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 35 years of experience placing data scientists & analytics 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 25 years’ experience in recruiting and human resources, Sandy is our go-to recruiter for mid- to senior-level candidates in data science & analytics. She is a firm believer in the adage that people hire people.
“An advantage when working with Burtch Works, is that since we’ve developed such strong relationships with hiring managers and HR professionals, we can advocate for your qualifications directly with decision makers, instead of your resume getting lost in the black hole of the internet 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 15 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.”
She has co-founded and operated data science for good nonprofit organizations, and continues to leverage volunteers, data, tools, and other resources to tackle community challenges through Technology Association of Georgia’s organization, TAG Data Science & Analytics – FOR GOOD Initiative. She also serves as Chair for TAG Data Science & Analytics, board member for Neighborhood Nexus, immediate past chair for INFORMS analytics certification board, Vice Chair for the analytics society, former podcast host for The Analytics Buzz and Analytics Out Loud, and current host for TAG Data Talk.
Scott’s motto is, “Make yourself useful, doing something hard, with good people.” Scott enjoys traveling (he’s been to all 50 states and 15 countries), reading, cooking, and sitting around the firepit with family and friends.
Hussan graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration concentrated in Information Systems. As Burtch Works’ Director of Operations & Research, he leverages his knowledge of recruiting operations and technology to help serve our clients and candidates more efficiently. He has extensive experience involving operations management, business development, HR, and data reporting/administration.
“As I navigate my career I have learned that in business it is all about the people and relationships you build along the way. You never know who you can help or who can help you in the distant future, so it is best to always be trustworthy, keep your integrity, and keep in touch with your network.”
Melanie is a licensed CPA in the state of Ohio, and holds a BS in Accounting from Northern Kentucky University, as well as an MBA from Morehead State University. She spent the last six years at a large-scale education technology company, and is particularly skilled with systems implementation and audit compliance. She has joined Burtch Works as our Manager of Accounting, working closely with our operations team.
“I love my job because I get to help businesses execute financial goals in order to succeed and grow. With Burtch Works currently expanding their talent services, I’m excited to tackle the financial compliance and strategic financial goals necessary to support these initiatives.”
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 eight years, and assists Mary Duskwood with research projects.
“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 content and social media channels communicate their hiring and career insights, focusing on topics of importance to our diverse audience.”
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. She now leads Burtch Works’ research & insights recruiting team.
“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.”
Matt spent over 13 years in the market research industry and has extensive account management experience in healthcare and public-sector research. He provided hands-on client service to one of the largest health care insurance providers and helped manage their national brand tracking study, and now assists Kit Nordmark on Burtch Works’ research & insights recruiting team.
“Most of the research contracts that I oversaw were bound by government regulations and needed me to be meticulous in my supervision. I am able to bring that same level of accountability to my position at Burtch Works to ensure that I am finding the best fit for the roles that I am representing.”
Jon brings over seven years of experience working in business development and client management across technical recruiting and professional consulting services. He works on Burtch Works’ data science & analytics recruiting team, cultivating our current relationships and expanding to new client relationships through a consultative approach to solving unique business challenges.
“As the world and technology continues to evolve, the importance of building a meaningful relationship along with the business partnership remains of utmost importance. I enjoy getting to know my clients personally, partnering with them to solve problems, and helping them achieve positive business outcomes to take their organization to the next level.”
Henry received his BS in Finance from the College of Charleston, and before coming to Burtch Works gained experience with internships in Private Equity and a Tech Startup in Los Angeles. He works on Burtch Works’ data science & analytics recruiting team, focused on the West Coast.
“Working as an analyst for a tech startup coupled with my exposure to the Private Equity world really sparked my interest in IT and data science. Gaining experience with business use cases for these technologies helped me realize the significant impact that data has on our lives, and encouraged my interest in recruiting for these fields.”
Joe comes to Burtch Works’ data science & analytics recruiting team with over 7 years of direct experience as a data scientist. He has an extensive background in the analytics field working to build statistical modeling, advanced analytics, and visualization/reporting in both the banking and manufacturing industries.
“I truly believe that the fields of data science, analytics, and technology are helping to solve some of our generation’s biggest issues today, as well as making the world a better place. Here at Burtch Works, we believe in and are working every day to accelerate a singular purpose – to drive the world further toward digital transformation.”
With over 20 years’ experience recruiting in data science & analytics, Heidi is one of our most experienced specialists. She is currently an executive recruiter on our data science & analytics team, focusing on the Eastern region, and balances her time at Burtch Works with managing the busy schedules of her four kids.
“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.”
A recent graduate from West Chester University with a major in Marketing, Mike is Burtch Works’ first employee based out of the Philadelphia area, and will be supporting the data science recruiting team focused on the Northeast Region of the country.
“My passion for helping people meet their goals and find success is the driving factor for my work ethic. Advancing candidates career’s while supplying clients with the pivotal help they need for success will always be rewarding!”
Before coming to Burtch Works, Steph got her Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University and previously helped open a local Pilates studio in Chicago, where she was in charge of sales and general management. Her passion for learning about people and building meaningful relationships is what brought her to Burtch Works, where she currently works on our data science & analytics recruiting team, focused on the Northeast region of the US.
“I’m passionate about helping people and making a difference. A career change is a huge step in someone’s life and to me, there is nothing more rewarding than being a person in their corner to help navigate it. I pride myself in being a great listener and for doing right by the client and candidate above all else.”
Natalie comes to Burtch Works from the technical recruiting sector with a strong background in business development and long-term relationship building. She has significant experience identifying contract, contract-to-permanent, and permanent positions in the areas of IT, Business Applications, Telecommunications and Engineering, and now works technology & data engineering roles.
“Through my work in various sales and recruiting roles, I’ve learned that listening is the most important part of my job. Listening to my client’s needs helps me understand their goals and provide first-in-class service, and I pride myself on doing what’s right for both the client and the candidate above all else.”
Jake received his degree in Learning & Organizational Change from Northwestern University, and in his role at Burtch Works, Jake uses his recruiting and data analytics internship experience on Burtch Works’ data engineering recruiting team.
“During my time as a student-athlete at Northwestern, I realized that the key to making real connections with people is communication. This leads to a strong understanding of the beliefs, wants, and needs of others to find the best solution.”
Merima received her degree in Economics from Lake Forest College, and in her role at Burtch Works, Merima uses her prior experience in project management to assist with our data engineering searches.
“Throughout my college career and time spent being a project manager, I learned that certain relationships that you build in your early career can last a lifetime. I have always valued honesty and integrity and I believe transparent communication is the way to go. My goal is to be able to help others and have a positive impact on those I work with.”
Valerie received her BA in Fashion Merchandising from Western Illinois University. Before coming to Burtch Works she gained relationship management skills while working in the retail industry. She works on Burtch Works Data Engineering team.
“Having worked in the retail industry for over 15 years, I was ready for an opportunity to use my strong relationship management skills in a new way, and recruiting seemed like the next logical step. I enjoy working with both client companies and job seekers to find the next right step for their goals!”
Before joining Burtch Works, TJ spent 10 years in the education sector as a professional counselor advising individuals through critical life moments. In his role at Burtch Works, TJ leverages his counselor skillset with our data science and analytics team on the West Coast.
“I’m passionate about helping people through critical life moments and believe my background uniquely positions me as a trusted advisor for both clients and candidates. I believe listening is the key to developing strong relationships and providing a best-in-class experience for both clients and candidates.”