Meet the Team

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Whether looking for an entry level recruiting position or your next career step using your recruiting experience, CareNational is the place to be. We offer an excellent work environment, high-tech tools, and superb fringe benefits!

Steve Thornley, CSC

Chief Executive Officer

Meet Steve

  • Co-Founded CareNational in 2009
  • Certified Search Consultant (CSC)
  • Has over 26 years of recruiting experience
  • Favorite Quote: Never give up except to convictions of conscience and good sense. - Winston Churchill
  • Fun Fact: Steve was the lead vocalist for the classic rock band Big Trigger.

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About Steve:  Steve was raised in East Millcreek, Utah and attended Utah State University.  Steve began his staffing and recruitment career in 1989 and entered the healthcare space initially in 1997 working for Patient Account Management Services (PAMS), in Tucson, Arizona.  In December 2009, after six years’ with an Arizona-based healthcare recruiting company, Steve started CareNational Healthcare Services with a focus on national Nurse recruitment for the Medical Management segment of healthcare. Steve has held almost every job in the staffing and recruitment industry and now focuses on Client Development for CareNational, Company Operations, Branding and Process Improvement. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Staffing Consultant (CSC) by the American Staffing Association.  Steve enjoys supporting charitable causes such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation . He is the proud father of five children and resides in Mesa, Arizona.

Aaron Lebovitz, CSC

President

Meet Aaron

  • Co-Owner of CareNational
  • Certified Search Consultant (CSC).
  • Has over ten years of recruiting experience
  • Favorite Quote: What is the meaning of life? To be happy and usefull. - Dali Lama
  • Fun Fact: Aaron is CareNational's reigning King of Ping Pong.

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About Aaron: Aaron was born and raised outside Chicago, IL and graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Management. He moved to Arizona in 2005 where he got his start in healthcare staffing after being a top producer with Careerbuilder.com where he had found huge success within the healthcare vertical. Entering his 11th year in Staffing and Recruitment, Aaron is primarily responsible for leading and overseeing sales efforts for CareNational.  Aaron is also responsible for the Scottsdale Branch including the West Coast Clinical team and the growth of the Non-Clinical Division.  Aaron is passionate about making a positive impact on the local community and sits on the board as the VP and incoming President for Suns Charities 88, raised almost $40,000 running for Man of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is the incoming Moderator for his Entrepreneurs’ Organization Forum.  Aaron resides in Scottsdale with his wife and daughter, Ava, who was born in January of 2015.

Mary Laufbaum, RN

Quality Management Consultant,
HEDIS Subject Matter Expert

Meet Mary

  • Special Consultant to CareNational and has over 25 years' of Medical Management experience.
  • Favorite Quote: My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. - Maya Angelou
  • Fun Fact: Mary is learning to play golf!

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About Mary: Mary joined the CareNational Team in 2015 as a Special Consultant for our HEDIS Recruiting and Staffing Operation. Mary has over 25 years’ of experience in Medical Management on the health insurance side including Case Management, Utilization Management and Quality/HEDIS and Hospital Coding. She enjoys mentoring men and women who have moved in to management positions and enjoys watching them grow in the industry.

Whitney Sanders, PHR

Corporate Operations/HR Administrator and Media Relations Representative

Meet Whitney

  • Joined CareNational in 2014
  • Has ten-years of recruiting experience.Favorite Quote: Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible! - Audrey Hepburn
  • Fun Fact: Whitney has never broken a bone in her body!

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About Whitney: Whitney grew up as a midwest girl in central Minnesota. Although she loves the midwest, she felt the lure of warmer weather and decided to experience big city life by moving to Arizona in 2000. She attended Arizona State University (Go Sun Devils!) graduating in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Business Management. She started off her career after college in retail operations and management with a focus in Corporate Recruiting and Human Resources. Whitney recently obtained her Professional in Human Resources certification (PHR)! Whitney is passionate about healthy food, the environment, and travel!

Tom Hasara

Corporate Director, Business Intelligence

Meet Tom

  • Joined CareNational in 2011
  • Has four years of recruiting research experience
  • Has four years of healthcare experience
  • Favorite Quote: The beginning is the most important part of the work. -Plato
  • Fun Fact: Tom shares a hometown with Michael Jackson!

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About Tom: Tom hails from the greater Chicago area. He graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2002 and was commissioned as an Officer in the US ARMY. There he primarily served as a Military Intelligence Officer for a Germany-based unit, deploying twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, until he returned to civilian life in 2009. Since 2011, Tom has been bringing military precision to CareNational’s business intelligence efforts, training and leading a Research Team to target top talent.

