Martha Heller
CEO
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Martha Heller is the CEO of Heller Search Associates, an executive search firm she founded in 2010. Previously, Martha led the IT Leadership practice at ZRG Partners, a global executive search firm. Over the course of her career, she has recruited hundreds of CIOs, CTOs, architects and other senior technology positions, and become a trusted advisor to executives around the country.

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Martha is a widely followed voice on the role of the CIO, digital leadership, and the IT talent market. She has been a CIO.com contributor since 1999, and was founder of the CIO Executive Council, a professional organization for CIOs. She is quoted regularly in leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, and has written two highly influential books on technology leadership: The CIO Paradox, and Be the Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT. Her e-newsletter, The Heller Report, has become a must-read for thousands of IT professionals each week.

Martha is a sought-after speaker who has delivered keynote addresses at top tier industry, academic, and technology events.

Martha received a BA in English from Hamilton College and an MA in English from SUNY Stony Brook. She and her family live outside of Boston.

Steve Rovniak
Executive Director
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As Executive Director, Steve Rovniak is responsible for Heller Search's marketing and business development strategy, strategic partnerships, public relations and digital media operations.

Articles by Steve Rovniak

Steve has spent 20+ years in the IT industry. He was one of the very first staff members at CIO magazine’s CIO Executive Council. Steve helped to define the Council’s CIO program offerings and recruited dozens of its founding members. With the program thriving in North America, Steve expanded the Council to the European CIO community.

Prior to the Council, Steve held consulting and sales roles in the IT professional services industry. Over more than a decade, he managed programs and client relationships on large systems integration, custom software and web development projects for client companies such as Kodak, Pfizer, EMI, Nikon, and Philips-van Heusen.

Steve earned a BA in Economics from Kenyon College in Ohio. He and his family live outside of Boston, MA.

Debra Jerome
Organizational Design Specialist
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Debra Jerome is an expert at designing talent attraction and employee development programs to support organizational growth. She has nearly 20 years of human resources and management expertise, primarily at executive search and professional services organizations.

Prior to joining Heller Search, Deb was Senior Organizational Change Manager at Univar Solutions, a global chemical manufacturing company. Before Univar Solutions, she was Chief Human Resources Officer at Witt/Kieffer, an executive search firm, where her many accomplishments included the design, development, and launch of Witt/Kieffer University.

Deb is a Prosci certified change practitioner, and she completed the AESC Advanced Program for Executive Search Consulting held at Cornell University's School of Industrial & Labor Relations.

Deb earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Michigan State University (and she remains an avid Michigan State sports fan!) She has a second degree black belt in karate and also enjoys yoga, running, golfing, and strength classes. Deb lives in a suburb of Chicago with her two children.

Carol Lynn Thistle
Managing Director
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Carol Lynn is one of the industry’s most experienced and knowledgeable IT executive recruiters and is a founding member of Heller Search Associates. Carol Lynn has recruited an amazing range of CIOs, CTOs and tough-to-find architects for companies in a wide array of industries. In addition to her own impressive search engagements, Carol Lynn directs Heller Search’s team of executive recruiters.

Publications:
Digital Transformation Teams in 2021: 9 key roles

CIO Role: 8 ways the pandemic has changed it forever

Prior to joining Heller Search, Carol Lynn was Director of Recruiting for the IT Leadership Practice at ZRG Partners where she honed her technology recruiting skills and led a team of IT recruiters. Previously, Carol Lynn was a director at Prestonwood Associates where she led national searches for Fortune 500 organizations.

Prior to joining Prestonwood in 2000, Carol Lynn worked for Goodwin Procter LLP, a large, national law firm based in Boston. She held management roles within the human resources and litigation departments.

Carol Lynn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Boston College. She has previously served on the board of directors for a non-profit community service organization, and she is an active member in the Northeast Human Resource Association (NEHRA).

Carol Lynn and her family live in Norwood, MA.

Kelly Doyle
Managing Director
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Kelly Doyle has over 20 years of industry experience that includes both executive search and talent acquisition with a focus in technology.

Since joining Heller Search in 2017, Kelly has led numerous searches for CIOs, CISOs, as well as infrastructure and application development leaders for a variety of clients in manufacturing, biotech, retail, and more. She is passionate about talent advisement, delivering superior client value, providing a positive candidate experience, and building lasting professional relationships with clients and candidates.

Publications:
How to Write a CISO Job Description

8 Steps to a New IT Leadership Job

Previously, Kelly spent 10 years at Nuance Communications, a global technology company, hiring executives across the healthcare, mobile, enterprise and document imaging divisions, as well as all corporate functions.

