The Advisory Board for Austin Recruiters is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction for the community, content, education and agendas for our recruiting conferences and events.
With 22 years of human resources and talent acquisition leadership experience, Jason Buss is a recognized expert with deep experience in identifying, recruiting and hiring high-performing teams. He is currently the Vice President of Talent Acquisition for MongoDB.
Jason has authored and published content in, and has been quoted by The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, Society for Human Resource Management, Corporate Executive Board and more.
He is the founder of the Recruiters Network, and serves as the president and community leader for several of the nation’s largest and most active regional recruiting communities including Minnesota Recruiters, California Recruiters, Denver Recruiters, Florida Recruiters, Wisconsin Recruiters, Michigan Recruiters and Oregon Recruiters.
President & Community Leader
Gina is a managing partner for Sounding Board (SBS) executive search firm. She began her talent acquisition career as a university recruiting manager with Wells Fargo. Like many early in their careers, she was on the road frequently, traveling throughout the US. While at Wells Fargo, she received her MBA in Human Resource Management. "I thought I would move from talent acquisition to a career in HR, but 15 years later I'm still passionate about recruiting. I love connecting candidates and companies to opportunities that foster success."
She has worked on a variety of roles from entry-level sales reps to executive talent for multiple industries globally. In addition, she built diversity programs for startup and enterprise organizations to include a program still used by Progressive Insurance to promote veteran hiring. In 2015, she was recruited by GE to build an executive search function for the software and IoT division.
Outside the office, you can find Gina at the Pilates studio, cooking for her family and friends, or exploring hiking trails with her rescue dog, Leo.
Advisory Board Members
Melissa Rose was born and raised in central Texas and has called Austin her home for the last 10 years. She graduated from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Tarleton State University. Melissa offers 14+ years of people=centric professional experience, including: building, scaling, and leading the recruiting and employer partnerships arm of a national coding boot camp. In her current role, she continues to pay close attention to understanding the challenges companies are facing today as it pertains to the talent shortage, and focuses on workforce transformations through recruiting, up-skilling initiatives, and other outsourced deliverable based solutions. Her client list ranges from start-ups to large global enterprises.
The bottom line is that Melissa loves to work with people and connect them to opportunities. Her passion is in serving at the intersection between an individual's professional path and an organization's growth needs. she strives to help as many people every day to arrive at these intersections, and make it through with confidence! Outside of work, you'll find Melissa either crafting, on horseback, or spending time with her husband and 2 songs taking advantage of all the fun outdoor activities Austin has to offer.
Carly holds her B.S. from Mercyhurst College and A.A.S. from the Fashion Institute of New York. She landed her first job in New York City at an executive search firm for luxury and retail brands. With experience in Executive Search, Talent Advisory, and Organizational Mapping, Carly has a very holistic approach to Talent, all the while bringing a sense of honesty and humor to everything she does. She moved to Austin 5 years ago to make the switch from Corporate Retail to Technology, working for companies such as Sprinklr, TrendKite, and MongoDB.
Carly is passionate about fostering a community and learning from her peers, no matter what industry you work in. Always looking to grow personally and professionally, she is thrilled to join the Austin Recruiters. When she's not out networking or working tirelessly on the growth of MongoDB's Austin office, you can find her at a local yoga studio or coffee shop enjoying Austin's always perfect weather.
Andrew is a rare Austin-native. He earned his BBA in Business Management from Texas State University-San Marcos, where he found his passion for HR through the university’s SHRM chapter. After an HR internship at the university, he interned at T3, an Austin-based advertising agency. Andrew spent nearly 11 years there, mostly as the lone recruiter working across tech, design, strategy, media, and much more. From leading recruitment for the internship program in the early T3 years to hiring VP-level talent and leading manager/interview training, Andrew’s journey at T3 assured him that a career in recruiting was what he wanted long-term; watching people you’ve helped hire grow and develop with a company and form life-long friendships is hard to beat. After breaking out the old resume for the first time in almost 11 years, in early 2020 he moved on to join the Talent Acquisition team at Whole Foods Market where he now focuses primarily on recruiting for the Marketing team.
Outside of work, Andrew spends the most time with his wife and son. He takes on the connector role in his hobbies as well and is often recruiting folks to join him in various social sports leagues (footgolf, soccer, volleyball, bowling, and more). Most weekends though, you’ll find him out on one of Austin’s many beautiful golf courses.