Ron Amodio, CSC

Regional Vice President-Clinical
Western/Pacific Region

Meet Ron

  • Joined CareNational in 2011
  • Has over 12 years of recruiting experience and 27 years in Healthcare
  • Certified Search Consultant (CSC)
  • Favorite Quote: ;You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. -Wayne Gretzky
  • Fun Fact: Ron loves to sing but has the worst voice ever!

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About Ron: Ron was born on Staten Island, New York, but grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. He went to ASU and graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism in 1998. Ron has been in healthcare for 27 years working for companies such as PCS Health Systems, PrimeStaff/Acclivity, Asterino and Associates, and Wolters Kluwer. Ron has 9 years of leadership experience and enjoys leading the west coast team at CareNational. Ron is married and has 2 kids, an incoming freshman at University of Arizona and a sophomore at Pinnacle High School.

Terry Kennedy

Search Consultant
Central/Midwest Region

Meet Terry

  • Joined CareNational in 2011
  • Has over 20 years of recruiting experience with over 9 years in healthcare
  • Favorite Quote: Be Brilliant on the Basics - Vince Lombardi
  • Fun Fact: Placed in the top 2 of women drivers in a Nostalgia Drag Race driving a fuel injected 57 Chevy- televised on ESPN.

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About Terry: Terry grew up in upstate New York, moving to Arizona when she was 18. Over the next few years, she lived in a variety of places including Banff, Alberta, Canada and Jacksonhole, Wyoming, eventually settling back in Arizona. Terry has been recruiting in the Phoenix area for over 20 years in a variety of specialties including Administrative/Engineering/Technical Recruiting and Healthcare. She loves the challenges and rewards of Healthcare Medical Management Recruiting. She resides in Mesa, Arizona.

Prashant Patel, CSC

Associate Regional Director
Central/Midwest Region

Meet Prashant

  • Joined CareNational in 2012.
  • Certified Search Consultant (CSC)
  • Has over 10 years of recruiting experience with 5 in healthcare.
  • Favorite Quote: You don't have to like it but learn to love it because it's the best thing going. -Ric Flair
  • Fun Fact: Prashant was born in Zambia, Africa.

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About Prashant: Prashant grew up in Reno, Nevada for over 25 years before moving to the Valley of the Sun in 2012. Prashant has 10 years of recruiting experience with 5 years being in the Healthcare segment. His passion for recruitment is that he loves to create opportunities for others. Prashant is a huge sports enthusiast (Go Florida State!) and loves to travel.

David DiVito

Associate Regional Director
Non-Clinical Division

Meet David

  • Joined CareNational in 2016.
  • Has over 25 years of recruiting experience.
  • Favorite Quote: No one who ever gave their best regretted it.- George Halas
  • Fun Fact: Dave is an accomplished guitarist with over 30 years of performing, recording and teaching experience..

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About David: David was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent his childhood splitting time between Phoenix, Northern Arizona and Chicago. He has over 25 years of management, recruiting and training experience and is most proud of helping others realize and achieve their goals in life. He is passionate about music, and is a life long Chicago Cubs fan. David has a seven year old son named Devin who also shares his love of baseball. He currently resides in Gilbert, AZ.

Kayla Rogers, CHP

Search Consultant
Non-Clinical Division

Meet Kayla

  • Joined CareNational in 2015
  • Certified as a Healthcare Staffing Professional (CHP) by the American Staffing Association
  • Favorite Quote: Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. -Babe Ruth
  • Fun Fact: Kayla has been to 12 of the 30 MLB stadiums and is hoping to go to all of them!

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About Kayla: Kayla was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended Arizona State University and graduated in 2014 with a BS in Communications. She enjoys hiking, group fitness classes, trying new restaurants, road trips, and going to baseball games. (Go DBacks!)

Derek Dunbar, CHP

Search Consultant
Non-Clinical Division

Meet Derek

  • Joined CareNational in 2015
  • Certified as a Healthcare Staffing Professional (CHP) by the American Staffing Association
  • Favorite Quote: Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. -Theodore Roosevelt
  • Fun Fact: Derek can speak German

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About Derek: Derek was born in Westchester, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Orange County, California. At the start of his sophomore year at Arizona State University, Derek’s family moved out of the country to Herzogenaurach, Germany. For the next 3 years, Derek would spend his summer and winter holidays in Bavaria, traveling with his family throughout southern Germany and nearby countries. Although he misses the warm beaches back in southern California, after graduating with a B.S. in Marketing in 2014, he chose to stay in Scottsdale and start his career in the Valley of the Sun.

