Our Staff

Leadership

Judy Daniels

CEO

Judy started HRU in 1980 after a successful start to her career in running various branch offices for national staffing firms. Her big break came at a pre-holiday party when speaking to the husband of a close friend, who happened to be an Engineering Director of General Motors. He was struggling to find Engineers – Judy’s response “I can do that!” and she’s been doing that ever since!

Tim Sackett

President

Tim is one of the few HR pros who has been on both sides of the desk. With over 20 years of experience in talent acquisition, Tim has worked as a staffing director on the corporate side with companies like Applebee’s International, ShopKo Stores, Inc. and Sparrow Health System. He also has had two stints with HRU – first coming to us directly out of college for eight years, then returning – a la the Prodigal Son – to run HRU after a nine-year sabbatical on the corporate side of the fence (and his story is closer to the Biblical reference than you might think!). Tim is an active HR blogger, conference presenter and advocate for a Diet Mountain Dew soda fountain in the office. He truly believes that the most important role of HR in any organization is to increase the talent.

Todd Briggs

Vice President of Business Development

Todd just celebrated his 33rd Anniversary with HRU. He is responsible for developing much of HRU’s business across multiple industries. He knows that new business development is a non-stop endeavor, stating that it takes a lot of determination, patience, persistence and vision to build a successful client relationship, but when you are done, everyone is satisfied and happy with the results. He attended Grand Valley State University and Hillsdale College, studying engineering and business. Outside of work, Todd enjoys spending time with his wife, and is a proud dogfather. He also plays competitive baseball throughout Michigan and competes annually in the Roy Hobbs World Series in Florida. Todd plays the guitar & drums, and enjoys hunting and fishing. His favorite quote: “Those who say it can’t be done should get out of the way of those doing it.” – Chinese Proverb

Teresa Carper, JD

VP of Operations

Teresa, or “Trish” as we like to call her, is from the big city of Chicago. Trish graduated from Tri-State University with a bachelor’s in Management. After working several years in the field of HR she decided it was time for a law degree, so she packed up her husband and all her animals – she has a lot of animals – and moved to Michigan to attend Cooley Law School. When Trish is not busy overseeing office operations, she can be found in the country with her husband and hanging out with her animals. Trish is known as the pet lady – and we aren’t just talking cats and dogs… we’re also talking about squirrels and racoons — and has as many animals as her husband will let her have (and/or rescue)!

Jacki Rieder

VP of Finance

Jacki graduated from Northwood University with a degree in Business Administration. She has been at HRU for 15 years and is responsible for keeping the company finances in order. During the day, you can typically find Jacki pouring herself a cup of coffee. She is a mom of two girls, a wife, the next Joanna Gaines, and the designated office therapist – though she unfortunately doesn’t have a fancy therapy chair. During her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her kids and husband, binge watching all things Netflix, and napping. She is a firm believer in “a nap a day keeps the crabby away”.

 

Operations

Aaron Hale

Talent Acquisition Manager

Aaron has been with HRU for 11 years and genuinely enjoys working with clients to hire the best possible fit for their organization. In Aaron’s opinion, there’s no better feeling than the gratitude received from someone for helping them get their foot in the door. He grew up in Grand Rapids, MI – which he claims is the greatest place on earth with the exceptions of Disneyland, Vegas, Italy and a few others) — and graduated from Grand Valley State University. He also firmly believes that GVSU is the greatest University on earth – except for Michigan State University (Go Green/Go White!). As a fan of healthy competition, he loves all things sports related. He is a true family man whose greatest joy is watching his daughters grow up and being an avid participant in chauffeuring them to ballet and softball practice.

Zach Jensen

Talent Acquisition Manager

Zach graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in HR. He worked his way through school working part-time at a lobbying firm by day and at one of the student bars by night. He has now found a home in Talent Acquisition where he has worked for nearly 10 years. He loves learning new client businesses and has seen how good staff augmentation can change the trajectory of an organization. He holds extensive knowledge of cocktail ingredients and best HR practices. Outside the office, he serves as the Treasurer on the board for Girls on the Run of Mid-Michigan to help give back to his community. Zach has won championships in golf and bowling over the last few years, both of which are sports he is terrible at (good teammates and blind luck?). When not playing “lifetime sports” you can find him at Red Wings games hoping the rebuild will finally turn the corner, supporting the Lansing Lugnuts on warm summer days with his girlfriend and their pup Vinnie “The Microwave” Jensen-Warner.

Sarah Gause

HR/Payroll Administrator

Sarah graduated with Honors from Baker College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is new to HRU and hopes to be challenged in her new role while she brings new ideas to the table! At home she is a wife and mother of two humans and a black lab mix. Sarah is a home improvement projects junky (currently in competition with Jacki to be the next Joanna Gaines) and definitely is considered a do-er. She likes to spend her free time in the great outdoors with family and friends and decompress with HGTV, a good book, or a long walk. 
 

Alyssa LaFrance

HR Specialist

Alyssa graduated from Siena Heights University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science Media Technology with a Minor in Professional Communication. She has an extensive background in customer service, is a SKILLED barista, and has a strong passion for helping others. She loves all things coffee (used to work for Starbucks in Seattle). Alyssa is a proud navy brat, born in Connecticut and raised in Hawaii and Michigan. She’s also a very artistic person and has an Associates in photography. Alyssa is mother to a 20 lb cat, Suki, and a 8 lb tiny dachshund, Timmy (email her for photos, I promise it’s worth it!). In her free time she loves to cook, play video games, and spend time with my family.