Nicole has just over 20 years of professional recruiting experience beginning her career in New York with AT Kearney, recruiting MBA students to join their consulting practice. She subsequently joined Lehman Brothers, a global financial services firm specializing in investment banking, equity and fixed-income sales, research and trading, investment management, private equity, and private banking. In 2005, Nicole joined D.S. Wolf Group International, a Retained Executive Search firm for the financial services industry. Following her relocation from NYC to San Diego, CA, she developed an in-depth level of experience in senior level Life Sciences and Human Resources recruiting while in her role at Biogen IDEC. Over the last 9 years, Nicole has been recruiting within the high-tech space for global, Fortune 50 companies. After spending five and half years at Dell Technologies and relocating to Austin, Nicole joined Flex. Flex is a leading technology and manufacturing solutions company that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world. In Nicole’s role at Flex, she manages the executive TA function and is responsible for attracting and hiring talent at the executive level across all segments at the VP up to and including the C-Suite.
Nicole is passionate about diversity and truly feels she has found her life’s work in Talent Acquisition. Outside of the office, she loves spending time with her family and friends, yoga, and loves to be near the ocean.
Christina Buchanan is the Talent Acquisition team lead for Dell's Corporate Services recruiting team. In her current role she supports Senior Executives with hiring professionals for Dell Technologies Capital (Venture Capital Fund) and Corporate Strategy. She is also responsible for special projects across the Talent Acquisition organization both globally and locally. Previously she held numerous roles within Dell's recruiting function including Senior Program Manager for University Recruitment in Marketing, Senior Global Program Manager of TA Mergers & Acquisitions and recruiting for Finance, Accounting, Corporate Development/ Strategy, and Dell Financial Services. Christina began her recruiting career as an agency recruiter specializing in Finance and Accounting within the search division of two of the nation’s leading boutique firms. There she gained experience serving middle-market to Fortune 35 companies throughout the United States. She has completed an extensive amount of highly competitive searches and program managed the integration of multiple acquired companies. A graduate of The Florida State University, Christina continues to be an innovator in the industry by finding new ways to reach maximum results with a focus on Diversity & Inclusion. She is self-motivated by her success in standing out from the crowds and is known as someone who will go the extra mile for her candidates and clients. Christina is a mom of 2 and has personal interests in sustainable fashion, travel and live music.
Dustin, a Texas Panhandle native, graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Leadership Development and has lived in the Austin area since 2004. He began his recruiting career in 2010 at a small boutique technical staffing agency. Following that, he was a technical recruiter for Bazaarvoice, leading hiring in both Austin and San Francisco. He then joined RetailMeNot as a lead technical recruiter, before eventually leading the recruiting function.
He is currently the Senior Manager of Recruiting Operations and Analytics at DISCO, a legal technology company in Austin, where he helps influence talent acquisition strategy and operations using data analytics. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family and collecting vinyl records, as well as volunteering for a nationwide dog rescue group.
Noelle Linzy started her recruiting career in San Francisco with Robert Half in 1998, and from there moved on to conduct retained executive search work in the finance and accounting sectors at a local boutique, Kreuzberger and Associates. She then expanded her practice to focus on the tech sector with Boyden Global, a large global search practice.
In 2011, she joined eBay as an Executive Talent Acquisition Partner and then moved to PayPal in late 2014 when the company split into its own entity. After PayPal, Noelle left the Bay Area for Austin to be closer to family. She joined New Relic in 2017 as their first executive recruiter (working remotely), and recently joined Zwift as their first executive recruiter. Zwift is a rapidly growing app for cycle riding and running based in Long Beach.
She adores cooking, reading books, wine tasting, traveling, trying new restaurants, hanging out with her boyfriend Brian, as well as spending time with family and her mini Goldendoodle Bentley.
Taylor Martinez is the Marketing & Events Specialist for the Recruiters Network. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of St.Thomas in 2018. While studying at the University of St. Thomas she had the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland, Argentina, and Brazil. Also, during the completion of her degree, she underwent many different work experiences such as being a Marketing Research Intern for Sidewalk Dog, Social Media Intern for Hy-Vee, and Talent Acquisition & Social Media Intern for Spok. Throughout her experiences, she has become increasingly interested in social media and how its use can shape and grow an organization.
Taylor has proudly lived in Minnesota her whole life. She is passionate about volunteering and has spent numerous hours volunteering with the Jeremiah Program. In her free time, she enjoys partaking in outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming, as well as going for walks with her adorable English Mastiff named Mabel.