Qian Cen
Qian Cen

Phone: (510) 949-5783

Originally from Taishan, Guangdong, China, Qian grew up in the Bay Area, where she worked at several local entertainment venues, including the SAP Center (Go Sharks!) and the Mountain Winery during high school. She then moved to San Diego in 2014, where she graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s in International Business. Qian established her career in recruiting early, specializing in accounting and finance direct-hire recruiting in the San Diego market. She has worked with over 100 people to identify the next step of their career in getting closer to their dream job. In September 2021, she joined the Dewinter Group’s retained search recruitment division, DeWinter Partners, as an Executive Recruiter, specializing in accounting and finance.

Outside of work, she likes to spend quality time between the Bay Area and San Diego with her partner, family, chihuahua, and two kittens. Her interests include traveling, hiking, and trying new baking and cooking recipes. Qian also volunteers to empower her community by hosting workshops for first generation high school students through PiCS and BLCI and for college students at her alma mater.

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Amy Lowe
Amy Lowe

Phone: (669) 303-6551

A Bay Area native, Amy graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography. She continued her education at San Jose State University and received her Master’s in Communication Studies. Amy has a strong background in administrative support. Starting her career in recruitment, Amy looks forward to empathetically connecting with people of all different backgrounds while building her network. She joined the Dewinter Group’s contract and contract-to-hire recruitment division, DeWinter Consulting, in July 2021 as a Talent Sourcer.

Outside of work, she can be found spending time with her family, watching sports, catching up over cocktails with friends, going to the gym, and eating delicious food.

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Thinh Tran
Thinh Tran

Phone: (510) 949-5828

A Houston native, Thinh graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. He spent the first ten years of his professional career as an accountant in various industries, including petroleum and commercial real estate. In 2016, he transitioned to the accounting & finance recruiting space, allowing him opportunities to use his skills and experience to further his career. As a Recruiting Manager for the DeWinter Consulting’s San Francisco team. Thinh partners with Bay Area clients to develop unique talent acquisition strategies leveraging consultants and contract professionals.

Outside of work, Charles enjoys watching football, basketball, and baseball. He also loves to cook and has played the guitar for over 20 years. Thinh also loves spending time with his dog, Jackson.

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Charles Rafanan
Charles Rafanan

Phone: (669) 257-9083

Originally from Delano, CA, Charles graduated from California State University, Bakersfield with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Management. Charles has a variety of skills from more than three years of experience in the restaurant, supply-chain, and education industries. He is passionate about helping people find the right job in this ever-changing world. As a Recruiter for DeWinter Consulting’s Silicon Valley office, he is responsible for building relationships with and matching Bay Area accounting and finance professionals with qualified project-based opportunities around the Bay Area.

Outside of work, Charles enjoys taking spontaneous trips and having fun outside. He spends his downtime alternating between hiking, weightlifting, and meeting new people.

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Lauryn Navarrete
Lauryn Navarrete

Phone: (510) 949-5668

A Bay Area native, Lauryn graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Throughout her college career, she developed her career at Starbucks and continued her growth into a Shift Supervisor. Upon graduation, Lauryn decided to pivot her career and became interested in finding a job that fueled her passion for connecting with others. Eager to learn more about the ins and outs of recruiting, Lauryn enters the recruiting world as a Recruiting Coordinator for DeWinter Consulting’s San Francisco office. She is responsible for supporting our Consulting Practice with high volume and fast-paced interview activity.

Outside of work, Lauryn can be found creating various works of art – painting, cooking, baking, and sometimes sketching. She loves expressing herself through different mediums and learning a new skill in each art form. Aside from creating, Lauryn spends her downtime relaxing with her dog, Milo.

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Vyvy Nguyen
Vyvy Nguyen

Phone: (669) 303-6550

A Bay Area native, Vyvy Nguyen graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with two degrees, Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Bachelor of Science in Psychological and Brain Sciences. While she was a student, Vyvy also interned at various event marketing firms, where she was an integral part of many projects, from creative graphic design to event planning publicity to innovative design for sponsorship materials. As a Talent Sourcer with the DeWinter Group’s accounting and finance direct hire division, DeWinter Associates, Vyvy will be working with accounting and finance professionals living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Outside of work, Vyvy takes every opportunity to travel and embrace different cultures. She also spends time in the gym, attending yoga classes that help her wind down after a long day. Vyvy is also an avid Trader Joe’s fan as she has an eye for all things delicious.

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Anne Luna
Anne Luna

Phone: (510) 949-5669

Born in Manila, Philippines, Anne grew up and spent most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing. Anne started her career in marketing and advertising at a real estate firm then decided to transition into the architecture and design industry as a Project Manager, where she managed projects through all phases of the life cycle. She was then promoted to an Account Executive, where she was responsible for business development and was the lead for her clients’ commercial environmental projects. As an Executive Recruiter with the DeWinter Group’s accounting and finance direct hire division, DeWinter Associates, Anne will be working with accounting and finance professionals living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Outside of work, Anne enjoys camping, live music, playing music on her piano or guitar, golfing, and spending time with her husband and dog, Woodstock.

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Maylin Gomez
Maylin Gomez

Phone: (415) 918-5253

A Bay Area native, Maylin graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, minoring in Marketing. She started her career in real estate and has spent the last couple of years learning all about the industry. At Axis Appraisal Management, she worked on the vendor management team, where she helped vet appraisers and onboard them to the internal database as well as assist with the leasing management team. For the past two years, she assisted the top producing agent at a top banking firm along with managing all social media and supporting the team’s digital marketing projects. As a Recruiter for DeWinter Consulting’s San Francisco office, she is responsible for building relationships with and matching Bay Area accounting and finance professionals with qualified project-based opportunities around the Bay Area.

