Jessica Corral is a Partner and Founder at Headfarmer, bringing over 20 years of recruiting experience. She started her career in New York City recruiting for Wall Street professionals.
In 2000, she moved to Phoenix where she spent seven years working for one of the largest Accounting and Finance recruiting firms in the nation. She co-founded Headfarmer in July of 2011 and thus began the mission to exceed recruiting industry standards and focus on how to be of genuine service to people.
Jessica is passionate about giving back to the community and making a difference. She has chaired local non-profit board positions, is always donating her time to helping people both personally and professionally, and enjoys expanding her network by building relationships with quality people who also put service ahead of all personal goals.
She has served as a trusted advisor to major employers and leaders in the greater phoenix metropolitan area….and she LOVES every minute of it.
Eric Ryan is a Partner and Founder at Headfarmer, bringing over 16 years of Accounting and Financial recruiting experience. Eric grew up in Phoenix, graduated from ASU, and has focused his career on helping professionals and organizations navigate the many facets of the local employment market.
Prior to co-founding Headfarmer, Eric spent 10 years working for one of the largest Accounting and Finance recruiting firms in the nation. He also spent a year working as a Corporate Recruiter for a national Audit/Tax consulting firm. This role allowed him the opportunity to work with internal stakeholders and to understand the challenges that companies face when trying to build a strong workforce.
Eric has differentiated himself in the industry by taking on the responsibility of being a career coach and by helping people find the right job, regardless of financial gain. Eric’s willingness to go out of his way to help anyone is one of the foundations of the Headfarmer philosophy.
Andy Ernst joined Headfarmer as President in early 2023, after a 20-year career working for 2 of the largest recruiting firms in the world. Andy’s business career includes supporting startups to global Fortune 500 companies on their people needs and has virtually held every position in the industry starting off as a Recruiter and finishing his big company experience as Head of Enterprise Sales. Andy is passionate about getting the most out of people and creating a long-term winning culture.
Andy was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and moved to Phoenix in 1999. Andy and his wife, Tracie, have 3 wonderful children, Ethan, Ryan and Ella. When not working or driving his kids around, Andy enjoys the Arizona sun, traveling with his family and rooting for his Buffalo sport teams.
Andy graduated from Fordham University in 1999 with a degree in Finance.
Executive Recruiter, Finance
After graduating with an Accounting degree at Kansas State University and obtaining his CPA, Dave worked in public accounting and the private sector for seven years. While working as an Auditor, he received a call from a recruiter to give a reference for a colleague that was moving on to new opportunities; Dave had a lightbulb moment that you can actually have a career helping others to find that perfect job.
Intrigued by the recruiting process and understanding the needs of a candidate and client, he viewed the matching process as a satisfying puzzle to complete. Through detailed discussions with clients and candidates, he discovered you could understand what made the two come together as a perfect fit.
After the switch from his career in Accounting, Dave worked with a large national staffing firm as an Executive Recruiter and Perm Division Director. In 2013, he joined Headfarmer as Managing Director for Accounting and Finance and the lightbulb still burns bright.
Originally from Kansas, Dave moved to Arizona in 1993, where he quickly met his wife, Kristen. Married for 20 years, he has two wonderful kids (Sam and Annalie). He likes to spend his free time with family going to club volleyball or club swim meets and occasionally has the opportunity to golf, fly fish, or explore and hike here in the southwest.
Managing Director, Search
A native to Arizona, Kerri launched her career within the staffing industry, recruiting for a large national firm. She quickly became passionate about recruiting because it afforded her the opportunity to make a difference in the lives she served – both job seekers and employers.
Now a staffing industry veteran with more than 20 years’ experience in the Phoenix market, Kerri has recruited for a variety of functional skill sets including Accounting, Finance, IT, and HR. Her network includes highly sought-after executives, managers, and high-potential professionals for Fortune 500, middle-market, and growth-stage companies.
A Sun Devil at heart, Kerri graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. She is also a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership, a community leadership development program, and a current Board Member of Scottsdale Leadership, serving on multiple committees.
Kerri lives in the Phoenix metropolitan area with her Nebraska Cornhusker-loving husband and two children. She loves fitness, spending time with her family and friends, watching college softball, and going to the beach!
Executive Recruiter, Finance
Bara joins the Headfarmer team with several years of recruiting experience throughout the Phoenix market. Growing up in San Jose, CA, by way of Indonesia, he found his home in Phoenix by enlisting in the Air Force and being stationed at Luke Air Force Base.
