Paola was born and raised in Sylmar, California and relocated to San Antonio in January 2008. After college, she immediately began shaping her career where she joined the Hospitality Industry gaining years of customer service and management experience. She became a Certified Tourism Ambassador for the City of San Antonio where she strives to increase tourism and promotes hospitality for the beautiful city of SA.
Her strong work ethic and passion for people drove her to expand her career and joined the recruiting industry. In 2015, she internationally recruited students in the Philippines for culture opportunities in San Antonio. She joined Deacon in 2019, bringing in years of sourcing and recruiting experience along with motivation to contribute to Deacon’s success.
Paola lives in San Antonio with her husband, Benjamin and her two dogs, Nalah and Coco. They both enjoy listening to live music, traveling, trying out new experiences, but above all, spending time with family.
Jenifer joined Deacon in 2019 as an Executive Assistant to the Founder & CEO. Jenifer will also assist with corporate operations, and special events.
Jenifer is a Colorado native, who recently relocated to San Antonio. Prior to joining Deacon, she was with a large public accounting firm where she held several administrative roles during her 7 year tenure. She strives to be a “go-to” member of any team she is a part of, and supports colleagues in any way possible, to ensure the success of the company.
Jenifer lives in San Antonio with her husband, Chris, and children Talan, CJ, and Zeke. She enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and watching movies.
Cassie has a dual role as Deacon’s Front Office and Social Media Coordinator.
Her primary responsibilities include maintaining Deacon’s social media pages and website in addition to managing the day-to-day operations in the Front Office. Cassie also works with Deacon’s Marketing Initiatives.
Cassie graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in 2018. Following her graduation, she relocated from her hometown in Minnesota to San Antonio and began pursuing her Master of Science in Marketing online with Southern New Hampshire University. Before joining Deacon, Cassie worked 6 years in various service-oriented rolls – primarily in the health/fitness industry.
Cassie lives in San Antonio with her significant other, Matthew and her three dogs, Sadie, Bella, and Charlie. She and Matthew enjoy spending time outside with their dogs, expensive coffee drinks, beaches, snorkeling, and exploring new places.
Gerry is a Director within the Information Technology Division. His specialty is placing Information Technology professionals in leading organizations within the San Antonio tech community.
Gerry is a native of West New York, New Jersey and attended the University of Richmond on a football scholarship where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. After college he continued his athletic pursuits by becoming a nationally ranked power lifter and fitness club owner. Gerry began his career in Recruiting in Miami, Florida and quickly realized it was the correct industry for him.
Gerry relocated to San Antonio in November of 2007 and has been a part of San Antonio’s growing tech ecosystem ever since. In 2015 Gerry founded Tech Talent Texas. A non-profit organization focused on providing content on resume writing, interviewing and networking skills to entry and mid-level technology professionals.
During the course of his recruiting career Gerry has worked on all levels of IT positions, from Help Desk roles with local clients to confidential requirements with the Department of Defense. Gerry brings a career’s worth of experience to the Deacon team.
In his spare time Gerry enjoys his family, friends, dogs and sports.
Samantha is a Recruiter for Deacon’s Corporate Service Division.
Sam was born and raised in Mexico, then immigrated to the US with her family in 2003. Sam’s expertise comes from her bilingual and bicultural background with extensive experience in International Banking.
With more than 13 years in retail and business banking experience she has been a top sales producer acquiring Top Sales Awards and Company recognition awards for her excellent customer service skills.
Sam is a natural talent for coaching and development; her passion for people gives her the drive to identify strengths and weaknesses and place the right candidate in the right position. Sam is working towards being a certified facilitator in the Lego Serious Play Method. Utilizing the Lego Serious Play Method Sam looks forward to coaching and developing candidates for their dream job.
Sam is embedded in the San Antonio community, and has been a volunteer for different organizations and community events. Sam strives for personal self-development, and enjoys attending leadership conferences and participated in the Women Chamber of Commerce leadership series.
Sam lives in San Antonio with her husband, Javier, and their two children Valentina and Emiliano. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves coloring books, collecting journals, running, reading and mostly connecting with people and making new friends.