Outside of work, Maylin enjoys skiing in Tahoe, hiking at Tennessee Valley, and running around Lake Merritt. When she is not outside being active, she likes to explore restaurants in different cities with friends or go on trips with her boyfriend.

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Katy Anderson
Katy Anderson

Phone: (408) 442-3777

A Bay Area native, Katy graduated from University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. During her undergraduate career at Ole Miss, she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority and played an active role in the Panhellenic community, taking part in various internships, including serving as a contributing writer for the Odyssey and conducting research for a travel-based start-up for JUMP Investors. Katy joined DeWinter Group in 2016, starting off in Staffing before moving into Consulting in 2018. As Director of Recruiting in DeWinter Group’s accounting and finance contract and consulting division, DeWinter Consulting, she is responsible for building relationships with Bay Area accounting and finance professionals seeking part-time and consulting work.

Outside of work, Katy enjoys exploring new cities and the great outdoors, attending sports events, and baking.

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Mariah Griego-Leon
Mariah Griego-Leon

Phone: (408) 457-7893

A South Bay Area native, Mariah Griego-Leon graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. While attending SJSU, Mariah started her career in the customer service industry with a focus on sporting events and concerts. She spent two years with Levi’s Stadium providing the best experience for fans. She later transitioned into the SAP Center, where she worked at the club level, maintaining operations and building relationships. Mariah enters the recruiting world as a Recruiting Coordinator for DeWinter Consulting’s Silicon Valley office. She is responsible for supporting our Consulting Practice with high volume and fast-paced interview activity.

Outside of work, Mariah likes to spend her time with her friends and family. She also enjoys watching baseball and attending concerts.

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Isabella Nguyen
Isabella Nguyen

Phone: (510) 399-5914

A San Jose native, Isabella graduated from St. Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She started her career in Business Tax Services at KPMG and transitioned into recruiting with Moss Adams. Most recently, she was a part of the Business Development team at Century Group. As an Executive Recruiter with the DeWinter Group’s accounting and finance direct hire division, DeWinter Associates, Isabella will be working with accounting and finance professionals living in Silicon Valley. She assesses their skill sets and acquires a detailed understanding of their career aspirations, identifying opportunities to advance their careers.

Outside of work, Isabella enjoys traveling the world and wine tasting trips. She also values her quality time with family and friends and relaxing at home with her husband and fur baby, Miley, cocker spaniel-poodle mix.

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Jasveen Bal
Jasveen Bal

Phone: (408) 342-1392

A Bay Area native, Jasveen graduated from UC Davis in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Government. She has spent the last five years working for Kforce as a Talent Director for their Technology and Finance division. Jasveen has been helping others land their dream job and continues her career in recruiting as a Recruiting Manager for the DeWinter Consulting team. Jasveen partners with Silicon Valley clients to develop unique talent acquisition strategies leveraging consultants and contract professionals.

Outside of work, Jasveen enjoys traveling and shopping. She has been to 20 countries and can’t wait to add more to her list.

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Joey Yu
Joey Yu

Phone: (408) 620-3336

Originally from Guangdong, China, Joey moved to California in 2003. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After graduating, Joey worked as a Behavioral Technician for 2 years at Abrite Organization and Behavioral Health Works. She joined the Dewinter Group’s direct hire recruitment division, DeWinter Associates, in March 2021 as a Talent Sourcer and moved to the consulting division, DeWinter Consulting, in August 2021.

When Joey is not working, she can be found spending time with her two lovely cats, hiking, or enjoying the outdoors. She loves to explore new food adventures and take road trips in search of the next hidden gem.

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Madeline Mendez
Madeline Mendez

Phone: (415) 944-5445

A Bay Area native, Madeline Mendez graduated from San Jose State University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. While pursuing her degree, Madeline also worked as an Human Resources Coordinator for Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Her passion for building strong relationships and helping people really aligned with qualities within recruiting. She joined the Dewinter Group’s direct hire recruitment division, DeWinter Associates, in March 2021 as a Talent Sourcer.

Outside of work, Madeline can be found spending quality time with her two dogs, Cricket and Auggie, at the beach. She also enjoys record collecting and the art of antiquing.

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Dominique Antone
Dominique Antone

Phone: (408) 620-3337

Originally from San Ramon, Dominique held various positions in office administration and recruitment. Before joining DeWinter Group, she worked as an Operations Specialist, analyzing and improving operational processes to increase overall business relationships. Dominique started off as a Recruiting Coordinator for DeWinter Consulting‘s San Francisco office and transitioned into recruiting in Silicon Valley, responsible for building relationships with and matching Bay Area accounting and finance professionals with qualified project-based opportunities around the Bay Area.

Outside of work, you can catch Dominique enjoying a walk in the sun across a hiking trail and taking part in her favorite sports. Besides loving the outdoors, she also enjoys relaxing in the comfort of her home.

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Josie Barsi
Josie Barsi

Phone: (408) 796-3688

An East Bay native, Josie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Santa Clara University. During her undergraduate career, she had two very valuable internships: working as a marketing and communication intern at T&G Global in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand and working as a bridal consultant intern at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York. Her love for working with people was what attracted her to the recruiting world. Josie joined the DeWinter Group’s Internal Operations team as an Internal Sourcer in September 2019 and transitioned into Lead Project Manager on our external Human Resources team.

