Meet Our Team

Our client engagement team is supported by researchers, writers, strategists, and sourcing professionals—a team of specialists working simultaneously on every search. Our team approach ensures a predictable and fast-moving interview sequence that is attractive to candidates and reduces the risk of losing your top candidate to a competing offer.

Shara Afonso

Project Coordinator

As one of our versatile Project Coordinators, Shara has a hand in it all, supporting every stage of a search from sales prep and research to candidate support and reference checks. Shara joined Staffing Advisors in 2016 after a career in marketing and helps us stay on track with what’s going on with our clients in the industry.

Jessica Carbon

Executive Sourcing Specialist

Jessica has been in the recruiting industry for over 6 years, specializing in sourcing and research. She uses her bachelor’s degree in ancient civilizations and Latin translation as a foundation for her thorough research and sourcing methods.

Bob Corlett

President & Founder

Bob Corlett, the founder and president of the firm, has helped the nation’s leading associations and nonprofits hire transformational leaders for over twenty years. With a background in operations management, 30 years in executive recruiting, and a passion for reducing systemic bias in hiring, Bob’s approach integrates the latest academic research with practical experience, helping clients build more diverse and inclusive teams with each new hire. A “process nerd” at heart, Bob’s pursuit of efficiency and innovation fosters a culture of experimentation and flexibility among his team. With his support, Staffing Advisors leverages AI and process automation to boost productivity without diminishing the personal interaction and strategic decision-making required to achieve consistently good hiring results. Bob champions the ethical use of AI and automation in the recruiting industry, setting the standard to ensure these technologies enhance, rather than replace, human judgment.

Aileen Hedden

Vice President of Client Engagement

With a career spanning two decades of executive recruiting, Aileen has successfully completed hundreds of searches for some of Washington’s most prominent associations, nonprofit organizations, and private companies. She also oversees client deliverables and engagement, driving business outcomes that support clients’ specific and individual needs.

Lilly Khan, CIR, CSSR

Project Director

Lilly is an AIRS certified recruitment specialist with a background in both the private and public sector. Over the past ten years, she has built a strong network in and around Washington DC with a focus in education, data, and public policy. She has a proven track record of client relationship management and specializes in improving the candidate experience.

Kim Kistner

Vice President of Strategic Recruiting

Kim, a Certified Diversity Sourcing Professional, has more than twenty years of experience leading recruiting teams in executive search firms as well as corporate environments such as Booz Allen Hamilton. Using advanced software and analytics, her experienced team has an unparalleled, rapid ability to identify highly qualified candidates not actively seeking a new position. Her team actively monitors the effectiveness of our recruiting efforts, ensuring our ability to engage with the right people at the right time.

Erin Lewis

Communications Manager

A creative strategist and content creator with over ten years of experience crafting narratives for schools, nonprofits, and small businesses, Erin supports the Staffing Advisors team and our clients with writing, editing, and content development. She is passionate about helping organizations reach their goals through authentic content strategy, smart project management, and storytelling that makes an impact.

Brooke Lockhart

Director of Operations

Brooke makes sure our clients, partners and staff have the material they need, when they need it. Whether jump-starting a new client engagement or leveraging new technologies, Brooke ensures nobody and no piece of the process is overlooked. After studying operations management and working in supply chain operations for a Fortune 500 firm, she’s putting her background to work developing better, faster, more efficient ways to serve our clients and candidates.

Billi Prugh

Research Coordinator

Billi works behind the scenes to keep our research team running on rails, freeing up Kim and Margaret to work their magic. It’s impossible to imagine the chaos that would ensue without Billi’s incredible productivity and fierce attention to detail. Billi has a strong background in the real estate, IT, and rental car industries.

Jennifer Wharton

Project Coordinator

Jennifer is the first point of contact most candidates have with Staffing Advisors; we like to think of her as our Chief Protocol Officer, because she helps us all mind our manners. Jennifer works with the Project Directors on everything from determining our advertising strategy and reviewing applications to developing search briefings and notifying candidates of their status. Her background includes marketing experience with several IT companies in Australia and product management support with MicroStrategy.

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