Nicole Potts was born and raised in Washington, and has lived in Federal Way for almost 20 years. She loves the PNW and couldn’t dream of living anywhere else. Her life forever changed in 2017 when she became a first time mother of a beautiful baby girl.
On her down time she enjoys sleeping in if she can, and spending time with her family. Nicole really enjoys going to the beach, doing art projects, camping, and cooking!
Nicole joined the Seattle team of Opti Staffing Group in September 2017 as an Administrative Assistant. She comes into work with a smile on her face and ready to work, she enjoys working with her co-workers, they are an amazing group of people. Nicole has a huge heart about helping people and loves seeing them become successful in life.
Jackie was born in Chicago, which will explain her fervent passion for the Chicago Cubs. Growing up in Las Vegas, she got her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies. Having been a cheerleader for her university, traveling and living abroad after college, Jackie has always loved people and getting involved in new experiences.
Moving up to Seattle, Jackie was welcomed by the warm team members of Opti in Tukwila. She knew she wanted to be a part of the Opti culture the second she stepped in the lobby. She wakes up every day to go to work grateful for the supportive team she’s a part of, and the way everyone in the office makes a difference in the lives of others. The recruiting industry is so rewarding, and being a part of a company who truly values what they do, the people they hire and the people they represent is rare. Jackie absolutely loves her team, and is so excited to learn and grow with Opti!
When she’s not at work, she wants everyone to know that she has two cats that are the apples of her eyes.
My name is Rianna,
I was born and raised in the Portland area and am a proud Oregonian! I graduated from Portland State University with a degree in French and love studying language, culture, and geography. I also enjoy spending time with my family and my crazy golden retriever.
I started working as an administrative assistant at Opti Staffing in October, 2017 and love my job here!
I look forward to working with you!
My name is Meghan.
I was born in California but raised in Lake Oswego, OR and love living in the great Pacific Northwest. When I’m not working at the best staffing company, you will find me coaching youth cheer or watching football with my family, Go Steelers! I’ve been with Opti since late October 2017. I love the atmosphere and learning new things on what it takes to be a great admin. I look forward on assisting you with any questions you might have.
“Howdy! My name is Amber Moe. I am a true “Couvian.” I was born and raised in Downtown Vancouver. I am the mother of two AMAZING munchkins. I love classic cars, WWII and basically anything to do with that era. I came to Opti Staffing ready to ROCK as an Admin, and start a new chapter in this wild thing called life.
“Tammy grew up in Northern California and is an implant to Washington State as of 6 years ago. She spent most of her career working in the Construction Industry, but one day, decided she was ready for a new career and new life which is what brought her to Opti. Tammy was a competitive roller skater for 14 years (like Kristy Yamaguchi but on roller skates) and was the 1988 & 1991 United States Silver and Bronze Medalist. She was also privileged enough to train at the Olympic Training Center for a couple years.“Between skating and being a single mother for 18 years, I’ve learned what hard work and dedication really is! I tend to have a very competitive nature to me, and I like to take that into the work place and push myself to be the best I can be.” Tammy also loves to sing, shoot pool, and golf!!!
“Nina has been with Opti Staffing Group since June of 2016, when she started as an Administrative Assistant for the Vancouver branch. After three exciting months she decided to take on a new challenge and pursue a career in recruiting, and has never looked back. Coming from a background in Administration and Human Development she knew she could rock this new role. Nina has a knack for connecting with people, giving her the tools to engage with both clients and candidates on another level. On her down time, she enjoys spending time with her two children and exploring the Pacific Northwest’s culture.“I am constantly amazed by the caliber of people here at Opti. Each and every person I have met have been good-hearted, honest people. My team here in Vancouver are the most supportive and delightful people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Not a day goes by that I don’t feel supported by my team. I will always be grateful for the opportunities Opti has given me in my career. They see the best in people, which is why we succeed in staffing!”
“After his failed attempt at becoming a supermodel because of his perfectly chiseled jawline, Gabriel worked in Construction as an HVAC Tech for almost 5 years. He then realized that he desired something much more out of life and himself for that matter, and stumbled upon the recruiting industry by accident. Gabriel is currently seeking to disrupt the recruiting industry in the Vancouver Area, as he believes that there is nothing more rewarding than finding someone the perfect job, and finding a company the perfect person.“ I really love what I do. My favorite thing is to be a RELIABLE resource for people in the Vancouver area. Something people can anchor to and trust that Opti will be the company that assists them in making the next move in their life. Finding a new position can already be nerve-racking, and I am here to put people’s minds at ease while they make that transition.”