Outside of work, Josie loves exploring the Bay Area and spending time with her family and friends. In her spare time, she also volunteers for Father Frank’s Kids.

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Jessie Lin
Jessie Lin

Phone: (408) 342-1355

A South Bay Area native, Jessie graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management Economics with an emphasis in Accounting. She started off her career as a Tax Associate for a Big 4 accounting firm, focusing on international tax and tax provision. Jessie moved on to the recruiting world due to her attraction to the passion that recruiters have for building strong relationships and helping out one another. She joined DeWinter Group as a Recruiting Coordinator for DeWinter Consulting and transitioned into Internal Operations in July 2020 as an Employee Success Project Manager.

Outside of work, Jessie is a foodie, trying new recipes on her own and exploring the Bay Area’s restaurants and events with others.

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Kathryn Krueger
Kathryn Krueger

Phone: (408) 819-2491

A Bay Area native, Kathryn graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She started her career in technical recruiting at a well-known recruiting firm in Sacramento, moving on internally to account management after a year. Kathryn was then given the opportunity to be an Account Manager in San Francisco, which she took up as well as branching off to a virtual recruiting role for their San Jose office. After 5 years, she was moved up to a VP of Delivery role, where she oversaw all account management efforts as well as recruitment strategies for a large healthcare provider. Kathryn joined DeWinter Group as VP of Internal Acquisition, Learning & Development in August 2019.

Outside of work, Kathryn has two kids that keep her busy. She stays active with a run in the morning but also tends to her sweet tooth with baking.

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Kevin Rui
Kevin Rui

Phone: (408) 796-3692

A Bay Area native, Kevin graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce. After graduation, he took his first step into the Accounting world as an Auditor for a Big 4 firm out of their San Jose office. After 7 years in audit, Kevin moved on to a tech startup as their SEC Reporting Manager, working with them all the way to post-IPO. Kevin joined the DeWinter Group in August 2019 as our Controller.

Outside of work, Kevin enjoys staying active via a variety of activities: marathons, triathlons, biking, yoga, etc. During hockey season, you can catch Kevin rooting for the San Jose Sharks.

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Amy Ainsworth
Amy Ainsworth

Phone: (408) 620-3333

Originally from Seattle, Amy graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She then relocated to the Bay Area in 2005 and started her career in Accounting and Finance at a Big 4 firm. Amy has management experience in various industries and joined DeWinter Group as VP of Finance, moving into the position of CFO in January 2020.

Outside of work, Amy spends most of her time with her husband and two kids. She also attended Le Cordon Bleu when she lived in London and continues to pursue her love for pastries in her free time.

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Allison Dugas
Allison Dugas

Phone: (408) 342-1395

Allison, or Alli, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, this yinzer began her career in account management and marketing with a boutique healthcare consulting firm, where she was responsible for East Coast sales and client engagement management. She joined the DeWinter Group’s Pittsburgh affiliate, Pinnacle Accounting and Finance, in 2014 as an Accounting and Finance Recruiter before being promoted to Manager of Business Development and Marketing. During her tenure at Pinnacle, she identified a huge opportunity to assist great executive staffing firms with communicating their message beyond traditional recruiting means. As a result, in November 2015, she left to start a boutique creative agency dedicated to improving the reach of executive staffing companies in local communities with Pinnacle’s support.

As of January 2019, Alli joins the DeWinter Group as the company’s Director of Marketing and Operations. She is responsible for working with our organization’s contract, direct hire, and retained search divisions to assist with improving each line of business’ footprint across the greater Bay Area.

In addition to her work at the DeWinter Group, Allison serves as the President to the Board of Directors for the Western Pennsylvania Healthcare Financial Management Association, an organization dedicated to providing ongoing education and networking opportunities for the greater Pittsburgh area’s healthcare financial executives. She also volunteers her time providing marketing support for the American Association of Finance and Accounting’s various social media and blogging efforts.

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Nelly Lua
Nelly Lua

Phone: (669) 303-6549

A South Bay native, Nelly graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Studies, minoring in Global Leadership. She joined the DeWinter Group as an Administrative Intern in our Silicon Valley office during her last year of college, supporting the DeWinter Group’s recruiters and sales professionals throughout their recruitment efforts. Nelly has now transitioned full-time into the Internal Operations team as an Executive Assist and Marketing Coordinator.

Outside of work, she enjoys dancing to Latin music, going on hikes, and traveling to tropical locations.

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Samantha Birdsall
Samantha Birdsall

Phone: (408) 709-4112

Originally from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Samantha, or Sami, moved to Tempe, Arizona in 2012 to attend Arizona State University. Upon earning a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development in 2016, she launched her career as a Behavior Therapist for several behavioral health companies in Texas before relocating to the Bay Area in August 2018. With a little over two years of experience working in the behavioral health field, Sami decided to make a career change and joined the DeWinter Group’s accounting and finance contract and consulting division, DeWinter Consulting, in December 2018. Applying her in-depth knowledge of human behavior, Sami is responsible for identifying Bay Area accounting and finance contractors and matching their skill sets with qualified project-based opportunities around the Bay Area.

Outside of work, she can oftentimes be found playing soccer with friends, traveling, or spending time with her cat and dog, Dovi and Bella.

