 years with Citigroup. He currently oversees talent acquisition efforts for various global organizations as Vice President, Recruitment Client Services at Cielo Talent. He is recognized as a thought leader with proven ability to build and manage high performing, diverse teams.

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Allison Kruse

Allison Kruse

Head of Global Employer Brand, Baxter

Allison Kruse is passionate about elevating the talent acquisition industry and working alongside a global community to solve challenges. She is responsible for developing and implementing global employer brand and recruitment marketing strategies to establish Baxter as an employer of choice and attract key talent to drive Baxter’s mission.

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Cathy Henesey

Cathy Henesey

Director of Talent Acquisition, Adventist Health System

Cathy Henesey leads talent acquisition for Adventist Health System 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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Chloé Rada

Chloé Rada

Director of Talent Administration, Technology & Branding, Sodexo

Chloé Rada is Director of Talent Administration, Technology & Branding at Sodexo. With 19 years of experience in the Talent Acquisition industry, she has overall responsibility for Sodexo’s talent technology and vendor management to support recruitment and on-boarding for all management and executive level positions enterprise-wide. Chloé graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and resides in Chicago, IL.

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ATAP’s Executive Operating Council

Christine Johnson
William Uranga
Ryan Christoi
Gerry Crispin
Michael Kannisto
Carl Kutsmode
Scott Weaver
Kara Yarnot
Nicole Dessain
Cindy McGregor
Chloé Rada
Sarah Brennan
Steve Levy

Special Thanks to Our Founding Volunteers

Dan Black
Tom Brown
Bryan Chaney
Gerry Crispin
Dean DaCosta
Matthew Doucette
Rob Dromgoole
Chris Gould
Suzie Grieco
Lance Haun
Eric Jacquith
Michael Kannisto
Ric Klinger
Susan LaMotte
Jer Langhans
Steve Levy
Rob McIntosh
Diana Meisenhelter
Crystal Miller
Danielle Monaghan
Chris Murdock
Chloé Rada
Pete Radloff
Tracey Richardson
Robin Schooling
Rayanne Thorn
Kara Yarnot
Derek Zeller

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