Our Contributors

Our thought leaders share their expertise and unique, informed insights into how companies can harness innovative talent acquisition strategies to drive greater business value and results.

Eric Dyson

TREND WRITER

Eric has been a part of the PeopleScout team since 2017 as the content marketing and lead generation specialist in the Chicago headquarters. In addition to his contributions to PeopleScout NEXT, he also specializes in email marketing, thought leadership and digital marketing. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from Valparaiso University.

Nicole Fuqua

SENIOR EDITOR

Nicole has been a part of the PeopleScout team since 2017 as the senior marketing content producer in the Chicago headquarters. In addition to her contributions to PeopleScout NEXT, she also hosts the Talking Talent with PeopleScout podcast and webinar series. Nicole comes to the talent acquisition industry after spending five years working as a journalist at television stations across the Midwest. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Jasmine Patel

TREND WRITER

Jasmine has been part of the PeopleScout team since 2019 as the senior marketing and communications specialist in the Chicago headquarters. In addition to her contributions to PeopleScout NEXT, she maintains PeopleScout’s internal communications and manages the company’s external presence on social media. Prior to joining the talent acquisition industry, she wrote for award-winning student newspaper the Loyola Phoenix, in addition to her work as a designer for her university’s student social justice publication, Mosaic. Jasmine holds a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism from Loyola University Chicago.

Lisa Loftus

TREND WRITER

Lisa joined PeopleScout in 2021 as the director, marketing and communications, working remotely from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In addition to her contributions to PeopleScout NEXT, she manages executive and internal communications. Prior to joining the talent acquisition industry, she managed marketing and communication campaigns for over fifteen years in industries ranging from wealth management and higher education to aerospace engineering and publishing. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Ashley Kessler

TREND WRITER

Ashley joined PeopleScout in 2021 as global content marketing lead in the London headquarters. In addition to her contributions to PeopleScout NEXT, she is focused on marketing tactics to grow our global business. Previously, she spent 10 years working in the tech industry, holding various positions at software start-ups overseeing content marketing, social media, digital marketing, lead generation, business development, account-based marketing and customer and partner engagement programs. Ashley holds a B.A. degree in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.

Simon Wright

GLOBAL HEAD OF TALENT ADVISORY CONSULTING

As our global head of talent advisory consulting, Simon brings together PeopleScout’s broad capabilities across EVP and employer brand, recruitment marketing, assessment, talent insights and diversity, equity and inclusion. Simon and the talent advisory team design and execute strategies and programs that make a tangible contribution to improved talent acquisition and organizational performance. Simon has worked in talent acquisition for more than 20 years working across North America, APAC and EMEA.

Rick Betori

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE AMERICAS

Rick Betori is the managing director of the Americas. In his role, Rick leads the North American client delivery, implementation and sales organizations. Rick has been with TrueBlue since 2011 and has over 25 years of proven experience driving organizational change and growth. Prior to joining TrueBlue, Rick was the President of Wonderlic, a leading hiring assessment provider, for nearly six years, and before that he had a diverse career in management consulting with a focus on business development and client engagement.

Karen Wendelberger

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Karen Wendelberger recently celebrated four years with PeopleScout, with three years supporting Recruiter On-Demand clients, and she brings 18 years of overall experience in corporate and RPO recruitment. Having supported a wide variety of clients and industries, Karen can find a solution for almost any problem. As an operations manager, her focus is client satisfaction, management oversight and client delivery. She was recognized in 2021 as a winner of Peoplescout’s employee awards. Karen graduated from DePaul University and currently resides in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, with her husband and children.

Jill Polistico

DIRECTOR OF CLIENT DELIVERY

Jill Polistico is PeopleScout’s MSP director of client delivery and has more than 15 years of experience in MSP and staffing, with experience in managing a wide range of MSP programs. She joined PeopleScout more than two years ago to support the restructure and operationalization of the MSP platform. Her experience helps her see challenges and provide solutions for both the client and suppliers. As director of client delivery, she is responsible for ensuring the operational teams are set up for success to provide strategy, align the program to meet client goals, develop strong supplier relationships and drive growth within the programs. Jill has her bachelor’s degree in human resources from Oakland University and resides in Romeo, MI with her family.

Trish Koester

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF CLIENT DELIVERY

Trish has more than 15 years of RPO experience and more than 25 years in staffing, HR, and RPO combined. As the senior director of PeopleScout’s Recruiter On-Demand program, she oversees a diverse vertical of industries ranging from warehouse to healthcare, corporate to IT and beyond. Over the past eight years with PeopleScout, she has overseen the growth and expansion of businesses utilizing Recruiter On-Demand over both the short- and long-term. Trish takes pride in providing outstanding client delivery with a focus on employee retention and solution-oriented results. She is a native Texan residing in Austin with her husband and three children. Trish holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State University.

Candace Lamon

VICE PRESIDENT OF MSP, CLIENT DELIVERY

As vice president of MSP client delivery, Candace develops partnerships with global MSP client delivery leaders while creating operational efficiencies, driving transformative change and overall solution design to help organizations achieve their talent acquisition goals. Candace is a passionate leader with more than 23 years of experience in human capital management including staffing, MSP, RPO and VMS consulting, dedicating the past ten years specifically to the MSP space. Prior to joining PeopleScout in 2019, Candace led multiple teams under Allegis Global Solutions where she held a variety of leadership roles over her two decades with the company. Candace works out of Annapolis, Maryland, where she lives with her husband and two sons.

PEOPLESCOUT PRESIDENT
Taryn Owen
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Caroline Sabetti
MANAGING EDITOR
Sarah Candelario

SENIOR EDITOR
Nicole Fuqua

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Kate Dennis

LEAD GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Shannon Bennett
SUPPORTING GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Aditya Kaushik

TREND WRITERS
Eric Dyson
Jasmine Patel
Lisa Loftus
Ashley Kessler