Casey McDowell

Digital Marketing & Social Media Specialist

Casey is a graduate of Northwood University with a degree in Marketing. She has a background in the automotive industry and will talk cars with you for hours. Casey is new to her role here at HRU and hopes that this new role can be as challenging as it is rewarding. She hopes to grow the Marketing department to showcase how great HRU is and will continue to be. Casey is the mother to a wonderful German Shepherd puppy, Mavis, and a very loveable cat, Mia. In her free time, she loves to go to the gym, reading, and is obsessed with northern Michigan. When she is not working or at the gym, she is at her Family’s cabin near Traverse City.

 

Recruiters

Brian McIntosh

Technical Recruiter

Brian graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is a US Army Veteran that deployed with the legendary 1st Cavalry Division to Iraq to support Operation New Dawn and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Brian is a father who loves spending time with his son doing almost any outdoor activity. He is also a dog lover and loves spending time playing with puppies. In his free time, Brian enjoys sand storms, flying in Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters at high speeds and low altitudes through mountain ranges, and sending “big boy bullets” down range.

Andrew Klenk

Technical Recruiter

Andrew is a University of Michigan graduate with a Bachelors in Philosophy. He has a background in IT, Sales, Customer Service, and Technical Support. Andrew is upbeat, positive and loves recruiting because he enjoys helping others. Andrew is HRU’s resident nerd and he loves keeping up on the latest tech trends! He (unofficially) goes by IT-Andy, and seems to solve any technical issue we come across at HRU! He enjoys rock climbing, astronomy, gardening, reading, and long walks in the rain and Pina Coladas!

Ellen Dally

Technical Recruiter

Ellen is a Michigan State University graduate and comes to HRU with 20 years of background in retail, staffing and customer service. She has a passion for ensuring customers and clients are not only satisfied, but impressed with the service she provides. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her kids and husband, in that order. She also enjoys going camping, wine tasting and karaoke. Her go to karaoke song is High Enough by Damn Yankees!

Chance Smith

Technical Recruiter

Chance graduated from Alma College with a Business Management degree. He wrestled for four years in college and still enjoys heavy lifting and eating dinner twice. Chance started at HRU in 2017 and enjoys recruiting as it gives him the ability to learn and get to know people. Chance is known to drink a record amount of coffee during the work day, taking the phrase, “running on coffee” to a whole new level. Outside of work, Chance loves to spend time in the great outdoors. In the summer, he can be found reeling in some fish and during the fall he can be found up in a tree stand calling in deer (the hunting fever here is real folks). Also, in his spare time, Chance enjoys cheese, traveling, moving cars, and watching UFC fights.

Austin Montas

Technical Recruiter

Austin graduated from Northwood University with a Marketing and Sports Management Degree. He is new to HRU Tech and joined our team in January 2022! He played baseball in college and still puts time into the game by working as a baseball instructor on the side. Before starting at HRU he worked for Lippert Components as a Design Fabric Engineer. During his free time, you’ll find Austin either golfing, hanging with friends/family, or doing anything outdoors when its WARM (emphasis on this). Austin is a diehard MSU fan as he grew up in Mason near MSU’s campus. Some of his favorite things to watch on TV/Netflix are any sporting event, Psych, and How I Met Your Mother.

Richard Winston

Technical Recruiter

Richard graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Capital and Society. He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and enjoys going back home to visit friends and family. He loves all things Sports and can create a fun competition out of almost anything. In his free time, he’s always trying to replicate new recipes found on YouTube.

Joe Sager

Technical Recruiter

Joe is from Haslett, MI and just joined HRU in October 2021. His undergrad was in Entrepreneurship and Marketing at CMU and he graduated with his MBA from DeVos Graduate School at Northwood with a 3.87 GPA. So we think he’s pretty smart. Joe enjoys going to the MAC to lift weights and use the steam room! He also cycles and golfs, plus has a side hustle of selling items on Amazon and eBay. He’s a big Michigan State fan and been to more games than he can count. And, an avid Game of Thrones fan with two cats named Daenarys and Rhaegar to prove it. He joined HRU during the Fall of 2021 and we’re excited to have him!

Amanda Hansen

Technical Recruiter

Amanda graduated with Honors from Madonna University with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and 3 Certifications in homeland security, animal cruelty investigation, and private investigation. She has a background in sales, management, marketing, insurance, and philanthropic work. She is also a wildlife rehabilitator who works with raptors, birds of prey (bald eagles, because you know… America) owls, hawks, falcons, and other wildlife. She is currently working on becoming a licensed falconer and works with several local animal shelters in the area fostering. Amanda has been playing ice hockey since she was 8 years old and is a big Notre Dame and MSU college football fan (when she’s not in the stands for Lansing Catholic HS football cheering for her 16-year-old “gigantic” son). She is new to HRU so give her a warm welcome!

Tyler Bradner

Technical Recruiter

Tyler attended Kellogg CC and Davenport University where he studied computer science. While in college, he played baseball receiving ALL-American honors. That same year the team attended the JUCO World Series and finished 5th. Since Tyler’s glory days in baseball he has spent most of his time traveling and backpacking mainly in New England and New York, but also to the canary islands and Alaska. He has 2 Dogs Roman (Border Collie) and Athena (Aussie Shepherd) who have just as much energy as he has. When Tyler isn’t off on an adventure he enjoys getting in a round of golf, coaching baseball and playing video games with his buddies.