The GradLeaders team includes top experts in the world of student recruitment, focused on providing superior service to our school, professional association, and corporate partners.

 

Mark Quinlan

Mark D. Quinlan LinkedIn
Chief Executive Officer

Mark has 6+ years of SaaS company experience and more than 30 years in financial services. He has demonstrated success as a CEO and president across industries and brings his entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge to the GradLeaders team.

College: Dartmouth College (BA) and Ohio State University (MA, MBA)
Experience: Commercial lending, investment banking, Saa
Ask me about: Static pool analysis
Outside of work, find me: Stand-up paddleboarding
Dream destination: Tie between Nags Head, NC and Kaua’i

 

Richard Rudek

Richard C. Rudek LinkedIn
President & Chief Operating Officer

Rich has a rich background in corporate development, sales, marketing and customer service with SaaS companies (6+ years) and in the financial services industry (25+ years). He has a proven record of corporate growth and building customer relationships.

College: University of Pittsburgh (BA) and University of Dayton (MBA)
Experience: Banking, Commercial Lending, Home Improvement, Real Estate, SaaS
Handedness: Eat, write, mouse = Left; Sports = Right
Outside of work, find me: Boating and at Football Games
Bucket list item: Learn to speak Spanish

 

Darrell Dewese

Darrell Dewese Twitter LinkedIn 
Chief Technology Officer

Darrell, a co-founder of GradLeaders, began his career within the MBA recruiting industry in 1999 as an applications developer at Resume-Link, and now has total oversight of all aspects related to product development provided by GradLeaders.

College: The Ohio State University
Experience: 27 years in Software Development and Management
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Favorite destination: Colorado
Outside of work, find me: Coaching my cross country team

Technology

 

Mo Al-Badah

Mo Al-Badah
Entry Level Software Engineer


College: Green Mountain College, Community College of Vermont
Experience: 5 years in Customer Service
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: I’m not taking sides
Born in: Stanford, California
Outside of work, find me: Riding the streets on my skateboard

Patty Godfrey

Patty Godfrey LinkedIn 
Business Analyst Lead


College: Salem College, M.Ed. from Salem Teikyo University
Experience: 20+ years in Technical Writing
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Favorite destination: Prague
Outside of work, find me: At home gardening, baking, knitting and being a domestic goddess

 

Dave Hoy

Dave Hoy Twitter LinkedIn 
Business Intelligence Specialist


College: John Carroll University, Franklin University
At GradLeaders: 15 years
Favorite destination: Las Vegas
Trivia expert at: Sports
One thing on my bucket list:  Play World Series of Poker
Favorite TV show / movie:  The Office / Braveheart

Sasi Ikkurti

Sasi Ikkurti Twitter LinkedIn  
Senior Software Engineer


College: Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University
At GradLeaders: 10 Years
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Repalle, Andhra Pradesh, India
Ask Me About: My gardening

 

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons
Senior Software Engineer


College: Franklin University
Experience: 18 years in Software Development
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Right
I’m a trivia expert at: Space and military

 

 

Eddie Thomas

Eddie Thomas
Quality Assurance Analyst


College: ITT Technical Institute
Experience: 13 years in Customer Service
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Left
Outside of work, find me: You won't find me. Hide and Seek Champion 2011-2018

 

HuaShyr Wu

HuaShyr Wu
Senior Software Engineer 


College: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Experience: 18+ years in Software Development
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Outside of work, find me: Reading tech-related books

Customer Support

 

Tami Scott

Tami Scott LinkedIn
Vice President, Customer Support


 College: Miami University
Experience: 20+ years in Customer Support, Project Management & Process Improvement
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Dream destination: Savannah, Georgia
I’m a trivia expert at: Yoga

Nick Carney

Nick Carney LinkedIn
Manager, Support 


College: Columbus State
Experience: 4 years in IT support
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Dream destination: Japan
Outside of work, find me: Playing video games or building something