Kirby is a Talent Associate for Deacon’s IT – Medical Division. Her focus is supporting the team in sourcing and pre-technical telephone candidate meetings. Kirby also utilizes her creative writing skills in supporting the Division’s marketing efforts.
Kirby graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Prior to joining the Deacon Team, she worked as an Executive Assistant for a multifamily management and development company. Her prodigious support and customer service skills, along with her strong technical knowledge, has contributed to her ability to jump right in at Deacon.
Kirby recently moved back to San Antonio, her hometown, after spending the last 14 years in Virginia. She has two fur babies, a 15 year old golden lab, Chip, and a six year old black cat, Nero, and is an aunt to six beautiful nieces and nephews. In her free time she enjoys surfing, kayaking, and going to live music events with her significant other, Andrew.
Jada is a Recruiter in Deacon’s Information Technology Division. The division focuses on placing Information Technology Professionals in a variety of roles including Developers, Analysts, Engineers, Architects, and IT Leaders.
Jada graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Systems Management. Prior to joining Deacon, Jada worked over 15 years in the IT Industry. She has a love for technology and truly enjoys being a part of the exciting tech initiatives happening in San Antonio. As an IT Recruiter, she is dedicated to making a positive and enriching impact on lives through career advancement and opportunity.
Jada lives in San Antonio with her husband, Larry, and four children, Abby, Garrett, Thomas, and James. She enjoys camping, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.
Carrie is the Operations Manager. Her primary responsibilities include managing daily operations as well as payroll and accounting.
Carrie holds an Associate Degree in Accounting and attended the University of Texas Pan American and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Carrie started her career at Deacon in 2018 and brings over 20 years of Accounting experience with her.
Carrie lives in San Antonio with her husband, Eddie and two children, Alexandria and Ian. She enjoys boating, reading, and rescuing animals, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Kaela is a Talent Associate for Deacon’s Corporate Services Division. The practice focuses on supporting the team of Professional Recruiters through interacting with clients and screening candidates for employment opportunities.
Kaela graduated from Missouri Western State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Photography. Kaela started with Deacon in 2018, bringing over 5 years of sales and support experience.
Kaela grew up in St. Joseph, MO and recently relocated to New Braunfels with her husband Ty and their dog Millie. She enjoys listening to live music, hiking, photography, and spending time with friends and family.
Felicia is a Recruiter in Deacon’s Information Technology Division. The division focuses on placing Information Technology Professionals in a variety of roles including Developers, Analysts, Engineers, Architects, and IT Leaders.
Felicia graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. Prior to joining Deacon, she worked in the Private Security industry for 8 years. Her vast ability to maintain and build lasting relationships combined with her results-driven mindset has contributed to her quick success with Deacon.
Felicia lives in San Antonio with her significant other, Mike, step-son, Mikey, mini dachshund, Bessie, and tuxedo cat, James Bond “JB.” She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying new restaurants, and participating in and watching sporting events.
Amanda is a Director in Deacon’s Corporate Services Division. Amanda’s area of specialty is Banking, specifically Commercial Loan Assistants, Credit Analysts, Commercial Loan Officers, and C-level Banking Executives.
Amanda graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Consumer Sciences. Amanda joined Deacon in 2012 as an Associate Recruiter and was consistently promoted based on her performance and dedication to exceptional service. She enjoyed a brief 1.5 year hiatus to get married and build a beautiful home. Deacon is delighted to welcome Amanda back to Team Deacon in 2017. She led the Corporate Services Division prior to her leave and has a reputation of connecting “A” Players with award winning companies in the San Antonio area. Building and maintaining strong professional relationships has been an important priority for Amanda over the years.
Amanda lives in New Braunfels with her husband, Wayne. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, tubing the river in Gruene, trying new restaurants, and salt-water fishing.
Melanie is a Senior Recruiter in Deacon’s Accounting-Finance Division. The practice focuses on placing Accounting & Finance Professionals from staff through executive levels.
Melanie graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting with minors in Management and Marketing. Prior to joining Deacon in 2017, Melanie worked over 20 years as an Accounting Professional. Her extensive Accounting background and goal-oriented mindset has contributed already to her success at Deacon.