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Rick Chuarta
Rick Chuarta

Phone: (510) 726-1142

Raised in Los Angeles, Rick moved to the Bay Area to attend the University of California, Santa Cruz. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, he started his career in Business Development with the interactive media division of an international media company in Sunnyvale, CA. Rick then spent two years at a price comparison service firm building multiple business lines as the company grew from a small startup to the world’s largest online comparison shopping site. He was introduced to the recruiting industry in 2004 and has since worked with employers to identify talent acquisition needs and augment recruitment efforts in a variety of industries. As Manager for the DeWinter Group’s contract and consulting division, DeWinter Consulting, Rick applies his 12+ years of experience in recruitment to Bay Area employers’ contract hiring strategy. With an eye for detail and attentiveness to today’s fast-moving hiring demands, he is an invaluable resource for any employer seeking expert guidance.

Outside of work, Rick spends most of his free time with his wife, son, and daughter. He is an avid mountain biker and enjoys competitive tennis when time allows. In addition to his love for the outdoors, you can still sometimes find him putting on his pilot’s hat and flying with friends and family to well known Northern California attractions seen best from a bird’s eye.

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Janny Lee
Janny Lee

Phone: (415) 918-5254

A San Francisco native, Janny graduated from San Francisco State University with dual Bachelor’s Degrees in International Business and Chinese Language. During her undergraduate studies, Janny applied her academic studies to a year-long study abroad program in China, where she served as an Event Planning Intern with the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to workforce readiness and professional development for youth.

Outside of work, Janny volunteers for C.A.M.P San Francisco, a non-profit organization dedicated to youth development and engagement. She loves exploring the world in search of gorgeous sights, fantastic food, and awesome concerts.

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Sarah Lindsey
Sarah Lindsey

Phone: (408) 963-5292

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Sarah moved to the Bay Area in 1997. After graduating high school, Sarah attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She began her career in staffing in 2012 working with a large, publicly-traded recruitment firm. For the last several years, Sarah has worked with a variety of boutique companies across the Bay Area to build and manage their recruiting teams.

At the DeWinter Group, Sarah will focus her efforts on managing and streamlining internal recruitment efforts as the company continues to expand their footprint across the Bay. Her proven experience recruiting for high performing teams have enabled her to continuously excel and generate lasting relationships.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends, relaxing at the beach, living an active life, cooking, drinking all the delicious wine the Bay has to offer, and traveling.

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Gilad Platzker
Gilad Platzker

Phone: (415) 944-5443

A Bay Area native, Gilad graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting. He started his career in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he managed a variety of audit engagements with venture capital, private equity, and life-science companies. Prior to joining the DeWinter Group, Gilad worked for several Bay Area technology companies focusing on revenue accounting and financial systems design/implementation. As a result of his management experience in corporate accounting, Gilad understands the technical nuances involved with hiring senior-level accounting and finance professionals. He applies this intimate understanding to each search he works on for both job seekers and employers.

Outside of the office, Gilad can be found road cycling, traveling, or enjoying live music around the Bay Area.

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Chelsea Brown
Chelsea Brown

Phone: (408) 342-1394

A Bay Area native, Chelsea graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, minoring in Human Resources. She kickstarted her career at Premier Talent Partners in recruiting and sales, focusing on Human Resources, Administration, and Operation roles. Chelsea enjoys the recruiting industry because she finds it fulfilling to know that she’s making an impact in someone’s life during a stressful job search. As a Recruiter for DeWinter Consulting’s Silicon Valley office, she is responsible for building relationships with and matching Bay Area accounting and finance professionals with qualified project-based opportunities around the Bay Area.

Outside of work, Chelsea spends most of her time with family and friends. If she is not catching up on her long list of TV shows, she would be at the gym working out.

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Diva Hira
Diva Hira

Phone: (415) 918-5360

A Chicago native, Diva graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She began her career in audit at a middle-market public accounting firm, Baker Tilly. Prior to joining DeWinter Group, Diva spent about 6 years working at premier tech companies (Cars.com and Box, Inc) in both Chicago and Silicon Valley, gaining experience in the corporate finance and strategy world. As an Executive Recruiter for DeWinter Group’s direct hire division, DeWinter Associates, she is responsible for working with accounting and finance professionals living in the Bay Area to assess their technical skill sets and develop a detailed understanding of their career aspirations, identifying opportunities to truly advance their careers.

Outside of the office, Diva loves exploring the neighborhoods of San Francisco, food, watching football, and traveling the world.

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Jessica Cambra
Jessica Cambra

Phone: (408) 709-2952

A Bay Area native, Jessica started her career in staffing over ten years ago at Maxim Healthcare Services, a division of the Allegis Group. She then moved on to Robert Half International, where she specialized in Finance and Accounting recruitment and became a two-time Presidents Club winner. Her tenure in the industry has allowed her to develop a strong network of clients and candidates.

Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She enjoys traveling and trying new restaurants.

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Natalie Valdez
Natalie Valdez

Phone: (415) 316-0702

A Southern California native, Natalie graduated from University of Southern California with dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting and Business Administration. She began her career in audit at PwC and then moved onto accounting in financial services. Natalie’s attraction to the ability to build relationships and make an impact on candidates/clients’ lives led her to the recruiting industry in 2017. As an Executive Recruiter with the DeWinter Group’s accounting and finance direct hire division, DeWinter Associates, Natalie is responsible for working with accounting and finance professionals living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She assesses their technical skill sets and develops a detailed understanding of their career aspirations, identifying opportunities to truly advance their careers.

Outside of work, Natalie enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking, dancing, and cycling. She also volunteers for the St. Anthony Organization in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district.

