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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Melissa has several years of experience in staffing, supporting clients from initial startup through Fortune 50 organizations. Melissa started her career after college as a writer and assistant producer for News Radio, and transitioned to staffing and business development from an agency perspective. She’s now an integral part of Burtch Works’ data engineering team.
“Although it was a change in focus, I think I’m a better recruiter because I started my career in news. It taught me to be an intuitive listener, to cultivate relationships, and to better highlight and express what makes a candidate a great fit for the right opportunity. My goal continues to be fostering the development of my candidates’ careers and building stronger relationships with clients.”
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.”
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!”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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 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.”
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.”
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 support Linda Burtch with her senior data science and analytics 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.”
Hussan graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration concentrated in Information Systems. He has had prior internships that involved working with data administration, as well as HR/Recruiting, and is Burtch Works’ Manager of Operations assisting Mary Duskwood.
“As I begin 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.”