Melanie lives in San Antonio with her husband, Derek and son, Maddox. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and playing the clarinet.
Ashley is an Director in Deacon’s Corporate Services Division. Her areas of specialty are Banking, Marketing, Sales, and Executive Administrative Support.
Ashley graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Leadership Studies with minors in Communications and Human Resource Development. Ashley began her career at Deacon Recruiting in 2013 and takes pride in her outstanding organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to empathize with a variety of people, which has aided in her success at Deacon. She is very involved in the community; she is an active member of Junior League of San Antonio since 2012. Throughout her career at Deacon, Ashley has been regularly recognized as Top Quarterly Performer and Top Monthly Performer among her colleagues. Ashley is gifted in identifying top talent for Deacon’s Client Companies, and is committed to providing exceptional customer service to both Client Companies and Candidates she serves.
Ashley lives in San Antonio with her husband, Duncan and daughter, Bo Lenae. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Holly is the Divisional Director of Deacon’s IT/Medical Division. The IT Division focuses on placing Information Technology Professionals in the areas of Leadership, Project Management, Software Development and Security. The Medical Division focuses on placing professionals in hospitals and clinics nationwide in Radiation Oncology, specifically Medical Physics, Dosimetry, and Radiation Therapy.
Holly graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. Holly joined Deacon Recruiting in 2011 and quickly advanced into her current role as a Director. Holly has been consistently recognized throughout her tenure at Deacon, including Top Quarterly and Top Monthly Performer. Her extensive experience in the Recruiting Profession ensures a high level of cultural and functional fit for each selected candidate for Deacon’s Client Companies.
Holly lives in San Antonio with her husband, Bernie, and three children, Brianna, Hudson, and Beckett.
Phil is the Director in Deacon’s Medical Division. The practice focuses on placing professionals in hospitals and clinics nationwide in Radiation Oncology, specifically Medical Physics, Dosimetry, and Radiation Therapy.
Phil has been a professional Recruiter since 1997 and joined Deacon Recruiting in 2004 as a Recruiter in the Medical Division. Over his tenure, Phil transitioned from a Recruiter in the Medical Division to an IT Recruiter, and then returned to the Medical Division into his current role. Throughout his career at Deacon, Phil has earned numerous awards for Top Quarterly Performer, Top Monthly Performer, and Top Producer of the Year. Phil is also a 3-Time Deacon Consultant of the Year Award Winner and 4-Time Deacon Recognition of Excellence Award Winner. Additionally, he was recognized by the Texas Association of Personnel Consultants for Outstanding Achievement in 2005 in the Medical arena. Phil continues to be a top producer among his colleagues placing top tier candidates with Deacon’s Client Companies.
Phil lives in San Antonio with his partner, Mary.
Cathi is Deacon’s Business Development Divisional Director. As the Business Development Divisional Director, Cathi focuses on maintaining and creating relationships with Deacon’s Client Companies and Candidates.
Cathi graduated from Tyler Junior College with a degree in Radiologic Technologies. She transitioned from the Medical industry to Recruiting in 2010 when she joined Deacon Recruiting. During her tenure, Cathi has received many awards including Top Quarterly Performer, Top Monthly Performer, and was recognized as Deacon’s Consultant of the Year in 2014. Cathi is 6 Sigma Certified and was a previous board member of SAHRMA. She continuously attends various networking events in the San Antonio area and has been a speaker at many of those events including the North San Antonio Chamber’s Leadership Lab. In addition to Cathi’s frequent participation in San Antonio’s numerous networking events, she also spearheaded Deacon’s critical relationship with the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. Cathi’s invaluable, growing network and vast knowledge has aided in her many successes at Deacon.
Cathi lives in San Antonio with her husband, Jeff. She enjoys spending time outdoors, live music, and the many cultural activities that are available in beautiful South Texas.
Emily is the Divisional Director of Deacon’s Training & Development. The practice focuses on creating continuous training for Deacon’s new and existing employees.