Bara gained invaluable experience throughout his tenure in the military, working in various Accounting and Finance positions. It was natural for Bara to venture into recruitment in accounting and finance when the opportunity arose, given his experience and depth of knowledge. He is passionate about connecting and building lasting relationships with his candidates, clients, and colleagues.
When not focused on the happenings of the Phoenix job market, Bara enjoys traveling and spending quality time with his family and friends.
Executive Recruiter, Finance
Amanda Flaig embodies the people-first mentality of Headfarmer. Amanda set to work utilizing her skills to improve resident experiences and facilitate essential processes across the housing industry. Making a transition from Property Management to the Lending industry, Amanda became federally licensed to originate mortgages through the NMLS- specializing in refinance.
She continues her dedication to serving others as a Recruiting Coordinator at Headfarmer. Amanda’s superior organizational skills, creativity and genuine knack for customer service empower the success of both candidates and clients.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Amanda loves nature and takes any opportunity she can to explore the beauty of our Arizona landscapes.
Executive Recruiter, Finance
Linda has an impressive 20-year career in the staffing industry, specializing in Accounting, Finance, and IT skill sets. Recognized for her outstanding contributions, she has achieved President’s Club status and enjoyed Top Performer recognitions.
Linda’s strategic acumen, coupled with a degree in Marketing from the University of Texas, Arlington, has fueled her success in Executive Recruitment, navigating diverse markets across Florida and Arizona.
Beyond her corporate achievements, Linda is the cornerstone of a loving family, celebrating 30 years of marriage with her husband and nurturing their three teenagers. This highlights her exceptional ability to seamlessly balance personal and professional responsibilities.
An avid tennis enthusiast, she dedicates three nights a week to the sport, finding both solace and camaraderie on the court. Linda is not just a highly accomplished recruiter; she is a multifaceted individual inspiring others with her unwavering commitment to excellence in both career and personal pursuits.
Managing Director, Technology
A born and bred Northeasterner, John headed west to the desert in 2005 to pursue a career in the golf industry. He quickly ascended through the ranks to manage one of North Scottsdale’s premier golf courses. Having long been interested in both Technology and Recruiting, John decided to make a career of it in 2014. His transition to Technical Recruiting was a seamless one, as he naturally repurposed his experience hearing and responding to the voice of his customer while striving to be the best in a highly competitive industry.
Since entering the recruiting world, John has immersed himself in the dynamic and rapidly evolving world of Technology, so as to create candidate-client relationships that are rewarding on both a personal and a professional level.
Having served as a Sr. Technical Recruiter, Recruiting Manager, and National Account Manager, John has experience with every phase of the recruitment life-cycle and is devoted to both his clients and his job seekers. With extensive seasoning supporting time-sensitive projects, John is well prepared to execute Headfarmer’s detailed, consultative methodology, while helping clients meet deadlines, and stay on schedule.
John likes to spend most of his free time swimming or playing games with his two terrific daughters, Avery and Colbie. The golf bug hasn’t left him either, as he loves to get up at the crack of dawn for an early morning tee time whenever he can.
Executive Recruiter, Human Resources
Rachel Montalvo has a passion for forming quality matches between the worthy companies and candidates of the Phoenix Valley. Rachel earned a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Military Science and Leadership from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!), where she studied Public Policy & Administration, Leadership and Ethics, and Public Organization Management. Upon graduating, Rachel had the opportunity to explore coast to coast, moving to South Carolina then to sunny California, and finally settling down back in Arizona.
It was here in Arizona that Rachel transitioned into her first recruiting role. Since then, Rachel has built a proven track record in client success, business improvement, human resources, staffing and leadership that spans multiple industries. Rachel is known as a driven, results-oriented, people person with a knack for personal, professional and procedural development.
Rachel now applies her multifaceted knowledge as an Executive Recruiter for Headfarmer, where she provides creative, informed services that promote growth for professional talent and clients alike.
Director, Financial Consulting
Terry joins the Headfarmer family with over 40 years of public accounting experience after retiring from a large national CPA firm, where he was an audit and client relationship partner serving numerous middle-market businesses. In addition, Terry served as the Office Managing Partner of the CPA firm’s Phoenix office for over four years. Terry was viewed by his clients as a trusted advisor while consulting on a variety of financial and business advisory issues. The majority of his client base consisted of portfolio companies owned by private-equity firms.
His transition into Consulting and Recruitment services was an effortless decision with his proven success in serving his clients and his direct accounting, audit, and business advisory experience. As a CPA, Terry brings a unique perspective while taking the time to fully understand the needs of his clients and working collaboratively to identify the right solutions to support them.
