The Northwest Recruiters Association is a nonprofit organization established to serve those in the recruiting profession as a forum for education, networking and information dissemination in a non-competitive environment. We strive to offer ways to develop members' recruiting skills and knowledge in order for them to promote professionalism among the recruiting industry and the broader workplace community. Membership includes technical and non-technical recruiting professionals dedicated to the process of identifying, attracting and hiring individuals to organizations in the Puget Sound area.

Board Members

Marvin Smith


Marvin is a SME in leveraging tools and technology that enhances the human touch in talent acquisition. As a marketer that works in talent acquisition, he focuses on strategies for talent communities, talent sourcing, recruitment marketing, and talent engagement (aka the candidate experience). Marvin’s current role with a Fortune 50 organization (Lockheed Martin) focuses on HR technology (automated recruitment marketing), strategic talent sourcing and creating talent communities for key talent segments. Previously, he held positions in strategic talent sourcing, social recruiting & recruitment marketing program management with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Blackberry; and Microsoft.

Zoe Stamolis

Membership Chair

Zoe Stamolis is Vice President of Parker Staffing; she sets the vision and manages strategic planning for a division staffed by recruiters, account managers, and support staff. She joined Parker Staffing Services in 1995 as the director of sales. Zoe began her career in the staffing industry in 1981. Before Parker, she held management positions at ADECCO, CDI and Volt Services Group, all based in the Pacific Northwest. Zoe plays an active role in the leadership of prominent human resources associations. She has been Membership Co-Chair of the NorthWest Recruiters Association since 2005 and a board member of both Help Desk Northwest and Northwest Call Center Professionals.

Kelly Cartwright

Programs Chair

Kelly Cartwright is the Talent Acquisition Leader for Consumer Retail Business at Amazon where she is responsible for the development and execution of talent acquisition strategies and plans for business. Prior to that, she was SVP, Client Shared Services at Randstad Sourceright. In this position she was responsible for driving performance and innovation for RPO solutions. Key areas of focus included sourcing, assessments, screening, social media, and employment branding. Recognized as one of the Top 100 HR Influencers by HR Examiner, Cartwright has more than 20 years of experience in the Talent Management industry with deep expertise in the rapid development, delivery, and implementation of professional services and technology solutions.

Andrew Holtzclaw

Finance Chair
Andrew Holtzclaw is currently a Recruiting Manager at Amazon, overseeing multiple recruiting teams including the Hardlines and Retail Systems organizations. Andrew has been at Amazon for over 6 years, working across organizations such as Fulfillment, Amazon Echo, and others. Prior to Amazon, Andrew worked for a non-profit organization in Memphis, Tennessee. He lives in Seattle with his wife Susan, and two children, John and Miriam.

Donny Trieu

Technology Chair
Donny Trieu currently recruits the best software engineering talent across all North American product areas for the world's largest search engine. Prior to Google he designed and managed all major tech recruiting programs (marketing, referral, talent community engagement, and university recruiting) and directly influenced SVPs and C level leadership at Expeditors International. He champions change through an unrelenting dedication to challenging convention, designing innovative strategies, and leading hiring managers to success. In a former life, Donny was a Systems Analyst and gladly welcomes the role as Tech Chair for the NWRA.

Jennifer Surapisitchat

Branding/Social Media Chair
As a Talent Acquisition Partner at WE Communications, Jenn has been a pivotal partner in helping WE deliver top talent across North America. In addition to working on executive hires and driving social recruiting for WE (@WEcomms), she has been instrumental in implementing new social recruiting strategies within her organization. As a part of a global PR and Integrated Communications agency, Jenn brings a passion for story telling within social recruitment, giving her a unique ability to attract and engage with candidates.

Tasha Johnson

Operations Chair

Diane Spencer

Events/Hospitality Chair
As a Recruiter for Superior Group, Diane works on filling roles for companies of all shapes and sizes. She loves recruiting and improving situations for various organizations. The reason she got into recruiting was her love of sociology and getting a great window into the corporate cultures of some of the coolest Northwest offices. She uses her passion to find perfect fits for talent. Diane has over 15 years’ experience in events and hospitality which makes her the natural choice to plan NWRA events. In her personal time she is a certified ski instructor and loves white water rafting, backpacking, surfing, and camping. Making her a typical local of the Pacific Northwest.

Brian Heiges

Corporate Sales & Sponsorship Chair
Brian currently heads up recruiting for Nintendo of America where he is responsible for the overall strategy and execution of all full-time and contract staffing across the US. In addition, Brian leads a team of recruiters and coordinators and oversees other recruiting related services such as relocation, immigration, compliance, onboarding, and diversity recruiting. Prior to Nintendo, Brian worked at Amazon as a Recruiting Manager within the Digital Products organization where he led recruiting teams that worked on Kindle, Fire Phone, and Echo. Brian was born and raised in Edmonds, WA, but has spent the last 11 years in Kirkland, WA where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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