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Trusted Partners in Strategic Staffing Solutions

Meet Our Team

Our sales experts are healthcare industry specialists, delivering personalized and strategic staffing solutions for hospitals nationwide. With deep industry knowledge, a proactive approach and exceptional customer service, they ensure your facility operates efficiently and optimally. We pride ourselves on our unwavering commitment to Operational Flexibility, Rapid Response, Guaranteed Delivery, and addressing Hard-to-Fill Specialties. These principles form the cornerstone of our service, ensuring that hospitals nationwide receive unparalleled staffing solutions. Partner with our team to experience the Fastaff difference in strategic staffing.

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Kathy Kohnke, MBA, MHA, is a distinguished healthcare industry leader with nearly four decades of experience. From pivotal roles at Supplemental Health Care and Preferred Healthcare Staffing to various high-ranking positions at Parallon, Kathy's expertise in healthcare staffing and advisory services has consistently driven operational excellence. Currently serving as Senior Vice President of Client Services at Fastaff Travel Nursing, Kathy's remarkable career showcases a commitment to innovation and superior leadership in the healthcare sector.

Executive-Level Sales Experts

Collaborates closely with healthcare executive leaders, including the VP of Nursing, Chief Nurse Executive and Chief Executive Officer.

Elizabeth Byrd

Supporting: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY Liz is a healthcare executive with vast management experience in sales and operations for large, public healthcare services and technology companies. She has thorough knowledge of health systems and hospitals, with an expertise in rapid response, traditional travel, MSP program oversight, management and selling complex value service and technology products at the c-suite level. Liz has an impressive 23-year background in the healthcare sector. Her diverse skill set includes operations, customer relations, strategic planning, and launching new products and services. She has held key roles in companies like Cross Country Healthcare, M*Modal, OptumInsight, and AMN Healthcare, making her well-equipped to excel in her industry.

Joe Cardella

Supporting: CT, DE, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, RI, VT Boasting more than twenty years of expertise in healthcare sales and operations leadership, Joe has cultivated a reputation for his exceptional servant-leadership approach and unwavering dedication to achieving outstanding results. Throughout his extensive career, he has garnered trust and admiration within the healthcare community, firmly establishing his status as a dependable frontrunner when it comes to nurse staffing. His guiding values—integrity, empathy and collaboration—drive his commitment to making a meaningful impact in the healthcare industry. Joe's dedication to enhancing healthcare services and patient care is fueled by the desire to do what's right and cultivate understanding amidst challenges.

Alicia Cassidy

Supporting: IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MN, MO, NE, NM, ND, OK, SD, TX, WI Alicia is a passionate healthcare professional with more than 20 years of experience. She thrives in innovative settings that promote critical thinking, teamwork, and cost-effective strategies customized for each facility. Her successful history showcases her ability to engage and guide leaders during disruptive and challenging times in hospitals. Alicia has an impressive career in leadership roles like VP of Sales, Regional Sales Director and more. She's experienced in business development, sales and marketing for start-ups to established companies. Her expertise spans travel nursing, physician staffing, case management, revenue cycle management and executive staffing.

Blake DiNapoli

Supporting: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, MD, MI, MS, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV Blake is a distinguished Sales Director at Fastaff, leveraging 15 years of staffing experience across various healthcare settings. Based in Florida, she oversees client relationships in the Southeast region. Blake excels in cultivating meaningful connections with clients and clinicians, striving to make a positive impact on patient care by providing tailored staffing solutions. Her impressive track record includes multiple prestigious staffing awards like the 100+ Club and Presidents Circle, showcasing her ability to understand client needs and deliver excellence.

Facility-Based Sales Experts

Collaborates with healthcare facility unit directors and managers, fostering a dynamic synergy that fuels exceptional outcomes.

Lauren Hopkins

Supporting: AL, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NM, NC, ND, SD, TX, WI Having joined the organization in 2016, Lauren plays a pivotal role in cultivating and strengthening relationships with hospital nursing directors. Her primary focus is on delivering strategic, Rapid Response® staffing solutions to healthcare facilities. With vast healthcare industry experience, Lauren contributes significantly to Fastaff's growth. She has a solid background in Business Development and Leadership roles and has won the President's Club award three times for her outstanding performance at Ingenovis Health. At the core of Lauren's professional ethos is her identity as a self-starter and an unwavering dedication to her clients. Lauren's passion lies in making a positive impact on healthcare leaders nationwide, reflected in the robust relationships she has diligently built over seven years across the Midwest region.

Michelle Garon

Supporting: DE, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, OH, VT Michelle has over 25 years of experience in nurse staffing, with the last 15 years dedicated to Fastaff. She excels at building lasting, trustworthy connections with both new and existing clients, working closely with them to create smart staffing strategies. Her dedication to surpassing client expectations is evident through her exceptional service delivery and smooth collaboration with other departments at Fastaff. Starting her healthcare staffing career at Cross Country Staffing, Michelle developed a deep understanding of the healthcare sector and its various staffing roles. Her journey from a recruiter associate to a Business Development Manager/Territory Operations Manager proves her commitment and skill in the industry.

Justin Meier

Supporting: AZ, AR, CO, FL, GA, HI, ID, KY, MT, NE, OK, TN, VA, WV, WY Justin excels in nurturing key relationships with unit managers, directors and influential decision-makers within healthcare facilities, where his core focus lies in understanding and addressing the day-to-day staffing challenges and concerns impacting them. Leveraging his extensive expertise, Justin navigates market conditions and staffing obstacles nationwide while collaborating with facilities across multiple states. For more than 20 years, Justin has been a key player in the healthcare staffing field. He's built strong client relationships and successfully finished countless staffing assignments. Justin has also led facilities through important projects, making their emergency staffing plans run smoothly. His excellent work earned him a spot in the esteemed Fastaff Presidents Club Award, highlighting his vital part in Fastaff's sales team.

Chandra Schroeder

Supporting: AK, CA, CT, MD, NV, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, WA Chandra is a seasoned director boasting more than two decades of invaluable experience in the healthcare staffing sector, focused on boosting profits and expanding business within her assigned accounts. She's skilled at discovering new sales opportunities and strengthening connections with current clients to grow the company. A key aspect of her success lies in building meaningful relationships with various hospital stakeholders. In her role, Chandra collaborates with other sales and account management professionals to ensure customer happiness, fuel revenue growth and support lasting business connections. At Fastaff, she's consistently exceeded sales goals, forging strong partnerships with major clients and healthcare networks. Chandra's outstanding success has won her the esteemed President's Club award for five years in a row, showcasing her commitment and valuable influence on revenue and profit expansion in her assigned region.