Meet the Team

Leadership

Ted French
Founder and President

​Ted has been finding top professionals and matching them with leading organizations for over 20 years. After working for several years in the retail grocery industry for a local Arizona grocery chain, he was recruited into the recruiting and staffing industry in 1991 by a national executive search and staffing firm. 

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Cheri French
Chief Financial Officer

Cheri's success in the recruiting and staffing industry has spanned nearly 20 years. Beginning in 1988, she has successfully held increasingly responsible key​

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Jennifer Sievers
Director of Client Services

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Jennifer has worked in healthcare for almost two decades. She made the move from a career in the clinical field of ​Originally from Seattle, Washington, Jennifer has worked in healthcare for more than a decade. She made the move from a career in the clinical field of 

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James Long
Director of Client Services

James has been in the healthcare industry since 1994. Before joining Acclivity Healthcare in 2007 as the Tucson Branch Manager, James was with Cornerstone​

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Melanie Pearson
Director of Client Services

​Melanie brings over 11 years of staffing industry experience to the Acclivity Healthcare team. She takes pride in building strong business relationships and providing quality customer service to her clients

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Chris Waters
Research and Sourcing Manager

After receiving a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa, Chris decided he'd has enough of the frigid weather and headed for the​

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Service team

David Foresman
Research Recruiter

​David began his career recruiting healthcare students within the educational field and as a Client Service Coordinator at Acclivity since 2013 he loves meeting new people  

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Chaz Bennett
Research Recruiter

​Chaz came from a sales background and as a Client Service Coordinator since 2014 at Acclivity Healthcare, his positive and outgoing attitude drive him to guide candidates on their career path to success and happiness.  As an Arizona native, Chaz loves playing sports and socializing with friends.

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Ronnie Maksymowski
Client Service Manager

​Ronnie started his career recruiting for an executive level hardware/software company.  As a Client Service Coordinator with Acclivity since 2014, Ronnie is a people person who has a great personality and outlook on life and finds passion in connecting candidates with their dream job.  In his free time, Ronnie loves to golf and play soccer and enjoys watching college sports.

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Vanessa Noble
Lead Research Recruiter

​Vanessa started her career as a Preoperative Nurse Assistant in surgery. "I enjoyed helping the doctors and nurses with direct patient care," says Vanessa. "But when I had the opportunity to move into the staffing and recruiting field, I jumped in with both feet! I've never been so happy in a job in my life!"

 
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Lara Von
Client Service Manager

Lara’s professional background is steeped in education, training and client/operations management. Her professional passion has always been sourcing and hiring the best talent for her team. A natural leader, Lara’s biggest professional contribution is her responsiveness to the clients’ needs and her ability to help people to learn, grow, thrive and succeed. Lara grew up in Atlanta, GA and moved to Phoenix in 1999.She enjoys nature and exploring in an RV with her husband.She volunteers regularly at Banner Health as a Guided Imagery Specialist assisting patients who are experiencing pain, anxiety or general nausea due to the stress of hospitalization. Lara is socially-conscious and supports non-profits that fulfill their mission through helping families create sustainable businesses that allow them to become self-sufficient and contribute positively to the community.

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Linda Gagner
Client Service Manager

Linda joins the Acclivity team after a goal-oriented succession of accomplishments. She received her Masters Degree in Business Administration as well as learning Medical Billing and Coding. Her career in healthcare started at the largest health insurance provider as a Customer Service Representative where she enjoyed progressive responsibility and promotions that led her into Human Resources as the Benefits Specialist for a large Arizona School District before landing her dream job at Acclivity. As a Client Service Manager she is able to fulfill her passion to provide job security and stability to career seeker’s based on her strength in thriving on challenges, problem solving and keeping her client’s best interest at heart as her main priorities. Linda enjoys volunteering for youth groups at her church as a teen mentor and also finds time to travel, read, watch sports and enjoy her family. Linda also has made a special personal commitment to provide support in her Father’s name to help people afflicted with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

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Administrative Team

Brenda Shady
Client Service Coordinator

Brenda spent 29 years living and working in beautiful Hawaii.  Her Healthcare career started in her first job as a Medical Scheduler in Specialty Departments and spanned for over 15 years.  Her professional and eternally positive attitude, make her the master of excellent first impressions.  After applying for a Medical Scheduler position at Acclivity Healthcare she was instead recruited for an internal position on the administrative team.  Brenda's innate ability to help people and make them feel at ease, make her the perfect choice for her role on the administrative team and the first liaison every visitor to the office interacts with.  Brenda enjoys spending her free time exploring nature while walking.  She is a voracious reader and enjoys the occasional shopping trip or movie.

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Sera Smith
Lead Client Service Coordinator

​Sera started her first 5 years in healthcare  at a local Podiatrist where she worked her way up from a Medical Records Clerk to a Front Office Lead.  Sera is known for her “can do” attitude and team player spirit.  She loves the feeling of being part of a company that matches hard working professionals with top healthcare organizations and seeing the impact and happiness that comes from our process is something that she takes great pride in.   Sera is an Arizona native and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. 

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Madison Hughes
Research Recruiter


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Cari Zahller
Senior Client Service Coordinator

​Cari left a successful career in the radiology world in which she started at the front desk and with never ending dedication, determination and excellent performance was promoted to Clinic Manager for two of the busiest offices. She calls Acclivity Healthcare home now to fulfill her need for challenge and passion for learning or re-learning just as she did with the piano which she played from the time she could climb up on the bench to the age of 13. She recently found her original piano teacher and has resumed piano lessons.Her results-oriented, no matter the situation, attitude fuels her drive for success. She feels passionately about her role at Acclivity Healthcare because it allows her to work in a team environment. She enjoys her free time with her husband, three children and two American Bulldogs.

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