When Terry is not networking and building new relationships, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Barb, and family, including trips to visit his children, hold’em Poker nights with friends, and walks with their dog, Louie.
Director, Consulting Services
Care. Integrity. Dedication. Drive. Flexibility. These are just a few of the key, impeccable qualities that Stacy Boase embodies. Cultivating talent is her craft; empowering them is her specialty. Stacy has a career spanning three decades. She has served as an executive recruiter, talent acquisition manager, director of people and culture, human resources director — and now, she is Headfarmer’s new Director of Consulting Services.
Stacy has charted a professional path highlighted by longstanding efforts to be a champion for people, enabling their skills and abilities to shine. She holds both her SHRM and SPHR certifications, and she embraces this next phase of her career with Headfarmer, relocating back to Phoenix after 17 years in Denver. In her new role, Stacy is looking forward to cultivating and nurturing relationships with candidates and clients alike, as well as overcoming the exciting new challenges she will face.
When not building relationships, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and son, Jake, painting, reading, traveling and exploring new areas.
Director of Business Development
With over 14 years of experience in Healthcare, IT, HR, and Accounting and Finance, Erik has developed a passion for connecting talented candidates with great clients. He is committed to making a difference in people’s lives by striving to build lasting relationships with his clients.
People are at the heart of Erik’s career path. Prior to joining Headfarmer, he spent over a decade in the recruitment industry as a business development manager and executive client advisor. Most recently, his time as an associate vice president in staffing and recruiting helped Erik segue his talents into joining the team at Headfarmer.
Erik is a Chicago native, and his priorities in life are his faith and his family. Married with five children ranging from 13 to 22 years old, he loves nothing more than spending time with them, whether it’s traveling, playing games or hitting the gym. Erik is also an avid sportsman who enjoys playing golf and softball in his free time.
Director, HR consulting
With over 20 years of experience in Human Resources across a variety of industries, Kristen McCarthy is a transformational people leader with proven success designing and delivering strategic, targeted programs aligned to support corporate business objectives and drive profitable results.
As a collaborative relationship builder and trusted business partner, her expertise as an HR Practitioner includes cultural transformation, communications, organizational design, M&A, HR Due Diligence Integration, Compensation & Benefits Administration, and HR Operations. From 2017 to 2022, Kristen held HR leadership roles in food manufacturing including serving as Chief Administrative Officer where she built and scaled the people and support functions of a start-up in CA. Relocating to the Valley in 2021, she led the complete transformation of the People Operations function of a $1B food manufacturer in Tempe, AZ.
Kristen joined Headfarmer in September 2022 as an HR Business Consultant before transitioning into the role of Director of HR Consulting for the Farm in August 2023. Kristen earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in HR Management from the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She is PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certified through HRCi (Human Resources Certification Institute) since 2007 and an active member of AZHREF (Arizona HR Executive Forum), serving on its communications committee.
As a working mother, Kristen is a passionate advocate for equality in the workplace. She considers herself a servant leader who believes that empowerment, appreciation, and accountability foster a strong and collaborative organizational culture that will always drive strong bottom-line business results. Kristen enjoys traveling and exploring new places with her husband Jim and their three boys, Desmond, Evan, and Ronan. Long-time Chicago area residents, they are forever ‘Northsiders’ and devout Cubs fans. Originally from Kansas City, Kristen is also a proud supporter of the KC Chiefs ‘Red Kingdom’!
Corey joins the Headfarmer team, bringing with him nearly ten years of accounting, finance, and operations experience within the staffing industry. After attending ASU, he joined a national firm in an operations support role.
He quickly found that he had a passion for building personal relationship, as well as developing strategic partnerships, with his field counterparts. He eventually made his way into the finance department, where he supported sales operations across the western half of United States.
In his free time, Corey enjoys spending time with his two children, playing hockey, and working on traveling to every state in the US!
Manager, HR & Finance
Connie joins the Headfarmer team with extensive experience in Accounting, Finance, and Human Resources. She spent the last fifteen years in the beverage industry overseeing many aspects of the supplier and personnel relationships with an emphasis on customer service and the ability to develop strong relationships with trust and confidence from Clients and Colleagues. Connie is bilingual in both Spanish and English.
She’s called The Valley home for almost 20 years, and in her free time, she is dedicated to family time with her daughter and husband, serving her community and faith while enjoying crafting, cooking, and traveling.