 

Aaron Clark

Aaron Clark  LinkedIn  
CRM Manager


Experience: 10 years in Customer Service/Sales, 7 years in Tech
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Dream destination: Japan
Born in: Columbus, Ohio
I’m a trivia expert at: Video games and Seinfeld

Rob Hageman

Rob Hageman
Implementation Manager 


College: The Ohio State University
Experience: 15 years in Marketing Management
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Lima, Ohio
Ask me about: The time Ohio State thought I was a football player so I got season tickets

 

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall LinkedIn
Customer Relationship Manager


College: Muskingum University
Experience: 2+ years in Account Management / Customer Service, almost 2 years IT Recruitment
Mobile: iPhone
Retirement location: South Carolina, close to the beach
Ask me about my: One and only concussion in a Little League World Series game

 

Mohammed Noor

Mohamed Noor
Customer Support Associate


Experience: 5 years in IT

College: Columbus State

Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Right
Dream destination: Scotland
Outside of work, find me: Who knows, I'm still looking for myself

 

Carlina Peltier

Carlina Peltier
Lead Customer Support Specialist


College: University of Incarnate Word
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Handedness: Right
Born in: San Antonio, Texas
Outside of work, find me: Doing yoga or shopping

 

Ellie Ringler

Ellie Ringler LInkedIn
Senior Customer Relationship Manager


College: Franklin University
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: I’m not taking sides
Born in: Male Kozmalovce, Slovakia
Coffee: Often
I can't live without: Coffee and lipstick

  

Alex Salmon

Alex Salmon LinkedIn
Customer Support Associate 


 Experience: 7 years in Customer Service
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Dream destination: Ireland
I can't live without: Movies
Outside of work, find me: Spending time with my wife, cooking, or playing video games

  

Elizabeth Szabo

Elizabeth Szabo 
Customer Relationship Manager


College: Wright State Univeristy-BA in French
Born: Las Vegas, NV
Dream destination: Paris-favorite destination, Monte Carlo-dream vacation
Outside of work, find me: At a dance studio taking classes, rehearsing or teaching

  

Rachael THompson

Rachael Thompson LinkedIn
Implementation Manager


 College: Saint Bonaventure for Undergrad & MBA
Experience: 5 years in process improvement and Customer Services
Born: Buffalo, NY
Ask me about: My rescue pup, Kona and running marathons
I'm a trivia expert at: Random animal facts
I can't live without: PHO. And Tacos.

 

Bob Wedemeyer

Bob Wedemeyer
Customer Support Associate


College: Morehead State University
Experience: 2 years in IT (+8 years as an enthusiast)
Mac vs PC: Either running Linux (Something Debian or Arch based)
Mobile Device: Android
Ask me about…: My dogs
Favorite movie: Young Frankenstein -Mel Brooks
Favorite book: Breakfast of Champions by  Kurt Vonnegut

 

 

Josh Zeise

Josh Zeise
Customer Support Associate


Experience: 4 years in IT Support
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Right
Born in: Columbus, Ohio
I can't live without: The Internet

Business Development & Marketing

 

Ryan Pratt

Ryan Pratt Twitter LinkedIn 
Vice President, Marketing & Research


College: The Ohio State University
At GradLeaders: 8 years
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Favorite destination: Aruba
Ask me about: Star Wars

 

Michelle Dranschak

Michelle Dranschak 
Graphic Design & Visual Brand Manager


Experience: 12 years in Graphic Design
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Born in: Columbus, Ohio
Favorite podcast: NY Times' The Daily 
Outside of work, find me: In my home pottery studio

 Ben Groff

Ben Groff
Business Development Representative


College: Wittenberg University
Born: Columbus, Ohio
Mac vs. PC: PC
Favorite holiday: Fourth of July
Instruments played: Guitar
Favorite movie: Tommy Boy

 

 

