The Talance Team

Leadership & Back Office

Doug Hubbard

Managing Partner and Founder

Stephan Patsch

Managing Partner and Founder

Alix Biondo

Managing Partner

Julie Jones

Director of Administration

Vikram “Vik” Nath

Managing Partner - IT Division

Finance & Accounting - Direct Hire

Doug Hubbard

Managing Partner and Founder

Stephan Patsch

Managing Partner and Founder

Angela Godfrey

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Executive Search

Jeff Wooldridge

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Executive Search

Jennifer Drake

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Executive Search

Jennifer Silveira

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Executive Search

Tim Morrow

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Executive Search

Liz Van Burkleo

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Executive Search

Susan Martinez

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Executive Search

Finance & Accounting - Contract

Alix Biondo

Managing Partner

Jami Davenport

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Talent Advisor

Kevin Whelton

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Client Services

Lauren Ogrodowicz

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Talent Advisor

Melody Contreras

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Talent Advisor

Rachel Fogg

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Client Services

Alyssa McCollom

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Talent Advisor

Deana Fuhr

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Client Services

Hailey Leahy

Research Associate

Information Technology

Gary Kirkes

Partner, IT Client Services

Vikram “Vik” Nath

Managing Partner - IT Division

Adam Vree

Partner - IT Search

Doug Hubbard

Managing Partner and Founder

Doug is a CPA with degrees in both Accounting and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He began his career in accounting, holding positions in audit, accounting and reporting, before transitioning to the search industry in 1998. With 20+ years in the search business, he has ranked consistently among the top performers within each firm he has worked and has been instrumental in building two highly successful search firms from the ground up. His primary focus is direct hire placement of executive and management levels in Finance and Accounting.

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Stephan Patsch

Managing Partner and Founder

Stephan Patsch, J.D., is a former structured finance attorney who practiced at one of Europe’s top law firms. His focus was in M&A, international tax and structured finance, specifically as it related to the Liberalization of European Energy Markets. Since entering the recruiting industry, Stephan has achieved phenomenal success, attaining and maintaining the status of “Top Performer” at two of Houston’s top financial search firms. Now having more than 15 years’ experience in the Search Industry, Stephan continues to be seen as a top recruiter in Houston.

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Alix Biondo

Managing Partner

Alix joined the Talance Group in October of 2009. She started up the Finance and Accounting Contract Division for the firm, which had previously only focused on direct hire placements. She started her career as a recruiter in Dallas for a large national firm. After moving to Houston, Alix found a passion for managing recruiting and sales teams in more quality focused “boutique” firms where long term relationships are the key to success. Her recruiting experience spans the Accounting, Engineering and IT industries. Alix holds a Business/Marketing degree from the University of North Texas.

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Angela Godfrey

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Executive Search

Angela joined the Talance Group in 2008 and has over 15 years of experience in recruiting for Finance and Accounting. Angela is a former Big 4 Auditor, having worked for for Arthur Andersen in Houston with clients in the Oil & Gas and Real Estate industries, then with KPMG in Austin where she focused on successful high-tech start-ups and IPOs. She also worked as a Financial Analyst for an international manufacturing company, where she focused on market strategy, pricing and long-term operational and corporate planning. She has a proven track record in assisting those with similar backgrounds, particularly Big 4 candidates, make a transition into industry and assisting with their long-term career goals.

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Jeff Wooldridge

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Executive Search

Jeff joined the Talance Group in February 2009. He has over 18 years of recruiting experience for corporations as well as within the search industry. Currently, Jeff recruits accounting, finance, tax and risk professionals from CFO to staff level within the Houston area. Prior to joining The Talance Group, Jeff worked in recruitment for Paul Ray Berndtson (a global executive search firm), Ernst & Young and managed a recruiting team at Exult (now Hewitt). Jeff holds a Degree in Finance from Texas Tech University and worked as a credit analyst in banking before transitioning into recruiting.

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Jennifer Drake

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Executive Search

Jennifer was born and raised in Southern California and started her career in recruiting in Houston in 1999. She has been recruiting specifically in Accounting and Finance in Houston, Texas since 2006 and with The Talance Group since 2010 after working with many of her Talance Group colleagues previously. She feels she is best known for genuinely caring about making the right match for both her candidates and clients and is very relationship driven. She has created a niche in placing candidates out of Public Accounting into industry with a special emphasis in the E&P Accounting sector.