“Terrell spent most of his life as a San Diego, CA resident. Football took him to UC Berkeley where he was a student athlete graduating as a Sociology Major. Following his dream to continue sports, he spent a few seasons on the practice squad with the San Francisco 49ers, then played 3 years professionally in Bologna, Italy. He then moved back to San Diego and spent 6 years there working in the online marketing trade. A little over a year ago he wanted to create change for his family and decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and landed in Vancouver, WA where he now calls home. He started with Opti Staffing Group in March of 2016 and has not looked back.“Opti Staffing has been the backbone to helping create a solid foundation for me and my family. The people that I have met have been extremely influential in helping me to be successful in this new industry. I would not want to be working anywhere else.”
“Deidre joined the Vancouver Branch back in January of 2017 as the Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining the team, she had been a stay at home mother to her darling daughter, Emilia. When she first applied, it had originally been for a position through Opti Staffing. Destiny had another plan for her. She immediately had a smile on her face when she walked into the office and heard music playing somewhere in the distance. Deidre is very smitten and excited about her growth with and within the company. In her downtime she enjoys cooking, playing with her daughter, or getting together with her family and friends.“I love being in a work environment that is so energetic. Each day brings a new adventure, with new challenges. I’ve always had a passion for helping people and I am so grateful to be a part of a company that does just that.”
Kendra Reed, CPC, CTS
“Originally from the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Kendra joined the Opti family in September of 2013 as an Executive Recruiter in the Northeast Portland office. Kendra worked diligently to create lasting relationships with both clients and candidates. Her passion for people eventually earned her the opportunity to recruit nationally for clients from California to Georgia. In April of 2016, Kendra was promoted into the Branch Management role in Vancouver, Washington.
“We come to work and have the ability to change lives, improve the businesses in our communities and have fun! Each day is an adventure, and I take pride in being able to contribute to a greater good that creates such a positive change for others. Not only have we grown as an organization, but I have also been fortunate enough to be able to pursue my passions and develop myself professionally. I consider myself lucky to be a part of the Opti family!”
Cynthia’s life began in Texas and, though nomadic at heart, she may settle for good here in the amazing Northwest in Seattle. She started with Opti Staffing in the Spring of 2017 while looking for a career that would allow her to grow while helping others. Cynthia is an Operations Recruiter in the Seattle branch and enjoys being able to help make connections between great people with businesses in the Seattle area.“I love it when a candidate says I really enjoy where I’m at and hearing that we’ve helped a client find the right person for their team. This business is not to make money, it’s to build relationships that go deeper than the usual ‘hello’ and find the next greatest investment for your team and business. People are your best asset and we help you find them! The support and energy I get from my team is the best anyone could ask for and it really motivates me to put my best foot forward. I really look forward to growing with this team.
Tanya McMorran is an Administrative Assistant for Opti Staffing Group in Seattle, WA. She recently graduated with a certificate in Medical Billing and Coding from DeVry University. Within the next year she plans on becoming an RHIT in the medical field. Tanya has been with Opti for a little under a year. When she isn’t at work; she loves spending time with her boyfriend and three-legged kitty Miss Moose. She also enjoys cooking, baking cakes, reading, crocheting, and painting things for her friends and family. On a hot summer day you will definitely find her at a Mariners game cheering for her team! Tanya currently resides in Milton, WA.
Starting off at Opti as a candidate taking on temp assignments in which I wanted to gain experience and knowledge to find where I needed to be, when little did I know it all was leading me to be here as a recruiter! I can’t believe I am on the other side helping individuals find their dream job or just a job where they will gain experience to get to where they want to be in life. I am thankful to be working for a company where I feel gratified on a daily basis. Whether the challenge is overcoming obstacles, getting through to the tough candidates, or giving people an opportunity to find employment, I am always accomplishing something every single day. Opti has had a major impact on my life and I never thought I would have the pleasure to work for a company that changes lives daily and where people turn to me for advice. Here we have the opportunity to give people 1st and 2nd chances and as a recruiter we play a major role in impacting people’s lives in a positive way. It is our job to put in our all every single day we come in to the office and not letting our clients, candidates and ourselves down. I have grown so much being here and I am excited to see what my future here with Opti will bring!
