​​​​​Your staffing experts in Southeast Ohio since 1990. Quality focused, community driven. 

Management (a.k.a. our Fearless Leaders)

Hobbies: Kayaking, games (board or computer), and spending time with my busy and wonderful children.

Hidden Talent: I can whistle so loud it will deafen you and have an amazing ability to recognize celebrity voice overs.

Fave food: Anything with pasta and/or seafood.

Hobbies: I read a variety of book genres, but most commonly romance or murder mystery novels. 

Hidden Talent: I can play the trumpet. I played from fifth grade through my first year of college.

Fave food:  Mashed potatoes

Jason Dye, HR Specialist 

Hobbies: Spending time with my children, hiking,

arts and crafts, cooking

Hidden Talent: Painting/drawing skills 

Fave food: Watermelon

Hobbies: Board games, pencil and paper RPGs,

video games, playing with our pets

Hidden Talent: Able to find the hidden joke in any situation (even if no one else gets the humor...)

Fave food: Original Kraft Macaroni and Cheese

Hobbies: Moving my body, through yoga, dance, and walks. Not moving my body by binging on TV shows. 

Hidden Talent: I could probably compete on Chopped –

I'm a pretty good cook and love throwing together meals with whatever's on hand. 

Fave food: Fried chicken with slow cooked collard greens and mashed potatoes with gravy. Yeah, comfort food all the way.  

Kristi Kinnard, General Manager

Bailey Shooner, HR Manager 

Hobbies: I design day planners and write poetry.

Hidden Talent: At one point in my life, I had varying levels of ability with Spanish, French, Attic Greek, and Japanese.

Fave food: Gujarati cuisine! Or Casa. Or coffee--because that's totally a food.

Finding the right fit for a business is our specialty so naturally we like to boast about our own staff. Our team at Career Connections is dedicated and committed to giving the best service to employers and job seekers alike, and, as our responses below show, we also know how to have fun!

Hobbies: Anything outdoors. Hiking is a favorite with my dog as long as the weather is nice. 

Hidden Talent: I play guitar and I'm a pretty AMAZING shower vocalist.

Fave food: Mexican food is my favorite, I love spicy food!  

Hobbies: Hoarding houseplants, being with my dog, and playing Chinese checkers with my husband. 

Hidden Talent: I always know the precise moments in movies and shows when a person should call for back-up. I can also take one plant and turn it into 20.

Fave food: I could eat Mexican food for every meal for two weeks straight.

Hobbies: Designing and making wire wrapped jewelry, arts & crafts, hiking, cooking, and catching live music shows. 

Hidden Talent: Doing tricks with a hula hoop.

Fave food:  Indian and Thai curry dishes, smoked salmon, and dark chocolate. 

Yumi Choe, HR Manager – Team Lead

Stephanie Maniaci, HR Specialist

and Marketer/Recruiter 

Riley Rowland, HR Specialist 

Special Projects

Hobbies: Taking nature walks/hikes, doing yoga, cooking, singing with my boyfriend, watching documentaries, listening to podcasts, traveling, and crochet!

Hidden Talent: I can play the piano by ear and make jewelry.

Fave food: Pad Thai, any vegan Indian dish, burrito bowls, smoothies, a good veggie burger, and chocolate. 

HR Managers 

Claire Dotson, HR Specialist 

Meet the Staff

Valerie Kinnard, Owner and President

Kristin Franks, Marketing Manager

& Next Step Client Services Coordinator

Erica Williams, HR Specialist – Team Lead

Hobbies: Live music or theater, whenever possible, and hiking in the woods with my dogs every day. 

Hidden Talent: I can name all 50 states in alphabetical order and type 120+ wpm.  

Fave food: A burrito from Casa. 

HR Specialists

Jason Bush, HR Manager