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.

"In over 20 year as a Nursing Leader and Executive, I have worked with many recruiters. Michele is, without question, the very best. She takes the time to know the hiring facility and brings those who she feels will best match our needs, our philosophy and culture. I have never been disappointed with the candidates and I have never been disappointed with Michele, a very professional and personable recruiter."

- J.C., Director, Perioperative Services

"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

"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

"I have hired Michele Secord on several occasions to recruit for nursing leadership positions. I found it very easy to work with Michele. Due to her nursing background she understands the position, and can assess the culture of the organization. She is well networked and able to provide a unique candidate pool within a quick timeframe. Additionally, she stays in touch with the candidates post hire to ensure a smooth transition."

- C.D., Former Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer

"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 Secord is very enthusiastic, thorough and well prepared in representing the potential position opportunity. She completes and provides an in-depth review of the position, the organization and what key elements the employer is seeking. Michele screens and prepares candidates well, advocates for them and maintains excellent communication at all times. She is unique in her ability to represent the candidate and organization while maintaining a professional caring attitude to both parties."

- M.A., President

"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

"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

"I have had the opportunity to work with Michele Secord professionally as a search consultant and personally as a candidate for a leadership position. Michele is a pleasure to work with. She is a true professional who is extremely efficient, organized and thorough. As a client and a candidate Michele keeps you informed, and the recruitment process moving smoothly and in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Michele's Secord and Associates as a healthcare executive search firm."

- A.T., Administrative Director, Surgical Services

"Michele has the unique ability to perform beyond expectations in serving both the client and the candidate. She makes a point of understanding the client organization extremely well in order to match candidates on cultural fit as well as skills. She has the skill to attract highly qualified candidates in a tight market. Her availability and knowledge provide for a positive and professional experience for both clients and candidates. I am comfortable giving her the strongest endorsement."

- K.M., Vice President, Human Resources

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