Ciera Mcanlis has accumulated numerous customer service skills over the years during which she held multiple consumer facing positions. Some of her most proficient skills include: communicating effectively, curating interpersonal relationships, time management, creativity and attention to detail. This has allowed her to step into the role as Office Manager at Headfarmer and provide the growing office with the support it needs.
Continuing her family’s tradition, she attended ASU where she graduated with a bachelor’s in communications. As a family-oriented person, Ciera understands the importance of work-life balance and spends all her time away from work with her family and dogs. Her dogs, Cubbie and Izzie, are constantly moving and learning some new trick, keeping Ciera on her toes. If they aren’t home, you can find them somewhere in the southwest exploring a beach or national park of some sort or visiting Mickey in Disneyland.
- Tanya Heykoop
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Tanya Heykoop is a Consultant at Headfarmer. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Tanya is an accomplished accounting and financial management professional with experience working in fortune 500 companies and Big 4 auditing. She has an extensive background in internal and external financial reporting, GAAP research and implementation, process improvement, integration of financial systems and functions, general ledger closings and financial systems upgrades.
Prior to joining Headfarmer in June of 2020, Tanya worked in public accounting at PwC as an Audit Manager, with a focus on the oil and gas industry. She also worked as a Senior Manager of Internal Reporting in the waste management industry at Republic Services and as a Project Manager in the mining industry at Freeport McMoran, among other roles.
Outside of work, Tanya enjoys spending time with family, working out, binge-watching TV shows, live music concerts, happy hours, and casino games, particularly craps and blackjack.
- Janessa Schuellein
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Janessa Schuellein joined Headfarmer as a Financial/Accounting Consultant in August 2020, bringing her technical expertise along with skills in process improvement and automation to her role.
Janessa graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting with a minor in Management. She is an Excel expert and builds spreadsheets that are user friendly and require the least amount of manual updates possible.
Prior to joining Headfarmer, Janessa worked for Koch Industries, Inc., the largest privately-held company with over $115 billion in revenue. In her work on the consolidations team as an Accountant II, Janessa was able to oversee activity across the various Koch companies and was responsible for creating a daily trade reconciliation of $9 billion in assets under management to reconcile on trade day, instead of the day after trading. This allowed any trade errors to be traded when foreign markets opened and allowed for the identification of over $1 million in trading errors with options.
Janessa also worked in the public sector as a Senior Treasury Analyst for Sprouts Farmers Market, where she created the Cash Over Short dashboard to identify stores based on trends with employee theft and implemented Microsoft Power Automation to send automated emails to warehouses for monthly reporting.
When she is not implementing process improvements that save valuable time and money, Janessa enjoys traveling the world, reading, hiking, biking, playing cards and board games, and spending time with family and friends. Janessa loves to host foreign exchange students to give them a taste of American culture.
- Renee Swisher
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Renee Swisher joined Headfarmer as the Senior Accounting Consultant in 2021. Renee brings more than 20 years of experience in the accounting field, as well as recent experience in the hospitality industry, to her role. Renee is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA. She holds a BS in Accounting from Mankato State University.
Prior to joining Headfarmer, Renee held a variety of leadership roles at Taco John’s International, Unicover Corporation, and McGladrey & Pullen, CPA. Her areas of expertise include financial reporting, problem solving, improving processes, and financial analysis, along with strong Excel skills.
At Headfarmer, Renee enjoys making a difference within the organization and in the lives of her clients by saving time and reducing risk. She is currently implementing procedures to ensure accounts are reconciled and efficiencies are obtained.
Outside of work, Renee’s passions include golf and reading.
- Paul Velasquez
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Paul Velasquez has been an Accounting Consultant with Headfarmer since 2015, where he brings his decades of experience in corporate accounting and his experience with multiple enterprise software conversions across multiple industries to his role as an Accounting Consultant.
Paul holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University, with minors in Spanish and International Business. Prior to joining Headfarmer, Paul worked as a consultant in the telecommunications field and as a contractor in the oil and gas industry, among other roles.
Paul prides himself on his ability to coordinate a team of contractors and employees to work towards consolidating financial statements for companies partnered with Headfarmer. Paul’s ability to coordinate complex projects, his strong leadership skills, and his fluency in Spanish are assets to the Headfarmer team.
In his free time, Paul enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and visiting national parks and monuments.
- Debbie Krebs
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Deborah (Debbie) Krebs is an Accounting Consultant with 20 years of well-rounded Controllership experience. After earning her Masters in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University in 1997, Debbie took a position at Deloitte & Touche, and rapidly rose to a leadership role.