Prior to Nuance, Kelly worked at Pathways Personnel, a West Coast recruiting firm, where she was responsible for talent recruitment, business development, and client relationship management.

Kelly received a B.A. in English from Clark University. She and her husband reside North of Boston.

Charley Betzig
Managing Director
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Charley Betzig is a solution-oriented, consultative recruiter who builds trust through responsiveness and dedication. Most recently, Charley has led searches for CIOs, CTOs, and heads of application development and IT security for Heller Search client organizations.

Charley has spent his entire career in executive search, and he is passionate about building productive, long term relationships with clients and candidates alike. He joined Heller Search Associates from the search firm Gatti and Associates, where he most recently served as Practice Leader for the Detroit region. Earlier, Charley helped to establish the firm’s Chicago office.

Publication:
IT Hiring: 5 signs of a continuous learner

Before Gatti, Charley co-founded JGA Partners, a boutique search firm. He started his career at DHR International, a top 10 global executive search firm, managing client searches as well as internal talent acquisition assignments.

Charley earned a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and resides in the Detroit area with his wife and their two children.

Natalie Ingram
Managing Director
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Natalie Ingram has been successfully recruiting senior technology executives for more than two decades. Over that time, she has built a vast and deep network of professionals spanning a wide variety of industries, coast to coast. Natalie is a proven expert at identifying material impact IT executives at the C, VP and Director level for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, as well as P/E-backed start-ups.

From first call to project completion, Natalie combines her matchmaking skills with a deep passion for her work. Other keys to her success as an IT executive recruiter are her efficient, methodical approach, and the trusted partnership she forms with every client.

Prior to Heller Search, Natalie was a Partner at technology search firm Daversa Partners for 20 years.

Natalie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and biology from Union College in Schenectady, NY. She lives in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband and their two children.

Ian Thomson
Managing Director
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Ian Thomson has placed top-level senior executives in the United States, Great Britain, and China. His clients have included companies of all sizes, in many  sectors, especially private equity, consumer and enterprise technology, media, and entertainment.

Before joining Heller Search, Ian founded the search firm One Bridge Partners, which provides bespoke recruitment services for founders and investors, and specializes in the unique and confidential employment needs of ultra-high-net-worth clients. Prior to One Bridge, Ian was Vice President at Calibre One, a retained executive search firm serving venture capital and private equity growth companies. Earlier, he was a Senior Associate at DHR International, a large global search firm serving multinational and public corporations.

Ian earned a B.A. degree in History from Princeton University, and after graduating, he spent time teaching English in rural Thailand. He speaks conversational Mandarin, Spanish and Thai. Ian is based in San Francisco.


Pamela Kurko
Recruiting Partner
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Leveraging her 20 years of executive recruiting experience, Pamela Kurko consistently delivers quality candidates that exceed our clients’ expectations. Resourceful, efficient, and a natural builder of trust, Pam is exceptionally adept at candidate recruitment and development.

Disrupting Our Business Before Someone Else Does, by Pamela Kurko

Prior to joining Heller Search, Pam worked as an executive recruiter for Prestonwood Associates, The Derby Group, Resource Options, Daley & Associates and Xavier Associates (a Gatti & Associates company). Prior to executive search, Pam was a vocational rehabilitation counselor with the State of New Hampshire for seven years.

Pam earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling, with honors, from Assumption College in Worcester, MA. She and her family live in North Providence, RI.

Brittany Jeeves
Recruiting Partner
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As Recruiting Partner, Brittany Jeeves is responsible for candidate outreach and development, and securing a high quality slate of candidates on client executive search projects.

Brittany joined Heller Search as an Associate Recruiter, and earned a promotion to Recruiting Partner based on her professionalism and efficiency. She has been a key team member on a multitude of high-profile technology leadership searches.

Brittany came to Heller Search with an extensive background in technology recruiting. She held the position of Recruiting Coordinator at Rocket Software, an infrastructure software company. Prior to Rocket, she was a Recruiting Coordinator with Pegasystems, a business process management software firm.

Brittany graduated from Lasell College in Auburndale, MA with a BA in Legal Studies. She lives with her husband and their daughter in southern New Hampshire.

Kerri Westberg
Recruiting Partner
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As Recruiting Partner, Kerri Westberg leverages her relationship building and recruiting skills to find and develop the highest caliber IT talent for clients of Heller Search, and deliver an excellent candidate experience.

