Senior Research Associate
Michelle Adkins is an accomplished administrative assistant serving GA&A as a senior research associate. In her role, she assists consultants with pin-point research to identify talented prospects, handles time-sensitive candidate materials, and produces meeting-related documents. Michelle also provides training and guidance to our junior research associates.
Prior to joining GA&A, she filled various roles in the administrative assistant capacity for the Florida Air National Guard, as well as the Department of Labor. She received her B.S. in professional aeronautics, with a minor in management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide.
Search Support Specialist
Jeanie Andrews brings her experience in executive search, human resources, and administrative operations to Greenwood Asher & Associates. She has a unique understanding of higher education, and her well-developed networks translate into insightful support and service to clients and colleagues. Jeanie possesses 30 years of experience at Penn State including roles with progressively more responsibility in labor relations, academic human resources, executive searches, board governance, and executive and administrative operations. During her time at Penn State, she provided administrative oversight and support for the search that culminated in the naming of Penn State’s 18th president. From 2001-2002, Jeanie served as Chair of Penn State’s Commission for Women, and her community volunteer governance roles with the American Red Cross resulted in being named the recipient of the Richard H. Baker Red Cross Leadership Award.
Jeanie received a B.S. in business administration, with an emphasis on human resources and industrial psychology, from Penn State University and has also done graduate work in public administration.
Finance & Controls Officer
Joanna Dawson serves as the finance and controls officer for Greenwood Asher & Associates providing leadership, oversight, and execution of financial matters. Her responsibilities include management of financial controls such as fiscal budgeting and forecasting.
She previously worked as controller for Legal Services of Alabama where she was responsible for the overall financial management of the organization. Joanna has a background in public accounting and holds a B.S. in mathematics, and a M.S. in accountancy.
Search Support Specialist
Jane Drennan’s experience as a teacher and building, district, and charter school leader in K-12 public schools in Minnesota, Georgia, and Ohio prepared her for success as a search support specialist with GA&A. The focus of her leadership has always been equity-focused, including identifying diverse groups of highly qualified candidates for roles within organizations. She is committed to identifying and supporting leaders that reflect the unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of students and their communities. As the “founding principal” for two new schools, she worked collaboratively with employees and the community resulting in being selected by the local teachers’ association as Principal of the Year.
Jane has an education specialist-6th year certificate equivalency and a B.S. in elementary education from Winona State University; a Bachelor of Music from Miami University; and is certified as an executive coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (i.e., iPEC).
Mike Griffin manages GA&A's technology operations. He facilitates the firm's knowledge management system to ensure that the firm's research capabilities and database are integrated and optimized to peak efficiency. He keeps the firm technologically advanced by researching new strategies to expedite search operations and communications via voice, internet and video.
Emma McAdam provides support to GA&A's search managers, consultants, and clients in her role as a research associate. Some of her critical responsibilities include completing extensive research to identify unique qualified prospects that are aligned with clients’ expectations, processing applicants’ materials, and uploading candidate documentation for search committees to review. Previously, Emma served as a communications specialist for a credit union where she managed confidential member accounts and addressed product and service inquiries.
Riley Milledge brings over four years of staffing experience to GA&A in her role as a research associate. Her tasks include completing targeted research to identify prospects, organizing candidate documentation for search committees, and supporting effective communication between clients and consultants. Having served as a recruiter in the transportation logistics industry before joining GA&A, she brings a fully developed and unique sourcing skill set. Riley has an earned diploma in administrative and secretarial science from Penn Foster College and is currently pursuing her associates degree in human resource management.
Senior Research Associate
Renee Nelson provides support to GA&A consultants and clients in her role as a senior research associate. Part of her responsibilities include extensive candidate research, organizing resources for search committees, and facilitating smooth communication between GA&A and our clients.
Prior to joining GA&A, Renee provided administrative and marketing support to a local nonprofit. Renee received a B.A. in communication from the University of Washington Tacoma.
Finance Support Specialist
Marie Olney brings more than 20 years of experience in accounting in her role as finance support specialist at GA&A. She is responsible for accounts payable, receivable, collections, and processing candidate travel reimbursements.
Before entering the executive search sector, her work experience ranges from a small business owner to a paralegal specialist in corporate affairs. In addition to her certification as a paralegal, she is bonded as a notary.
Diana Velasquez serves Greenwood Asher & Associates as the executive assistant to the senior leadership team. She supports the day-to-day operations of the firm and is responsible for identifying and implementing process improvements to create greater effectiveness and efficiency. Further, Diana manages the firm’s master calendar, travel for senior leaders, and all office communications. She brings eight years of business and marketing experience and possesses a B.A. from Southeastern University in international business and management.