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Melissa Yeung-Manuevo
Melissa Yeung-Manuevo

Phone: (408) 342-1352

A South Bay native, Melissa graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, with a minor in Accounting. She started her career as a public accountant at Deloitte and then later joined eBay, working in various Accounting and Finance roles for over a decade. Melissa brings her strong Accounting and Finance expertise into her role as a Senior Director of Recruiting for DeWinter Consulting, building relationships with and matching Bay Area accounting and finance professionals with qualified project-based opportunities around the Bay Area.

Outside of work, she spends time with her husband, son, and 2 dogs.

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Joseph Toney
Joseph Toney

Phone: (408) 342-1354

Originally from Delaware, Joseph moved to the Bay Area as a teenager and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was an academic All-American in Track and Field. He started off his career as a Systems Administrator then transitioned into a Project Manager position. A project led him to CVPartners and he stayed to lead a recruitment division, later moving up to Managing Director, leading retained, contingent, and consulting services. CVPartners would then be acquired by Addison Group, which led to the Technology group forming a company called Arete Partners, where he was one of the founding leaders.

With the opportunity of building his own team from scratch, Joseph joined DeWinter Group in 2017. He is now Managing Director of DeWinter Group’s retained search division, DeWinter Partners, specializing in technology.

Outside of work, Joseph enjoys running, playing soccer, and exploring the great outdoors. He also coaches Track and Field with his wife at Castilleja High School in Palo Alto, the only non-sectarian all-girls school in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Elle Jakoby
Elle Jakoby

Phone: (415) 918-5252

Originally from Indiana, Elle graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Communications. She moved to the Bay Area in 2010 and kicked off her career in technology recruitment, with experience at both a small, boutique consultancy firm as well as an international staffing and recruitment firm. Elle is drawn to the ability to contribute to such an important piece in someone’s life – a new career. She values the opportunity to help people and enjoys being an advocate for great candidates.

Outside of work, Elle enjoys hiking, camping, road trips, and catching Oakland A’s games.

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Tenaya Courtney
Tenaya Courtney

Phone: (415) 944-5446

Originally from Chicago, Tenaya graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. After graduating, she worked as a Case Assistant at an Oakland law firm. She then started at DeWinter Group as a Talent Sourcer, later moving into a Recruiter role. As a Recruiter for DeWinter Consulting’s San Francisco office, she is responsible for building relationships with and matching Bay Area accounting and finance professionals with qualified project-based opportunities around the Bay Area.

Outside of work, Tenaya spends most of her time with family and friends, exploring the Bay Area’s many restaurants, traveling, and hiking. She is also a proud fur parent to her kitten, Topsy.

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Cynthia Jin
Cynthia Jin

Phone: (415) 405-4629

Cynthia is an alum of the University of California, Irvine, where she majored in Economics and minored in Accounting. A Bay Area native, Cynthia moved to Oakland after graduating from UC Irvine and obtained her Masters in Taxation at Golden Gate University. She began her career as a tax consultant at Deloitte, specializing in both corporate and partnership taxation.

Cynthia joined DeWinter Group in 2016 and is committed to matching qualified, high-level consulting candidates with the right opportunities in accounting and finance throughout the Bay Area. Outside of recruiting, Cynthia enjoys exploring new places, Latin dancing, and trying out new restaurants.

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Vicky Costa
Vicky Costa

Phone: (408) 827-3982

A Bay Area native, Vicky graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. She spent her early recruiting years at Facebook and Solyndra before joining Robert Half International in San Jose. Over the next 8 years, Vicky was highly regarded as a top producer and excellent manager in the Bay Area. She is a President’s Club winner in management and managed teams in both San Jose and Palo Alto. Her tenure in the industry has allowed her to have a proven track record in providing the highest level quality and service. Vicky continues to maintain a large network of Accounting & Finance Clients and Consultants throughout the Bay Area.

Outside of the office, Vicky enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, exploring the outdoors, dining at new restaurants, baking, and can be found in Lake Tahoe whenever possible.

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Sophia Sun
Sophia Sun

Phone: (408) 278-0357

Sophia graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, Economics, and Accounting. She started her career with two major corporations, Driscoll’s and Granite Construction, and started consulting for larger companies, including Wells Fargo and Lam Research. Sophia has diverse professional experience in Accounting, Finance, Corporate Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Systems Integration. Sophia joined the DeWinter Group in 2016 and has transitioned into Managing Director of the Recruiting side of DeWinter Consulting‘s Silicon Valley team in October 2021.

Outside of work, Sophia enjoys ballet, musicals, classical films, reading, photography, painting, food, wine, and beer. On the weekends, you will find Sophia hiking in the redwood forest, surfing with the sea otters, climbing tall walls, and practicing yoga. An avid traveler, Sophia has visited numerous amazing world heritage sites in over 20 countries.

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Joe Reiver
Joe Reiver

Phone: (415) 944-5444

Originally from Southern California, Joe graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Research and Analytical Methodology. Shortly after graduation, Joe studied at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles to become a certified Audio Technician. He later went on to work with, co-produce, and manage tours for Grammy-winning artists such as Everlast, House of Pain, Hoobastank, and Limp Bizkit. Prior to joining DeWinter Group, Joe worked as a Client Relations Manager for the Finance and Accounting division at Kforce in San Francisco.

Joe enjoys spending his winters snowboarding and his summers traveling to tropical destinations.

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Sara Gonzalez
Sara Gonzalez

Phone: (415) 944-5440

Originally from Boston, Sara graduated from Boston College with dual degrees in Applied Psychology and Communications. Shortly after graduation, she moved over to the Bay Area to venture into recruiting at DeWinter Group, attracted to the daily relationship building in her role. Sara joined DeWinter Group in 2015 and is currently our Senior Director of Recruiting for our San Francisco team’s Consulting division.