Andrew Heard, CPC, CTS
Andrew Heard is originally from Portland, OR and has a stellar track record with Opti as both a top producing Recruiter and Branch Manager. He started working as a Skilled Trades recruiter in our Portland Branch in 2012. After running a successful skilled trades desk and winning numerous performance awards Andrew was promoted to manager of the Portland Branch in December of 2013. In 2017 Andrew joined the team in Seattle as their branch manager.
“Loving working at Opti Staffing Group since 2012. Being part of this amazing organization allows me to help people secure a better future for themselves as well as their families. I also really like the philanthropy work that we do and feel as strongly as the organization does about giving back. I enjoy working with everyone at Opti Staffing Group so much and consider them to be part of my extended family. I come in everyday with a smile on my face and leave with an even bigger one. I’m one of the select few people in society that can truly say that I love what I do. The everyday connections and bonds that I’m able to build are turning to be lifetime connections. I can say that I’m very proud to have the fortune of working at Opti Staffing. The owners of the organization do a phenomenal job of keeping consistent with creating a rewarding, fun, and exciting culture.”
Michelle hails from the great state of Alaska. That being said she is resourceful, friendly, expedient, and has a great sense of humor. Her career history has always been in sales and therefore has a specialty for connecting with people, developing relationships, and being on point with her clients! She can talk to anybody and find a common ground. These are the traits that make her a great recruiter and give her the ability to successfully connect client and candidate for a long lasting placement. When Michelle isn’t changing lives she enjoys spending time with her family attending her boys’ football, basketball, lacrosse, even the occasional airsoft game along with hiking, biking, and cooking.
One day I decided to pack up my truck and drive across the country from Atlanta to Seattle. Upon arriving I came across Opti-Staffing as a prospective candidate looking for a great opportunity, and after interviewing I was offered the greatest opportunity I could ask for, the opportunity to help others find great jobs. Nothing makes me happier than connecting a great person with a company that they can consider a home away from home like I do with Opti. I love where I work, and most importantly who I work with. I don’t have coworkers, I have an Opti family. Our team is so positive and energetic, and it makes every day a great one! In my free time I enjoy hiking, driving my truck through the mountains, and anything sports related.
I am born and raised in Seattle, and have never lived anywhere else. My wife and I live in Bellevue, which is a perfect location for us. We live near all of our friends and family, and love taking advantage of all that the Northwest has to offer. Like the rest of my family, I graduated from the University of Washington, and am a huge Huskies fan. In my free time, I coach high school basketball, which is a passion of mine. I love helping kids develop both on and off the court, and it is so amazing to see my former players as they get older and grow into young adults. Since graduating from college, I have had a number of jobs, but none that I really loved – until I started at Opti. This amazing culture that has been established is what I’ve been looking for. I love being able to help so many people every day – the satisfaction that comes from making that perfect fit drives me to work every day. I work with the best team, and I love coming to work and learning more every day.
Kyla Henry, is one of the two admirative assistants at Opti’s North East Portland Office. While she is not working she is a volleyball coach at Benson High school or trying new foods, going to concerts and going on random adventure with friends and family.
“Christian grew up in Chicago, and left in 2008 to continue a career in the printing industry. He started with Opti Staffing Group in 2012 as a Skilled Trades Recruiter. When he is not making connections with clients and candidates, he enjoys downhill skiing, fly fishing and old Volkswagens. He graduated from Northern Michigan University with a History degree. “What I love most about working at Opti Staffing Group is the impact that we have people. Whether it is helping someone improve their resume, or giving them some interview tips, it all helps build your community. Nothing is better than making the call to a candidate to offer his or her dream job. Seeing that person grown into a management role and becoming a client is extremely satisfying.”
