Meet the Team


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

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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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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Administrative Team

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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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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