Outside of work, Sara enjoys staying active through running, cycling, and hiking. She even has a tent on top of her car for spontaneous camping trips. Sara is also a fur parent to her Australian Shepherd, Kaiya.

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Blake Slattery
Blake Slattery

Phone: (415) 882-9006

A Bay Area native, Blake graduated from University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Business Finance minor. He has held various roles in the finance industry, including positions at Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco and Destination Analysts. From a broker to a counselor, he has always enjoyed learning about new and growing companies and working with people in a team environment. As VP, Managing Director of Consulting Services, Blake is dedicated to the success of his team. He is also dedicated to finding and working with high-caliber finance and accounting clients and candidates throughout the Bay Area.

Outside of work, Blake enjoys staying active outdoors: hiking, biking, tennis, golf. He also takes time to travel and spend time with friends and family.

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Hetal Luhar
Hetal Luhar

Phone: (408) 963-5072

Hetal brings over 15 years of experience supporting Accounting, Finance, and Human Resource Professionals throughout the Bay Area. His past experience includes working for an international staffing firm, where he was awarded three times for the President’s Club merit. His tenure in the industry has allowed him to develop an excellent network and track record. In his prior experience, Hetal started his Accounting career as an Accounting Manager for a private whole distributor. He was instrumental in consolidating accounting processes and reporting for multiple locations and building a team from one to ten employees. Hetal has been in the Silicon Valley for over 30 years.

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Tracy LeDeit
Tracy LeDeit

Phone: (408) 963-5294

Originally from St. Louis, Tracy graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She started her career as an Auditor for Price Waterhouse. After 4 successful years and obtaining her CPA, she left to gain exposure in high tech public companies. Tracy continued her career in the private sector and held various positions ranging from Accounting Manager at a small private startup to a Forensic Accountant at a local CPA firm. Her Accounting background coupled with her love of meeting new people and building relationships has been invaluable over the past 10 years at DeWinter Group. Tracy is currently the Managing Director of the Silicon Valley’s DeWinter Consulting team.

Outside of work, Tracy spends most of her time with family and friends and also enjoys hiking, skiing, and wine tasting.

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Tom Woodward
Tom Woodward

Phone: (415) 625-7267

A Marin County native, Tom graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Accounting. He started his career in FP&A at MLA Global for 5 years before joining DeWinter Group. As Director of Consulting, Tom specialized in business development for high-level accounting and finance interim support in the San Francisco Bay Area. When DeWinter Consulting expanded to the East Bay in 2019, Tom moved up to Managing Director for the East Bay team, as well as utilizing his expertise in business development.

Outside of work, Tom stays active by running, playing tennis, hiking, camping, and traveling. He is also a proud fur parent of an Australian Shepherd. Trivia for all the golfers out there: he once got an Albatross, a double eagle on a par 5, the 8th hole at Chambers Bay in Seattle.

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Karen Barnett
Karen Barnett

Phone: (408) 620-3339

A native Californian, Karen graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, with a focus on Accounting. She then went on to obtain her MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington. A licensed CPA, Karen started her career in audit/assurance at KPMG and worked in Corporate Finance and Accounting for SGI and Exodos after 5 years in Public Accounting. She first showed interest in recruitment at KPMG and has been recruiting and placing finance and accounting professionals throughout the Bay Area for over 16 years. She was also a top producer at Accountants Inc. and transitioned to boutique Finance and Accounting recruitment in 2007. Karen joined the DeWinter Group in 2012 and is committed to placing top, high-level consulting candidates throughout the Bay Area.

Outside of work, Karen enjoys traveling, swimming, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Kelly Burns
Kelly Burns

Phone: (415) 882-9008

Originally from Riverside, Kelly holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She started off her career working as an Administrative Assistant, supporting multiple partners in the Audit practice at Deloitte. She then spent over a decade at RGP, joining them in an administrative capacity and spending the last 9 years as a Director of Recruiting. Kelly was one of the first hires at DeWinter Group’s San Francisco office and is currently VP of Recruiting for the Consulting division of DeWinter Group.

Outside of work, she enjoys running, catching Warriors’ games, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Tony Tilleskjor
Tony Tilleskjor

Phone: (415) 430-9989

Originally from Minnesota, Tony migrated to the West to complete both undergraduate and postgraduate from University of Arizona, both in Accounting. He moved back East to start his career in public accounting at a Big 4 firm but eventually moved back West to the Bay Area in 2011. After a brief stint at another Big 4 firm in San Francisco, Tony left public accounting and found his passion in Accounting and Finance recruiting at an international recruiting company, eventually transitioning to the DeWinter Group in 2015. As Managing Director of DeWinter Group’s direct hire division, DeWinter Associates, Tony is focused on the recruitment and placement of top finance and accounting professionals while also creating a solution for our clients’ hiring needs in the greater San Francisco area.

Outside of work, Tony devotes his time to his family and his dog, Dante, traveling and trying out new restaurants whenever possible. Though he lives in the Bay Area now, you can still catch him cheering on his home state’s team, the Minnesota Vikings. Besides sports, a good rom-com will always lighten up an otherwise stressful day.

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Meghan Hanson
Meghan Hanson

Phone: (415) 944-5441

A Northern California native, Meghan graduated from Santa Clara University, where she majored in Accounting. She started her career in audit at PricewaterhouseCoopers and obtained her CPA license while there. After spending a stint at KKR as Assistant Controller of their hedge funds, Meghan transitioned into sales and, ultimately, into finance and accounting professionals recruitment in 2012. She is based out of the San Francisco office and is passionate about building strong relationships with clients and candidates.