David, a Portland native, came to Opti Staffing in August of 13’ after recently graduating from Oregon State University with BS in Business Management. He started on Team 45, running the SE Portland Territory, and after a year set the weekly billings record which still stands to this day. In January of 15’, David was tapped to move to Team 41 (NE Portland Territory), and has been there since. David, a current President’s Club member, is a top producing recruiter who has cultivated strong relationships with clients and candidates alike. He has a great eye for finding the right candidate for the right company and following the process to the end. David is a professional organizer of chaos that isn’t afraid to take on any challenge. If you are looking for someone to help you find a great job at a great company give him a call and he will take care of the rest.
Dylan’s Opti story starts way back in 2009, when he was candidate placed by Opti’s Lake Oswego office at a Steel fabrication company. After getting hired on by that company after 90 days, he spent the next 5 years out there. It was a great fit and it provided him an excellent opportunity to learn and grow in the manufacturing world. After taking some time off and spending the summer of 2015, hiking, kayaking, camping, and fishing, he popped into Opti’s Northeast Portland location to begin the hunt for new employment. After speaking with two recruiters, he accepted an offer to join Opti as a Skilled Trades Recruiter. Not only does he get the opportunity to work in the field that he is most familiar with, he gets to help people find a job that will allow them to thrive and grow. Dylan love’s his job and the connections that are made doing what he does. He never takes what he does for granted because he knows what it means to be on the other side of the desk!
After two years of community college, Sam didn’t know what to do with himself educationally, so he took a year to work and wound up doing phone-based customer service. When he went back to school, he kept working, moving from doing customer service on phone payments to doing customer service for Powell’s Books, which was much more fun. As he got closer to finishing, he figured out what he really wanted to do was sales. He applied to be a recruiter at another staffing firm during that process, and casually mentioned that to his godfather, who turned out to be an Opti client, and referred him to Katie. He met with Katie, and then with Greg, and two weeks later started work on the SE Trades desk. Sam loves what he does because it makes such a profound difference in people’s lives and every day is a new and different challenge. There’s never a dull moment here.
Lynz is originally from Portland, but spent the majority of her life in the sunny state of Florida. She moved back to the Pacific Northwest two years ago and hasn’t looked back. As an Operations Recruiter, Lynz’s favorite part of her job is the ability to help others. She loves working with the local community, with both candidates and clients, and putting together the puzzle pieces that a good hire entails. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two “children”- Olivia Jane, a mini Australian shepherd, and Stout, a Manchester Terrier.
Elysse is originally from a small town called Yuba City in Northern California. She lived near family in Los Angles prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest 2 years ago and couldn’t be happier! Elysse comes from a background of retail management, which is where she developed her customer service and management skills. She translated these skills into recruiting, sales and account management. As an Operations Recruiter, Elysse’s favorite part of her job is making the perfect connection between client and candidate on a daily basis. She enjoys fostering a positive experience for both client and candidate, accepting challenging projects with eagerness, and committing herself to enhancing a high-quality standard. In her free time, she enjoys going to live concerts, painting, and hiking.
Gregory Spunt, CPC, CTS
Greg comes from the frozen north of Buffalo, New York, but has called the beautiful Pacific Northwest home for the past 4+ years. With a background in business to business sales, new business development, full cycle recruiting, customer service, client retention, training management, and team building, he has a varied skill set that allows him to effectively impact the bottom line of any project. Greg started at Opti as an Operations Recruiter, building a thriving client base before transitioning to the Vancouver branch as its first manager. Since being tapped to take over the Northeast Portland office after the successful launch in Vancouver, Greg has been busy building lasting relationships with clients and candidates alike. His favorite part of the job is getting the opportunity to peer into the operations of some of the most interesting companies in the area, and working to truly understand and partner with those organizations to help everyone involved achieve their goals. When he isn’t busy connecting people with their dream opportunities, you can find him relaxing with his dog, playing guitar and watching the Buffalo Bills miss the playoffs while dreaming of future Super Bowl wins.
Nathan Houston, CPC, CTS
I have been with Opti Staffing for over 7 years now and I love it! The relationships we have the opportunity to develop with both candidates and customers is truly something special. We impact people’s lives daily and that is incredible. We put people first and that will always be the motto. We don’t try and make our customers or candidates fit in to our box, we fit in to yours. That business philosophy is part of what makes it so great to work here at Opti. We specialize in finding people careers, not just another job. We are passionate about what we do and you will feel that when you step foot in any of our offices. Give us a call or come by our office so you can hear or see that passion first hand!