Sean Nelms

Sean Nelms
Business Development Representative


Esme Smith

Esme Smith LinkedIn 
Customer & Technical Support Manager


College: Austin College, MA from St. Edward’s University
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Temple, Texas
Coffee: Black and cold-brewed
Outside of work, find me: At home on my PC being snuggled by my cats

Strategic Partnerships

 

Todd Erdy

Todd Erdy
Strategic Partnerships


 

Bryan Furler

Bryan Furler
Strategic Partnerships


College: Buena Vista University, M.Ed. from Texas State University
Born in: Iowa City, IA
Handedness: Left 
I'm a trivia expert at: Geography
I can't live without: Mints

Amy King

Amy King
Strategic Partnerships


Experience: 16+ years in recruitment technology
Dream destination: Paris
I can't live without: My family, books music and wine
Outside of work, find me: reading, gardening, or watching my son run track and cross country 

Heather Krumpak

Heather Krumpak
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships


Experience: 18+ years in career services and recruiting technology, co-founder of GradLeaders/MBAFocus
Born in: Canton, Ohio
Handedness: Right
Coffee: Cream and sugar
Outside of work, find me: With my husband and kids 

Finance

 

Jeri Seabaugh

Jeri Seabaugh
Controller 


College: Ohio State University, Arkansas State University

Experience: 16+ years in Accounting
PC or Mac: I'm not taking sides
Coffee: Heavy cream, no sugar, raspberry syrup on special occasions
Favorite destination: Any place with a lot of history, art and good food
Outside of Work, Find Me: In my craft basement

Paul Gault

Paul Gault
Manager, Accounting & Administration


Experience: 10 years in Accounting and Human Resources
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Born in: Detroit, Michigan
Coffee: Black
Ask me about: My musical instrument collection

 

Courtney Steele

Courtney Steele
Manager, Accounts Receivable 


College: Baylor University
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Coffee: Cream and sugar
Born in: Houston, Texas
Ask me about: My creepy doll collection

Board of Directors

 

Randy Fortener

Randy Fortener

Randy founded Cozzins Road Captial after retiring as President of Crane Investment Company in 2014.  During his 25 years with Crane he directed over 40 private equity transactions with outstanding results.  Prior to joining Crane, Randy was a Partner with Deloitte, specializing as a mergers and acquisition advisor.

Tim Keene

Tim Keane

Tim started his career at GE Healthcare. He later was the founder and CEO of Retail Target Marketing Systems, which is now part of Fidelity Information Systems. He is also a director for First Business Bank and sits on the boards of several growth stage firms, and is a limited partner in several venture and private equity funds. From 2001-14 he was the entrepreneur in residence at Marquette University.

Mark Quinlan

Mark D. Quinlan

Beyond his experience as CEO of Improveit 360, Mark served as Group Senior Vice President - Sales & Marketing for Textron Financial Corporation. He holds an MBA and Master's degree in public policy and management from the Ohio State University and a BA in government from Dartmouth College. He was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year program in 2005.

 

Richard Rudek

Richard C. Rudek

Rich has experience as COO and board member of Improveit 360 as well as president and COO of ReCasa Financial Group, LLC. Previously, he served as president of the growth capital and finance company services divisions of Textron Financial Corporation. He holds and MBA from the University of Dayton and BA in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year program in 2005.

Steve Swartzman

Steve Swartzman

Steve is co-founder of C3 Capital. He is a past President of the Midwest chapter of the Small Business Investment Alliance and has served on this organization’s national Board of Governors. Prior to C3 he spent 4 years structuring and managing subordinated debt investments at KC Venture Group and 7 years as a Vice President with Citibank in New York. Steve received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a AB from Harvard College.

Mark Shary

Mark Shary

Mark, the founder of several high-growth start-ups, is an advisor and board member for several firms. He has provided growth and transaction consulting to more than 20 early stage and mid-market companies, and has been interim CEO of two software companies.
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