Outside of recruiting, Meghan enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, eating at new and exciting restaurants, and cheering for the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Giants.

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Brian Simoni
Brian Simoni

Phone: (408) 963-5295

A Bay Area native, Brian graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics, minoring in Sports Management. He started off his career as a Financial Analyst at two multinational energy companies before moving on to recruiting. Brian has always been drawn to business partnering roles in Finance, so finance recruiting ended up being a turn in the right direction for him. As Director of Recruiting for the DeWinter Group’s retained search division, DeWinter Partners, Brian is focused on the recruitment and placement of top finance and accounting professionals while also creating a solution for our clients’ hiring needs in the Silicon Valley.

Outside of work, you can catch Brian either training for a triathlon (he finished the 2018 Ironman Arizona in 11:55!), golfing, or cooking. Brian is also a proud fur father to his beloved Cocker Spaniel, Ziggy.

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Kristin Li
Kristin Li

Phone: (415) 882-9004

Originally from the Midwest, Kristin graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BBA degree in Accounting. She began her career in Washington, DC at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Financial Services Advisory practice, where she focused on financial and project management for federal clients including HUD and FDIC. She subsequently moved to the Bay Area and began her transition into Search. Kristin joined the DeWinter Group in 2013 and is based in our San Francisco office but serves the Greater Bay Area.

Outside of recruiting, Kristin loves exploring the city, reading, and baking. She is also a graduate of the French Culinary Institute with a diploma in Pastry Arts.

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Nathalie Hayashida
Nathalie Hayashida

Phone: (415) 882-9007

Nathalie has been a specialized accounting and finance recruiter for over a decade; she started her recruiting career with an international search firm where she was awarded three times for President’s Club merit, including Rookie of the Year ranking. She has established long–term business relationships and has supported and placed over 2000+ accounting & finance professionals within industry for direct–hire, temporary, and consulting placements across California, San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles markets.

Outside of recruiting, Nathalie is a serial traveler, a foodie (she founded two Hawaiian restaurants in the Bay Area), and dog–lover (she’s working on a doggy daycare project in Oakland).

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Andy Dunayczan
Andy Dunayczan

Phone: (415) 882-9001

Raised in Kalamazoo and a graduate of Michigan State University, Andy began his career in public accounting with a regional firm, Plante & Moran, before moving to San Francisco to join BDO Seidman. He worked in Corporate Finance for RCM Global Investors and Levi’s, gained technology and consulting experience with Andersen Consulting, and sold software for Oracle before settling into recruiting in 2007. His broad experience gives him a unique perspective for both clients and candidates. Andy has developed many long-standing relationships, leveraging his 20 years in the Bay Area. When he’s not recruiting, you might find him on the coast at one of the many surf breaks in the area.

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Lyn Ambler
Lyn Ambler

Phone: (408) 278-0356

Lyn, a San Jose native, graduated from San Jose State University with dual concentrations in Accounting and Management Information Systems. She began her career with an internet start–up and participated in their IPO. Lyn also worked in accounting for a national commercial real estate company before joining the audit practice at Mohler, Nixon & Williams (now Moss Adams) and obtaining her CPA. In 2006, she transitioned into direct-hire recruiting for an international staffing firm. Lyn joined the DeWinter Group in 2012 and continues to focus on placing accounting and finance professionals throughout the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

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Sonia Sekhon
Sonia Sekhon

Phone: (408) 278-0351

Originally from Minnesota, Sonia graduated from University of Minnesota, Duluth with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She started off her career with State Farm before transitioning into Finance when she relocated to the Bay Area. Sonia then followed her passion for relationship building into accounting and finance direct-hire recruiting. She joined DeWinter Group in 2006 and continues her commitment to the recruitment and placement of top accounting and finance professionals in Silicon Valley.

Outside of work, Sonia spends her time with her husband, two kids, and her chocolate labrador, Hurley. She also enjoys wine tasting, cooking, and hiking.

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Josh Fisher
Josh Fisher

Phone: (415) 882-9003

Josh is a recruiting specialist with 15 years of experience and extensive knowledge placing top-tier Finance and Accounting professionals in the Bay Area. He has a proven track record of matching high-caliber candidates with established companies and innovative Silicon Valley start-ups on both a retainer and contingent basis. Josh is highly skilled in understanding organizational dynamics and takes pride in building long-term, meaningful relationships with his clients and candidates alike.

Josh graduated California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Business. He is native to Northern California, where he currently resides with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, being active, live music, and playing golf.

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Don Seeley
Don Seeley

Phone: (408) 278-0350

Don began his recruiting career over 22 years ago and joined DeWinter Group upon its launch in 2000. Today, he serves as a Partner and President for all of DeWinter Group’s offerings, including DeWinter Consulting (Accounting and Finance consulting search), DeWinter Associates (Accounting and Finance contingent search), and DeWinter Partners (Accounting, Finance, HR and Technology retained search). 

Don takes pride in the lasting partnerships he has built with Bay Area finance leaders and enjoys consulting with companies on organizational development and process improvement projects to help CFOs grow and scale their business.

Don is a family man and spends all his free time with his wife and four sons. He enjoys the local art and music scenes and is always open to receiving hiking or camping recommendations.