I am a full cycle recruiter on the skilled trades desk here in Lake Oswego. I love doing what we do at Opti Staffing, because I love meeting with businesses, identifying needs, then meeting with candidates and matching their skill sets together. We help drive business forward, companies grow, and workers find better careers and better lives. I love the role Opti fills in our local economy, and it’s a real source of pride to travel around the area and see the actual impact our partners have and the knowledge that I get to share a small part of that. I also love hearing from both candidates and clients that we are by far the best staffing agency they’ve ever worked with, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
My name is Ryan Codling and I am a Skilled Trades Recruiter over here at Opti Staffing Group in the Lake Oswego branch. I have been with Opti for almost three years and couldn’t imagine a better position to be in. I invest my time in the manufacturing industry providing our clients with top tier candidates who can be a part of a company’s overall success and also supply candidates with excellent, career long opportunities with a chance to grow in the work force as well as their personal lives. Being able to take stress away from our clients in the hiring process as well as changing the lives of our candidates is the most rewarding aspect of working here at Opti. It is an honor to be a part of the Opti Staffing family!
My name is Amber O’Donnell and I am a born and raised Oregonian. I love the northwest, it allows me to spend my time camping and riding off road vehicles. I am an only child and come from a small family. I have two children, 21 & 14 and am a grandmother of 2 granddaughters. Most of all I love to make people laugh, it makes my day to put a smile on someone’s face. Being an operations Recruiter at Opti Staffing is very rewarding and never gets old! Helping people is something I love to do.
My name is Edidiong but I go by Didi for short. I’ve spent 12 years in Las Vegas and am happy to be back in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! I have a passion for helping people in their journey to find new job opportunities to help them achieve their life goals.
Hitzel Ruiz became an Administrative Assistant for Opti Staffing Tacoma in October 2016. Working at Opti Staffing has given Hitzel the ability to grow as in individual with tasks that day by day challenge her to show her strengths. “I love working for Opti Staffing and it’s a great feeling to see candidates walking out of our office with smiles on their faces because we have changed their lives for the better!”
In March of 2016 I started working for Opti Staffing. I had absolutely no prior knowledge of staffing agencies or how they worked. I literally walked in the doors here in Tacoma not knowing what to expect!!! I remember the only thing that I took out of that interview was the motto that we live by here, “Our success is determined by your success!” It really made me think about where I was in my life, and the company that I was currently working for! All weekend long, I could not stop thinking about Opti and how I wanted to work for a company that truly values and appreciates their employees. I wanted to go home at night happy! Who does not want to work for a company like that?!? I left my old job I have never looked back! I truly love working for Opti! It is a great company, ran by an amazing group of people, who do so much to impact the lives of others (and myself)! I have always loved giving back and helping others, so this is the perfect place for me!
Jes has worked for Opti Staffing Group for just under a year as an Operations recruiter with our Tacoma branch. Born and raised in the Finger Lakes region of New York state, she has been a Washingtonian since 2011 and has found a true home in the beautiful PNW. She is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science; go Eags! Following her passions for people and wellness, Jes came to Opti with a fire beneath her feet to network, learn and anticipate needs for the Tacoma business community and beyond. She enjoys coming to the office every day to meet new candidates, create lasting relationships with clients, and putting great tunes on the office radio, even if her coworkers may question her musical tastes at times. “I believe that every single interaction, big or small, is an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s day, clients, coworkers, and candidates alike. One achievement I am particularly proud of thus far with Opti is creating a link with a local non-profit organization that provides pre-employment education and readiness to people from all walks of life. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting their program graduates and introducing them to our candidate-centric processes here at Opti Staffing Group. For me, being a recruiter has given me an entirely new outlet to help those around me chase their dreams. There is truly nothing better than seeing a candidate get to the end of their working interview with a client and hearing that they are being officially hired. After all, working gives purpose to many people and the perfect job can alter their lives in a big way; how wonderful it is to be that matchmaker.”
