Meet Our Team
Here at Burtch Works, we believe in putting a face to a name. Our team consists of industry leading analytics and data science recruiters as well as market research recruiters. Look through our team bios below, and get to know our specialty recruiting experts.
Linda is the founder and managing director at Burtch Works, with more than 30 years of experience placing quantitative professionals. Her expertise has been widely cited in many news outlets, and her deep industry knowledge has made her an invaluable resource for clients and candidates alike.
“Having a long, vested interest in the quantitative and marketing communities, I know what works, and have a true belief that these professions will continue to evolve and grow in important and interesting directions. My greatest professional satisfaction comes from helping candidates explore and realize their career potential, and working with clients to plan for and maximize the potential of their business.”
With more than 20 years’ experience in recruiting and human resources, Sandy is our go-to recruiter for mid- to senior-level candidates in quantitative analytics. She is a firm believer in the adage that people hire people.
“Along the way I have developed relationships with hiring managers and corporate human resource professionals, allowing me to put my candidates directly in front of the decision makers, instead of getting lost in the black hole of the Internet resume submission process.”
After graduating from the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in human resource development, Katie spent six years as a recruiter and human resource generalist for the city of Chicago. As a specialist in quantitative marketing science, Katie helped launch Burtch Works’ mid- and junior-level analytics practice, and has been working with analytics professionals for over ten years.
“Recruiting is often an evolving process, and developing long-term relationships is critical to making the process a success. Qualifications listed on the big job boards are only a part of the picture. Personal connections made by a recruiter and strong relationships will lead to a successful match that is likely to last.”
Prior to joining the Burtch Works team, Karla worked in various marketing research roles in client services, account management and business development at IRI, Knowledge Networks and Dimestore (both now part of GfK and later Ipsos). After starting out recruiting on Burtch Works’ marketing research team, she now enjoys applying her talents to the dynamic analytics and data science fields.
“In my previous positions, I was tasked with building relationships and cultivating trust, and I do the same thing as a recruiter. I enjoy working with clients and professionals to forge meaningful, long-term partnerships, and truly enjoy making the perfect match for both my client and my candidate.”
Before joining Burtch Works, Kit worked in the marketing research industry itself with a focus in qualitative research, most recently at The Futures Company (now operating as Kantar). Prior to that Kit worked at TRU — a boutique insights firm specializing in the youth demographic.
“Because I’ve spent time within the industry itself, I am acutely familiar with the ins and outs of marketing research and insights. I can leverage my background in research to uniquely understand what our clients seek in talent, as well as what our candidates bring to the table, and develop relationships that lead to matching our clients with top-notch marketing research professionals.”
With over 20 years’ experience recruiting in the quantitative fields, Heidi is one of our most experienced specialists. She is currently an executive recruiter on our quantitative team, assisting with the credit risk specialty, and balances her time at Burtch Works with her career in photography.
“Regardless of how technical our society becomes, strong personal relationships will always win over a faceless job process. We are committed to building those relationships with both our candidates and clients, which is why we have such deep relationships with so many of them.”
Before coming to Burtch Works, Caroline earned a Master’s degree in fine art and then worked as an Admissions Recruiter at an art college, as well as on the sales support side at a specialized staffing firm. She now leads Burtch Works’ data engineering recruiting team.
“Through working in recruiting, sales, and marketing at different points in my career, I’ve come to realize the importance of developing strong relationships in whatever I do. As a recruiter, transparent communication is crucial to making the hiring process as smooth as possible for job seekers and clients alike, and is the basis of forming mutually beneficial, long-lasting relationships.”
Before coming to Burtch Works, Brian spent several years in social science research at NORC at the University of Chicago and Abt Associates working on studies for a variety of government agencies. Brian now works on the data science recruiting team.
“Through all of my career, I have found relationships to be the key to success. Knowing that Burtch Works places a high value on building relationships with both candidates and clients, I’m excited to work with professionals and employers to form great relationships that will lead to even greater accomplishments.”
Prior to Burtch Works, Stefan graduated from the University of Iowa with Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and English, and he previously worked in recruiting for actuaries and predictive modelers in the insurance industry. Stefan now works on the early career quantitative and analytics team at Burtch Works.
“As a recruiter, I’ve learned that the most successful recruiting processes have strong relationships formed at their core. I strive to create meaningful connections with both candidates and clients to best understand and fulfill their needs, creating beneficial, lasting relationships.”
Luke has more than 14 years of experience in operations research and analytical recruitment. Additionally, he has many years of logistics management and leadership experience through his career as a US Army officer, and at Burtch Works will be covering OR, supply chain, internet of things (IoT), and other related analytical specialties.
“After returning from an extended Army Reserve mobilization, I look forward to re-establishing my extensive working relationships with candidates and clients in the operations research and statistical communities. I will equally enjoy meeting many new friends and colleagues along the way.”
Stacy is Burtch Works’ Director of Marketing & Social Media, with a background in creative writing and a degree in Marketing with a concentration in Social Media Marketing. She has helped to grow and manage Burtch Works’ marketing, content creation, and social media activities over the past six years.
“Having an online presence has become an essential part of staying current in today’s market. Our recruiters all have considerable expertise in their specialties, and so my goal is to have our social media channels communicate their hiring and career insights, focusing on topics of importance to our diverse audience.”
Mary Vanden Plas
Before coming to Burtch Works, Mary earned a Master’s degree in International Relations then worked in the fast-paced IT department of a major mortgage company. She leverages her extensive knowledge of technology to help Burtch Works more efficiently and completely serve its clients and candidates as Burtch Works’ Director of Operations & Research.
“With all of the tools that technology and the internet provide, you’d think finding a job would be easy, but in fact, it seems to have only become more dehumanized and overwhelming. Burtch Works provides the human touch that job matches need to be truly fruitful and successful for the long-term.”
Donna began her career as an educator. She earned a master’s degree in human resource development from Northeastern Illinois University and has held positions in learning and development and talent acquisition. Donna currently supports Linda Burtch in senior-level quantitative searches.
“My passion for people begins with recognizing what makes each individual unique. I enjoy engaging with others and developing meaningful connections. I believe in building trust with candidates and clients to ensure a positive experience.”