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David Sullivan
David Sullivan

Phone: (408) 278-0358

Born and raised in Northern California, David Sullivan graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1995. Upon graduating, David joined Arthur Andersen’s audit team. In 2000, he transitioned into executive search, landing a role as Business Development Manager for Jefferson Wells International’s Chicago office. There, he was recognized for his efforts with the firm’s New Business Development Award for two consecutive quarters. In 2002, he returned to the Bay Area where he was offered a Business Development Manager role in Silicon Valley with a large, international accounting and finance search firm’s special project and high-level interim support division. Within 12 months, he was promoted to the Division Director of the San Jose office. David was consistently recognized for top production through the implementation of various strategic sales growth initiatives. including the office’s first Salaried Professional Services (SPS) program, which resulted in an increase in revenue margins that exceeded all other offices on the West Coast. David joined the DeWinter Group in 2008 to launch the company’s accounting and finance contract, contract to hire, and special projects division, DeWinter Consulting. Today, David serves as Partner & Executive Vice President, Consulting. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic growth of DeWinter Consulting, as well as the DeWinter Group’s various sales and business development initiatives.

David currently volunteers for the Boys Team Charity’s, or BTC, Los Gatos Chapter, an organization dedicated to helping young boys develop philanthropic interests through volunteerism. In his free time, David devotes the majority of his time to his wife and two boys. He can commonly be found coaching soccer, basketball, baseball, and flag football games for his sons. He and his family enjoy skiing, attending live entertainment whether it be a band or theatre, and enjoying great food at many of the Bay Area’s best restaurants.

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Mike Tomasello
Mike Tomasello

Phone: (408) 278-0353

Born and raised in Alexandria, VA, Mike Tomasello moved to the Bay Area in 1988 to attend California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Mike started his career in accounting with a Big 4 public accounting firm, KPMG, as a Senior Assurance Associate. He joined Bank of America in 1994 and spent two years assisting with all aspects of SEC reporting, including financial reporting and technical accounting research.

In 1996, Mike launched his career in executive search with a boutique, Bay Area search firm. He spent the next three years refining his approach to recruiting accounting and finance professionals before meeting another rising star within the Bay Area recruitment industry: Derek DeWinter. In August 2000, Mike and Derek formally opened the doors of the DeWinter Group and have since grown from a team of two to one of the Bay Area’s largest, privately-held accounting, finance, and IT search firms in the country. Although the DeWinter Group has grown extensively since its formation over 18 years ago, Mike remains an integral member of the DeWinter Group, serving as Head of Business Development.

Mike still resides in the heart of Silicon Valley with his loving, patient wife of 25 years and two children. Like most Bay Area transplants, he brought with him his passion for East Coast sports and is often found watching the Redskins, Capitals, or Orioles games with friends. He has also come to love rooting for the Giants and spending time at the beach with his family. With one child attending the University of Michigan and another in their senior year of high school, he is currently open to ideas for hobbies as he braces for life as an empty nester. Get in touch with Mike to let him know your empty nester hobby ideas or to learn more regarding the DeWinter Group.

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Shane Oberg
Shane Oberg

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Born and raised in Kauai, Hawaii, Shane Oberg moved to the mainland in 2001 to attend California State University, Long Beach. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2005, Shane joined Robert Half International as a Staffing Manager in Hawaii before being offered a position with the company’s San Jose team in 2007. After moving to the Bay Area, he was promoted to Branch Manager of the San Jose office’s accounting and finance special project and interim support recruitment division. There, he oversaw a team of 6 sales professionals & recruiters. In 2009, Shane joined the DeWinter Group’s accounting and finance contract and consulting division, DeWinter Consulting (DWC), as a Partner with the division’s founder, David Sullivan. Today, Shane Oberg serves as Partner and Chief Executive Officer for the DeWinter Group. In his role, Shane is responsible for corporate development, strategy, and growth for all lines of business. 

Outside of work, Shane serves as a Board Member for the 1st Tee of Silicon Valley, a local non-profit working with underprivileged youth to teach them life skills through golf. Shane lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two children. He is an active member of the community, oftentimes volunteering for activities in which he can be active and engaged in his children’s lives including serving as Assistant Coach for his son’s little league team and Coach of his son’s South Bay Soccer team.

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Derek DeWinter
Derek DeWinter

Phone: (408) 278-0352

Derek DeWinter graduated from Santa Clara University in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Derek worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for Applied Materials. Upon graduating, Derek joined PwC as an Audit Associate before launching his career in executive search in 1994. He spent six years working for a boutique, Bay Area search firm as an Executive Recruiter, before meeting the DeWinter Group’s co-founder, Mike Tomasello, in 1996. In August 2000, the Dewinter Group officially opened its doors and has since grown into one of the largest and fastest-growing, privately-owned executive search firms in the country. Today Derek serves as Founding Partner and President of the DeWinter Group and is responsible for advising the DeWinter Group’s executive leadership team and overseeing strategic growth initiatives. 

Derek is an active Board Member, Chair of the Finance Committee, and Chair of the Nominating Committee for Watermark. He also serves as Chair of the Membership Committee for the American Association of Finance and Accounting, a national network of premier accounting and finance search firms located in over 40 cities across the continental United States and Canada. 

Derek lives in Los Gatos, California, with his wife and 3 children. In his free time, he volunteers for the Los Gatos Chapter of Boys Team Charity, or BTC.  Born in Oakland, Derek has lived in a variety of places including Michigan, Germany, and Oahu. At the age of 9, his family settled in Maui and to this day he considers Maui his home. His hobbies include many pastimes traditional to Maui culture including paddle-boarding, surfing, spearfishing, and talking pidgin if necessary.

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