I began my career with Opti Staffing Group in November of 2015 when I was interviewing for a temporary position. As fate would have it our Vice President overheard my interview and thought I would make a great Recruiter. I happily applied for the internal position and the rest is history! I wake up each morning with the goal to positively change someone’s life before my day is over. My previous employment experience was in the Debt Collections field, so there is nothing more rewarding than going from taking food off of people’s table to helping put food back on people’s table. I strive hard to learn all of my client’s and candidate’s goals, then becoming a valuable resource to help them achieve those goals, even if it doesn’t directly benefit my goals. As I approach reaching my 2 year mark with Opti, I am confident that I can be a great consultant for each and every client & candidate that I build a partnership with.
Jamal joined the Opti family in 2015, as a skilled trades recruiter, where he strives to reach his ultimate goal to help others in need and can honestly say that “I am truly happy to work in such an impactful environment with the opportunity to change lives on a daily basis.” Being born and raised in Tacoma, Jamal is honored to “represent such a compassionate, driven company that shares the same vision” all while being in his own backyard.
Born in Anchorage, Alaska- Nowhere else has been home to me! I loved growing up just outside of Anchorage enough to not be involved in the city life too much, yet made sure to prove to be a hardworking individual; My journey brought me to Opti Staffing Group and I must say that it has been such a joy to work for such a progressive company. Each day I do my best to bring a bright sun shining attitude to my office and I hope to provide the help anyone needs to excel. Beyond that, I’m just working on becoming a better person than I was the day before. Really what more can we ask of ourselves? Well, I think that’s about it for now. Stay classy, my friends.
I am originally from Bluffton, SC and graduated from their University with a Bachelor’s of Science. I traded the sandy beaches for snowy mountains when I moved up here for my husband’s career. I knew that I wanted to work with Opti the second I walked in and met the amazing administrators at the front desk. Who would have known that I would soon be sitting in that very same seat? Every day that I come in, I strive to make the same impression on our candidates and clients that they made on me.
Reed Hatch, CPC, CTS
“Reed grew up in a small town originally and moved to Alaska in late 2011. His background is primarily sales, as well as management, and he has a degree in accounting.
“I have been with Opti Staffing since 2012, and have found it to be one of the most truly rewarding careers I have ever been a part of. The ability to help some of Alaska’s most influential corporations find their next great employee, while at the same time helping some of the most promising candidates find their next great career.”
Sequoyah is a lifelong Alaskan who takes strong pride in her hometown and heritage. She has a strong background and knowledge of the customer service and retail management world having spent 5 years with a large retail company as an Operations Manager. She started her career with Opti Staffing Group as an Executive Recruiter, specializing in permanent staffing at mid, upper and executive levels. Working across all industries. She takes an active approach to recruiting and puts high value in having exclusive and long-term relationships with both candidates and clients.
Coming to Anchorage, AK from a small town in Iowa, I quickly found my home with Opti Staffing Group as an Executive Recruiter. The position allows me to take pride in not only my own work, but the work of the company as a whole and the work of each one of my candidates. I have a strong passion for the finance and non-profit worlds. I grew up in the world of finance and studied the non-profit world at the University of Iowa where I graduated with two degrees and a lot of experiences. However, I excel in placing high level positions in any and all industries. Opti’s attitude for, and expectation of, success has been a strong motivator to continue doing great work for each and every client and candidate and has been, and will continue, to be a great force to work for and with.
Kerry Honan moved here in 2016 from Colorado with her faithful hound Georgia. After traveling around the globe to South Korea, Europe and Scotland, she is fulfilling a lifelong dream to live in Alaska. She has a degree in film and quoting movies is one of her favorite pastimes. “I am very excited to be working here at Opti Staffing. Everything about working here from the environment to the people drive me to succeed and the do the best I possibly can for my candidates.”
Molly Meek is a Skilled Trades Recruiter with Opti Staffing Group. In this role, Molly looks for talent to better the businesses in Anchorage and the surrounding areas. Molly has more than 10 years of direct experience in customer relations. She also has a background in the trades industry as a commercial fisherwoman out of Kodiak Alaska, back in 2011. Drawing on many years experience in customer service, marketing and management; Molly now focuses mainly on client relations and problem solving. Molly prides herself on her philanthropic characteristics in her day to day life as well as in her professional life, as she worked directly with the Colorado Firefighter’s Calendar raising money for the Colorado Children’s Hospital Burn Unit.