Kerri has over ten years of executive search and HR experience in corporate, agency, and nonprofit settings. Prior to joining Heller Search, Kerri was a Recruiter at Exponent, a scientific and engineering consulting firm. There, she recruited engineers and Ph.D.-level scientists for highly technical positions. Prior to Exponent, Kerri was an Executive Search Associate at Gatti, an executive search firm, where she collaborated with clients to fill critical HR leadership roles. She has also held various positions in nonprofit organizations, including Cradles to Crayons, where she was an HR Business Partner.

Kerri earned a BA in Sociology and International Studies from Northwestern University, and a Master’s degree in Social Policy from the University of Oxford. She lives with her husband and their two children in the Boston area.

Meredith Tuite
Recruiting Partner
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Meredith Tuite applies her combined experience in executive search, sales, and business development to effectively research candidates, build trusting relationships, and place the most qualified professionals at client organizations.

Meredith began her executive search career at Stanton Chase in Boston as a Research Associate, and was quickly promoted to Director, executing senior-level searches in the financial services sector. Eager to learn more about business development, she transitioned her career and held sales positions at cyber security company, Carbon Black, and early-stage tech startup HourWork. She also served as Corporate Development & Partnerships Manager at MassChallenge, a non-profit startup accelerator empowering innovators and entrepreneurs.

Meredith earned a BA degree in Political Science from University of Massachusetts Amherst. She grew up in the greater Boston area, where she now lives with her fiancé.

Meagan McEachern
Associate Recruiter
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As Associate Recruiter, Meagan McEachern provides critical support to candidates and the executive recruiting team, and ensures that our clients receive the highest levels of attention and service. She is responsible for conducting industry and talent market research, editing candidate profiles and position descriptions, and coordinating phone screen and interview schedules.

Meagan joined Heller Search with a background in human resources. Most recently, she held the position of Human Resources Representative at Dell EMC, where she handled HR-related queries for all employees throughout the United States and Canada. Meagan graduated from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA with a BA in Human Development and a minor in Interpersonal Communication.

Gianna Kane
Associate Recruiter
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Highly organized, intellectually curious, and a strong communicator, Gianna Kane brings an ideal blend of skills to the Associate Recruiter position at Heller Search. On client engagements, Gianna is responsible for conducting research into the talent market and targeted organizations. She also manages candidate interview scheduling and logistics, and provides critical operational support to the search team.

Gianna has been working in human resources and retained executive search for most of her career. She joined Heller Search from Charles Sterling Group, an executive search firm. Earlier, she was an HR Manager at Legendary Applied Analytics, and a Recruiting Associate at Ridgeway Partners, an executive search firm.

Gianna is active in her community and raises funds every year for Mustard Seed Communities, a non-profit organization supporting children of Kingston, Jamaica and the Caribbean islands. She received a B.S. in Media Studies from The Catholic University of America and is a SHRM Certified Professional. Gianna and her husband live in Somerville, MA.

Brittany Knight
Associate Recruiter
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Through her diverse career in human resources and recruitment, Brittany Knight has gained valuable experience delivering superior client service and helping teams implement change. As Associate Recruiter at Heller Search, Brittany utilizes these skills to analyze the industry and the talent market, streamline communications and logistics, and ensure a high quality experience for our clients and candidates.

Prior to Heller Search, Brittany was an HR Business Partner at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she worked closely with faculty and staff to integrate people strategies and operational goals into the research organization. Earlier, she held HR positions with IPG Photonics and The TJX Companies, where her duties included recruiting engineers (software, mechanical, chemical, and industrial), and operations and supply chain supervisors. At TJX she was also responsible for the integration of a newly-launched internship program.

Brittany graduated from Worcester State University with a BA in English Literature and a Minor in Philosophy and Law. She resides in Central Massachusetts.

Lauren O'Connor
Operations Manager
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As Operations Manager, Lauren O’Connor ensures the smooth running of the firm. In this critical role, Lauren oversees such functions as HR, vendor and office management, policy and procedure implementation, accounts receivable, and professional development. Additionally, Lauren serves as executive assistant to Martha Heller, CEO.

Before joining Heller Search, Lauren worked at EMC where she provided operational support to a high performing channel sales team. Her earlier career experience includes several years as a freelance writer in marketing and public relations, and fifteen years in the financial services industry in a variety of marketing and administrative roles.

Lauren graduated with honors from Assumption College in Worcester, MA, where she received the President’s Convocation Honor Award for Excellence in Spanish. She lives outside of Boston, MA.