Our Leadership Team

In 2012, an early plan for an association was outlined by Executive Director Ben Gotkin and Senior Advisor 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 first-ever board members.

Ben Gotkin

Ben Gotkin

Executive Director, ATAP

Ben Gotkin is the executive director of ATAP and principal consultant at Recruiting Toolbox. Ben draws from over 22 years of experience in various tactical and strategic leadership roles at organizations including Recruiting Toolbox, Marriott International, RSM, The MITRE Corporation, Intelsat and BAE Systems.

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Tom Darrow

Tom Darrow

Founder and Principal, Talent Connections, LLC and Career Spa, LLC

Tom Darrow, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is a leader in human resources and talent acquisition. His background includes working as the national recruiting director for Accenture and founding Talent Connections, LLC. He has served as a board chair for the SHRM Foundation and as the past-president of SHRM-Atlanta.

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Tara Amaral

Tara N. Amaral

Talent Acquisition Executive

Tara Amaral is the former SVP, Head of Talent Acquisition at Fidelity Investments. Before joining Fidelity, she worked at New York Life, ADP, and Hewitt (Aon Hewitt) leading domestic and global talent acquisition strategy and operations, diversity and inclusion, and recruitment process outsourcing. Beyond talent acquisition, Tara held leadership positions at JPMorgan Chase in talent acquisition, retail, and institutional client management and consulting for almost 20 years.

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Tim Sackett

Tim Sackett

President, HRU Technical Resources

Tim Sackett, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, leads HRU Technical Resources, an IT and engineering staffing firm headquartered in Lansing, MI. He has 20 years of executive HR experience working for Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, retail, dining and technology. Tim is an international speaker on leadership, talent acquisition and HR execution.

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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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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

Sr. Manager, Social Media and Talent Acquisition, Kforce

Allison Kruse is passionate about elevating the talent acquisition industry and working alongside a global community to solve challenges. At Kforce, she is responsible for developing and executing a firm-wide strategy to leverage social media to provide value to employees, clients, consultants and candidates.

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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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ATAP’s Executive Operating Council

Christine Johnson
Will Staney
Ryan Christoi
Gerry Crispin
Michael Kannisto
Carl Kutsmode
Scott Weaver
Kara Yarnot
Nicole Dessain
Angela Hills
Chloé Rada
Conni LaDouceur
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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