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Northeast Indiana Talent Attraction, Inc. (NEITA) is a team of local professionals, many of whom have relocated to Northeast Indiana ourselves. We understand the often daunting stresses and considerations that candidates feel as a part of the decision process. That’s why we’re here to help. We’re well versed in the many aspects our region has to offer, particularly around lifestyle, culture, and specific family needs. By working with candidates throughout the entire recruiting experience, we help drive increased job acceptance and retention for the employers in Northeast Indiana. As a result, this saves our clients money and time, and creates better lives for the relocating new hires we support.
Founder / CEO,
Lynn Reecer is the Founder and CEO of Northeast Indiana Talent, Inc. Known in the community as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, connector, and community advocate, Northeast Indiana Talent Attractions, Inc. is an extension of Lynn’s belief in the region and its mission to attract top talent and improve quality of life. As a serial entrepreneur, Lynn is consistently a leader in the area for new and innovative approaches to business; she owns three companies, including Brookwood Cabinet Co., supplying custom and semi-custom, high-quality cabinetry, counters, and hardware.
Vice President of Marketing and Candidate Experience,
Karen McMahon is the Vice President of Marketing and Candidate Experience for Northeast Indiana Talent Attraction, Inc. and owner of Pure Potential, LLC consulting, focused on helping companies create exceptional processes and experiences for their teams. Karen is dedicated to helping companies, candidates, and employees feel welcome and expected. Karen had a successful 23-year career with Nordstrom, a Fortune 500 company and voted 100 Best Companies to Work For, 20 years in a row. During that tenure, Karen started on the sales floor, serving customers, working her way to Corporate in Seattle as a regional buyer, then one of the first national buyers for Nordstrom. Karen then moved into HR and training, and was an integral education and execution partner for every major Merchandising technology roll out in the company.
Director of Talent Recruiting and Sourcing, Latin America,
MARIA CLARA PICARELLI [“CLARA”]
Clara joins NEITA as the company’s new Director of Talent Recruiting and Sourcing for Latin America. Clara will be based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Clara is from São Paulo, Brazil and had a successful 14-year career with the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly leading cross functional teams in Latin America. Her focus was mainly in Business/Strategy and Finance positions.
Clara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), a Master’s degree in Business Consulting from the Faculdade Instituto de Administracão (FIA USP), both in São Paulo, Brazil, and a Master’s in International Business from the Université Pierre Mendés in Grenoble, France. Clara is a native speaker of Portuguese and is fluent in English and Spanish. In her spare time she loves to travel to different countries with her husband to learn about different cultures, diverse experiences, and connect with people across the world.
Director of finance,
Kate Leach is the Director of Finance for Northeast Indiana Talent Attraction. With abachelor’s in finance from University of Indianapolis and past experience in insurance and banking, Kate brings corporate finance experience to our team. Kate has 7+ years of running and managing successful business.
Kate grew up on Winona Lake/Warsaw and is now involved in the Syracuse-Wawasee area. Happily married with a family, she’s raising her kids to be Indiana lake-lovers. Kate serves onthe Syracuse Wawasee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, treasurer of the SyracuseElementary PTO and the Lakeland Youth Center Kids First Auction.
Maria Rittenhouse is an Executive Assistant for the NEITA Team. Maria was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and has lived there almost her entire life besides a small period of time she lived in Austin, Texas. Maria graduated in 1989 from Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne with a degree in Interior Design. Maria then continued her education by graduating in 1994 with a degree in Architectural design and drafting. Maria enjoys decorating, interior design, entertaining, and cooking. She also enjoys spending time with her two sons as well as staying active and spending time with her horses. Maria brings a great amount of organizational and design skills to the team assisting as Lynn Reecer’s Executive Assistant.
Director of business development,
In January of 1988, Kathy Ray relocated to Fort Wayne from Columbia, South Carolina to begin work-ing at her aunt’s little startup company. Her aunt, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard the co-founder of Vera Bradley, gave her the opportunity to learn and function in a multitude of roles during her 34-year tenure at the little startup-turned-publicly traded company.
Director of Business Development,
Nancy Ecclestone is the Director of Business Development for Northeast Indiana Talent Attraction. Nancy joins the NEITA team after a 14-year career in outside sales with Vera Bradley Designs. Prior to Vera Bradley, she taught at Fort Wayne Community Schools for 21 years. Nancy holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana University. Nancy is a Fort Wayne native. She and her husband Scott raised both of their sons here. They travel to spend time with their children in Indianapolis and Tampa frequently. When they are not traveling, they spend weekends at the lake with family and friends.
When needs are met, jobs are filled.
When Northeast Indiana organizations need to recruit and hire top, out-of-town talent, NEITA is their go-to partner. Our team shows candidates why they should say YES to the job and the community. Using a personal, customized approach, we address any apprehension around the big life changes that come with a new job and relocation. Once they’ve accepted the position, NEITA provides ongoing support and resources to ensure the happiness of the candidate and their family. Our goal is to help make their new community feel like home, so that candidates are ready for their first day in their new role!
Less Headhunter, More Matchmaker
NEITA partners with Northeast Indiana companies to match their top candidates with our community. We fill in the gaps between the candidates and recruiting teams, helping with the critical decision process.
When needs are met,
jobs are filled
We uncover what’s most important to the candidate and their family. From there, our team creates a VIP experience based on their need, wants, and interests. We support candidates by answering the critical questions and uncovering any objections that would keep them from relocating. NEITA helps candidates determine if the job and the community are a good fit for them.
Your secret weapon, Their first friend
Upon job acceptance, we continually offer support and resources to the new hire and their family, often becoming their first friend in the community. Families tell us they feel well taken care of by their new company, creating a competitive advantage over other job offers they may get.
Whether your company is seeking a competitive edge when it comes to recruitment, or you’re someone considering relocating to Northeast Indiana for career or personal opportunities, you can trust our team to work with you to find a great fit in this community.