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Expert Guidance & Training

Endless Education Opportunities

Operations Team

DirectEmployers Association is staffed with a team of knowledgeable individuals who not only manage the day-to-day operations of the Association, but who work diligently to develop the industry-leading products and services that we are known for. Click on the photos below to learn more about the leaders who shape our vision.

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Candee Chambers
Executive Director;
CEO, Recruit Rooster by DirectEmployers

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Hal Cooper
VP of Product Development

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Jaime Costilow
VP of Marketing

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Deanna Cross
HR Director

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Tom Eckhart
VP of Membership Development

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Heather Hoffman
Chief Operating Officer, Recruit Rooster by DirectEmployers

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Dan Jordan
Chief Counsel & Chief Financial Officer;
CFO, Recruit Rooster by DirectEmployers

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Shannon Offord
VP of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors at DirectEmployers Association consists of talent acquisition and OFCCP compliance professionals from Member organizations who represent some of the world’s most recognized brands. As the elected representation, the Board of Directors has general oversight responsibility pursuant to the Association’s established bylaws and acts in the best interests of the Members. Meet the members of our Board of Directors.

Executive Committee

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Chris Liakos

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Dana Deason
J.B. Hunt Transport

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Paul White
Kindred at Home

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Candee Chambers
DirectEmployers Association

Brian Pier

Brian Pier
Levi, Ray, & Shoup, Inc. (LRS)

Board Members

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Mike Bazinet
Affordable Care

Bev Curtis

Bev Curtis
John Deere

Diego Gonzales
Diego Gonzales
Raytheon Technologies
Srabanti Mishra

Srabanti Mishra
Southern California Edison Company

Julie O’Hara-Harvey

Julie O’Hara-Harvey
Principal Financial

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Sherie Smith
Woodforest National Bank

John Whalin
John Whalin
American Heart Association


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Dan Jordan
DirectEmployers Association

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