Meet Our Team

MANAGING PRINCIPAL & CEO

Carolyn Thompson

Carolyn Thompson is a US-based entrepreneurial business leader and founder of The Merito Group. With over twenty years of experience in talent acquisition and executive coaching, she is an industry thought leader and a published subject matter expert.
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CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Todd Prouty, MBA

Todd is an accomplished accounting and finance executive with a track record of success in strategic corporate finance. He serves as Merito Group’s CFO overseeing FP&A, accounting, payroll operations, contracts, vendor management, and billing.
DIRECTOR OF CLIENT DEVELOPMENT

Catherine Straley

Catherine leads Merito Group’s client development practice. She has a 12+ year track record of success in digital media, software, professional services, and staffing for medium to large businesses. Her extensive knowledge in business development, marketing, finance and accounting help clients from different industries to successfully acquire top talent.
DIRECTOR OF RPO AND SOURCING SERVICES

Jake Hanson

Jake leads Merito Group’s Recruitment Process Outsourcing team with a customer-focused and results driven approach. He specializes in high-volume projects supporting Government Contractors as well as temporary and direct-hire searches across industries.
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DIRECTOR OF EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Susie Cheek

Susie is an executive recruiter specializing in hard-to-find candidates in finance, accounting, information technology, and business administration. A former financial analyst and IT consultant herself, she is well positioned to thoroughly understand our clients’ complex needs.
EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE

Anna Politi, MBA

Anna is a Sr. Executive Associate at Merito Group and has a track record of success placing candidates for roles at various levels. As a key account recruiter on multiple national programs, she is well versed in meeting client and candidate needs on a contract, temp-to-hire, direct hire, and retained search basis.
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FIRM ADMINISTRATOR

Fujiko Tamashiro-Loma

Fuji serves as a Human Resources coordinator assisting contract employees with onboarding and timesheet approval. She also supports special projects as needed on a client deliverable basis.
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GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Wendy Viana

Wendy provides marketing and graphic design support to Merito Group, working collaboratively with operations and administration. With a background in marketing operations, she oversees projects both internally and for clients.
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SR. TECHNICAL RECRUITER

Andy Lopez

Andy is part of Merito Group’s technical recruiting remote team and specializes in highly technical, cleared roles requiring security clearances ranging from SSBI to TS/SCI FSP. Based in the DC-area, Andy supports large RPO high-volume sourcing programs.
SR. TECHNICAL RECRUITER

Tyler Puryear

Tyler has over 15 years of recruiting, staffing and talent acquisition experience. He has supported a variety of industries ranging from IT, cybersecurity, finance, manufacturing, and engineering. Tyler also has extensive experience recruiting for Secret, Top Secret, TS/SCI CI and TS/SCI FSP candidates.
SR. TECHNICAL RECRUITER

Ashley Booker

Ashley is part of Merito Group’s technical recruiting remote team with over 5 years of specialized experience in sourcing for positions requiring clearances from Public Trust to TS/SCI FSP. She has supported various government agencies on their Cybersecurity, IT, Salesforce, and Accounting needs.
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SR. TECHNICAL RECRUITER

Anacristina Maia

Anacristina brings over 15 years of experience to the team, including over 7 years of those years being IT recruitment. Prior to joining the firm, Anacristina worked as both an IT Federal Recruiter and Corporate Recruiter and as a Recruiting Manager for an executive search firm where she and a team of professional recruiters conducted executive level searches across a variety of industries and functions.
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SR. TECHNICAL RECRUITER

Neal Gregory

Neal is a virtual recruitment and sourcing leader with over 10 years of recruiting industry expertise and a track record of success sourcing for cleared technical professionals (S, TS, TS/SCI CI Poly). Neal serves as both a lead in our RPO team and an onsite specialist supporting clients.

Copyright Merito Group LLC © 2020

Copyright Merito Group LLC © 2019