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Jennifer Silveira

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Executive Search

Jennifer joined The Talance Group in 2008 and has over 15 years of accounting and finance recruiting experience. After graduating with an Accounting degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, she was an Accountant and Financial Analyst for seven years. She realized she enjoyed working with people much more than working with numbers, so she decided to become a recruiter and has never looked back. Having the accounting background has proven to be very beneficial, a company staple and she well understands the needs of both her clients and candidates becasuse of her ability to truly listen and fully understand the important needs of those she assists.

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Tim Morrow

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Executive Search

Tim is a native Houstonian with over 30 years’ experience in the Executive Search Industry. He began his career in Los Angeles and worked on the West coast for ten years. Tim moved back to Houston in 1986 and has been recruiting in the Houston area ever since. While Accounting and Finance are his main focus, Tim performs specialty searches for clients in other fields. Tim’s goal is to partner with his clients and candidates to make long term matches.

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Liz Van Burkleo

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Executive Search

Liz joined The Talance Group in 2016 as an Executive Recruiter in the Direct Hire Accounting & Finance Division. Liz is a former candidate of ours, placed at an E&P company as a Financial Analyst in 2010. After 8 years working as a CPA at both Deloitte and as a Sr. Financial Analyst for two publicly traded E&P companies, Liz decided to make the switch to recruiting. Having the accounting foundation has helped Liz be extremely successful in recruiting for her clients.  She has always been a people person, and truly enjoys helping others make their most important next step in their careers. In her time away from the office she loves to spend time with her family and travel. Liz holds a Bachelors of Business with an emphasis in Finance, minor in Economics and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Colorado.

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Susan Martinez

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Executive Search

Susan is a CPA with an accounting degree from the University of Texas at Austin and MBA from the University of Houston Clear Lake.  She began her career in public accounting at Price Waterhouse (now PWC) and then worked 20 years in the oil and gas industry in Houston, building and leading teams of up to 12 professionals.  Susan’s greatest passion was managing people, helping them reach their career goals and recruiting top talent.  She is excited to use her extensive background to find the right match for both clients and candidates.  Her primary focus is direct hire placement of Finance and Accounting professionals and positively changing the lives of people she represents.

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Jami Davenport

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Talent Advisor

Jami is an Aggie (Whoop!) who obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications with an emphasis on Business Communications in 1996. She started her recruiting career when she met her new future employer on a flight to Hawaii where she was being recognized in the “National Circle of Excellence” through AT&T Wireless. 15 years and many hundreds of satisfied clients and candidates later, she has received numerous awards for her dedication to quality in the recruiting process. Jami’s philosophy is to always be “in service” to her internal and external clients.

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Kevin Whelton

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Client Services

Kevin began his career in Accounting in 1988 after graduating from Texas A&M with a Finance Degree. He spent 17+ years in accounting primarily focused on managing financial systems and teams. In 2006, Kevin entered the recruiting industry in a Business Development role with a national recruiting firm, focusing on Accounting/Finance Consultant placements. He then moved to another firm to focus on Direct Hire Placements, leading his direct hire team in production for several of those years. Kevin joined The Talance Group in 2012 as a Business Development Manager in their Accounting/Finance Contract Placement team. Kevin feels that his 7 years of staffing experience, coupled with his many years in Accounting at mostly large companies, brings strong value to his clients. He is passionate about developing relationships and bringing solutions to clients’ needs.

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Lauren Ogrodowicz

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Talent Advisor

Lauren is a rising star on The Talance Group’s Finance & Accounting Contract team. She is in her 6th year in the search business and comes from the real estate and services industries. While relatively new to the recruiting industry in relation to her seasoned colleagues, Lauren has received a record number of accolades for her work in the form of referrals and testimonials. Her successful approach is grounded in an intense focus on customer service, which has obviously been well received by her clientele.

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Melody Contreras

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Talent Advisor

Melody obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Arkansas/Monticello. She started in public accounting and spent 15+ years in various accounting and finance roles before entering the staffing industry. She has held positions from Staff Accountant to Controller in the construction, commercial real estate, and high tech manufacturing industries in Texas and California. Melody started as a direct-hire recruiter focusing on Finance and Accounting placements before moving into Contract recruiting. With an accounting background and over 10 years of recruiting experience, she enjoys working with consultants in their search for the right opportunity.