Emily graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She has been in the Recruiting industry for over 15 years, specializing in the fields of Human Resources and Office Services. Emily joined Deacon Recruiting in 2004. In 2016, Emily co-founded Deacon’s Training and Development Division and by 2017, she became the Divisional Director of Training and Development. In addition to her Divisional Director role, Emily also is a member of Deacon’s Key Leadership Team. Furthermore, Emily is an active participant in the Association of Talent Development and continues to implement new concepts and ideas into Deacon’s monthly trainings. Emily’s complete understanding of Deacon’s Best Practices allows her to develop detailed ongoing training for Deacon’s Recruiters.
Emily lives in San Antonio with her husband, Trey, and children, Zachery and Emma.
Lauren is the Divisional Director of Deacon’s Corporate Services Division. Her specialties in the Corporate Services Division are placing Human Resources, Marketing, Operations, and Executive Administrative Support Professionals.
Lauren graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. Prior to joining Deacon Recruiting, Lauren acquired 13 years of experience in Management, Sales, and Marketing. She began her career with Deacon in 2012 as an Associate Recruiter in the Corporate Services Division and was quickly promoted to her current role as the Divisional Director. Throughout her time at Deacon, Lauren has been recognized for her many accomplishments including, Rookie of the Year in 2013, Top Monthly Performer, and Top Quarterly Performer. In addition to her many internal successes, Lauren is also involved in the San Antonio community. She serves as a Committee Chair for SAHRMA, is on the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Board, has served as a Scholarship Judge for EWI for the last two years, and has been a Speaker at the UTSA Cap Program. Her invaluable network and strong community presence allows Lauren to consistently place top talent with Deacon’s Client Companies.
Lauren lives in San Antonio with her husband, Chris, two children, Camryn and Jordan. She loves to run, play golf, and spend time with family and friends.
Dana is the Senior Divisional Director in Deacon’s Accounting-Finance Division. The practice focuses on placing Accounting & Finance Professionals from staff through executive levels.
Dana graduated from Texas Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. She began her career with Deacon Recruiting in 2011 as an Associate Recruiter and was quickly promoted to Recruiter, Senior Recruiter, Executive Senior Recruiter, and then to her current role, Senior Divisional Director. During her tenure, Dana has consistently received numerous awards for Top Quarterly and Top Monthly Performer and was recognized as Deacon’s 2012 Rookie of the Year. Combined with Dana’s results driven approach and Deacon’s Best Practices, she is able to identify the very best candidates for Deacon’s Client Companies.
Dana lives in San Antonio with her husband, John and daughter, Brooke. She enjoys running, attending workout classes, and spending time with her family and friends.
Ann is a native San Antonian. After graduating from The University of Texas, Ann practiced in public accounting. Ann has been recognized as an industry leader since she entered the staffing industry in 1988. Ann has received numerous awards for outstanding performance as an Executive Recruiter and Industry leader nationally. Ann was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame by the National Association of Personnel Services for her leadership, innovation and contributions to the staffing industry. Ann received the prestigious 2014 Norbert I. B. Fried Ethics National Award in recognition of her efforts to upgrade the image and practices of the staffing industry. Ann is the Founder and CEO of Deacon Recruiting Inc., Deacon Professional Services LLC, and Deacon Real LLC. Deacon continues to grow and is the largest Executive Search firm in San Antonio and one of the largest privately held recruiting firms regionally.
Ann continues to give back to the community through her many Board activities. Ann is on the Advisory Council for the UTSA School of Business. Ann is a Past Chairman of the Board for the National Association of Personnel Services and San Antonio Association of Personnel Consultants; and past Executive Board member for the Texas Association of Personnel Consultants. Previous Community Board Leadership positions include the International Entrepreneurs Organization, the Battered Women’s Shelter of Bexar County, Arthritis Foundation, and the Junior League of San Antonio. Mrs. Deacon has received Distinguished Volunteer Awards and the President’s Award from various organizations including the San Antonio Association of Personnel Consultants, the Arthritis Foundation, and the Junior League of San Antonio for her significant contributions.
Ann has been married to her husband, Charlie, for 30 years. She has strong family values and she considers herself fortunate to have close lifelong friends.