Michele M. Secord, RN, MSN, CPC
President
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Michele has owned Secord & Associates for 13 years and has worked in retained search for 18 years. Michele is involved in overseeing every aspect of the search process which has led to the successful recruitment of hundreds of individuals to her client companies. Michele’s background in Nursing and Healthcare Leadership roles, along with her comprehensive knowledge of the health care industry, allows her to gain a thorough understanding of her client’s needs. Her wide reaching network of associates enables her to get close to the best leadership talent in the industry. It is this combination that has catapulted Michele into an industry leader in executive search and has resulted in her direct coordination of over hundreds of leadership searches for numerous hospital and health care organizations.

Michele is also a member of AONE, AACN, MGMA and Sigma Theta Tau. She guest lectures at several universities and frequently presents and speaks at local and national industry meetings. Michele has also been published multiple times in several trade magazines including Nurse Leader.


Lori W. Mudge, AD
Consultant
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Lori has over 19 years of research experience working in the search industry, and has been with Secord & Associates for 12 years. Lori’s extensive background in healthcare, recruiting and research has allowed her to stay abreast of locating top talent. Her vast knowledge of the search industry enables her to locate the top professionals.


Paula DeMichiel, B.S.
Consultant
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Paula is a skilled market research professional who conducts primary research and candidate outreach. Paula has a Bachelors in Business Administration and has worked in marketing and research for over 20 years. She is talented at many recruitment methodologies. Her years of experience cold calling and reaching out to candidates allows us to reach top talent at all levels.


Kristen Robustelli, B.S.
Consultant
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Kristen brings 10 years of marketing and research experience in an insurance environment to Secord & Associates. With a background as an underwriting analyst she has proven experience providing timely and accurate information to support National Accounts, including clients and candidates. She possesses excellent communication and strategic thinking skills coupled with her computer skills to help us locate and recruit phenomenal candidates. Kristen conducts primary research and candidate outreach.


Kristi Lock
Consultant
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Kristi has over 10 years of health care experience and has been with Secord & Associates for over 5 years. Her strengths include her ability to utilize her computer and social networking skills to research and source candidates for our clients. Her years of experience focusing on locating top talent have allowed her to connect with top healthcare industry leaders.

"Michele Secord assisted in the search for a seasoned, senior clinical administrative position. She conducted a superb search for us and we are pleased with both the results and the process she conducted."

- G.G., Director of Practice Operations

"Thank you so much for all of your efforts over these last months as I went through the interview process. You have been such a joy to work with, and such an incredible professional! I am extremely grateful for all of the time and effort you put into helping me through the process!"

- D.N., Healthcare Executive

"I really appreciated all you did to assist me in applying for and eventually being offered the position here at Gaylord. You gave me all the information I needed to understand the role, what the hospital would have to offer me and who would be interviewing me. Your support throughout the entire process helped me make a great decision."

- K.R., Director, Care Management

"Michele seems to know me better than I know myself! When faced with having to decide between several outstanding opportunities, Michele was there to listen and help me stay focused. She helped me get through sorting all of the pros and cons of each option, offering sound advice and feedback as needed. Some of my good friends are those I met after we were mutually placed in our former positions by Michele. She truly does select the best; I have the utmost respect and admiration for her incredible talents."

- A.M., Hospital Services Manager

"As a candidate I felt very prepared for the entire interview and hiring process. In my case this took place over a period of 3 months. I have never applied for a job for which I knew so much detail ahead of time. The preparation phase that Michele initiated ensured that I understood the responsibilities, time commitment, reporting structure, key stakeholders and exact expectations of the job. This assured that I went into the job with complete knowledge, no surprises, and I believe helped me to be successful in the role. Having this information up font also helped me to decide if this truly was the role for me."

- L.S., Executive Director

"I thank you for being such an instrumental part of moving me forward and giving me the boost I needed to make a change. You truly are an expert in your field. Even though you were told that I appeared "light" with experience based on job title/salary, you didn't stop. You saw something in me, took another approach, and landed me an interview. The rest is history. You didn't give up and for that I'm grateful. I'm excited for this new journey and hope to become an integral part of the team."

- S.G., Education Consultant

"I have had the great pleasure of working with Secord & Associates for over a decade in my present position. Michele has always been responsive, professional, and dedicated in staying on the search to find the right people to put in front of the management team for consideration. Michele does her homework to help her find the right candidates who fit our needs and our culture as an organization. She is always fully engaged with us and is always available and responsive. I can't recommend a better business partner in terms of retained search firms."

- J.M., Director, Human Resources

"Over the years I have been a client of Secord & Associates. I first began working with Michele while working at Lifespan Healthcare system and most recently with Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. Michele has successfully helped us hire several critical roles within the organization. She is professional, timely and detail oriented and completely customer focused. Her network is extensive in the field of healthcare and leadership. She takes the time to understand the needs and environment of the organization and department. She is proactive in her communication of the process and has a passion for what she does. She is a delight to work with."

- C.R., Chief Human Resources Officer

"I would STRONGLY recommend Michele! She did an exemplary job matching my strengths/needs with an organization that was the perfect fit for me. She listens carefully and anticipates the needs of her client/me and potential candidate. I LOVE my new job/organization and I think they love me too!"

- G.M., Assistant Vice President, Patient Experience

"Michele is extremely thorough and impressed me with how well she understood the position I was applying for. Her insightful questions helped me to articulate the contributions I made in the positions I held, which enabled me to present myself as a strong candidate. Michele managed the recruitment process at a fast pace, keeping me well informed along the way. She obtains an in depth understanding of each position as well as the organization's culture and environment. She is dedicated to identifying candidates who are not only qualified but who will be successful in the organization as well."

- E.P., Department Administrator, Urology

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