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Rachel Fogg

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Client Services

Rachel has recently joined The Talance Group as a Business Development Manager in the Contract Accounting & Finance Division. After attending Texas A&M University, she began a successful career in sales. Rachel’s numerous accomplishments and top performance awards allowed her to adjust seamlessly to her new role with our company. She credits her passion for building lasting relationships while focusing on the needs of her clients for her success.  Born and raised in the Lone Star State, she loves all things Texas from sweet tea to two stepping!

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Alyssa McCollom

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Talent Advisor

Alyssa recently joined The Talance Group as a Sr. Principal Recruiter with our IT Division. She stumbled into and embraced the staffing industry over 10 years ago and has loved it ever since. Alyssa has experience with larger international firms as well as smaller privately owned firms giving her a broad understanding of all aspects of the industry. Her recruiting experience encompasses Finance & Accounting, HR, and now IT.  She believes that relationship building is the number one driver for overall success in this field.

2014 – Top F&A Contract Producer

2014 – Top F&A Producer

2015 – Top F&A Contract Producer

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Deana Fuhr

Partner - Finance & Accounting, Client Services

Deana joined The Talance Group in late 2017 as a Senior Business Development Manager.  She started her recruiting career in 1999 with a local firm known for their outstanding training program & exposure to top industry professionals. Here she placed PhD Economists and got her feet wet in the energy industry.  In 2005, Deana joined a firm with a national footprint focused on placing Controllers & CFOs in interim projects across all industries.  She fine-tuned her consultative approach in this role, which she credits as being the backbone to her success.  Deana later joined another firm and focused on the contract/consulting placement of Accounting/Finance professionals at all levels, further expanding her substantial Houston network and being recognized as a Top Producer for six of eight years.

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Hailey Leahy

Research Associate

Hailey recently graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development, having chosen that career path to fulfill a desire to help people develop themselves professionally. She completed an internship during her senior year with one of the largest global retained search firms, and joined The Talance Group after graduation as a Research Associate working with our IT Team, Finance & Accounting Contract and Direct Hire team.

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Julie Jones

Director of Administration

Julie brings to the Talance Group over 10 years of professional experience in office management. She understands the importance of and is responsible for the smooth operation of the day-to-day business of the company. Julie wears many hats as the Office Manager, including facilities management, assisting candidates with various inquiries, processing payroll, management staff support, and maintaining a highly efficient office environment. Her attention to detail and tenacious nature make her an outstanding contributor to the administrative and organizational needs of the company.

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Gary Kirkes

Partner, IT Client Services

Gary was brought in to The Talance Group in 2011 to start and build their IT Division from scratch, a completely new specialty for the firm.  He's done a tremendous job and continues to prove his immense value. Prior to joining The Talance Group he helped start a Houston office for a midsize, recognized firm needing expertise in the Houston market where he aided in growing the pratice into a highly visible, vauable asset to the firm.  Also while there, he was an integral thought leader in strategic planning, building a new recruiting team and penetration of the new market. With over 15 years’ experience in IT Staffing, he is a skilled Account Manager and Recruiter with strengths that include new business development, account territory management, management and mentoring of others, developing high-perfmance teams by way of a postive, well respected, and motivating approach that resonates well with his continually growing team.  In addition, he posseses strong, fair negotiation skills (for clients and candidates alike) and sound business ethics.

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Vikram “Vik” Nath

Managing Partner - IT Division

Vik specializes in identifying top IT talent for both technical and functional positions at all levels within an organization. He is passionate about technology and likes to build strong relationships with his candidates and clients by providing them with as much information as possible to make informed decisions. He has worked directly for software and ecommerce companies where he was able to learn the ins and outs of technology. He maintains a strong focus on improving employee engagement, creating programs that instill healthy leadership habits and accelerating organizational results.

Vik He received his MBA from Michigan State University in Human Resource Management. Outside of work, Vik enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 kids and their Husky mix, Lily. He is an avid Detroit sports fan, loves basketball and enjoys to travel.

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Adam Vree

Partner - IT Search

Adam has 12 years of full life-cycle IT staffing experience placing candidates in both technical and functional roles. These roles encompass just about anything within the SDLC or systems integration life-cycle. He loves technology and helping clients find the most effective resources to help automate business processes, develop cutting edge platforms, and everything in between. He enjoys the tech space because it's ever changing. Each day brings a new challenge or technology to learn about.  He has a particular interest in reading and learning about new technologies as well as best practices from heavy hitters in the IT vertical, which have enabled him to build a vast network in the technology sector. With over a decade’s worth of experience related to sourcing for software & infrastructure solutions, he’s able to have consultative, engaging conversations with clients and candidates alike.

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