Since then, she has built her career in both public and private companies of all sizes, most recently with Telgian Fire Safety, InsightEnterprises, Inc. and Cushman & Wakefield. She holds a strong reputation for streamlining processes, building best-in-class accounting teams and identifying and implementing controls, policies and procedures.
Debbie joined Headfarmer as a consultant in 2020, and brought with her a passion for learning and a growth mindset which translates into effective leadership, coaching and mentorship. As a leader, Debbie believes in striving for the highest quality of work while remaining committed, accountable and humble. She believes that people are our greatest asset and never misses an opportunity to impart best practices or learn from others.
Debbie is a seasoned professional with a dynamic background whose passion for cultivating success is paramount in her consulting work for Headfarmer.
- Valerie Nicolaison
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With more than 20 years of accounting experience across multiple areas of focus, Valerie brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise to the Headfarmer Consulting Team. Valerie has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master’s degree in accountancy from the University of Scranton, one of the nation’s leading accounting programs.
Valerie has served both private and public organizations as a senior accountant, an auditor, payroll specialist, and general accountant. She has designed and implemented process improvements, overseen acquisitions and managed both foreign and domestic entities.
She has worked at both publicly traded and privately held companies that have both domestic and foreign operations. Her roles have included serving as an auditor, senior accountant and payroll specialist. Valerie has significant experience preparing account reconciliations and participating in monthly closing processes.
In addition, Valerie has conducted a variety of special projects such as mapping and implementing process improvement initiatives around different accounting cycles and overseeing accounting integration activities in connection with acquisitions.
Her meticulous attention to detail, collaborative skills and dynamic professional background makes her an asset as a consultant. Valerie brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise to the Headfarmer Consulting Team.
- Laurel Park
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Laurel Park joined Headfarmer as a Financial Consultant in June of 2022. Laurel has over 25 years of accounting and financial reporting experience in both the private and public sectors in a variety of industries.
Laurel is a second-generation graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science from the School of Accountancy and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Prior to joining Headfarmer, Laurel spent most of her professional career working her way from a staff accountant to become the Chief Financial Officer of a multi-million dollar, privately held international company, specializing in technology and franchising, with over twenty domestic and global subsidiaries.
Laurel was responsible for leading and directing the accounting staff, GAAP compliance, drafting full financial statements and footnotes, managing independent audits and reporting results to interest holders. Laurel focuses efforts on providing a quality work product, improving process efficiencies, cost reductions and the development of talent.
Laurel’s extracurricular activities include spending time with family, traveling and especially hiking. Also a second-generation Arizona native, Laurel loves to explore the diverse landscapes Arizona has to offer and partakes in as many day trip adventures as possible.
- Alicia La Forest
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Alicia La Forest
Alicia La Forest brings years of experience as a controller to her consulting role at Headfarmer. Skilled in managing corporate accounting functions, providing accurate and timely company records, financial statements and reports, and providing expert fiduciary guidance to clients, Alicia is a valuable asset to Headfarmer’s team of consultants.
- Gary Hatch
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Gary Hatch brings over two decades of broad-ranging finance and accounting expertise spanning multiple industries. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in 2002 and his MBA from Regis University in 2007, working full-time while attending school on nights and weekends.
Gary’s hands-on career has seen him steadily rise through the ranks to a controller role, managing month-end and year-end closings, revenue recognition, audits, financial reporting and software systems. Gary has led accounting teams varying in size from one to 15 people, and he has overseen several software upgrades and acquisitions integrations.
When not working, Gary enjoys traveling the world. An avid scuba diver and cruise enthusiast, he has taken around 20 cruises, including a favorite 10-day Scandinavian voyage through the Baltic Sea. Back home, he relaxes by the pool and engages in various projects around his house. Gary is excited to bring his financial skills and in-depth industry knowledge to his role advising Headfarmer’s clients.
- Mandy Stewart
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Mandy Stewart is a dynamic professional with a robust background in financial management and administration. With expertise in financial controls, planning, and a keen eye for detail, Mandy has excelled in roles ranging from Controller to Accounting Consultant.
Her career highlights include successfully managing diverse teams, consolidating financial statements, and securing a significant PPP loan during challenging times. Mandy holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a BS in Accounting from Grand Canyon University, showcasing her commitment to continuous learning.
With a passion for excellence, Mandy Stewart continues to make impactful contributions in the realm of finance and leadership.
Mandy spends her free time hiking, reading, kayaking, playing board games, and spending time with friends and family. Mandy is originally from Montreal, Canada and loves Arizona.