Josh Petre, CSC

Search Consultant
Non-Clinical Division

Meet Josh

  • Joined CareNational in 2014
  • Favorite Quote: Whether you think you can, or think you can't. You're right. - Henry Ford
  • Fun Fact: Josh worked as a lobsterman for 3 years in mid-coast Maine.

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About Josh: Josh was raised in Maine and has also lived in Europe and South America. He has 10 years of sales experience covering Finance, Technology, and Healthcare. When not at work, you can find Josh traveling the world, playing golf, and spending quality time with his wife Elina and two dogs, Molly and Bageira.

Kevin Slafkosky, CSC

Regional Vice President-Clinical
Eastern/Atlantic Region

Meet Kevin

  • Joined CareNational in 2013
  • Certified Search Consultant (CSC)
  • Has over 4 years of recruiting experience
  • Has over 5 years of healthcare experience
  • Favorite Quote: Aut viam inveniam aut faciam
  • Fun Fact: Kevin hates pickles! Seriously, no pickles. Ever.

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About Kevin: Kevin was born and raised in beautiful Baltimore, MD! He has over 2 years of Healthcare recruiting experience and 5 years total recruiting experience. He loves to match up a good organization with a great candidate! Kevin played lacrosse in college for the University of Maryland, and, he is an avid supporter of the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles and all things Terrapin. Kevin is proud of the growth and development within the East Coast team at CareNational!

Amanda Sowards, CHP

Search Consultant
Eastern/Atlantic Region

Meet Amanda

  • Joined CareNational in 2015
  • Certified as a Healthcare Staffing Professional (CHP) by the American Staffing Association
  • Favorite Quote: Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. -General George Patton
  • Fun Fact: Amanda is an Army Veteran and served for 9 years in 4 different countries .

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About Amanda: Amanda was raised in Arizona and has lived all over the country and even some parts of the world due to her  nine-year career in the Army. After the Army, Amanda and her family moved back to Arizona where she fell into technical recruiting. After moving to very green Baltimore, she began her adventure with CareNational in Medical Management Recruiting. She has over a year of experience with recruiting and is very driven to provide the best recruiting experience any candidate will ever have. When Amanda is not spending time with her husband and two children at the park or playing games, she is out horse back riding or taking pictures of her adventures.

Erik Berg

Search Consultant
Eastern/Atlantic Region

Meet Erik

  • Joined CareNational in 2016
  • Favorite Quote: Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more- George S. Patton
  • Fun Fact: Erik has a 100% close rate on asking for hands in marriage. .

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About Erik: Erik was born in Portland, OR, spent the latter part of his childhood in Orange County, CA and attended college at USC. After graduation, he worked in analytical roles with legal, staffing, and insurance companies and a string of call center management jobs focused on turning around under-performing teams. Realizing that his true professional passion is for developing people and organizations, Erik has come back to recruiting and relocated from Colorado to be a part of the high-performing East Coast team. Outside of work, Erik enjoys cooking, spending time with his family, and discovering all that Maryland has to offer.

Daniel Pantiru

Associate Business Intelligence Analyst
Corporate

Meet Daniel

  • Joined CareNational in 2016
  • Favorite Quote:The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why- Mark Twain
  • Fun Fact: Daniel has been to California many times, but still hasn't gone to Disneyland!.

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About Daniel: Daniel (Danny) is a student at Arizona State University, studying Global Logistics Management and Business Communication. At ASU, he is part of the Supply Chain Management Association, Delta Sigma Pi International Business Fraternity and the Romanian Student Organization. Danny’s hobbies include music, traveling, and sports. He has traveled through most of Europe and would like to visit Southeast Asia. He enjoys playing football and soccer. His favorite sports teams include the Green Bay Packers and Real Madrid. Danny works in CareNational’s Research Department.

Kaylee Browning

Associate Operations Administrator
Corporate

Meet Kaylee

  • Joined CareNational in 2016
  • Favorite Quote: Fall seven times, stand up eight - Japanese Proverb
  • Fun Fact: Kaylee is a huge Marvel movie fan!

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About Kaylee: Kaylee was born in Southern California and moved to Arizona in December of 2015. She is a third year college student pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. She has three years of experience in sales in a hospitality and retail environment. Kaylee enjoys being able to help others, making sure they have the best experience possible. She began with CareNational in 2016 and is a full time student at Arizona State University.

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